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opinion

What's wrong with the Crusaders?

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder ponders a disappointing and frustrating Super Rugby campaign.

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters for RWC.

Bidwell: Grant's ban is a joke

OPINION: Norma Plummer set standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Katrina Grant.

NZF must stand up against Fifa

Gould: Origin I a win for vets video

cricket

Hurting Kiwis won't back down

Coach Mike Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum talk options and tactics during New Zealand's final net session ahead of the second test against England at Headingley.

Black Caps skipper says there is no panic, just a steely resolve to win the second test against England.

Anderson out, Ronchi to debut

New Zealand allrounder unlikely to play in second test as concerns remain around wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Not only did Jamie Siddons win trophies at Wellington coach, he made players better.

Siddons a class act to the end

5:54 PM  There's great excitement about Jamie Siddons leaving Wellington, but not for the usual reasons.

rugby

Live: Crusaders vs Hurricanes

The Crusaders are looking for a miracle to make the Super Rugby playoffs this season.

5 min ago  Join us for live Super Rugby action as the Crusaders host the table-topping Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

McKenzie brothers head home

7:08 PM  Brent McKenzie will be a proud father when his two sons turn out for Chiefs in Invercargill on Saturday night.

Winger Julian Savea wants to add his name to the small list of All Blacks who have played 100 tests.

Loyalty, legacy drive AB duo

6:54 PM  Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea put loyalty and international ambitions ahead of promised riches of France.

football

NZ Football to vote for change

Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will have the support of NZ Football for the looming Fifa presidential election.

6:47 PM  President Mark Aspden confirms they will support Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in Fifa election.

'I cannot monitor everyone'

Embattled Fifa President Sepp Blatter said the corruption scandal had brought shame and humiliation to football.

Marcos Lopes, of Manchester City, will be Portugal's main threat on attack during the Fifa U-20 World Cup.

Lopes to shine for Portugal

6:04 PM  One of world football's leading starlets is ready to dazzle at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium on Sunday.

league

Inglis cleared to take on Titans

Greg Inglis helped the Maroons win their State of Origin opener against NSW on Wednesday night.

Queensland fullback cleared to back up from State of Origin I and run out for the Rabbitohs against the Gold Coast titans on Saturday.

Origin hit left Farah breathless

New South Wales skipper and Wests star expected to be sidelined for up to a month with a shoulder injury.

Sam Tomkins returns to the Warriors starting line-up on Sunday after a seven match absence with a knee injury.

Tomkins return lifts Warriors

Andrew McFadden had no hesitation selecting his English fullback as soon as he was fit enough to play for franchise.

basketball

Golden State back in the big time

May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors players celebrate with the western conference championship trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

Cavs reach NBA Finals

The championship LeBron James craves more than any other is just four wins away.

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fired after five years in the job.

Chicago Bulls fire head coach

The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach, ending a five-year tenure.

golf

Kiwi golfer cards on PGA Tour

Danny Lee of New Zealand smiles after hitting a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during the first round of the Byron Nelson championship on Friday (NZ time).

New Zealand pro Danny Lee starts well at Byron Nelson championship on the back of two first-round eagles.

English duo book US spots

England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood among 25 players to book spots at next month's US Open via world rankings.

Rory McIlroy had a day to forget after carding a nine-over 80 in the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

Rory McIlroy has a day to forget

World No 1 golfer falls apart in front of expectant home crowd amid gales and pounding showers at the Irish Open.

netball

Bidwell: Grant's suspension a joke

Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

OPINION: Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

Grant punished for umpire rant

Pulse skipper receives suspended ban for her conduct during a match against Steel on May 17.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's Casey Kopua made her long-awaited return from injury against the Central Pulse.

Magic seek consistency, flow

It may not matter on the points table, but the Magic still have goals to aim for against the Tactix on Sunday.

tennis

Djokovic, Murray advance

Novak Djokovic required medical treatment on his groin and hip area during his straight sets victory over Gilles Simon.

Novak Djokovic, who required medical treatment, and Andy Murray reach third round at French Open.

Williams survives a scare

Serena Williams played with fire at the French Open but pulled through against Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Rafa Nadal powered past compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets to reach the third round.

Rafa Nadal dismisses Almagro

Rafa Nadal got his usual confidence boost from Nicolas Almagro, reaching the third round in Paris.

motorsport

FIA seeks new F1 team from 2016

Formula One has lacked competition this season with big teams like Mercedes and Ferrari dominating races.

Formula One's governing body launches tender for a potential new team that could join the starting grid next season.

Paddon closes gap in Portugal

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon back on track after finishing eighth after final day at the Rally Portugal.

Indy 500

Dixon fourth in chaotic race video

Kiwi driver just misses a podium finish in an action-packed Indy 500 punctuated by crashes and a tight finish.

other sports

Consistency is key for young Kiwi

Josiah Natzke needs consistent performances to rise up the European championship ranks.

Young Hamilton motocross rider Josiah Natzke remains in title hunt after two consistent rounds.

Coast to Coast's new direction

Schools will be able to compete against each other at next year's running of long-standing multisport event.

Alberto Contador of Spain climbs during the 18th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia in Italy.

Contador extends Giro lead

Spanish cyclist extends his overall Giro d'Italia lead to over five minutes after a bold attack in the 18th stage.

racing

Hover ready to rock 'n' roll

Madonna Mia and rider Darryl Bradley record a runaway win in the Trentham Gold Cup Cup at Trentham last Saturday.

Allan Sharrock looks set to reap further rewards with his team at Wanganui on Saturday.

Aussie pumped up for Jewels

Australian trainer Amanda Turnbull excited to chase Harness Jewels Diamonds. 

A second line special

John Dunn knows it's possible to win the Harness Jewels from the second line.

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