Burger’s sin­bin­ning silly

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

and [Burger] def­i­nitely will learn out of it.’’

North­ern Stars wing de­fence Fa’amu Ioane was con­tro­ver­sially sent off in the fi­nal quar­ter against the Mys­tics in a New Zealand do­mes­tic match last May for re­peated in­fring­ing, spend­ing the fi­nal eight min­utes on the bench and leav­ing her team with six play­ers on court.

A ju­di­cial hear­ing later found the um­pires were jus­ti­fied in their de­ci­sion. Steven Adams was raised on Kiwi beef and lamb, but the NBA basketball star says he ‘‘smashes’’ Amer­i­can steaks. The Ok­la­homa Thun­der cen­tre has fea­tured in a 30-sec­ond tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial for the Ok­la­homa Beef Com­mis­sion, ex­tolling his love of red meat. Adams – seated on a truck’s tail gate – said, in his quintessen­tially Kiwi ac­cent (sup­ported by sub-ti­tles): ‘‘Mate, I eat beef all the time, I smash steaks all the bloody time, mate. Adams then hopped off the truck and, grip­ping a basketball em­bla­zoned with a ‘Beef’ logo, said: ‘‘I just smash them be­cause they taste re­ally good.’’

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New Zealand’s Karin Burger, right, com­petes for the ball with Eng­land’s He­len Housby dur­ing the Quad Se­ries in Liver­pool yes­ter­day. Burger was sin­binned for two min­utes af­ter be­ing judged to have de­lib­er­ately ob­structed English shooter Jo Harten af­ter be­ing warned by the um­pires for a sim­i­lar of­fence min­utes ear­lier. Burger’s send­ing off led to Sil­ver Ferns coach Noe­line Tau­rua, right, say­ing play­ing with six play­ers for two min­utes in a crunch World Cup match could prove the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning or los­ing.

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