Sports news of the day: what you need to know
Latest – Black Caps coach Gary Stead downplayed suggestions of tension around their Twenty20 World Cup opener against Pakistan after the Black Caps recently abandoned their limited tour of the Asian country. South citing a security alert.
New Zealand’s pullout has dealt a blow to Pakistan’s hopes of hosting regular international cricket, with England subsequently canceling both men’s and women’s tours.
New Zealand will face former champions Pakistan in their Group 2 opener on October 26 in Sharjah and Stead has said his side are just focusing on that.
“I don’t know if there is more tension about this from our point of view,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“Obviously, what happened in Pakistan was sad for Pakistani cricket, its players and also our players, who also missed this opportunity.
“We cannot change what happened there. All we can do is prepare for the tournament and we will face Pakistan first.”
New Zealand are aiming for a second world title this year after winning the first Test World Championship in June by beating India in the final.
Ainslie acquires the SailGP team
Sir Ben Ainslie has taken a controlling stake in the franchise from the Great Britain SailGP team he leads, the first such move by one of the crews as part of the million dollar competition.
SailGP, created and funded by Oracle President Larry Ellison, is run by New Zealand sailing veteran Sir Russell Coutts, who is working to turn it into a standalone circuit attracting a much larger audience than sailing before. .
Ainslie, who is the most successful Olympic sailor and is embarking separately on his third attempt to win the America’s Cup for Great Britain, said he exercised an option to own the franchise with the help of private investor Chris Bake.
SailGP’s second season is set to resume in Cadiz, Spain for the final round of its European leg this weekend, with eight teams of F50 catamarans “flying” over the water on hydrofoils and have reached close to of 100 kilometers per hour.
Japan leads the SailGP rankings with Great Britain fourth and New Zealand sixth.
India withdraws from CG hockey tournament
India withdrew its hockey teams from next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and a brief turnaround ahead of the Asian Games in China, qualifying for the Paris Olympics 2024.
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 28 to August 8, with the Asian Games in Hangzhou starting September 10.
In a letter to the president of the Indian Olympic Association, Narinder Batra, the hockey federation said the Asian Games were the priority.
India and Britain have also quarreled over quarantine measures for international arrivals.
The Indian men’s and women’s teams both reached the semi-finals of this year’s Olympics.
Sainz penalized for Turkish Grand Prix
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz will start from the back of the grid at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix due to penalties for exceeding his engine allowance.
His teammate Charles Leclerc took the start behind the previous race in Russia for the same reason. Spaniard Sainz started from the front row and finished third in Sochi.
Ferrari also said team boss Mattia Binotto will not be attending the race but will stay at the Maranello plant to focus on developing the car for next year.
Meanwhile, Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri will race in a special Honda tribute livery this weekend in what would have been their outgoing engine supplier’s last home race.
The Japanese Grand Prix has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and replaced by the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey.
Red Bull cars will be predominantly white, the color the Japanese automaker used when it won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, while the AlphaTauri rear fenders will say “arigato” (Thank you).
Honda leaves Formula 1 as an engine supplier at the end of the season, with Red Bull setting up its own powertrain company using the Japanese company’s intellectual property.
Boone’s future in doubt
Following a 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Major League Bseball game, manager Aaron Boone said he was unsure of his future with the Yankees in New York.
“Obviously my contract is over and I haven’t had any conversations with anyone about it,” Boone said. “We’ll see. I love being here. I love going to work with this group.”
Boone led the Yankees to the playoffs in each of his four years as a manager, but they’ve only gone past their first round once. He’s 328-218 (.601) in the regular season, but just 11-11 in the playoffs.
Boone and general manager Brian Cashman both took to the heat not to go any further into the playoffs.
In June, when the Yankees were six games behind in the wildcard race, Cashman said, “It’s not Aaron Boone’s problem. It’s not a coaches problem. We’re not getting the results, and I’m the head of baseball operations, so it comes back to me more. “
Cashman then traded for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, who helped Boone bring the Yankees back to the playoffs.
Charged football player
A Brazilian football player has been charged with attempted murder after brutally kicking a referee in the head during a league match in the south of the country.
The player, William Ribeiro of Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked the referee after fouling him in a league game away from Guarani on Monday.
The match was interrupted 14 minutes after the start of the second half while referee Rodrigo Crivellaro was rushed to hospital. He was then released.
The club called the incident “one of the saddest in its history” and said they summarily fired Ribeiro and are considering what further action he could take.
The small club from Rio Grande, a city of about 200,000 inhabitants about 320 km south of the state capital, Porto Alegre, play in the second division of the Rio Grande do Sul state championship.
Monday’s game was interrupted and resumed a day later with Guarani winning 1-0.
Rahm continues the story
World number one Jon Rahm will be hoping to emulate compatriot Seve Ballesteros by becoming just the second three-time Spanish Open winner when he plays at home tonight.
Rahm is after a hat-trick at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, having already won in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It would be very unique. I know names like Ollie (Jose Maria Olazabal) he couldn’t win it … I hope I can reach a third not only to tie Seve but to win it three times in a row Rahm said.
Ballesteros lifted the trophy in 1981, 1985 and 1995, the latter being the last of his 50 European Tour titles.
Rahm, who won the US Open this year but missed the Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19, was part of the European squad that was beaten by the Americans in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in the month latest.
New Zealander Ryan Fox is also playing in Spain this weekend.