5 Nov 2019

Today's sport news: what you need to know

7:33 am on 5 November 2019

Latest - Steven Adams is sitting out a second straight game in the NBA.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 23: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a opening night game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo: AFP

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre has been ruled out of today's home game against against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left knee injury.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan says Adams has done a little more yesterday than he did the day before, but didn't think Adams was ready for game play just yet.

Adams averaged six points and 12 rebounds over his first four appearances of the season, before missing the 102-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Oklahoma City have a one win, four loss record, the same as the Pelicans.

Bottas qualifies fastest in Austin

Valtteri Bottas took pole position at a US Grand Prix the Finn has to win if he is to have any chance of staying mathematically in contention for the Formula One championship.

Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, who will seal his sixth title in Austin tomorrow with two races to spare if he finishes eighth or higher regardless of where Bottas finishes, will start from fifth place.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel joined Bottas on the front row of the grid with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was stripped of his Mexican Grand Prix pole last weekend after failing to slow for yellow warning flags, third.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will line up fourth.

Bottas, 74 points behind Hamilton with three races remaining, has yet to finish higher than fifth in Texas.

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Liverpool remain unbeaten

Sadio Mane has rescued Liverpool, scoring deep into stoppage time to secure the Reds a 2-1 win at Aston Villa and keep them six points clear at the top of English football's Premier League.

Liverpool had trailed 1-0 until Andy Robertson equalised in the 87th minute.

Second-placed Manchester City's also come from 1-0 down at halftime to beat Southampton 2-1 in Manchester.

Chelsea's risen to third, two points behind City, after winning 2-1 at Watford.

Manchester United's resurgence has been halted with a 1-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth, while Arsenal's been held to a 1-1 home draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In other results, Brighton & Hove Albion's beaten Norwich City 2-0, Sheffield United's beaten Burnley 3-0 and Newcastle United's won 3-2 at West Ham United.

Futsal Whites fall just short of World Cup

Solomon Islands have retained their Oceania crown and secured their place in next year's Futsal World Cup in Lithuania by overcoming a brave and determined New Zealand outfit on penalties following a thrilling Oceania final in New Caledonia.

The game had finished 5-5 after extra time.

"At the moment I have no words to describe what I'm feeling," Solomon Islands coach Vinicius Laite said.

"I want to congratulate Marvin (Eakins) the New Zealand coach, what he is doing with his team is phenomenal. Everybody thought it was going to be an easy game and you saw how much of a battle that was.

"New Zealand will go to the next World Cup if he keeps doing what he is doing and FIFA should start looking at OFC and maybe send two teams for the World Cup from here because the level and quality displayed here today was amazing. I'm happy for my team and very sad for New Zealand."

Injury setback for English cricketers

England batsman Joe Denly has been ruled out of the remainder of the Twenty20 international series against New Zealand after damaging ligaments in his right ankle.

The 33-year-old top-order batsman missed England's seven-wicket victory in the opening T20I in Christchurch, but featured in both the warm-up games against a New Zealand XI.

The England camp have not drafted in a replacement as they hope Denly could still recover in time for the two-match test series against New Zealand, which begins at Mount Maunganui on 21 November.

"He will now start a rehabilitation programme and will be routinely assessed ahead of the two-match test series against the Black Caps," the ECB said in a statement.

The second of the five T20 matches between the two teams will be played in Wellington on Sunday.

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Newlands faces demolition

Western Province Rugby is to move from the iconic Newlands stadium to the Cape Town Stadium, built for soccer's 2010 World Cup finals, in a move that will likely spell the end of the country's oldest rugby venue.

Western Province, which includes the Super Rugby Stormers, will move at the start of 2021 after signing a deal with the City of Cape Town's Council which makes them the primary tenant in a deal that potentially spans the next 99 years, a statement said.

Rugby had previously balked at moving from the aging Newlands, which Western Province Rugby Football Union owns, but have now been forced to across the city because of financial difficulties, media reports added.

Newlands now faces demolition and will be turned into residential space, although the statement issued about the move made no mention of its future.

The view from Newlands of the imposing Table Mountain has made it one of sport's standout stadiums.

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Djokovic through to another Paris Masters final

Novak Djokovic reached the Paris Masters final for the sixth time when he downed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5) 6-4 but Rafael Nadal pulled out of his semi-final injured.

Serbia's world number one won a high-octane first-set tiebreak before wearing Dimitrov down in the second set.

"I'm motivated. I want to do well tomorrow," said the 16-times grand slam winner.

"I hope to find my best tennis."

Djokovic will face Canada's Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's showpiece at Bercy after 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, who would have secured the year-end number one spot with the title here, withdrew minutes before his semi-final match.

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Svitolina a chance to win back-to-back WTA Finals

Holder Elina Svitolina will face world number one Ash Barty in the end-of-season WTA Finals showpiece after they got past Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova respectively in the semi-finals in China.

Australian Barty beat second-seeded Pliskova 4-6 6-2 6-3 after grinding down the big-serving Czech on Saturday to seal her first appearance in the final of the tour championship.

Svitolina had earlier sealed her spot in a second straight final after Bencic retired midway through the third set due to cramp as she trailed 5-7 6-3 4-1, having forced the Ukrainian to drop a set for the first time in the tournament.

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Death in MotoGP support event

Indonesian rider Afridza Munandar died after a crash in a MotoGP support event before the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.

The incident in the the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) race occurred when Munandar went down at turn 10 on the first lap, before the race was stopped immediately with a red flag and then cancelled.

After receiving medical attention by the side of the track, the 20-year-old was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

"The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), FIM Asia, Dorna Sports, and all those in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup pass on our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Munandar," the race organisers said in a statement.

Munandar was one of the championship contenders heading into this weekend's finale of the 2019 IATC, having recorded two wins and four podium finishes this season.

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Sydney Kings remain unbeaten, while Melbourne United prevail in new cross-town derby

The Sydney Kings have held their nerve to record a dramatic 98-96 overtime victory over the Adelaide 36ers to maintain their unbeaten start to the NBL season.

A Sixers record crowd of 8200 packed the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night to see the home side come agonisingly close to ending the ladder leader's undefeated start.

The Kings got the better of a scrappy extra period with Casper Ware coming up big when it mattered, scoring 11 of his 14 points during the fourth quarter and overtime.

Earlier, Melbourne United scored their first win over new cross-town rivals South East Melbourne Phoenix with a 110-98 victory.

Languishing near the bottom of the NBL ladder with a 1-4 record, United led from start to finish at Melbourne Arena to extract some revenge for the Phoenix's three-point win in their maiden derby clash in round one.


Another first for Western United

Scott McDonald was the hero as Western United produced a remarkable comeback to win their first A-League clash with Melbourne Victory, recovering from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at Marvel Stadium.

United pulled Saturday night's game back to 2-2 at halftime, before McDonald scored the winner in the 51st minute to secure bragging rights in front of 20,865 fans.

"We were courageous; (we) kept on playing; we kept on doing the things that we worked on; the team that we wanted to be and you get rewarded for it," United coach Mark Rudan said.

"It's persistence - it's courage. It's a belief in our principles of play. So I'm really, really happy for them."