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Australian V8 driver Tony D’Alberto late entry to NZ SuperTourer races field

The field for the NZ SuperTourer races at Hampton Downs this weekend continues to get beefed up with classy Australian Tony D’Alberto a late entry.

NFL boosts Super Bowl security with US Customs Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines

Black Hawk choppers and giant truck-sized X-rays used to patrol Mexico border boost Super Bowl security.

Rafael Nadal seeks to maintain domination over Tomas Berdych at Australian Open

Rafa Nadal will hope to make it 19 wins in succession against seventh seed Tomas Berdych today at the Australian Open.

Dan Carter determined to play Crusaders Super Rugby pre-season match

While some All Blacks rest, this star tells Crusaders coaches he wants to play Super Rugby warm-ups.

Sabbatical could keep Jerome Kaino on NZ Rugby books

All Blacks flanker keen to stay in New Zealand - provided the best deal for his family is struck.

New Ferrari Formula One car called SF15-T

The car Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel hope will revive their F1 fortunes this season will be called the SF15-T.

England call up Tom Croft and Christian Day as injury cover ahead of Six Nations

England call up flanker Tom Croft and lock Christian Day into their Six Nations training squad as injury cover.

NFL Super Bowl balls to be handled by impartial staff

Deflate-gate triggers close scrutiny of Super Bowl ball handling procedures.

Middlesbrough handed trip to holders Arsenal in fifth round FA Cup draw

Second tier Middlesbrough were rewarded for beating Manchester City with a trip to FA Cup holders Arsenal.

Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers NBA season could be over

LA Lakers star's NBA season could be over after agreeing to undergo shoulder surgery.

Andy Murray confident of beating teenager Nick Kyrgios in Australian Open quarters

Andy Murray is confident of bursting Australia's bubble when he plays teen star Nick Kyrgios in their hotly anticipated Australian Open quarterfinal.

Lance Armstrong: I'd probably cheat again

His behaviour as a drug cheat was "inexcusable", but the doping was OK, banned cyclist says.

Racehorse magnate Marwan Koukash in bid to have English club in NRL expansion

English club Salford believe they can provide a worthy alternative to a new NZ franchise in NRL expansion plans.

Oram prepared for tough cycle challenge

James Oram is gearing up to compete in his third New Zealand Cycle Classic.

Gareth Anscombe on song with Wales, just not the anthem

Kiwi-Welsh player enjoying finding his feet in Wales Six Nations squad, but admits finding his voice will take time.

Scotland rugby boss defends selection of Kiwi Hugh Blake

Kiwi-Scot's Six Nations squad selection touted as a return to the dark days of "Kilted Kiwis".

Dutch FA president Michael Van Praag to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency

Dutch FA president to stand as a candidate for the presidency of world soccer body Fifa.

England women's rugby head coach Gary Street steps down

Gary Street leaves national side after a trophy-laden spell since taking the reins in 2007.

Lydia Ko eyes big goals in 2015 after switch to contact lenses

New Zealand golf sensation believes switching to contact lenses can help her game.

Argentina football great Juan Roman Riquelme retires

Supremely talented and sometimes controversial former Argentina playmaker calls time on playing career.

Diafra Sakho sparks club vs country row after West Ham outing

Not allowed to fly, Senegal player sparks club vs country row by turning out for West Ham after missing Africa Nations Cup match.

Michael Clarke on a collision course with Cricket Australia as his teammates move on

OPINION: The Australian side is happy without Michael Clarke. Does it really need him back?

Super Rugby referees announced, call up for Kiwi Ben O'Keeffe

Referee squad changes made in bid for clean Super Rugby start after 2014 early-season whistle horrors.

Football Ferns to play glamour fixture against United States team

In-form New Zealand women's football team to play against one of the world's top sides.

English club Wasps confirm the signing of one-test All Black Frank Halai

One-test All Black Frank Halai's deal with English club Wasps has been confirmed.

