Wicketkeeper felled by flying bat

The bat makes contact with Peter Nevill's cheekbone.

2:36 AM  Strikers' Brad Hodge lost his grip, and his bat flew smack into Renegades keeper Peter Nevill's face.

Captain Kane's victory cruise video

Captain Kane Williamson guided New Zealand safely towards their victory target of 217.

Black Caps' remarkable test win after conceding 595 in first innings.

Time to ban bouncer barrages

New Zealand's Neil Wagner is struck by a short delivery from Bangladesh's Kamrul Islam on day four of the first test.

OPINION: Rules don't go far enough to discourage dangerous short-pitched bowling.

Adams concussed in win video

Steven Adams, pictured in an earlier game, was concussed during Oklahoma City's win over Sacramento.

Kiwi centre leaves Thunder game after striking his head against the court.

Singles zone for Nines

The Auckland Nines will have a single zone this year.

The Auckland Nines have turned matchmakers creating a singles zone for the rugby league tournament.

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Federer on form at Oz Open

Roger Federer downed Jurgen Melzer in the first round.

Tennis veteran returns to Melbourne with a first-round win, while Stan Wawrinka just scrapes through.

Nasty memories flood back

Lance Cairns was knocked out in 1985 after a Wasim Akram bouncer struck him on the back of his head.

Bangladesh batsman's head knock brings back memories of Phil Hughes' death and Ewen Chatfield and Lance Cairns incidents.

Taipans repel rampaging Wildcats

Taipans' Fuquan Edwin shoots.

Cairns keep their faint ANBL finals hopes alive with tight victory over late-surging Perth.

Phoenix lurking on top six

Roy Krishna is back from suspension, giving coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre a selection headache up front.

Three games in seven days gives the Wellington Phoenix a chance to race up the ladder.

Hareb motivated for new season

Paige Hareb eyes a return to the World Surf League Championship Tour.

Kiwi surfer out to make her own waves in the sport instead of relying on the results of others.

Puig hopes her lean spell is over

Monica Puig enjoys winning a point against Maria Patricia Tig on day one of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Olympic champion hopes her spell of poor form is over after first round win in Australian Open.

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The first photos of Richie and Gemma as bride and groom are out on Woman's Day.

Chatfield: Put the pull shot away

Former Black Cap Ewen Chatfield.

That's Ewen Chatfield's message for Neil Wagner after he was hit by a string of bouncers against Bangladesh.

Disappointing end for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs for a two point conversion against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium.

It's not much consolation after a playoff loss, but the future remains bright for the Dallas Cowboys and their Super Bowl wait.

Ref hit in world title fight video

Referee Arthur Mercante Jr is hit by Badou Jack as James DeGale looks on during their super middleweight world title fight.

Boxing referee left bloodied after he walks into a misdirected, venomous left hook.

Recap: Black Caps claim win

New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson at the crease.

Kane Williamson's 15th test century helps NZ to seven-wicket victory.

King Coll's run continues

Top Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has continued his hot streak, making the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions ...

Winning run hits double figures as Paul Coll makes Tournament of Champions quarterfinals in New York.

Oceania shakeup 'has merit'

Could football benefit from a new East Asia-Oceania regional body?

OPINION: NZ football could benefit if Australia returns to Oceania, writes Tony Smith.

Phoenix ask for 'please explain'

Besart Berisha of the Victory gestures to the referee after being given a red card against the Brisbane Roar. The ...

The A-League's top goal scorer is now free to play against the Wellington Phoenix.

One eye, zero runs,119 balls

Otago Country's Fraser Wilson faced 119 balls for zero runs.

Captain bats more than two hours for no runs in a desperate attempt to save Hawke Cup match.

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Runner begins quest for 2020 Olympics

Waikato's Camille Buscomb has started training with a new club in Australia, working towards Commonwealth and Olympic goals.

Opinion: Waikato athlete Camille Buscomb is enjoying her move to the Melbourne Track Club, setting goals for 2020 Olympics.

Fifa wants to turn the World Cup into a lottery

OPINION: Fifa's plan to expand is flawed on many level, writes Bill Harris.

NZ Rugby deserves praise for player retention miracles

Missed opportunity for Naki

Rugby

Nonu's breakthrough try

Former All Blacks second-five Ma'a Nonu scoring for Toulon.

