Haddin offers apology of sorts

Australia's Brad Haddin, left, and James Faulkner give Grant Elliott a "send-off" in the Cricket World Cup final.

8 min ago  Aussie wicketkeeper says sorry for a drunken radio interview in which he justified sledging of Black Caps during World Cup final.

Bright future for Black Caps

Nevill eyeing Haddin's spot

Good, bad and ugly of CWC

Black Caps get hero's welcome

Baum: Sledging stains CWC

Hudson hails All Whites' effort

New Zealand's Tyler Boyd (L) challenges South Korea's Kwak Tae-hwi during their friendly soccer match at Seoul World Cup Stadium March 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

All Whites coach full of praise for his young side, describing performance in a 1-0 loss to Korea as 'quite outstanding'.

'Baby Whites' lose to late goal

Chris Wood of New Zealand compete for the ball with Han Kyo-Won of South Korea during the international friendly match between South Korea and New Zealand at Seoul World Cup Stadium on March 31, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea

Fresh-faced All Whites side give Asian Cup runners-up South Korea an almighty scare in 1-0 loss in Seoul.

'The Greatest' picks Pacquiao

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is a big fan of Fillipino fighter Manny Pacquiao and is tipping him to prevail on May 2.

9:58 AM  Muhammad Ali is backing Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather when the two fighters meet in May.

Veterans tip bright future video

Daniel Vettori, right, believes the Black Caps have a bright future after their strong showing at the World Cup.

10:34 AM  Retiring Black Caps legends Daniel Vettori and Shane Bond forecast 'golden age of New Zealand cricket'.

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won plaudits for his aggressive tactics throughout the World Cup.

OPINION: Cricket writer Jonathan Millmow runs his eye over New Zealand's players at the World Cup.

Don't listen to 'em, Warnie

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Super Rugby Power Rankings

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cricket world cup

Kiwi veterans predict bright future video

Daniel Vettori, right, believes the Black Caps have a bright future after their strong showing at the World Cup.

10:34 AM  Retiring Black Caps legends forecast a "golden age of New Zealand cricket".

Cheers for returning heroes video

The Black Caps have received a hero's welcome from hundreds of fans waiting for them at Auckland Airport.

NSW's Peter Nevill enjoyed an outstanding Sheffield season with both bat and gloves, scoring 764 runs.

Nevill eyeing Haddin's role

Peter Nevill has one eye on being Brad Haddin's long-term successor after being called up by Australia.

rugby

Piutau to join Ulster after RWC

All Blacks utility back Charles Piutau has signed a two-year deal with Irish club Ulster.

ABs utility drops bombshell by signing two-year deal with Ulster thought to be worth close to $1 million a season.

Chiefs want maul clarified

Forwards coach Tom Coventry wants Super Rugby rulings around mauls urgently clarified and standardised.

Sharks back Frans Steyn will sit out four matches after Sanzar's appeals committee handed him a five-week ban for a tip-tackle on Aaron Cruden on March 21.

Steyn banned for five weeks

Francois Steyn has been banned for five weeks after Sanzar won an appeal against its judicial process.

football

'Baby Whites' succumb to late goal

All Whites captain Chris Wood competes for possession with South Korea's Han Kyo-Won.

Fresh-faced All Whites side give Asian Cup runners-up South Korea an almighty scare in 1-0 loss in Seoul.

Hudson praises All Whites

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson full of praise for his youthful side, describing their effort as 'quite outstanding'.

Andros Townsend shows his delight after scoring a late leveller for England in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin.

England and Italy share spoils

1 min ago  England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin.

league

Henry to miss rest of season

Ben Henry of the Warriors tries to get past the Knights' Jarrod Mullen in round one of this year's NRL.

Ben Henry has suffered a season-ending injury for the second time in less than two years.

Cowboys down the Storm

Johnathan Thurston stole a desperately needed win for North Queensland in a golden point thriller.

Kevin Sinfield will not switch home grounds when he moves from the Leeds Rhinos in rugby league to Yorkshire Carnegie in rugby.

