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Fifa election heats up

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup, but is idea has been rubbished by the other presidential candidates.

Fifa presidential candidates are make their pitch to the heads of national football federations.

Nelson best sports region per capita

Auckland as a region has won the most titles across a range of team sports since 1990.

But in terms of pure success, Auckland easily runs away with the crown.

Most famous goat in world rugby dies

Poppy the goat, pictured with owner Stephanie Lee, left, and Counties Manukau Rugby chief executive Andrew Maddock in 2012, has died.

Poppy the goat, Counties Manukau Steelers' unofficial mascot, has passed away.

Manukau City pull off a coup gallery

Kevin Fallon says he's pleased to be back in the game after a short hiatus.

Master coach Kevin Fallon will guide Manukau City this football season.

Couch to tough 10km in 19 weeks

Shelly Green says exercise needs to be incorporated into daily planning.

Two kids, a career and 50th birthday wasn't enough to stop Shelly Green from beginning to exercise.

Hibiscus Coast AFC launches four corners programme

Hibiscus Coast AFC technical director Mauricio Rojas is excited at the holistic approach the club is introducing for its players with the new four corners programme.

Football on the Coast is about to become a whole lot more sophisticated as Hibiscus Coast AFC launches its new "four corners" football development programme.

Teacher defies the odds

The love of competing is worth all the pain for St Peter's teacher Claire Walton.

Claire Walton is not letting a debilitating injury stop her from doing what she loves.

Long jumper looks to break eight metres

Matthew Wyatt will be attempting to soar for the eight metre mark in the build up to Rio 2016.

Matthew Wyatt is working towards making Rio 2016. But first he'll have to go above and beyond his personal best.

Rainbow athletes Proud to Play

Proud to Play NZ organiser Craig Watson is excited for the start of the sports tournament, which will have events across Auckland including at West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre.

A new sports tournament aims to promote inclusion for all, regardless of gender identity or sexuality.

Black marlin backlash video

Craig Johnson (right), 44, of Whangarei, landed the 363.8kg black marlin on Waitangi Day.

Some have compared the capture and killing of a 364kg Black Marlin to trophy hunting.

Manning's $19.8m gift delights beer company video

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning professed his love for Budweiser in his post match interview.

Payton Manning's post game speech turned out to be beery good for Budweiser.

Grafton cricketer captaining developing squad

Jack Parsons will be making the calls as captain for the Developing Future Aces side.

Jack Parsons will have his cricketing skills put to a new test.

Wheelchair athlete barred from race

Brendon Stratton is a wheelchair athlete who was barred from entering a road race for health and safety reasons.

Disabled athlete complains to the Human Rights Commission over Auckland to Wellington Cycle Challenge.

Junior throwers pick up medals

Clockwise from top left: Athletics Whangarei Colgate Games representatives Emma Hetaraka, Hokioramai Dunn, Nikolas Kini, Jordyn Hetaraka, Aimee-Leigh Scott, Braedon Hetaraka, Oscar Ruffel, Elliot Ruffel and Jaime Hetaraka.

Athletes from Athletics Whangarei have enjoyed some success in throwing events at this year's Colgate Games.

Waves at Piha going off

Portia Millar, 6, of Oratia District School won the under-9 girls final in the Lion Rock Boardriders Club summer series at Piha Beach over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

It's a good time to be hitting the water in west Auckland.

A day to celebrate Luke Tipene

Sean Wilson gives the "Ls UP" in memory of his nephew Luke Tipene, who died after being stabbed in Grey Lynn in November 2014.

The community is once again rallying to remember Luke Tipene.

Warriors tickets on sale Friday

Tickets to the Vodafone Warriors match against the Canberra Raiders at Yarrow Stadium go on sale this week

Tickets to the Vodafone Warriors May 21 NRL match against the Canberra Raiders go on sale at 9am on Friday

Pain to pleasure for Ironman firefighter

Ironman athelete Josh Harrison says he's feeling confident to win his next race in Taupo on March 5.

Ironman athelete Josh Harrison says it's possible to laugh your way through pain.

Kiwi skaters honour fallen mate

About 50 Kiwi skaters toasted to Secombe Watene's memory

Fellow riders celebrate life of top street skater Secombe Watene

As strong as those half his age

Winner of the Grandmaster division of the 2015 Mr Universe competition Jeremi Musialkowski at home with his trophy and medal.

Most 74-year-olds would love to be feeling young, chasing a ball around the back garden with the grandkids.

Simpkin to quick at Meremere drag races

ddn-Dargaville racer Ross Simpkin with his winning trophies.

For the love of speed, a Dargaville man has put his pedal to the metal.

Making the tough calls

Cricket umpire Grant Howlett has been making the tough calls for 10 years.

Grant Howlett is a man who makes sport run like clockwork but says high pressure situations put people off the important job of umpiring.

Doctors told Jack he would never walk again

Despite a debilitating injury Jack Ngametua has still pursued a career in sport.

After a rugby injury Jack Ngametua was told he might never walk again. He was determined to prove the doctors wrong.

New Lynn rebuilds its grassroots

New Lynn Stags logo

A small West Auckland club might soon be New Zealand Rugby League's grassroots club of the year.

Out of the way McCaw video

The Waitakere Ranges is great for Paul Ayres to work on his adventure-race cycling.

The All Black great had better keep an eye out for the Tussock Jumpers.

Meli ready to share secrets

The Glenora Bears clubrooms are now inhabited by Francis Meli.

Francis Meli is coaching west Auckland kids and hoping to turn lives around.

Boost for Black Sticks' Rio plans

The Black Sticks women are happy to have a strong international tournament on their own shores as part of their preparations for the Rio Olympics.

Olympic preparations bolstered by world class lineup for Hawke's Bay tournament in April.

Kansas comes calling for Bowen

Katie Bowen is barely in her 20s and has already made Kansas home.

There's no place like home for footballer Katie Bowen - unless it's Kansas.

'Angels don't win at Eden Park'

Sir Clive Woodward believes new captain Dylan Hartley will bring a much-needed hard edge to the team.

Sir Clive Woodward says Dylan Hartley's attitude required for England to storm All Blacks fortress.

Young shot put thrower breaks record

Sylvia Brunt is pursuing all track and field events with an equal level of focus.

Sylvia Brunt is only 11 and has broken a shot put record set by an international athlete.

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