Toulon's Kiwi star finally nails a Champions Cup touchdown - and it couldn't have come at a better time.

England preparing to lose

England coach Eddie Jones and his team will have to be quick on the draw to keep their winning streak going as they ...

The winning streak can't go on forever as gunslinger Eddie Jones stars in his own real-life western.

Munster face concussion probe

Munster halfback Conor Murray suffered a head knock against the Glasgow Warriors and his club faces a concussion ...

Head injury treatment is in the gun again in Europe with an Irish club now facing the music.

Brown linked to Irish move

Highlanders coach Tony Brown  appears to be in demand again.

Highlanders coach top target as Connacht look to keep Kiwi connection going.

Cricket

Recap: Black Caps claim win

New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson at the crease.

Kane Williamson's 15th test century helps NZ to seven-wicket victory.

One eye, zero runs,119 balls

Otago Country's Fraser Wilson faced 119 balls for zero runs.

Captain bats more than two hours for no runs in a desperate attempt to save Hawke Cup match.

Bolter's huge praise for Baz

Brisbane Heat skipper Brendon McCullum tweaks his field settings during the Big Bash.

Latest Aussie spin sensation says Kiwi McCullum's captaincy has been a key to his surprise rise into the test ranks.

Ball-by-ball: Black Caps v Bangladesh

Black Caps spinner Mitchell Santner.

The first test between the Black Caps and Bangladesh a ball-at-a-time at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.

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Captain Kane's victory cruise

Black Caps' remarkable test win after conceding 595 in first innings.

Football

Football star Murrell heading to Harvard

Southland's NZ U20 football representative Sammy Murrell will be attending Harvard University in 2017.

Southland football star Sammy Murrell is heading to Harvard University in an exciting new chapter of her life.

Phoenix ask for 'please explain'

Besart Berisha of the Victory gestures to the referee after being given a red card against the Brisbane Roar. The ...

The A-League's top goal scorer is now free to play against the Wellington Phoenix.

Oceania shakeup 'has merit'

Could football benefit from a new East Asia-Oceania regional body?

OPINION: NZ football could benefit if Australia returns to Oceania, writes Tony Smith.

Everton teens thrash Man City video

Ademola Lookman is congratulated on his debut goal for Everton.

Ademola Lookman, 19, scores in his debut game as newbies kick Everton to a resounding Premier League win.

League

Warriors targeting Folau?

NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau is understood to be on the New Zealand Warriors' radar.

Israel Folau could be on the NZ Warriors' radar for 2018.

Drink driving incident for Canberra Raiders star

A Raiders spokesman said Papalii was yet to be charged on Sunday, despite the incident occurring the night before.

And it's not the first time for Josh Papalii, who's still to find out if he will be charged over the offence which occurred on Saturday night.

Radradra needs permission for Nines

Semi Radradra has been a huge success in the shortened format of the game.

Facing domestic violence charges in Oz, Eels winger needs courts' approval to play at the Auckland Nines.

Lowe behind Bradford return?

Graham Lowe coached at powerhouse English club Wigan in the late 1980s.

Former Kiwis coach believed to be part of group confirmed to return liquidated English club to the field in 2017.

Basketball

Breakers steal victory in thriller video

Breakers buzzer-beating win against Brisbane Bullets

Full-time buzzer beater puts NZ Breakers in front for the first time in the game, to win in Brisbane.

36ers surge back against Wildcats

36ers' Nathan Sobey is fouled by Wildcats' Jarrod Kenny while driving to the basket.

Adelaide keep their spot at the top of the ANBL table with comeback win over Perth.

Melbourne rise to ANBL top four

Melbourne United's Casper Ware makes a basket.

Taipans can't keep up with Casper Ware as he carries Melbourne United to their 11th win of the season.

Adams still not an All Star

Steven Adams is averaging 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game so far in the 2016-17 season.

Kiwi NBA star remains absent from game as deadline for top 10 looms large.

Golf

McIlroy to have back scans

Golf world No 2 Rory McIlroy.

Some tape and "a few pills in me" keeping injured golf world No 2 in the game.

Storm wins South African Open

Graeme Storm won his first European Tour trophy in nearly a decade.

Holding off a challenge from Rory McIlroy, Graeme Storm claims his first European Tour trophy in almost 10 years.