Sinfield to switch to rugby

Kevin Sinfield will switch codes after agreeing to an 18-month deal with an English second-tier rugby club.

basketball

Saints chase repeat; Green history

The Wellington Saints claimed the club's eighth NBL title in 2014 but have undergone significant changes in the off-season.

Can the Wellington Saints repeat as NBL champions? Will Jeff Green's return to coaching result in a title?

Rams gunning for finals

New Canterbury Rams coach expects they'll need to win 11 or 12 of 18 NBL games to make the playoffs.

New Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare is about to start his final season with the Southland Sharks.

Henare wants winning end video

Paul Henare didn't want this to be his final season in Southland, but he's determined to go out strong.

golf

Woods drops out of world top 100

Tiger Woods watches a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January.

Golf great falls out of the sport's top 100 players for the first time in 19 years.

Ko still No 1 after strong finish

Lydia Ko finishes three shots off the pace in third at the Kia Classic in California.

Manawatu golfer Josh Munn with the trophy for the equal low score at the New Zealand amateur strokeplay championships at Paraparaumu Beach.

25kg trophy one too many

Josh Munn wins his share of golf trophies, but the 1m tall, 25kg Te Mana A Toi was one too many.

netball

Fellowes takes a shot at Steel

11122014 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Tactix Netball new recruit Demelza Fellowes tgets some hadling skills practice at the New Zealand High Performance centre at Jellie Park.

Tactix defender lights fuse for spicy South Island derby, labelling Steel star shooter a one-trick pony.

Ferns confirm Christchurch test

The Silver Ferns are poised to return to Christchurch in October for the first time since 2012.

JULIE FITZGERALD: "That's the thing with young players. They're capable of doing great things but getting them to back up week in, week out, against the quality opposition we've been playing is the difficult thing."

Magic chasing consistency

After two wins and three losses to start season, coach says inexperience playing a part for her team.

tennis

Djokovic, Nishikori reach last 16

World No 1 Novak Djokovic hits a backhand during his 6-0 7-5 win over Steve Darcis at the Miami Open.

Defending champion powers into the last 16 of the Miami Open along with Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

Nadal worries he's lost his edge

Top tennis player wonders about letting his nerves get to him in the big moments of matches.

American tennis legend John McEnroe is feeling the heat as he prepares to square off against James Blake in a match where the players will call their own lines.

McEnroe to call his own lines

9:31 AM  Volatile tennis legend to call his own lines in match against American rival James Blake.

motorsport

Vettel - 'echoes of Schumacher'

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang.

OPINION: Four-time F1 world champion's Malaysian GP win Schumacher-esque, former F1 racer David Coulthard says.

Verstappen sets F1 record

Dutch teen becomes the youngest driver to win F1 points after finishing seventh at Malaysian Grand Prix.

xxxx during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 29, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Vettel wins Malaysian GP

Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent in winning the Malaysian GP.

other sports

Boxing legend Ali picks Pacquiao

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is a big fan of Fillipino fighter Manny Pacquiao and is tipping him to prevail on May 2.

9:58 AM  Muhammad Ali backing Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather when the two welterweights collide in Las Vegas on May 2.

7.5m Olympic tickets go on sale

9:07 AM  Tickets for 2016 Rio Olympics go on sale in Brazil, with top prices comparable to those at the London Games.

Ben Ainslie hopes to win the America's Cup for his British team at the 2017 event in Bermuda.

Ainslie defends boat changes

British America’s Cup boss hits out at Team NZ and Luna Rossa's resistance to downscaling boat sizes.

racing

Volkstok'n'barrell tipped to shine

Craig Williams rides Kiwi galloper Volkstok'n'barrell to win the Rosehill Guineas in Sydney.

New Zealand galloper Volkstok'n'barrell is expected to firm in the market for Saturday's $2m Australian Derby after a favourable barrier draw.

Star perks up for Harris

Pondorosa Miss continues to make progress ahead of the last major ride of jockey Noel Harris' career.

CONTENDER: Rising Romance will be chasing her second Australian Group I win in Saturday's BMW Stakes.

McDonald to ride Romance

Fresh five wins last weekend, champion Kiwi jockey will ride Rising Romance in Group II Chairman's Handicap.

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