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Brendon McCullum to sit out Big Bash League due to Black Caps commitments

Black Caps skipper sits out Twenty20 season with Brisbane Heat to focus on busy home schedule.

Flying Kiwis keen to reach new heights

John Kennard doesn’t hesitate when asked to describe the highlight of his year on the World Rally Championship circuit.

Snooker player misses black, blows $99,000 during maximum 147 break attempt

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh buckled under the pressure when trying to complete a 147 maximum break.

Football Ferns beaten as hosts Brazil square series with second-half blitz

Trio of strikes in rampant start to second half leads hosts to series-squaring 5-1 victory in Cuiaba.

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings sleeps in hyperbaric chamber

New York Giants star Rashad Jennings splashes out on a hyperbaric chamber worth $27,000 he sleeps in.

Big servers Kevin Anderson and Ivo Karlovic coming to Auckland for ASB Classic

Kevin Anderson, Ivo Karlovic and Benoit Paire are the latest names added to the men's ASB Classic field.

Bright spark Mitchell Santner a shining light after tough Aussie initiation

The similarities between Mitchell Santner and Daniel Vettori are many, on and off the field.

English footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse claims big win at the bookies

Local UK legend talks his Twitter followers through $163,000 multi-bet win on the weekend.

Shaq: Kobe Bryant the greatest Los Angeles Lakers basketball player of all-time

NBA great offers heartfelt and goofy tribute to retiring Bryant, calling him the greatest Laker of all-time.

New Zealand Sevens' new captain Scott Curry ready to handle the heat of Dubai

Scott Curry will lead NZ sevens team into battle for the first time as the official captain of his country at Dubai Sevens.

Wellington Phoenix support boycott but can't join in

Wellington Phoenix fans are standing by Australian fans' potential boycott of A-League matches this weekend, however they can't join in.

Kiwi team pursuit world champions hitting records ahead of UCI Track World Cup

New Zealand's world champion pursuit team are confident ahead of the UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge.

Jonah Lomu honoured by Irish schoolkids performing Gaelic haka

All Blacks legend's fame continues to resonate worldwide, this time in Ireland with a special haka.

Zinedine Zidane's son sent off for headbutt in repeat of dad's infamous brain explosion

It seems French legend Zinedine Zidane and his son Luca have more in common than being really good at football.

Man City, Stoke, Everton down underdogs to make League Cup semifinals

Hopes of second-tier sides ended in England's League Cup.

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods unsure when he will return from injury

All he can do is walk; he can't even pick up a ball. Former golf world No 1 laments long road to recovery ahead.

Jason Day claims first Greg Norman Medal

World no. 2 golfer Jason Day has won this year's Greg Norman Medal following a stunning year of golf.

Manchester City, Stoke, Everton down underdogs to make League Cup semifinals

Manchester City, Everton and Stoke see off underdogs to reach last four of League Cup tournament.

Bolton's position 'increasingly perilous', says adviser

Bolton Wanderers are in financial difficulty following the withdrawal of funding from Eddie Davies.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum most mentioned NZ sports star in 2015

Black Caps skipper leads cricketing landslide to dominate global media impact of NZ sports stars in 2015.

How impasse between Robbie Farah and Wests Tigers management was resolved

Former AFL official credited with playing a key role in negotiating the truce between captain and Tigers.

Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard confirmed for next year's Australian Open

Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Juan Martin del Potro will all play at next year's Australian Open, organisers confirm.

'Palace won't spend stake sale funds on transfers' says Steve Parish

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says they need the money to invest in the infrastructure of the club.

Wales halfback Mike Phillips retires from test rugby

99-test veteran with matches for Wales and the British and Irish Lions retires from international rugby.

Dan Carter in language limbo as he starts training with Racing 92 in Paris

ABs great in language limbo at first French club training, "I didn't really know what I was doing half the time."

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff jokes his team cheated in the 2005 Ashes

Use of "gun fielder" substitute who ran out Ricky Ponting in decisive Ashes play was "cheating", great jokes.

Manchester City gets $600M Chinese investment deal

A Chinese consortium has purchased 13 percent of the Premier League club's umbrella organisation.

Japan, Tokyo governments agree on split of the $1.9 billion Olympic stadium bill

City and national government, and a lottery, to share in the cost of Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium.

Surgery saves foot of French America's Cup skipper Franck Cammas

Team France's America's Cup captain told he will have full use of his right foot after suffering a horrendous training accident.

Russell Packer can help NRL development: players' association

The players' associations backs the former international to mentor troubled youngsters in the NRL.

Japan honour Rugby World Cup hero with life-size statue

Life-size resemblance of flying fullback unveiled in Tokyo as RWC deeds continue to be recognised.

Man seriously injured in shot-put at Auckland athletics event

An elderly man is in a critical condition after being hit in the head during a shot-put competition at Mt Smart Stadium.

Fifa sponsors pen letter demanding 'independent oversight' of reforms

Global corporate giants join in writing a letter to scandal-battered Fifa. Read it in full here.

India face ICC sanction over 'poor' Nagpur pitch used in South Africa test

Fines of up to $22,500 likely after Kiwi match referee Jeff Crowe submits report on India v South Africa test.

Concern for whistleblowers as Chris Cairns trial result goes under the spotlight

English cricket officials worry about the willingness of future whistleblowers to front after Cairns trial outcome.

Rugby World Cup doping test results reveal the sport is clean - World Rugby

World Rugby announces results of its "intelligence-led, targeted" drug testing of 500 players.

South Africa hope fourth test in Delhi will last more than three days

The 22-yard wicket at Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium filled the beleaguered South African team with optimism.

Five-day turnarounds to stay in NRL in 2016 as TV talks

NRL and RLPA conceed there'd be no changes to the competition draw for 2016 despite ongoing concerns.

Golden State Warriors win 19th straight, 106-103 over the Jazz

Stephen Curry scored 26 points as Golden State held on for NBA-record 19th consecutive win to start season.

Chelsea submit plans for 60,000-seater stadium to replace Stamford Bridge

Premier League champions Chelsea have submitted a planning application to re-develop their Stamford Bridge ground.

Western Sydney's 'RBB' responds to David Gallop, vows match boycott

Western Sydney's active supporter group says it will boycott Saturday's A-League match against Brisbane.

Chris Cairns trial: 'I'm off for a beer', not guilty Chris Cairns puts trial in his wake

The pub is calling as Chris Cairns walks away a free man.

International Cricket Council admits to Nigel Llong's Hot Spot error

Cricket's governing body admits third umpire made "an incorrect judgment".

Victorian cobalt vet Tom Brennan tells judicial board he doesn't want to 'buck pass'

Vet says he let trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien down.

New Black Cap Mitchell Santner reveals how he silenced Aussie sledgers

Black Cap rookie had the perfect response for those confrontational Aussies in Adelaide.

Chris Cairns trial: Brendon McCullum won't be commenting, says lawyer

Black Caps skipper unlikely to discuss role in perjury case against Chris Cairns.

Football Ferns vow to continue pushing forward against fired-up Brazilians

Coach says not to expect the NZ women's football team to sit back and wait for Brazil to come charging.

NRL teams to be penalised for time-wasting at drop-outs and scrums

NRL law change will see teams will be penalised for time-wasting at drop-outs and scrums.

All Blacks star Ma'a Nonu says Jonah Lomu's 'legacy will live on'

France-based ABs star pays tribute to fallen hero as he was laid to rest in Auckland.

New Zealand women hit their stride at Asia Pacific lawn bowls

Sandra Keith, Katelyn Inch and Angela Boyd maintain unbeaten run in the Asia Pacific lawn bowls women's triples
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