Home Archive by category Sport


The Black Caps have beaten India in the first test of the series.

The Black Caps were in control of the entire game and claimed a comprehensive 10-wicket victory before lunch on the fourth day.

They now have 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

New Zealand needed just 10 balls in their second innings after India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings.

It was New Zealand’s 100th test victory.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee combined to rip through the Indian batting line up in the second innings. Southee completed his 10th five-wicket haul in tests with 5-61.

The result is India’s first test loss in the ICC World Test Championship.

India captain Virat Kohli said being dismissed for 165 in the first innings had been crucial.

The second match of the two-test series starts at Hagey Oval in Christchurch on 29 February.

The New Zealand women’s cricket team have won their first game of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Perth, Australia.

New Zealand was too strong, winning by 7 wickets in the end.

Captain Sophie Devine led the New Zealand women’s cricket team batting with an unbeaten 75 to ensure they chased down the 128 runs required for victory with 14 balls to spare.

It was her sixth straight half-century in T20 cricket.

Earlier, the Sri Lankin openers Chamari Athapaththu and Hasini Madushika gave Sri Lanka a brisk start with a stand of 60. However, the introduction of Hayley Jensen’s bowling turned the game. Her 3-16 put paid to their hopes of a big total.

In the end, New Zealand’s bowlers slowed down Sri Lanka’s momentum and restricted them to 127-7.

New Zealand’s next game is against India, who beat Australia in their first game, on Thursday.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton were declared joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

It is the first time in the 20 year history of the event the voting has been tied.

Both had incredible years. Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race wins and 17 podium finishes. Meanwhile, Messi was crowned the world’s best player for a record sixth time when he won the Ballon d’Or.

American gymnast Simone Biles won her third Sportswoman of the Year gong after winning the award in 2017 and 2019. She became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history when she won her 25th medal last year.

The South African rugby team, which won the World Cup in Japan last year for the third time in history, were crowned the Team of the Year. They beat European soccer champions Liverpool and women’s soccer World Cup winners the United States.

Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, won the best Sporting Moment from the last two decades. He led his team to the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

List of winners:

Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi

Sportswoman of the Year: Simone Biles

Team of the Year: South Africa Men’s Rugby Team

Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal

Comeback of the Year: Sophia Floersch

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oksana Masters

Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim

Best Sporting Moment: ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’ Sachin Tendulkar

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dirk Nowitzki

Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation

Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United

The New Zealand Breakers’ have won their last game of the season but their season is over.

Needing to win their last game, and hope other teams lost, the Breakers beat South Melbourne 92-83.

However, the next day the Brisbane Bullets beat the Taipans by a staggering 36 points – the largest margin this season – to put an end to the Breakers’ playoff hopes.

The result means that the Breakers finished in 6th position.

Three teams all attempting to get to the final 4th position all had the same win-loss ratio so the position was decided by points per game.

In the final Melbourne will take on Sydney, while Perth will face Cairns.

English champions Manchester City have been banned from all European competition for the next two seasons. They have also been fined 30 million euros ($NZ50.5 million) by European football’s governing body UEFA.

The ban will mean the team is unable to play in the Champions League.

The move from UEFA comes following an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rule.

UEFA said that Man City had committed “serious breaches” of the rules by inflating the amount of advertising they had received.

The Premier League club said they intended to appeal the decision to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.

Netball has been the big winner at the 2020 Halberg Awards.

The Silver Ferns won Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, the Leadership Award and also the Supreme Award at the 57th edition of New Zealand’s sports awards.

It was no surprise they won Team of the Year. The Netball team was triumphant at the World Champs in 2019.

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua won both the Coach of the Year and the Leadership award, turned the team around in just 11months before the World Champs.

Taurua said the Ferns had a great year in 2019, culminating in the fourth-ranked side beating the defending champions, Australia, by a single goal in the final of the world champs in Manchester in July.

In other categories, mixed Martial Arts fighter Israel Adesanya won the Sportsman of the Year title after claiming the UFC middleweight world title.

Canoe sprint star Lisa Carrington won the Sportswoman of the Year award. It is the fourth straight year she has claimed this title.

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe, a six-time Halberg winner, won the Para athlete or team category.

Alpine ski racer Alice Robinson,18, won the Emerging Talent award after her victory in the giant slalom in Solden, Austria, last year.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 13: Mixed martial arts athlete Israel Adesanya (R) and New Zealand Rower Beth Ross (L) arrive on the red carpet at the Halberg Awards at Spark Arena on February 13, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 13: Black Caps captain Kane Williamson (R) and wife Sarah Raheem (L) arrive on the red carpet at the Halberg Awards at Spark Arena on February 13, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

The A-League season started months ago, so this update is to cover all games. The Phoenix, under their new coach Ufuk Talay, have played brilliantly over the course of the season. Even with many of their best players leaving last year including Sarpreet SIngh and Roy Krishna.

They are 4th in the table, with 7 wins, 3 draws, and 6 losses giving them 24 points. In their 3 last games, they lost to Brisbane Roar 1-0, beat the Newcastle Jets 2-1, and lost to third placed side Perth Glory 4-2.

The Phoenix are also 1 of only 2 teams to take a point or more away for Sydney FC, the leading club. They are the only New Zealand club in the A-League, and I’m sure you will enjoy their matches if you watch them.

New Zealand has won the 3rd One Day International held in Tauranga, to take a clean sweep of the series.

The Black Caps were too strong, chasing down 297 with only 5 wickets down and just under 3 overs to spare.

Hero of the night was Henry Nicholls who scored 80 off 103 balls. He was supported by Martin Guptil (66 runs) and Tom Latham (32) and Colin de Grandhomme (58).

Earlier in the day India had batted first and made 296/7 off their 50 overs. The main destroyer for India was KL Rahul who scored 112 off 113.

New Zealand best bowler was Hamish Bennett who secured 4 wickets for 64 in his 10 overs.

New Zealand will now take on India in two test matches.

Sam Clark has won the Coast to Coast for the fourth time.

Clark, who didn’t race last year, held off defending champion Dougal Allan by 7min 42sec to finish in 10hr 05min 01sec.

Tauranga’s Corrine O’Donnell claimed the women’s title in 12hr 53min 39sec, beating event first-timer Ali Wilson by just 3min 05sec.

The Coast to Coast is one of New Zealand’s oldest multisport races. It goes from the West Coast of the South Island to the East Coast. The 250km takes competitors around 10-12 hours.

In that time they run, cycle and paddle there way across the island.

The Black Caps have won the second One Day Cricket International held at Eden Park.

The result means New Zealand have an unbeatable 2-nil lead in the three match one day series against India.

New Zealand secured a 22 run win over India in game two in Auckland.

New Zealand, batting first, scored 273-8 with Ross Taylor following up his century in the first match in Hamilton with 73 not out. Taylor combined with Jamieson (25 not out) to score 76 runs for the ninth wicket partnership to give their team a respectable target.

During India’s turn at bat fast bowler Southee was the star with the ball. Southee took 2-41 before he left the field, while Jamieson secured 2-42 in his 10 overs. India were dismissed for 251 in 48.3 overs.

It was close towards the end. Ravindra Jadeja (55) produced a superb fightback after he came to the crease with his side in trouble at 96-5. He almost won the game in a partnership with fast bowler Navdeep Saini (45).

The third game is in Mt. Maunganui on Tuesday.