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Live: Crusaders v Force - Super Rugby round five

The Crusaders are building a handy lead against the Western Force.

Live: Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights - NRL Week 4

Two teams seeking their second win for the season battle at Pepper Stadium.

Mark Hutson and Amelia Garvey in control at the New Zealand strokeplay championships

Mark Hutson and Amelia Garvey stamped their authority on the New Zealand strokeplay golf championships.

Unbeaten Jesse Ryder century puts Canterbury's Plunket Shield title hopes on hold

Former Black Cap serves up a reminder of his class as Central Stags score an upset win over Canterbury.

Peter Fury, trainer of Hughie Fury, granted entry to New Zealand for Joseph Parker's world heavyweight title defence

Trainer Peter Fury has been granted entry to New Zealand for Joseph Parker's world heavyweight title defence.

Nelson Giants focusing on their own game after fruitless start to NBL season

Taking care of their own game will go a long way towards getting a good result against the Rams, says Giants coach.

RACING: Five Kiwis set to shine around the racing world this weekend

Five Kiwis set to star around the racing world.

Black Caps seek winning combination for third cricket test v South Africa

The absence of two key bowlers has hampered New Zealand's push to level the test series.

High-speed Supercars crash in Melbourne

Two Supercar drivers have walked away after a 255/kmh accident in Melbourne.

Pumped Mark Hunt heading back to where it all began with headline act at UFC Auckland

Mark Hunt vows to make maiden MMA bout in NZ one to remember.

Scott Kuggeleijn gets Black Caps call-up a month after rape trial

The quick-bowling allrounder was found not guilty of rape in court last month.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic look to build on solid foundations as season starts

They have an experienced core, but it's the Magic's debutants who will determine how their season goes.

Lewis Hamilton posts fastest time in first practice at Formula One opener

A new era for Formula One cars got underway in Melbourne with Lewis Hamilton the quickest driver in the first practice session.

Team Wellington have all the momentum heading into SSP semifinal v Waitakere

Seven wins in a row, scoring 33 goals in that time, means Team Wellington are favourites for their semifinal against Waitakere United.

Rangiora set for stellar match between Black Sticks women and USA

Black sticks midfielder Pippa Hayward is ready for a tough series against the USA at home.

South Africa's surprise spin success set to continue v Black Caps

More action for the spin bowlers is predicted from South African skipper Faf du Plessis.

Pressure on forwards to perform as 'big four' set to finally take the field for Warriors

Warriors skipper says forwards need to deliver if 'big four' is to shine.

Pair of late birdies can't prevent Lydia Ko from over-par round to start latest LPGA event

Kiwi world No 1 makes five bogeys in carding a two-over par round to start latest LPGA event.

Breakthrough as Team New Zealand make rapid progress with pedal-power

Fresh photos show four pedal-powered grinders sharing two hulls, in a breakthrough time saving move.

Four points needed for All Whites to move onto next stage of World Cup Qualifying

A win and a draw against Fiji would be enough for New Zealand to progress to the next stage of World Cup Qualifying.

Tactix coach Sue Hawkins must starting getting results

 Australian coach needs to start getting more wins out of netball's perennial cellar-dwellers.

Central Pulse mix excitement with preseason nerves as national netball competition begins

There is a nervousness mixed with obvious excitement in the Central Pulse camp as they stare down the start of the refurbished national netball competition.

Senior players need to lead from the front for depleted Wellington Phoenix

With teenagers on the bench, the Wellington Phoenix need a big effort from their experienced players.

Peruvian police seize $130 million worth of cocaine with Lionel Messi branding on packaging

Police in Peru seize $130 million worth of cocaine with football star's face on packaging.

Former rugby union player turned sailor says more on the line when out on the water

After showing promise as a rugby player, Luca Brown has set his spinnaker for a major world sailing regatta.

Slumping Blues insist they have the drive to snap losing streak against Bulls

Tana Umaga's men say they have a plan to negate the strengths of the big, bad Bulls on Saturday.

Highlanders bracing for South African-style approach from Australians in Canberra

Highlanders spend extra time defending the rolling maul ahead of their clash with the Brumbies

South African shooter Lenize Potgieter full of excitement ahead of Magic debut

Lenize Potgieter may be more excited for the start of the ANZ Premiership than anyone else.

Canterbury Rams confident import Will Neighbour will start making impact

 English import needs to adjust to referees and then he'll find his groove, Rams' coach says.

'Holy, he's a monster': Kiwi fishing show host hauls in women's world record swordfish

Kiwi fishing show host catches herself a world record with a 361kg broadbill off the coast of Mangawhai.

Les Didham has faith in Fairlight for Breeders' Stakes challenge

Lightly raced mare faces big step up at Riccarton.

'He's more than a coach': Elijah Taylor backs Ivan Cleary for Wests Tigers coach

Former Warriors mentor "more than a coach", Tigers lock says.

Bike polo a growing phenomenon as Auckland scene gets wheels turning

It's being described as the most fun on two wheels.

Russell Coutts on the pros and cons of Team New Zealand's pedal power

Oracle mentor and America's Cup boss applauds Team NZ innovation, but doubts it will be decisive.

Lewis Hamilton targets Sebastian Vettel as Mercedes seek to stay ahead

Compelling duel between Mercedes and Ferrari drivers could electrify Formula One.

Hinton's hot topics: Jordie, George, waiting for England and sevens realities

From Jordie Barrett to the Welly Sevens, rugby writer Marc Hinton gets to grips with the big issues in NZ.

Grenoble rugby players released from custody after rape complaint

Former Waikato rugby representative released from custody after rape complaint.

Mercedes extend Schumacher dynasty in hiring son Mick as brand ambassador

Champion F1 team hand ambassador's role to stricken legend's son Mick - but it comes with a warning.

England football fans chided for WWII chant targeted at German rivals in friendly match hours after London terror attack

FA dismayed by WWII chant with bomber mime as England fans taunt German rivals in friendly match.

Glen Gregory returns to rugby to coach after battling back from concussion hell

After a horrific run of concussions, just standing on the sidelines of a rugby field is an achievement for former Tasman flanker Glen Gregory.

Former NRL star Brett Kimmorley's wife Sharnie dies after cancer battle

Sharnie Kimmorley has died at 38 after a cancer battle.

New Zealand cricket team's injury woes deepen as Trent Boult ruled out of third test against South Africa

Top fast bowler Trent Boult is out of the third test, with Scott Kuggeleijn into the squad.

French flavour to referees for All Blacks v Lions series

Two Frenchman and a South African handed whistles for blowtorch AB clashes and no Kiwi refs for non-tests.

Even Lewis Hamilton wants challengers to the Formula One domination of Mercedes

English driver hopes other teams put up more of a fight this season.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win - leading picks for round five

Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for the Super Rugby round ahead.

'Big emphasis on beating NZ teams' - Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham

Brumbies' poor recent record against NZ teams provides plenty of motivation for their Highlanders clash.

Socceroos struggle to fourth draw in a row against Iraq in World Cup qualifying

Socceroos escaped with a 1-1 draw against Iraq amid dreadful conditions in Tehran.

India captain Virat Kohli in serious doubt for fourth test against Australia

India fly in cover for skipper as he struggles to recover from shoulder injury.

Brisbane Roar assistant Ross Aloisi banned for four A-League matches

Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi cops four-game A-League ban for "unnecessary and forceful" contact.
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