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John Kirwan tells farmers to keep life simple, fun

Sir John Kirwan told farmers to look after each other during difficult times.

James Marshall and NPC Premiership trophy absent from competition launch

Conspiracy theories about why Taranaki captain and silverware were missing from NPC launch.

Kiwi teenager Lydia Ko excited ahead of golf's return to the Olympics in Rio

If Kiwi golfer stays true to her word, next year's Rio Olympics will be the first of a possible three Games appearances before she retires.

Joseph Parker's unusually relaxed boxing formula ahead of fights

Joseph Parker concedes other fighters might frown at the way he prepares on fight night.

Newcastle district rugby league player sent to judiciary after sickening tackle

Cessnock centre Jared Edwards cited by match review committee after horrific tackle left Macquarie opponent with a torn medial ligament.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny moves to AS Roma on season-long loan

Arsenal's Polish international goalkeeper has joined Serie A giants on loan for next season.

Gold Coast Titans lure Nathan Friend back from the Warriors on one-year contract

Gold Coast sign former foundation player on a one-year deal the 34-year-old has indicated will be his last.

Adam Goodes is playing the victim in race row, says Lions great Jason Akermanis

Brisbane Lions great says those who label the booing of the dual Brownlow medallist as racist are kidding themselves.

Trent Renata joins his Highlanders team mates at Tasman Makos

The Tasman Makos' 2015 ITM Cup rugby squad now has another champion Highlander in its midst following the signing of fullback Trent Renata.

Quade Cooper's club turns down his offer to play in grand final ahead of Bledisloe test

Wallabies first five's hopes of rare club rugby appearance ahead of Bledisloe Cup test have been quashed.

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter command premium prices for black tie dinner

Tickets to hear Carter and McCaw talk will cost hundreds.

Fringe Mooloo players get their chance in first pre-season hit-out

New coach Sean Botherway is looking for his players to stake their claims.

Jimmy Anderson and Steve Finn regain venom as Australia fall apart at seams

England's Jimmy Anderson and Steve Finn regain their venom at Edgbaston to tear through tourists' batting lineup.

No more pulling pints as experienced jockey Lisa McGregor returns to the saddle

After more than 12 months running a West Coast hotel experienced jockey has made a comeback to the riding ranks.

Police probe complaint of racist abuse towards Fijian rugby player Sake Aca

Police act on complaint from Canterbury Rugby Union over racist taunts towards Fijian player Sake Aca.

Sharks not taking Warriors side without Shaun Johnson lightly says Sam Tagataese

Cronulla prop says his side know it won't be easy just because they don't have to deal with Shaun Johnson.

Mafia museum to display Fifa's 'rampant corruption' in a permanent exhibition

Las Vegas museum devoted to mobsters opening display exploring "rampant corruption" of world football's governing body.

Touring Tall Blacks pipped by Croatia as comeback falls short

Valiant fourth-quarter comeback by Kiwi basketballers in Croatia comes up just short as they fall 70-68.

Football legend Diego Maradona wants to fight Fifa 'mafia' after corruption scandal

Argentine great launches stinging attack on world football's governing body but stops short of saying he wants to be next president.

Welsh rugby star George North sees gremlins at World Cup camp in Doha

Star Welsh centre describes how players were pushed to limits at Rugby World Cup camp in heat of Qatar.

Australian players unhappy wicketkeeper Brad Haddin left out for third Ashes test

Wicketkeeper controversially overlooked for third Ashes test after missing second match of series to be with ill daughter Mia.

Adam Voges snares an unbelievable catch off Alastair Cook during third Ashes test

Australia's dirty day in at Edgbaston could have been even more putrid without the fortuitous dismissal of England captain Alastair Cook.

Roger Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup in Montreal for unknown reasons

World No 2 gives no reason for decision for pulling out of Montreal event next month in statement released by organisers.

The Ashes: England dominate Australia on day one of third test at Edgbaston

Jimmy Anderson snares best figures of his Ashes career to put hosts well in control after day one of third test.

