Venus upsets Radwanska at Open

JUMPING FOR JOY: Venus Williams celebrates her upset win over Agnieszka Radwanska in Melbourne.

US veteran Venus Williams advances into her first grand slam quarterfinal since 2010 US Open with an upset win over sixth seed.

Raonic reaches quarterfinals

Nishikori grinds down Ferrer

Keys opens door to last eight

Champ Wawrinka on march

Serena through to quarters

'Kid Dynamite' eyes semi spot

CONFIDENT: Australian tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios.

Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios compared to Roger Federer as he targets his first grand slam semifinal berth.

Allenby's $4500 strip club bill

BASHED UP: Australian golfer Robert Allenby's suffered facial cuts and bruising to his face in the alleged attack.

US reports say Aussie golfer ran up a $4500 bar tab at a strip club the night he claims he was abducted and beaten.

Ageless Vettori basks in records

HIGH FIVE: Black Caps veteran Daniel Vettori, in his 280th ODI for New Zealand, celebrates after teammate Corey Anderson takes a wicket against Sri Lanka.

Veteran admits it's hard to keep track of all the milestones after a career that spans nearly two decades.

No grudge for Mateo over exit

MOVING ON: Feleti Mateo has finally landed at Brookvale Oval as a Sea Eagles player after leaving the Warriors last year.

Feleti Mateo says it's nice to feel wanted after leaving Auckland to link up with the Manly Sea Eagles.

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opinion

NZ batsmen need sterner test

CRUISE CONTROL: Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor hits a boundary on his way to 96 in Dunedin.

5:00 AM  New Zealand's cricketers have a need for speed but no-one to unleash the thunderbolts at them.

Phoenix need Burns to win title

OPINION: Transfer saga looks set to reveal a lot about the inner workings of the Wellington Phoenix.

Knowler: Heinz's bad break

Reason: Credibility on trial

rugby

Connacht captain Muliaini wins

Mils Muliaina takes the high ball for the All Blacks in a 2009 test against France at Carisbrook, Dunedin.

Flashbacks to tests versus France inspire former All Blacks fullback to lead Irish club Connacht to victory.

Super Rugby faces foreign blitz

Super Rugby faces credibility test as a World Cup walkout and European clubs continue to pillage the south.

OUCH: The broken leg suffered by Willi Heinz will force the Crusaders coaches to test to the depth of their squad.

Knowler: Heinz's bad break

5:00 AM  OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but unfortunately injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee.

football

West Ham win turns FA Cup tide

All Whites captain and West Ham defender Winston Reid.

After a weekend of giant slaying, Kiwi Winston Reid's EPL side get one back for the big boys of British football.

Ronaldo red card a Real worry

Ballon D'Or winner's likely suspension is the latest concern for a struggling Real Madrid side.

Goal line technology was needed in a Serie A match between Polerma and Sampdoria which ended in a 1 - 1 draw.

Goal denied, teams want tech video

Goal-line tech can't come fast enough in Serie A after Palermo was denied a clear goal, team bosses say.

cricket

Run outs must stop, says Vettori

HIGH FIVE: Black Caps veteran Daniel Vettori celebrates a wicket with his team-mates in Dunedin.

5:00 AM  New Zealand's record appearance holder has plenty of reasons to smile on his 36th birthday, but one thing still makes him cranky.

Ageless Vettori basks in records

Veteran admits it's hard to keep track of milestones after a career for NZ that spans almost two decades.

CRUISE CONTROL: Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor hits a boundary on his way to 96 in Dunedin.

NZ batsmen need sterner test

5:00 AM  New Zealand's cricketers have a dire need for speed but no-one to unleash the thunderbolts at them.

league

No grudge for Mateo over NZ exit

MOVING ON: Feleti Mateo has finally landed at Brookvale Oval as a Sea Eagles player after leaving the Warriors last year.

Feleti Mateo says it's nice to feel wanted after leaving Auckland to link up with NRL rivals Manly Sea Eagles.

Sandow to captain Eels at Nines

Chirpy halfback Chris Sandow will captain the Paramatta Eels at this weekend's Auckland Nines tournament.

REAPING REWARDS: Benji Marshall during a golf day in November says he's worked hard to help the Dragons build a cohesive team culture.

