Kiwi basketballer speaks about college killings

Auckland basketballer Jaylen Gerrand, 20, has spoken out about seeing the gunman who killed nine people, and then himself, at a school in Oregon.

"I heard what I thought was a firecracker," Jaylen Gerrand said. "I didn't expect it to be a gun."

Around the world in seven days

Cowabunga – an extremely rare Argentinian steak.

Another week of RWC pool games – another week of opportunities to broaden your knowledge of the planet.

Twins to fight golf ban

Thomas, left, and Peter Spearman-Burn, pictured in 2010, have been suspended from Wellington Golf for the rest of the year for "equipment abuse".

Peter Spearman-Burn and his twin Thomas are appealing a four-month suspension from Wellington Golf.

Solo sailor loves time on the waves

Cory McLennan, 21, has the Atlantic in his sights.

Cory McLennan says sailing alone across vast seas is a thrill - and he's too busy to ever be lonely.

Auckland gets ready for V8 Supercars return

Andre Heimgartner drives the Super Black Racing Ford.

Auckland is getting revved up with a series of free events to celebrate the return of the V8 Supercars.

Young fencer's swift success

Epsom Girls Grammar student Jess Gracie, 17, lives and breathes fencing.

Jess Gracie holds one simple advantage over her fencing opponents, which has helped her rise through the junior ranks.

World Cup dream for Takalua

Sonatane Takalua is living his dream of playing for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup.

Dargaville lad among 10 Northland players in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Spratt keeps collecting wins

Sam Spratt has been raking in the winners on the racecourse.

Pukekohe jockey Sam Spratt is the one to follow at the moment. 

Former Kiwis hooker in NZ students team

Former Warriors and Kiwis hooker Tevita Latu will play for the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Students rugby league team.

Former Kiwis hooker Tevita Latu has been named in the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Students squad for two tests against Australia in the South Island.

Sevens countdown begins

New Zealand Sevens player Ardie Savea puts a cape on the Solace in the Wind on the Wellington waterfront as tickets to the HSBC Wellington Sevens go on sale.

Wellington Sevens tickets go on sale and static super heroes are here to tell you about it.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Two goals by Three Kings' Harrison Nash earned his side a final win in their turbulent season.

Metro FC are denied promotion in the women's league while Three Kings finish bottom of the men's premiership.

Why skateboarding is better for kids

"Skateboarding is about having a go, with no-one there telling them what to do."

Skateboarding can make kids smarter athletes than playing team sports, experts say.

Ignorance behind bad parent behaviour

Marist junior rugby players after a match, demonstrating the positive culture Aktive Auckland wants to foster in sport with supportive parents on the sideline.

A junior rugby co-ordinator who has walked away from the post this year says action is needed to stop bad sideline behaviour.

Overseas sports groups want to copy Kiwi campaign

Rene Naufahu has fielded international interest in his Let Kids Be Kids campaign

Sports franchises around the world want to copy actor Rene Naufahu's campaign with the All Blacks to boost children's sport.

Parents urged to curb aggression at junior sports

Marist junior rugby players after a match, demonstrating the positive culture Aktive Auckland wants to foster in sport with supportive parents on the sideline. 

Parents and coaches could be given training as "change agents" under a plan to curb unruly sideline behaviour at junior sports games.

Lee and Fowler trade pranks

Danny Lee tied a collection of road cones underneath Rickie Fowler's four-wheel-drive.

Top Kiwi golfer tees up an elaborate prank on fellow pro Rickie Fowler.

Hawke's Bay retain Ranfurly Shield

Hawke's Bay flanker Tom Stanley spills blood during a tenacious Ranfurly Shield clash against Auckland.

Hawke's Bay hold on against Auckland to retain Ranfurly Shield with 17-12 win on Thursday night.

Ridsdale scores spectacular goal video

Xavier University forward Alex Ridsdale scored from a bicycle kick against Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne.

21-year-old Nelson footballer Alex Ridsdale scored a wonder-goal for his US university team.

Sailor Sam embraces Polish waters

Sam Morgan at the Optimist World Championship in Poland.

A young Auckland sailor has returned from a regatta in Poland with a whole lot of tales to tell.

University Blues ready for Magpies

University's Tim Morton is tackled in a puddle.

Aussie Rules action heads to Colin Maiden Park as two old rivals face off.

Us Girls project to help teen girls into sport video

Malia Lokotui, from Mt Roskill Grammar, takes part in the Aktive workshop at Jump in East Tamaki, Auckland.

A new research and development project aims to get teenage girls from low-decile areas playing sport.

Counties squad named for national U19 tournament

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The Counties Manukau Under 19 squad has been named ahead of this week's Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament.

Maramarua victors

Smart Monarch Prems v Maramarua 1 at Pukekohe Netball Centre's premier gold final

For Maramarua 1, 2015 will be remembered as the year they triumphed over arch rivals, Smart Monarch Prems.

Eastern Suburbs win Chatham Cup

Eastern Suburb's Tom Shaw lifts the trophy.

Eastern Suburbs win their sixth Chatham Cup title with a late win over Napier City.

Chilean rugby coach who called NZ home deported

Promising Chilean grassroots rugby coach Ignacio Arellano has been denied residency and deported to Chile.

A grassroots rugby coach who called New Zealand home has been deported to Chile.

Siblings shine on the mat

Brothers Rico and Xavier Oliver were thrilled to collect gold medals at the Wrestling New Zealand National Wrestling Championships.

Their specialty wrestling moves include the chicken wing, the arm drag and the double leg shot.

Lessons, lameness and dicky teeth

Equine dentist Georgia Worth floats Ricki's teeth while owner Rachel Stock watches.

Briar Hubbard catches up with dressage paralympian Rachel Stock, showjumper Rebekah van Tiel and eventer Renee Faulkner for the second instalment of the monthly Makings of a Champion feature.

Baseball club in membership drive

Wayne McCullough says the new baseball field at McLeod Park, West Auckland, sparks the excitement and imagination of players.

Build it and they will come. That's the old baseball adage, and the West City Baseball Club is hoping it will ring true.

Mahurangi motocross team hold their own

Mahurangi College motocross team rider Jack Rodgers

Mahurangi College's motocross team riders have been ripping it up on New Zealand's tracks with some great results this season.

Lions sticking to structures

Wellington outside back Jason Woodward makes his long-awaited return, after being injured during the Hurricanes' season.

Wellington Lions aim to get back to winning ways against Otago on Thursday.

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