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Doull: Batting first is key for NZ

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum will want to put runs on the board to put pressure on Australia at the MCG.

OPINION: Batting first and putting runs on the board will be key as New Zealand bid to win their first ever World Cup at the MCG.

McCullum can unlock fortress

OPINION: Ignore the pool result, Australia will be a ferocious beast in their MCG fortress, writes Mark Reason.

Moments that made us proud

All about future for All Whites

cricket world cup

Live CWC final: NZ vs Australia

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum batting during the ICC Cricket World Cup semi final match between New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Tuesday 24 March 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

8 min ago  Black Caps to bat first against Australia after winning the toss in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

B-Mac: 'We're not intimidated'

Black Caps skipper has simple message for his men - embrace the occasion and play with freedom in final.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian counterpart Michael Clarke pose with the trophy.

From rock bottom to CWC final

Black Caps captain believes humiliating loss to South Africa in Cape Town was the making of his side.

rugby

Kirwan refuses to wave white flag

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan remains hopeful that his team can still turn this thing around this season.

3:00 PM  Sir John Kirwan acknowledges struggling Blues have to win in Hamilton to have chance of salvaging this Super Rugby season.

Super Rugby catch-up guide

In case you've been immersed in the Cricket World Cup, here's a handy guide to get you up to speed.

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo is tackled by the Bulls' Jesse Kriel at Loftus Versfeld stadium.

Bulls down battling Crusaders

An intercept try by lock Grant Hattingh sealed the Bulls' 31-19 win over the struggling Crusaders in Pretoria.

football

Netherlands, Italy held to draws

Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fights for the ball with Turkey's Serdar Aziz in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalisers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying.

Nix to stay on attack for Sydney

Just like Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick believes attack is best form of defence.

Hawke's Bay United's Ryan Tinsley scored twice to help his side to a 4-3 win over Team Wellington.

Hawke’s Bay reach grand final

3:23 PM  Hawke's Bay United beat Team Wellington 4-3 to secure their first ever grand final spot on away goals rule.

league

Live NRL: Warriors vs Broncos

LEADER: Warriors captain Simon Mannering is always a key man for his side.

6 min ago  Join us for rugby league action as the New Zealand Warriors host the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Warriors: Hell no, we won't go

Warriors chairman threatens to take NRL games out of Auckland if the club is forced out of Mt Smart 'home'.

Ahead of his sides hosting of the Broncos, Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei is locked in contract negotiations with the Auckland-based club.

Warriors want to keep Manu

Club locked in negotiations to keep powerful winger when his contract runs out at end of the current NRL season.

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

Kiwi Ko closes in on LPGA record

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko tees off at the second hole during her third round of the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.

3:23 PM  Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California.

Walker takes four-shot lead

American Jimmy Walker held firm, shooting a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead at Texas Open.

Former World No 1 Tiger Woods posted an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, his worst round as a professional.

Woods to fall outside top 100

Former world No 1 will drop outside the top 100 in the rankings next week for the first time in over 18 years.

netball

Plenty of respect but no fear

12/05/2014. NEWS. ROBYN EDIE/Southland Times/Fairfax NZ. Trans Tasman netball game between Southern Steel v Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic played at ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill, on Monday night. Pictured Steel players talking with coach Janine Southby during a break.

Mystics vs Southern Steel netball clash important to the ambitions of both franchises.

Pulse go back to basics

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

JOSTLING FOR SPACE: Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda, left, competes for position with the Pulse's Ama Agbeze.

Import feels Proteas' pain

It's not been a happy Cricket World Cup for Central Pulse netball import Ama Agbeze.

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

Hamilton holds off Vettel for pole

Britain's Lewis Hamilton claimed the 40th pole of his career in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying at Sepang.

World champion Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for Mercedes in Malaysian GP qualifying.

Williams appoint new reserve

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

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Craig Lowndes driver of the #888 Red Bull Racing Holden VF Commodore reacts after winning race 2 for the V8 Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on March 28, 2015 in Launceston, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Lowndes rules in Tasmania

Craig Lowndes wins both Tasmanian races but all eyes on fiery clash between Courtney and Davison.

other sports

Cup bosses risk double blow

Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton is opposed to plans to reduce the size of the foiling catamarans.

Team New  Zealand's survival skills will be tested this week in a game of America's Cup brinkmanship.

Wells claims freeski silver

2:12 PM  Wanaka freeskier Beau-James Wells clinches silver medal at Junior World Championships in Italy.

FLOORED: Cameron Slater after being sent down by Jesse Ryder.

Slogger knocks blogger for six

Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder scores first round KO over Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater at Super 8.

racing

Marky Mark wins big at Awapuni

Marky Mark clinches victory in the Group I Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.

Brendan Lindsay's charge strides to decisive win in Group I Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

Collett wants a Selfie

If good things come to those who wait, Richard Collett will get his Group I win at Awapuni on Saturday.

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

Kiwi eyes 'best race in world'

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

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