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Liew: Two-test series a problem

England's Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad leave the field at Headingley during day four of the second test.

OPINION: The increasing popularity of shortened campaigns is a serious problem when they so often end in anticlimax.

Carter at No 10 the only answer

OPINION: The shifting sands of the Crusaders’ season could spill over into the coaches’ selection meeting.

Reason: NZF must regain trust

Gifford: Crusaders turn corner

cricket

Live: Black Caps vs England - second test, day five

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New Zealand's Tim Southee in action
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Follow along as the Black Caps try to square the two-test series against England at Leeds.

Liew: Two-test series too short

OPINION: Increasing popularity of shortened series is a serious problem when they often end in anticlimax.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - JUNE 01:  Tim Southee of New Zealand bats during day four of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley on June 1, 2014 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

NZ ring Ashes alarm bells

Big-hitting NZ tail-enders rock "inept and shambolic" England as big Australia test series looms.

rugby

Messam off to Japan before Rio

Chiefs and All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam is set to play an off season in Japan.

All Black Liam Messam has signed an off season contract to play in Japan after the World Cup.

Tuipulotu to miss World Cup

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the Rugby World Cup after opting to undergo surgery on his hips.

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-- Chiefs training --- Matt Symons

Symons taken care of

Chiefs lock says the franchise have come down strongly on concussion hence his three weeks out.

football

Junior All Whites outclassed

The USA were far too good for an outclassed New Zealand in Auckland.

Junior All Whites struggle against superior US team, losing 4-0 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.

Fifa's Blatter facing revolt

Uefa boss Michel Platini to gauge mood for step-up in European action over corruption scandal.

Clifford Aboagye of Ghana (R) celebrates his goal dancing with team mates during the FIFA U20 World Cup match, Argentina v Ghana. Wellington Regional Stadium, New Zealand. 2nd June 2015. Copyright Photo.: Grant Down / www.photosport.co.nz

Ghana upset Argentina

Ghana deservedly beat Argentina 3-2 in their U-20 World Cup clash in Wellington on Tuesday.

league

Kiwi State of Origin a possibility

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Benji Marshall of the Dragons looks on during the round four NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium on March 28, 2015 in Wollongong, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Warriors boss Jim Doyle believes NZ is capable of staging its own State of Origin fixtures.

DCE closer to return

Sea Eagles star halfback gives strong indication he will make his return against Brisbane.

NZ Warriors skipper Simon Mannering looks dejected after last year's loss to South Sydney in Perth.

Warriors can break hoodoo

After three losses there, the Warriors are looking to finally get on the board in Perth against Souths.

basketball

Canada to host preseason games

Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves will feature in two of four NBA preseason games in his native Canada before next season.

A record five teams will play four preseason games in four Canadian cities ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season.

Cavs, Warriors happy with wait

Both NBA finalists unfazed by longer-than-normal break between conference deciders and final onslaught.

Southland Sharks point guard Kevin Braswell surges past Dion Prewster on the way to two of his 33 points.

Sharks thrash Saints

The Wellington Saints have their worst game of the NBL season to lose by 32 points to Southland.

golf

Ko's No 1 ranking vulnerable

New Zealand's Lydia Ko has a big job on her hands in the coming weeks to stay at the top of the women's game.

Kiwi golfer returns to action with a double mission – defend her No 1 ranking and get in sync for the second major of the year.

McIlroy finds love again gallery

World No 1 golfer moves on from Caroline Wozniacki, but there's something familiar about his new-found love.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott (right) has talked Kiwi caddie Steve Williams out of retirement to carry his bag for the next three months.

Williams back on Scott's bag

Adam Scott has split with his new caddie and for now is going back to his old one - Kiwi bagman Steve Williams.

netball

Silver Ferns WC trialists named

Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia will be a key part of the team's World Cup plans.

Depth of New Zealand netball tested as 30 players named to contest for World Cup and NZ A berths.

A lot more Magic needed 

Waikato-BoP Magic need vast improvement for trans-Tasman netball league knockouts.

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Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's Casey Kopua

All to play for at Ferns trials

Veteran defenders best placed to make New Zealand World Cup squad.

tennis

Djokovic sets up Nadal clash

Novak Djokovic won nine games in a row in an emphatic thrashing of local French Open hope Richard Gasquet.

World No 1's awe-inspiring demolition of home hope Richard Gasquet executed to set up a monster French Open quarterfinal in Paris.

Toughest last eight ever in Paris

All the quarterfinalists in Paris have reached a grand slam final - a combination that has never arisen in 45 years.

Rafael Nadal plays a return to Jack Sock during his 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2 win over the American at Roland Garros.

Nadal ready to fight Djokovic

The only prize up for grabs when Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet is a semifinal spot in Paris.

motorsport

Hartley sets Le Mans pace

New Zealand drivers Brendon Hartley and  Earl Bamber have been making their mark with Porsche ahead of the Le Mans 24 hour race.

NZ driver full of speed in official testing while Kiwi team-mate Earl Bamber also on the pace for famous race.

Lorenzo completes hat-trick

Yamaha rider wins the Italian Grand Prix, closing the MotoGP championship gap to leader Valentino Rossi.

Josiah Natzke won the French leg of the European motocross championships.

Natzke wins at MXGP of France

Kiwi claims his first round-victory of the 2015 Euro motocross champs, cleaning up at the France MXGP.

other sports

Golden Gloves: Nyika batters Light

David Nyika has disposed of David Light in comprehensive fashion.

There's no doubt who the top amateur heavyweight boxer in NZ is after Commonwealth Games medallists square off.

Contador lays claim as great

Spanish cyclist wins Giro d'Italia event, becoming just the second rider to have won the three grand tours twice.

American sprinter Tyson Gay won the 100 metres at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Oregon.

Fast times, peace return for Gay

American sprinter finally at peace with himself after a 2013 doping positive cost him an Olympic medal.

racing

Werther eyes Queensland Derby 

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Wairarapa galloper Werther has earned a start in the Queensland Derby.

Andrew Campbell would love to keep his unbeaten record at Doomben going for another week.

Front runners to the fore

The free-going front running hurdlers made their presence felt at Ellerslie on Monday.

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Kudos for Kuru after win

Lord and Kuru combine for impressive hurdle debut by D'Llaro at Ellerslie.

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