26 Apr 2021

Today's sports news: What you need to know

1:37 pm on 26 April 2021

Latest - All Whites striker Chris Wood scored a first-half hat-trick as Burnley cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and eased their Premier League relegation fears.

Burnley's New Zealand striker Chris Wood celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on April 25, 2021.

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Sean Dyche's visiting side exposed a listless Wolves defence as they snapped a three-game losing run to climb to 14th in the league table and nine points clear of the relegation zone.

"Obviously, results haven't gone our way in the last three but we've still been playing very well," Wood told the BBC.

"We knew our position was in our hands and that was the main thing, we wanted to keep it that way and this (win) has made it a little bit easier now."

In the other Premier League matches overnight, Leeds United and Manchester United drew 0-0 at Elland Road and Aston Villa scored a late goal to draw two-all with West Bromwich Albion.

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Eighth League Cup for Manchester City

Manchester City claimed a record-equalling fourth successive League Cup triumph as Aymeric Laporte's late header sealed a deserved 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy after winning the English League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, northwest London on April 25, 2021.

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Spurs had soaked up intense City pressure for most of the game to somehow stay in contention at Wembley Stadium.

But City finally made the breakthrough in the 82nd minute from an unlikely source as defender Laporte met Kevin de Bruyne's free kick and headed past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

A combination of Lloris, last-ditch defending and some poor City finishing had kept the 8,000 crowd on tenterhooks but in the end Pep Guardiola's side got their reward.

They have now matched Liverpool's feat of winning the competition for four seasons in a row, and also join Liverpool with the most League Cup wins on eight.

Tottenham, who had rookie manager Ryan Mason on the touchline after Jose Mourinho's sacking last week, are still waiting for their first trophy since 2008.

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Dixon continues his solid start to IndyCar defence

Scott Dixon is just two points off the lead after two races of the new IndyCar season.

Champion Scott Dixon celebrating, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photo: © 2018 Sam Cobb

The reigning champion has finished fifth in this morning's race in Florida to sit second equal in the series standings, alongside Australian Will Power.

They are level on 65 points, with race one winner Alex Palou on 67.

Rookie Scott McLaughlin has finished 11th in his second race and is 30 points behind Dixon in 15th place.

American Colton Herta won the Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida to rise to fourth in the standings.

Australia awarded 2027 netball World Cup

Australia will host the 2027 netball World Cup in Sydney, coinciding with with Australian netball's centenary celebrations.

Australia will host the 2027 World Cup

Australia will host the 2027 World Cup Photo: SWpix.com

Netball Australia chairwoman Paolina Hunt said securing the 16-nation event was another critical step in the rapid development of the sport.

"An enormous amount of work went into our bid and it's thrilling to think that we can now begin to transform our vision into reality," she said.

"We know that netball plays a key role in connecting and empowering young women and girls.

"An event such as this is a North Star for young athletes who can now dream of working to represent the Diamonds in front of huge home crowds."

The 2023 netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, where New Zealand will defend the title they won two years ago in London.

Ogier wins by slim margin

Toyota's reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier won the Croatia Rally by a mere 0.6 of a second after three days of action and despite being involved in a road accident before the start of the final leg.

French Sebastien Ogier holds the winning trophy after the Croatia Rally, the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship on April 25, 2021 in Kumrovec, north of Zagreb.

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The Frenchman was overnight leader by 6.9 seconds but fell behind team mate Elfyn Evans after a collision with another car while driving from Zagreb to the opening stage of the day on a public road.

The Toyota, which had been changing lane with another car approaching at speed behind and on the inside, was damaged on the co-driver's side but the crew were unhurt and able to continue.

Evans started the final power stage with a 3.9-second advantage but Ogier romped through with the fastest time to take the overall victory and five bonus points, with the Welshman having to settle for second.

Belgian Thierry Neuville was third for Hyundai.

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Tour de France champ wins prestigious classic

Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Monument classic, pipping Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe on the line in a thrilling sprint finish.

Tadej Pogacar of UAE TEAM EMIRATES in the 2020 Tour de France cycling race


Slovenian Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) moved past world champion Alaphilippe at the end of the 259-kilometer race, the Frenchman suffering again as he did last year when he was denied on the line by Primoz Roglic before being disqualified.

Pogacar and Alaphilippe were part of a leading group of five in the closing stages, with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) taking the final spot on the podium.

Team SD Worx's Demi Vollering claimed the women's race for the biggest win of her three-year professional career.

The 24-year-old beat fellow Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) in the sprint of a group of five.

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Huskies prevail in 'Battle of the North'

The Auckland Huskies have pipped the Franklin Bulls 99-96 in the second game of the new National Basketball League season.

Huskies Jeremy Kendle during the SAL'S NBL Basketball match between Franklin Bulls and Auckland Huskies at Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre Auckland, New Zealand. 25 April 2021.

Jeremy Kendle. Photo: Photosport Ltd 2021

Jeremy Kendle put the Huskies up by one with a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining.

Teenager Dontae Russo-Nance then sunk two free throws to secure the win.

Kendle led all scorers with 32 points, while Nance chipped in with 18.

Josh Selby was the Bulls' top scorer with 26 points.