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Super Rugby's burning questions

PLENTY TO PONDER: Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on his All Black stars in a World Cup year.

OPINION: What should Steven Hansen be concerned about? and have the Hurricanes proven anything yet this season?

NZ may have to alter plan

OPINION: Matthew Hayden makes some valid points. His delivery could do with some work but the logic is sound.

'G-whiz, it's not that big'

Specialist coaches vital to run

cricket world cup

Respect from Aussies rising

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Tim Southee of New Zealan talks to the media during a New Zealand nets session at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

NZ bowler Tim Southee believes they are finally earning the respect of their Australian counterparts.

Aussie's reason we can't win video

Co-host versus co-host, mate versus bro and probably the biggest ODI ever seen in Australia.

MORE REASON TO SMILE: The Black Caps are in for a pay day of around $400,000 if they win the World Cup.

Black Caps get ready to cash in

Each squad member stands to earn about $400,000 if they triumph in Sunday’s final at the MCG.

rugby

Canes beat Rebels, go six straight 

Jason Woodward jumps high in the air to take a fantastic catch for the Hurricanes.

There was a lot to like about the Hurricanes' 36-12 bonus point win over the Melbourne Rebels.

Lions heap woe on Reds

Quade Cooper returns but can't rescue Reds as they slump to an 18-17 loss to the Lions.

Highlanders flanker Elliot Dixon playing against the Waratahs.

Trying to clam the Storm

History and form suggest the Highlanders have a big challenge ahead of them against the Stormers.

football

Finkler brace seals Victory win

during the round 23 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on March 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Victory consolidated second spot on the A-League table with a 2-1 win over Central Coast.

Winston Reid is ruled out

All Whites captain out of Wednesday’s friendly against South Korea in Seoul with hamstring injury.

Inspiration from the west: Sydney FC defender Nikola Petkovic said the Wanderers success in Asia has added to the rivalry.

Sydney eye up depleted Nix

Timing of crucial clash against league leaders ravaged by national team duties couldn't be any better.

league

Electric Eels stun the Rabbitohs

Chris Sandow of the Eels celebrates an unexpected victory over the Bunnies.

Parramatta have stunned reigning NRL premiers South Sydney 29-16 in a thrilling encounter.

Kearney proved himself worthy

New Zealand Rugby League boss Phil Holden says he saw changes in Stephen Kearney that he needed to.

during the round four NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Mbye delivers for Bulldogs

Moses Mbye slotted a 84th-minute field goal to deliver Canterbury a 25-24 win over the Wests Tigers.

basketball

Big Kiwi's strong run ended

TOUGH DAY: Steven Adams had just four points and four rebounds as the Thunder were thumped 130-91 by San Antonio.

OKC Thunder hammered by San Antonio Spurs, with Steven Adams' run of four double-doubles halted.

'Open Looks' drop for ex TB video

Two ex-Tall Black captains laced up for a street ball challenge to launch basketball book.

Steven Adams.

Adams shines in OKC victory

Steven Adams continues strong form as the Thunder take fourth straight NBA win.

golf

Lydia Ko starts well in California

STILL GOING STRONG: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko shot a opening round 67 at the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic.

World No 1 Kiwi fires bogey free opening round 67 at LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in California.

Woods just '50/50' for Masters

Good friend of Tiger Woods rates his chances of taking part in next month's Masters in Augusta as "50-50".

RESTING UP: Graeme McDowell withdrew from the Texas Open in San Antonio after nine holes due to injury.

McDowell pulls out in Texas

Graeme McDowell withdrew from opening round after nine holes because of a nagging left ankle injury.

netball

Pulse go back to basics

Head Coach Robyn Broughton of the Pulse. 2015 ANZ Championship, Northern Mystics v Central Pulse, The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.co.nz

OPINION: Deeply troubled by the Pulse's inability to execute under pressure, Robyn Broughton keeps it simple.

Plenty for Magic to ponder

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic players will be bracing for some harsh words at training this week.

HUSTLING: Mystics defender Temalisi Fakahokotau chases down a loose ball during a trans-Tasman netball league match against the Central Pulse.

Pulse succumb to Mystics late

Northern Mystics back atop the NZ trans-Tasman netball conference, after beating the Central Pulse.

tennis

Chung gets maiden ATP Tour win

MAIDEN WIN: Chung Hyeon stretches to play a forehand against Marcel Granollers during his first round victory at the Miami Open, his first win at ATP Tour level.

South Korean teen Chung Hyeon won his first ATP Tour-level match at the Miami Open, stunning Marcel Granollers.

Azarenka through at Miami

Victoria Azarenka defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa to set up a second round meeting with Jelena Jankovic.

SERENA WILLIAMS: "I hit some balls today for the first time. I mean, it's okay. I know I'm going to have to manage the pain. I think you just have to figure out the best way around it."

Serena hopes to manage pain

Serena Williams practised for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw last week.

motorsport

Williams appoint Sutil as reserve

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 22:  Adrian Sutil of Germany and Sauber F1 arrives in the paddock before final practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Williams have appointed Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the F1 season.

Lowndes out to improve luck

Red Bull Racing veteran says there's no place like Tasmania to return to top of V8 Supercars podium.

xxxx during previews to the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 26, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Alonso ready for Malaysia

Spaniard says he never lost consciousness or suffered memory lapses as a result of his accident.

other sports

Team NZ's funding at risk 

Chris Ward, Ray Davies, Glenn Ashby and skipper Dean Barker of Emirates Team New Zealand react after losing race 18 to Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in the America's Cup Finals on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California

Team NZ America's Cup hopes could be over with Auckland's hosting of 2017 challenger series in doubt.

It's win or bust for Minto

A slimed down Brian Minto says there is no tomorrow for his career if he loses at the Super 8.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29: Ryan Sissons of New Zealand gets cooled off after competing in the Elite Men's race in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago in Grant Park on June 29, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Threadneedle)

Sissons keeping Rio in mind 

Top New Zealand triathlete Ryan Sissons accepts that 2015 will be one to chalk up to development.

racing

Kiwi filly eyes 'best race in world'

Silent Achiever faces a tough field in pursuit of a second-straight BMW success.

Silent Achiever's defence of BMW title will show if she's good enough for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Petagna on track for big week

Wellington owner will have his colours carried in three Group I races, across two countries.

Rising Romance has been scratched from the Rosehill meet on Saturday.

Rising Romance out of BMW

Donna Logan's mood went from anticipation to disappointment within hours in Sydney.

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