Marshall has spring in his step

Dragons star Benji Marshall says he is feeling quicker than ever after shedding four kilograms in pre-season.

basketball

Wynyard commits to top college

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Tai Wynyard, pictured on his family property in West Auckland with his mum Karmyn last year, has committed to the successful University of Kentucky Wildcats college programme.

Kiwi basketball prodigy Tai Wynyard to follow in the footsteps of NBA stars Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis.

Migraine sidelines Adams video

Kiwi hoops star Steven Adams sits out Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to LeBron James and the Cavs.

TEAM ETHIC: Taranaki Mountain Airs coach Daryn Shaw, centre, with coaches Willie Banks and Steve McKean.

New import fits bill for Airs

5:00 AM  Airs' coach Daryn Shaw is confident new American import Aaron Fuller will fit in well at the NBL franchise.

golf

Allenby's $4500 strip club bill

BASHED UP: Australian golfer Robert Allenby's suffered facial cuts and bruising to his face in the alleged attack.

US reports say Australian golfer ran up a $4500 bar tab with friends at a strip club the night he claims he was abducted.

Hodge pipped for amateur title

Tyler Hodge was one shot away from becoming the second Kiwi in as many years to win Aussie amateur title.

DISAPPOINTING FINISH: Steven Alker tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Humana Challenge in California.

Alker fades badly on final day

Kiwi golfer Steven Alker blows chance to collect valuable FedEx Cup points with three-over 75 at California event.

netball

Solid buildup gets Pulse racing

BACK IN THE FOLD: Katrina Grant is among the Silver Ferns players rejoining the Central Pulse for pre-season.

5:00 AM  Australian teams have always intimidated the Central Pulse, and all bar one annihilated them last year.

New Zealand too strong for Fiji

Silver Ferns finish the Oceania Tri Series in style with a satisfactory 76-34 win over Fiji in Suva tonight.

ON THE BALL: Dedication off the court has produced some fine performances on the court from Ellen Halpenny.

Halpenny's hard work pays off

Ellen Halpenny's fitness training has paid early dividends after impressive showing against Fiji.

tennis

Venus upsets Radwanska at Open

JUMPING FOR JOY: Venus Williams celebrates her upset win over Agnieszka Radwanska in Melbourne.

Venus Williams advances into her first grand slam quarterfinal since 2010 US Open with an upset win.

Raonic reaches quarterfinals

Milos Raonic beats Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez in five sets to reach his first Aussie Open quarterfinal.

CONFIDENT: Australian tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios.

'Kid Dynamite' eyes semi spot

Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios compared to Roger Federer as he targets his first grand slam semifinal berth.

motorsport

Dixon wins 24-hour Daytona race

Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

Kiwi racer Scott Dixon drives gritty, final 3.5 hour leg of endurance race to claim victory by 1.33 seconds.

Munro steady despite slip

5:00 AM  Christchurch driver James Munro is fourth after two meetings in the five round Toyota Racing Series.

HOME FAVOURITE: Timaru's John Hepburn is hoping to impress his home crowd at Levels at the weekend.

Hepburn ready to fire

5:00 AM  Defending New Zealand Super Truck champion John Hepburn is hoping for a change of luck.

other sports

Head injury warning for Ryder

Jesse Ryder has been warned boxing could be dangerous owing to the head injury he suffered in a fall outside a Christchurch bar.

Cricketer's existing head injury could make boxing Cameron Slater dangerous, neuropsychologist warns.

Prior wins X Games bronze

Kiwi snowboarder recovers from "spooked" first run to post medal-winning score in women's slopestyle event.

US rider Evelyn Stevens competing at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands in 2012.

Top US rider to race in NZ Tour

Evelyn Stevens used to work for a US investment firm. Now she's a professional rider with New Zealand in her sights.

racing

Lung infection blamed for failure

BELOW EXPECTATIONS: Pondarosa Miss finished second last in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

5:00 AM  Pondarosa Miss was suffering from a lung infection when she failed in the Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

Buyers compete for prime lots

Competition was strong for the prime lots on the first day of the National Yearling Sales Series in Karaka today.

PRIZE ASSET: Sir Patrick Hogan leads Lot 102 into the arena to be sold for $160,00 to a Hong Kong Syndicate.

Hogan steals Karaka sales show

The Karaka sales auditorium became a theatre during opening day of the National Yearling Sales Series.

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