Friend desperate to make Roosters return

Jake Friend

Roosters hooker to make return from a life-threatening lung condition against the Cowboys on Friday.

Jens Voigt's 'euphoric' ride smashes cycling record

Jens Voigt

Cyclist, 43, signs off career backed by raucous rock concert vibe as he smashes hour record with 51km ride.

Manly's Taufua to pay price for poor form

Jorge Taufua

Manly coach Geoff Toovey is set to drop Jorge Taufua after the winger's horrendous opening finals game.

Morris' mooted Bulldogs deal under investigation

Brett Morris

The NRL is set to investigate St George Illawarra's claims that a rival club attempted to poach Brett Morris.

Panthers fined for concussion incident

Jamal Idris

Penrith have been fined $22,000 by the NRL over an incident involving centre Jamal Idris against the Warriors.

Fight for Life: Frankie steps into ring for charity

	 Millie Elder-Holmes

Shortland St star Frankie Adams confirmed as Millie Elder-Holmes' opponent in Fight for Life.

IRB tighten Olympics sevens guidelines

Olympic rings

Country-hopping rugby players need to play four sevens world series legs to qualify for Rio 2016, IRB says.

Fifa orders return of luxury 'gift' watches

Greg Dyke

Fifa officials given watches worth upwards of $10,750 at Brazil World Cup told to hand them over.

Ryan Crotty shaves beard for charity

All Black raises $11,000 for Child Cancer

Ryan Crotty

All Black and Crusaders player Ryan Crotty may be feeling the cold a bit more after his 18-month-old beard was shaved off for charity.

Prince Harry honorary president for RWC 2015

Prince Harry

Prince Harry takes on honorary president role for England's Rugby World Cup organising committee.

Home of golf votes to allow female memebers

St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews has voted overwhelmingly to admit female members for the first time.

Henry backs the All Blacks to buck Cup history

Sir Graham Henry, Richie McCaw

Former coach believes All Blacks have ingredients to carry out historic defence of Rugby World Cup at next year's tournament.

Swing duo Southee and Boult key for Knights

Trent Boult, Tim Southee

When Northern Districts won last summer's domestic T20 competition, they were seen by many as one-trick ponies.

Big hopes for rejuvenated Breaker Alex Pledger

Alex Pledger

Breakers big man rested and nearly fully recovered ahead of 2014-15 season very much about redemption - for him and his club.

Five into four won’t go for mens sprint cyclists

Matt Archibald

Matt Archibald has his work cut out if he is to make the Rio Olympics, but he's relishing the challenge.

Crusaders set to take game to Nelson in 2015

Trafalgar Park

Christchurch-based franchise may return to top of the south for Super Rugby match against Hurricanes next year.

Tough start, juicy finish for Hurricanes in 2015

Chris Boyd

Hurricanes might lay claim to eight and a half home matches next season by the time they have mulled over their draw.

Quiz: Sports knowledge test - September 19


Sports Quiz - September 19

Hamilton to host just five Chiefs games in 2015

Waikato Stadium

Waikato Stadium to host one less Chiefs match than usual in next year's Super Rugby due to clash with Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Lock Dominic Bird ready to launch in Pukekohe

Dominic Bird

At some point tonight, Dominic Bird may unfold his 2.06m frame and beam a death stare directly to the coaches' box.

Highlanders fixture list includes a date to circle


Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Giteau spurns big money to stay with Toulon

Matt Giteau

Former Wallabies five-eighth Matt Giteau has turned down a record offer from a rival French top-division club to re-sign with Toulon.

Ecclestone backs F1 clampdown on team radio

Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed a clampdown on the use of team radio to help drivers, claiming it was his idea.

German clubs claim bragging rights in Europe

Joe Hart

German teams scored a point - or more accurately, seven - in their rivalry with English clubs in their three Champions League duels.

Solskjaer departs Cardiff after owner conflict

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped down as Cardiff City manager, highlighting a difference in philosophy with controversial owner Vincent Tan.

