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Opinions divided over sevens conundrum

Sonny Bill Williams

Opinions in NZ rugby are divided on how many top players should be made available for the Olympic sevens team.

New Zealand's leading surfers bomb at US Open

Paige Hareb

Paige Hareb, Ricardo Christie and Billy Stairmand all lost their opening heats at the US Open in California today.

Kamikaze cool down key for Waratahs hooker

Tatafu Polota-Nau

Learning to tackle without diving in head first gives Waratahs hooker confidence ahead of Super Rugby final.

Under strength Raiders promise payback

Raiders

Stung by a spate of poor performances, the Raiders are promising to turn the corner against the Warriors.

No entry exemptions for fan favourite Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Former world No 1 has to earn his place in elite ranking-based tournaments, PGA Tour boss says.

Rory McIlroy reassesses post success

Rory McIlroy

British Open winner has plenty to ponder after achieving his year's goals early in the season.

Ex-coach puts boot into South Africa rugby

Nick Mallet

A week after Carlos Spencer has a crack at South Africa rugby style, ex-Springboks coach follows suit.

Nigerian strips to undies after bronze win

Ojo Onaolapo

Table tennis player Ojo Onaolapo shows other Games athletes how to really celebrate.

Commonwealth Games medals keep coming

Sam Gaze and Anton Cooper

Kiwi teens and tireless swimmers lead the NZ charge in Glasgow with four medals won and a fifth pinned down. | Hamblin fifth | Pool gold | Bike one-two

Fabian Coulthard wants consistency in Ipswich

Fabian Coulthard

Kiwi driver Fabian Coulthard is out to consolidate his top three placing in the V8 Supercars series this weekend.

Thai soccer refs forced to swear oath to Buddha

More than 100 referees swear an oath of honesty at a famous Bangkok temple in match-fixing crackdown.

Marina Erakovic rediscovers winning formula

Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic is back in the winner's circle for the first time since May.

Mediation expected over Todd Carney's sacking

Todd Carney

Todd Carney is expected to enter into mediation with Cronulla over his controversial sacking from the club.

French club distances itself from Todd Carney

Todd Carney

Catalan Dragons have distanced themselves from a move for controversial Australian five-eighth Todd Carney.

Nikki Hamblin fifth in women's 1500m final

Nikki Hamblin

Kiwi 1500m runner can't make the winning ticket after lottery sprint finish set up by a sluggish Kenyan wall.

Bulldogs chase Peter Mata'utia

Peter Mata'utia

Peter Mata'utia is being touted as a contender for the Canterbury No 1 jersey next year.

Kiwis Franklin and Patel star in county cricket

James Franklin

Wellington players James Franklin and Jeetan Patel were among the runs and wickets in English county cricket.

Lauren Boyle wins Commonwealth Games gold

Lauren Boyle

Her Games finish on a gold high, but it's back in the pool for training tomorrow at 6am.

Hamilton teen secures a boxing medal

David Nyika

Hamilton teen sets sights on gold after securing NZ's first Games medal in boxing since 2002.

Five Kiwi gymnasts make Games finals

Charlotte Sullivan

Three male and two female Kiwi gymnasts make it to the individual all-around finals.

Cooper 'stoked' with mountainbike gold

Anton Cooper

Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze win NZ's first Games gold-silver double in the mountainbike race.

Black Ferns embrace Rugby World Cup defence

Fiao'o Faamausili

Captain Fiao'o Faamausili tells her players to embrace the pressure of defending the World Cup in France.

Sophie Pascoe claims Games golden double

Sophie Pascoe

Kiwi para-swimmer wins her second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in emphatic fashion.

Gifford: The two faces of Valerie Adams

Val Adams

OPINION: With her injuries behind her, Valerie Adams is embracing life inside the athlete's village, writes Phil Gifford.

Blow-by-blow coverage of the Glasgow Games

Nikki Hamblin

New Zealand won three more gold medals on Day 6 at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

America's Cup pow-wow proves 'positive'

Russell Coutts

Team New Zealand likely included in future America's Cup meetings after sitting one out at Sir Russell's request.

England in control of third test with India

James Anderson

England's bowling attack reduce India to 323-8 to leave the home side with a commanding lead of 246 runs.

Liverpool sign Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi

Divock Origi

Divock Origi will return to Ligue 1 side Lille on loan next season after signing with EPL giants.

Argentina star Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped

Carlos Tevez

Argentina and Juventus star's father kidnapped by unknown assailants on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Joelle King sets sights on top of world game

Joelle King

Joelle King's bronze another indication she is closing on world's elite - including squash royalty Nicol David.

NZ shooter doesn't let loss of coach get in her way

Sally Johnston

She was recently dumped by her coach and her rifle bolt and ammunition went missing, but Sally Johnston still won gold in Glasgow.

Kiwi Lauren Boyle's chance to reverse ledger

Lauren Boyle

New Zealand's premier swimmer can tinkle out a tidy tune on the piano, but she may not be a big Jazz fan.

NZ hammer thrower looks at home in Glasgow

Julia Ratcliffe

NZ hammer thrower's older sister proudly displayed the sign for a second day running.''Hammer it home Ratcliffe.'' And she did.

Patterson puts things right with Glasgow gold

Richie Patterson

Richie Patterson laid demons to rest and established his place in NZ weightlifting history with victory in Glasgow yesterday.

Nikki Hamblin inspired by rising black tide

Nikki Hamblin

Nikki Hamblin will be inspired by the deeds of her team-mates when she attempts a third medal today.

Jamaican out-bombs Walsh for shot put gold

Tom Walsh

Tim Nedow wandered past under the grandstand, shaking his head: ''Yeah, O'Dayne just bombed one!''

Reason: Why Andy's so handy for Crusaders

Andy Ellis

OPINION: He's not the best No 9, but he might be the most influential player on the pitch in the Super Rugby final.

Crusader Colin Slade primed for big night

Colin Slade

Getting ditched from the All Blacks wasn't how Colin Slade wanted to prepare for his first Super Rugby grand final.

Batsman in trouble for 'Save Gaza' wristband

Moeen Ali

England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogan "Save Gaza".

Tall Blacks beaten in build-up for World Cup

Nenad Vucinic

The road to the basketball World Cup has hit an early speed bump for the NZ men's team, losing 64-58 to South Korea.

NZ beat England to edge towards easier route

Shea McAleese

A late goal from Simon Child snared New Zealand a crucial 2-1 win over England in Glasgow.

Jovial Michael Cheika not playing mind games

Michael Cheika

Waratahs coach doubts the Crusaders are stressed by not winning Super Rugby since 2008.

Prince Harry photobombs Kiwis at Games

Prince Harry

Prince pops up for a photobomb of his own days after a grinning Queen was snapped in a selfie.

Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby final

Israel Folau

NSW name an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Sydney.

Johnson and Mateo back for Warriors

Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson and Feleti Mateo to return from injury in otherwise unchanged side for away clash against Raiders.

If I'm a dick, NZ looks bad - Steven Adams

Steven Adams

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously, knowing he represents his country.

Joseph Parker still sweating on passport problem

Joseph Parker

Kiwi heavyweight is yet to get his passport back from the US consulate ahead of fight in the US next week.

An unlikely $500k win for part-time gamblers

Horse racing generic

They never had much luck on the horses before but two mates have won $500k on a rank outsider.

Amazing Games defensive display goes viral

Segun Toriola

When it comes to countries well known for their table tennis expertise, Nigeria does not immediately spring to mind.

Richie McCaw still gets nervous for big matches

Richie McCaw

Despite 127 test caps, ABs skipper says anxiety of preparing for big games never goes away.
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