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Time to test Sopoaga in ABs jersey

The All Blacks should hand Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga a test jumper during the Rugby Championship.

OPINION: All Blacks selectors should initiate the Lima Sopoaga insurance policy during the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Transfer model is all wrong video

OPINION: Wigan's announcement of Sam Tomkins' signing shows NRL clubs how it should be done.

Carter, Barrett pivotal men

McCaw deserves a lot better


Guptill comes up short for Derby

Martin Guptill's county start for Derbyshire was forgettable.

From hero to zero, Black Caps' World Cup hero starts his English county campaign with an inglorious duck.

Cook: I've improved as batsman

England captain convinced he has honed his technique despite failing to score a test ton since 2013.

Former England test batsman Kevin Pietersen prior to Surrey's County Championship match against Glamorgan.

Waugh: KP a no-go for England

Former Australia captain urges team to move on, saying controversial batsman no longer merits a place.


Fighting talk but fix needed

Matt Todd of the Crusaders runs into defender Charlie Ngatai of the Chiefs during the Investec Super Rugby game between the Crusaders v Chiefs at AMI Stadium i Christchurch. 17 April 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson/

The warning sirens are screeching, yet the Crusaders coaches and players refuse to buckle before the pessimists.

Cruden's loss but Horrell's gain

Utility back Andrew Horrell says there have been few chances to play at 10 for the Chiefs since 2012.

Hurricanes' fly-half Beauden Barrett (R is tackled by Waratahs' Tatafu Polota-Nau during the Super Rugby - Hurricanes v Waratahs rugby union match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 18th of April 2015. Photo by Marty Melville /

Rating playmakers - week 10

Canes No 10 Beauden Barrett has two best Super Rugby performances of season back to back to rise up rankings.


Deal made on future grand finals

FFA CEO David Gallop.

5:50 PM  FFA chief David Gallop has moved to avoid future confusion on any Melbourne-hosted A-League grand finals.

Bale to miss Atletico clash

Real Madrid winger to miss Champions League quarterfinal second leg with scans confirming calf injury.

Phoenix striker Nathan Burns is second on the Golden Boot standings.

Burns subject of transfer talk 

Not for the first time this season Phoenix striker Nathan Burns is the subject of move rumours.


Hurrell dropped for Titans clash

Konrad Hurrell has has yet to hit his best form for the Warriors this season after struggling to overcome an injury.

6:02 PM  Konrad Hurrell, Albert Vete and Dominique Peyroux dropped from NZ Warriors team for Saturday's game with Gold Coast Titans.

Foran 'comfortable' with deal

Manly and Kiwis playmaker Kieran Foran says he still intends to join the Parramatta Eels for next NRL season.

Four-time Dally M Medallist Johnathan Thurston has rediscovered his best form for the Cowboys in recent weeks.

Thurston ready for rough stuff

Prized Cowboys playmaker prepared for more rough treatment in grudge match with Knights at Hunter Stadium.


Giants lose Vukona to Italian job

Mike Pero Nelson Giants forward Mika Vukona  has signed a short term contract to play in Italy.

Tall Black Mika Vukona gone for four to six weeks after Italian club comes calling.

LeBron and Cavs win opener

Star forward scores 20 points as Cleveland open run toward NBA title with a 113-100 home victory over Boston Celtics.

Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has averaged a career-high 15.5 points per game this season.

Williams wins Sixth Man Award

Raptors guard named NBA's best player in a reserve role after averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game.


Lack of power won't handicap Ko

New Zealand's Lydia Ko is working to increase her driving length as she looks to hold on to her No 1 ranking.

Superb strategy key to New Zealander staying at No 1 in world rankings as she gets ready to return from week off, says Swedish great.

Kiwi Hendry wins big in Japan

Kiwi golfer Mike Hendry goes low in final round to claim career-best result on the lucrative Japan Golf tour.

Josh Geary's US aspirations remain on track after the Tauranga pro recently won on the PGA Tour's China Tour.

Geary eyes another US tilt

4:54 PM  He's always had the game, but Tauranga's Josh Geary has had to work on the mental side of the sport.


Vixens skipper calls time on career

Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield says after 29 years of netball it is time to look for new challenges.

Melbourne stalwart Bianca Chatfield will finish her 29-year career at end of the season.

Plucky Tactix go down fighting

It was a clash of the bottom two sides but the Adelaide Thunderbirds came out on top, beating Tactix 62-51.

West Coast Fever's Natalie Medhurst, left, is challenged by the Pulse's Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit in Wellington.

Shooting costs Pulse in loss

Shaky shooting has cost the Central Pulse another trans-Tasman Netball League win over the West Coast Fever.


Nadal used to Djokovic threat

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his trophy after winning the final tennis match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Spaniard praises on-fire Serbian world No 1 after he claims Monte Carlo Masters title as French Open looms.

Djokovic tops Nadal, into final

World No 1 overcomes a strong challenge from rival to reach Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3 6-3 win.

Serena Williams was not happy with her performances on clay during the USA's 3-2 loss to Italy in the Fed Cup.

Serena 'not ready' for claycourts

Two- time French Open champion says struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup was a real 'eye-opener'.


Stewart: Hamilton will pass me

Lewis Hamilton's triumph in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix was his ninth victory in the last 11 grands prix.

4:38 PM  Britain's only triple F1 world champion believes his record is on borrowed time after Mercedes driver's storming start to season.

Natzke fifth on debut video

Hamilton 16-year-old Josiah Natzke has finished a respectable fifth in his EMX125 debut in Italy.

Scott Dixon's speed and class proved too much for his IndyCar rivals in Los Angeles.

Dixon wins LA IndyCar race

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon's struggling IndyCar campaign roars into life with a win at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

other sports

Coutts: Team NZ are replaceable

America's Cup boss Sir Russell Coutts believes a Kiwi replacement could be found for Team New Zealand.

Oracle's Kiwi CEO believes another NZ syndicate will contest the 2017 America's Cup if Team NZ pulls out.

Baseball coach's expletive rant

5:04 PM  Sport can bring out passion, but Cincinnati Reds boss Bryan Price took things up a level in post-game rant.

Anaheim Ducks centre Rickard Rakell (67) celebrates after scoring the winner against the  Winnipeg Jets.

Ducks edge Jets in playoffs

5:30 PM  Right winger Rickard Rakell scored on a deflection to lift Anaheim Ducks to 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets.


Achiever passes trackwork test

Vinnie Colgan riding Silent Achiever to victory in the New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie last year.

Silent Achiever prepares in Brisbane for Gold Coast race after passing trackwork test.

Classcoroc defies the odds

Graeme Hughes celebrated his biggest win as a trainer when Classcoroc won the Hawke's Bay Gold Cup.

18042015 AUCKLAND RACING Manco Easter Handicap, held today Sat 18th April 2015 at Ellerslie racecourse. No16 Ponderosa Miss, ridden by Daniel Hain narrowly beats No18 Vespa, ridden by Mark Du Plessis into second place. 3rd was No6 Kawi, ridden by Johnathon Parkes. Photo: / David Mackay

Battler breaks through 

Te Awamutu jockey Daniel Hain stepped into a new world when he achieved the ultimate goal at Ellerslie.

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