Black Sox bring home Brad Rona's 100th Test in style with strong World Cup performance against Denmark

The Black Sox have bounced back in convincing fashion from their upset loss to Venezuela yesterday at the Men's Softball World Championships with an 8-1 win over Denmark in what happened to be a milestone match for slugger Brad Rona.

Rona, 41, joined captain Nathan Nukunuku in the 100-Test club in this morning's game just a day after Nukunuku achieved the feat.

But unlike the mixed results of yesterday where the team beat world No. 2 Japan 8-1 before a shock loss to world No. 7 Venezuela 7-3, the Black Sox fired on all cylinders sparked by back-to-back home runs to Campbell Enoka and Joel Evans in the first innings.

Cole Evans followed their efforts up with a three-run home run in the next at-bat to carve a 6-0 lead after two innings. 

New Zealand Black Sox captain Nathan Nukunuku in action. Source: Photosport

Wellington pitcher Josh Pettett continued an impressive string of outings so far this tournament, notching his third win of the tournament with four strikeouts in two innings of work before reliever Karl Gollan took the mound.

The result will help the Black Sox in their quest for a seventh world title - and for Rona and Nukunuku, a fourth in their respective careers.

Both players have enjoyed successful careers in the New Zealand softball side since making their debuts in the 1990s, with the pair making their record-equalling sixth world championships appearance.

The two join Black Sox greats Thomas Makea (140) and Jarrad Martin (131) as the only New Zealanders to reach triple figures.

The Black Sox play Botswana tomorrow morning.

Black Sox's Brad Rona batting. 2013 ISF Mens World Softball Championship, Playoffs, New Zealand Black Sox v Venezuela, Rosedale Park, Albany, New Zealand. Saturday 9th March 2013. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz
Black Sox's Brad Rona batting. Source: Photosport

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Kiwi MMA star Mark Hunt set to fight in final UFC bout in Adelaide

Kiwi mixed martial arts veteran Mark Hunt is reportedly set to fight what will be his last UFC fight against US fighter Justin Willis, at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide on December 2.

ESPN reports that the 44-year-old is set to fight Willis who has a record of six wins and one loss in MMA.

Hunt has one remaining fight on his contract with the UFC and is expected to part ways with the company after his final bout.

The 'Super Samoan' has an MMA record of 13 wins, 13 losses, one draw and one no contest.

In his last fight earlier this month in Moscow he lost via submission in the first round against Russian fighter Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Fight Night 136.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  (L-R) Mark Hunt of New Zealand punches Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Mark Hunt of New Zealand punches Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena in Moscow, Russia. Source: Getty


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Video: MLB pitcher saves himself after making freakish 175km/h comeback catch

A Major League Baseball pitcher couldn't believe his luck when he made a miraculous catch after New York Yankees hitter Aaron Judge drilled the ball right back at him at 175km/h.

During today's MLB match between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees, Rays pitcher Jake Faria avoided serious injury when a 175km/h screamer when flying straight for his head.

Faria instinctively managed to put his glove up in front of the ball and made an unbelievable catch.

After making the play, it appeared to take awhile for the 25-year-old pitcher to realise he had in fact caught the ball in his glove.

Tamapa Bay Rays' pitcher Jake Faria avoided serious injury after Yankees hitter drilled the ball towards him. Source: MLB


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Dillian Whyte looming as next opponent for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua's next opponent appears to be all but confirmed, with a rematch against compatriot Dillian Whyte to go ahead despite declaring he's targeting American champion Deontay Wilder, according to the Times.

Having defeated Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout last weekend, Joshua is still wanting a bout with WBC title holder Wilder, as victory would see him crowned heavyweight boxing's unified, undisputed champion.

However, with Wilder to fight Brit Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on December 1, Joshua's options have thinned, meaning a possible rematch with Whyte firming as the most lucrative for the undefeated 28-year old.

Joshua defeated Whyte in 2015, handing him his only career loss to date, while both fighters have defeated New Zealand's Joseph Parker in 2018.

Whyte meanwhile, appears likely to face longtime rival Dereck Chisora in December, although his status as the WBO's leading challenger could see him be given another fight against Joshua as a mandatory challenger. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua's next bout will be on April 13 after Sunday's victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Dillian Whyte knocks Joseph Parker down during the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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