Step up on concussion, PM

Prime Minister Bill English, left, at the pre-season Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders in ...

5:00 AM  OPINION: Rugby appears incapable of tackling head injuries by itself, writes Mark Reason.

Highlanders dig deep for win

Elliot Dixon celebrates the Highlanders' victory.

They needed a goal line stand, but the Highlanders eked out a come-from-behind win in Canberra.

Hunting Kiwis the way to go

Tohu Harris will join the Warriors next year, joining other New Zealand internationals at the club.

5:00 AM  Signing Australian players continues to be an issue, while luring Kiwis home is paying off.

ASB Classic chases Sharapova

Maria Sharapova will play in Stuttgart next month after completing a drugs ban.

5:00 AM  Maria Sharapova could be at January's ASB Classic, while Roger Federer may play an exhibition.

Mannering of the moment

Simon Mannering plays his 262nd game for the Warriors on Sunday, breaking the club record for appearances.

5:00 AM  Stacey Jones is delighted to see a fellow club legend break his Warriors record on Sunday.

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Blues finish with flourish video

Ihaia West gives a message to his critics after he scores a try against the Bulls.

Five-try second half as Blues backline kicks into gear in much-needed bonus point win over Bulls.

Celebrate when rugby players make money

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew has every right to take advantage of the All Blacks' commercial appeal.

OPINION: Here's a news flash for hidebound snobs who are offended by the fact money is now a part of rugby.

NZ get DRS all wrong, again video

A less than impressed Neil Wagner reflects on a day that could have gone so much better.

"That's embarrassing," commentators declare as NZ captain has another shocking day with technology.

New era in NZ netball begins

Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is the pick of the ANZ Premiership imports.

The ANZ Premiership begins with a triple-header on Sunday, where plenty will be revealed.

Cheers Fiji: Howler ices NZ win video

A horrendous keeping mistake allows the All Whites to tap in a second goal.

Fiji gift the All Whites a World Cup qualifying win as Marco Rojas pounces on horrendous keeping error.

Youthful Cowboys hold off Titans

Kalyn Ponga celebrates with Gideon Gela-Mosby after a Cowboys try.

Class of 2017 stars as an injury-hit North Queensland prevails in a high-scoring derby.

Black Caps' hopes in balance

Colin de Grandhomme snared his second wicket before rain returned.

Desperate NZ side end rain-shortened first day in handy position, but it could have been so much better.

Segeyaro returns as Sharks bounce back

James Segeyaro, pictured with the Panthers last year, made his NRL comeback for Cronulla.

Livewire makes his NRL comeback as premiers dispose of the Eels with ease.

Roar win hands Sydney Premiers' Plate

Jamie MacLaren celebrates after scoring for the Roar.

Beaten by Brisbane, Melbourne Victory sees its faint hopes of a Premiers Plate challenge ended.

Football dads, this one's for you

Roy Krishna is proof that you can come from anywhere to make it.

OPINION: If they're good enough it doesn't matter who your son plays for.

Recap: Black Caps v Proteas

South African captain Faf du Plessis bats against the Black Caps.

Umpires call off day one after pitch inspection, leaving Hamilton test tightly poised.

Back on top: Keagan returns video

Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone gets a hug from his mum after completing Le Race on Saturday.

Ten months ago NZ's Keagan Girdlestone was given up for dead. Today he conquered his race.

Bulldogs thumped, Hasler jeered

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler: Once revered, now jeered.

Sea Eagles give the Doggies a hiding leaving once-revered coach's future hanging in balance.

Auckland City into final

Micah Lea’alafa celebrates scoring the only goal of the day.

They only beat Hawke's Bay 1-0 in Saturday's semifinal, but the result never looked like being in doubt.

Smith - best since Bradman?

Steve Smith scored yet another century in crucial and difficult circumstances in India.

Australian captain bats on different pitch as he posts another test ton in India series decider.

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opinion

Celebrate when rugby players make money

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew has every right to take advantage of the All Blacks' commercial appeal.

5:00 AM  OPINION: Here's a news flash for hidebound snobs who are offended by the fact money is now a part of rugby.

Football dads, this one's for you

5:00 AM  OPINION: If they're good enough it doesn't matter who your son plays for.

Barrett no bolter just yet

Aus Super Rugby's slow death

Rugby

Barrett no bolter just yet

It's only a matter of time before Jordie Barrett joins brothers Scott and Beauden as fully fledged All Blacks.

OPINION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is likely to stick with the tried and tested to face the Lions.

Jones wanted ABs test

RFU boss Ian Ritchie and England coach Eddie Jones.

