Wednesday 24 January 2018

In brief: Sivivatu ruled out of All Blacks tour McLaren insist Button will be backed in Brazil

RUGBY: New Zealand winger Sitiveni Sivivatu has been ruled out of the tour of Ireland and Britain by the All Blacks after suffering a knee injury.

Sivivatu had only just returned to action after five months out recovering from a shoulder operation and this latest setback could require more surgery.

All Blacks head coach Graham Henry has no plans to call for a replacement.

Danish amateurs lead Worlds as Irish off pace

GOLF: Denmark shot a three-under 141 yesterday to take the lead during the suspended second round of the World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires.

There was a nearly two-and-a-half hour weather delay early yesterday, but lightning late in the day halted play until today. Denmark finished the round on an overall six-under 280.

The Irish team of Paul Cutler, Kevin Phelan and Alan Dunbar were nine over for the contest, after six holes, in 31st place.

McLaren insist Button will be backed in Brazil

F1: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed Jenson Button will be given full support in next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

It would appear only a miracle can aid Button's quest to retain his title as he trails championship leader Fernando Alonso by 42 points with only 50 to play for from the final two races.

"We'll be supporting him fully next weekend," said Whitmarsh.

TENNIS: Former world number three and reigning Olympic champion Elena Dementieva, 29, from Russia, has announced her retirement after her exit from the WTA Championships.

NBA: New Jersey 106 Sacramento 100, Philadelphia 101 Atlanta 104, Toronto 101 Cleveland 81, Charlotte 101 Indiana 104, Boston 105 NY Knicks 101, New Orleans 101 Denver 95, Detroit 104 Oklahoma City 105, Miami 96 Orlando 70, Minnesota 96 Milwaukee 85, Dallas 90 Memphis 91, Golden State 109 LA Clippers 91, Phoenix 106 LA Lakers 114.

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