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The Milwaukee Bucks have won the 2021 NBA Championship.

It is the first time in 50 years and team has won the competition, as they beat the Phoenix Suns 4-2 in the best of seven series.

They are only the fifth team to win the best-of-seven finals series after losing their first two matches.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star players for the Buck. He scored 50 points as the Milwaukee Bucks won their final game 105-98. It was the third game in the series in which the 26-year-old managed at least 40 points and 10 rebounds.

“I’m happy I was able to do it with this team for Milwaukee,” said Antetokounmpo.

The Suns were seeking a first NBA crown in their 53-year history, having also lost NBA Finals series in 1976 and 1993.

Check out the Kiwi Kids News daily round up of the Tokyo Olympic Games. These Olympics will see round 11,000 athletes from 205 nations competing in the 339 events on offer, across 33 sports. New Zealand has a team of 211 athletes competing.

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Football (Women) Group G – Game 1 v Australia

Women’s Football

New Zealand opened their Olympic women’s soccer tournament with a 2-1 loss over Australia this morning.

It started with Australia opening the scoring in the 20th-minute with Yallop. They doubled their lead in the 30th minute with Kerr.

New Zealand narrowed the gap with Gabi Rennie’s goal in stoppage time.

This makes New Zealand 3rd in their group with the USA losing against Sweden.

The group stage continues tomorrow with New Zealand set to play the US.

Earlier today, the Swedes upset the Americans 3-0 at Tokyo Stadium.

See you tomorrow for all the latest New Zealand updates from the Tokyo Games.

Lionel Messi is believed to have agreed to resign with Barcelona Football Club.

The deal would see the football star remain at the club until 2026.

Messi’s new five-year deal will be on reduced wages to help Barcelona stay within the financial rules.

Messi has spent his whole career at Barcelona and has just helped Argentina to win the Copa América in Brazil.

Barcelona fell short in La Liga and the Champions League last season but have spent a lot of money over the summer to help rebuild their team.

Italy has won the 2021 European Football Championship at Wembley.

The Italians were too strong for England, winning a penalty shoot out 3-2. Both teams finished 1-1, after full time and then extra time.

England were hoping to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy. Luke Shaw gave England the perfect start to the game,driving the ball into the net at the far post after just 2 minutes.

Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches before this final, slowly edged their way back into the game. They then drew level in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci pounced following a corner kick.

England missed three of their five penalties. Marcus Rashford hit the post, while Jadon Sancho and teenager Bukayo Saka had their shots saved by the Italian goalkeeper. Harry Kane and Harry Maguire were on target for England.

The All Blacks have beaten Fiji 57-23 in the Steinlager Series first Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Despite the scoreline, Fiji produced their finest performance in Tests against the All Blacks. For the first time in their history, the Flying Fijians has scored 23 points against the All Blacks. At one stage of the game Fiji was just trailing by 8 points.

Fiji impressed in the breakdown area as they won a number of turnovers and got their two tries from lineouts.

Dane Coles scored four tries for the All Blacks after coming on as a substitute in the second half. Their other tries were scored by Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Will Jordan while David Havili got two tries.

Fiji will play the All Blacks at 7.05pm next Saturday.

Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have been crowned 2021 Wimbledon Champions.

In the men’s competiton, Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title by beating Matteo Berrettini. The 34-year-old Serb won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in front of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.

The victory equals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 men’s Grand Slam victories.

Djokovic has now won all three Grand Slam men’s titles in 2021.

In the women’s competition, Ashleigh Barty won her maiden Wimbledon title as she beat Karolina Pliskova. She becomes the first Australian women’s champion for 41 years.

Barty won the match 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.

World Swimming governing body FINA, has announced a new style of swim cap is not suitable for international competitions like Tokyo 2020.

The Soul Cap is designed to be worn by athletes with afro hairstyles.

However, FINA argued that the hat didn’t follow “the natural form of the head”. It rejected Soul Cap’s application for the cap to be certified for use at big competitions.

Soul Cap says it makes caps to fit over and protect thick and curly hair. Afro hair is typically drier compared to other hair textures. This is because the of the strands are often very tightly curled, making it more difficult for naturally occurring oils to moisturise the hair.

There’s been lots of backlash following Fina’s decision to ban Soul Cap’s hats from international competitions. The federation has now said it will be reviewing it’s original decision.

The All Blacks have trounced Tonga 102-0 in their first Test of the year in Auckland.

They scored 16 unanswered tries, which included winger Will Jordan scoring five times while Brad Weber scored three.

The result equalled New Zealand’s highest score against Tonga.

Covid-19 travel restrictions meant that Tonga was weaker than normal. They were missing their Europe-based players and had 13 debutants in their match-day squad.

It is the ninth time the All Blacks have notched a century of points.

Will Jordan’s haul of five tries was one short of the New Zealand’s Test record. That was set by Marc Ellis against Japan at the 1995 World Cup.

The All Blacks were 43-0 up at half time and were equally as dominate after the break.

New Zealand now have Tests against Fiji in Dunedin and Hamilton on 10 and 17 July.

Halfback Shaun Johnson will make a shock return to the Warriors.

Johnson departed the Warriors three years ago following a falling out with then coach Stephen Kearney. He moved to the Cronulla Sharks.

Johnson has played 162 games for the Warriors and played for them for 7 years -from 2011-2018. He has signed a two-year deal.

Johnson holds the Warriors’ all-time record for most points (917) and also ranks among the club’s leading try scorers with 63.

The Tall Blacks have booked a place in the Asia Cup.

This week, the International governing body, FIBA, confirmed that New Zealand had secured one of 16 spots available. The tournament is being held in Indonesia in August.

The Tall Blacks will be joined by the hosts as well as Philippines, Korea, China, Japan, Australia, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Bahrain.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions New Zealand had only played half of their qualifying games. Three more teams are yet to be confirmed.

The Asia Cup is a crucial step towards the 2023 world cup with access to the world cup qualifying tournaments dependent on results at the Asia Cup.