Johnson ready for the big stage: Finch

Mitchell Johnson could be a 'dangerous weapon' for Aussie in the World Cup final.

Jimmy Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

American Jimmy Walker seizes an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open.

MotoGP sees Qatar as key to Middle East

Season-opening Qatar is a vital MotoGP round that is important to grow the sport in the Middle East.

Look out cobber, the Beige Brigade is in town

A reinforced Beige Brigade will be making a splash of understated colour at the CWC final.

Ambrose will be back in V8s: Lowndes

Veteran driver Marcos Ambrose is not done yet, says V8 Supercars racer Craig Lowndes.

Women's tennis will survive after Serena - WTA boss

Some question whether women's tennis will still have legs after wildly popular Serena Williams retires.

Pechstein doping ruling 'threatens sport's disciplinary system'

Allowing a speed skater to file a lawsuit in Germany could threaten the credibility of all sports.

Gui Finkler brace keeps Melbourne Victory in second place on A-League ladder

Melbourne Victory consolidated second spot on the A-League table with a 2-1 win over Central Coast.

Moses Mbye strikes in overtime to give Canterbury Bulldogs thrilling NRL win over Wests Tigers

Moses Mbye slotted a 84th-minute field goal to deliver Canterbury a 25-24 win over the Wests Tigers.

Lions heap more Super Rugby woe on the Queensland Reds in Brisbane

Quade Cooper returns but can't rescue Reds as they slump to an 18-17 loss to the Lions.

Parramatta Eels end South Sydney Rabbitohs' winning streak in NRL thriller

Parramatta have stunned reigning NRL premiers South Sydney 29-16 in a thrilling encounter.

How Grant Elliott came in from the cold to shine for NZ on the biggest stage

Making plans to make cricket history

Grant Elliott was a surprise selection for the Black Caps but he's repaid the faith shown in spades.

Talented young New Zealand Warriors props Sam Lisone and Albert Vete carve a path to Kiwis

Three weeks into the new season and already the Warriors have a success story to be proud of.

Richard Collett wants a Selfie with elusive Group I trophy

If good things come to those who wait, Richard Collett will get his Group I win at Awapuni on Saturday.

Trainer Iain Marks returns to old stomping ground in Te Aroha

Iain Marks has been a well-travelled man and has now settled back in Te Aroha.

Rising Romance ruled out of BMW at Rosehill

Donna Logan's mood went from anticipation to disappointment within hours in Sydney.

Central Pulse import Ama Agbeze feels Proteas' pain after World Cup semi loss

It's not been a happy Cricket World Cup for Central Pulse netball import Ama Agbeze.

Off the ball work key for Team Wellington in ASB Premiership semifinals reach crescendo

The ASB Premiership semifinals reach the decisive second leg clashes on Sunday.

Little brother ready for biggest match on cricket's greatest stage

The stage is set for an epic trans-Tasman showdown to decide the world champions of cricket.

Hurricanes beat Melbourne Rebels to go six straight in Super Rugby

There was a lot to like about the Hurricanes' 36-12 bonus point win over the Melbourne Rebels.

Blues have plan to contain Waratahs star Israel Folau in Sydney

The Blues believe they have devised a plan to contain Israel Folau in Sydney.

Richie McCaw locking horns with Bulls for last time at Loftus Versfeld

Richie McCaw should savour every moment of what may be his final rugby adventure in Pretoria.

There's one last tale to tell in the Daniel Vettori story

On February 6, 1997, a wiry, fresh-faced teenager took the field in his first international cricket match.

Giant midfield pairing could bring excitement for Chiefs against Cheetahs

A big midfield pairing on display for the Chiefs, with Seta Tamanivalu playing outside SBW.

Japan test skipper Michael Leitch seeking experience with Chiefs

Michael Leitch captains the Japanese national team, but has found Super Rugby a big step up.

Steel respect the Mystics but have no fear in taking on conference leaders

Mystics vs Southern Steel netball clash important to the ambitions of both franchises.

