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Hurricanes suffer second loss of season as Crusaders run out 35-18 winners in Nelson

Super Rugby leaders were not themselves in a 35-18 loss to a fired up Crusaders in Nelson.

Hartley replaced in England squad by head-butting victim

English rugby bad boy Dylan Hartley replaced in RWC training squad.

Luke Ronchi gives Black Caps rapid boost after horror start to second test vs England

Luke Ronchi sprinted then slipped within inches of a debut century for the Kiwis at Headingley.

NZ Football boss Andy Martin optimistic of no ramifications as Sepp Blatter retained

Chief executive Andy Martin disappointed more countries did not join them in voting against Sepp Blatter in Fifa presidential election held in Zurich overnight.

Carter injured as Brumbies trample Bulls

Brumbies struggle to break visitors' solid defence.

Cornet and Monfils raise French hopes

Local pair raise hometown hopes at the French Open.

Sepp Blatter shrugs off corruption claims, re-elected Fifa president

After a week of corruption claims and accusations, Fifa's president is re-elected.

Sharapova advances to French Open top 16 with advice for prodigies

Maria Sharapova shares advice as she eases in fourth round at Roland Garros.

Start of New Zealand's second test against England at Headingley delayed by rain

The start of the second test between England and New Zealand at Headingley was delayed by heavy overnight rain on Friday.

Josh Duinker leads Nelson Giants to win over Manawatu Jets in Palmerston North

A stellar performance from Josh Duinker saw the Nelson Giants start their North Island road trip with a 105-88 win.

West Melton trainer Geoff Dunn backing star duo to be in Jewels contention

Saturday's Harness Jewels will be the end of an era for Geoff Dunn and his star pacers have no intention of going out quietly.

Embattled president Sepp Blatter calls for unity at opening address to Fifa Congress

Embattled president calls on members of world football's governing body to stick together to stamp out corruption in the wake of latest scandal.

English FA chairman says 2018 World Cup boycott possible if Fifa re-elect Sepp Blatter

Greg Dyke says England would support a possible boycott of the 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter is re-elected president of Fifa.

Sam Cane to transfer form for Chiefs to leadership

Colossus Sam Cane will lead the Chiefs from the front against the Highlanders in Liam Messam's absence.

Highlanders and Crusaders to meet in Waimumu farmer Fred Booth's paddock

Super Rugby heading to Waimumu, with the Highlanders and Crusaders set to play a pre-season match in farmer Fred Booth's paddock next February.

Chiefs' McKenzie brothers to unite in their home province against the Highlanders

Brent McKenzie will be a proud father when his two sons turn out for Chiefs in Invercargill on Saturday night.

Money not everything as All Blacks Julian Savea and Brodie Retallick stay put

Motivated by money, available to the highest bidder and certain to ditch their Super teams and the All Blacks when the rich overseas suitors come calling.

New Zealand Football to vote for Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in Fifa presidential election

President Mark Aspden confirms they will support Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in presidential election at the world governing body’s annual Congress in Zurich.

Mainland Tactix ready to be aggressive in trans-Tasman netball league off-season

Tactix coach promising change over the off-season as they seek to recover from a winless season.

Portuguese starlet Marcos Lopes ready for the pressure at Fifa Under-20 World Cup

One of world football's leading starlets is ready to dazzle at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium on Sunday.

Wellington Firebirds say goodbye to coach Jamie Siddons with pride

There's great excitement about Jamie Siddons leaving Wellington.

Junior All Whites face tough battle in Fifa u-20 World Cup opener against Ukraine

The Junior All Whites are staring up a steep incline as they seek to get points on the board in their first Fifa u-20 World Cup match against Ukraine in Auckland on Saturday.

Chiefs' McKenzie brothers starting together for first time in home town of Invercargill

Marty McKenzie is excited to be starting a game in the same team as his brother for the first time and doing it in their home city of Invercargill.

Long preparation puts Qatar in top shape for World Cup opener

Qatar can boast one of the best build-ups to the Fifa U-20 World Cup, but making the most of it will be another thing.