AFL star Adam Goodes recieves cross-code support in wake of booing saga

Cowboys NRL star Jonathan Thurston says he has try celebration lined up to show support for embattled AFL player.

All Blacks and New Zealand Maori eye Chicago double-header next year

All Blacks and NZ Maori double-header in Chicago a possibility after last year's historic test in same city.

Black Caps leg-spinner Ish Sodhi believes he can enhance team's one-day game

Leg-spinner says he has skills to add to Black Caps' dynamic one-day approach and plans to implement them against Zimbabwe.

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams fourth at Stockholm Diamond League meeting

NZ's two-time Olympic shot put champion beaten for third consecutive meeting in Europe as comeback from surgery continues.

England players given strict Rugby World Cup social media guidelines by RFU

England rugby players issued 24-point social media guide for World Cup, including warnings not to use Twitter "after a tough loss".

Rory McIlroy pulls out of Bridgestone Invitational as ankle continues to recover

Fears about injured world No 1's participation in PGA Championship increase after he withdraws from Bridgestone Invitational.

Patriots QB Tom Brady denies wrongdoing in 'Deflategate' controversy

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady claimed he 'did nothing wrong' despite the NFL upholding his four-game ban.

More to Women's British Open than Donald Trump controversy

The story lines ahead of the Women's British Open at Turnberry, Scotland, are abundant and compelling.

Jose Mourinho hits back at Rafael Benitez's wife's barb

Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez following Spaniard's wife's joke.

Michel Platini officially announces Fifa presidency bid

UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of Fifa.

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper's Sanzar hearing adjourned

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper still in the dark as the whether he'll face All Blacks in Sydney.

Tall Ferns fall to third straight loss at William Jones Cup

The tumbling Tall Ferns can't buy a win at the William Jones Cup tournament in Taiwan.

Former Black Cap Chris Cairns a no-show for London perjury hearing

Former NZ cricketer Chris Cairns fails to show up for London court hearing in perjury trial.

Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich found not guilty of biting Josh Dugan

Jesse Bromwich has been found not guilty at the NRL judiciary of biting Josh Dugan.

Joseph Parker trainer Kevin Barry comfortable with small town approach for boxer

Fighting in provincial New Zealand is not holding Joseph Parker back, trainer says.

More overseas born players implicated in New Zealand Football's eligibility saga

New Zealand Football look to have yet more trouble on their hands.

AFL racism: Mother of girl who called Adam Goodes an 'ape' says he's to blame for booing

Mother of teen who racially vilified AFL star Adam Goodes says he's the bad guy.

Former Wellington Phoenix keeper labels anti-racism AFL star Adam Goodes 'unAustralian'

Former Wellington Phoenix keeper labels anti-racism AFL star Adam Goodes 'unAustralian'.

Cobalt hearings: Vet cannot be trusted, accused Aussie trainers say

Vet who admitted selling cobalt to Aussie thoroughbred trainers an "admitted liar", hearing told.

Canterbury rugby officials meet Lincoln University club over racist abuse

Police to get list of possible witnesses to racial abuse at a Christchurch rugby match.

Chris Froome ponders rare Tour de France-Vuelta double

Tour de France champion Chris Froome eyeing grand tour double in Spain.

Formula One summer break? Max Verstappen gets learner plates on

While F1 rivals take a break, Max Verstappen has some driving lessons on the horizon.

Arizona Cardinals hailed for hiring NFL's first female coach

Arizona Cardinals hailed as groundbreakers after hiring NFL's first female coach.

Maddison Keeney: Unfortunate stumble for New Zealand-born diver

New Zealand-born Aussie diver Maddison Keeney stumbles when it matters most at world champs.

Chelsea beat Barcelona in penalty shootout after 2-2 friendly draw in Washington

Blues wrap up pre-season tour of US on a high note by beating European champions in a shootout after match ended in 2-2 draw.

NSW captain Paul Gallen re-signs with Cronulla Sharks

NSW and Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't ruling out playing on beyond next year.
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