England boss says Eddie Jones was behind failed bid to play All Blacks this year.

Crusaders go top after win video

Digby Ioane shoots through to score the first try of the match, for the Crusaders against the Force in Christchurch on ...

The Crusaders scored seven tries to beat the Force in an ugly game in Christchurch.

Aus Super Rugby's slow death

Which Australian team will get culled? One of them needs to be, writes Paul Cully.

OPINION: Culling an Australian team from Super Rugby is the only real option for Sanzaar.

Cricket

Wagner's changes bring big rewards

Neil Wagner is in the top 10 New Zealand test wicket-takers - and climbing.

The Black Caps paceman has altered his game at the highest level to become one of our best.

Smith - greatest since Bradman?

Steve Smith scored yet another century in crucial and difficult circumstances in India.

Australian captain looks like he's batting on different pitch as he posts another test ton in India series decider.

Boult, Southee sorely missed

Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson and captain Kane Williamson ponder during a rain delay.

Combination of inexperience, weather and DRS ineptitude thwarts potential strong start to Hamilton test.

Kohli out, Australia bat first

India's captain Virat Kohli, accompanied by team physio Pat Farhart, suffered a shoulder injury in the third test which ...

Shoulder injury rules India's captain Virat Kohli out of fourth test.

Video

Mates set to 'battle' on telly

Could Chad and Larry be the next Marc and Matthew?

Football

Reds rise from bottom

Adelaide United players celebrate Papa Babacar Diawara's second goal.

Defending A-League champions Adelaide climb off the bottom of the ladder for the first time in months after comeback win.

Recap: Roar v Victory

Michael Theo of Brisbane Roar grabs the ball.

Brisbane wins to deny the Victory any chance of an unlikely shot at the Premiers' Plate.

Recap: Mariners v Adelaide

Harry Ascroft in action for the Mariners.

A come-from-behind win lifts Adelaide off the bottom of the table in the A-League's battle of the basement dwellers.

Auckland City into final

Micah Lea’alafa celebrates scoring the only goal of the day.

They only beat Hawke's Bay 1-0 in Saturday's semifinal, but the result never looked like being in doubt.

League

Potential Kiwi Warriors targets

Jordan Kahu would be a great signing for the Warriors next year.

There are a large number of NZ players off contract at the end of 2017, but which ones will the Warriors go for?

Recap: Titans v Cowboys

Tyler Cornnish of the Titans will be hoping for victory.

Youthful Cowboys hold off Titans in a high-scoring clash to claim Queensland bragging rights.

Bulldogs thumped, Hasler jeered

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler: Once revered, now jeered.

Sea Eagles give the Doggies a hiding leaving once-revered coach's future hanging in balance.

Recap: Eels v Sharks

Wade Graham, who starred for the Sharks, offloads in a tackle.

An injured Wade Graham stars for the premiers as they sweep aside the Eels to bounce back.

Basketball

Rams too hot for Giants

Nelson Giants point guard Ali Granger was handed a rare start against the Canterbury Rams.

Canterbury Rams pile on the points as Nelson Giants equal their worst start to a NBL season.

20-yo scores 70 points in NBA game

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker joined an honour roll of five other NBA players to score 70 points in an NBA game.

Devin Booker joins the company of Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain but his Phoenix team still lose.

No time to settle for Taranaki

Taranaki Mountain Airs point guard Houston O'Riley drives spots a gap between Super City Rangers Nnanna Egwu and Hyrum ...

What-ifs creep in as the Taranaki Mountain Airs prepare to visit the Bay Hawks.

Rangers win thriller over Airs

Mitch McCarron had a strong showing against Taranaki.

The Super City Rangers have won a tight NBL basketball match in New Plymouth.

Golf

Hutson leads by five

Mark Hutson leads by five shots at Hastings Golf Club.

North Harbour golfer dominates while Garvey leads women's stroke-play.

Wilkinson shoots blistering 63

Tim Wilkinson fired five birdies and an eagle on his back nine in Puerto Rico.

Kiwi golfer follows eagle with five-straight birdies on back nine as he charges into fourth place in latest PGA event.

Ko misses cut

Lydia Ko bogeyed two of her final three holes in the second round.

Kiwi misses cut for second time in career with disastrous three-putt on 18.

Hutson, Garvey in control

Amelia Garvey leads the NZ strokeplay championship.

Mark Hutson and Amelia Garvey stamped their authority on the New Zealand strokeplay golf championships.

Netball

Reinga takes Steel reins video

Southern Steel netball coach Reinga Bloxham gives some advice to her players ahead of their first ANZ Premiership game ...

