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From Christchurch to Super Bowl

DEFENSIVE GURU: Riki Ellison, centre, in his post-football role as chairman and founder of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance.

OPINION: New Zealander Riki Ellison shares his memories of winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers.

Buzz gone from celeb bouts

OPINION: What was once a novelty has now become tediously commonplace with no buzz.

Bat makers have last laugh

Bold bid 'positive' for league

cricket world cup

New Zealand bowlers on notice 

during the One Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval on January 11, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A rating of "poor" from the coach should ensure a spicy welcome for Pakistan's batsmen today.

Stags sweat on allrounder

Decision on whether allrounder Kieran Noema-Barnett will play one-day final will likely be made today.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 24: New Zealand coach Warren Lees prior to the start of game two of the One Day International series between New Zealand and the West Indies at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University on February 24, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Lees hopes for one better

Coach of the 1992 NZ Cricket World Cup team is living the quieter life in Central Otago these days.

rugby

With accolades comes pressure

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Brodie Retallick is ready to roll for the Chiefs again.

Brodie Retallick is the IRB Player of the Year and has to try and keep up those standards.

Joseph's hopes for newbies

Here's a big question - can the Highlanders produce an All Black bolter in 2015?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 02:  Chris Boyd speaks to the media after being named as the Hurricanes Head Coach for 2015 at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel on June 2, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Plenty at stake for Hurricanes

The Hurricanes' lesser lights will have coach Chris Boyd's full and undivided attention in Eketahuna.

football

WaiBop out to make some noise  video

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: WaiBoP United coach Peter Smith.

WaiBop United coach Peter Smith is hoping for more buoyant crowd support when his side takes on ASB league leaders Team Wellington.

Australia deserves to host WC

FIFA President Sepp Blatter begins re-election campaign by saying Australia deserves to host World Cup.

BOUNCING BACK: Ramon Tribulietx and his Auckland City FC team will be looking to back up last week's win over Wanderers SC against Hawke's Bay United today.

City Dragons' litmus test  video

ASB Premiership clash with Auckland City should reveal a lot about Canterbury United.

league

Nines get Foran off the couch

SAY CHEESE: Manly's Kieran Foran poses for a photo with some young fans in Auckland's Aotea  Square.

All eyes will again be on Eden Park for the Auckland Nines, but for differing reasons.

Glenn to dish out shares  gallery

Businessman and philanthropist to transfer his half share in Warriors to charitable trust for benefit of rugby league.

LEAGUE'S FUTURE: Celebration Lions Sports Trust representative Corey Watkinson at Porritt Park in Avonside.

SI the main beneficiary 

Christchurch-based semi-pro league franchise would be a major boost for sport in the South Island.

basketball

Wesley stamping a strong mark

BIG IMPACT: Tai Wesley chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists for the Breakers against the Perth Wildcats.

Bench player continues to shape as difference-maker for Breakers as they eye return to ANBL’s championship arena.

NZ Breakers tame Wildcats

Breakers back in champ mode as they thump arch-rivals Perth Wildcats 90-79 to secure top-two place.

RISING STAR: New Zealand basketball star Steven Adams is making a big impression in the NBA.

Adams in NBA's Rising Stars 

Accolades keep rolling in with Thunder centre selected for the NBA's annual Rising Stars Challenge.

golf

McIlroy surges ahead in Dubai

OUT IN FRONT: Leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his putt on the 15th green during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stormed into a one-shot lead in the Dubai Desert Classic with a sparkling second-round 64.

Kiwis off the pace in Phoenix

Danny Lee second to last in 132-man field after six-over 77, with Tim Wilkinson in a tie for 87th at one over.

SOLID START: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is in contention at the Coates Golf Championship in Florida.

Ko in contention at opener

Lydia Ko has started the 2015 LPGA Tour in the same top form which helped her end the 2014 on a high.

netball

Bower settling into new home

TAKING HER CHANCE: Aisha Bower is making the most of the opportunity she has with the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

Netball is now definitely No 1 for Aisha Bower and this is her chance to forge a career out of it.

Tactix on hunt for sponsor

Mainland side remain without naming rights sponsor just one month out from start of trans-Tasman netball league.

BACK IN THE FOLD: Katrina Grant is among the Silver Ferns players rejoining the Central Pulse for pre-season.

Solid buildup gets Pulse racing

Australian teams have always intimidated the Central Pulse, and all bar one annihilated them last year.

tennis

Djokovic outlasts Wawrinka

FIVE-SET BATTLE: Novak Djokovic pumps his fists after defeating defending champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the Australian Open final against Andy Murray.

Novak Djokovic ended Stan Wawrinka's Australian Open defence to book a third final showdown with Andy Murray.

Grand slam title on first try

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova win Australian Open women's doubles in first time together.

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC: Serena Williams (right) has won 15 straight matches against Maria Sharapova since 2004, heading into their Australian Open final showdown.

Williams bids to dominate

Maria Sharapova's decade-long losing streak to Serena Williams is one of tennis' curious anomalies.

motorsport

Evans aiming to consolidate lead

POLE POSITION: Simon Evans leads the NZ SuperTourers by more than 100 points heading into this weekend.

A few tips from Kiwi ace Shane Van Gisbergen have Simon Evans finally eyeing his first New Zealand motor racing championship.

Huge praise for Kiwi Dixon

Scott Dixon's team-mates and management heap praise on the Kiwi driver as they switch focus to IndyCar season.

ICY CONDITIONS: Mercedes team-mate's Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg tested their new car at Silverstone.

Hamilton, Rosberg test new car

Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg give new Mercedes car a test drive at a snowy Silverstone.

other sports

Kiwi Ellison backs the Seahawks 

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7:  Rhett Ellison #85 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after the catch in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings defeated the Rams 34-6.  (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings' Rhett Ellison is the third Kiwi to play in the NFL. He looks ahead to the Super Bowl.

Gangly teen to prized fighter

A profile of Commonwealth Games gold-winning boxer David Nyika and how he found his niche.

DEFENSIVE GURU: Riki Ellison, centre, in his post-football role as chairman and founder of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance.

From Chch to Super Bowl

OPINION: New Zealander Riki Ellison shares his memories of winning a Super Bowl with the 49ers.

racing

Kolonel tests Derby credentials

STEPPING UP: Kolonel Kev, left, winning a three-year-old 1400m at Trentham on Decembert 6 last year.

Kolonel Kev puts New Zealand Derby credentials on the line in Waikato Guineas.

Orange brings up 1000 wins

One harness racing's humble achievers, Blair Orange, has recorded a milestone of 1000 wins.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 11: Connections of horse Adore Me, celebrate after winning race 10 NZ Trotting Cup during the Christchurch New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on November 11, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Purdon looking for luck 

Adore Me faces a massive task but her stable believes she can still win tonight's A$400k Group I Victoria Cup.

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