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tv   Sport Today  BBC News  November 9, 2017 1:45am-2:01am GMT

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hello, this is sport today, live from the bbc sport centre. coming up on this programme: it has been described as a dark day in the world of rugby, as samoa's international team is declared bankrupt. the test that could swing the series. we look ahead to the inaugural women's ashes day—night test down under. and the most—wanted man in boxing. and the refugee who fled syria and ended up at the rio olympics. hello and a very warm welcome. our top story: and world rugby is being urged to carry out a review into the governance of the samoan rugby union, after it was declared bankrupt on wednesday. the pacific islands prime minister has been urging members of the public to donate money to help pay their players, ahead of the autumn internationals. our reporter patrick gearey has more. samoa might be a small nation, but
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they are absolutely rugby mad and they are absolutely rugby mad and they have long punched above their weight in terms of the quality of players they have produced. in the short term they are due to play scotla nd short term they are due to play scotland and england this month. we understand there is no threat to those games. the costs have already been covered. world rugby will take ca re of been covered. world rugby will take care of the insurance but this is certainly a serious situation. in terms of how we got here, it is complicated. world rugby say they fund samoa to the tune of nearly $2 million a year but samoa do not often million a year but samoa do not ofte n get million a year but samoa do not often get the chance to play top by often get the chance to play top rugby nations at home and that is where you make a lot of your money. in the future that is supposed to change. a lot of the former samoan players have spoken to in the last few weeks have said that their own union needs to modernise, professionalise and get its own house in order. one of those players is dan leo, a former wasps forward who runs an organisation called pacific rugby player welfare who look after the interests of islanders in the game. we need a bit of —— better revenue share of the
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profits being generated at stadiums around the world. as rugby has become more business oriented, we have seen a slip off from the pacific islands. so as professionalism has moved on and we have gotte n professionalism has moved on and we have gotten further and further behind. in the short term, they need cash. that is the pressing issue for them. and wider than that, they want afairer them. and wider than that, they want a fairer slice of the pie, really, them and other nations like tom and fiji. that touches on another issue, the number of players who feel they have to leave the nations in order to play rugby, they play the likes of england, new zealand and australia —— tonga. they save there was a pathway to a southern hemisphere competition, then that would revolutionise rugby in the pacific. they point to fiji who won the olympic sevens last year, of course, is proof that there is the talent, but at the moment frank rigorous and the money. —— frankly there isn't the money. cricket, and history will be made in just a couple of hours, when australia and england meet in the first ever day—night women's test match.
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it is part of the multi—format ashes series, and the hosts, who lead the series 4—2, will retain the title if they win this one—off test. from sydney, our sports correspondent andy swiss reports. time to grin... and win. for heather knight's england team, this is a test with no room for error. they came to australia, of course, as the newly crowned world champions. the hosts, though, have won two of the first three games and their confidence is very clear. "beat england" is their rallying cry. but that bullishness mightjust backfire. does that give you extra fire in the belly, when you see banners like that? yeah, of course it does. i think that's the aussie marketing campaign, which is quite interesting and funny for us as a team to see. it's all about us and how we perform
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over the next few days. if we can win this game, it stands us in good stead. the spotlight will be on england in more ways than one. this will be the first day—night test, men's or women's, in ashes history. for the players, a whole new ball game — or a pink ball game, to be precise. easier to see under the lights, never previously used in women's international. but england and australia are no strangers to innovation. after all, they played the very first women's test more than five years ago. now, they will share another piece of sporting history. both teams are looking forward to it. we don't play a lot of test cricket and you only have the opportunity to be part of history once, so i think both teams will be extremely excited about it. but it is australia who is on the front foot. win here, and they retain the ashes. england will have to hope they do not live up to their billing. now, she may not have an olympic medal, but yusra mardini was one of the stars in rio last year.
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she was part of the ioc‘s refugee team less than a year after she fled from syria, where she was quite literally forced to swim for her life. a movie about the ordeal is in production, but mardini's main objective is to speak up for refugees and to secure a place at the tokyo games. our sports correspondent alex capstick has been to meet her in berlin. you know that you might lose your life on the way. yusra mardini, olympian and refugee, who saved lives including her own. the teenage swimmer who fled war—ravaged syria to pursue her sporting dreams. a 25—day nightmare, which featured a sinking boat full of migrants heading for greece. yusra and her sister jumped into the sea, to help keep it afloat. i know that — of course i was afraid. it was dark, and i was just seeing the island, but never reaching it. not that i was the hero,
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pulling a rope, you know. ok, i helped the boat, and so on, but it was not only me or only my sister. but you can imagine they told you, it isa but you can imagine they told you, it is a 45 minutes' trip, a 1.5 hours. what did you have with your? nothing. myjeans hours. what did you have with your? nothing. my jeans and hours. what did you have with your? nothing. myjeans and my t—shirt. all the rest was gone. yusra mardini eventually arrived in berlin. already a promising swimmer, she joined this club at the city's olympic park. incredibly, just 11 months later, she was in rio, on the biggest sporting stage of all, competing for the first—ever refugee team. even after, you know — before, when they were telling me i'm leaving to the olympics, it was a really big surprise. after only one year i'm a refuge in germany, and i'm going, and there is a refugee olympic team. it was incredible. yusra's remarkable back story means she is now a teenager in demand,
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with an expanding entourage befitting her growing stature on the world stage. there will be talks at major global events highlighting the plight of refugees. i'm just hoping to get the idea to people that they are normal people and they had a normal life, and they were forced to flee their country because of violence. and you are making a movie, or a movie is being made about you. how exciting is that? stephen daldry is directing it. yeah, it's amazing. like, i'm really excited. and who would you like to play yusra mardini? above all i would like yusra mardini the plate yusra mardini, buti yusra mardini the plate yusra mardini, but i can't act. but above all, yusra mardini is focused on training hard. she wants a place at the 2020 olympics in tokyo and doesn't mind who she represents.
