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Gender equality on agenda as New Zealand Olympians quiz IOC boss Thomas Bach

Gender equality and the future of certain Olympic events on the agenda when IOC president Thomas Bach met NZ athletes in Cambridge.

Chicago Blackhawks up 3-0 over the Minnesota Wild in NHL playoffs

Patrick Kane scored in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks made the superstar's goal stand up for a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Tough decision for Canterbury Cricket over Hagley Oval tests

A strict resource consent clause for Hagley Oval could cost Christchurch a test match.

Bruce Edgar steps down as New Zealand cricket selector

Former test opener and NZC can't agree to terms on revised role.

Central Pulse still trying to shake one-point loss to Southern Steel ahead of Tactix clash

Star-studded team all on notice ahead of Monday's clash with the Mainland Tactix in Porirua.

Tatafu Polota-Nau ruled out of Waratahs' clash with Force due to concussion

Wallaby hooker's long-term health and future in the game in doubt after he is ruled out of Force clash.

Kumar Sangakkara to play in Big Bash League with the Hobart Hurricanes

Sri Lanka great signs to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in next two T20 Big Bash League seasons.

Drunk Austria Vienna mascot Super Leo escorted from pitch by security

While being a mascot seems like it could be a whole lot of fun, it appears no one told Austria Vienna's mascot to know his limits.

Melbourne Victory prepare Fortress Etihad for do-or-die derby with Melbourne City

Both of Friday's A-League semifinal opponents hail from Melbourne, but Carl Valeri says it is only a home game for one team.

Blues player George Moala avoids conviction

Blues player George Moala has escaped a conviction for his part in a boozy late-night brawl.

Rowers Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie out to defend their world lightweight double sculls title

The NZ women's double sculls crew should be even better this year.

Kangaroos test jumper is the ultimate honour, says NSW star Boyd Cordner

Sydney Rooster star craves return to the Origin cauldron, but says representing his country is the ultimate honour in rugby league.

Richie McCaw on Crusaders bench, Dominic Bird back in favour

All Blacks captain cleared of concussion issues and will rejoin Crusaders from bench for clash with Reds on Friday night.

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to be offered new deal until 2019 after EPL title triumph

Chelsea want Portuguese manager to extend contract until 2019 following successful season at Stamford Bridge.

Jesse Ryder assaulted for being 'tight'

Jesse Ryder assault was a "run-of-the-mill matter" prompted by his attackers calling him tight and mean-spirited, court hears.

How NBA MVP Stephen Curry went from overlooked recruit to superstar

Stephen Curry's college coach would not have predicted it, but he would not have dismissed it, either.

Maria Lombardi's sixth-place finish a mere footnote to tragic 1975 Spanish Grand Prix

Deadly accident at Barcelona's Montjuich circuit overshadowed female driver's sixth-placed finish in March car.

'Modern-day gladiator' Mark Hunt ready to knock Stipe Miocic's head off in UFC

Kiwi UFC star says he's built like a tank and promises to fire all the shots in Sunday's heavyweight showdown with Stipe Miocic.

Andrew Strauss to be appointed England director of cricket

Former England captain to be appointed England director of cricket, with his first task a decision on the coach's job.

Williams tester Susie Wolff is close yet still so far to realising her Formula One dream

Williams tester will be back at the wheel of an F1 car in Barcelona on Friday with little fanfare but a clear aim in mind.

Paul Gallen struggling to be ready for State of Origin I

NSW captain unlikely to be fit for rugby league's State of Origin opener.

Costa Rican striker Kenny Cunningham leaves Wellington Phoenix with few regrets

Kenny Cunningham is not bitter at being shown the door by the Wellington Phoenix.

Floyd Mayweather Junior's ex sues after he says she was on drugs when he attacked her

Ex-girlfriend suing boxer after he claimed in a TV interview she was on drugs at the time of his assault on her.

Hawke's Bay happy to have Zac Guildford home, back playing for Magpies

Home union open arms and prepare to welcome back the former All Blacks wing after early return from overseas contract.

