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Fernando Torres to return to Atletico Madrid on loan

Spain forward Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan.

Perth Scorchers end Sydney Sixers' unbeaten BBL run

Sydney Sixers had the gun paceman, but it was the Perth Scorchers's unheralded quicks who fired the decisive shots.

'Spoilt brat' Virat Kohli fights fire with fire and Mitchell Johnson gets burnt

Mitchell Johnson and Virat Kohli exchange pleasantries on day three of the Boxing Day Test.

Virat Kohli is waging war against Australia on and off the field after a fiery day where the century-maker accused the hosts of labelling him a "spoilt brat" and disrespecting him.

Shaun Marsh digs in to give Australia commanding lead in third test with India

Shaun Marsh half-century gives Australia a big lead over India at stumps on day four of third test.

Favourites fly at New Zeland bowls nationals on North Shore

There were few surprises on the second day of action at the New Zealand bowls champs.

Beckhams hire bodyguard for eldest son Brooklyn's games with Arsenal youth team

With his parents' brand power and genes behind him, Brooklyn Beckham is an asset worth protecting.

Hamish Rutherford to get another chance in second test against Sri Lanka

Out of form NZ opener Hamish Rutherford will play in the second test against Sri Lanka.

Steven Adams solid as ever but Oklahoma City Thunder still missing Kevin Durant

Solid Steven Adams performance can't prevent the Thunder falling to a the Dallas Mavericks.

Black Caps clinch impressive Boxing Day test win over Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval

Black Caps secure unprecedented fifth test in the year, winning Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka by eight wickets.

Adelaide United consider giving teen A-League debut against Wellington Phoenix

Adelaide could punt on a novice teenager to plug defensive holes in New Year's Eve clash against Wellington.

Former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert overlooked for Indian national team job

Former All Whites and Phoenix coach reportedly overlooked for job as India’s national team manager.

Test recap: Black Caps vs Sri Lanka - first test, day four

Black Caps commence chase of 105 to claim a record fifth test victory in a calendar year.

Winston Reid makes costly mistakes in West Ham's 2-1 home loss to Arsenal

All Whites captain chose a bad time to have a shocker with mistakes for both of Arsenal’s goals in 2-1 loss.

Sri Lanka set Black Caps 105 to win Boxing Day test

New Zealand require 105 runs to beat Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day test at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

India all out as Australia claim first-innings lead of 65 runs

Mitchell Johnson strikes for Australia as India all-out quickly on day four of the Boxing Day test.

Christchurch misses out on international athletics track meet

Christchurch misses out on an international athletics track meet in 2015, but will have a one-off shot put event.

Waratahs and Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps commits to Australia till end of 2017

Wallabies and Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps will play on in Australia well beyond next year's Rugby World Cup after signing a two-year contract extension.

TAB site back online after hacking attack

Online betting with the TAB is back on track following a hacking attack on the site earlier this week.

Michael Pitman brings up 1500 wins in New Zeland as Southern Sav does business

Southern Sav win in Timaru gives trainer Michael Pitman his 1500th winner in New Zealand.

Glenn Maxwell out for one of cricket's weirdest golden ducks

No-show "Big Show" apologises to Big Bash fans for getting out for a weird golden duck.

‘Scary talent’ Lydia Ko continues to collect praise from international golf media

International plaudits keep rolling in for 'scary talent' Lydia Ko with the Kiwi star dominating 2014 golfing reviews.

Matt Richens: Hagley Oval a roaring success

OPINION: Brendon McCullum was booed when he enforced the follow-on, but his side was rewarded late on day three of the Boxing Day test.

Manchester City blow chance to close gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea

Christmas struggles for top EPL clubs as City, United and Chelsea all fail to find victory.

Jose Mourinho fumes at referee after Chelsea denied penalty at Southampton

Chelsea manager left seething after his team were denied what he described as a 'Big Ben' penalty during 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Jonny Wilkinson tipped for knighthood in New Years Honours

Rugby star who kicked England to World Cup glory in 2003 tipped to be knighted in New Years Honours.

Piri Weepu enthusiasm not dimmed by winless London Welsh

Former All Blacks No 10 still loves "lacing up the boots" despite English club's 11th consecutive loss.

West Ham aim to cut debt by selling share of club

All Whites captain's EPL club attempting to cut debt by selling a 20 per cent stake.

Michael Schumacher faces 'long fight' to recovery - manager

Doubt cast over claims F1 great may one day walk with crutches in update a year on from skiing accident.

Dubious penalty earns Wellington Phoenix 1-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers

Roy Krishna lands spotkick to give Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

West Indies fight back on day three of South Africa test

Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels have steered a battling West Indies to 147 for two at the close on day three of the second test against South Africa.

Tottenham Hotspur hold Manchester United to draw

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris inspires Tottenham club to a feisty 0-0 draw against Manchester United.

Boyd sets early pace in singles

New Zealand representative Mandy Boyd (Burnside) sounded a warning on the opening day of the New Zealand bowls championships on the North Shore yesterday.

World's top doubles team to play in Auckland

16-time Grand Slam winning Bryan brothers provide "the icing on the cake" for next month's Heineken Open.

2014 review: Lydia Ko's stock continues to rise in golf world

It was again a pint-sized schoolgirl who dominated golf in New Zealand over 2014.

Kiwi referee Peter O'Leary at centre of controversy again

World Cup referee Peter O'Leary under fire after contentious decision to award Roy Krishna a penalty.

Former All Black Mark Ranby on new career path to guide professional rugby players

Ex-AB tries to make world outside the white lines seem less daunting for professional rugby players.

Sir Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne makes a name for himself with test ton against New Zealand

Dimuth Karunaratne comes from nowhere to make a name for himself with a test ton against NZ.

Harness racing: Madiba shows his magic at Westport

Madiba Magic's lethal sprint launched him to victory, but the speed he showed 2600m earlier was the real key to his win.

New Zealand back themselves to see out victory in first test with Sri Lanka

Black Caps have no fears of a slippery final innings chase in first test against Sri Lanka.

Emerald Queen back to her royal best in Timaru

After some off time Emerald Queen was back to playing Queen Bee at Timaru yesterday.

Trainer John Wheeler winning as he winds down

John Wheeler is looking to downsize his training operation as he looks to explore other passions.

Size counts in Pikes' favour as Boodles comes up trumps

Owners pleased they decided against putting Boodles through the sale ring as a yearling.

Price will rise on promising galloper Shadow Fox

Promising Stratford galloper Shadow Fox has already attracted interest from overseas buyers.

Murray Baker beefs up for Royal Stakes at Ellerslie

Murray Baker has called in reinforcements for the Group II Royal Stakes at Ellerslie on Thursday.

Good day for Sri Lanka as they stay alive in first test against New Zealand

Dimuth Karunaratne ton gives Sri Lanka slim hope of saving first test against Black Caps.

Wild Oats XI wins Sydney to Hobart race for record eighth time

Wild Oats XI has claimed line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record eighth time.

Wellington Firebirds look to Luke Ronchi for some one-day aid

Luke Ronchi's return for the Wellington Firebirds cannot come soon enough for their 50-over campaign.

India make telling stand against Aussies on day three of Boxing Day test

The tourists have reached 462-8 at stumps on day three of the Boxing Day test against Australia.

Bets go off-line after TAB hit by cyber attack

Punters have been left unable to place bets online with the TAB after a cyber attack on the agency's website.

Brad Haddin takes incredible diving catch for Australia in Boxing Day test at MCG

Incredible diving catch by Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin lights up day three of the Boxing Day test.
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