23 Oct 2019

Today's sport news: what you need to know

11:39 am on 23 October 2019

Latest - Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick and had a hand in all five goals as Manchester City came from behind to thump Italian side Atalanta 5-1 in their Champions League Group C game in Manchester.

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City.

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The homeside is now three from three and top their group, while Atalanta have lost all three.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur rekindled their hopes with a 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in London.

After suffering their heaviest home defeat in Europe on matchday two, a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich, Spurs bounced back to claim their biggest win in the Champions League.

Victory put Tottenham into second spot with four points, five behind runaway leaders Bayern who beat Olympiakos 3-2.

Elsewhere Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to grab a second half hat-trick and inspire Paris St Germain to a 5-0 victory at Belgium's Club Brugge and Real Madrid beat Galatasaray 1-0.


Ferguson back from injury

Black Caps fast bowler Lockie Ferguson will return from injury for the New Zealand Eleven in two T20 warm-up games against England in Lincoln next week.

Black Caps Lockie Ferguson bowling.

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The Auckland Aces fast-bowler has been cleared fit to play after fracturing his right thumb in Sri Lanka last month and will join New Zealand teammates Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the 12-man squad.

Munro will captain the side.

The games are on Sunday and Tuesday with the opening T20 international between New Zeaalnd and England next Friday at Hagley Oval.


  • Colin Munro (c) - Auckland Aces
  • Katene Clarke - Knights
  • Josh Clarkson - Central Stags
  • Blake Coburn - Canterbury Kings
  • Anton Devcich - Knights
  • Lockie Ferguson - Auckland Aces
  • Jake Gibson - Knights
  • Brett Hampton - Knights
  • Anaru Kitchen - Otago Volts
  • Christian Leopard - Central Stags
  • Tim Seifert (wk) - Knights
  • Anurag Verma - Knights

Five debutants for Kangaroos

Australia rugby league coach Mal Meninga has picked five debutants for the Kangaroos side to play New Zealand on Friday - but South Sydney's Dally M Lock of the Year Cameron Murray won't be one of them.

Jack Wighton celebrates after scoring.

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Payne Haas, Nick Cotric, Jack Wighton, Josh Addo-Carr and Paul Vaughan will make their debuts with Murray unlucky to miss out, being named 18th man.

Grand finalist Cotric will line up on the wing next to Canberra teammate and Clive Churchill Medallist Wighton who has been named in the centres.

They are two of 13 NSW players in the squad, following on from the Blues' State of Origin series win this season.

The Kiwis have also confirmed their team with four debutants in the side.

Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been named in the centres, while fellow debutants Zane Tetevano, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Corey Harawira-Naera have all been named on the Kiwis bench.


Australia: James Tedesco, Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell, Jack Wighton, Nick Cotric, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Papalii, Damien Cook, David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic. Res: Ben Hunt, Payne Haas, Paul Vaughan, Wade Graham.

New Zealand: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Ken Maumalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Joseph Manu, Jamayne Isaako, Shaun Johnson, Benji Marshall, Leeson Ah Mau, Brandon Smith, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Briton Nikora, Kenny Bromwich, Adam Blair, Jahrome Hughes. Res: Zane Tetevano, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Corey Harawira-Naera.


Few changes to Kiwis Ferns team

Following the Kiwi Ferns' spectacular Rugby League World Cup 9s victory over the Jillaroos, head coach Justin Morgan has named a largely unchanged squad ahead of the Test match against the Jillaroos in Wollongong on Friday night.

Returning Kiwi Ferns veteran and St George Illawarra Dragons second rower Maitua Feterika comes into the fold due to the in-doubt Aieshaleigh Smalley, who picked up an ankle injury at the nines.

Warriors hooker Kanyon Paul has also been named after her standout debut performance over the weekend after she replaced the unavailable Lavinia Gould.

India clean-sweep Proteas

India took just nine minutes on day four to wrap up the third and final cricket Test against South Africa and complete a first-ever 3-0 series whitewash over the Proteas with an innings and 202-run victory.

Resuming at 132 for 8 in their second innings, South Africa added one run off 10 balls before debutant Shahbaz Nadeem took the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to give India a record victory over South Africa.

In the second over of the day, Nadeem (2-18) had concussion substitute batsman Theunis de Bruyn (30) caught behind. Next ball, he caught Lungi Ngidi in a bizarre fashion as the ball ricocheted off the non-striker Anrich Nortje.

It was South Africa's joint third-biggest innings' defeat in Test cricket, and second consecutive loss by more than an innings. The last time South Africa lost two consecutive Tests by an innings margin was against Australia in 1935-36.

India won the first Test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs, before victory by an innings and 167 runs in the second Test in Pune gave them an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.


Lolohea to play against GB

Fresh from appearing in the Super League grand final, Salford five-eighth Tui Lolohea will line up against Great Britain for Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.

Lolohea, who enjoyed a new lease of life following his mid-season move from Leeds, was a key member of the Tongan team that reached the 2017 World Cup semifinals and flew out to Auckland in June for the Test against New Zealand.

Kristian Woolf, who is delaying his arrival at St Helens after being restored as head coach, is able to field a virtual full-strength side for their first-ever match against the Lions, with Andrew Fifita, Ata Hingano and Michael Jennings available after missing the mid-season defeat by the Kiwis due to injury.

The side also includes Warrington second rower Ben Murdoch-Masila and Hull's new signing Manu Ma'u but Leeds centre Konrad Hurrell is set to miss out.

The team is called a Tonga Invitational XIII because of a legal dispute with the old Tonga Rugby League but the game has been given official Test match status by the International Rugby League.

Tonga Invitational XIII:

Will Hopoate, David Fusitu'a, Michael Jennings, Kotoni Staggs, Daniel Tupou, Tui Lolohea, Ata Hingano, Andrew Fifita, Siliva Havili, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Manu Ma'u, Jason Taumalolo. Interchange (from): Sione Katoa, Addin Fonua-Blake, John Asiata, Sitili Tupouniua, Junior Tatola, Konrad Hurrell, Fanitesi Niu.


CD struggle at Eden Park

Plunket Shield holders Central Districts are 144 for eight, trailing Auckland by 66 runs after two days of their first round match at Eden Park.

Northern Districts are 156 for three in reply to Canterbury's first innings of 372 at Hagley Oval.

And Otago are 62 for two in their second innings, still trailing Wellington by 111 runs at the Basin Reserve.

Steph Curry isn't a hall-of-famer yet - Jordan

Michael Jordan isn't ready to put Steph Curry in the Hall of Fame.

Curry, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time NBA champion, has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game with the Golden State Warriors.

Jordan, a five-time MVP who won six titles with the Chicago Bulls, appeared on "Today" and refused to walk back comments in 2013 that he would be unbeatable in a pickup game and offered a list of players he felt would help him be impossible to beat.

Jordan said Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy were the only names on that list.

"So, Steph Curry shouldn't be offended when he watches this," Jordan was asked.

"I hope not. He's still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet though," Jordan said. "He's not."