Crusaders banish the Blues video

Halfback Mitchell Drummond scoots to the tryline to score the Crusaders’ opening try against the Blues.

The Crusaders breathed life into their Super Rugby playoff hopes with a bonus-point 29-15 win over the Blues in Christchurch.

Ellis wants Crusaders deal

Brett to consider NZ return

Pocock propels Brumbies win

Chiefs get past 14-man Force

Plumtree gets message over

McFadden lashes Warriors video

Ben Matulino scores his first try of the season in the Warriors' 32-28 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Anzac Day.

Angry coach slams side for lacking energy in their 32-28 defeat to the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.

Waratahs hold off Rebels

Waratahs back Rob Horne beats the Rebels defence, including former All Black Tamati Ellison, to score a try in the corner.

NSW Waratahs hold out the Melbourne Rebels to set the stage for a potentially decisive conference derby.

Taumalolo out of Anzac Test

An injured David Fusitu'a leaves the field on a stretcher in the Warriors' 32-28 loss to the Titans.

Jason Taumalolo will sit out Friday's Anzac Test in Brisbane after suffering a knee injury for the Cowboys.

Slater unlikely for Anzac Test

Storm fullback Billy Slater injured his shoulder against the Warriors in week five, an injury likely to keep him out of the Anzac Test.

2:37 AM  Storm coach Craig Bellamy doubts injured fullback Billy Slater will be fit to play against New Zealand.

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opinion

Netball NZ must help Tactix

It's time to seriously look at the future of the Tactix.

OPINION: Netball NZ have a big decision to make. They must either dump or help out the Mainland Tactix.

Is Richie McCaw a spent force?

OPINION: In our regular Friday segment, our leading rugby scribes tackle the hot topics of the rugby week.

Money masks the thug within

Why Benji is yesterday's man

cricket

Rebel cricket league sparks probe

IPL founder Lalit Modi, an outspoken critic of the ICC, tweeted: "about time this happened".

New Zealand Cricket drawn into ICC-led investigation targeting possible breakaway rebel cricket league.

Brathwaite puts Windies ahead

Flat batting track offers little hope for England as hosts eek out 37 run lead by close of test's third day.

Any attempt to compete in the international cricket business is likely made with an interest in TV broadcast rights.

Cricket company registered

Cricket authorities on alert for a new rebel league, or even an extraordinary takeover bid for the global game.

rugby

Crusaders banish the Blues video

Halfback Mitchell Drummond scoots to the tryline to score the Crusaders’ opening try against the Blues.

The Crusaders breathed life into their playoffs hopes with a bonus-point 29-15 win over the Blues in Christchurch.

Pan-American Six Nations plan

American rugby unions to launch an annual championship based on the successful European model.

Waratahs back Rob Horne beats the Rebels defence, including former All Black Tamati Ellison, to score a try in the corner.

Waratahs hold off Rebels

NSW Waratahs hold off Melbourne Rebels to set the stage for a potentially decisive conference derby.

football

Tottenham hold Southampton

Graziano Pelle (centre) netted twice for Southampton but the Saints couldn't hold their lead in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

2:00 AM  Tottenham Hotspur fought back to draw 2-2 with Southampton and climb to fifth in the Premier League.

United belt Melbourne City

Adelaide United snapped a run of consecutive losses and cruised past Melbourne City 4-1.

Marouane Fellaini: "It was a difficult season for everyone, not just me, but the criticism was on me because I was the transfer of Moyes."

Fellaini doubted United stay

2:06 AM  Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini considered leaving the club after a disappointing debut season.

league

Warriors slump to defeat video

Ben Matulino scores his first try of the season in the Warriors' 32-28 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Anzac Day.

The Warriors have lost their fifth game of the season, this time going down 32-28 to the Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.

Manly edge out leaders Storm

Last-placed Manly upset NRL ladder-leading Melbourne at AAMI Park with a hard-fought 12-10 victory.

Storm fullback Billy Slater injured his shoulder against the Warriors in week five, an injury likely to keep him out of the Anzac Test.

Slater unlikely for Anzac Test

2:37 AM  Storm coach Craig Bellamy doubts injured fullback Billy Slater will be fit to play against New Zealand.

basketball

Spurs thrash Clippers in playoffs

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills is fouled by the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul at the Staples Center.

