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Barker move could haunt Kiwis

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker looks on during a news conference following races 17 and 18 of the America's Cup finals against Oracle Team USA on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Team USA swept the two races today against Team New Zealand to tie the series at 8, settiing up a winner-take-all race tomorrow.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OPINION: Suddenly the America's Cup just got interesting for New Zealanders again, says Duncan Johnstone.

Kearney faces Leuluai headache

OPINION: With Warriors utility out of the Kiwis' upcoming tour to England, there are no strong options for a replacement.

Liew: Sterling deserves praise

McKinnon case is awkward video

cricket

NZ will pile on the pain: Guptill video

Martin Guptill's knock of 70 helped put New Zealand in the box seat against England.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill says the Black Caps hope to bat through all of day three of the test against England.

Oval costs three times estimate

Cost for redevelopment of Hagley Oval cost triple the initial funding allocation.

Kane Williamson avoids a bouncer from Mark Wood during his innings of 92 not out.

Black Caps make strong start gallery video

Kane Williamson closing in on century as Black Caps pile on runs at Lord's.

rugby

Pulu puts pressure on Rennie

Augustine Pulu was a standout in the Chiefs victory over the Bulls in Rotorua.

Chiefs halfback grabs his chance and gives coach selection headaches this week.

Chiefs play it smart video

Chiefs make successful return to Rotorua with 34-20 Super Rugby win over Bulls.

Nemani Nadolo and Taqele Naiyaravoro were both born in Fiji but have never played in the national side together.

Battle of the behemoths

The sight of Fijian titans colliding may make even most battle-hardened veterans flinch.

football

U-20 Cup to provide benefits

The Junior All Whites are a key part of football's future in New Zealand.

NZ's hosting of the Fifa U-20 World Cup will kick start a new era for football here.

Promotion playoffs to procede

Promotion playoff finals will go ahead despite an unexploded World War II bomb found near Wembley.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims star player Raheem Sterling will see out his final two years at Anfield despite comments from his agent.

Sterling will see out contract

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract.

league

Eels to challenge NRL ruling

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19:  Tim Mannah (L) Nathan Peats (C) and Anthony Watmough (R) celebrate a try during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels say they will challenge the NRL's ruling on salary cap breaches.

Bunnies steal win from Eels

Late try to Cameron McInnes gives South Sydney a gritty 14-12 NRL win over Parramatta.

Billy Slater stretches during Queensland training session this week.

Slater cleared to play Origin I

Queensland's Billy Slater sails through training to be declared fit for Origin opener in Sydney.

basketball

Cavaliers far too classy for Hawks

May 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts with guard Iman Shumpert (4) during the third quarter in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers just too good for Atlanta Hawks as they take 2-0 NBA series lead.

Warriors take 2-0 lead in West

Golden State Warriors take 2-0 lead over Houston Rockets in NBA Western Conference finals.

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NZ Basketball Manawatu Jets v Taranaki Mountain Airs.

Jets Player Nick Horvath on defense.

Tight-lipped over Horvath 

The Manawatu Jets are refusing to comment on Nick Horvath's release.

golf

Rory McIlroy misses the cut

Golf - BMW PGA Championship - Virginia Water, Surrey, England - 22/5/15
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the 3rd during the second round
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World golf number one suggested he was "probably in need of a rest" after missing the cut at Wentworth.

Kiwi Lee starts well at Colonial

New Zealand golfer tied for seventh after an impressive opening round of PGA Tour event in Texas.

Ryan Fox carded a one-under 71 but slipped to third after the second round of the SK Telecom Open in South Korea.

Fox drops back in South Korea

Ryan Fox slipped to third after carding a one-under 71 in the second round of the SK Telecom Open.

netball

Mystics hang on to beat Steel

Phoenix Karaka of the Steel, right, defends Maria Tutaia's shot at goal during the ANZ Championship match between the Steel and the Mystics at Stadium Southland, Invercargill, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Photo: Dianne Manson / www.photosport.co.nz

5:59 PM  The Mystics continue to sit pretty on the top of the tran-Tasman league's NZ conference after a 63-61 win.

Bower hoping for more Magic

Youngster's trans-Tasman league debut came as a big surprise but she is desperate for more court time.

Pulse's Liana Leota, left, and Steel's Shannon Francois eye the pass of Pulse's Jodi Brown during the ANZ championship netball match between the Steel and the Pulse at the Edgar Centre, Dunedin, Saturday, May 02, 2015. Photo: Dianne Manson / www.photosport.co.nz

Leota: Pulse must show courage

After 12 of 14 rounds, the star-studded franchise sit fourth with just three wins to their name.

tennis

Big guns on a collision course

Rafa Nadal (right) defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2014 French Open final but if the pair meet in the 2015 tournament, it will be in the quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal could face Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarters, the toughest draw he has faced.

Stosur cops rough French draw

Australia's big guns won't be lacking opportunities at the French Open after copping a rough time in the draw.

Maria Sharapova has nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal's back, saying critics calling his clay-court demise 'disrespectful'.

Disrespectful talk about Nadal

Predicting Rafa Nadal's downfall is disrespectful, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said.

motorsport

Dixon on pace in final practice

Pole-sitter Scott Dixon, second fastest behind Aussie Will Power, pits during the final practice for the Indy 500.

Scott Dixon second quickest as Australian Will Power clocked the fastest time at final practice for the 99th Indy 500.

Teen stars in Monaco debut

Too young to rent a car, or drive solo on public roads, but only F1 world champ faster in Monte Carlo.

Hayden Paddon sits eighth after the opening day of Rally of Portugal.

Paddon shines in Portugal

5:17 PM  Kiwi Hayden Paddon sits eighth after the opening day of Rally Portugal.

other sports

NY Rangers tie up NHL series

May 22, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Members of the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning engage in a scrum after a whistle in the third period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers hammer Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 to level NHL Eastern Conference finals series.

Big finish for Kiwis in Ireland

Kiwis Aaron Gate and Alex Frame stay in the hunt at the Tour of Ireland, finishing in the peloton.

Eastern Bay's Lisa Carrington wins her K1 200m heat on the second day of the Canoe Racing New Zealand national championships at Lake Karapiro. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services

Carrington into World Cup final

Kayaker Lisa Carrington was one of a number of Kiwis to make it into the final in Duisburg, Germany.

racing

Secret Spirit takes Foal Stakes

Secret Spirit (Danielle Johnson) is too tough for Get That Jive (Matt Cameron) at the finish of the Great Northern Foal Stakes at Ellerslie.

6:44 PM  Adrian Clark Clark and Challenge syndicate in clover again at Ellerslie.

Dream About Me stunning 

6:33 PM  Mark Purdon army warms up for Jewels winning four heats at Ashburton.

Marotiri Miss, right, drives home to win the North Island Challenge Stakes at Trentham.

Marotiri Miss gets work reward

6:23 PM  Foxton mare wins $40k North Island Challenge Stakes at Trentham on Saturday.

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