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McCullum, Guptill in CPL riches

New Zealand stars Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum were among the big money earners in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League auction.

8:45 AM  Black Caps stars score big money deals with marquee roles at Caribbean's T20 auction.

Toss-up at the Basin

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Brendon McCullum of New Zealand talks to his team prior to day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at University Oval on December 12, 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Both sides are anxious to bowl first, but what else will be playing on the minds of the Black Caps and Australia?

Live: NZ Women's Open

Women's golf world No 1 Lydia Ko is a big favourite to defend her New Zealand Women's Open title.

8:15 AM  Follow Kiwi golfing superstar Lydia Ko as she defends her NZ Women's Open title.

Slash or Burn: BMac's story

Brendon McCullum hooks and is caught on the boundary during the New Zealand Black Caps v Pakistan 3rd ODI cricket match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 31 January 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

A special feature in recognition of the Black Caps' inspirational skipper.

Warner: Baz is a true gent video

Brendon McCullum and David Warner shake hands, showing there's no hard feelings from Monday's dramatic Chappell-Hadlee series decider won by the Black Caps.

8:15 AM  Aussie hardman launches charm offensive with gushing praise for departing Black Caps skipper.

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Junior Kiwi signs lucrative NRL deal

Off to Canberra: Joseph Tapine.

Joseph Tapine has signed a three-year deal believed to be worth almost $1.5 million.

Clarke distances himself from international return video

Michael Clarke of Australia poses with the trophy in the change rooms after winning the World Cup in Melbourne.

The former captain's returning to club cricket but isn't looking any further than that.

Manchester United sticks to big-spending on players

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney's annual salary is said to be £13 million.

While frugal Leicester finds success signing little-known names, Manchester United will keep buying pricey stars - despite its losing streak.

Fifa candidate Salman under fire over human rights record

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has repeatedly said sport and politics don't mix.

Presidential rivals lock horns over Bahraini's alleged failure to protect players allegedly tortured after attending Arab Spring protests.

Can Spurs take the Premier League title?

Tottenham's Ben Davies celebrates his team's 1-0 win over Watford.

For the first time in a generation, Tottenham might be in with a shot at victory.

'Disgraceful' Windies make U-19 final video

Shamar Springer scored West Indies' match-winning four.

After a dastardly "mankad" dismissal earlier in the juniors' Cricket World Cup, the West Indies will face India in the final.

Ko odds 'unprecedented' video

Lydia Ko shares a laugh with Israel Dagg at Clearwater during the New Zealand Women's Open pro-am on Thursday.

English golfing great Dame Laura Davies says bookies' call on world No 1 defending NZ title is unheard of.

'Warriors should chase Bellamy'

Craig Bellamy is expected to decide shortly about his coaching future.

With Andrew McFadden "still unproven", Matthew Johns says Craig Bellamy should be on Warriors' radar.

Basin acid test for Aussies

Both skippers will be wanting to bowl first in the Trans-Tasman Trophy opener in Wellington.

Australia have been reminded about their batting struggles in England ahead of the test series opener.

Breakers take centre stage

Alex Pledger has been coming up big for the Breakers as they've played their way back into playoff contention.

Crunch time for ANBL defending champs as they go in search of a playoff spot.

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Who will win the Halbergs? video

Nikita Howarth won two gold at the world champs.

Over the next week, Stuff will analyse each category of the Halberg Awards and try to find a winner.

FitzSimons: 'Shut up and eat grubs' video

OPINION: Peter FitzSimons' message to Shane Warne following his on-screen swipe at Steve Waugh.

Smith honeymoon 'over' video

Reason: TV rules, rat cunning wins video

Rugby

World Rugby clears NZ sevens

World Rugby have cleared New Zealand of wrongdoing after they had eight players on the field when they scored a post-siren try to snatch a draw with Australia at the Sydney Sevens.

Kiwis escape disciplinary action for having eight players on field during draw with Australia in Sydney.

Buckman ruled out for season

Richard Buckman, left, requires surgery on his injured shoulder.

Highlanders star staying as positive as he can after injuring shoulder against Racing.

Late try snatches draw

Tim Boys is mobbed after salvaging a 19-19 preseason draw against the Highlanders.

Crusaders claim preseason draw at the death against the Highlanders on a farmer's paddock.

Smith weighing options

Wayne Smith's remarkable rugby coaching skills are in demand.

ABs coach confirms he has several options for his services this year.

Cricket

Basin acid test for Aussies

Both skippers will be wanting to bowl first in the Trans-Tasman Trophy opener in Wellington.

Australia have been reminded about their batting struggles in England ahead of the test series opener.

