LIVE: World Cup Sevens - All Blacks Sevens through to semi-final after tense victory over France

Welcome to 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of day two of the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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Watch all the action live here. Every game of the men's and women's Rugby World Cup Sevens will be live from July 21-23 on TVNZ's Duke channel - Freeview 13, Sky 23, and streaming on tvnz.co.nz.

11:42am

New Zealand survive a scare from France in their quarter-final but they edge their rivals 12-7, New Zealand were shown three yellow cards in the first half - but fought hard to cement their place in the tournament's semi-final. 

11:36am

FRANCE 7 NZ 12

All the momentum is with New Zealand as they take the lead after Joseva Ravouvou goes into score down the right edge.

11:35am

FRANCE 7 NZ 7

TRY! Kurt Baker powers over to score under the posts, a much needed try for the Kiwis - Baker converts his own try.

11:28am

HALFTIME - FRANCE 7 NZ 0

New Zealand's Dylan Collier has been sent to the bin for foul play in the ruck, the All Blacks Sevens team have had three players yellow carded in the first half.

11:25am

New Zealand are now down to just six men again after Tim Mikkelson is sent to the bin for a high tackle on a French player.

11:22am

FRANCE 7 NZ 0

New Zealand are reduced to six men after the ref rules that Joseva Ravouvou intentially knocked the ball down as the French attempted to shift the ball to the right side.

11:18am

ARGENTINA 7 FIJI 43

The Fijians put on a show in the second half and the crowd roars as the hit the 40+ mark.

11:07am

ARGENTINA 0 FIJI 19

Argentina has been blown off the park from the flying Fijians who ran in three tries in the first half. The Fijian team have been throwing offloads at will and have been staunch on defence.

10:56am

SOUTH AFRICA 36 SCOTLAND 5

It was all one way traffic with Scotland struggling to get anything going on attack - but they were able to get the last say against South Africa with a consolation try through Alec Coombes just as the final siren sounded.

10:46am

HALFTIME - SOUTH AFRICA 17 SCOTLAND 0

South Africa have been relentless against Scotland. Crisp passing and sheer speed is clearly in favour of the BlitzBokke.

10:43am

SOUTH AFRICA 12 SCOTLAND 0

TRY! Werner Kok is in again! South Africa are on fire in the first half.

10:41am

SOUTH AFRICA 5 SCOTLAND 0

TRY! South Africa cross the white chalk for the first five pointer of their Championship quarter-final match against Scotland with Werner Kok buldozing through a Scottish defender.

10:37am

Samoa put in a galant effort on defence in the second half and extra time but Wales come away as victors 24-19. After denying multiple attacks from the Welsh the men in blue finally faulter as Thomas Williams powers over to score the match winning try.

10:31am

After 14 minutes of regular time Samoa and Wales are locked at 19-19. The first team next to score in extra time will win and advance through to the Challenge semi-final.

10:06am

Australia's men make it look like a walk in a park after they defeat Russia 41-0, next we have the final Challenge quarter-final between Wales and Samoa.

9:44am

Japan left their charge too late and it is Canada who comes out on top with a 35-17 win. Up next we have Australia take on Russia.

9:22am

Ireland's speedster Jordon Conroy scores a hat-trick of tries with the men in green going on to defeat a gutsy Kenya 24-14. Ireland will advance through to the Challenge semi-final.

The New Zealand men's side will take on France at 11:16am (NZ time) in third Championship quarter-final

8:57am

The men's Bowl semi-finals have been decided after Uganda outclassed Zimbabwe 24-10.

Chile v Uganda

Urguay v Hong Kong

8:33am

The final siren sounds and it is Hong Kong who come away with the win - they defeat Jamaica 24-10. Uganda and Zimbabwe face off next in the final Bowl quarter-final.

8:12am

Up now Jamaica take on Hong Kong in the third Bowl quarter-final.

8:06am

Uruguay claim the win with an after the siren drop goal conversion to beat PNG 21-19.

7:48am

Uruguay and Papua New Guinea are the next two teams to go at it.

TONGA 29 v CHILE 33

Chile hold off a fast finishing Tonga and advance through to the Bowl semi-finals.

