Phoenix eliminated from playoffs by Melbourne City

Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns is challenged by Melbourne City keeper Andrew Redmayne at Westpac Stadium.

Once talked about as potential A-League minor premiers, even champions, the Phoenix instead fell at the first playoff hurdle.

Grant still believes Pulse can make the playoffs

It was another night of long faces for Liana Leota and the Central Pulse, following Saturday's loss to the Steel.

With three teams to qualify for the New Zealand conference, you'd expect a side with the Pulse's talent to waltz in.

Hundreds turn out for Crazyman

Elina Ussher finishing the kayaking section of the Crazyman multisport race.

Lower Hutt's annual Crazyman multisport race attracted about 400 competitors this year.

Swindale Shield: May 2, 2015

Wellington's Penijamini Nabainivalu tackled by Maile Koloto during Avalon v Wellington premier club rugby, Fraser Park.

Wellington are on a roll in the Swindale Shield, running Avalon ragged at Fraser Park.

Barrett injury clouds Canes win video

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett is tackled by Crusaders counterpart Colin Slade in their match on Saturday at Wellington Regional Stadium.

All Blacks first-five "sandwiched" in a Crusaders tackle likely to miss the Hurricanes' next match.

Rejuvenated Nix ready to play City off pitch

Phoenix defender Michael Boxall: 'If we start well in these finals games, there's very few teams that can take us over 90 minutes.'

Defender Michael Boxall says flying start crucial to getting the right result against Melbourne City in A-League playoff.

Feeding Fowler-Reid no easy task for midcourters

Wing attack Gina Crampton has been among the Steel's best players this season.

Steel midcourters Gina Crampton and Shannon Francois and goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit don't have it as easy as you think.

Cheapies can match the bluebloods

Trainer Bob Baffert is seeking a fourth Kentucky Derby win.

YOU don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a Kentucky Derby contender.

Miss Wilson poised to shine

Stradivarius, left, and Miss Wilson will clash again in the $50,000 two-year-old feature at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Hastings filly Miss Wilson puts her reputation on the line at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Canes eye wounded Crusaders as chance for statement

Hurricanes first five eighth Beauden Barrett is a picture of concentration during training ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium.

Super Rugby leaders get chance to make statement against NZ-conference rivals who have battled to five win-five loss record.

Unbeaten Giants out to take Saints throne at top

Saints star Torrey Craig will be a key player when they host the unbeaten Nelson Giants in Wellington.

Two of best backcourts in National Basketball League will play for high stakes at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington on Saturday night.

Perenara pushes limits with creative training drill

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara practices his passing during a training drill he created himself.

Brutal training routine helps Hurricanes halfback take his game to the next level.

Hurricanes learn live-saving skills video

The Wellington Free Ambulance has taught the Hurricanes rugby team a valuable new skill by running a CPR and defibrillator session with the team.

Savea brothers and Jeremy Thrush among nine Super Rugby players to team up with ambulance service.

Big challenge for Tawa

James So'oialo, who has been on of Tawa's shining lights this season.

Tawa coach Dion Waller wants his players to move up a gear on Saturday when they face Marist St Pat's.

Hurricanes grapple with favourites tag

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith enjoys training ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders.

Being favourites against the Crusaders sits somewhat uncomfortably on the Hurricanes' shoulders.

College Sport

What a difference a year makes

Working hard on her fitness levels has paid dividends for St Mary's College netballer Colleen Faleafaga.

Practice made perfect for Colleen Faleafaga at the national secondary schools trials.

Silver lining for Rosario

Yasheek Rosario spent the athletics season chasing crack sprinter Nick Smith.

YASHEEK ROSARIO must sometimes feel that he is running in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Mixed fortunes for Town first XV

Prop Ben Aumua-Peseta will be a powerful presence in the St Pat's Town pack this year.

IT HAS been a good news, bad news month for the St Pat's Town first XV.

Four Wellington girls in national team

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Wellington players make up a quarter of the New Zealand secondary schools netball team.

Hillier youngest NZ amateur winner

Wellington teenager Daniel Hillier follows a shot during the final of the 2015 New Zealand amateur championship.

Daniel Hillier is the youngest player to win NZ men's amateur golf title.

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