Burger’s sinbinning silly
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.’’
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.