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What's wrong with the Crusaders?

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder ponders a disappointing and frustrating Super Rugby campaign.

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters for RWC.

Bidwell: Grant's ban is a joke

OPINION: Norma Plummer set standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

NZF must stand up against Fifa

Gould: Origin I a win for vets video


Ronchi blasts NZ out of trouble

NZ wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi thumps a pull shot during his brutal innings of 88 from just 70 balls on day one of the second test against England at Headingley.

On debut, veteran keeper cracks 88 off 70 to give NZ handy total on day one of second test vs England.

Hurting Kiwis won't back down

Black Caps skipper says there is no panic in team, just a steely resolve to win second England test at Headingley.

Heavy rain overnight delayed the start of the second test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

Start of second test hit by rain

The Black Caps' second test against England at Headingley was delayed by heavy overnight rain in Yorkshire.


Smith keen to move on from loss

Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith chat following the Crusaders 35-18 win over the Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

Canes captain says team won't win Super Rugby title if they continue to play like they did against the Crusaders.

Brumbies edge gutsy Bulls

Hosts ACT keep hopes of Super Rugby finals berth alive, beating equally desperate Bulls outfit 22-16.

Luke Burgess of the Melbourne Rebels in action against the Sharks.

Sharks take bite out of Rebels

South African side hit Melbourne Rebel's Super Rugby playoff hopes with a knockout blow in Durban.


NZ draw U-20 World Cup opener video

New Zealand's Sam Brotherton rues a miss during the Fifa U-20 World Cup opener against Ukraine in Auckland.

Junior All Whites hold Ukraine to goalless draw in the opening game of the Fifa U-20 World Cup in Auckland.

Blatter re-elected as FIFA boss

Swiss incumbent retains presidency of Fifa, despite arrests and looming allegations of corruption.

New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin says they have no regrets about voting against Sepp Blatter, who has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president.

Martin: No Fifa backlash

NZF CEO disappointed more countries did not join them in voting against president Sepp Blatter in presidential election.


Injury misery for Penrith

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Matt Moylan of the Panthers is helped to his feet before leaving the field with an injury during the round 12 NRL match between Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Pepper Stadium on May 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Penrith is counting the cost of last night's clash against Parramatta with two key players hurt.

Tomkins return lifts Warriors

Andrew McFadden had no hesitation selecting his English fullback as soon as he was fit enough to play for franchise.

Greg Inglis helped the Maroons win their State of Origin opener against NSW on Wednesday night.

Inglis cleared to take on Titans

Queensland fullback cleared to back up from State of Origin I and run out for the Rabbitohs against the Gold Coast titans on Saturday.


Craig's journey to the Saints video

Wellington Saints import Torrey Craig has set the league alight with his high scoring and highlight-reel dunks

American star Torrey Craig described as one of the best basketball imports to ever play game in New Zealand.

Redemption on Rams' minds

Co-captain Marques Whippy and the Rams are vowing to redeem themselves after their pride was dented last week.

Manawatu's Jeremia Trueman tries to block the progress of the Nelson Giants' Josh Duinker at Arena Manawatu on Friday night.

Giants prove too good for Jets

A stellar performance from Josh Duinker saw the Nelson Giants start their North Island road trip with a big win.


Kiwi golfer cards on PGA Tour

Danny Lee of New Zealand smiles after hitting a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during the first round of the Byron Nelson championship on Friday (NZ time).

New Zealand pro Danny Lee starts well at Byron Nelson championship on the back of two first-round eagles.

English duo book US spots

England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood among 25 players to book spots at next month's US Open via world rankings.

Rory McIlroy had a day to forget after carding a nine-over 80 in the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

Rory McIlroy has a day to forget

World No 1 golfer falls apart in front of expectant home crowd amid gales and pounding showers at the Irish Open.


Swifts deny Fever first home final

NSW Swifts goal shoot Caitlin Thwaites scored 35 from 37 in her team's 63-56 win over the West Coast Fever in Perth.

5:14 PM  Swifts secure home final with a 63-56 victory over the West Coast Fever at Perth Arena on Saturday.

Magic seek consistency, flow

It may not matter on the points table, but the Magic still have goals to aim for against Mainland Tactix on Sunday.

Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

Bidwell: Grant's ban a joke

OPINION: Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Katrina Grant.


Djokovic, Murray advance

Novak Djokovic required medical treatment on his groin and hip area during his straight sets victory over Gilles Simon.

Serb Novak Djokovic, who required medical treatment, and Scot Andy Murray reach third round at French Open.

Williams survives a scare

World No 1 Serena Williams played with fire at the French Open but pulled through against Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Rafa Nadal powered past compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets to reach the third round.

Rafa Nadal dismisses Almagro

Rafa Nadal got his usual confidence boost from Nicolas Almagro, reaching the third round at Roland Garros.


Dixon qualifies seventh in Detroit

New Zealand's Scott Dixon has qualified seventh for the latest IndyCar race in Detroit.

4:21 PM  Kiwi IndyCar driver unable to match pace from Indy 500 in qualifying for the latest race in series in Detroit.

Dixon fourth in chaotic race video

Kiwi driver just misses a podium finish in an action-packed Indy 500 punctuated by crashes and a tight finish.

Formula One has lacked competition this season with big teams like Mercedes and Ferrari dominating races.

FIA seeks new team from 2016

Formula One's governing body launches tender for a potential new team that could join starting grid next season.

other sports

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Alex Killorn controls the puck during his side's 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.

5:19 PM  Tampa Bay earn spot in NHL's Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in their history after 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.

Consistency is key for Kiwi

Hamilton motocross rider Josiah Natzke remains in title contention after two good rounds of European champs.

NZ paddler Lisa Carrington cruises through her K1 500m semifinal at the World Cup regatta in Copenhagen overnight.

Kiwi kayakers reach A finals

Lisa Carrington through to K1 500m decider, while Marty McDowell reaches K1 1000m final at meet in Denmark.


Lizzie all the way at Ashburton

Jockey Zac Butcher is congratulated after winning the Four-Year-Old Diamond on Lancewood Lizzie at Ashburton.

Barry Purdon believes Bettor's Delight mare has plenty of potential in open class company next year.

Dream filly stays unbeaten

Dream About Me made short work of her wide draw to win the Gr I Two-year-old Diamond at Ashburton.

The Orange Agent and Maurice McKendry lead all the way in the Three-Year-Old Diamond at Ashburton.

Orange Agent makes mark 

4:41 PM  As good as The Orange Agent was at Ashburton, she can go even better, claims her driver.

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