Australian league pundit Phil Gould already tipping Kiwis as Rugby League World Cup favourites

Star-studded Aussies have lost "intimidation factor" to New Zealand side with new-found depth.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is unstoppable, says Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich coach says there's no way of stopping Barcelona star in his present form ahead of Champions League semifinal first leg.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen happy as rugby rules review gets under way

All Blacks coach satisfied with rugby's latest rules review process after being drafted into the system.

Manny Pacquiao faces lawsuit, surgery in Floyd Mayweather fight fallout

Boxer facing surgery, possible suspension and a lawsuit from angry fans in the wake of his loss to Mayweather.

Tiger Woods 'has not slept for days' after break-up with Lindsey Vonn

Golf great struggling after break-up with Lindsey Vonn came on the anniversary weekend of his father's death.

Hurricanes announce Avan Lee as new CEO to replace James Te Puni

Wellington-based Super Rugby franchise name successor to chief executive James Te Puni.

Luke Hodge 'nasty strike' to neck of Andrew Swallow in AFL clash

Respected AFL player suspended for lashing out at an opponent after the whistle had blown.

West Indian fast bowler Curtly Ambrose wanted to 'knock out' Aussie rival Steve Waugh

West Indian legend admits he came close to knocking Aussie rival out during famous test altercation.

Wallabies winger Rob Horne welcomes resurgence of Toulon-based rival Drew Mitchell

Rob Horne happy to back himself against former team mate for starting test spot.

Former halfback George Gregan backs Wallabies to win Rugby World Cup

Unfazed by their lowly ranking or so-called Group of Death, former captain believes "with a bit of lady luck" Australia can win Rugby World Cup.

Juventus stun Real Madrid in absorbing Champions League semifinal first leg

Carlos Tevez smashes home second-half penalty as hosts claim 2-1 win in absorbing Champions League semifinal first leg.

All Blacks loose forward Steven Luatua to captain Blues in absence of injured Jerome Kaino

Winning finish to sorry season demanded by ABs forward taking the reins from an injured Jerome Kaino.

Rabbitoh Luke Keary determined to ignore injury that requires surgery and long stint on sidelines

South Sydney halfback to put off much-needed surgery that would see him ruled out for a year.

Black Caps bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has mixed bag in latest Indian Premier League win

Boundaries and dot balls pepper bowler's figures as Mumbai Indians move to fourth on the table.

Former Kiwis star Lance Hohaia feels he has "let St Helens down" with his early retirement due to concussion problems

St Helens face a tough job replacing versatile New Zealander after his sudden retirement from league due to concussion.

Nick Abendanon named European player of the year

Clermont Auvergne fullback wins coveted European club rugby award.

Zac Guildford quits Clermont Auvergne as problems continue in France

Former All Blacks wing quits French club who hope he will "find the stability and support" he needs in NZ.

Kookaburras exact revenge on Black Sticks men

Black Sticks men's hockey side slump to 3-0 loss to Australia at the Hobart Challenge.

Petra Kvitova struggles again in Madrid but survives

Fourth seed Petra Kvitova's stuttering form continued at the Madrid Open but she reached the third round.

Praise for departing Newcastle Knight Kurt Gidley

Newcastle coach Rick Stone has praised outgoing captain Kurt Gidley as one of the NRL club's all-time greats.

Western Sydney Wanderers win, but Asian Champions League title defence ends

Reigning champions Western Sydney have been heartbreakingly knocked out of the Asian Champions League.

Serena Williams on fast track to break record - Martina Navratilova

Serena Williams can break Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles, according to Martina Navratilova.

Brisbane Roar's season over after Asian Champions League defeat

Brisbane Roar's season is officially over following a 2-1 defeat to Japanese powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds.

Robinson: Why we'll never know the full story around the Di Patston texting case

OPINION: Not a single character was left untarnished after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal came to light.

Slick Arsenal top style charts, not Premier League ladder after frustrating season

If honours were handed out for stylish football Arsene Wenger's Gunners would clean up.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski included in squad for Barcelona clash

Polish forward included in the German champions' squad for their Champions League semifinal despite serious facial injuries.
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