NPC champions Canterbury will face all three South Island rivals in 2014, as the NZRU announced cross-over fixtures.
Andrew Ellis' third first-class century, and second in a row, helped Canterbury build a 206-run first innings lead over Northern Districts.
NICK SAID - ReutersJorge Campillo and Colin Nel became the first players to card 59s on the European Tour at the Nelson Mandela Championship but their efforts will not go into the record books.
FRED WOODCOCK AND MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIMG to take back seat in Lydia Ko's golf career, with her family still very much running the show.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe only difficulty was in deciding whether to enforce the follow-on.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere is no temptation to try to win ugly as the struggling Phoenix keep the faith in Ernie Merrick's plan.
AMLAN CHAKRABORTYNew Zealand White Ferns all-rounder Suzie Bates has been named ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen Canterbury rowing chief John Wylie looked out over London's Dorney Lake, he got a glimpse of what Christchurch could have had - and could yet get.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsShane Cameron pauses to consider the significance Brian Minto poses. He doesn't need long.
BEN STRANG - © Fairfax NZ NewsWaikato rugby supporters unhappy with addition of Taranaki to Chiefs catchment, concerned deal will take away games.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsShot put tyros Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill could give NZ track and field best man-to-man duel in decades.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsPorirua teenager Joe Baker-Thomas is off to play Aussie Rules football in Melbourne with St Kilda next year.
Sochi will have enough snow for the Winter Olympics in February, Russia's chief weather forecaster vowed today.
HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsTrent Boult's spectacular catch was a turning point in the Black Caps win.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe sight of Blair Soper running in to bowl might have cricket traditionalists spluttering over their cup of tea.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsIsh Sodhi snares grand prize: a day with Shane Warne learning the grand art of legspin.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsTrent Boult pocketed man of the match cheque, then had one question: who's booked the limousine?
DAVID BRETT - ReutersEngland had boxed Australia into a corner in the first innings of the third Ashes test, but not for the first time the tourists were unable to throw a knockout punch.
MARTYN HERMAN - ReutersRobin van Persie will play no part in Manchester United's busy holiday programme after being ruled out for a month with a thigh injury, manager David Moyes said.
NICK MULVENNEY - ReutersAustralia's Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to help wrest control of the third Ashes test back from a revitalised England.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe NZ White Sox were thrashed by the unbeaten New South Wales Firestars 18-6 in the trans-Tasman women's softball tournament in Auckland.
Festive cheer turns to Christmas fear for the Breakers in disappointing loss to Perth Wildcats.
Auckland Aces opener Martin Guptill reminds the national selectors of his talents by scoring 135 against the Stags.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWellington go long way towards securing first innings points after toiling hard against Otago.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsWonder bowling from left-armer Trent Boult gives Black Caps their first test win in over a year.
The much anticipated showdown between the rugby club champions of the northern and southern hemispheres will not take place this season.
The half-brother of golfer Tiger Woods has been arrested for allegedly making a false bomb threat.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsICC response to cricket star Chris Cairns on match-fixing investigation "entirely inappropriate".
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsTroubled Swedish America's Cup syndicate Artemis Racing have confirmed their intentions for the next regatta by retaining Australian Olympic champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSANZAR officials will lock themselves in a room in the new year and try to unravel their Super Rugby riddle.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsExplosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the five ODIs against the Black Caps.
Kiwi star Lydia Ko has signed a management and marketing contract with sporting giants IMG Worldwide.
It had been a long time since any Black Caps sat near the top of any test cricket rankings of importance. Then smash!
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsDan Carter needs an operation but not to repair the Achilles tendon that ruined his 100th test appearance.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsJust for a moment it looked a like a 0-0 Hamilton decider was distinctly on the cards.
BEN STRANG - © Fairfax NZ NewsSome Chiefs fans - soon to be Gallagher Chiefs fans - are less than pleased with the planned name change.
Jamie Mackintosh has moved to the Chiefs to shake himself from his comfort zone and force his way back into All Black contention.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: New Zealand men's football - and the code in Canterbury - could learn a lot from the women's game.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsForwards coach Mike Cron is set to deliver an early Christmas parcel to All Blacks boss Steve Hansen.
HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsTo call Gemma Hazeldine's story affecting doesn't do it justice.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey don't come any more blue collar than Brian Minto.
MARK GEENTY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey call him the sheriff of the New Zealand lower order.
HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe West Indies seem resigned to taking little or nothing from Wellington's Basin Reserve.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe challenge is problematic, but the Breakers have to find some mongrel at a time when the Australian NBL has the fighting breeds on a short leash.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: In a weak field of contenders for Halberg sportsman of the year, there's one glaring omission. Where on earth is the Kiwi who's made one of the biggest splashes on world sport in 2013?
Sydney FC will welcome back marquee signing Alessandro Del Piero for their clash with Melbourne Heart, the A-League club insisting he will see out his contract with the Sky Blues.
Commonwealth Games shot put prospect Tom Walsh has won the Zatopek Classic event in Melbourne with another record New Zealand throw.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsA fifth-inning home run sent the New Zealand White Sox crashing to a 4-3 loss to the the South Australia Starz.
DARREN WALTON - AAPCronulla admit the lure of half-million-dollars is giving them extra incentive to take out the Auckland Nines.
Steven Adams has sprained his right ankle in Oklahoma City Thunder's 116-100 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.