22 Sep 2019

Today's sports news: what you need to know

7:54 pm on 22 September 2019

Latest - New Zealand striker Chris Wood scored a superb first-half brace to help Burnley outclass promoted Norwich City 2-0 at Turf Moor and return to winning ways in the English Premier League.

Chris Wood playing for Burnley.

Chris Wood playing for Burnley. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Wood put Burnley ahead in the 10th minute with his first league goal since April, guiding his header past Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul at point-blank range after Ashley Westwood whipped in a perfect ball from the corner.

Norwich paid the price for giving away possession cheaply as Wood doubled Burnley's lead four minutes later by meeting midfielder Dwight McNeil's drilled pass from the left with a crisp left-footed shot that gave Krul no chance.

Elsewhere, a Bernardo Silva hat-trick helped Manchester City to secure the joint second-biggest Premier League victory in history with an 8-0 thrashing of a bewildered Watford at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions, responding to their first league defeat since January at Norwich City last weekend, blew Watford away by becoming the first side to score five goals in the first 18 minutes of a Premier League game.

Leicester City came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1, and sit third on the EPL ladder while Sheffield United enjoyed a 2-0 win at Everton.

And Newcastle and Brighton have played out a goalless draw at St James' Park.

- Reuters

The All Blacks kicked off their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a 23-13 victory over a gutsy Springboks - READ MORE.

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Nick Willis turns down last minute invite

Middle distance runner Nick Willis has turned down a last minute invite from the IAAF to compete at next week's Athletics World Championships in Doha in the 1500 metres.

Willis was told last week that he had missed out on qualifying for the event.

But following a final review, the IAAF has issued additional invitations.

Willis said once last week's initial disappointment faded, he saw it as an opportunity to take a break before building up again for the indoor and down-under track season.

He said going to Doha would cut into his new timeframe as he attempted to make his 5th Olympic Games next year.

Proctor double headlines Wellington win

Wellington have delivered a strong second half performance to beat Auckland 34-15 at Eden Park.

Billy Proctor

Billy Proctor Photo: Photosport

The bonus-point win included a double for fullback Billy Proctor, and consolidates Wellington's position in second place behind unbeaten Tasman on the premiership table.

Defending champions Auckland lie fourth, one point behind third-placed Canterbury who trail Wellington by six points.

Auckland led 15-14 at halftime, but couldn't add to their tally in the second spell and Wellington ran out comfortable winners.

Bay of Plenty showed little difficulty accounting for championship strugglers Northland, building on a 22-10 halftime lead to run out 46-22 winners in Whangarei.

Bay of Plenty trail front-runners Hawke's Bay by seven points.

In the women's competition for the Farah Palmer Cup, Auckland scored six tries in their 38-10 win over Wellington, while Northland edged North Harbour 27-21 in Whangarei.

Storm thump Eels, advance to NRL prelim

Melbourne have set up an NRL preliminary final blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters after dominating Parramatta 32-0.

The Eels had no answer as they were blown off AAMI Park in the first half last night in a game that was full of twists and turns.

Storm skipper Cameron Smith was sin-binned for just the second time in his career, for a slap on opposition No.9 Reed Mahoney, but it had no bearing on the result as the Eels failed to trouble the scoreboard when he was off the field.

The Storm led 22-0 at the break but the Eels were brave in the second 40 minutes, especially considering they at one point had just one man on their bench after losing Clint Gutherson, Marata Niukore and Tepai Moeroa to head injury assessments within 30 seconds.

The Storm will meet the Roosters and former teammate Cooper Cronk at the SCG next Saturday night for a spot in the grand final.


Harbour snare hockey double

North Harbour have grabbed both men's and women's titles at the National Hockey League finals in Tauranga.

Black Sticks defender Steph Dickins scored twice from penalty corners to secure Harbour a 2-0 win over Northland in the women's K Cup final.

In the men's play-off for the Challenge Shield, James Coughlan and Robbie Capizzi's first-half goals were enough to secure a 2-1 victory over Auckland.

Leclerc pole for Singapore, Ricciardo 8th

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has secured his third successive Formula One pole position with Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton joining the youngster on the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was fastest after the first flying laps in the final session of qualifying, made mistakes on his last effort and qualified third with Red Bull's Max Verstappen fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo was later disqualified from Singapore Grand Prix qualifying after stewards ruled his car's energy recovery system had deployed too much power.

The Australian driver had qualified eighth on the grid.

Leclerc, 21, also started on pole in Belgium and Italy and won both races.

- Reuters

Willett, Rahm lead BMW PGA Championship

Former Masters champion Danny Willett and Spain's Jon Rahm share the lead heading into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after a dramatic finish to the third round at Wentworth.

Rahm held a two-shot lead after playing the first 16 holes in five under par and enjoyed a major slice of luck on the 17th on Saturday when his second shot was heading out of bounds before hitting a spectator.

However, the world No.6 failed to make the most of his good fortune by pitching to 10 feet and then three-putting for a six and was also just a few feet from driving out of bounds at the last.

After taking a penalty drop another bogey looked on the cards, but Rahm holed from 20 feet for an unlikely par and Willett got up and down from a greenside bunker for a birdie to match his playing partner's 68.

On 15 under par the pair held a three-shot lead over Justin Rose, Shubhankar Sharma and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, with Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Rafa Cabrera Bello two shots further back.

Willett recovered from a bogey on the first with the aid of six birdies to remain on track for a seventh European Tour title and a first on home soil.

- PA