Sports news of the day: what you need to know
Latest – New Zealand surfers Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette qualified for the third round of the World Surfing Games in El Salvador, the final Olympic qualifying event.
The pair were in the same round of the second round with Hareb winning and Vette taking second place in the final wave of the round.
The top six from this event, who have yet to achieve Olympic qualification, become eligible for Tokyo.
There are still 32 surfers alive at the event.
Ella Williams has a provisional berth for Tokyo and will not compete in El Salvador.
The hopes of the Phoenix play-offs fade
The Phoenix’s hopes of making the A-League play-offs took another blow after Macarthur FC beat Western United 2-1 last night.
The result secures Macarthur a place in the top six, while the Phoenix remains seventh.
Even a win for the Phoenix in their last game against Macarthur on Friday won’t secure them a play-off spot as they will also need Adelaide, Brisbane and / or Perth to lose.
Only six points separate the teams classified from third to ninth place.
The Phoenixes are undefeated in their last ten games, but five of them have hampered their run to the final.
Jamieson named player of the players
Auckland’s Kyle Jamieson put the icing on the cake of a 12-month whirlwind with the Black Caps by winning the player’s award.
The Players Cap award is voted on by the players and this is the tenth time it has been presented.
Jamieson edged out newcomer Devon Conway and three-time winner Kane Williamson.
Jamieson was touched by the price.
“It’s pretty special and it’s not something I expected at all. There have been some great guys who have won it already and being recognized by your peers is the pinnacle, and even being in this situation is hard to put into words really, “he said.
2020: Tim Southee
2019: Ross Taylor
2018: Trent Boult
2017: Kane Williamson
2016: Kane Williamson
2015: Kane Williamson
2014: Ross Taylor
2013: Tim Southee
2012: Brendon McCullum
Andreescu falls at Roland Garros
Bianca Andreescu became the highest seeded female to fall at Roland Garros as she lost a three-hour marathon match to Tamara Zidansek in the first round in Paris.
The former US Open champion, sixth seed, lost 6-7 (1) 7-6 (2) 9-7 to the Slovenian.
Canada’s Andreescu, 20, served for the game at 5-4 in the deciding set, but Zidansek fell back before missing a match point in a gripping final.
Second seed Daniil Medvedev beat Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik in straight sets in an entertaining clash to eventually win his first-ever match at Roland Garros on his fifth attempt.
Clay is Medvedev’s least favorite surface, and although he arrived in Paris after losing in the first round in his previous four main draw appearances, the skinny Russian has mastered his initial nerves and turned into a dominant display.
Roger Federer marked his return to the Grand Slam arena in a dazzling manner with a 6-2 6-4 6-3 first round loss to qualifier Denis Istomin.
The 39-year-old Swiss had not played a Grand Slam match since the 2020 Australian Open and had only managed one match on clay in preparation for Roland Garros.
Switzerland’s Federer, tied with Rafa Nadal in 20 Grand Slam titles, missed last year’s French Open with a knee injury and only appears at Roland Garros for the second time since 2015.
Aguero at Barça
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will join Barcelona on a two-year contract when his contract expires at the end of June.
The 32-year-old Argentine is leaving City after 10 years at the club, during which he became their all-time leading scorer with 260 goals in 390 games.
His last appearance came on the bench in Sunday’s Champions League final loss to Chelsea.
Aguero will have a $ 168million buyout clause at Barcelona.
Aguero, who won 15 major trophies during his time in Manchester, will join compatriot and close friend Lionel Messi at Nou Camp as the Catalan club look to improve on a third place in La Liga.
They finished behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, having sold Luis Suarez to first at the start of the season.
Barca have been knocked out of the Champions League in Paris St-Germain’s last 16 games, but beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey in April.
Another unhappy weightlifter with Laurel Hubbard
Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen said allowing New Zealand transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard to compete in the women’s event at the Tokyo Olympics is unfair and that the situation is “like a bad joke”.
Hubbard, who competed in men’s competitions before the transition in 2013, is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics after the weightlifting governing body changed the qualifying conditions for Tokyo.
The 43-year-old has yet to satisfy the New Zealand Olympic Committee of his fitness and performance standards ahead of selection, but the prospect of his participation has already raised questions.
Vanbellinghen, who plays in the same +87kg division as Hubbard, said she fully supports the transgender community but that the principle of inclusion should not be “at the expense of others.”
“Anyone who has trained in weightlifting to a high level knows this is true in their bones: this particular situation is unfair for the sport and for the athletes,” she told the Olympic news website. in games.