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Nelson cyclist George Bennett signs with Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo through 2018

Solid performance in debut Tour de France leads to two-year extension with Dutch team for Nelson's George Bennett.

Tearful Robbie Farah takes aim at Jason Taylor as fans demand Tigers coach's sacking

Tigers fans rally for axed hooker Robbie Farah as he lines up coach Jason Taylor.

Hurricanes dominant Super Rugby favourites as Chiefs venture to capital

Despite injury woes, the Hurricanes have been installed clear favourites to win their first Super Rugby title.

Mark Reason: Mind-blowing results show Russia must be banned completely from the Rio Olympics

OPINION: If Russia is allowed to compete despite its doping programme, athletes should refuse to share a podium with them.

Chiefs hammer Stormers in Super Rugby quarterfinal in Cape Town

Resounding victory over the Stormers sets the Chiefs up for a semifinal against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Ish Sodhi spins out four to put Black Caps in dominant position in Harare

The leg-spinner took 4-18 from less than five overs to bundle Zimbabwe A out for 114.

Team New Zealand struggle in light breeze at America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth

One podium spot and two disappointing finishes for Team NZ on day one..

Crusaders lose 42-25 to Lions in Super Rugby quarterfinal match

The Crusaders conceded five tries in their 42-25 loss to the Lions in Jo'burg.

Second and third for Tom Walsh and Eliza McCartney in London Diamond League

Kiwis Tom Walsh and Eliza McCartney in top three in the final Diamond League athletics meeting before the Olympics.

Blame game follows NBA's removal of Charlotte All-Star game

The movement of the NBA's 2017 All-Stars game from North Carolina, USA, over anti-LGBT laws has some fuming.

Joe Root masterclass puts England in total control of second Pakistan test

Joe Root hits 254 on day two of second Pakistan test, giving England a dominating lead over rivals.

Brazil police arrest 11th man suspected of Rio Olympics attack plans

Man turns himself in to police after being accused of involvement in a group allegedly planning to attack the Rio Olympics.

Third Tour de France title looms for Chris Froome

Chris Froome stays safe to hold yellow jersey into final stage of Tour de France.

Rosberg takes Hungarian GP pole, edges Hamilton, Ricciardo

After several disruptions, F1 leader Nico Rosberg finishes ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Former All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne joins Wallabies

Renowned former All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne confirms his new role with the Australian Rugby Union.

Phil Gifford: Beauden Barrett shows he's the man for all seasons

On the last month Beauden Barrett's been spelling out a message in skyscraper-sized neon letters to the All Black selectors that he deserves to become the starting 10 in the All Blacks.

Storm thrash Roosters to take NRL lead

Victory over Sydney hands the Melbourne side the provisional NRL lead, although Cronulla could yet overtake them.

Julian Dean: Beyond the winner, there's still plenty of interest in the Tour

OPINION: Although it wasn't a thrilling battle for the yellow jersey, Team Sky's dominance of the Tour should be admired.

Fantastic Hurricanes put Sharks to the Super Rugby sword

Hurricanes into Super Rugby semifinals with superb win over Sharks.

Eels' NRL finals hopes end as Titans win

The Titans put 20 points on the struggling Eels to remain in finals contention.

Shane van Gisbergen late pass denies team-mate Jamie Whincup 100th Supercars win

Shane van Gisbergen makes slick pass on second-to-last lap in race one of Ipswich SuperSprint.

Warriors play 'jungle ball', says commentator Steve 'Blocker' Roach

League great Steve Roach apologises after saying the Warriors play 'jungle ball' footy.

Russia face Paralympics ban as NZ see increased medal pressure on athletes

Paralympics CEO Fiona Allan says nations are putting more focus on Paralympic medal success.

Kiwi driver Chris Pither takes his first pole on day of crashes in Ipswich V8 Supercars

Pye is lucky to walk away from heavy crash in practice before Pither grabs his first ever pole.

