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Latest – Breakers coach Dan Shamir said that a lapse of time in the third quarter was ultimately what cost them a chance to win over the Illawarra Hawks in the Australian NBL.
The Hawks, led by importer Tyler Harvey who scored 30 points, coupled with eight rebounds, four assists and five steals, came from being two points behind at halftime to win 84-73 at Pukekohe.
“We did not start on [third] quarter just fine, then we lost our focus. They had a race, a fast race. They scored in clusters, and we weren’t able to keep it under control, ”Shamir said.
Finn Delany had 24 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Breakers while Levi Randolph had 13 points and seven rebounds. Tai Webster had 14 points, but it was all to no avail as the Breakers collapsed for their fourth straight loss to the Hawks.
The Breakers’ next game will be against the Brisbane Bullets in Auckland on Sunday.
Return of the Warriors thwarted by Cowboys kick
Warriors coach Nathan Brown said the way his team reacted to Jazz Tevaga’s sin in the 30th minute cost them a victory over the Townsville Cowboys.
The Warriors looked set to overcome a 22-6 halftime deficit when they took the lead with 15 minutes remaining, but a late try from Cowboys driver Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and a field goal from Valentine Holmes gave the hosts a 29-28. victory.
As Chanel Harris-Tavita distorted what would have been a decisive game for the New Zealand club, Brown traced their downfall to when Tevaga was out of the park.
The Warriors have now lost two field goals this season after also losing 13-12 to the Sea Eagles in the fifth round.
Eighteen-year-old Reece Walsh, starting at the back for the first time, had two assists and a runaway try in the second term.
The youngster ran 230 yards and had four tackle breaks in another sleek display that sparked the Warriors’ rebirth in the second half.
The test world championship will not be decided on the countdown of limits
New Zealand and India would be crowned co-winners of the World Testing Championship (WTC) if next month’s final ends in a draw or tie.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) ended use of the controversial limit-counting rule, which saw New Zealand lose the 2019 World Cup to England after the final ended in a tie even after a Super Over.
“The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned co-winners …” the ICC said in a statement.
The ICC, which also confirmed that Dukes’ balls will be used for the final at Southampton from June 18, said there will be a reserve day counted towards ensuring five full days of play.
The reserve day would only be used if the lost playing time could not be made up on each day.
“There will be no extra day of play if a positive result is not obtained after five full days of play and the game will be declared a draw in such a scenario,” said the ICC.
Saints Too Strong For Huskies
The Wellington Saints started the NBL season 6-0 with a 107-76 victory over the Auckland Huskies.
The Saints were led by captain Dion Prewster (34 points) and Kerwin Roach (15 points).
The Huskies followed by two halftime runs, 53-51, and they stayed with the Saints for the first half of the third period.
With 4:33 to play in the third, the Huskies were less than 6 points away, but the Saints then took over.
With Prewster and Roach doing their thing, Tohi Smith-Milner (13 points), Taane Samuel (16 points) and Kenneth Tuffin (10 points) all joined in the fun as the Saints embarked on a dynamic race of 41-16 to secure another victory. .
The Saints’ hunger was also evident in a 50-23 rebound count and a 25-2 second-chance points win.
Yates gets closer to Bernal in the Giro d’Italia
Simon Yates of Team BikeExchange won the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia, closing the gap in the overall standings with leader Egan Bernal, who finished third on the penultimate mountain stage to protect his overall advantage.
Yates finished 11 seconds ahead of Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the 176 kilometer race from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera while INEOS Grenadiers’ Bernal was 28 seconds behind to hold onto the Maglia Rosa.
Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) finished four seconds behind Bernal but retains second place overall ahead of Yates in third.
Yates attacked with around 6.5 kilometers to go and left Almeida and Bernal behind to claim the victory on the climb, giving him the opportunity to finish second in the overall standings this weekend.
Bernal is 2:29 ahead of Caruso and 2:49 ahead of Yates heading into Saturday’s Stage 20, a 163 kilometer race from Valle Spluga to Alpe Motta.
Sprinboks names first team since World Cup victory
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has hinted the Springboks will seek some sort of continuity when they name their squad to face the British and Irish Lions next Saturday.
The Boks haven’t played a test since winning the Rugby World Cup in Japan in November 2019, missing the entire 2020 season due to South Africa’s tight lockdown restrictions due to Covid- 19.
But any idea that there could be a staff disruption in the nearly 18 months since the final in Yokohama was dispelled by Nienaber ahead of the June 5 announcement of a 45-man squad for the Lions series.
“Of the World Cup squad, except for the three who dropped out (mainstay Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Schalk Brits and loose striker François Louw), the other 30 guys are still in the running. will have a few touch-and-go players, but the rest have good health, ”Nienaber said.
Expanding on those in a run for fitness, Nienaber said they would also take into account that they have 14 tests to play this season.
“(Locks) Lood de Jager and RG Snyman, and (rear) Warrick Gelant are ready to complete their rehabilitation. They may miss the start of the Lions series, not because they are not medically fit. , but it can be confidence or their state of mind.
“But we still have the rugby championship and the end of season tour (in Europe) and you have to look at it as an entire season that you are working on.”
The first test against the Lions is in Cape Town on July 24, the next two in Johannesburg a week apart.