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New Zealand has its first women’s professional football team.

The team has been created in partnership between the Wellington Phoenix and New Zealand Football.

The Wellington Phoenix team will play in the Australian W-League team.

Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says that this is an exciting moment for both the Club and women’s football in New Zealand.

The new team should also provide a massive boost to the Football Ferns leading into the 2023 Women’s World Cup on home soil.

The All Blacks have comfortably beaten Argentina in the Rugby Championship match in Australia.

The final scoreline of 39-0 highlighted the comfortable nature of the win. In fact, the scoreline could have been more if it was not for the TMO ruling two tries out.

New Zealand led 22-0 at halftime with tries coming from Rieko Ioane, Dalton Papalii & Sevu Reece.

In the second half, Luke Jacobson scored the only two tries.

Following the New Zealand game, South Africa overpowered Australia 32-19.

The result means that New Zealand is on top of the Rugby Championship with three wins from 3 games. They play Argentina again next week.

The 37th America’s Cup will have separate regattas for Women’s and Youth sailors.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron along with Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record, Team UK, announced the new move.

The women and youth will race an AC40 boat. This is a scaled down version of the AC75 which was used in Auckland earlier this year and will be used in the next two events.

The intention is for the new class, which has four crew, to grow participation in the America’s Cup.

The yacht clubs of competing AC teams must enter both the Women’s and Youth events, however entries will also be open to other countries and yacht clubs.

The host venue for the next America’s Cup is to be named next week.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have ended with a moving ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

The theme of the Closing Ceremony was “Harmonious Cacophony”, showing a variety of artists coming together in a chaotic nature to demonstrate their unique styles and rhythm.

During the ceremony International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons and Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto gave speeches before the official closing of the Games.

A key part of the ceremony was the handing over of the games to Paris. During the handover part of the ceremony Paris 2024 held an artistic segment which included a dance put together by Sadeck Waff, featuring a team of 128 performers – of which 15 per cent were disabled.

Hip-hop artist Pone mixed and composed a musical performance with just his eyes, showing the capabilities of disabled people.

During his performance, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet and French Paralympic medallists celebrated at the “Lives des Jeux” site Trocadéro Gardens. 

The Paralympics are an incredible show of perseverance and inspiration. Paralympians are all so talented, and they show that nothing can stop you if you try hard enough.

One such Para Athlete is Anastasia Pagonis. Anastasia is a blind 17-year old from America. She lost her sight when she was 14, as a result of an autoimmune disease, but that hasn’t stopped her. This year she qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in Japan.

Anastasia is a swimmer, a good one too. Just the other day, on the 29 August, she won Gold in the S11 400-meter freestyle. She smashed the competition with a time of 4 minutes and 54.49 seconds – a full 10 seconds ahead of the second-fastest swimmer. That’s a new world record! She also achieved bronze in the 200 meter medley, and 4th in the 100m freestyle.

The whole way, Anastasia’s 2 million Tik Tok followers have been cheering her on. That’s right, on the social media platform Tik Tok, Anastasia—@anastasia_k_p on the app—has over 2 million followers! ( Me included! ) She posts frequently about her blindness and any questions her fans might have, as well as her Paralympic Journey. “I just want to teach people that this is blind, not just what you think is blind where you have to wear sunglasses and you can’t do anything,” she told Team USA. “This is blind.”

A couple of things I have learnt from Anastasia are, that you should always believe in yourself, and keep on trying even when the going gets tough. When Anastasia first lost her vision, she was extremely afraid of the water, and couldn’t even swim to the other side of the pool without crashing into a lane rope, or ending up in tears. But she persevered and look at her now! She is such a sweet, and inspiring person, and she hasn’t let her disability stop her from doing what she loves: making content.

Together with her guide dog Radar, she is entertaining millions and breaking world records! She is an inspiration to us all, and the only thing any para-athletes who need some encouragement need to do is scroll through her account.

Article Written by Isla Martin – Year 8 Aquinas College

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 30: Anastasia Pagonis of Team United States competes in Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM11 on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new International Football new world record.

Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday to break the record for goals scored in men’s international football.

His 111 goals are now two ahead of the previous record-holder Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006.

However, the records didn’t stop there. Ronaldo also equaled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.

Ronaldo has a long way to go when it comes to the numbers achieved in the women’s game.

Christine Sinclair has the highest goal-scoring record of all time, for both women’s and men’s international football, having scored 186 times for Canada.

The Black Caps have beaten Bangladesh by 52 runs in the third T20 international in Dhaka.

New Zealand won the toss and batted first, making 128 for five.

The top order all scored runs with Finn Allen making 15, Rachin Ravindra 20 and Will Young scoring 20. Henry Nicholls then batted well at the end to finish unbeaten on 36 and Tom Blundell unbeaten on 30.

In reply Bangladesh was bowled out for just 76 with Ajaz Patel taking four wickets and fellow spinner Cole McConchie three.

Patel was named man of the match.

After the game, captain Tom Latham said he was happy with the way his side responded after losing the first two games.

Game four is on Wednesday.

The All Blacks have beaten Australia 38-21 in their final game of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup series played in Perth.

The win means that New Zealand won the series 3-0. They also ensured a bonus point which will help them in the Rugby Championship table.

The All Blacks were dominate from the start, leading 18-0 at half-time, despite being reduced to 14 men for 20 minutes as Jordie Barrett was sent off.

However, under a new law being trialled in the Rugby Championship, a player who has received a red card can be replaced 20 minutes later. this mean that Damian McKenzie’s arrival brought New Zealand back up to 15 men.

The All Blacks victory is all the more impressive given regular captain Sam Whitelock and first-choice backs Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith all stayed in New Zealand for the birth of their children.

New Zealand are now top of the Rugby Championship table after two games and paly Argentina on 12 September.

Line-ups

Australia: Banks; Kellaway, Ikitau, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lolesio, McDermott; Slipper, Fainga’a, Alaalatoa, Swain, Philip, Swinton, Hooper (capt), Valetini.

Replacements: Lonergan, Bell, Tupou, Rodda, Samu, White, Hodge, Petaia.

New Zealand: J Barrett; Jordan, Lienert-Brown, Havili, R Ioane; B Barrett, Weber; Bower, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, S Barrett, A Ioane, Papalii, Savea (capt).

Replacements: Taukei’aho, Tu’inukuafe, Ta’avao, Vaa’i, Blackadder, Perenara, McKenzie, Bridge.

A pair of Michael Jordan’s underwear has gone up for sale.

An American sports memorabilia website is auctioning the item and have started the bidding at $500.

The item formerly belonged to the legendary Chicago Bulls player and is being sold by a family member of John Michael Wozniak. He was Jordan’s former security guard.

The website said the “unusual item” shows signs of “definite use” and has “some loose threads evident at the seams.”

Lelands said the underwear was one of several items that Jordan gave to Wozniak. Apparently, he also received suits, ties, belts and jackets formerly worn by the basketball great.