FULLTIME - NZ 26 USA 21

TRY! A little too late from the US as Lauren Doyle scores a consolation try after NZ secure their spot in the women's final.

13 mins - NZ 26 USA 14

TRY! Portia Woodman scores the decisive try after Sarah Goss creates the space for the speedster to score close to the goal posts.

9 mins - NZ 19 USA 14

TRY! New Zealand go end-to-end with Gayle Broughton side-stepping her way through USA's defence before powering her way over the try-line to give New Zealand the lead.

HALFTIME - NZ 12 USA 14

TRY! It is a tight contest and New Zealand's Ruby Tui scores a much needed try for the Black Ferns just before the break. Tyla Nathan-Wong misses her shot at goal from the sideline.

6 mins: NZ 7 USA 14

TRY! Naya Tapper scores her second try of the match, brushing off New Zealand's star speedster Portia Woodman with ease and the home team hit the front.

4 mins: NZ 7 USA 7

TRY! Naya Tapper strikes back for the US, opting to go around the New Zealand defenders - she shows some great wheels to beat some of New Zealand's best defenders. The conversion is good and the scores are level.

2 mins: NZ 7 USA 0

TRY! Michaela Blyde dots down under the goal posts scoring the first try of the second semi-final. The conversion is good from Tyla Nathan-Wong.

AUSTRALIA 12 FRANCE 19 - women's semi-final

TRY! Audrey Anne Cecile Ciofani scores the match winner to secure France's spot in the women's final. The Black Ferns are now up against USA.

AUSTRALIA 12 FRANCE 12 - women's semi-final

TRY! Inspirational stuff from the French skipper Fanny Horta who runs a sensational line and touches down over under the sticks.

AUSTRALIA 12 FRANCE 5 - women's semi-final

TRY! France have turned up to play, Chloe Pelle finishes a great long range play after some great passing from the women in blue.

AUSTRALIA 12 FRANCE 0 - women's semi-final

TRY! Ellia Green makes an immediate impact from the bench, scoring a try just before the break.

AUSTRALIA 7 FRANCE 0 - women's semi-final

TRY! Australia make a great steal at line-out time and Evania Pelite slices through the French defence and scores the first try of the first semi-final. The conversion is good.

SPAIN 26 CANADA 14

Spain come up with an upset, outclass favourites Canada.

IRELAND 20 RUSSIA 15 (women)

Another close match which goes right down to the wire. Ireland upset Russia and manage to hold them out to get a 20-15 win.

FIJI 14 JAPAN 15 (women)

The crowd comes to life as Japan come from behind to win their Challenge quarter-final against heavy favourites Fiji.

ENGLAND 38 CHINA 0 (women)

It was a walk over. England scored at will, looked more like a training run for the English.

PNG 12 BRAZIL 15 (women)

Papua New Guinea come up short as they leave their comeback too late. Brazil secure their first win of the tournament. The New Zealand women will take on USA at 7.04am (NZ time) in the championship semi-final.

FULLTIME - MEXICO 0 SOUTH AFRICA 34 (women)

South Africa were simply the better side wth Mexico barely getting a touch in the second half. Up next Papua New Guinea take on Brazil.

MEXICO 0 SOUTH AFRICA 17 (women)

South Africa run in three tries in the first and the women from Mexico are just not getting anything go there way. South Africa are just too big and too strong.

Day 2 Schedule:

Challenge semi-final 1 - 5.14am: England v China (women)

Challenge semi-final 2 - 5.36am: Fiji v Japan (women)

Championship semi-final 1 - 6.42am: Australia v France (women)

Michaela Blyde, New Zealand v Mexico.
Rugby World Cup Sevens. AT&T Park, San Francisco, USA. Friday 20 July 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Black Ferns Sevens star Michaela Blyde. Source: Photosport

Championship semi-final 2 - 7.04am: New Zealand v USA (women)

Bowl quarter-final 1 - 7.26am: Tonga v Chile (men)

Bowl quarter-final 2 - 7.48am: Papua New Guinea v Uruguay (men)

Bowl quarter-final 3 - 8.10am: Jamaica v Hong Kong (men)

Bowl quarter-final 4 - 8.32am: Zimbabwe v Uganda (men)