Warriors suffer another heartbreaking golden-point loss in Canberra

A Jarrod Croker hat-trick sealed a golden point win for the Raiders to knock the Warriors out of the top eight.

Robbie Farah has a Tigers future, says Jason Taylor

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has moved to assure Robbie Farah he remains in the club's NRL plans.

'I've been shot. On the way to hospital': Stephen Dank's texts to journalist Danny Weidler

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has been injured during a shooting at his Melbourne home.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen flies the flag for Olympian

Before she carries the flag for Australia in Rio, Paul Gallen will, not for the first time, get in touch with Anna Meares.

Parramatta interested in Warriors' Tuimoala Lolohea

Parramatta have earmarked Tuimoala Lolohea as a potential replacement for troubled five-eighth Kieran Foran should the rising star seek to leave the Warriors.

Super Rugby: Highlanders assistant coach Clarke Dermody ready for more scrum pressure

Highlanders scrum coach happy for teams to keep targeting their scrum.

Opunake Cup winner Longchamp heading to Group I Makfi

Opunake Cup winner set to step up into Group I company.

Shame, pain, and ultimately gain: The comeback of New Zealand's sports-doping Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan

Liza Hunter-Galvan injected a banned drug, bought over the counter at a Mexican pharmacy.

Luke Burgess and Feleti Mateo join Salford

Former Warrior Feleti Mateo is heading to Super League.

Michael Phelps hopes Rio swansong hits the right notes

Michael Phelps enters the Rio de Janeiro Olympics pool for his second swansong determined to bow out on his own terms.

Former colleague suspects bikies behind Stephen Dank shooting

Australia sports scientist Stephen Dank's former right-hand man, Darren Hibbert, suspects bikie gangs were behind his shooting.

US romps over Argentina in first Olympic exhibition

A US team that hasn't lost a game in 10 years had little trouble with Argentina.

Danny Lee nails eagle on 18th hole to make the cut at Canadian Open

Danny Lee has drained a long eagle putt on the final hole to make the cut at the Canadian Open

Allan Sharrock taking patient approach with exciting Pukekura winner Ladies First

Allan Sharrock will spell exciting filly following Pukekura win.

Nico Rosberg signs two-year extension at Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has signed a new contract that will keep him at Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season.

Kiwi cyclists Bradly Knipe and Ellesse Andrews medal at junior world champs

Bradly Knipe and Ellesse Andrews boost NZ's medal haul at Junior Track Cycling World Championships.

Mixed bag for Team New Zealand on practice day in Portsmouth

Team New Zealand won one of the four races on the scheduled practice day.

Warriors ready for challenges posed by NRL clash with Raiders in chilly Canberra

Visitors bracing for cold reception in more ways than one ahead of crunch NRL clash with Raiders.

Usain Bolt returns as Kendra Harrison breaks 28-year old 100m hurdles world record

Champion is overshadowed by a world record from a American who won't be at the Olympics.

Kiwi Michael Venus advances to sixth ATP doubles final in 2016

NZ's Michael Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic into another ATP doubles final.

Solid first day for Black Caps as four score half centuries in tour match

Boosted by four half centuries, the Black Caps were 345-7 at stumps on day one against Zimbabwe A

Highlanders primed to win it all again after edging the Brumbies in Canberra

OPINION: The Highlanders are ready for any challenge after beating the Brumbies in their quarterfinal in Canberra.

White Sox crash out of world softball championships

The White Sox are out of the world women's softball championships after a big loss to the Dutch.

Virat Kohli makes history as India take command

Virat Kohli hit his maiden test double century as India played their way into a virtually unbeatable position against the West Indies.

Brumbies fume as referee controversy ends season in Highlanders loss

No-try call leaves a bitter taste in the Brumbies camp after their 15-9 Super Rugby loss to the Highlanders.

Super Rugby: Highlanders 2016 title hopes remain alive

Highlanders book semifinal spot with a nail-biting win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
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