Hager has squad in­put

Bay of Plenty Times - - Sport -

HOCKEY: Women’s Black Sticks coach Mark Hager has had full in­put into se­lect­ing the na­tional squad for the in­au­gu­ral Pro League next year. Striker Olivia Shan­non, who is 17, 19-year-old de­fender Kate Ivory and 22-year-old de­fender Leah Butt are the new­com­ers. It’s the first squad named since July’s World Cup fail­ure in Eng­land and sub­se­quent fall­out from a crit­i­cal email Hager sent to the en­tire team by mis­take. Hager and Hockey New Zealand are the sub­ject of an ex­ter­nal re­view due to be made pub­lic at the end of the month.

Gun­ners fire blank FOOT­BALL: Arse­nal have been held to a goal­less draw in foot­ball’s Europa League. They fin­ished 0-0 with Por­tuguese side Sport­ing CP in Lon­don. Chelsea booked their spot in the next round with a fourth straight vic­tory, 1-0 over Be­laru­sian side FC BATE Borisov.

Kiwi boosts chances GOLF: Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkin­son is well placed to qual­ify for the fi­nal stage of Web.Com Tour qual­i­fy­ing. He carded a three un­der par round of 69 to im­prove to 12 un­der par af­ter three rounds and was tied for sixth with a round to go at the sec­ond stage of Q school in Florida. The top 18 play­ers at the tour­na­ment ad­vance to the fi­nal stage of qual­i­fy­ing.

Straw­bridge takes reins RUGBY: An­drew Straw­bridge is the new coach of Waikato’s Mitre 10 Cup side. The Chiefs as­sis­tant coach re­places Jono Gibbes, who cut short his twoyear con­tract to head to French club La Rochelle. Gibbes helped Waikato win pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier­ship for next sea­son.

Gar­cia roars to lead GOLF: Ser­gio Gar­cia shone in the first round of the lat­est Euro­pean PGA golf event in South Africa. The Spa­niard had a four-stroke lead af­ter the first round of the Gary Player Chal­lenge, af­ter shoot­ing an eight-un­der-par 64. Ryan Fox was tied for 11th af­ter card­ing a two-un­der-par 70.

Herath passes Hadlee CRICKET: Sri Lankan vet­eran Ran­gana Herath dis­missed two more Eng­land bats­men yes­ter­day to move past Sir Richard Hadlee on the tally of test cricket’s top wicket-tak­ers. Joe Root and Jos But­tler fell prey to his left-arm or­tho­dox guile in the open­ing test at Galle. In his 93rd and fi­nal test, Herath moved past Hadlee’s 431 wick­ets to sit on 433 in eighthe­qual along­side Stu­art Broad.

Alonso’s best shot FOR­MULA 1: Two-time cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso is al­most in re­tire­ment mode, but doesn’t think it is time to re­lax just yet. The Span­ish driver said he could score the last points of his 17-year ca­reer at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix on Mon­day. The 37-year-old be­lieves the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit is more suited to his McLaren than Abu Dhabi, where the sea­son ends on Novem­ber 25. “If we want to score points, this is the chance for us,” said Alonso, who will quit F1 at the end of the cam­paign. “We have some un­cer­tain weather for the week­end com­ing. Maybe that gives us more pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

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