A new era of southern netball will begin on Sunday with Reinga Bloxham at the helm, so just what makes the new Steel coach tick?

Welly's bumper sports weekend

Phoenix player Kosta Barbarouses says the team loves hearing the support of Yellow Fever at home games. (FILE)

Whip out your black and yellow: the Hurricanes, Phoenix and Pulse all play in Wellington April 7-9.

Magic look to build on solid foundations

Margaret Forsyth is the Magic's coach this season, while Casey Kopua is the captain.

They have an experienced core, but it's the Magic's debutants who will determine how their season goes.

Pressure on Hawkins as Tactix face new dawn

Tactix coach Sue Hawkins is desperate for improved results in her third year in charge.

 Australian coach needs to start getting more wins out of netball's perennial cellar-dwellers.

Tennis

Erakovic loses to Rogers in Miami

Marina Erakovic was on court for two hours, 40 minutes against Shelby Rogers in Miami.

Marina Erakovic has been beaten 4-6 6-4 7-6 in the first round of the main draw at the Miami Open.

Erakovic to play Rogers in Miami

Marina Erakovic has won two tough qualifying matches in Miami.

After coming through qualifying, Erakovic has been drawn against an American in Miami.

Erakovic wins in Miami qualifying

Marina Erakovic is one win away from making the main draw in Miami.

The Kiwi has defeated Britain's Naomi Broady in the first round of qualifying in Miami.

Federer claims title's age record

Roger Federer celebrates winning Indian Wells.

Swiss tennis star beats Stan Wawrinka to be crowned the oldest ever winner of Indian Wells.

Other sports

Black Sticks downed 6-2

NZ's Kelsey Smith tussles for possession in Rangiora.

Dominant USA thrash Black Sticks women as missed opportunities prove costly in Rangiora.

Back on top: The return of Keagan video

Christchurch cyclist Keagan Girdlestone gets a hug from his mum after completing Le Race on Saturday.

Ten months ago NZ's Keagan Girdlestone was given up for dead. Today he conquered his race.

'Jedi' fights for UFC dream

Luke 'the Jedi' Jumeau dreams of fighting in UFC.

Luke 'the Jedi' Jumeau aims to conquer MMA's biggest stage as UFC strikes back in New Zealand.

Arum: UFC holding up McGregor

Bob Arum says the UFC will want half of Conor McGregor's purse if he agrees to fight Floyd Mayweather.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum claims UFC wants half of McGregor's purse for Mayweather fight.

Motorsport

High speed crash mars race video

The two cars lie wrecked after the high speed collision.

Two Supercar drivers have walked away after a 255/kmh accident in Melbourne.

Hamilton fastest in Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton practices for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.

A new era for Formula One cars got underway in Melbourne with Lewis Hamilton the quickest driver in the first practice session.

Hamilton targets Vettel

Lewis Hamilton, left, needs one more title to equal Sebastian Vettel's tally of four Formula One championships.

Compelling duel between Mercedes and Ferrari drivers could electrify Formula One.

Schumacher dynasty extended video

Mick Schumacher steps up to Formula Three this year as he continues to follow in the footsteps of his famous father.

Champion F1 team hand ambassador's role to stricken legend's son Mick - but it comes with a warning.

Racing

All Roads to Brisbane

Kelly McCulloch and All Roads have enhanced their impressive record when paired together with a Group II victory.

A mid-winter trip to Brisbane looks likely for Saturday's Group II winner.

One cool horse

Coulee and Jacob Lowry combine to defend their Group III South Island Breeders' Stakes crown.

Anderton family score hat-trick of wins in Group III Breeders' Stakes.

Jon Snow looks Derby bound

Jon Snow is likely to start in the ATC Derby following an impressive Australian debut.

ATC Derby likely for Saturday's Kiwi winner.

Kiwis set to shine

Jason Collett will reunite with La Bella Diosa in Saturday's Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.

Five Kiwis set to star around the racing world.

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LeBron dunks get the job done video

NBA superstar LeBron James lines up a dunk against the Utah Jazz.

NBA star takes charge as the Cleveland Cavaliers' injury-ravaged season takes a strange twist.

Killer goalie signing anger video

Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza has been signed by a club while he appeals a 22-year sentence for killing ...

Brazilian football club hires a goalie while he appeals a 22-year sentence for killing his ex.

Russ and KD's awkward alley-oop video

Westbrook later tried to play down the interchange.

Westbrook and Durant played just 81 seconds of All Star basketball together. It was enough.

Irving, Cavaliers almost in tune video

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) pictured in action against Minnesota Timberwolves centre Gorgui Dieng (5).

Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers are better at scoring points than hitting notes.

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