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opinion

Trump's Turnberry a major turnoff

American Lizette Salas, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, has the flags of Mexico and America on her bag and is a contender to win the Women's British Open at Donald Trump's course this week.

OPINION: There's every reason to cheer on one of Lydia Ko's rivals at the Women's British Open this week, writes Mark Reason.

Berry: Crowd must fire up Bell

OPINION: There is no better place for promoted England batsman to find his form than his home ground.

Hinton: Play Smith at fullback

Bidwell: Hard luck, Oceania

cricket

Australians skittled for 136

Michael Clarke shows his dejection after being bowled by a Steven Finn yorker on the first morning of the third Ashes test.

3:54 AM  Jimmy Anderson snared the best figures of his Ashes career to help roll Australia for 136 in the third test.

Aussies 'wrong' to drop Haddin

Former skipper Ricky Ponting says veteran wicketkeeper's experience will be missed in third Ashes test.

Former cricketer Chris Cairns pictured in London at a previous court hearing.

Cairns no-show for hearing

Former NZ cricketer Chris Cairns fails to show up for London court hearing in perjury trial.

rugby

Hooper's hearing adjourned

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper is still in the dark over whether he can face the All Blacks in Sydney.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper still in the dark as the whether he'll face All Blacks in Sydney.

Aussies to test ABs resolve

With Bledisloe rivalries set to reignite, Liam Napier scrutinises where the All Blacks should be wary.

Zac Guildford has been starring for Hawke's Bay in their early Ranfurly Shield defences this season and has attracted the attention of the Waratahs for a Super Rugby recall.

Guildford set to join Tahs

Troubled former All Blacks wing offered Super Rugby lifeline at Sydney franchise by former coach at Crusaders.

football

Chelsea beat Barca in friendly

Chelea's Eden Hazard opened the scoring in his side's 2-2 draw with Barcelona at FedEx Field in Washington.

Blues wrap up pre-season tour of US on a high note by beating European champions in a shootout.

NZF's eligibility saga grows

New Zealand Football look to have yet more trouble on their hands.

Griffin McMaster posing for a Wellington Phoenix squad picture ahead of the 2012-2013 A-League season.

Ex-Nix keeper slams Goodes

Former Wellington Phoenix keeper labels anti-racism AFL star Adam Goodes 'unAustralian'.

league

Warriors 'just got to get on with it'

Tuimoala Lolohea is stepping into the boots of Shaun Johnson for the Warriors match against the Sharks.

Coach Andrew McFadden has faith in Tui Lolohea to guide the team in absence of Shaun Johnson.

Gallen re-signs with Sharks

NSW and Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't ruling out playing on beyond next year.

In the clear: Jesse Bromwich of the Melbourne Storm.

Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich innocent of biting

Jesse Bromwich has been found not guilty at the NRL judiciary of biting Josh Dugan.

basketball

Adams 'bit of a bonus anyway'

Steven Adams won't play for the Tall Blacks this year, but coach Paul Henare says they'll have him whenever he is ready.

Tall Blacks coach laments top Kiwi big man's call to miss Olympics qualifiers in favour of NBA pre-season.

Tall Ferns toppled again

A blistering final quarter could not stop the New Zealand women’s basketball team falling to a second defeat.

Kalani Purcell produced 10 points and 11 rebounds but the Tall Ferns fell by 19 points to South Korea in Taiwan.

Tall Ferns fall to third loss

The tumbling Tall Ferns can't buy a win at the William Jones Cup tournament in Taiwan.

golf

Ko keen to avoid pot bunkers

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko, chasing her first major, will get another shot at history when she tees off at the Women's British Open in Scotland on Thursday night.

16 min ago  Kiwi world No 2 says keeping the ball on the fairways will be key to success at British Open.

Age is no major obstacle for Ko

Golf careers start much younger these days, and so does level of expectations, as Kiwi No 1 has discovered.

World No 1 Inbee Park will attempt to complete the career slam at this week's Women's British Open.

More to Open than Trump issue

3:50 AM  The story lines ahead of the Women's British Open at Turnberry, Scotland, are abundant and compelling.

netball

Doubt lingers around shooters ahead of World Cup

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu says Bailey Mes is her "No 1 shooter" but not everyone agrees.

17 min ago  Hope, rather than concrete evidence, forms the backbone of the Silver Ferns' World Cup chances.

Plummer calls for expansion

Suggestions that Champions League equivalent more likely amid calls for a revamp of trans-Tasman netball league.

Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia drives the ball through court, during Tuesday's win over South Africa.

Tutaia has huge role to play

Being unfancied and unloved ahead of Netball World Cup stings a little, admits Silver Ferns shooter.

tennis

Nadal wins opener in Hamburg

Rafael Nadal was forced to come from a set down to win his first round match in Hamburg.

Top seed overcomes sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco in first round of German ATP event.

Tomic marches into semis

Troubled Aussie's Claro Open title defence on track after easy 6-1 6-4 win over Japan's Tatsuma Ito in Colombia.

Australian No 1 Bernard Tomic secured his third ATP title by winning the Claro Open in Bogota, Colombia.

Tomic retains Claro Open title

Australian completes a tumultuous fortnight to successfully defend title at Claro Open in Bogota.

motorsport

Learner plates for Verstappen

Max Verstappen can drive F1 cars but not everyday vehicles just yet.

While F1 rivals take a break, Max Verstappen has some driving lessons on the horizon.

Drivers, Bianchi family tribute

Arm in arm, family of late racer link with Formula One drivers for silence on the starting grid in Hungary.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel looks skyward in dedicating his Hungarian Grand Prix victory to the late Jules Bianchi.

Vettel wins for Ferrari, Bianchi

Off day for Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg opens way for a surprise F1 result in Hungarian Grand Prix.

other sports

Brady: 'I did nothing wrong'

Tom Brady: "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the four-game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organisation did either."

3:57 AM  New England Patriots QB Tom Brady claimed he 'did nothing wrong' despite the NFL upholding his four-game ban.

Mother of racist slams Goodes

Mother of teen who racially vilified AFL star Adam Goodes says he's the bad guy.

Joseph Parker training at ILT Stadium Southland ahead of his fight on Saturday night.

Small town approach works video

Fighting in provincial New Zealand is not holding Joseph Parker back, trainer says.

racing

Trainers: Vet can't be trusted

Waiting for an outcome: Trainer Peter Moody speaks to the media after his hearing.

Vet who admitted selling cobalt to Aussie thoroughbred trainers an "admitted liar", hearing told.

Group I stars on show at trials

Trials at Ruakaka have attracted Group I performers as they launch spring and early summer ambitions.

Pondarosa Miss and Noel Harris going to the start in the Auckland Cup. Harris will be watching as Daniel Hain takes over the reins on Saturday.

P Miss Melbourne path beings

A bigger, stronger Pondarosa Miss stepped out at Te Awamutu for an exhibition gallop.

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