31 Oct 2020

Today's sports news: What you need to know

6:21 pm on 31 October 2020

Latest - Silver Ferns defender Katrina Rore has announced she's pregnant.

Pulse netball player Katrina Rore.


The Central Pulse captain isn't playing for the Ferns in the three test series against England after being ruled out for "medical reasons".

This afternoon Rore has posted a photo on Instagram with her husband confirming they are expecting their first child.

"Joel and I are super excited to be welcoming a new addition to our little whānau. Pēpē due 2021," Rore posted.

Katrina Rore has played 137 tests for the Silver Ferns and is contracted to the Central Pulse for the 2021 ANZ Premiership.

Former Black Cap to play BBL in Australia

Former Black Caps fast bowler Adam Milne has been released from his Central Stags contract to play for the Sydney Thunder in Australia's Big Bash League.

Adam Milne

Adam Milne Photo: Photosport

Milne will remain available to play for the Stags before heading across the Tasman for the BBL, which starts in early December.

"Naturally we are disappointed to lose Adam. He is a quality player, and a valued member of our squad," Central Districts CEO Pete de Wet said.

"Adam felt the opportunity to play in the Big Bash was too good to pass up and when he approached us to consider his request, he did so knowing that he would have to give up his CD Cricket contract to do so.

"This is not something that Adam took lightly. We now have the opportunity to contract another player, and we will announce further details around this when appropriate."

Milne will link up with former Black Caps bowling coach Shane Bond, who is coach of the Thunder.

Adam Milne last played international cricket in November 2018, with his career having been disrupted by injuries.

Canterbury take Plunket Shield lead

Canterbury have beaten Wellington by an innings and 25 runs in Christchurch to move to the top of the Plunket Shield table.

Canterbury pace bowler Will Williams celebrates the wicket of Andrew Fletcher of the Wellington Firebirds during Day 3 of thePlunket Shield cricket match, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand, 30th October 2020.

Will Williams celebrates one of his five second innings wickets Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

Pace bowler Will Williams has claimed his maiden five-wicket bag, taking 5-58, to dismiss Wellington for 276 in their second innings,

All-rounder Jamie Gibson had led Wellington's resistance and finished unbeaten on 116.

Canterbury's two points above Auckland, who are the only other undefeated side after two rounds.

Auckland's beaten Central Districts by 25 runs at Eden Park Outer Oval, despite a second innings century from Stags all-rounder Doug Bracewell.

Bracewell was the last Central Districts batsman to be dismissed for 102.

Northern Districts have jumped to third on the table after beating Otago by 90 runs at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

Otago heap more misery on Canterbury

Otago have claimed their first win over Canterbury in 15 years, beating the hosts 23-16 in their Mitre 10 Cup clash in Christchurch.

Otago celebrates winning the Mitre10 Cup rugby match, Canterbury V Otago, at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 30th October 2020. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Otago celebrates winning their match against Canterbury. Photo: © Photosport Ltd 2020 www.photosport.nz

The result leaves Otago at the top of the Championship standings, while Canterbury are now in danger of being relegated from the Premiership.

Canterbury are fifth in the top tier standings with 19 points, two points clear of Bay of Plenty and three clear of North Harbour.

Both those teams could pass the red and blacks on the table this weekend, with Harbour taking on Northland in Whangārei this afternoon and Bay of Plenty hosting Hawke's Bay tomorrow.

England football's 'Toothless Tiger' Nobby Stiles dies aged 78

England's World Cup winning midfielder Nobby Stiles, whose robust game earned him the nickname the 'Toothless Tiger', has died aged 78 after a long battle with illness, his family said.

The former Manchester United player was an uncompromising competitor who won 28 caps for England, lifting the World Cup in 1966.

He provided one of that final's most iconic images as he danced around the Wembley pitch after the hosts beat West Germany with the trophy in one hand and his false teeth in the other.

"The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness," a family statement read. "The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time."

Stiles returned to Wembley for another major final two years later with United as Matt Busby's side became the first English club to lift the European Cup when they beat twice-winners Benfica.

The midfielder made nearly 400 appearances for United from 1960-1971 before he moved to Middlesbrough and later finished his career as a player-coach at Preston North End.

- Reuters

Russian athletics federation staff receive lengthy bans in Lysenko case

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) suspended former Russian athletics federation officials Elena Ikonnikova and Elena Orlova for eight years and six years respectively for obstructing an anti-doping investigation into high jumper Danil Lysenko.

Lysenko, who won silver in the high jump at the 2017 world championships, failed to file his whereabouts on three occasions and was provisionally suspended in 2018 as three strikes in a 12-month period constituted an anti-doping violation.

Last year, the AIU concluded that federation officials had provided "false explanations and forged documents" to the AIU to explain Lysenko's whereabouts failures.

The tribunal found that both Ikonnikova and Orlova had failed to provide their mobile phones and electronic storage devices for inspection by the AIU in relation to the investigation into Lysenko's whereabouts failures.

Russia's athletics federation has been suspended since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among the country's track and field athletes.

- Reuters