In today’s sports news: What you need to know


Last – The Tall Blacks advanced to the next stage of the Asian Basketball Cup with a 92-75 victory over the Philippines in Indonesia.

Taine Murray
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The victory secured them second place in their group and they will now face Syria tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals.

Flynn Cameron led the way with 18 points in minutes, while Taine Murray had 8 points and 8 rebounds, Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 12, Tohi Smith-Milner had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Isaac Davidson scored 10.

The Kiwis led the game from start to finish to beat Gilas Pilipinas for the third time in three games this year.

The Kiwis shot 45% overall, as well as a vastly improved 88% from the free-throw line.

New Zealand also dominated on the boards with 61 rebounds against 28 for the Philippines

The leader crashes on tour

Belgian Jasper Philipsen claimed his first Tour de France victory by winning a bunch sprint on stage 15 as overall leader Jonas Vingaard and his team suffered a bad day.

Jonas Vingeard of Denmark on the Tour de France 2022

Jonas Vingegaard
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Alpecin-Deceuninck rider Philipsen timed his effort perfectly to beat compatriot Wout van Aert and Dane Mads Pedersen to second and third respectively.

Vingaard retained the yellow jersey but hit the bridge and lost two of his Jumbo-Visma team-mates as Steven Kruijswijk crashed and Primoz Roglic did not start the 202.5km journey from Rodez after failing to recover from his injuries.

With the temperature over 40 degrees Celsius, organizers sprayed parts of the route with water to cool the melting tar before riders passed.

Vingegaard, who appeared to be uninjured in his accident, returned to the field and still leads defending champion Tadej Pogacar by two minutes and 22 seconds.

Monday is a rest day as the Tour de France enters its final week.

-Reuters

Record three for Tiarna Clarke

Tiarna Clarke has broken the all-time record for most 3-point shots made by a woman in a New Zealand professional basketball game.

Tiarna Clarke


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Guard Whai and 3×3 Tall Ferns draining an incredible 11 shots from beyond the arc, in his side’s 99-69 victory over Mainland Pouākai in the third round of Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa.

Clarke scored 34 points in the game to lead his team, shooting 11 of 20 overall on his 3-point attempts. She had nine shots from beyond the arc in the second half, including six triples in the third quarter when her team broke for a season-high 41 points during the period.

Clarke says that while a good evening of filming was long overdue for her, she didn’t come into this game expecting to have a performance like this.

“After not being able to find my shot the last few games and then hitting so many threes this game, it’s indescribable – honestly, it’s just the greatest feeling to be able to help my teammates win , then to have my teammates support me and show the love for what I’ve done,” Clarke said.

Clarke and the Whai take on Kahu North at Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa on Tuesday, July 19, before the hot shooting fullback travels to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with the 3×3 Tall Ferns.

The former Wales captain is scared

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has said he felt like his “world was falling apart” after being diagnosed with dementia praecox.

A disappointed Welsh captain, Ryan Jones, applauds the fans in 2008.

Ryan Jones in 2008
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The 41-year-old said he was diagnosed in December last year, with doctors telling him it was one of the worst cases they had seen. He was also diagnosed with probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Jones earned 75 caps for Wales and captained the side for a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2008, making his final appearance for them in 2014. He was also part of the British and Irish Lions squad who toured New Zealand in 2005.

“I feel like my world is falling apart. And I’m really scared,” Jones told The Sunday Times. “I’ve lived 15 years of my life as a superhero and I’m not. I don’t know what the future holds.

In 2020, a group of former rugby players brought a class action lawsuit against World Rugby and other governing bodies, alleging their failure to protect them led to the early onset of dementia.

Rugby’s governing body has announced guidelines limiting full contact training to 15 minutes a week and launched a brain health education campaign for players.

-Reuters

United finalize Martinez deal

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ajax Amsterdam to sign defender Lisandro Martinez for an initial fee of $94 million, with $16 million in potential add-ons included.

The agreement is subject to a medical examination and the granting of a visa, the conclusion of which is expected in the coming days.

The length of the contract has not been announced, but a source with knowledge of the deal said Martinez will sign a five-year deal with the Premier League club, with an option for a further 12 months included.

The 24-year-old, who can also play in midfield, will be manager Erik ten Hag’s third signing following the arrivals of Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia and Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

A new defender was seen as a priority for United after their struggles at the back last season. They conceded 57 goals last season, the most in the Premier League‘s top six and 31 more than champions Manchester City.

-Reuters

Rovanpera wins in Estonia

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has won in Estonia for the second consecutive year and takes another big step to become the youngest world rally champion.

Rovanperä Kalle (fin), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, Toyota Yaris WRC, portrait during the 2021 Acropolis Greece Rally, Round 9 of the 2021 FIA WRC, FIA World Rally Championship, September 9-12, 2021 in Lamia, Greece

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The 21-year-old Finn, who last year became the youngest driver to win a round of the championship in Estonia, has now won five of the last six rallies, with Estonia seventh of 13 events scheduled.

Rovanpera dominated the gravel event to finish just over a minute ahead of second-placed teammate Elfyn Evans and extend his championship lead over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville to 83 points.

Estonian 2019 world champion Ott Tanak finished third for Hyundai in the gravel event, with Neuville fourth after struggling at the end with a foggy windshield.

New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon, who was competing in the second tier competition, did not finish.

The next gathering will take place in Finland from August 4-7.

-Reuters

Fiji win Pacific Rugby title

Fiji clinched the 2022 Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship title with a hard-fought 31-24 win over Samoa, scoring in the final game to clinch victory.

Fiji have won their third Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship title after victories in 2016 and 2018.

In the previous game, Tonga earned a record 101 points victory against Papua New Guinea. Their previous biggest winning margin was 36 against PNG at the 2018 Championships.

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