15 Sep 2019

Today's sports news: what you need to know

4:21 pm on 15 September 2019

Latest - A second New Zealand surfer has qualifed for the Tokyo Olympics.

Billy Stairmand NZ the 2019 Vissla Manly Surf Pro at Manly Beach, NSW, Australia.

Kiwi surfer Billy Stairmand. Photo: WSL / Dunbar SOCIAL : @wsl @mattydunbar

Billy Stairmand has made it through five rounds to reach the round of 16 at the World Surfing Games in Japan, wrapping up the Oceania spot for the 2020 Olympics.

The Raglan rider is the second Kiwi to secure their place for the Tokyo Games, after Ella Williams successfully bagged the women's Oceania place earlier this week.

Stairmand, who beat out countryman Kehu Butler to claim the Olympic berth, stormed his way through the final round and will meet Brazilian superstar Filipe Toledo, Canada's Cody Young and Angelo Bonnomelli of Italy in his next round.

Munro fires up for Trinbago in Caribbean T20 league

Black Caps opener Colin Munro has blasted an unbeaten 96 to help steer Trinbago Knight Riders to a 41-run victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League.

Colin Munro

Colin Munro Photo: Ashley Allen - CPL T20

Trinbago lost the toss, but were already in a strong position at 55-1 three balls into the sixth over when Munro came to the wicket.

The 32-year-old New Zealander belted eight sixes and six fours in his 50-ball knock as Trinbago reached 267-2, supported by Lendl Simmons (86 off 42) and Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 45 off 17.

In reply, Jamaica fell well short in reaching 226-5, New Zealander Glenn Phillips the top scorer with 62 off 32 balls.

The win returns Trinbago to the top of the CPL leaderboard with four wins from four matches.

Manawatu pip Southland

Southland's three-year winless streak has extended to 27 matches after they were beaten 31-26 by Manawatu in a championship rugby clash in Invercargill today.

Ngani Laumape

Ngani Laumape Photo: Photosport

The visitors led 26-7 at the break, but were kept scoreless from the restart while Manawatu stormed home, sparked by two tries to former All Black Ngani Laumape early in the second spell.

Earlier in the day, Bay of Plenty were too strong for Taranaki, scoring five tries to two as they extended a 17-10 halftime lead to win 31-17 in New Plymouth.

In the women's Farah Palmer Cup competition, Hawke's Bay picked up their second win of the season, dispatching North Harbour 39-10.

In other championship games, Tasman accounted for Hawke's Bay 39-10 and Otago had litte difficulty in beating Northland 40-7 to edge ahead of Hawke's Bay at the top of the championship table.

In Saturday's premiership matches, a late drop goal was enough for Waikato to edge Manawatu 15-12, while Auckland notched up their second win of the season in beating Bay of Plenty 28-19.

Franks back in red and black

Owen Franks has made a winning return to rugby's national provincial championship.

All Black prop Owen Franks.

All Black prop Owen Franks. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Unwanted for the World Cup, the 108 Test All Blacks prop played 50 minutes in Canterbury's 42-12 victory over Northland in Whangarei onn Friday night.

It was Franks' first provinical match since 2010.

Meanwhile former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and coach Sir Graham Henry will be inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame.

World Cup winners McCaw and Henry will be honoured at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo the day after the World Cup final.

Four other players are set for induction, including Samoan legend Peter Fatialofa, South African prop Os du Randt, Shiggy Konno of Japan and Uruguay's Diego Ormaechea.

Waerea-Hargreaves faces trip ban

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will have to beat a tripping charge to play in the Sydney Roosters' NRL preliminary final after his bad record came back to haunt him.

Jared Waerea Hargreaves

Jared Waerea Hargreaves Photo: Photosport

The Kiwis enforcer was charged on Saturday with the offence despite not being penalised on the field for an apparent trip on South Sydney's James Roberts.

Souths players immediately complained about the act late in the 30-6 loss, after Waerea-Hargreaves appeared to raise his leg and make contact with Roberts.