Highlanders must find way out of Stormers' stranglehold in Super Rugby clash

History and form suggest the Highlanders have a big challenge ahead of them on Saturday night.

It's all about net profit for Kane Williamson as he gears up for date with World Cup destiny

Kane Williamson is battling a form slump ahead of Sunday's Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Millmow: Settle, then chase key for Black Caps in World Cup final

OPINION: New Zealand's best chance to win the World Cup is to chase, writes Jonathan Millmow.

Andrew Durante's plea to Phoenix fans: turn up and then turn on cricket

Nix captain Andrew Durante is urging Kiwis not to forget about Sunday's other trans-Tasman showdown.

Waikato schools do well on first day of finals at Maadi Cup

A double triumph for Waikato schools marked the first day of finals at the Maadi Cup.

Anton Devcich resistance not enough as Wellington beat Northern Districts in Plunket Shield

Wellington completed their third straight Plunket Shield win on Friday, beating Northern Districts.

Canterbury setting up final day Plunket Shield chase against Otago

Otago are eyeing up a tricky chase on the final day of their Plunket Shield match against Canterbury.

Team New Zealand funding at risk as Auckland reportedly loses challenger series

Team NZ America's Cup hopes could be over with Auckland's hosting of 2017 challenger series in doubt.

Triathlete Ryan Sissons looking for strong Auckland showing with Rio in mind

Top New Zealand triathlete Ryan Sissons accepts that 2015 will be one to chalk up to development.

Adam Hollioake relishing underdog status as he gears up for Super 8 bout with Monty Betham

Former cricketer Adam Hollioake says the script could not be better for his fight with Monty Betham.

It's win or bust for Brian Minto at Super 8 event in Christchurch

A slimed down Brian Minto says there is no tomorrow for his career if he loses at Saturday night's Super 8.

Was Matthew Hayden right about the Black Caps at the MCG?

Matthew Hayden, you've been exaggerating. And we've got the evidence.

Stephen Kearney proved himself worthy of Kiwis extension, NZRL boss says

New Zealand Rugby League boss Phil Holden says he saw changes in Stephen Kearney that he needed to.

All Whites skipper Winston Reid ruled out of South Korea clash with injury

All Whites captain out of Wednesday’s friendly against South Korea in Seoul with hamstring injury.

Black Caps bowler Tim Southee believes they have more respect from Australia

Black Caps bowler believes his team are finally earning the respect of Australians.

In-form Lydia Ko third after opening round of Kia Classic in California

World No 1 Kiwi fires bogey free opening round 67 at LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in California.

Australia offers 10 reasons why New Zealand can’t win the World Cup

Co-host versus co-host, mate versus bro and probably the biggest ODI ever seen in Australia.

Silent Achiever hoping BMW success leads to trip to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Kiwi filly's defence of BMW title in Sydney will show if she's good enough to race Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Michael Clarke takes tremendous sex question in his stride at press conference

Question from left field after semifinal win leaves Australian cricket captain momentarily stumped.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell pulls out of Texas Open with Masters in mind

Graeme McDowell withdrew from the opening round of the Texas Open after nine holes because of a nagging left ankle injury.

Black Caps ready to cash in on successful Cricket World Cup campaign

Each squad member stands to earn about $400,000 if they triumph in Sunday’s final at the MCG.

Auckland Aces demolish Central Stags in Plunket Shield with two sessions to spare

The Auckland Aces beat the Central Stags by an innings and 64 runs with two sessions to spare at Nelson Park in Napier.

Super Rugby's burning questions: What should Steve Hansen be concerned about?

OPINION: Fairfax Media's leading rugby scribes tackle the three burning questions of the week as Super Rugby heads for round seven.

New Zealand hit Matthew Hayden MCG outburst for six as World Cup final pressure heats up

The Black Caps are refusing to buy into talk the Melbourne Cricket Ground won't be to their liking.
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