Nicholls gets skipper's approval

After 10 ODIs for New Zealand, Henry Nicholls will make his test debut against Australia in Wellington.

Test debut for Henry Nicholls carries some symmetry with Tom Latham's in Wellington two years ago.

Are butts up for grabs? video

Usman Khawaja gives team-mate Adam Zampa a pre-match pinch.

OPINION: Sporting butt grabs are very strange and weirdly acceptable.

Story behind the fairytale

The Buller team following their Hawke Cup win at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. Back row, from left, Mark Burnett (assistant manager), Michael Anderson, Michael Grafton, Alistair Burnett, Nik Cumming, Troy Adams, Ben Pratt, Max McDonald, Alex Paterson, Ethan Slee and Pete Knowles (manager). Front, from left, Clinton Harvey, Troy Scanlon (captain), Andrew Duncan (vice-captain), Craig Adams and Frano Volckman.

For the first time in their 106-year history, little-known Buller achieved something no-one thought possible. How did they do it?

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Coast to Coast begins

A 77-year-old and a self-confessed former couch potato are amongst 500 underway in today's gruelling Coast to Coast race.

Football

Watson loving football again

Hamish Watson, right, is back for a second spell with the Wellington Phoenix and has found his passion for the game once again.

Barely a year ago, returning Wellington Phoenix recruit Hamish Watson thought he was done with football.

Zika worries US keeper

US women's football team goalkeeper Hope Solo would consider boycotting the Rio Olympics over Zika fears.

Hope Solo says if she had to decide today, she would boycott the Rio Olympics over Zika fears.

Jones loan saga rolls on

Alex Jones in action at Phoenix training on Thursday.

The Alex Jones loan deal with the Wellington Phoenix in danger of falling over.

Did Messi buy the $53m Ferrari? video

Barcelona's Lionel Messi may be celebrating more than just another goal after being linked to the purchase of a rare Ferrari.

Football superstar's name is being kicked around as the person who paid NZ$53.7 million for a rare Ferrari.

League

Panthers' promoters hope to have cheaper kids' seats

Phil ''Gus Gould'', Penrith Panthers' executive general manager, at Christchurch's AMI Stadium to promote Penrith's 'home' game there against the NZ Warriors in May.

Promoters are hoping to get backing for more affordable children's tickets to the Penrith Panthers-Warriors NRL game in Christchurch.

NRL clubs told to profit or perish

John Grant has warned clubs that they must turn a profit or risk being thrown out of the competition.

NRL clubs that can't turn a profit risk having their licences revoked.

Robson to partner Johnson at Warriors

Jeff Robson will bring a steady head to the Warriors this year.

It will be Jeff Robson, not Tuimoala Lolohea, in the halves for the Warriors' first NRL game this year.

Bellamy yet to confirm future

Storm coach Craig Bellamy is yet to confirm his future.

The Storm are awaiting the future decisions of two of their key men in Bellamy and Cronk.

Basketball

Breakers big rigs take centre stage

Alex Pledger has been coming up big for the Breakers as they've played their way back into playoff contention.

Crunch time for ANBL defending champs as they go in search of a playoff spot.

LeBron's below-the-belt pass video

LA Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell felt the full force of a bullet pass from Cavaliers star LeBron James.

LA Lakers basketballer D'Angelo Russell crumpled to the court after copping a ball in the groin.

Police seize t-shirt launcher video

The Townsville Crocodiles mascot fires a T-shirt in to the crowd at a home game.

Australian basketball team forced to surrender homemade t-shirt cannon to police, after it was deemed a category B weapon.

Kings belt Wildcats in home game

Josh Childress scored a game-high 25 points as the lowly Sydney Kings defeated the Perth Wildcats 103-77.

Sydney Kings celebrate win against high-flying Perth in their final home game of the ANBL season.

Golf

Five reasons Ko should win

All the signs point to Lydia Ko defending her NZ Open crown at Clearwater this weekend.

World No 1 Lydia Ko is highly likely to add her third title at the NZ Women's Open to her record.

Ko odds 'unprecedented' video

Lydia Ko shares a laugh with Israel Dagg at Clearwater during the New Zealand Women's Open pro-am on Thursday.

English golfing great Dame Laura Davies says bookies' call on world No 1 defending NZ title is unheard of.

Ko schools Dagg video

Israel Dagg played with Lydia Ko during the pro-am at Clearwater on Thursday.

Former All Black enjoys watching World No 1 Lydia Ko as she birdies the first six holes of the pro-am.

Golf fans in awe of Ko

Lydia Ko, who had Israel Dagg on her bag on Thursday, impressed juniors at a golf clinic.