The Roosters prop was charged with a grade-one trip, which will see him miss one match regardless of whether he pleads guilty or fights it at the judiciary and loses.

Waerea-Hargreaves would normally have been able to accept a fine for the charge, however he is ineligible for such a punishment after too many previous convictions this year.

The 30-year-old had to overcome a high tackle charge to even play in Friday's match, which also would have only attracted a fine if not for his previous convictions.

He was one of the Roosters' best on Friday night, topping 100 metres in his opening stint and helping the Tricolours to an early 16-0 lead.


Fury, Wilder pencil in rematch

Heavyweight boxing star's Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder appear to have agreed to terms for their highly anticipated rematch, while also signing a deal for a third fight.

Deontay Wilder (left) and Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder (left) and Tyson Fury Photo: Icon Sportswire

Promoter Bob Arum told BT Sport the pair are expected to face off in a February 22 rematch in Las Vegas after fighting to a draw in December in Los Angeles, a match that allowed US fighter Wilder to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

Each side of the February match will get 50 percent of the purse, while the winner of the third gets 60 percent and the loser 40.

British star Fury will face off against Otto Wallin on Sunday (NZ time) in Las Vegas.

- Reuters

Chappell hits magic 59 on return

Kevin Chappell has become the 10th player to break 60 on the PGA Tour.

The 33-year-old made a record-tying nine consecutive birdies to shoot an 11-under par 59 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

In his first tournament since back surgery a year ago, Chappell had a chance to tie Jim Furyk's all-time low of 58 but missed an 10-foot birdie putt at the ninth hole.

Despite his superb play, the former President Cup player was in fifth place at 10-under 130 after an opening round 71.

Americans Scottie Scheffler (62) and Robby Shelton (65) and 20-year-old Chilean Joaquin Niemann (62) share the lead at 13-under 127.

- Reuters

NZ off to U20 World Cup

The New Zealand under-20 women's football team have qualified for next year's World Cup.

New Zealand's Kelli Brown (facing) celebrates scoring the opening goal of the match.

New Zealand celebrate a Kelli Brown goal. Photo: OFC via Phototek

Despite being put under more pressure by New Caledonia than any other team during the Oceania under-19 Championships in the Cook Islands, New Zealand responded with a 5-2 win to secure their seventh title.

The victory means the Gemma Lewis-coached team have booked their spot for next year's World Cup in Nigeria, where they will look to advance out of their pool for only the second time.

Kelli Brown was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals at the Oceania tournament, while Grace Wisnewski was awarded the Golden Ball for best overall player.

Keary leads Roosters into NRL semis

The Sydney Roosters have taken a giant leap towards back-to-back NRL premierships after Luke Keary sparked the Tri-Colours to a 30-6 finals romp over South Sydney.

The Roosters are one game away from the grand final after putting in arguably the most dominant performance of the season in their qualifying final victory over the Rabbitohs at the SCG on Friday night.

Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk

Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk Photo: © Photosport Ltd 2018 www.photosport.nz

After being toppled by the Rabbitohs just eight days earlier, Keary returned to lead his side to a six-tries-to-one rout in front of a crowd of 30,370.

In an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, Roosters coach Trent Robinson questioned why his side didn't post a half century.

"We're not done ..... I thought we could have had 50-nil there today. I know that sounds a bit greedy but I think that's the truth."


Boomers beaten in Beijing

The Australian basketball team have been left furious after a 95-88 double overtime defeat to Spain in the World Cup semifinals.

Spain trailed by 11 against the Boomers in Beijing but, just like in the Rio Olympic bronze medal game three years ago, rallied and went ahead courtesy of a dubious foul in the final seconds.

Patty Mills had the chance to clinch the game for Australia with four seconds on the clock but the NBA star's second free-throw bobbled out to force overtime.

Boomers guard Matthew Dellavedova's desperate floater on the buzzer clanged out to send the teams into a second extra period, where Marc Gasol (33 points) and Ricky Rubio (19 points) steered Spain clear.

Spain will face Argentina in the final, after the South American side upset France 80-66 in the other semi-final.