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Latest – Harry Both New Zealand sides in action overnight in Super Rugby Pacific won their games.

Richie Mo’unga
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The Crusaders won the powerhouse battle of the season, defeating the in-form Brumbies in Canberra last night..

Leading 23-4 at half-time, the Crusaders were pushed in the second half by the Brumbies who piled on the points.

But Scott Robertson’s men held on for the 37-26 win.

In Dunedin, the Highlanders outclassed the Western Force 61-10, with coach Tony Brown pleased with the performance of experimental first-five Sam Gilberd.

The Highlanders scored nine tries with Gilberd securing eight conversions in the 61-10 win.

Nadal troubled by chronic foot injury

Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men's singles final against Daniil Medveded of Russia at the 2022 Australian Open.

Nadal with the Australian Open silverware
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Spain’s Rafael Nadal has a fitness battle to be ready in time for this month’s French Open.

The 13-time champion in Paris was hampered by a chronic foot injury as he failed to reach the quarter finals of the Rome Masters.

Nadal, who only recently returned from a stress fracture in his ribs, said he would take a doctor with him to Roland Garros.

– Reuters

Cummins out of IPL

Australia test captain Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the remainder of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ Indian Premier League campaign due to a minor hip injury, multiple media reports said on Friday.

Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Haseeb Hameed of England during day 1 of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England at the MCG in Melbourne, 2021.

Pat Cummins
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Cummins, who has picked up seven wickets in five games this season, will return to Sydney and complete his recovery ahead of the one-day international and test series in Sri Lanka.

The 29-year-old had already been rested for the Twenty20 leg, which begins in Colombo on June 7.

Kolkata, who take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, are seventh in the standings, four points off the last playoff place with six games remaining.

– Reuters

Zverev sets up semi-final clash with Tsitsipas in Rome

World number three Alexander Zverev remained on course to claim his first title of the season.

The German eased past Cristian Garin at the Italian Open to set up a semi-final showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who saw off home favourite Jannik Sinner.

Zverev, who won the title in Rome in 2017, eased into the last four with a 7-5 6-2 win over Garin in the pair’s first meeting since the Chilean upset him on home soil en route to winning the ATP 250 event in Munich three years ago.

World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Stan Wawrinka for a place in today’s quarter-final.

– Reuters

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