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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

Chiefs play it smart against Bulls video

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

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

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

4:00 PM  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

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22:  Scott Dixon of New Zealand driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara pits during final practice on Carb Day for the the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 22, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Scott Dixon second quickest as Australian Will Power clocked the fastest time as the final practice for the 99th Indy 500 unfolded without any of the crashes that marred earlier sessions.

Bianchi family hope for miracle

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

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

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.

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

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

Spithill , Barker: #letsgetdalton

Oracle skipper takes shot at Team New Zealand as former foes turn "mates."

New Zealand track rider Nick Kergozou from Invercargill leads the peloton on stage six of the An Post RAS Tour of Ireland on Friday May, 22, 2015.

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.

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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