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Cristiano Ronaldo looking to improve on an outstanding year with Real Madrid

Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.

Manchester United bandwagon gathering pace under Louis Van Gaal

Dutchman endured tricky start to reign but seven wins in eight league games put United back in title race.

Suspended Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal pulls out of World Cup, PCB confirms

Pakistan's suspended offspinner decides not to go for official testing of his suspect bowling action.

Fernando Torres to make loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan permanent

Former Spain forward Fernando Torres' loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan will become a permanent transfer next month.

Wild Oats XI maintains Sydney to Hobart race lead

Wild Oats XI remains the clear leader in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and is midway down Tasmania's east coast.

Rain rules as Faf du Plessis racks up fourth century

Faf du Plessis' century was the highlight of the rain-hit second day of the second test at Centurion.

Tegan Abel claims win on first raceday ride at Rotorua

Tegan Abel felt pumped when she rode her first winner in her first raceday ride at Rotorua yesterday.

Joseph Parker tipped as a real knockout by ESPN expert Dan Rafael

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker has been named one of the sport's rising stars and tagged as "the total package".

New Zealand Breakers glad to get some rest and relaxation

Welcome break for battered Breakers after hard-fought win, writes Sarah Harvey.

Ex-All Blacks prop Carl Hayman hints at quitting Toulon for New Zealand return

Veteran prop Carl Hayman considers ditching the big bucks and coming home to coach.

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman hits out at French dope testers

Former All Black says he is sick and tired of being seemingly targeted by French doping investigators.

Buyers beware - John Morell, Ryan Mark in it for keeps

Cow cockie John Morell tells Barry Lichter why he won't sell the Railway favourite.

Eagle-eyed Aussie owner right on the money

Few owners are brave enough to turn down $700,000 for their horse before it has even raced.

Wellington Phoenix not taking challenge of Western Sydney Wanderers lightly

The Wanderers may be bottom of the league but the Phoenix are wary ahead of their clash in Wellington.

Wayne Smith: I won't coach against sides I love

ABs assistant Wayne Smith rejects big-money offers to stick to teams he's passionate about.

Olympic rower Robbie Manson: It's all right to be gay

Robbie Manson didn't always feel this comfortable in his own skin. In fact there was a time he couldn't admit to himself who he really was.

Wild Oats XI takes lead in Sydney to Hobart race

A lack of wind or bad luck look like the only possible hurdles for Wild Oats XI as she leads the Sydney to Hobart race.

India had no answers to Australia tail - Smith

India had no answers to an Australian tail that didn't just wag - it walloped!

Thunder fail to roll as Sixers continue Sydney derby domination

The Sixers have retained Sydney bragging rights after the Thunder's big guns failed to fire.

Crystal Palace sack Neil Warnock after dismal run

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace ended manager Neil Warnock's brief second spell in charge.

Brisbane Roar fight back to draw with Central Coast

Despite having to come from behind twice, Brisbane say they were disappointed to walk away with a 3-3 draw.

Gui Finkler free-kick denies Newcastle Jets in Melbourne

Victory's Gui Finkler single-handedly sinks the Newcastle Jets after scoring with a late free-kick.

Black Caps well in control of first test with Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have capitulated on day two of the first test with NZ and been forced to follow on.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult the forgotten heroes of NZ's test cricket resurgence

Tim Southee and Trent Boult could be viewed as the forgotten men in NZ's test cricket resurgence.

Jamie How stars for Central Districts

Jamie How shines for Central Districts against Canterbury while Otago and Auckland also claim wins.

Steve Smith misses double ton but Australia in control of second test with India

Australia have taken control on day two of the Boxing Day test against India at the MCG.

Live cricket: Black Caps vs Sri Lanka - first test, day two

Live coverage of the Black Caps taking on Sri Lanka on day two of the Boxing Day test in Christchurch.

Black Caps keep control of Boxing Day test

Sri Lanka are in trouble at lunch on day two of the Boxing Day test after Trent Boult ripped through their top order.

Blacks Sticks side the goal for Georgia Barnett

It was a huge step for Manawatu goalkeeper Georgia Barnett to find herself playing the world champion, the Netherlands.

Arsenal forced to sweat as Olivier Giroud sent off

Olivier Giroud's rush of blood almost ruined Arsenal's Christmas.

Brendon McCullum fireworks put NZ on top after day one vs Sri Lanka

Brendon McCullum's terrific 2014 continues as brutal 195 helps NZ to 429-7 at stumps on day one of Boxing Day test.

Chelsea overpower West Ham, Manchester City down West Brom

Chelsea overpowers West Ham and Man City whips West Brom as EPL title rivals signal intent.

Steve Smith eyes another ton, Aussies 5-259

Steve Smith will be looking to make it three consecutive centuries against India on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Jose Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players

Chelsea coach happy with 2-0 win against West Ham and allows players time off becasue they "are crying so much in the dressing room".

South Africa dominant against West Indies

South Africa pummels West Indies on opening day of second test in series with Dean Elgar stroking 121.

Sri Lanka slip-ups on day one at Hagley Oval not fault of ground staff

Hagley Oval groundsman says lack of experience in NZ conditions, not pitch, caused Sri Lankan bowlers to topple over.

Captain's knock-on-effect as Brendon McCullum puts on a show

It was a Brendon McCullum masterclass. The NZ skipper put a dramatic exclamation point on his terrific 2014.

Michael Klinger century boosts Perth Scorchers to victory

Michael Klinger cracks a century to lift Perth Scorchers to 35-run victory over Melbourne Renegades.

Leaders Perth Glory share points with Melbourne City

A-League leaders Perth Glory rely on their ability from set-pieces to salvage a 1-1 draw at Melbourne City.

LA Clippers deal to Warriors, Bulls rout LA Lakers

Christmas Day wins for LA Clippers, OKC Thunder, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Wizards.

Adelaide United snap streak, extend Sydney FC's poor run

Adelaide United continued Sydney FC's A-League woes with a 3-0 victory in their Boxing Day clash.

NZ Breakers dethrone Kings in Sydney 97-85

Big men Ekene Ibekwe and Tai Wesley combine for 40 points as Breakers defeat the Sydney Kings.

The cricketing year Brendon McCullum made his own

If 2014 was the Chinese year of the horse, then New Zealand Cricket witnessed the year of the Baz.

A formula to help Steve Hansen solve the All Black No 10 conundrum

Introducing 1st5R, a formula which rates a first five-eighth's performance, including the four ABs contenders.

Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham gets back in the groove

NZ all-rounder drags himself out of mini form slump, while giving selectors timely reminder of what he can do with bat.

Matt Henry focussed on Canterbury, not Cricket World Cup

Everyone else might be thinking about the World Cup, but Canterbury's Matt Henry is trying his best not to.

'Disastrous' Silver Ferns face World Cup mountain in 2015

Rarely did the Kiwis play well and, sadly, losses became all too commonplace during 'disastrous' 2014.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick doesn't want credit for success of Nathan Burns

Ernie Merrick had been trying to sign Nathan Burns for four years before finally getting his signature.

Young captain guides Australia to close on Boxing Day against India

Captain compiles watchful half-century as Australia close at 259-5 on opening day of third test against India.

Brendon McCullum just short of smashing fastest double century record

Brendon McCullum goes crazy, before getting out going for what would have easily been test cricket's fastest double century.