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Stokes is the new Lance Cairns

New Zealand-born England allrounder Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of Mark Craig on the final day of the first test at Lord's. Stokes was awarded man-of-the-match as England beat the Black Caps by 124 runs.

OPINION: There is no shame in defeat, particularly to a Christchurch jam-eater, says Mark Reason.

NZ beaten at own game

OPINION: New Zealand have built a monster that has quickly come back to bite them at Lord's.

Barker move could haunt Kiwis

Kearney faces Leuluai headache


Boult up to career-high No 4

Trent Boult's nine wickets at Lord's were enough to see him surge up the world bowling rankings again.

Nine wickets against England at Lord's propel Black Caps left-armer two spots up the test cricket bowling charts.

Bravo bust-a-move B-Mac video

New Zealand captain finds his groove in fellow cricketer Dwayne Bravo's music video featuring host of IPL stars.

Trevor Bayliss is the first Australian to coach England's cricket team, beating off competition from Jason Gillespie.

Bayliss promises Ashes 'battle'

1:36 PM  Newly-appointed England head coach tells compatriots to expect 'tough, hard cricket' during the Ashes.


Savea, Retallick staying home

Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea (right) share a joke with New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew at the announcement of the All Blacks' pair's decision to keep playing in New Zealand.

1:00 PM  Star wing and World Rugby player of the year the first All Blacks to sign on with NZ Rugby for the 2019 RWC.

1st5R: McKenzie rules the roost

Chiefs young gun's irresistible running game propels him to top the Kiwi No 10s in Super Rugby week 15.

Loose forward Blade Thomson moves to No 8 for the Hurricanes' match with the Crusaders in Nelson.

Pack bolstered for Crusaders

Hurricanes coach continues to rest, rotate and reward ahead of Friday's clash with the Crusaders.


Smeltz signs new Sydney FC deal

All Whites striker Shane Smeltz managed eights goals in 21 appearances for Sydney FC last season.

All Whites forward agrees new deal at A-League finalists after departure of Austrian star Marc Janko.

Bale pledges to bounce back

1:00 PM  World's most expensive player vows to "come back stronger" at Real Madrid after poor season.

Sepp Blatter is expected to win a fifth term of office when Fifa's 209-member nations vote in Friday's election.

Blatter shrugs off dictator jibe

12:29 PM  Fifa president rejects Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship


Farah: 'Origin about the hate'

Robbie Farah: It's the hate that spurs you along.

New Blues captain happy to be most hated man north of the border as rugby league preps for its big night, tonight.

Top 10 Origin obscure stats

Number crunching of Origin ancient and modern reveals historic trends when blue and maroon collide.

NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley and Queensland Maroons coach Mal Meninga shake hands at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Daley science vs Meninga tales

Like almost everything in sport and life, it all comes back to a Rocky movie - Origin is no exception.


Rockets stay alive in NBA series

May 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets' 128-115 victory over Warriors keeps NBA Western Conference finals series alive.

Cavaliers close on NBA finals

LeBron James comes good as Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks to close in on a spot in the NBA finals.

06042015 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. Wellington Saints VS Canterbury Rams at TSB Arena. Sport. Basketball Wellington Saint?s Torrey Craig and Canterbury Rams? Richie Edwards

Saints to play Taiwan tourney

NBL champions will play in Taiwan later this year after accepting an invitation.


Trump: High end golf 'going great'

US billionaire Donald Trump is about to open his latest golf venture the Trump Links at Ferry Point, New York City.

Golf health may be ailing, but on eve of his NYC course opening billionaire says business is grand.

Korean rookie in runaway win

An Byeong Hun only third European Tour rookie to win BMW PGA Championship, roaring to six-shot victory.

Danny Lee recorded his third top-10 finish of the PGA Tour season, at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club on Monday (NZ time).

Strong finish for Lee at Colonial

Kiwi golfer records his third top-10 finish of the PGA Tour season with a 10th place in Texan tournament.


Magic not about to ease up 

Casey Kopua, here looking to block the shot of Ameliaranne Wells, made her return from injury in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's win over the Central Pulse in Hamilton on Monday night.

Their last-round match is effectively meaningless, but the Magic want to keep their high standards.

Magic secure second spot in NZ 

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic march on but it's almost game over for the Central Pulse in trans-Tasman netball league.

Katrina Grant is in hot water for a post-match confrontation with umpire Jono Bredin after her side's draw with the Southern Steel last week.

Grant summoned over spat

Pulse captain faces a possible fine, censure or even suspension over her reaction to an umpire's call.


Nadal: I'm no macho man

Rafael Nadal made light work of teen Quentin Halys in the first round of the French Open.

Tennis star fronts over sexism claims and request not to be umpired by a certain official in Paris.

Erakovic pushes Kvitova

New Zealand No 1 fought bravely but eventually succumbed to Czech Petra Kvitova at the French Open.

Artem Sitak is still alive in the French Open men's doubles after winning a tough first round match.

Sitak sole Kiwi survivor in Paris

Just one New Zealander survives French Open first round as Erakovic and men's doubles players knocked out.


Dixon fourth in chaotic race video

Indy 500

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

Rosberg thanks luck for victory

F1 driver enjoys "probably the best luck of his career" on way to victory at Monaco.

WRC driver Hayden Paddon is happy with his progress at Rally Portugal.

Paddon closes gap in Portugal

Kiwi rally driver back on track after finishing eighth after final day at the Rally Portugal.

other sports

Parker has a word with Tyson

New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker, left, was delighted to meet Mike Tyson.

Kiwi boxing sensation Joseph Parker has been rubbing shoulders with another of the sport's royalty.

Ducks take lead in NHL series

Anaheim Ducks beat Chicago Blackhawks to take 3-2 lead in NHL Western Conference Finals.

Top sprinter Usain Bolt aims to better his 2008 Beijing Olympics efforts when he returns to the city for the world champs in August.

Bolt wins 200m, Powell the 100

Jamaican sprinters dominate sprint events as world's fastest athletes build up to the world champs.


Venus Serena a second line special for Jewels

John Dunn thinks Venus Serena is a strong chance to overcome a second line draw and statistics say he's right.

John Dunn knows it's possible to win the Harness Jewels from the second line.

Volkstok'n'barrell sale a saga

A multi-million-dollar deal to buy glamour galloper Volkstok'n'barrell has been scuppered.

One of the world's leading thoroughbred owners and trainers, deputy ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Too much pressure to perform

Sheik Hamdan says horses chasing Triple Crown face too much pressure in short space of time.

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