20 Jul 2020

Today's sports news: What you need to know

7:30 am on 20 July 2020

Latest - Despite losing a day to the weather, the England cricketers will still be able to push for victory on the final day of the second Tests against the West Indies in Manchester.

England bowler Chris Woakes.

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England ended the fourth day on 37 for 2 in their second innings, a lead of 219.

The tourists were bowled out for 287 with half centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes took three wickets each.

England, who failed to enforce the follow-on, lost Jos Buttler and Zak Crawley cheaply as they tried to score quick runs, with Kemar Roach castling both batsmen.

West Indies have a 1-0 lead in the three-test series, which is being played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, after winning the first test in Southampton.

The third test will also be played in Manchester.


Pensioners too good for United

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United 3-1 to book their place in an all-London FA Cup final, helped by two errors from United goalkeeper David de Gea and an own goal by Harry Maguire.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

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Chelsea, who will face London rivals Arsenal in the August 1 showpiece, had lost to United three times this season but looked brighter from the start at Wembley and took control with goals either side of halftime from Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount.

United were forced into a change at 0-0 late in the first half when Eric Bailly was carried off after clashing heads with fellow defender Maguire. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Anthony Martial to create more attacking threat.

United scored a consolation goal when Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in the 85th minute.

Yesterday Arsenal beat holders Manchester City 2-0.


Rare win for Yamaha

Latest - Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo took his first MotoGP victory, winning an incident-packed Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez after defending champion Marc Marquez crashed out of the race.

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo.


Honda rider Marquez crashed at turn four with four laps to go, ending his race and breaking his arm.

His Honda team later confirmed he had suffered a broken arm and said he would remain under observation for 12 hours.

Quartararo's victory was also the first for Petronas Yamaha as he finished ahead of Yamaha's Maverick Vinales and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, who came third just weeks after having surgery on a damaged left collarbone.

The race was the first of the season with the next round also in Spain next weekend.


McLaughlin extends lead

The New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin has extended his lead in the Australian Supercars Championship.

The two-time defending champion won Saturday's first race, was third in the second race and 14th in the third race.

He now has 47 career wins, one behind legend Peter Brock.

Nick Percat and Jack Le Brocq won Sunday's races.

McLaughlin now has a 107 point lead over Jamie Whincup with the next round scheduled for Darwin in three weeks.

Spurs hit three against Leicester

Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur dealt a huge blow to Leicester City's hopes of a top-four finish with a 3-0 victory in the English Premier League.

Harry Kane.

Harry Kane. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Leicester's James Justin deflected Son Heung-min's shot into his own goal after six minutes and Kane gave his side a commanding lead with two quality strikes before halftime.

England skipper Kane took his tally to four in two games after scoring twice in his side's 3-1 win at Newcastle United.

Leicester remain fourth but are level on 62 points with fifth-placed Manchester United who have two games left to play to Leicester's one. They meet on the final day of the season.

Spurs are finishing the season strongly, winning four of their last five games, and moved above Wolverhampton Wanderers into sixth place, closing in on Europa League qualification.


Jets get past Airs

Manawatu have beaten Taranaki 118-103 in a top of the table clash in the National Basketball League.

The Jets had won the previous meeting between the two teams (102-93) and benefitting from a dominant fourth quarter display they again proved too good for the Airs.

Hyrum Harris returned to the Jets team and was immediately reinstated to their starting five despite missing the previous six games with a hip injury. The move worked wonders with the swingman putting together a rare triple-double of 24 points (8/12FG), 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Otago, Manawatu and Taranaki all have 14 points, Auckland and Franklin 12, Nelson 8 and Canterbury 6.

LeBron card goes for big money

A rare LeBron James trading card sold for a whopping $2.7 million at an auction.

The sale nearly doubled the previous record for a modern-day card of $1.4 million set in May for a card of Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout.

Upper Deck produced only 23 copies of this particular card, which was signed by James during his 2003-04 rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The card was in "gem mint" condition with a 9.5 grade (out of 10), according to Beckett Publications.

The card was purchased by collector Leore Avidar, according to Darren Rovell of Action Network.

A 16-time All-Star and four-time Most Valuable Player, James is currently chasing his fourth NBA title and first as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 35-year-old veteran ranks third in league history with 34,087 points.


Watford sack manager

English Premier League strugglers Watford have sacked manager Nigel Pearson with two games of the season remaining.

Pearson joined Watford in December, overseeing an uptick in form, but the club have struggled since the league restarted in June after an enforced suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watford, who are 17th in the table on 34 points, three above the relegation zone, were beaten 3-1 at West Ham United at the weekend and end their league campaign with games against second-placed Manchester City and 10th-placed Arsenal.

Pearson's team have won two games since the restart, while also racking up four defeats and a draw.