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Kane totally in his comfort zone

Kane Williamson hits a 6 to win the match for New Zealand during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 28 February 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

OPINION: Watching the star batsman over the final five balls of NZ's dramatic win over Australia, one player came to mind: Steve Waugh.

Pora fiasco a stain on Snedden

OPINION: Has Martin Snedden made the first misstep of his untarnished career in sports admin?

Rugby's burning questions

Best XI of World Cup so far

cricket world cup

West Indies fall to India in Perth

ON THEIR KNEES: West Indies captain Jason Holder looks relieved after surviving a run out attempt.

3:08 AM  West Indies blaster Chris Gayle fails to fire as India secure a four-wicket World Cup win.

Batting frailty a worry for NZ

Former Australia coach John Buchanan is tipping the Black Caps to make the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne.

DEFEANING: Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori is enjoying the atmosphere in front of passionate home crowds.

Vettori enjoying home comforts

Veteran spinner says team are relishing playing in front of passionate crowds ahead of pool match with Afghanistan.

rugby

Highlanders win gripping contest

DANGER MAN: Highlander Malakai Fekitoa has a charge at the Chiefs' line in Hamilton.

Highlanders win thrilling Super Rugby match with Chiefs 20-17 in Hamilton.

Keane denies Blues approach

Tasman coach Kieran Keane has quashed reports he has been approached to replace Sir John Kirwan at the Blues.

The Brumbies host the Force for round four of Super Rugby.

Brumbies down the Force

The Brumbies spoiled a return to Super Rugby for Wallabies winger Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins.

football

Sydney beat Jets to go second

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Nikola Petkovic of Sydney FC and Andrew Hoole of the Jets contest the ball during the round 20 A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Marc Janko goal does business for Sydney FC against Newcastle as Sky Blues go second in A-League.

Reid 'delighted' with new deal

Winston Reid says familiarity and the London club's vision were the deciding factors in him signing at West Ham.

Max Crocombe of Oxford United shouts instructions during the Capital One Cup second round match between West Bromwich Albion and Oxford United at The Hawthorns on August 26, 2014 in West Bromwich, England

Eight new faces for All Whites

Coach Anthony Hudson named NZ squad infused with fresh talent to face South Korea.

league

Cherry-Evans signs for Gold Coast 

HEADING NORTH: Daly Cherry-Evans in action for Manly against Parramatta.

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans tells team-mates of move after bad loss to Parramatta.

Townsend wants FT start

Warriors five-eighth "over the moon" after winning starting spot for opening match of NRL season against Knights.

SETTLING IN: Anthony Watmough of the Parramatta Eels.

Eels put Sea Eagles to sword

NZ international Kieran Foran goes off injured as his Manly side are walloped by Parramatta.

basketball

First blood to Breakers in final

SLAM DUNK: Ekene Ibekwe of the Breakers rises high to score in Cairns.

New Zealand Breakers win first game of grand final series against Cairns Taipans 86-71 on the road.

Breakers require some magic

NZ franchise prepare to try for fourth ANBL title in five years, but this time they don't have home-court advantage.

Cedric Jackson of the Breakers reacts. 2014/15 ANBL, Semi Final Game 1, SkyCity Breakers vs Adelaide 36ers, Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 26 February 2015. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.co.nz

Guard battle the defining duel

As Cedric Jackson goes, so too do the Breakers. So far you could say that's working out for them rather well.

golf

Ko still in hunt for HSBC title

during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on March 6, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore.

Kiwi world women's No 1 remains in fourth place after second round of HSBC Championship in Singapore.

Ko keeping up with leaders  video

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is in a tie for fourth in the HSBC Championship tournament in Singapore.

New Zealand's Josh Geary in action at NZPGA Championship.

Geary shares lead at NZ PGA video

Kiwi Josh Geary has a share of the lead going into the final two days of the NZ PGA Championship.

netball

Coach finds positives in defeat

010214 SPORT. Robert Charles/Taranaki Daily News. Pre-season ANZ Championship netball at TSB Stadium, Central Pulse vs Waikato/BOP Magic. Pulse coach Robyn Broughton.

Despite humbling first-up loss to the Vixens, Pulse coach didn't mind some of the stuff she saw on Sunday.

Mystics fight past Tactix

Mainland side open account under new coach with a 53-59 loss, but showed they are building something promising.

Tactix team huddle during the ANZ Championship Netball game between Tactix v Mystics held at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch. 2 March 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson / www.photosport.co.nz

'Sexist' Tactix ad taken off air

Netball team scraps "Tall girls, long legs, short skirts, lots of bounce" radio ad.

tennis

China win first game of Cup tie

CLOSE LOSS: New Zealand's Jason Statham in Davis Cup action.

NZ No 1 Rubin Statham loses in five sets to Wu Di in a match that lasted almost three and a half hours.

Tweet fuels talk of return

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has sparked speculation of a return from retirement.

Michael Venus

Venus to fill singles spot

New Zealand Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt has chosen to use Michael Venus only for singles rubbers.

motorsport

Report: F1 teams warn of boycott

INJURED: Spanish formula one driver Fernando Alonso.

Some F1 teams are reportedly threatening to boycott the Australian GP after Fernando Alonso's mysterious testing crash.

Van Gisbergen making move

Kiwi V8 Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen will jump ship to Triple Eight Racing team next year.

Fernando Alonso waves to the media as he leaves a hospital north of Barcelona on February 25 after being hospitalised following a crash during testing.

Fears raised over Alonso

Reports in Spain say injured F1 star Fernando Alonso woke up in hospital thinking he was teenage go-kart star.

other sports

Sprinter French right on track

Cameron French wins the Men's 400m. Auckland Track Challenge, Trusts Arena, Auckland, Thursday 26th February. Copyright Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.photosport.co.nz

Cameron French ran an impressive 50.28 seconds to win the national 400m hurdles final at Newtown Park.

Brown still Taupo favourite

At 42 years of age, Cameron Brown is still the king of Ironman New Zealand.

AMERICA BOUND: Jake Robertson hopes to break some records in the US.

Wind scuppers record hopes

Jake Robertson's hopes of setting NZ 5000-metre record go south in Wellington wind.

racing

Per Incanto quinella the dream

GOOD BET:  Dal Cielo, left, is one of the favourites for the Group I Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.

Per Incanto the sire of Dal Cielo and Rocanto has the two favourites for the Group I Diamond Stakes

Auckland is Marsh's kinda meet

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has four wins and two seconds from seven runners over first two days.

during the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Alexandra Park on March 6, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Purdon, Rasmussen win big

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have good night at Alexandra Park and bank more than $333k.

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