27 Jul 2020

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7:27 am on 27 July 2020

Latest - The Hurricanes have lost star midfielder Ngani Laumape for the rest of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season.

Hurricanes Ngani Laumape celebrates their win during the Hurricanes vs Blues Super Rugby Aotearoa match at Sky Stadium on Saturday the 18th of July 2020. Photo by Marty Melville / Photosport.co.nz

Ngani Laumape and Hurricanes teammates. Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

He was forced from the field with a forearm injury during Saturday's upset win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The in-form player confirmed this morning on social media that he will take no further part in the competition, but says he's not done for 2020.

Laumape was due to see a specialist this week and the worse case scenario is a fracture, which could sideline him for a couple of months.

Laumape didn't confirm the nature of the injury in his Twitter post.

Fellow Hurricanes midfielder Peter Umaga-Jenson will undergo concussion testing this week.

Steel beat frustrated Mystics

The resilience of the Southern Steel shone through when they upset the Northern Mystics 47-41 at the Auckland Netball Centre on Sunday.

Injury-ravaged after losing two shooters to major injury, the Steel suffered another blow when playmaking Trinidad & Tobabgo shooting import Kalifa McCollin was forced from the court with injury early in the final quarter, further showcasing the southerners' tenacious qualities.

The adversity highlighted the value of the experienced heads of Shannon Saunders, Gina Crampton, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and recent ring-in Ellen Halpenny who all helped in coaxing their team over the line with more consistent play than their opposites.

Stoic until the end in notching their third win from the bottom of the table, the Steel also held strong to deny the third-placed Mystics, who suffered their second straight loss, while putting a dent in their top two hopes.

The Mystics play again tonight against the Magic.

Quartararo fights off heat of Jerez to win an incident-packed Andalusian MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha led from start to finish in the scorching heat of Jerez to win an incident-packed Andalusian MotoGP.

Frenchman Quartararo, who also won the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, cruised to victory from pole position while factory Yamaha duo of Spaniard Maverick Vinales and former champion Valentino Rossi finished second and third.

Victory moved Quartararo to 50 points in the world championship standings, 10 points ahead of Vinales.

Vinales clinched runners-up spot after an overtake on the penultimate lap and 41-year-old Italian Rossi took a podium place for the 199th time in his premier class career and first since the Grand Prix of the Americas last year.

Rossi, who started fourth on the grid, made a good start and quickly moved up to second ahead of Vinales with the two Pramac Ducatis of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia looking to reel them in.


Britons Murray, Konta set to play US Open

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are both planning to play at the US Open if it goes ahead as planned in New York next month.

The ATP and WTA Tours have been on hold because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Murray and Konta will be taking part in the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event next week at the Lawn Tennis Association's National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Former men's world No.1 Murray, US Open champion in 2012, is to play in the doubles as he steps up his own rehabilitation.

The Scot remains focused on the showpiece hard-court Grand Slam event at Flushing Meadows which is scheduled to start on August 31.

Asked if he was expecting the event to go ahead, Murray replied: "Yeah. As it stands. We have to try and prepare that way, we were saying four or five weeks ago, you know, we were pretty sceptical about it but mentally at some stage you need to start preparing and planning for that."