Challenge quarter-final 1 - 9.04am: Kenya v Ireland (men)

Challenge quarter-final 2 - 9.26am: Canada v Japan (men)

Challenge quarter-final 3 - 9.48am: Australia v Russia (men)

Challenge quarter-final 4 - 10.10am: Wales v Samoa (men)

Championship quarter-final 1 - 10.32am: Scotland v South Africa (men)

Championship quarter-final 2 - 10.54am: Argentina v Fiji (men)

Championship quarter-final 3 - 11.16am: France v New Zealand (men)

Championship quarter-final 4 - 11.38am: USA v England (men)

TEAMS:

Black Ferns Sevens team: Shakira Baker, Michaela Blyde, Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Sarah Goss (captain), Tyla Nathan-Wong, Ruby Tui, Stacey Waaka, Niall Williams, Tenika Willison, Portia Woodman.

New Zealand men's sevens team: Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry (co-captain), Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Jona Nareki, Tim Mikkelson (co-captain), Sione Molia, Salesi Rayasi, Joe Ravouvou, Akuila Rokolisoa, Regan Ware.

11:18am
11:28am


Joseph Parker 'looking to dominate' Dillian Whyte in high-stakes heavyweight bout, says promoter

Kiwi fighter Joseph Parker is eager to return to the ring against British fighter Dillian Whyte next week, according to promoter David Higgins.

Parker, 26, will face his first opponent since surrendering his WBO crown to Anthony Joshua with his first career loss in Cardiff earlier this year, when he takes on Whyte at London's O2 Arena Sunday morning, June 29, NZT.

Speaking to Stuff, Higgins says he's confident his fighter will return in style, before potentially earning another shot at Joshua.

"Joseph, he still has that hunger," Higgins said.

"I looked him in the eye after the Joshua fight, and he was almost more motivated to come back and prove what he could do.

"All he needs to do now is win. If he wins, he is straight back there. It's been serendipitous, and it wasn't by chance."

Higgins also weighed up the prospect of a Parker loss, but doesn't believe back-to-back defeats will mean the end of the Kiwi fighter's hopes of a future shot at a world title.

"If Joseph were to take a second loss in a row, that makes life very hard for him and for us, while if he were to win, he might be in a sold-out Wembley Stadium on worldwide television, so there's a huge difference."

However, Higgins is still expecting a comfortable victory for his fighter next week.

"This time around I think he'll be looking to win emphatically. It might not be a knockout, but I think he'll be looking to dominate and win emphatically," he said.

Joseph Parker.
Official weigh-in for England's Anthony Joshua versus New Zealand's Joseph Parker. Heavyweight Boxing World title fight. Road to Undisputed. Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales. Friday 29 March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Joseph Parker weighs in for his title fight with Anthony Joshua. Source: Photosport

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Watch: Look out! Streaking cat darts behind baseball action moments before foul ball

Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay this afternoon.

Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 hits — their most in a nine-inning game this year.

In the fourth, however, it was a daring cat that stole the show.

The feline appeared on the field from the first base side, scampered behind the plate to the third base side and twice almost jumped into the stands before finding an unoccupied spot on the third attempt.

The cat escaped, according to a Reds spokesman.

The start was delayed 2 hours, 55 minutes, by a thunderstorm, and rain continued intermittently throughout a game that ended a little after 1:30am local time But the Pirates hardly seemed to mind.

The win streak is their longest since a seven-game stretch from June 29 through July 6, 2016. Pittsburgh has won nine of 10, including a five-game sweep of Milwaukee that knocked the Brewers out of first place in the NL Central.

Jameson Taillon, who threw a one-hit shutout against the Reds on April 8, allowed six hits and a run with six strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. Taillon (7-7) also drove in a run with a safety squeeze.

Rodriguez, who had been sidelined since June 25 with a right quadriceps strain, drove in Colin Moran from second with a single in the fourth to snap an 0-for-17 skid. Rodriguez added his drive into the left-field seats in the sixth on the first pitch after Cincinnati pitching coach Danny Darwin visited Tyler Mahle on the mound.

Marte's eighth-inning slam was the second of his career.

Mahle (7-8) set a career high by allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Pittsburgh reached him for eight hits and three walks.


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