Spieth's kayak fishing fail

Going, going....

Two-time major winner and fellow PGA Tour pro dumped into the drink as expedition ends in hilarity.

McIlroy injured at SA Open

Rory McIlroy says he "tweaked" his back and would seek treatment.

World No 2 plays on but says he's unable to breathe properly after "tweaking" his back.

Netball

Southland in for 'Super Sunday'

Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew after she played her 100th game for the franchise, with Southern Steel CEO Lana Winders.

The new elite national netball league's 'Super Sundays' will provide new opportunities for teams and fans.

Taumaunu named high performance director

Former Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu will become Central Netball's director of high performance.

The former Silver Ferns coach will oversee Central Netball's high performance programme.

Bloxham reign underway

Southern Steel netball coach Reinga Bloxham.

"I've been looking forward to this all Christmas."

Southern quartet in NZ U21 team

Southern Steel defender Abby Erwood, left, playing her debut ANZ Championship netball game, with Magic player Grace ...

Four Southern players have been named in the NZ U21 netball team to play in Fiji.

Tennis

Federer's bad news for Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios will be "tough to beat", Roger Federer concedes.

The tennis veteran says the Aussie upstart will be hard to beat, but doesn't pick him to win the Australian Open.

Roger Federer's bucket list

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

Who knew that running a bath for his twin girls would mean a drop to No.17 seed and a lengthy rest for the dad of four?

Five possible storylines for Australian Open video

Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a forehand during a practice session ahead of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Can Andy Murray upstage Djokovic? Will Serena claim victory? And what about match-fixing?

Tennis 'bad boys' team up

Dan Evans of Great Britain is set to join his old doubles partner once again.

British tennis star Dan Evans plans to reignite his doubles partnership with Nick Kyrgios.

Other sports

King Coll's run continues

Top Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has continued his hot streak, making the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions ...

Winning run hits double figures as Paul Coll makes Tournament of Champions quarterfinals in New York.

Falcons soar past Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns against the Seahawks.

Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots move to within a win from the Super Bowl.

World champ wins Burnside bowls

Alvin Gardiner's pair lost the final of the Stewart Buttar memorial tournament at the Burnside Bowls club by one point.

World champion of champion singles titleholder Scott Thulborn won the Burnside Invitation pairs title in Christchurch after a knife-edge final victory.

Podium finishes for Southland athletes

Emma Ryan finished second in the women's discus at the Potts Classic.

Southland athletes finished on the podium at the Potts Classic in Hastings on Saturday.

Motorsport

Teretonga's glimpse at rich and famous

Shelby Blackstock, pictured here with mother and country music legend Reba McEntire, will compete at Teretonga Park in ...

Son of legendary country music singer, songwriter, actress and record producer Reba McEntire to compete at Teretonga.

Bottas poised to replace Rosberg

Valtteri Bottas of Finland is expected to shift from Williams to Mercedes to replace retired F1 world champion Nico Rosberg.

Williams plays nice as their driver is offered a chance to race a F1 championship-winning car.

Tough day for Kiwi drivers in Toyota Racing Series

Marcus Armstrong walks away from his FT50 after a collision with Harry Hayek ended a frustrating Lady Wigram Trophy race ...

Jehan Daruvala wins back-to-back Lady Wigram Trophy races to make a promising start to the TRS

MacDonald opens V8 gap

Invercargill V8 driver Liam MacDonald.

Invercargill driver Liam MacDonald has had a perfect round at Ruapuna in round three of the NZ Touring Car Championship.

Racing

Giddy up for cup day video

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Hurricanes  with the Wellington Cup and Super Rugby Cup   Brad Shields ...

Hurricanes stars get to horse around with Wellington's other big sporting trophy.

Trainer disgusted with jockey's ride video

Josh Cartwright has been stood down by stewards after admitting a reckless ride.

Jockey angles his horse out into the clear. But what happens next is not allowed in the rules.

Jones looks to Sampson for career lift

Jockey Reese Jones after one of his four wins wins in the Rotorua Cup on Indikator.

Reese Jones hopes win on Sampson will revitalise his career.

Pop 'N' Scotch in Wellington Cup

Liam Birchley will be back in New Zealand, but this time with a stayer for the Wellington Cup.

"Bonus King" Birchley turns attention to Wellington Cup.

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