Smoky haze an issue before Singapore F1 race

Singapore haze

A 'unhealthy' haze has drifted over Singapore clouding the build-up to the city-state's glamour sporting spectacle - the Formula One night race.

Andy Murray backs independence for Scotland

Andy Murray

Ex-Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has signaled his support for Scottish independence.

Sam Webster wins sprint final at BikeNZ Classic

Sam Webster

Add another gold to Sam Webster’s sparkling collection as he shines at BikeNZ Classic.

Taranaki prevail over determined Northland

Seta Tamanivalu

Amber and blacks sneak back to top of NPC premiership after an unflattering and tense 31-20 win over Northland.

Wallabies seek to crash All Blacks' Lions party

Paul O'Connell

ARU to entice British and Irish Lions back to Australia for one-off test in 2017 before NZ games.

Disgraced jockey David Walker is found guilty

David Walker

Jockey David Walker found guilty of pulling up his mount and profiting by betting on a rival.

Marina Erakovic fails to back up big Tokyo win

Marina Erakovic

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic was unable to back up her shock win over world No 12 Sara Errani at the Pan Pacific Open.

Crusaders to get Super Rugby season started

Canes v Crusaders

Beaten finalists the Crusaders will kick off next year's Super Rugby competition in Australia.

Important buildup work ahead for NZ Breakers

Ekene Ibekwe

The depth of the NZ Breakers gets an early test as they head to the NBL's pre-season tournament.

Sky TV may offer sports fans 'season tickets'

Richie McCaw

Sky Television may let viewers buy "season tickets" to watch individual sports or competitions online.

Ahsee Tuala gets the nod at 10 for Steelers

Ahsee Tuala

Ahsee Tuala will return to the Steelers' starting XV to face Canterbury after a strong effort off the bench.

NZ Olympic team's kaumatua Amster Reedy dies

Amster Reedy

Amster Reedy, the man who brought an added sense of NZ pride to a series of Games teams, has died.

Disgraced jockey David Walker 'restrained horse'

David Walker

Disgraced Kiwi jockey deliberately tried to get beaten, racing unit officials argue.

Millie Elder-Holmes confirmed for Fight for Life

Millie Holmes

Millie Elder-Holmes hopes to repay the organisation that supported her family prior to father Paul Holmes' death.

Kiwi champion at inaugural world championship

Cherie Stalker

Riding a pony shorter than 1.09m tall, Kiwi woman wins inaugural scurry racing world champs in UK.

NFL star Jonathan Dwyer charged with assault

Jonathan Dwyer

Cardinals running back faces assault charges after alleged attacks at his home involving a woman and an 18-month-old.

Coast to Coast entries skyrocket

Richard Ussher

Cheaper entry fees and a new race director result in entries to the 2015 Coast to Coast up 60 per cent, say organisers.

ABs lock Patrick Tuipulotu returns for Auckland

Patrick Tuipulotu

All Blacks lock back in blue and white to start against North Harbour in the NPC.

MLB star recovers from horror pitch to the face

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins slugger on the mend after 142km/h pitch smashes into his face.

Graham Henry has 'no doubt' over Dan Carter

Graham Henry

Sir Graham Henry says Dan Carter making the ABs' top XV "that depends on form".

Kevin Locke 'committed' to Salford club's cause

Kevin Locke

Cold water poured on reports former Warriors star Kevin Locke is regretting his move to the Super League.

Bayern score last-gasp victory over Man City

Jerome Boateng

Bayern Munich defender returns to haunt his former club with goal to beat EPL title holders.

Paris St Germain waste chances, draw at Ajax

Edinson Cavani

Paris St Germain end up 1-1 with Ajax Amsterdam after going ahead early in their Champions League match.

Porto crush blunder-prone BATE Borisov 6-0

Yacine Brahimi

Porto score their biggest ever Champions League win as midfielder capitalises on BATE Borisov blunders.

Athletic Bilbao held to draw by Shakhtar Donetsk

Andriy Pyatov and Aritz Aduriz

Evenly-matched contest at impressive new stadium ends as it started - at 0-0.
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