Latest – The All Blacks Sevens were beaten by Australia 19-14 in overtime in the final of the London leg of the World Series.
In the quarter-finals, New Zealand defeated Ireland 17-7 and Fiji 22-19 in the semi-finals.
In the final, Akuila Rokolisoa and Leroy Carter ended up with a 14-all at the end of regular time.
Finals player Henry Paterson then scored his third try of the finals in Golden Point overtime to clinch the title for Australia.
Fiji beat Samoa in the play-off for third place 31-26.
With one lap to go, Australia are now second in the table behind South Africa.
New Zealand, which has played just four tournaments, is ninth.
Fox goes down in a playoff
Auckland golfer Ryan Fox has been beaten in a play-off for the Dutch Open title.
Fox fired a final four-under-par 68 round to sit at the top of the leaderboard with Frenchman Victor Perez.
The par then played four additional holes, with Perez dropping a birdie on a par three while Fox managed just one par.
The result continues the 35-year-old’s fine form, who now includes four top-ten finishes from his four World Tour events.
The result will also confirm his place at the next two majors, the US Open and the British Open.
Black Caps beat well
The Black Caps were beaten by a county selection by seven wickets in their second and final warm-up game before the first Test in England.
The New Zealanders were bowled for just 148 in their second innings yesterday, leaving the locals a target of 263.
They achieved that for the loss of just three wickets, with opener Ben Compton scoring a century.
Ajaz Patel took two wickets to finish the match on five.
The first Test against England begins on Thursday night at Lord’s.
More success for New Zealand paddlers
Paddlers from New Zealand and especially Dame Lisa Carrington will return home happy with their World Championship campaign.
Carrington won two more medals at the second regatta in Poland with gold in the K1 500 and silver in the K4 500.
In rough conditions, she finished third a second ahead of Poland’s Anna Pulawska and Jule Hake of Germany.
Meanwhile, the K4 500 crew of Carrington, Alicia Hoskin, Olivia Brett and Tara Vaughn improved on last weekend’s effort in the Czech Republic by finishing second behind Poland and another Polish crew third.
Carrington and Hoskin finished fourth in the K2 500.
The New Zealand team is now returning home to prepare for the World Championships in Canada in August.
Lester Piggott dies
Former British champion jockey Lester Piggott, who won the Epsom Derby nine times and is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, has died aged 86.
Piggott was hospitalized in Switzerland last week.
Piggott began racing horses at the age of 10 and amassed more than 4,000 victories in a storied career during which he was crowned British Jockey Champion a remarkable 11 times.
He was awarded an OBE in 1975, but was later stripped of the honor after being convicted of tax fraud in 1987 and sentenced to three years in prison.
Venus upset at Roland Garros
New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus and his German partner Tim Puetz have been beaten in the third round at the French Open.
The number 7 was beaten in three sets by number 12 Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcelo Arevalo.
The combination of the Netherlands and El Salvador won 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in an hour and 37 minutes.
It’s a disappointing result for Venus, who won the 2017 French Open doubles title with American Ryan Harrison.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe and her Polish partner Alicja Rosolska play their third round match at Roland Garros tonight against Belgium’s Greet Minnen and Hungary’s Anna Bondar.
The Australian wins the Giro for the first time
Bora-Hansgrohe rider Jai Hindley became the first Australian winner of the Giro d’Italia after safely surviving the final stage, a 17.1-kilometer time trial around Verona, to stay ahead of Ecuadorian challenger Richard Carapaz.
A powerful finish on yesterday’s final mountainous Giro stage gave Hindley a commanding lead over Carapaz in the standings, meaning he only needed to avoid disaster in Verona to clinch his maiden Grand Tour title, which he did with ease succeeded.
Hindley had every reason to approach the final cautiously. In 2020, the Australian lost a Giro title that was in his hands in the Milan time trial to Tao Geoghegan Hart – the Brit went 39 seconds down in the final 15.7km stage.
This time, however, Hindley’s efforts in the final kilometers left Carapaz for dead on Saturday after he went into stage 20 behind the Ecuadorian in the standings and had a sizable overall advantage of one minute and 25 seconds before the time trial.
Ducati wins home Grand Prix
Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia fended off a spirited challenge from reigning World Champion Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo to win the Italian Grand Prix in front of his home crowd at the Mugello Circuit.
From fifth on the grid, Bagnaia got off to a poor start as he dropped to ninth on lap one, but the Italian fought back to slowly work his way to the front.
With 15 laps to go, Bagnaia passed Mooney VR46 Racing Team’s Marco Bezzechi for first place with a brilliant maneuver at Turn 1.
Bagnaia maintained his lead for the rest of the race, finishing 0.635 seconds ahead of Quartararo, securing his second win of the season after the Spanish Grand Prix.
Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez finished tenth on his Repsol Honda in what is likely to be his final race of the season. The Spaniard will undergo a fourth operation on his arm next week.
Quartararo continues to lead the championship.
Rangnick leaves Man U
After his six-month tenure as interim manager at Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick will no longer remain in an advisory role and refers to the demands of his new role as coach of the Austrian national team.
Rangnick, who made way for Erik ten Hag, had an agreement to work as an agent for two years and confirmed last month he would remain at the club despite being appointed Austria manager.
United finished sixth in the Premier League under Rangnick, who took over at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.
New boss Ten Hag would not invoke Rangnick’s position at the club when asked at his unveiling if he would welcome the 63-year-old’s advisory role next season.