Young New Zealand golfer get the chance to meet the World No 1 at a golf clinic in Christchurch.

Netball

Tutaia and Folau an item?

Silver Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia and Wallabies fullback Israel Folau have exchanged messages - and pictures - on social media.

Maria Tutaia's his 'crush' and and Israel Folau's her bae - is this a Kiwi-Aussie romance?

Johnson confirms Cullen relationship

Shaun Johnson and Kayla Cullen hang out at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

League star and Silver Fern confirmed as an item after much speculation over relationship.

International award for magnificent Mwai

Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda has been named international world games association athlete of the year for 2015.

International award for Tactix and Malawi shooter Mwai Kumwenda

Cullen's unique deal

Kayla Cullen's netball career continues to take off as energy drinks giant Red Bull signs her to a personal sponsorship.

Young Silver Fern star creates history with personal sponsorship with global giant.

Tennis

Age no barrier for fighting fit Dela Rue

Evan Dela Rue, who turns 80 on Sunday, is still going strong on the tennis court - his three national titles won last month prove it.

A long-held ambition was achieved at last month's national tennis champs in Napier.

Tearney in Davis Cup mix

Finn Tearney's consistent singles game has brought him into the Davis Cup mix for New Zealand.

Consistent singles results gives Wellington player a chance for New Zealand debut against Korea.

Umpires banned, investigated

The integrity of world tennis is brought into question following the banning of officials for efforts to manipulate scoring in matches.

Official banned for life over bid to manipulate scoring of matches, tennis governing body reveals.

Andy Murray's baby girl born

Tennis world No 2 Andy Murray on his wedding day to Kim Sears in 2015.

Tennis star's nana breaks the news, revealing the "congrats great granny" message she got.

Other sports

Coast to Coast begins video

John Livingstone at the start of the 2016 Coast to Coast race at Kumara beach

A 77-year-old and a self-confessed former couch potato are amongst 500 underway in today's gruelling Coast to Coast race.

Webster edges Dawkins in sprint showdown

Sam Webster had more gas than New Zealand team-mate Eddie Dawkins in the men's sprint.

Sam Webster has hit fine form on the second night of the national track championships, winning the men's sprint title.

Former NFL star used team-mates urine

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has never been afraid of doing things differently.

Nursing a sprained ankle and can't seem to get it right? Ice may not be the only solution.

UFC to return to NZ? video

New Zealand middleweight James Te Huna lost the headline fight to American Nate Marquardt at the first UFC event in New Zealand in June, 2014.

Popular mixed martial arts code could be back "sooner rather than later" with Auckland dates earmarked.

Motorsport

Norris won't play it safe

England's Lando Norris has taken pole positions seven out of eight times in the TRS this year.

Lando Norris is in the box-seat for his first Toyota Racing Series victory.

Mad Mike: less of a leadfoot

Warning, camera in view: Mad Mike assumes the position at Leadfoot Festival.

Top Kiwi drifter opens up about going sideways, getting respect - and the best moment of his career.

Women making impact in TRS pit lane

Canadian driver Devlin DeFrancesco talks with engineer Jennifer Lloyd during a round of this year's Toyota Racing Series.

Females making inroads into pit lane of Australasia’s top single-seater motor racing series, which reaches its climax on Sunday.

Battle of the Streets still going strong

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Warm up rounds

A tragedy in Paeroa lead to the suggestion of a street motorcycle race to put the town back on the map in a positive way.

Racing

Above All wins start in exclusive Group I invitation

North Canterbury greyhound Above All has won a start in the invitation-only Group I Temlee.

Kiwi greyhound wins start in rich invitation race.

Butcher looking to slice Killer Queen through to lead

David Butcher will be pressing forward with Killer Queen from her handy draw in the $150,000 Listed NZ Yearling Sales final at Addington on Friday.

The favourite for $150,000 Listed NZ Yearling Sales final will be looking for the lead.

Point Proven wins at Gore

Winner Point Proven with his Winton owner-trainer Greg Wright at Gore on Thursday.

Greg Wright is keen to add another Invercargill Cup to his family's list of wins.

Capella in for fight

Mark Du Plessis riding Capella wins the Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic at her last race day appearance on Boxing Day.

Favourites have history on their side in fillies feature.

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Manning celebrates at Disneyland video

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning went to Disneyland to bask in his Super Bowl glory as he also considers his future in the sport.

Best Super Bowl 50 commercials video

Heinz put a new spin on the hot dog.

Meet the Ketchups, or singing sheep, the Super bowl commercials that make you smile.

The fiercest flop of all time? video

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Dwyane Wade’s son puts on a show video

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.