New Zealand denied England a draw with a seven goal win in the third ODI; Amy Satterthwaite scored an unbeaten 119 in a record fourth goal stand for the home team with Amelia Kerr (72no); Tammy Beaumont’s opener for England with 88 goals
Last Updated: 28/02/21 8:18 am
Amy Satterthwaite reached a century of unbeaten streak as New Zealand grabbed a seven goal win against England in their third one-day international in Dunedin.
England, already series winners after their victories in the first two games, won the lottery and decided to hit.
Amelia Kerr took 4-42 for New Zealand as the visitors ran out of 220, with Tammy Beaumont making 88 of 113 balls and captain Heather Knight adding 60.
The pair added 109 for the second goal but Amy Jones’ next highest score was 15 and the visitors crashed out in 48th.
Nat Sciver took 1-35, with Freya Davies and Kate Cross also claiming their respective goals for England as the home side slipped to 51-3 in hot pursuit.
However, experienced left-hander Satterthwaite led the rebuilding and scored the top goal for the hosts with 119 not out in pursuit, while Kerr smashed 72 of 88 balls.
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The pairing combined for the fourth highest goal partnership in the ODIs – an unbroken 172 – and ensured New Zealand could end an 11-losing streak.
England, who will retain their World Cup title in New Zealand next year, had won 10 straight matches in all formats before Sunday’s defeat.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would be in isolation for seven days starting Sunday after a new local case of the coronavirus, of unknown origin, emerged; America’s Cup organizers will now review plans for a head-to-head final between Italy and New Zealand
Last Updated: 27/02/21 11:17
America’s Cup organizers are reviewing plans for a head-to-head final between Italy and New Zealand following the latest COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the country’s largest city would be under lockdown for seven days starting Sunday after a new local case of the coronavirus, of unknown origin, emerged, meaning America’s Cup Village would also be closed.
The opening race for the best-of-13 series between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and American Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) will be held in waters off the coast of Auckland on March 6.
“The American Cup is reviewing the situation and will work closely with the Authorities and relevant bodies over the next few days to address the implications,” organizers said in a statement on Saturday.
This month’s Challenger Series finals were suspended after a two-day race when Auckland went into a three-day lockdown.
Luna Rossa, who was leading 4-0 over INEOS Team UK at the time, opposed to postponing racing until the city’s restrictions were lifted.
Racing resumed later that week and the Italian team completed a 6-1 win to lift the Prada Cup and booked a fight with ETNZ in their quest to win the oldest trophy in international sport, which began in 1851.
Ireland will seek to end a two-game losing streak when they face Italy on Saturday (kick-off 14.15 GMT); The Azzurri will be hoping to build on their competitive display in the defeat to England
Last Updated: 27/02/21 8:40 am
Ireland face Italy on Saturday trying to recover from their worst start to the Six Nations campaign.
Andy Farrell’s side have suffered losing streaks to Wales and France, while the hosts are also looking for their first win of the tournament.
Here, we look at some of the main talking points ahead of the game in Rome.
A game that must be won
Ireland’s third-place Six Nations 2020 is considered an “average return” by the Irish Football Union’s Rugby Football Association performance director David Nucifora. Consecutive defeats meant that replicating those moderate achievements was a difficult task.
Ireland are scintillating favorites to win at the Stadio Olimpico and only a convincing win coupled with an accomplished display will likely prevent further scrutiny of progress under Farrell. The head coach has repeatedly expressed satisfaction with what he sees on camera and insists that the pressure makes him “feel alive.” Given the recent results and the level of opposition, first away success from his short term is a must.
This is Johnny
The debate over whether veteran captain Johnny Sexton will be available for the next World Cup is almost certain to continue in the foreseeable future. The 35-year-old said this week that he “might not” be there for the 2023 tournament but later clarified that it was a “throwaway comment” and stressed that he will assess his future year after year.
With fly-half deputies Billy Burns and Ross Byrne unsure each of them will be a long-term successor and Joey Carbery seeking to return from injury, there is little doubt Sexton will remain at the helm of his country’s number 10 for now. He will return from a head injury to win his 97th cap this weekend and will have to prove a steady influence after several difficult weeks.
After a narrow 15-13 defeat to Les Bleus, Farrel spoke of the need for a more creative spark from his back. Ireland have scored two low-key attempts of the tournament to date and both have come from the front – Tadhg Beirne and Ronan Kelleher.
