New Zealand's Ronchi retires from international cricket

WELLINGTON New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi has retired from international cricket but will continue to play in franchise-based Twenty20 tournaments around the world, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

The 36-year-old played four one-day internationals and three T20 matches for Australia in 2008 and 2009 before switching his allegiance back to his native New Zealand in 2013.

Ronchi went on to play four tests, 85 ODIs and 32 T20 matches in total with this month's Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh his last for the Black Caps.

Broad suffers heel issue ahead of South Africa series

LONDON England paceman Stuart Broad suffered an injury scare ahead of the four-test series against South Africa when he left the field with a heel problem after bowling just one over for his county Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire on Wednesday.

The Telegraph reported the 30-year-old had a scan which did not detect any major problem but he is expected to miss next week's county championship match ahead of the first test against South Africa at Lord's from July 6.

Wise head and fast feet, Ioane gets chance to turn and burn Lions

By Greg Stutchbury
| AUCKLAND

AUCKLAND With an old head on young shoulders and an electrifying turn of pace, Rieko Ioane is more than ready to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday and coach Steve Hansen has no qualms about giving him the start in the first test.

Ioane was a surprise pick for the All Blacks' clash with the Lions at Eden Park, particularly since his inclusion at left wing meant there was no place for Julian Savea, the big Wellingtonian who has made the spot his own since 2012.

Canelo says Vegas bout will prove superiority to GGG

By Larry Fine
| NEW YORK

NEW YORK Promoters believe the showdown between unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez could turn into a series of classic clashes but Alvarez says he needs just one meeting to prove he is superior to the vaunted 'Triple G'.

Kazikhstan's Golovkin will carry a 37-0 record, including 33 knockouts, and his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO championship belts into the Sept. 16 fight in Las Vegas.

Bring on digital dimension, says Tata F1 boss

By Alan Baldwin
| LONDON

LONDON The day when Formula One fans can race virtually with real drivers in live grands prix may not be so far off as the sport looks to develop the digital dimension.

Mehul Kapadia, one of those who helps make things happen as head of Formula One business at official "connectivity partner" Tata Communications, is eager to step on the accelerator.

"While Formula One gets criticized for being late on the digital journey, a lot has been happening," he told Reuters in an interview.

Britain turns tables on New Zealand to win Youth America's Cup

By Alexander Smith
| HAMILTON, Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda Britain will not be bringing the America's Cup home this year but they narrowly beat New Zealand to clinch the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda on Wednesday.

Victory for the Land Rover BAR Academy crew over NZL Sailing Team in the eight-boat final was some consolation for the British after the senior team led by Ben Ainslie were dumped out of the America's Cup by New Zealand in the semi-final.

McIlroy looks to regain momentum at Travelers

Rory McIlroy hopes his disappointing showing at last week's U.S. Open will have knocked off the rust that built up while he recovered from injury and make him better prepared for this week's Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

McIlroy has played just a handful of tournaments this year after battling through a rib injury, which he said was not a factor in him missing the cut at Erin Hills after shooting an ugly first-round 78.

"In a perfect world last week wouldn't have been my first week back," the Northern Irishman told reporters on Wednesday.

Football - Chinese investor to buy 60 percent share of Parma

MILAN Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang has agreed to buy a 60 percent stake in Italian side Parma, who have just been promoted to the second tier, the club said on Wednesday.

Parma also announced that former Argentina forward Hernan Crespo, who played for the club between 1996 and 2000 and returned in 2010 to end his career there, would become a vice-president.

Parma, twice winners of the old UEFA Cup in the 1990s, were declared bankrupt two seasons ago after finishing bottom of Serie A and demoted to the fourth tier, but have won two successive promotions since then.

Bairstow leads England to rout of South Africa

LONDON Jonny Bairstow struck a sublime unbeaten 60 to lead England to a dominant nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton on Wednesday.

South Africa chose to bat and laboured to 142 for three before Bairstow and Alex Hales shared a superb unbroken second-wicket partnership of 98 to guide the hosts to their target with 5.3 overs to spare.

"I'm trying to progress all the time and I played a few shots I didn't have a few months ago," said man of the match Bairstow.

Football - Mexico come from behind to beat New Zealand 2-1

SOCHI, Russia Mexico scored twice in a busy second-half performance to overcome New Zealand 2-1 and destroy the All Whites dreams of securing their first Confederations Cup victory at the 11th attempt.

New Zealand had the better of the first half and went in 1-0 up thanks to a nice goal from Chris Wood.

But Mexico stormed back after the break and Raul Jimenez got the equaliser nine minutes into the second period.

Javier Aquino dribbled in from the left and after an exchange of passes on the edge of the New Zealand box, Jimenez spun to fire high into the net.

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