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opinion

Spieth shows Ko way to glory

American Jordan Spieth ran away with the Masters crown at the weekend.

OPINION: Young Texan proves power isn't everything in a golf major, writes Mark Reason.

Cook's poor run all in the mind

OPINION: England captain is not out of form but he is out of confidence and would do well to copy the approach of Root and Bell.

No profit in All Black exodus

Naholo move rubs fans raw

cricket

Battle of the Black Caps quicks video

Trent Boult

NZ bowling duel in Visakhapatnam as Kiwi spearheads Trent Boult and Tim Southee clash in the IPL.

Cook satisfied with effort

England did everything possible to win the first test against West Indies but couldn't close it out in Antigua.

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal plundered 132 as his side scored a historic ODI victory over Pakistan in Dhaka.

Bangladesh break big drought

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim hit centuries in 79-run win to end 16-year ODI drought against Pakistan.

rugby

Sevens tug-of-war on horizon

Kieran Read and Aaron Cruden are expected to forgo the chance to compete for a sevens gold medal in Rio to focus on the All Blacks next year.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wins battle to keep Kieran Read but could lose more stars to sevens.

Crusaders reason for concern

Despite boasting a squad laden with All Blacks, the multiple-Super Rugby champs seem lost at sea.

Blues veteran Luke Braid has suffered two concussions this season and is expected to be sidelined for the next two weeks.

Concussion the biggest issue

OPINION: Unless rugby acts on concussion now, its finest warriors may one day be unable to feed themselves.

football

Hazard strike puts Chelsea 10 clear

Eden Hazard slides on his knees in front of an ecstatic Chelsea fan base after his 38th-minute strike to beat Manchester United.

6:57 AM  Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard struck late in the first half to secure a 1-0 home win over Manchester United.

JWC is 'globally significant'

Talk may have been of NZ's chances of hosting World Cup, but in six weeks we host the under-20 version.

Kenny Cunningham is back doing what he does best for the Wellington Phoenix as the A-League playoffs loom just around the corner.

Cunningham gets mojo back

Injury opened the door for the Wellington Phoenix striker and he's burst right on through.

league

James Maloney rebuffs approach

Tuimoala Lolohea is set to get his chance in the No 6 jersey for the Warriors next season.

Tuimoala Lolohea set to get first crack alongside Shaun Johnson in the Warriors halves next year.

Warriors' critics Kiwi-bashers

Warriors recruitment boss Dean Bell admits trying to appease the critics is futile.

A dejected group of  Warriors leave the field following their last-gasp loss to the Cowboys in Townsville.

Last-ditch loss for Warriors video

Cowboys score in 79th minute to seal 28-24 victory, taking NZ franchise to three win-four loss record.

basketball

Late lay-up helps Rams edge Jets

Canterbury Rams forward Richie Edwards drives down the lane during his sides thrilling win over the Manawatu Jets in Christchurch..

Marques Whippy breaks Manawatu hearts with basket at buzzer to lift Canterbury to 78-76 NBL win.

Saints prevail in NBL thriller

Wellington extended unbeaten run in NBL to six wins with thrilling 94-92 victory over Southland in Invercargill.

Montenegrin rookie Nikola Mirotic led the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring and the Chicago Bulls need him to continue to contribute in the playoffs.

Spotlight on foreign players

The San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won last year's NBA title without their international presence.

golf

It's a Ko-verload, warns coach

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko needs to slow down and take more breaks from golf, according to her coach David Leadbetter.

Lydia Ko's coach has warned she could burn out if she doesn't start switching off from golf.

Uihlein ahead in Shenzhen

American Peter Uihlein took a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Shenzhen International.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand plays a shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club.

Thai grabs Shenzhen lead

Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but still has a two-shot lead.

netball

Chance for history disappears

A disastrous third quarter cost Ellen Halpenny and the Magic dearly in their loss to the Firebirds.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic produce dreadful third quarter to end any hope of beating Firebirds.

Steel out to right the wrongs

The Steel let themselves down against the Magic and are eager to bounce back in Melbourne.

Irene van Dyk has cut an increasingly forlorn figure on the Pulse's bench.

Time for van Dyk to call it quits

OPINION: Irene van Dyk has cut an increasingly forlorn figure on the Pulse's bench, says Hamish Bidwell.

tennis

Djokovic tops Nadal, into final

Novak Djokovic stretched his winning streak to 16 matches, beating Rafa Nadal in straight sets to book a spot in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3 6-3 win.

Hingis falls as Fed Cup tie level

Martina Hingis made an impressive return to big-time singles tennis but was eventually outplayed.

It took almost two-and-a-half hours for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to beat Sabine Lisicki, helping Russia to a 2-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup semifinal.

Russians, Czechs on track

19 min ago  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova produced a stunning comeback to help Russia into a 2-0 lead against Germany.

motorsport

Lewis loving life of a champion

LEWIS HAMILTON: "When I was world champion before I didn't have that feeling. It was different this time, this time I'm aware of it."

As Bahrain GP looms, Mercedes' star driver says he's loving every minute of being double F1 world champ.

Team-mates settle score

Bahrain GP organisers rubbing hands in delight at prospect of feuding Mercedes team-mates renewing battle on-track.

Lewis Hamilton sprays 22-year-old Liu Siying with champagne after his victory at the Chinese Grand Prix, something the Mercedes driver described as "kind of a fun thing".

Champagne spray 'fun' gallery video

World champ Lewis Hamilton puts podium bubbles play down to fun, saying it reflects just how great F1 is.

other sports

Solo stint a lonely experience

Fiona Bourke will spend the 2015 international season in the single scull.

Kiwi rower Fiona Bourke would rather be in a double scull than a single a year out from the Olympics.

Black Sticks advance to final

Convincing 4-0 win over South Korea in Hastings puts NZ women's hockey team into final of Hawke's Bay Cup.

Lauren Boyle will spearhead the New Zealand team for the 2015 world swimming champs in Russia.

Kiwi swimmers buoyant

Despite coaching problems with the governing body, NZ's elite swimmers have lifted their game.

racing

Injured jockey: TAB to refund bets

Opie Bosson, pictured on dual derby winner Mongolian Khan, was stood down due to injury at Ellerslie on Saturday.

TAB refunds bets on top jockey Opie Bosson at Ellerslie after he was stood down injured.

Hain chasing an Group I glory

Pondarosa Miss couldn't do it for Noel Harris last start, but she could weave her magic for Daniel Hain.

Philip Vela who died on Saturday.

Racing industry mourns death

Influential racing and fishing businessman Philip Vela dies

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