Piutau 'excited' about Ulster move

All Blacks back Charles Piutau is off to Europe in 2016 on a two-year deal with Ulster.

10:47 AM  Chance to experience a new culture and play in Europe on a $1m contract too good to pass up, All Blacks back says.

Vettori to coach Heat in BBL

Retired Black Caps great Daniel Vettori has signed a three-year coaching deal with the Brisbane Heat.

11:05 AM  Retired Black Caps great signs three year deal to coach Brisbane team in Australian T20 league.

Lehmann: Haddin 'played fair'

Australia coach Darren Lehmann and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin celebrate after winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

No-one got reported so it must have been fair, Australia coach says of team's aggression in CWC final.

Williams banned for striking

Nick Williams, now with Ulster, has been playing in Europe since leaving the Blues in 2008.

Former Blues No 8 handed an eight week ban from European rugby for a nasty forearm strike.

Williams claims 700th win

Serena Williams celebrates her 700th tour win with cake at the Miami Open.

10:27 AM  Women's tennis world No 1 stakes a spot in the Miami Open semifinals with a milestone victory.

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won plaudits for his aggressive tactics throughout the World Cup.

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cricket world cup

Vettori to coach Heat in BBL

Retired Black Caps great Daniel Vettori has signed a three-year coaching deal with the Brisbane Heat.

11:05 AM  Retired Black Caps great signs three year deal to coach Brisbane team in Australian T20 league.

Lehmann: Haddin 'played fair'

No-one got reported so it must have been fair, Australia coach says of team's aggression in CWC final.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum leads his team-mates into a warm post-World Cup welcome at The Cloud on Auckland's Queens wharf.

McCullum wins top award video

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum named Cricketer of the Year at NZ Cricket Awards.

rugby

Piutau 'excited' about Ulster move

All Blacks back Charles Piutau is off to Europe in 2016 on a two-year deal with Ulster.

10:47 AM  Chance to experience a new culture and play in Europe on a $1m contract too good to pass up, All Blacks back says.

Muliaina trades potato for pasta

Ex-All Blacks fullback signs with Italian club Zebre after making a "lasting contribution" at Connacht.

Charles Piutau has decided to quit New Zealand rugby after the World Cup.

Hansen unhappy on Piutau exit

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has expressed disappointment at Charles Piutau's decision to leave NZ.

football

Phoenix must make do without Lia

Vince Lia sustained the injury in the Phoenix's 3-0 loss to Sydney FC.

The Wellington Phoenix have suffered further erosion to their already depleted midfield stocks.

All Whites beaten by late goal video

Fresh-faced All Whites side give Asian Cup runners-up South Korea an almighty scare in 1-0 loss.

Football World Cup venue Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, is up for sale.

World Cup grounds up for sale

10:47 AM  Corruption scandal triggers cash flow problems forcing company to sell stake in two Brazil football stadiums.

league

Turner targets NRL round 15

Rabbitohs backrower Kyle Turner leaves the field with an eye injury during NRL round 22 last year.

9:45 AM  Five head knocks and a bulging disc removed from his throat, but Rabbitohs backrower optimistic of return.

McFadden: Tomkins staying

Warriors coach insists star English fullback isn’t going anywhere after rumours he's homesick.

Shane Richardson, the NRL's head of strategy, will meet with the Wellington consortium.

Wellington chance to boost bid

Representatives from Wellington's fledgling NRL club bid are to push their case to the game's hierarchy.

basketball

Sharks make a winning start 

Tai Wesley of the Sharks takes a shot against the Jets.

Southand Sharks put in cohesive performance for a 100-74 win over the Manawatu Jets.

Taranaki breath of fresh air

Taranaki Mountain Airs import Aaron Fuller is keen to impress in the National Basketball League.

Wellington Saints coach Pero Cameron has opted to stack his team with veteran experience.

Old legs won't hold Saints back

Age shall not weary the Wellington Saints, who are vowing to stay true to a run and gun game plan.

golf

Super-composed Ko cruising along

Lydia Ko is all smiles as she walks down the 18th fairway during her second round at the NZ Women's Open in Christchurch.

Ahead of latest major, coach of Kiwi world No 1 Lydia Ko marvels at calm demeanour.

Woods drops out of top 100

American golfing great Tiger Woods falls out of the sport's top 100 players for the first time in 19 years.

Former World No 1 Tiger Woods has plummeted to 104th in the world after a disastrous year on the PGA Tour.

Woods on track for Masters

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods looks set to play in next week's Masters after a practice round at Augusta.

netball

Central Pulse earn bye breather

Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton.

There's not been many times this season when the Central Pulse coach has had cause to praise her players.

Magic chasing consistency

After two wins and three losses to start season, coach says inexperience playing a part for her team.

11122014 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Tactix Netball new recruit Demelza Fellowes tgets some hadling skills practice at the New Zealand High Performance centre at Jellie Park.

Fellowes takes a shot at Steel

Tactix defender lights fuse for spicy South Island derby, labelling Steel star shooter a one-trick pony.

tennis

Williams claims 700th career win

Serena Williams celebrates her 700th tour win with cake at the Miami Open.

10:27 AM  Women's tennis world No 1 stakes a spot in the Miami Open semifinals with a milestone victory.

Djokovic, Nishikori advance

Defending champion powers into the last 16 of the Miami Open along with Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

Andy Murray poses with a cake presented to him after defeating Kevin Anderson for his 500th ATP career win at the Miami Open.

Murray bags 500th career win

Scot brings up career milestone career, beating Kevin Anderson to move into quarters in Miami.

motorsport

Vettel - 'echoes of Schumacher'

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang.

OPINION: Four-time F1 world champion's Malaysian GP win Schumacher-esque, former F1 racer David Coulthard says.

Vettel wins Malaysian GP

Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent in winning the Malaysian GP.

Flying Kiwi Mitch Evans is already showing the sort of pace that's made him a GP2 series favourite.

Evans on the pace in GP2 test

Kiwi Mitch Evans has set a cracking pace in the final GP2 test session in Bahrain.

other sports

Team NZ vow to fight after vote

Grant Dalton and Team NZ have been dealt a blow with Auckland ruled out of the running to host the America's Cup challenger series.

Fight on to retain America’s Cup challengers series in Auckland after teams vote on changes.

Para-cyclists look to Rio gold

There's no danger of complacency for world champion para-cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather.

Sarah Walker has recovered from serious injuries sustained last September and returns to competition this weekend.

Sarah Walker back on BMX

BMX star has recovered from serious injuries and will be back in competition this weekend.

racing

Rainy Randwick could aid Kiwis

Will they fight out the Australian Derby too? Mongolian Khan beating Volkstok'n'barrell in the NZ Derby.

The rain at Randwick track this week could play into the hands of the Kiwis in Saturday's Australian Derby.

Include camp backing Barnes

Apprentice jockey Courtney Barnes seeking win in first Group I ride aboard regular mount Include.

Ricky May will be driving Terror To Love at Addington on Saturday night.

May's last ride on Terror

Ricky May's not fussed on Easter eggs, he just wants a fairytale finish for his partner in crime, Terror To Love.

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