Failure to break stubborn defenses is a common concern. With the backs of Sexton and Jordan Larmour giving up his first starts on the wing since before the 2019 World Cup, Farrell has appointed a back line made up entirely of Leinster players. He will hope that intimacy can lead to a greater spearhead, while facing the weakest side of the competition should provide the perfect stage to escape.
Shuffle the package
While Farrel demands greater ingenuity from his more technically gifted players, his raft of changes takes place mostly between the pack, including a complete front-line overhaul. Only key Iain Henderson and number eight CJ Stander defended their positions from the French game.
Tadhg Furlong’s tight head brace started for his country for the first time in more than a year, with Kelleher getting his chance as a prostitute after a cameo trying to score against France, and Dave Kilcoyne making a rare start to off.
Vice-captain James Ryan returned from a head injury to strengthen the second row, pushing Beirne back into the blind flanker, while Will Connors came in on the open flank.
Italy’s Six Nations losing streak – which lasted six years – is in danger of being extended to 30 games this weekend. The Azzurri head coach, Franco Smith, called a team unchanged after competing fiercely in the defeat to reigning champions England last time, but their poor run still ruined the championship.
While there have been calls for the introduction of promotion and relegation into the tournament via play-off play, Farrell feels Italy deserves to retain their place, demonstrating the progress made under South Africa’s Smith. There are many who disagree.
Italy: 15 Jacopo Trulla, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Montanna Ioane, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Stephen Varney, 1 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Luca Bigi (c), 3 Marco Riccioni, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 David Sisi, 6 Sebastian Negri, 7 Johan Meyer, 8 Michele Lamaro
Joseph Parker’s manager, David Higgins: “We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judge is.” The former WBO champion faces the Fa on Saturday
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 23/02/21 10:07
Joseph Parker has been involved in a heated argument with Junior Fa over the judges for this weekend’s heavyweight bout between rivals New Zealand.
The former WBO champion returns to face the Fa in Auckland on Saturday, but disagreements over officials have flared up again during their press conference.
Fa manager Mark Keddell has suggested that Parker will be favored by the judge from Christchurch, a charge his opposing coach Kevin Barry has denied.
“We looked at the jury list,” said Keddell. “The Barry family is a very successful Christchurch family, and we just thought there were some Auckland boys fighting, so we had to have an Auckland judge.
“We feel very strongly about that.”
Fa coach Eugene Bareman joked: “We definitely don’t want Kevin’s partner from the pub to be one of the judges.”
Barry replied: “What they have to say about my influence in Christchurch is pretty good. I left Christchurch in 1992. I haven’t lived in Christchurch or New Zealand for nearly three decades.
“The fact that I have all this influence with officials in Christchurch is simply ridiculous.”
Parker’s manager David Higgins revealed that he had made a “compromise” and hoped the dispute could be resolved ahead of the fight.
“Dealing with Mark Keddell is more complicated than dealing with Eddie Hearn or Bob Arum, because this is a great moment to shine,” said Higgins.
“He’s the smartest person in the room. We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judges are.”
A clash with Derek Chisora could be next for Parker, if he overcomes the Fa, and the 29-year-old is determined to deliver a decisive win.
“There are no secrets, do fights, a fighter wants a knockout,” said Parker. “That’s what I’m going to be looking for. I think that’s what he’s going to look for too, but I know I have the strength to knock him down.
The multi-year contract for the all-electric series adds pay TV to the Italian broadcast mix.
Aired: February 22, 2021
By: Georgina Yeomans
Offer includes live coverage of all sessions
Live broadcast to complete with digital content
In the run-up to the first Formula E races of the 2021 season, the all-electric global electric racing series has agreed a broadcast partnership with pay TV network Sky Italia.
The multi-year deal extends Formula E’s coverage in Italy, complementing Mediaset’s free racing broadcasts.
Sky Italia will broadcast comprehensive coverage of the upcoming season, including live races and live qualifiers, which will be complemented by online content throughout the year on the Sky digital platform.
Formula E returned to Rome in April, with the Italian capital now registering to host a championship round every year until at least 2025.
“This new partnership with Sky Italia will add depth and breadth to Formula E’s coverage in Italy, in a country known for its knowledge and passion for mobility and motor sports,” said Aarti Dabas, Formula E media chief.
“We look forward to working with Italy’s leading paid sports broadcaster from the season opening, the inaugural night race in Diriyah this month.”
The Formula E season starts February 27 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.