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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

Live: Black Caps vs England

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Kane Williamson of New Zealand looks on during a New Zealand nets session at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

9:45 PM  Follow live as the Black Caps and England clash on day two of their test at the home of cricket, Lord's.

Crowe condemns Edgar's axing

Black Caps legend says national selection boss was "waved off in inexplicable circumstances" by NZ Cricket.

Australia's Shane Watson plays a shot during the first day of their second test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Kandy  September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

Aussie old guard get pumped

Veterans in Aussie Ashes squad highly motivated to get elusive series win in England.

rugby

Chiefs play it smart against Bulls video

Halfback Augustine Pulu of the Chiefs dotted down twice in Rotorua.

10:05 PM  Chiefs make successful return to Rotorua with 34-20 Super Rugby win over Bulls.

Halaholo to make debut

Cory Jane and James Broadhurst out as injury hits Hurricanes ahead of Blues clash.

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

Figo withdraws from Fifa election

Luis Figo joined Michael van Praag in withdrawing from the Fifa presidential election, leaving just imcumbent Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

Luis Figo drops out of the Fifa presidential election, calling football's governing body "a dictatorship".

Ghent end 115-year wait for title

Belgian club end their 115-year wait for domestic league title with a 2-0 home win over Standard Liege.

A tweet by Australian betting agency Oddschecker has sparked a backlash (and since been deleted) for suggesting Manchester player James Wilson should dump his girlfriend.

Not pretty enough to be a WAG?

An Australian sports betting site is facing an intense backlash over an incredibly offensive tweet.

league

Slater cleared to play Origin I

Billy Slater stretches during Queensland training session this week.

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

McInnes: Luke exit 'bittersweet'

Kiwis hooker's move to the Warriors creates mixed feelings for his Rabbitohs team-mates and friends.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Kieran Foran of the Sea Eagles leaves the field during the round one NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pirtek Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Breach 'no impact' on Foran

Parramatta Eels' salary cap strife won't affect 2016 signing of Kiwis star, NRL club boss says.

basketball

Warriors take 2-0 lead in West

May 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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

Rangers claim tight NBL win

10:43 PM  The Super City Rangers have had to work hard for an NBL win after being pushed by Hawke's Bay.

09052015 News Photo: Nicole Johnstone / Fairfax NZ

Southland Sharks player Tai Wesley and Canterbury Rams player Sam Timmins during their basketball game at Stadium Southland on Saturday night.

Sharks too good for Jets

10:22 PM  Southland Sharks pick up first road win of NBL season, beating the Manawatu Jets 106-93.

golf

Kiwi Lee starts well at Colonial

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee is tied for seventh after the first round of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.

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

Fox in hunt after first round

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox leads $1.25 million OneAsia tour event midway through the first round in Seoul, South Korea.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

McIlroy unhappy with round

World No 1 golfer was less than satisfied with middling opening one-under-par 71 round at Wentworth.

netball

Leota: Pulse must show courage

Wing attack Liana Leota wants the Central Pulse to have the courage to push passes under pressure.

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

Southby no fan of in-game chats

Southern Steel coach Janine Southby has plenty of sympathy for her Tactix counterpart Sue Hawkins.

Aisha Bower impressed on debut for the Magic against the Mystics, and now is hoping for more court time.

Bower hoping for more Magic

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

tennis

Nadal makes mockery of rule book

Spain's Rafael Nadal defends his French Open crown at Roland Garros next week.

Spaniard's time-wasting between points continues as umpire who defied him at pays the price.

Sharapova ready to go distance

Russian star has hit form at perfect moment as she eyes defence of her French Open crown next week.

Marcus Daniell is one of three Kiwis lining up in the doubles main draw at next week's French Open in Paris.

Kiwis hope for doubles delight

New Zealand have three male players in the French Open doubles main draw for first time in 30 years.

motorsport

Teen stars in Monaco debut

Formula One prodigy Max Verstappen was second fastest in practice around the Monaco circuit on Thursday.

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

Hamilton top, Verstappen stars

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest but teenage rookie Max Verstappen stood out in Monaco GP practice.

Jules Bianchi remains in a coma after a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. He is pictured here at the Belgian Grand Prix two months earlier.

Bianchi family hope for miracle

F1 driver continues to fight for his life while in a coma, seven months after horrific crash, family says.

other sports

Spithill to Barker: #letsgetdalton

Jimmy Spithill and Dean Barker on the dock in Bermuda as America's Cup training continues.

Oracle skipper takes shot at Team New Zealand as former America's Cup foes turn "mates" in wake of Kiwi's shock Team Japan move.

Non-selection appeal won

Sprint kayaker wins a Sports Tribunal appeal, forcing his selection for the under-23 World Champs.

May 21, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (26) is checked by Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) during the third period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Ducks take 2-1 NHL series lead

Anaheim Ducks beat Chicago Blackhawks on the road to take 2-1 series lead in Western Conference finals.

racing

Latta seeking trans-Tasman wins

Platinum Princess will make her Australian debut at Doomben in Brisbane.

Platinum Witness races in Brisbane while trainer will have seven runners at Trentham.

Talent on show in feature

Dual attacks by powerful stables a feature of Listed two-year-old race at Ellerslie.

Mighty Matt will tackle the $50,000 Autumn Sprint Final at Trentham on Saturday.

Breslin happy with Mighty Matt

Mike Breslin is hoping that looks won't be deceiving at Trentham on Saturday.

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