26 Jan 2020

Today’s sports news: What you need to know

7:23 pm on 26 January 2020

Latest - England all-rounder Ben Stokes was fined and given a demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a foul-mouthed row with a spectator in the test against South Africa.

Ben Stokes

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Stokes was shown on television exchanging insults with a spectator as he walked off the field after being caught cheaply for two runs in England's first innings on the opening day of the fourth test at The Wanderers.

He was fined 15 percent of his match fee and given a demerit point after being charged by the ICC with a level one offence of 'use of an audible obscenity'.

Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, the ICC said.

- Reuters

Four FA Cup replays required

In a week when the future of FA Cup replays was called into question, Tottenham Hotspur were one of four teams who will have to go again in the fourth round after a day of few goals and defensive resilience.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho Photo: Photosport

Jose Mourinho's eight-times winners were pegged back three minutes from time by Southampton's Sofiane Boufal in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's. The games between Newcastle United and Oxford United and Coventry City and Birmingham City finished goalless, while Cardiff City and Reading drew 1-1.

Norwich City edged Burnley in the only all Premier League game while West Ham United lost 1-0 to ex-manager Slaven Bilic's West Bromwich Albion. Former winners Portsmouth and Sheffield United also booked a place in the last 16, along with Leicester City.

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Tuatara clinch playoff spot

The Auckland Tuatara are into the Australian Baseball League playoffs for the first time.

Johny Homza

Johny Homza Photo: Photosport

A 1-0 over the Brisbane Bandits in Albany on Saturday night was enough for the Tuatara to clinch the fifth and final playoff berth - and knock the four-time champion Bandits out of contention.

The Tuatara went on to record a 4-3 win over Brisbane on Sunday, and topped the league's North-East division.

They'll open their three-game semi-final series away to Melbourne on Thursday, with the remaining two matches scheduled for Auckland on Saturday and Sunday if necessary.

Breakers in must-win situation

The former NBA centre Miles Plumlee may have ended the New Zealand Breakers' hopes of making the top four of the Australian National Basketball League.

NZ Breakers Brandon Ashley in action.

Brandon Ashley Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Plumlee had an impact at both ends of the floor as the Perth Wildcats beat the Breakers 80-79 in a nail-biter in Perth on Saturday night.

Plumlee ended with 23 points, 17 rebounds and an impressive highlights reel of dunks for the second-placed Wildcats.

The Breakers had possession for the last few seconds of the game but could not convert the possession into points as they turned over the ball and potentially ended their chances of making the finals.

Brandon Ashley was the Breakers' leading scorer with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Finn Delany hit 16 points.

The Breakers will need to win all four of their remaining games to have a chance of sneaking into the top four.

King through to squash semis

Waikato squash pro Joelle King has put in a top performance to reach the semifinals of the Carol Weymuller bronze status PSA tournament in New York.

Joelle King

Joelle King Photo: Actionplus

Ranked sixth in the world, King suffered a nasty cut to the lip in her previous match but had no problems on this occasion, dispatching Egyptian Mariam Metwally 11-8 11-5 11-7 in 30 minutes in her quarter-final toset up a clash with world No.4 Nour El Tayeb of Egypt.

Rally comes down to close finale

The season-opening Monte Carlo rally was set for a nail-biting finale after leader Elfyn Evans, France's Sebastien Ogier and Belgian Thierry Neuville were all within 6.4 seconds of each other at the end of Saturday's third leg.

Six-times world champion Ogier and his Toyota team mate Evans were tied at the top after the 11th stage but the French driver lost 4.9 seconds to the Welshman in the 12th.

Neuville (Hyundai) won the final two stages on Saturday to end up 1.5 seconds behind Ogier with four stages left on Sunday.

Should he maintain his lead, Evans would win his second rally after prevailing at the 2017 Wales Rally.

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Injured captain set up to watch Super League

Hull KR will provide stricken captain Mose Masoe with a live feed of their Super League matches this year to keep the former NRL player in touch with the team from his hospital bed.

The 30-year-old Samoan prop continues to be treated for a serious spinal injury, suffered in a pre-season friendly, which has brought his career to a sudden and tragic end.

Masoe was appointed Rovers captain, alongside Weller Hauraki, before both were injured a fortnight ago in the same game at Wakefield.

In the absence of Masoe and Hauraki, who will be out for up to three months with an ankle injury, Smith has handed the captaincy to new signing Shaun Kenny- Dowall, another former Rooster.

The ex-New Zealand international says the team will be playing for Masoe in 2020.