Tour de France admits first Africa-based team, MTN-Qhubeka

Charitable cycling team with the mantra "Bicycles Change Lives" taking on cut-throat world of professional cycling.

Novak Djokovic cruises into Australia Open quarterfinals

Australia Open top seed claims a commanding straight sets victory over Gilles Muller.

Veteran Venus Williams upsets sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at Australian Open

Venus Williams advances into her first grand slam quarterfinal since 2010 US Open with an upset win over sixth seed.

Milos Raonic reaches first Australian Open quarterfinal after win over Feliciano Lopez

Milos Raonic beat Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 to reach his first Australian Open quarterfinal today.

Robert Allenby ran up $US3400 strip club bill on night of attack, say US reports

US reports say Australian golfer Robert Allenby ran up a $4500 bar tab with friends at a Honolulu strip club the night he claims he was abducted.

Kei Nishikori grinds down David Ferrer to reach quarterfinals of Australian Open

Kei Nishikori beat David Ferrer 6-3 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Strong competition for prime lots at National Yearling Sales Series in Karaka

Competition was strong for the prime lots on the first day of the National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka today

American starlet Madison Keys opens door to first quarterfinal at Australian Open

Madison Keys advances to her first grand slam quarterfinal with a 6-2 6-4 victory over compatriot Madison Brengle.

Lung infection blamed for Pondarosa Miss' failure in Thorndon Mile at Trentham

Pondarosa Miss was suffering from a lung infection when she failed in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

Taranaki Mountain Airs coach confident new import Aaron Fuller fits the bill

Airs' coach Daryn Shaw is confident new American import Aaron Fuller will fit in well at the franchise.

Knowler: Little time for Crusaders to dwell on halfback Will Heinz's unlucky break

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka through to quarterfinals after four-set win

Defending champion advances to Australian Open quarterfinals after a hard-fought win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Christchurch driver James Munro steady despite slip in Toyota Racing Series

Christchurch driver James Munro is fourth after two meetings in the five round Toyota Racing Series following the Invercargill leg last weekend.

Cricket Wellington float idea of staging Firebirds 'home' games in Masterton

Firebirds 'home' games in Masterton would be on the agenda, should Cricket Wellington (CW) be successful in having provincial cricket's boundaries redrawn.

Serena Williams through to quarterfinals at Australian Open after making slow start

Serena Williams is through to the Aussie Open quarterfinals after beating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in three sets.

Geenty: New Zealand batsmen need sterner bowling test before Cricket World Cup

OPINION: New Zealand's cricketers have a need for speed but no-one to unleash the thunderbolts at them.

Crowds flock to Sir Patrick Hogan and Zabeel show at National Yearling Sales

The Karaka sales auditorium became a theatre midway through Monday’s opening day of the National Yearling Sales Series.

Black Caps veteran Daniel Vettori says run outs must stop before Cricket World Cup

New Zealand's record appearance holder has plenty of reasons to smile on his 36th birthday, but one thing still makes him cranky.

Australia's 'Kid Dynamite' Nick Kyrgios has Andy Murray in his sights

Aussie teenager compared to Roger Federer as he eyes grand slam semifinal berth.

Trainer hopes winning is not a Rare Habit

Just a matter of weeks ago, Rare Habit was the tough old mare that used to set pace for Dave Broadhurst's horses.

Manly forward Feleti Mateo holds no grudge after exit from the Warriors

Feleti Mateo says it's nice to feel wanted after leaving Auckland to link up with the Sea Eagles.

Female jockeys ride all eight winners at Mount Gambier in South Australia

The stocks of Australia's female jockeys continue to rise after an extraordinary afternoon of racing at Mount Gambier on Sunday.

Solid buildup should have Central Pulse right on the mark for new campaign

Australian teams have always intimidated the Pulse, and all - bar one - annihilated them last year.

Dominika Cibulkova dumps Victoria Azarenka to reach the Australian Open quarters

Feisty Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova scrapped like a streetfighter to grind down two-time champion Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open.
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