Captain Atu Moli key in set piece driven Junior Rugby World Cup

Waikato prop Atu Moli will be putting his pride on the line when he props up New Zealand's scrum at the Junior Rugby World Championship in Italy.

Shane Bond relishes bouncing from Black Caps bowling coach to Mumbai Indians

Shane Bond isn’t complaining about the heavy frosts which have coated Christchurch this week.

Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald seeks consistency and flow against the Tactix

It may not matter on the points table, but the Magic still have goals to aim for against the Tactix on Sunday.

South Sydney Rabbioths fullback Greg Inglis cleared to take on Gold Coast Titans

South Sydney superstar cleared to back up from State of Origin I and run out for the Rabbitohs against the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Bidwell: Netball league make bad call on Pulse captain Katrina Grant's outburst

OPINION: Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

FIA seeks new Formula One team to join the starting grid from 2016 season

Formula One's governing body launches tender for a potential new team that could join the starting grid as early as next season.

Canterbury Rams aim to bounce back with victory in National Basketball League

Co-captain Marques Whippy and the Canterbury Rams are vowing to redeem themselves after their pride was dented in their last game.

Fifa under-20 World Cup kick-off plays second fiddle to scandal around corruption

At the start of the week, few people would've known that the Fifa U-20 World Cup kicked off on Saturday.

Super Rugby's burning questions: What's wrong with the Crusaders this season?

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters.

Otago junior rugby consider silent sidelines as option to prevent abusive behaviour

After a run of sideline abuse of refs and players, Otago rugby is considering a noise ban on everyone.

Blues' George Moala found guilty of serious misconduct but escapes major punishment

Blues utility George Moala receives slap on wrist from employers and agreed to 40 hours of community service after being found guilty of serious misconduct.

New Zealand athletes join the whiteout cause for the Junior All Whites at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup

Kiwi sporting heavyweights join "whiteout" call to get behind the Junior All Whites for their U-20 World Cup campaign.

Highlanders franchise to gain private investment; Maori get game against Lions

Private investment in the Highlanders is expected to be signed off within the next three months, while the British & Irish Lions fixtures become clearer.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee scores hole-in-one in first round of PGA Tour event

NZ pro Danny Lee starts well with three-under 67 at the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson championship on the back of two first-round eagles.

Consistency key as Kiwi motocross rider Josiah Natzke aims for European podium

Halfway through the European motocross season, Josiah Natzke remains in the title hunt after two consistent rounds in Spain and England.

Coast to Coast to allow schools to compete as multisport event heads in new direction

Schools will be able to compete against each other at next year's running of long-standing multisport event the Coast to Coast.

Warriors have chance to prove their top eight credentials against Knights

A win against the Knights on Sunday will be massive says Warriors captain Simon Mannering.

Fifa Congress with Sepp Blatter gives off florid stench of corruption

Opening day of Fifa Congress feels as false as a desperate dive in the penalty box.

NZ Football boss Andy Martin tight-lipped on support of Fifa president Sepp Blatter

NZ Football boss Andy Martin tight-lipped on support of Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Ex-Fifa official Jack Warner leaves jail in Trinidad by ambulance due to 'exhaustion'

Former Fifa VP leaves jail cell in Trinidad by ambulance a day after being charged with corruption.

Former Black Cap James Franklin takes five wickets in English county Twenty20 win at Lord's

Former Black Cap produces fine effort to help Middlesex to massive T20 win.

Hurting Black Caps won't back away from aggression to try to level test series against England

Black Caps skipper says there is no panic, just a steely resolve to win the second test against England.

Former Hurricane and Blues first-five Jimmy Gopperth's boot helps Barbarians upset Ireland XV

Former Super Rugby player stars as Robbie Deans' Barbarians upset Six Nations champions 22-21 in Limerick.

Alberto Contador extends Giro d'Italia lead as Philippe Gilbert wins 18th stage

Spanish cyclist extends his overall Giro d'Italia lead to over five minutes after a bold attack in the 18th stage.

Chicago Bulls fire head coach Tom Thibodeau after five seasons

The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach, ending a five-year tenure.
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