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Sep 23, 2019

Today's sports news: what you need to know


Latest - South Sydney are one win away from just their second NRL grand final in 38 years after ending Manly's season with a controversial 34-26 semi-final victory.
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In a seesawing match that had the lead change hands five times, Manly were twice reduced to 12 men in the second half at ANZ Stadium through sin-bins for professional fouls.

The second, after Jake Trbojevic pulled back Dane Gagai in a 67th-minute break, swung the match dramatically in Souths' favour and enraged Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

The Rabbitohs made Manly pay while the NSW lock was off the field, helping set up a date with Canberra in next Friday night's preliminary final.
Cherries win again

Bournemouth climbed to third place in the English Premier League as they won away at Southampton for the first time with a 3-1 triumph in their south-coast derby.

They profited from two first-half goals but had to fight off a home resurgence after the break to end a run of no victories in 15 previous trips to Southampton.

Bournemouth advanced to 10 points from their opening six matches of the campaign with 11th placed Southampton staying on seven.
Irish prop
goes sumo

Irish prop Cian Healy got a different perspective on the art of shoving opponents this week when he and some teammates took advantage of being in Japan with a sumo wrestling lesson.

The Leinster loose head, renowned for his weightlifting prowess, first had some sumo training when Ireland toured Japan in 2017 - and he jumped at a second opportunity.

"When it became an option this time, I was urging the lads to do it because it's culturally one of the best things I did the last time around," Healy said.

"You get an understanding of it that they're not just big lumps, the amount of training that they put in, their flexibility, strength, power, everything. It was a really good experience to see that and then to just chat to the lads after."

Ireland play Scotland on Saturday.
Hamilton fastest in Singapore

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton lapped fastest on the opening day of practice for the Singapore Grand Prix with Mercedes teammate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas hitting the wall.
Hamilton edged Red Bull's

Max Verstappen, who had led the opening session, in the floodlit night-time practice with a best time of one minute and 38.773 seconds.

The 21-year-old Dutchman was 0.186 seconds slower.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a four-time winner in Singapore and chasing his first win for more than a year, was third on the timesheets after some difficulties with traffic.

Hamilton, who has a 63-point lead over Bottas with seven races left, has won four times in Singapore including the last two years and is chasing an unprecedented fifth success in the city state.

Bottas, whose crash in opening practice prompted a brief halt to proceedings, enjoyed a trouble free run under the floodlights and ended both sessions fourth.
Archer gets central contract

England's Ashes and World Cup bowler Jofra Archer and opening batsmen Rory Burns and Joe Denly are among a number of players to be awarded England Cricket central contracts for the 2019-20 season.
Archer was England's

leading wicket taker in their victorious World Cup campaign with 20 wickets and he made his test debut against Australia, picking up 22 wickets in four Ashes tests.

Burns was England's second-highest run scorer (390) in the Ashes after Ben Stokes (441). Denly (312 runs) has earned his first white-ball, limited-overs, contract at the age of 33.

Players awarded central contracts will have their salaries paid in full by the ECB.

However, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have missed out on white-ball contracts for the 2019-20 season, while spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have received only white-ball contracts after previously having contracts across all formats.
It's time for Dhoni
to go!

The time has come for India's long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni to bow out of international cricket - and he should go before he's pushed, batting great Sunil Gavaskar said.

Former captain Dhoni has been the subject of intense speculation among fans, ex-players and pundits over when he will retire from international cricket since India's semi-final exit from the World Cup.

The veteran of 350 one-dayers, who quit playing Tests at the end of 2014, has not provided any hint of what his plans are.

However, he made himself unavailable for India's tour of the West Indies and instead opted to spend 15 days with India's territorial army, a reservist force that draws on civilians who can do short stints to assist the military.

Dhoni was also a notable omission from India's Twenty20 squad for the ongoing three-match series against South Africa.
Fox misses cut

Auckland golfer Ryan Fox has missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship in England.

Fox followed up his opening round 78 with a one under 71 to be five over par.... four shots from the cut line.

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