Auck­land look­ing down rel­e­ga­tion bar­rel

Weekend Herald - - RUGBY - Rugby Adams joins White Ferns team King con­tin­ues run at US Open Stokes will ex­plain – later Cubs into third straight NL fi­nal Ea­gles im­prove to 5- 1

New Zealand failed to get past the group stage of the Un­der- 17 World Cup in In­dia, bow­ing out with a 3- 1 loss to Mali. The Ki­wis needed a win to progress af­ter draw­ing 1- 1 with Turkey and los­ing 4- 2 to Paraguay in their two other matches. New Zealand un­der- 17 coach Danny Hay put a pos­i­tive spin on the out­come. “We were in a very, very tough group and were more than aware of that,” Hay said fol­low­ing the loss. “We played against three very good sides and our at­ti­tude, ap­pli­ca­tion and the qual­ity of foot­ball was at times bet­ter than it ever has been from a New Zealand un­der- 17 side.” For­mer Black Cap An­dre Adams has signed on as White Ferns’ bowl­ing coach, re­plac­ing John Fur­long. Adams will join the White Ferns on their tour of the United Arab Emi­rates, where they’ll play Pak­istan in three one- day in­ter­na­tion­als and four Twenty- 20 in­ter­na­tion­als over three weeks. Kiwi squash star Joelle King has surged into the semi­fi­nals of the US Open tour­na­ment in Philadel­phia. The Waikato- based world No 10 edged out English op­po­nent Ali­son Waters 11- 9 8- 11 11- 2 11- 3 yes­ter­day, prov­ing far too strong in the lat­ter stages. It’s an­other string in King’s im­pres­sive US Open bow, hav­ing de­feated Milou van der Hei­j­den in the first round be­fore knock­ing out French third seed Camille Ser­mie in five sets in sec­on­dround ac­tion. King, seeded 11th, will now face the win­ner of an all- Egyp­tian quar­ter- fi­nal be­tween Ra­neem El Welily and fifth seed Nouran Go­har. Ben Stokes will of­fer a full ex­pla­na­tion of the in­ci­dent in Bris­tol last month which could cost him his Ashes place “when the time is right”. The Eng­land all­rounder, 26, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ac­tual bod­ily harm fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance out­side a night­club in the city on Septem­ber 25. He will not travel to Aus­tralia with the rest of the Eng­land squad for the Ashes se­ries as he waits to learn whether he will face crim­i­nal charges. His agent, Neil Fair­brother, said Stokes would dis­cuss his ver­sion of events in due course, but did not wish to prej­u­dice the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ad­di­son Rus­sell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven- out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship base­ball se­ries in a row by edg­ing the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 9- 8 in a thrilling game five. The de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pion Cubs trailed 4- 1 be­fore scor­ing four runs in the fifth in­ning off two- time Cy Young Award win­ner Max Scherzer. They then led 9- 6 and held on to win the se­ries 3- 2. They now face the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for the right to play in the World Se­ries. Car­son Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touch­downs to help the Philadel­phia Ea­gles beat the Carolina Pan­thers 28- 23 in their NFL match yes­ter­day to im­prove to an NFC- best 5- 1. The Ea­gles turned two in­ter­cep­tions deep in Carolina ter­ri­tory into 15 points, with touch­down passes to Zach Ertz, and LaGar­rette Blount’s two- point con­ver­sion to take an 18- 10 lead in the third quar­ter. Wentz added a 24- yard scor­ing pass to Nel­son Agholor in the fourth quar­ter.

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Fi­jian wing Joe Ravou­vou scores a spec­tac­u­lar try for Auck­land last night.

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