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Cameroon, Ivory Coast to host African Nation finals

Nigeria's players

Cameroon and Ivory Coast will host the African Nations Cup finals in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

Richar Abril retains WBA lightweight title

Richar Abril

Cuba's Richar Abril retained his WBA lightweight title with a majority decision against hometown boxer Edis Tatli.

Cowboys' Jason Taumalolo presses Kiwi claims

Jason Taumalolo

Jason Taumalolo's hopes of representing New Zealand firmed following his all-action display in the NRL semifinal.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo takes positives from qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo upbeat despite seeing a first F1 pole position snatched away from him in Singapore.

Monica Niculescu keeps her cool to win Guangzhou title

Monica Niculescu

Monica Niculescu beat second seed Alize Cornet to win the Guangzhou International Women's Open title.

Pliskova, Lepchenko reach Korea Open final

Karolina Pliskova

Second seed Karolina Pliskova and American Varvara Lepchenko will battle it out for the Korea Open title.

Andre-Pierre Gignac puts Marseille on top

Andre-Pierre Gignac

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to send his side top of Ligue 1.

Southampton score late winner, Burnley draw

Victor Wanyama

Southampton grabbed a late winner to beat 10-man Swansea 1-0, while Burnley and Sunderland drew 0-0.

Derek Jeter nears the end of Yankees career

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is heading into his last week as a MLB player with the New York Yankees unlikely to make the playoffs.

Lee Westwood maintains upward momentum

 Lee Westwood

Former world No 1 continued his steady improvement with a solid third-round 68 in the Wales Open.

Carlos Tevez seals points for Juventus

Carlos Tevez

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez struck to give the Serie A champions a 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro.

All Black offside with election day tweet

Jonah Lomu

Sports star tweets in support of National deleted over electoral law concerns.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke capture gold at worlds

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke defended their 49er class world title in Spain, securing the gold medal a day early.

Kiwi golfer David Smail off the pace at Japan Open

David Smail

David Smail finished the third round of the Japan Golf Tour's ANA Open on a high, but is still well off the pace.

Stoppelkamp's wonder goal sends Paderborn top

Moritz Stoppelkamp

Moritz Stoppelkamp scored from deep inside his own half to send promoted Paderborn top of the table.

Thousands turn out to exchange Ray Rice jerseys

Ravens fans

More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players.

Newcastle coach Alan Pardew rides out fan protest

Alan Pardew

Magpies boss can breathe easier after his side came from two goals down to rescue a point against Hull.

West Ham inflict third loss on Liverpool

Winston Reid

All Whites captain Winston Reid on the scoresheet as West Ham upset last season's runners-up Liverpool.

Steve Hansen intent on rewriting rugby history

Steve Hansen

MARC HINTON - Sunday Star Times

The All Blacks' ambitions remain sky-high as they look to keep alive an unbeaten run going back to November 2012.

Bets, lies and videotape in horse racing scandal

David Walker

Jockey David Walker's seven-year ban was stiff but the evidence was compelling, writes Racing Editor Barry Lichter.

Kiwi-in-waiting Jason Taumalolo scary business

Jason Taumalolo


Jason Taumalolo hasn't yet lived up to the tag of "the next SBW" but he can emulate him in one way.

Wilson: Rugby World Cup is a 'mission possible'

Aaron Smith

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: A year out from the World Cup, these remarkably resilient All Blacks are tracking almost perfectly for their tilt at history.

Sky TV vs Duco: The bout for boxing's money

Joseph Parker

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Liam Napier looks at the fight brewing between Sky TV and Duco Events for boxing's pay-for-view dollars.

Reason: New Zealand stuck with sports rubbish

Vincent Kompany

MARK REASON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Harry Selfridge famously said, "The customer is always right." But he forgot to add, "Unless he is a New Zealander."

Wayne Scurrah hits out at third party NRL deals


Wayne Scurrah has fired a shot across the bow of the NRL saying third party deals for marquee players are getting out of hand.

Cricket World Cup return to NZ for Andy Moles

Andy Moles

Andy Moles is about to return to New Zealand for the first time since being ousted as Black Caps coach in 2009.

