Joseph Parker gives back to the school that helped shape him into a heavyweight contender

As he prepares for his big day, Joseph Parker hasn't forgotten those who helped him along the way.

Ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter loses appeal against ban in sport's top court

Sport's top court upholds six-year ban for ethics violations by the disgraced former world football chief.

Former Blues coach Pat Lam leaves Connacht, heads to Bristol as head coach

After three years turning around Irish side Connacht, former Blues coach Pat Lam is heading to England.

Crowds stay away from the pre-Christmas one-dayers in Australia

OPINION: Pre-Christmas one-day cricket internationals don't work because people don't warm to them, writes Greg Baum.

Hit and run victim forgives driver and wants them to come forward

Tupou Neiufi,15, was left with a serious brain injury by a hit-and-run driver - but she has forgiven them.

Shane Van Gisbergen lashed after Supercars win

Shane van Gisbergen strongly denies sexism behind his 2012 departure from Stone Brothers Racing.

Parker and Ruiz full of admiration in first joint interview ahead of title fight

No Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier style pre-fight sparks here.

Star quarterback benched for not wearing a tie to the stadium

NFL star benched for not wearing a tie when he arrived at the stadium.

Follow Martin Guptill is the call as Black Caps eye must-win and reverse swing threat in Canberra

Coach Mike Hesson lauds Martin Guptill, demands improvement in run chases.

American media marvel at Australian captain Steve Smith's impressive catch

Americans not sure about cricket but rave about Aussie captain's amazing catch.

All Colin Munro wants for Christmas is a new bat after favourite snaps in two

Colin Munro gained confidence from Sydney but lost his favourite cricket bat.

No time to rest for Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen will be racing again in Malaysia this week, then off to America.

Ernie Merrick leaves Wellington Phoenix with respect and dignity intact

OPINION: Timing of Wellington Phoenix coach's resignation a shock but he always had the club's best interests at heart.

Outgoing Prime Minister John Key's time as PM featured plenty of sporting success

John Key was cheering from the sidelines for many great sporting moments.

Nelson College suffer a dramatic two-wicket loss against Hamilton BHS

Nelson College have fallen just short of an epic win on day one of the First XV Cup cricket tournament.

Flippant Stephen Fleming says secret to Twenty20 cricket success is not to care

Stephen Fleming says the secret to his success as a Twenty20 coach is simple - "I don't really care".

Christchurch Boys' High off to winning start at Gillette Cup

 Christchurch Boys' open with win.

Come back Bill Lawry, we miss you

OPINION: Channel Nine's insufferable commentary team cast a pall over cricket.

Cardiac arrest victim catches up with the man who saved him

Paul Forrest catches up with fellow rider who saved his life during a race.

Steven Adams injured as Russell Westbrook posts fifth straight triple-double

Bad night for Steven Adams; another historic one for his illustrious Oklahoma City Thunder team-mate Russell Westbrook.

Apprentice jockey Hayley Bennet impresses at both book and track work

A tough year has had a silver lining for apprentice jockey Hayley Bennet.

Mark Rudan favoured option for Wellington Phoenix job - Oz media

Mark Rudan tipped as Phoenix favoured candidate.

Triple Eight boss happy for Shane van Gisbergen not to be No 1

Roland Dane doesn't mind if Shane van Gisbergen keeps the number 97 on his car.

Andy Ruiz happy to get his hands on WBO belt before fighting Joseph Parker

No superstitions for Mexican heavyweight who declares touching prize adds to his motivation to beat Joseph Parker

Which Kiwi rugby coach could save the Boks?

If SA Rugby issued as SOS to NZ rugby coaches, which Kiwi could salvage the Springboks?

Challenging week ahead for Southland women's team at NZ interprovincial golf tournament

The Southland women's golf team are taking it one game at a time heading into the NZ interprovincial golf tournament.

England coach Eddie Jones wants dominant Six Nations

Eddie Jones not content with a big first year - he's after back-to-back Six Nations titles.

First ODI: What we learned from Chappell-Hadlee game one in Sydney

OPINION: A sadly too familiar poor start in Australia for the Black Caps now needing 2/2 to keep the cup.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick resigns as team slumps to bottom of the A-League

Coach takes "full responsibility" for team's slump to the bottom of the A-League.

Joseph Parker uses Wladimir Klitschko connections to boost his WBO title chances

Strong connections to former champ crucial to Kiwi's chances of winning WBO heavyweight title on Saturday night.

Ryan Ballantyne beats Tom Walsh's best for world leading under-18s shot put throw

New Kiwi shot put talent emerges as Ryan Ballantyne sets the bar worldwide for U-18s in 2016.

Currie and Middaugh team up for multisport showdown in Wanaka

Xterra arch rivals will race side by side over 150km, high country, adventure race course around Wanaka.

Time for sinking NZ Breakers to face the hard questions after hitting rock-bottom

Four straight defeats leave Paul Henare's Kiwi ANBL club needing to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Andy Ruiz: I'm already two points down on the scorecards in Joseph Parker's town

Joseph Parker's heavyweight boxing title rival claims fighting in NZ has already cost him on the scorecard.

Red Bull rule out Daniel Ricciardo release as Mercedes look to replace Nico Rosberg

Daniel Ricciardo's bosses at Red Bull have ruled out releasing the Australian driver to join Mercedes as Nico Rosberg's replacement.

Lockie Ferguson gets coach's backing after crippling nerves, cramp strike at SCG

"We talked about easing into it, and his first over he bowled 152kmh," Black Caps coach says.

Tiger Woods finishes Hero World Challenge with a purr

Plenty for Tiger Woods to smile about after scoring the most birdies in his pro golf comeback.

Hideki Matsuyama wins Hero World Challenge, his fourth tournament triumph in five starts

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama wins Hero World Challenge as Tiger Woods delivers the good, bad and ugly in comeback tournament.

Bright start for Ben Hilfenhaus amid the gloom in New Plymouth

Canterbury open their Super Smash campaign with a loss to the central Stags in New Plymouth.

Time to move on for Kiwi Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin

Kiwi V8 driver has mixed feelings about heading off onto his next challenge in motorsport.

Australian PGA hoping for scheduling support to boost their tournament fields

The Australian PGA is looking to boost its Championship event with more world-class players.

Rennie tipped as a contender to take over Springboks coaching role

Chiefs mentor believed to be shortlisted to replace the embattled Springboks head coach.

Steve Smith foresaw BJ Watling screamer in first Chappell-Hadlee ODI

Australia captain confesses "bizarre" feeling before snaring freakish 0.6-seconds catch.

Wallabies seek improvement without star flanker David Pocock as he takes sabbatical

Wallabies' search for a match-winning strategy begins as star flanker heads off on sabbatical.

Ernie Merrick still adamant Wellington Phoenix cellar dwellers can make A-League playoffs

Coach optimistic Phoenix will still make the playoffs despite slumping to the bottom of the A-League.

Manchester United concedes late penalty to draw 1-1 at Everton

Late penalty brings home side level as Jose Mourinho's team continues to fail to get the job done in the EPL.

Black Caps fall short in Sydney as grip on Chappell-Hadlee Trophy loosens

Brilliant Martin Guptill century not enough as Australia nab first win of Chappell-Hadlee series.

Steve Smith admits foxing in Black Caps review: 'I may have looked at my bat'

After surviving an early lbw shout to carry Australia to victory, captain Steve Smith admits: "I think it was out".

Maxwell available for second one-dayer against Kiwis says skipper Smith

Australian skipper Steve Smith insists controversial Glenn Maxwell remains available for the second one-dayer against New Zealand.
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