San Antonio regain NBA Championship-winning form with a 27-point demolition of LA Clippers.

NBA sport's Game of Thrones

Anxious moments and cutthroat twists - top TV courts aren't Judy or Mason, but Hoops and Lannister.

Ethan Rusbatch and Richie Edwards (right) combined for 39 points as the Canterbury Rams took care of the Manawatu Jets for the third time this season.

Rams score third win over Jets

Canterbury Rams consign Manawatu Jets to sixth loss in a row with a 81-74 win in Palmerston North.

golf

Ko's upstaged at Swinging Skirts

New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits a tee shot at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

Birthday girl Lydia Ko's party pooped by fellow teenager Brooke Henderson at the Swinging Skirts Classic.

Ko even on her 18th

Kiwi world No 1 celebrates her birthday with another solid round at the Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco.

France’s reigning champion Alexander Levy hits a tee shot at the China Open in Shanghai on Saturday.

Levy in four-way tie for lead

Defending champion forced to settle for a four-way share of the lead at the European Tour's China Open.

netball

Netball NZ must back Tactix

It's time to seriously look at the future of the Tactix.

OPINION: Netball NZ and the trans-Tasman Netball League need to get their heads out of the sand and help the Tactix.

Tactix finally at tipping point

Ex-Silver Fern Anna Galvan fears a future generation of Canterbury netballers could run out of role models.

Swifts' Paige Hadley, left, is put under pressure by the Pulse's Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit in Wellington.

Pulse play out thrilling draw

Netball was the winner as the Central Pulse and NSW Swifts played out a thrilling 47-47 draw in Wellington.

tennis

Halep plays on after death threat

Simona Halep beat Sara Errani in a tough match in Stuttgart despite threats against her life.

Security stepped up at Stuttgart WTA tournament after world No 3 receives a death threat.

Navratilova leaves Radwanska

Singles great steps down from coaching role after underestimating how much work was involved.

Kei Nishikori smashes the fuzz off the tennis ball with a topspin forehand during his three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in the Barcelona Open quarterfinals.

Nishikori on track in Spain

Barcelona Open defending champ into the semifinals after holding off Roberto Bautista Agut.

motorsport

Race day for Schumacher's son

Mick Schumacher looks set to follow in his father's tyre tracks.

Son of seven-time F1 world champ begins his career in Formula Four with the weight of expectation heavy on his shoulders.

Rough roads rue for Paddon

Hayden Paddon lamenting a "luckless" start to season after problems at Rally Argentina.

Scott Dixon passed Bobby Unser for fifth all-time in IndyCar wins with 36 after his victory at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dixon chasing down greats

Kiwi racer just wanted a quiet, celebratory beer with wife and former IndyCar star Dario Franchitti.

other sports

Carlton overcome Saints

St Kilda’s Luke Dunstan is tackled by Carlton’s Marc Murphy during the Anzac Day clash at Westpac Stadium.

Blues extend St Kilda's winless run in Wellington to three years after 121-81 Anzac Day triumph.

'Open sewer' may force shift

Sailing's world governing body threatens to move Rio Olympic Games races if bay not cleaned up.

New York Rangers Dan Girardi (centre) and Ryan McDonagh (right) celebrate the game-winning goal by Carl Hagelin against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

NY Rangers oust Penguins

2:35 AM  The New York Rangers advanced to the last eight of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

racing

Coleman aims to be Te Rapa king

260414 Horse Racing SPORT Photo: Chris Hillock / Fairfax Media NZ. 
The Travis Stakes at Te Rapa Raceway.  Winner Lauren Tate (#13) Breeeder Owner Traniner John Morell.  Jockey Michael Coleman.(pictured)

Michael Coleman is ready to ride Lauren Tate to victory again in the Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

Rowe Cup win by Stent special

Stent wins his 13th race for the season and fulfills a lifelong ambition for his trainer and owner.

Whanganui filly Just A Lover holds out Sealed By A Dance in a three-year-old 1600m at Trentham on April 11. Photo: RACE IMAGES

Rayner stable spreads forces

Trainers Evan and JJ Rayner have seven horses in work but form runners at three meetings.

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