Cedric Jackson ready to revive the Breakers

Cedric Jackson

MARC HINTON - Sunday News

Some things change, and some just stay the same. It's fair to say the Cedric Jackson hoops game falls firmly into the latter category.

Mannering voted best, but silverware elusive

Simon Mannering

DAVID LONG - Sunday News

Simon Mannering has many talents as a footy player, but one of them certainly isn't blowing his own trumpet.

Greg Murphy could throttle big Bathurst win

Greg Murphy

DAVID LONG - Sunday News

Greg Murphy was outstanding at the Sandown 500 last weekend and could be on his way to winning Bathurst for the fifth time.

Wayne Scurrah: You've got to walk the talk

Wayne Scurrah

SARAH HARVEY - Sunday News

Wayne Scurrah has overseen a lot of change in the nine years he has been chief executive of the Warriors.

Kemp: Bosses have really dropped this ball

Benji Marshall

TONY KEMP - Sunday News

OPINION: The New Zealand Rugby League is not even in the fight when it comes to convincing New Zealanders to play for the Kiwis.

Hurrell's Kiwis debut on hold for wrist surgery

Konrad Hurrell

Konrad Hurrell looks set to have to withdraw from the Kiwis squad for the Four Nations to have a much needed operation.

Gifford: Sorting out the cliches from the reality


PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: There are too many old guys in the All Blacks? Sure. All those geriatrics like Dagg, Fekitoa, Savea, Crotty and Barrett.

Randell: Can the All Blacks go up another step?

Richie McCaw


OPINION: The All Blacks' run since their breakthrough success on home soil has been nothing short of extraordinary, writes Taine Randell.

Counties count Sonny Bill out of NPC campaign

Sonny Bill Williams

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has ruled out Sonny Bill Williams playing for the Steelers this year.

Racing's head-to-head bets under microscope

Horse racing generic

David Walker was right about one thing - New Zealand's racing rules conflict badly with head-to-head betting.

The toughest test begins now for All Blacks

ab ireland

Seven away tests in nine weeks; over 58,000 kilometres to travel. Now the hard yards begin for Steve Hansen's All Blacks.

Joao Sousa rallies to reach Moselle Open final

Joao Sousa

Sixth seed Joao Sousa rallied to win 7-6 (6) 6-2 against second-seeded Gael Monfils and reach the Moselle Open final.

Four-minute burst sets up 3-0 win for Arsenal

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil scored one and created another as Arsenal struck three goals in four minutes in a 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

Ronaldo bags hat-trick in Real Madrid rout

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick as Real Madrid bounced back with an 8-2 thumping of Deportivo La Coruna.

Miracle Twenty20 victory for Perth Scorchers

Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh miraculously hit two sixes off the final two balls to earn the Perth Scorchers a six-wicket win in the T20 Champions League.

Another all-Mercedes front row, Hamilton pole

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton edged his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on his final flying lap to secure pole for the Singapore GP.

Kranjcar's late strike rescues a point for QPR

Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar scored a superb late free kick to rescue a point for QPR in a 2-2 Premier League draw against Stoke City.

Mourinho calls for points docking for breaches

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes clubs found guilty of breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules should be deducted points and have titles stripped.

Hawthorn edge out Port Adelaide in AFL thriller

Jarryd Roughead

Hawthorn have emerged on the right side of a fourth straight preliminary final cliffhanger to set up a dream AFL grand final against Sydney.

Ennis The Menace has last laugh in NRL classic

Michael Ennis

Canterbury captain Michael Ennis got a taste of his own medicine, but he still had the last laugh.

Breakers cop Blitz thrashing from Crocodiles

Corey Webster

NZ Breakers received a pre-season reality check from the Townsville Crocodiles in Brisbane.

Tony Iro returns to Warriors as assistant coach

Tony Iro

Tony Iro is heading back to the Warriors to take up his old role as assistant coach at the Auckland-based club.

Hodkinson kicks Bulldogs to golden point win

Trent Hodkinson

A Trent Hodkinson field goal deep in the first period of golden point extra-time cuts down Manly.

Fine week for cyclist Jacob Schmid in Cambridge

Jacob Schmid

Jacob Schmid has capped a fine individual effort in Cambridge this week with victory in the elite men's sprint.
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