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Napier: Black Caps deserve respect

YOU BEAUTY: Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum hoists the Chappell-Hadlee trophy high at Eden Park last Saturday after his side's win over Australia.

OPINION: It's an insult New Zealand has only played Australia in 20 ODIs outside of ICC events during the last decade.

Bore in store for NZ fans

OPINION: The drawn out World Cup schedule is potentially the Black Caps' enemy as they eye glory.

Ref's mistake hurts the Blues

Ugly win leaves room for worry

cricket world cup

Live CWC: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa captain AB de Villiers.

4:30 PM  Live coverage of South Africa taking on Ireland in the Cricket World Cup at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Nervous Australians 'overawed'

Nerves got the better of Australia's batting lineup in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand.

FINAL COUNTDOWN: Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has tipped Trent Boult and the Black Caps to meet India in the Cricket World Cup final.

Hogg predicts NZ-India final

3:34 PM  Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has tipped a Black Caps-India World Cup final.

rugby

Blues beckon for Rene Ranger

SUPER SKILLS: Rene Ranger will leave French rugby later this year to return home to New Zealand where he will play for North Harbour and the Blues.

Former All Black granted early release from Montpellier and expected to be back in Auckland by the middle of the year.

Taylor signs with French club

Three-test All Blacks back joins the end of year exodus, signing a three-year deal with Bayonne.

IRRESISTIBLE: Aaron Cruden has been in fine form early in the Super Rugby season.

Cruden delish, Barrett tasty

An irresistible early Super Rugby season from Chiefs No 10 puts him top of the Kiwi pile.

football

Johnson in under-age sex scandal

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Adam Johnson of Sunderland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on December 21, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

England footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl.

Football Ferns look to adapt

Football Ferns ready to roll against Spain as preparations for the women's World Cup in Canada in June continue.

PROUD FOOTBALLER: Winston Reid says there's no place for racism in his sport.

Reid: No excuses for fan racism

All Whites skipper Winston Reid shares his distaste for football racism, but notes he's never been a victim of it.

league

Blair looks to turn back the clock

HAPPY MAN: Brisbane's new signing Adam Blair is promising to return to top form for the Broncos this season.

Adam Blair stands convinced the past few years have made him a better man. Now he is determined to become a better player.

Gallen: Bird's in a lonely place

Titans star "wasn't the best" when news of his drug charges broke, close friend Paul Gallen says.

WHO'S IN CONTROL?: In a slight change to the NRL's two-referee system for 2015, a senior ref will control 80 percent of a match.

NRL makes changes to system

3:14 PM  The NRL announces changes aimed at improving refereeing in 2015, including nominating a senior referee.

basketball

Hungry for mighty tough mission

FINALS EXPERIENCE: Mika Vukona is one of five New Zealand Breakers players who were the cornerstone of their title threepeat.

This season's Australian NBL finals will be the first ever without home advantage for the New Zealand Breakers.

Breakers back at spiritual home

New Zealand franchise is relishing chance to play finals at venue with "unbelievable' atmosphere against Taipans.

BANNED: Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been suspended after kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin.

Harden suspended for kick video

3:25 PM  James Harden has been suspended one game for kicking superstar LeBron James in the groin.

golf

Woods drug test rumour denied

FIXING HIS GAME: Tiger Woods is taking a break from the PGA Tour after missing the cut and withdrawing from his first two tournaments this season.

Journeyman golfer Dan Olsen has retracting inflammatory allegations that Tiger Woods failed a drug test.

Hendry gunning for three

Michael Hendry is hoping to join Kel Nagle as the second golfer to win three straight NZ PGA Championships.

TOP BILLING: Japan's Hiroshi Iwata, in action at the Sony Open in January, will be the NZ Open's highest-ranked entry since 2006 when he tees it up at The Hills later this month.

Top-100 golfer heads to NZ

The NZ Open will have its highest ranked player since 2006 with confirmation Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata will tee up.

netball

'Sexist' Tactix ad taken off the air

POOR TACTIX: Canterbury-based netball team gets off to a losing start in the trans-Tasman league last night, beaten on-court by the Mystics and off it by the public in an outcry over a sexist radio ad.

4:34 PM  Netball team scraps "Tall girls, long legs, short skirts, lots of bounce" radio ad.

Tairi to miss rest of season

Magic midcourter set to miss rest of the trans-Tasman league season after rupturing her Achilles tendon in opener.

TALL TIMBER: Mainland Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda puts up a shot as Mystics defender Temalisi Fakahokotau looks on during their trans-Tasman netball league encounter.

Mystics fight past Tactix

Mainland side open account under new coach with a 53-59 loss, but showed they are building something promising.

tennis

Nishikori nudges Murray out

WORLD NO 4: Japan tennis star Kei Nishikori.

Men's tennis "big four" might need to be a "big five" after Japan star edges past Briton in ATP rankings.

Nadal wins his first title in 2015

Rafael Nadal wins Argentine Open final to equal Guillermo Vilas' record of 46 titles on clay.

BACK ON COURT: Juan Martin del Potro, who made a premature comeback from wrist surgery in Australia in January, will likely return to action "very soon".

Del Potro sees comeback soon

Former world No 4 Juan Martin Del Potro said he was confident of a full comeback "very soon".

motorsport

Schumacher's teen son to race F4

F1 GREAT: Michael Schumacher is continuing rehabilitation after a skiing accident. Meanwhile, his teenage son Mick is moving up to Formula 4 from karts.

Former F1 world champ's 15-year-old son following in his father's footsteps, named to race Formula 4 this year.

Unfamiliar route to test Paddon

Hayden Paddon is back in his own Hyundai for his second World Rally Championship event of the year in Mexico.

FINANCIAL AID: Formula One teams Lotus (pictured), Sauber and Force India will get advance revenue payments from Formula One to help them get to the start line.

Ecclestone offers cash advance

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has offered advance revenue payments to Sauber, Force India and Lotus.

other sports

Fast finish the target for Parker

READY TO RUMBLE: Joseph Parker (right) poses with his American opponent Jason Pettaway (left) in Auckland ahead of Thursday's bout.

Kiwi heavyweight will "let his hands go" from the opening bell against Jason Pettaway on Thursday night.

Strong Kiwi flavour for event

Mark Hunt’s headline act at the UFC event in Adelaide will top a triple treat for New Zealand MMA fans.

GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO: Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne will head to the Bay Area for training camp in July in the hope of making the 49ers roster.

Hayne signs with 49ers

4:47 PM  Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has secured an NFL futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

racing

Father, son aim to pull off double

DOUBLE EYED: Rosie Myers guides Benzini to victory in the Nathans Memorial at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The Bull family will look to add the Auckland Cup to the New Zealand Cup at Ellerslie tomorrow.

Mongolian gives Baker prize

NZ Derby winner achieves what no other 3-year-old has been able to do for Murray Baker.

KIWI STAR: Adore Me proved her class to take out the Ladyship Mile.

Another Adore-able display

Natalie Rasmussen won three races in Sydney and probably won the award for biggest understatement of 2015.

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