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Rugby League

David Fusitu’a scored a sec­ond-half hat-trick as Tonga pro­duced one of the big­gest up­sets in Rugby League World Cup his­tory by ral­ly­ing from a 14-point half-time deficit to beat New Zealand 28-22 and se­cure top spot in Group B. New Zealand led 16-2 at the break but the Ton­gans replied with five tries and then held off a des­per­ate late come­back by the Ki­wis. The re­sult marks the first time a so-called tier-two na­tion has beaten one of the sport’s three top-tier na­tions.

Moto GP

Marc Mar­quez took pole po­si­tion for the Va­len­cia Grand Prix where the de­fend­ing Mo­toGP cham­pion has the chance to clinch his fourth ti­tle. An­drea Dovizioso, the only rider who can chal­lenge Mar­quez for the cham­pi­onship, will start Sun­day’s race from ninth place. Mar­quez holds a 21-point lead over Dovizioso and takes the ti­tle if he fin­ishes 11th or bet­ter. Dovizioso’s slim chances rest on him win­ning the race and hop­ing Mar­quez comes in no bet­ter than 12th.


Be­larus teenager Aryna Sa­balenka de­feated US Open cham­pion Sloane Stephens to level the Fed Cup fi­nal at 1-1 af­ter the open­ing sin­gles in Minsk. Yes­ter­day’s ear­lier fix­ture had seen Amer­ica’s top-ranked Coco Van­deweghe beat Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich 6-4, 6-4. How­ever, 19-yearold Sa­balenka, play­ing as Be­larus No1 for the first time this year in the ab­sence of Vic­to­ria Azarenka, pro­duced a bat­tling dis­play to de­feat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in just over two hours to de­light the par­ti­san crowd at the Chizhovka Arena.

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