New Zealand


Pidcock wins world mountain bike gold

Olympic champion Tom Pidcock won the world championship cross country mountain bike marathon on Aug. 12 as a crash ended Mathieu van der Poel's dream of a unique treble.

It was a first world title in the mountain bike event for Britain's Pidcock, who raised a Yorkshire flag with a white rose above his head as he crossed the line after breaking away with two laps left.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says he’s not physically ready to play in the World Cup

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play for Greece at the Basketball World Cup that starts later this month, with the Milwaukee Bucks star saying Friday he and his medical advisers decided that he's simply not ready to compete.

Antetokounmpo had surgery on his left knee earlier this summer.

Two killed in shooting as New Zealand city hosts World Cup opener

A gunman killed two people and wounded six others at a building site in central Auckland Thursday, hours before New Zealand's biggest city was to host the opening match of the 2023 FIFA football World Cup.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said the gunman died at the scene and there was no national security threat, so the marquee tournament would go ahead as planned.

South Korea's Park set for third World Cup

Park Eun-seon was "humiliated" a decade ago by unfounded claims about her sex but has put the episode behind her to stand on the cusp of a third Women's World Cup.

And now the 36-year-old South Korean forward, who played her first World Cup 20 years ago, told AFP that she has one more ambition in what will be her farewell to the tournament.

New Zealand vows to get 'gritty' to avoid World Cup embarrassment

Jitka Klimkova says her New Zealand team must get "gritty" if it is to end its 32-year wait for a first Women's World Cup win and avoid embarrassment on home soil.

The co-host kicks the tournament off with a tough test against Norway at Eden Park in Auckland on July 20, before matches against Switzerland and minnow the Philippines.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) iffy for World Cup, report says

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for the FIBA World Cup is uncertain following knee surgery, The Athletic reported Wednesday.

The World Cup runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. Antetokounmpo and Greece are in Group C with the United States, Jordan and New Zealand.