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ABs outcasts could win RWC video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, right, couldn't find a place in his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for Israel Dagg.

OPINION: Here's a New Zealand team that could win the RWC, all made up of leftovers from the All Blacks.

Cummings one of a kind video

OPINION: Nobody, surely, will match Melbourne Cup winning feats of the greatest trainer ever produced by Australia.

England intend to bludgeon

The most dramatic selection

cricket

Boult, Anderson need a tune-up

The Black Caps hope Corey Anderson will return from a back injury for the first test against Australia.

Countdown is on as Black Caps cross the Tasman in October with expectations unmatched since 1987.

Hesson eyes busy summer

Black Caps coach thrilled with the development on African tour as Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan series loom.

Cheteshwar Pujara produced an unbeaten 135 on day two of the third test against Sri Lanka, boosting India to 292-8.

Pujara holds firm for India

Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his seventh ton and held India's innings together against inspired bowling.

rugby

Agony, ecstasy for Kerr-Barlow

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tawera Kerr-Barlow passes the ball during the All Blacks training session held at Wits University on September 30, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Almost 11 months have passed since All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow was told he wouldn't be fit for RWC.

Naholo treatment questioned

Surgeon sceptical about natural remedies used in the treatment of All Black winger's fractured leg bone.

Julian Savea, Richie McCaw and Kieran Read know they will have to be at their best to retain the World Cup.

Eighth RWC 'most difficult' video

Steve Hansen, Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith all agree. This Rugby World Cup will be the most difficult ever to win.

football

Swansea stun Man United

Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew heads home Swansea's equaliser against Manchester United at Liberty Stadium.

Swans come from behind to earn 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium, while Southampton beat Norwich 3-0 at home.

Wood scores screamer video

All Whites striker secures his team's first Championship win of the season at Derby County with superb long-range strike.

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne notched  33 assists in 72 appearances for German side Wolfsburg.

Man City snap up De Bruyne

English Premier League pacesetters boost midfield ranks with the signing of highly-rated Belgian star.

league

Raiders give Panthers a lesson

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31:  Blake Austin of the Raiders is tackled  during the round 25 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium on August 31, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Serious shoulder injury in 34-18 NRL win over Penrith spoils Blake Austin re-signing.

No truth to Cleary rumour

OPINION: Let’s get one thing straight from the start, Ivan Clearly is not returning to the Warriors next year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Bulldogs coach Des Hasler speaks to the media during a NRL Finals series press conference at Rugby League Central on September 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Hasler fined for ref comments

Canterbury coach Des Hasler hit with $20k fine after his team's NRL win over the Knights in Newcastle.

basketball

Pledger starting to feel 'old self'

It's been a long haul already, but Breakers centre Alex Pledger is feeling optimistic about his return post-surgery.

After a horror injury run, the Breakers' towering centre can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Jackson ready for hard work

Fresh out of college and living abroad for first time, 22-year-old is ready to bang bodies with seasoned pros.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter, centre, drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers.

NBA giant Kanter gets dwarfed

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre is a big unit, but he's no match for the world's tallest man. 

golf

Day rockets into world No 1 mix

Jason Day celebrates making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of The Barclays in New Jersey.

Six-shot win at The Barclays rockets Australian golf ace into contention for the coveted top ranking.

Harman hits two aces video

American golfer etches his name in history books with a pair of aces in final round of The Barclays in New Jersey.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee completed The Barclays tournament in New Jersey with an even-par 70.

Lee retains playoff position

New Zealand No 1 golfer Danny Lee stays solid in the FedEX Cup playoffs, to keep his winning chances alive.

netball

Brown re-signs with Pulse

Ameliaranne Wells, left, and Jodi Brown will again be the Central Pulse's starting shooters in 2016.

Goal attack's name the last added to the Trans-Tasman Netball League franchise's roster for 2016.

Aussie Messer signs with Pulse

Pulse coach Tanya Dearns signs a third former Firebirds player for the next trans-Tasman League season.

The Mystics are hoping basketballer Megan Craig can come up big for them in 2016.

Mystics sign Tall Fern Craig

Auckland franchise upsize big time with the surprise addition of 2.04m Tall Ferns basketballer Megan Craig.

tennis

Sharapova pulls out of US Open

Maria Sharapova will not play in the US Open due to a leg injury that has kept her off the court since Wimbledon.

Daria Kasatkina will replace No 2 seed in the main draw at Flushing Meadows after she pulls out with leg injury.

Anderson wins third ATP title

Second seed relies on his powerful serve to end Pierre-Hugues Herbert's run in the final of Winston-Salem Open.

Nick Kyrgios has accepted his 28-day suspended ban for his "bang your girlfriend" sledge of Stan Wawrinka.

Kyrgios admits he deserved ban

Australian tennis bad boy says he "wouldn't do it again" after being punished for his lewd sledge of Stan Wawrinka.

motorsport

Dixon clinches IndyCar series video

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon clinched his fourth IndyCar title in a dramatic finale in California.

Kiwi IndyCar ace seals his fourth IndyCar title, winning a dramatic Grand Prix of Sonoma in California.

Marquez takes British GP pole

Honda's MotoGP world champion smashed his own lap record to take pole position for the British GP.

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi on his way to claiming his fourth win of the season at the British GP at Silverstone.

Rossi wins wet British GP

Italian great wins in wet at Silverstone to retake MotoGP lead as Spanish rival Marc Marquez crashes out.

other sports

No Comm Games for NZ just now

NZOC secretary general Kereyn Smith and Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemburg speaking in Auckland on Monday.

NZOC secretary general says there are no immediate plans for NZ to host event for fourth time.

Adams tops commission vote

The athletes have spoken, and they want Kiwi shot put queen as their voice on international federation.

Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers is unable to make a pass reception against middle linebacker Steven Johnson of the Denver Broncos.

No decision yet for Hayne

First-year 49ers coach Jim Tomsula continues to be impressed with the rugby league convert.

racing

Windsor shapes as Makfi repeat

Shuka will be among the new faces in the next Hastings Group I.

The next Group I race at Hastings will host many Makfi Stakes runners from Saturday.

Australian racing pays tribute

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has been described as "a legend in every sense of the word".

Verdict: Trainer Sam Kavanagh was found guilty of all but one charge.

Cobalt scandal: Kavanagh guilty

Sam Kavanagh found guilty on all bar one of the 24 charges levelled against him in cobalt saga.

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