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my ambition is just to be an athlete. if i'm going to start for germany, or for my country, or for the refugee olympic team, i'm going to do the best i can, and it will be my pleasure. in a life full of twists and turns, the way to tokyo may not be straightforward. but it is clear this determined 19—year—old will rise to whatever challenges lie ahead. alex capstick, bbc news, berlin. golf's nedbank challenge gets under way in sun city, south africa on thursday. it is the final event in the european tour's race to dubai. england's tommy fleetwood holds the advantage ahead ofjustin rose, who has won the last two events, as well as masters champion sergio garcia. and, with both of them missing this week, fleetwood is hoping to pull further ahead in his bid to be europe's top golfer for the year. hats off to rosie for the way he has played the last couple of weeks. yes, it has made an interesting finish, but i could make it a lot more boring this week if i have a good week. so, you know, it is still
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kind of in my hands, still got to just keep doing what i am doing, concentrate on what i am doing, and yes, i played nice last week. struggled a little bit too hole putts, and i went the last two rounds without a bogey, but i didn't convert my early in the day chances. so onto this week on a tough golf course now. but yes, it is all good. in tennis: south korea's chung hyeon is the first player through to the semi—finals of the atp next generation event in milan. he made it two wins out of two in the round robin phase with a straight—sets victory over the top seed andrey rublev. in this tournament, each set is the first to four, and chung won 4—0,4—1,4—3, to seal his place in the semi—finals with a match to spare. and the croatian contender made it two wins out of two in group b. he might need to beat another russian
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to be certain of a place in the last four. and rafael nadal will play goffin in his atp finals match on saturday. for more details, check oui’ saturday. for more details, check our website. but, from me and the rest of the sport today team, goodbye. hello, again. there's some colder weather on the way for this weekend. but overnight, it's not going to be quite as cold, because this area of cloud is moving down from the north—west, bringing with it a bit of rain and drizzle. as the cloud clears away from northern scotland, it will turn chilly later. perhaps the lowest temperatures for a while, ahead of that cloud, more towards the south—east. but here, those numbers will be higher by the morning, as we start the day with cloudy skies and some light rain or drizzle, and temperatures six or seven.
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for much of southern england, wales, the midlands, perhaps up into yorkshire and lincolnshire, it will be a bit of a dull start on thursday. a lot of low cloud. a bit of rain or drizzle here and there, no great amounts. already, it's brightening in northern england, and some sunshine to greet the day in northern ireland, and particularly scotland, where there will be a chill in the air here. and we've got some sharp showers into northern scotland. they'll continue pretty much all day, and it will be quite windy here, too. much further south, some slow improvements through the day, as we see the brighter skies and sunshine filtering southwards, pushing away the dull and damp weather eventually into the english channel. it will take a while to get the sunshine out significantly across southern england in the afternoon. further north, in the sunshine, temperatures about 10—12 degrees. those showers continue, though, for northern scotland. still quite windy here, as well. clear skies in the evening will see the temperatures dipping. but then we get another spell of rain and cloud, and some stronger winds this time, pushing the wet weather down quickly across the uk on thursday night into friday morning.
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the skies clear to the north, again the temperatures will dip away, and it's cold enough in northern scotland for the showers to be wintry in the hills. quickly, we'll see some sunshine developing further south, one or two showers, perhaps. but then later in the day we'll see the cloud increasing again. and we've got some rain on the way, that's going to be particularly evident in northern ireland. quite cold in scotland, seven or eight degrees. that rain that's coming in is coming from what's left of tropical storm rina, and that will move its way quickly to bring some rain mainly for england and wales. some stronger winds through the english channel, but it doesn't last long. by the time we get to the weekend, the wind direction is changing, we're going to draw down a northerly wind as the weekend goes on and it will be turning colder, day and night. so this is saturday. some spells of sunshine. some showers, though, for northern ireland, running in the irish sea, coming to wales, wintry showers for northern scotland, some showers down the north sea coasts,
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and it will be feeling cold in the wind. strongest winds around coastal areas, both in the west, the north and the east, and that's where we'll see the showers. for many inland, yes, it's going to be a cold day, but it should be dry and quite sunny. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: president trump gets the red carpet treatment in china, but can he get the support he needs from president xi over north korea? the british government loses its second cabinet minister in a week. priti patel quits over unofficial meetings in israel. the mother of a teenager accuses the actor kevin spacey of sexually assaulting her son last year. and the louvre comes to the middle east. the french president opens a new museum in abu dhabi.
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