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The Black Clash took place on the 22nd of January at Bay Oval. It is the annual game between past New Zealand cricketers and All Blacks.

Cricket won the toss and decided to have a bat. The wildcard and Olympic medallist Tom Walsh got Team Cricket of to a flyer hitting a quick 34 which included a six.

Watlings half-century of just 34 balls helped team cricket to get up to 203/5 of the 20 overs.

Former All Black captain Kieran Read and Will Jordan got team Rugby of to the perfect start with adding exactly 100 runs for the first wicket partnership.

Jordan unleashed against the spin of Nathan McCullum, and brought up a 27-ball half-century with four fours and three sixes.

However, with scores level, Read fell trying to hit the winning runs, as a top edged pull shot was caught by Fleming, out at 203/4.

But with one run needed from six balls, it was Barrett that sealed the win, stealing a single into the leg-side to complete a brilliant victory for Team Rugby.

The have tied the series 2-2 over the 4 games that have been played.

This week was another great week in the English Premier League.

Liverpool have closed the gap to City after their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Earlier in the week Man City were held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton.

In other results, Chelsea beat London rivals Tottenham 2-0, to solidify their hold on third place, with 47 points.

Tottenham will remain in 7th place.

Bottom of the table Burnley earned themselves a precious point in a 0-0 draw away at Arsenal.

The draw lifts Arsenal above Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference to sixth place.

Burnley stay bottom on 12 points but are now only four points from the safety zone.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Danny Welbeck netted a late header to cancel out Leicester City forward Patson Daka’s opener as the teams played out a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

South Africa have completed a 3-0 sweep of their one-day international series against India.

South Africa won the final game with a tense four-run victory at Newlands.

India chose to field and restricted South Africa to 287 all out of 49.5 overs.

However, the visitors narrowly failed in their chase as they managed 283 all out with only four balls left in the innings.

De Kock top scored for South Africa with 124 of 134 balls.

Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, has won another title at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

After winning the Slopestyle yesterday, Sadowski-Synnott’s this morning added the Big Air title, to ensure she could not be in better form ahead of the Winter Olympics.

In her winning run she landed a backside twelve-sixty trick for the first time in the competition.

The run pushed her to the top of the standings, and in doing so, she beat 18-time X-Games gold medallist and double Olympic champion Jamie Anderson into second place.

Sadowski-Synnott’s success could not be better timed, with the Winter Olympics just around the corner.

New Zealand’s never won a gold medal at a Winter Games.

Ice speed skater Peter Michael has been named to compete at his second Winter Olympic Games.

Michael has been selected for Beijing 2022 off the back of strong results at World Cups. He will compete in the 1,500m and is hoping to receive a place to compete in the 10,000m.

Michael comes from Palmerston North and is an inline skating World Champion . He made the switch to ice ice after being inspired while watching countryman, and now coach, Shane Dobbin at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Competing at his first Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang 2018, Michael came tantalisingly close to a medal, placing fourth in the 5000m, and fourth in the team pursuit.

Since then Michael has continued competing on the World Cup circuit, claiming numerous World Cup podium finishes.

Michael is currently in Germany where he is training ahead of Beijing.

All Whites striker Chris Wood has joined Newcastle Football Club.

The kiwi joined from fellow English Premier League club Burnley. His first game was a 1-1 draw against Watford.

Wood has signed a 2½-year contract. His transfer fee was undisclosed but was earlier reported to be between $40-50 million NZD.

Wood will wear No 20, the same shirt number he wore when he debuted for New Zealand as a 17-year-old.

He said in a statement: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.

“I have played at St James’ Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so to have the chance to represent this club with those incredible supporters behind me and my team-mates is very special.

Newcastle are trying to avoid relegation, currently sitting 19th on the EPL table with three of the 20 teams to go down at the end of the season.

Burnley are one place ahead of them on goal difference.

Novak Djokovic has been ordered to leave Australia and will not play at this year’s Australian Open tennis tournament.

The Australian government says his decision not to be vaccinated, mistakes on his application to enter Australia, and the country’s strict Covid rules will have a negative effects on the countries efforts to beat coronavirus.

Djokovic tried to appeal in an Australian court but judges have supported the government’s decision.

What happened?

He was originally given special permission to enter Australia even though he wasn’t vaccinated.

However, that decision was not supported by the wider public. Currently, more than 90 per cent of Australia’s adult population are fully vaccinated.

Many people felt that Djokovic getting into the country to play tennis showed there was one rule for the famous and another for ordinary people.

Djokovic’s visa was cancelled shortly after his arrival in Melbourne on 6 January, after officials said he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to receive a exemption.

He was then held at a hotel while his lawyers appealed the case.

Djokovic won that appeal as the judge found that he wasn’t treated fairly during the process.

However, the Australian immigration minister – who is in charge of who can come in and go out of the country – decided last Friday to cancel his visa again.

Djokovic says he is “extremely disappointed” with the ruling but says he won’t challenge the decision again – and that he will leave the country.

Taranaki sprinter Zoe Hobbs has broken her own New Zealand 100m record.

Hobbs secured the time when she claimed the national women’s 100m record at the McKinnon Shield meet at Mt Smart Stadium.

Hobbs crossed the line in 11.27 (+1.7), bettering her previous record of 11.32.

The record is unofficial until ratified, but is under the maximum tailwind of 2.0s.

Hobbs was not selected for the New Zealand team to the Tokyo Olympics despite making the original qualifying time.

Magnus Carlsen has retained his world chess title after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in the World Cup Final.

Magnus Carlsen confirmed his place as the best chess player on the planet on Friday with a fourth win over Nepomniachtchi in Dubai.

Carlsen’s winning score of 7½-3½ with three games to spare is the most lopsided result in a world championship match for 100 years.

Nepomniachtchi, from Russia, made a number of silly blunders in the series which effectively handed the title to Carlsen.

The result means that Carlsen, takes home a 60% share of the €2m ($4million NZD) purse for winning the title.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has won his first Formula One title.

Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton to win a season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The race was controversial and with Hamilton’s Mercedes appealing the result after the race.

Hamilton led by 11 seconds with only 4 laps remaining. But then a crash saw the safety car bought onto the track.
This closed up the gap and gave time for Verstappen to change his tyres. When the race restarted he was quicker than Hamilton and passed him on the final lap.

Mercedes secured the constructors’ championship for an unprecedented eighth successive year.

Verstappen ended the season with 10 wins to Hamilton’s eight. He also led more laps and taken more poles and podiums.

After 22 a record races, Verstappen had 395.5 points to Hamilton’s 387.5. Mercedes scored 613.5 to Red Bull’s 585.5.