17 Jun 2020

Today's sports news: What you need to know

9:45 am on 17 June 2020

Latest - Bayern Munich won their 30th German football league title by beating Werder Bremen 1-0 away with a Robert Lewandowski strike to open up an unassailable lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates with Bayern Munich teammates.


The Bavarians moved 10 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left to play, and secured an eighth consecutive league crown.

In a rollercoaster season that saw coach Niko Kovac fired in November with Bayern off the top spots and Hansi Flick taking over, Bayern turned it around after the winter break, are unbeaten since and won their last 11 straight league matches.

It was keeper Manuel Neuer who proved key for Bayern after they were left with 10 men for the final 10 minutes following the dismissal of Alphonso Davies, making a sensational one-handed save to ensure yet another league title.

New Zealander Sarpreet Singh was again on the bench for Bayern, but will collect a winners medal having played for the first side in December.


Warriors stick with same side

Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney has named an unchanged 17 but has included David Fusitu'a on the extended bench for Friday night's sixth-round NRL clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Parramatta.

Warriors back David Fusitu'a.

David Fusitu'a Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Fusitu'a remained in Auckland for personal reasons when the team travelled to Australia on May 3 to go into quarantine in Tamworth.

Arriving in Australia more than a week later, Fusitu'a - who is two games short of his 100th career appearance - had to isolate in Sydney for 14 days before joining the team when it moved to its Terrigal base on the Central Coast.

His inclusion is the only change to the 21-man squad.

He comes in for Hayze Perham, originally named in the centres for the encounter with North Queensland before making way for the returning Peta Hiku, a hat-trick hero in the 37-26 win.

The Warriors have beaten South Sydney only once - in Perth in 2018 - in the last 10 meetings between the two sides.

US Open to go ahead without fans

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the green light for the U.S. Open to be held from Aug. 31-Sept. 13 without fans as part of the state's reopening from shutdowns related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal.

Rafa Nadal Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Cuomo said on Twitter the United States Tennis Association will take "extraordinary precautions" to protect players and staff at the Grand Slam tournament, including robust testing, additional cleaning and extra locker room space.

While a number of top players had expressed concerns about attending the tournament due to the novel coronavirus, the USTA had said it hoped to go ahead with the event so long as it got approval from the state.

No professional tennis tournaments have been held since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the sport's calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will extend until August.

Wimbledon was cancelled altogether while the French Open has been moved to September and is due to start one week after the scheduled U.S. Open men's final.

World number one Novak Djokovic and reigning U.S. Open men's champion Rafa Nadal are among the players who have expressed concerns about attending the New York tournament.


Ponga signs record deal with Knights

With a record four year deal under his belt the Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga now wants an NRL title.

Kalyn Ponga.

Kalyn Ponga Photo: Photosport

The deal is believed to be worth $4.7 million dollars, which would make him one of the highest paid players in the NRL.

The 22-year-old, who had previously spoken about playing for the All Blacks, says he's committed to success with the Knights.

The Queensland fullback was originally signed until the end of next year with an option for 2022, but has opted to remain with the Knights as they chase their first premiership since 2001.

"It's no secret I want to win a comp in Newcastle, I want to hold the trophy up here," Ponga said.

"It's very exciting and a very proud moment for myself and my family.

"We're building towards something and I can definitely feel it. It's something that I want to be a part of and I'm excited to be a part of."


Australian player agent banned

Australian player agent Isaac Moses has had his NRL accreditation cancelled.

The NRL found that Mr Moses breached his obligations as an Accredited Agent in 2017 by procuring and assisting one of his clients, Mr Tim Mannah, to give evidence to the NRL that was false and intended to mislead an investigation of the NRL Integrity & Compliance Unit.

The determination found that Mr Moses' conduct was in breach of the rules that govern the conduct of NRL player agents.

"Player agents have a very influential role in the game and with the players they represent. Where agents fail to adhere to the standards expected of them, we will intervene to take action under the NRL Rules. That is what we have done in this case after a thorough investigation by the League's Integrity & Compliance Unit," said NRL Interim CEO, Andrew Abdo.


Brady in Bucs uniform

The world has finally seen Tom Brady in an NFL uniform other than that of the New England Patriots, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled photos of Brady in their new garb.

The Bucs published a gallery on their website with 41 photos, showing Brady donning the team's home reds, road whites and alternate pewter jerseys.

The Bucs unveiled redesigned uniforms earlier this offseason, moving to a simpler look more like what they wore from 1997-2013 than the modernized red, pewter and orange look of the past five seasons.

Brady, who turns 43 in August, played his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, who had the same primary uniforms for the entirety of his tenure. He signed with the Bucs in March as a free agent.


Horokoau into tennis final

Horokoau have qualified for the final of the New Zealand Premier Tennis League after beating Mauao (Mt Maunganui) 2-1 in their semi-final.

Alex Klintcharov and Reece Falck won the deciding doubles rubber for Horokoau to put them in Thursday's final against Hikurangi.

Finn Reynolds got Mauao off to the best possible start with a 6-1 6-3 win over Reece Falck in the first singles before Klintcharov fought back to beat Macsen Sisam in the second singles to level the tie.

In the final Horokoau will be the underdogs against Hikurangi who are led by the experienced Statham brothers Rubin and Oliver.

EPL to support Black Lives Matter movement

The Premier League's chief executive, Richard Masters, said he supported the move to have the slogan 'Black Lives Matter' on player's shirts in this week's games, saying it represented an ethical stance rather than a political one.

The Premier League resumes tomorrow, and teams will have logos supporting the National Health Service on the front of their shirts and the words Black Lives Matter replacing their names above the number on their backs.

Masters said backing Black Lives Matter needed to be followed up by concrete policies - but he added that the Premier League has no plans to introduce a US-style rule to ensure members of minorities are interviewed for any vacant coaching positions.


LPGA to return next month

The US LPGA women's golf Tour will return from its Covid-19 shutdown at the end of July.

CARLSBAD, CA - MARCH 31: Lydia Ko during the fnal round of the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club on March 31, 2019  in Carlsbad, California. (Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire)

Lydia Ko Photo: Photosport Ltd 2019

The Tour will resume with two tournaments in Ohio, starting with the new Drive On Championship three-day event from July 31 to August 2.

The Drive On Championship at the Inverness Club in Toledo will be played without spectators, a pro-am or sponsors, but the Marathon LPGA Classic to be held the following week in Sylvania, Ohio will welcome back fans at the Highland Meadows Golf Club.

The Drive On Championship will mark the LPGA's first event in over five months, after the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down the Tour following the Women's Australia Open on Feb. 16.

The PGA Tour made its return last week with no spectators at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas won by Daniel Berger.


Snooker star in hospital

English former professional snooker player Willie Thorne has been put into an induced coma after suffering respiratory failure while being treated for leukaemia in Spain.

Thorne, 66, had been rushed to hospital last week due to very low blood pressure.

Thorne turned professional in 1975 and won one ranking title as well as reaching the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals in 1982 and 1986. He is also known in Britain as a snooker commentator.