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Formula One champion Max Verstappen and Olympic sprint champ Elaine Thompson-Herah have won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswomen of the year awards.

Verstappen became the first Dutch driver to win the world championship when he clinched his maiden crown by beating seven-times winner Lewis Hamilton.

Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah became the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles when she retained her 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo last year and capped a memorable Games with gold in the 4x100m relay.

Italy’s football side were named Team of the Year after winning the Euros.

British teenager Emma Raducanu took the Breakthrough of the Year prize after her fairytale New York triumph in September when she claimed the U.S. Open title as a qualifier.

Olympic canoe racing gold medalist Dame Lisa Carrington will represent New Zealand at the upcoming World Champs.

Carrington beat defending world champ Aimee Fisher in the third and final race of their duel to decide who’ll represent New Zealand at the world champs.

The two canoeists were level at one race all after Fisher won the national K1 500m title on Saturday. However, Carrington won race two on Sunday.

As usual, Carrington got off to a flying start in the K1 500 and led by around a boat length at the midway point of the race.

While Fisher closed the gap over the second half of the race Carrington held on to win by half a boat length and secure a 2-1 win in the best of three race series and a spot at the world champs in August.

Fisher, was gracious in defeat.

“I can’t even describe how I felt before the race…. all the nerves, the sleepless nights (but) she’s brought out the best in me. I think we bring out the best in each other and it was a pretty epic battle. That series would be some of the best racing of the decade.”

Russian and Belarusian players have been banned from Wimbledon 2022 due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Players from Russia and Belarus are also banned from playing any of the UK grass tournaments.

Men’s world number two player, Daniil Medvedev from Russia, and women’s world number four player, Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus, are the highest-ranked players to be affected by the ban.

The ban is only for players, so Russian and Belarusian coaches, umpires, and physiotherapists can all still be involved in the tournament.

A Texas woman who has run 999 marathons said she expects to hit 1,000 this weekend, and become the first U.S. woman to do so.

In 2013 Tortorice broke a Guinness World Record by running 129 marathons in a single year.

“My vacation time is used for marathoning,” Tortorice said. “It’s not used for anything else.”

Tortorice has run at least five marathons in every U.S. state and said she will run her 1,000th race this weekend at the Irving Marathon in Texas. Completing the race would make her the first U.S. woman to reach the milestone number of marathons.

Audi and Porsche owner Volkswagen is set to give the green light for the two brands to make their entry into Formula One.

There has long been talk of Audi and Porsche forming partnerships with existing Formula One teams.

Audi will offer around $800 million for McLaren.

McLaren uses Mercedes engines but that could change when the sport introduces a new power unit in 2026.

Australia scored two goals in added time to beat the Football Ferns 2-1 in their friendly in Townsville.

Australia was heading for their first loss to New Zealand since 1994 after trailing 1-0 at the 90 minute mark. But then Emily van Egmond and Sam Kerr scored in the 94th and 96th minutes.

New Zealand’s goal came from a wonder strike by defender Anna Green in the 32nd minute.

The two sides meet again in Canberra on Tuesday.

New Zealand cricketing legend Ross Taylor has retired from international cricket.

The 38-year-old holds the nation’s record in One Day International (ODI) runs and ODI centuries.

Taylor is one of only four New Zealanders to play 100 tests

Taylor decided in December to retire from international cricket but will continue to play for his provincial side Central Districts until the end of the season before making a call on his future in domestic cricket.

He was the world’s first to play 100 internationals in all formats.

Australia have won their seventh Women’s cricket world cup after their 71 run victory.

Opener Alyssa Healy smashed a world record 170 as Australia outclasses England.

Healy’s smashed 170 off 138 balls the highest total in a World Cup final, helping Australia set a mammoth victory target of 357 at Hagley Oval

England were bowled out for 285 with six overs to spare. With Nat Sciver scoring an entertaining 148 not out.

Alyssa Healy also won player of the tournament.

The official match ball for the 2022 Qatar World Cup has been released by Adidas.

It’s called the ‘Al Rihla’ – which is the Arabic word for the journey. It is inspired by the architecture, boats, and flag of the host nation Qatar.

The Al Rihla is the 14th successive ball that Adidas has created for the Fifa World Cup.

Adidas says that travels faster in flight than any ball in the tournament’s history.

Adidas said the new ball is the most environmentally friendly football ever having been designed from only water-based inks and glues.

It is also specially designed using coloured lines – so when it flies through the air it should stand out.

The All Whites are one step closer to the World Cup after winning the Oceania qualifying tournament.

New Zealand have beaten the Solomon Islands 5-0 in the final in Qatar.

The All Whites managed to control most of the play in the first half and opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with Bill Tuiloma heading home from a corner.

Newcastle striker Chris Wood, who was the main target up front, then headed home a cross in the 39th minute.

Just after the break Joe Bell curled in a corner which the Solomon’s keeper failed to take for their third goal.

Tuiloma got his second in the 69th minute, while Matt Garbett scored the fifth just before full-time.

The All Whites will now play Costa Rica in Qatar in June.

The winner of that one-off game will then play in the World Cup finals in Qatar in November and December.