Chaotic build-up to superfight 

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Manny Pacquiao spars before a workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Wild Card Boxing Club on April 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

3:34 PM  Tickets yet to go on general sale as preparations for richest fight in boxing history descend into disarray.

Bayless to referee superfight

Fight tickets still not on sale

Mayweather in it for money

Punchbag with Floyd's face

Showdown will be 'exciting'

Pacquiao on song for bout

Ko to lean on legend Player

Lydia Ko celebrates winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco last year.

4:06 PM  Convincing Kiwi to take time off is so important to her coach, he's enlisted the advice of golfing royalty.

Warriors backs told to shape up

Warriors rookie David Fusitua has been brought in at centre for Konrad Hurrell who has paid the price for errors.

3:50 PM  Backs put on notice to perform with coach saying he considered dropping more than just centre Konrad Hurrell.

Highlanders to rest All Blacks

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 28: Aaron Smith of the Highlanders on the attack during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 28, 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Jamie Joseph opts to rest all three of his All Blacks for Friday night's Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies.

Bosses must tackle exodus

Ageing rugby stars Ali Williams (left) and Brad Thorn are set to be replaced by the next generation of All Blacks at European clubs.

Former All Black Ali Williams says rugby bosses need to look at player drain hitting southern hemisphere allies.

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opinion

Calls to make on elder statesmen

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16:  Dan Carter of New Zealand and Richie McCaw of New Zealand prepare ahead of the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

OPINION: Can the All Blacks coach rely on Richie McCaw and Dan Carter at the end of the year?

Blackadder feeling heat now

OPINION: With the Crusaders having won just four from nine, the task facing their coach is daunting.

Time to test Sopoaga in ABs 

Transfer model is all wrong video

cricket

Samuels leads Windies recovery

England's Ben Stokes, second left, celebrates the wicket of West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in Grenada.

England frustrated by unbeaten 94 from Marlon Samuels on first day of the second test in Grenada.

Ryder steers Essex to victory

New Zealand star hits winning runs to help English county cricket side get off to flying start with easy win over Kent.

Scotland and Afghanistan in action in Dunedin during this year's Cricket World Cup.

Otago wants day-night action

Otago Cricket launch quest to light up University Oval and increase ground capacity to attract international matches.

rugby

Highlanders to rest All Black stars

All Black Aaron Smith will sit out the Highlanders' clash with the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night.

Jamie Joseph opts to rest all three of his All Blacks for Friday night's Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies.

Waldrom eyes English history

New Zealand loose forward tops the Premiership's try-scoring list as the season draws to a close in England.

Mike Brown has not played since England's Six Nations victory over Scotland at Twickenham on March 14.

England's Brown out for season

Harlequins fullback unlikely to play again this season but expected to recover in time for this year's Rugby World Cup.

football

Nix chasing golden ticket to finals

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix celebrate the win after the final whistle during the round 26 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Wellington Phoenix's clash with Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium looms as biggest game in club history.

Smalling commits to Man Utd

2:33 PM  England international defender signs a contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2019 season.

Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso, centre, celebrates scoring his sides sixth goal in their dominant Champions League quarterfinal second leg win over Porto.

Bayern Munich crush Porto

German side destroy Portuguese outfit 6-1 to erase deficit annd charge into Champions League semis.

league

Warriors backs told to shape up

David Fusitua dives in the corner for a disallowed try. Vodafone Warriors v  West Tigers. VB NSW Cup Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. New Zealand. Saturday 11 April 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

3:50 PM  Warriors coach Andrew McFadden considered dropping more than just centre Konrad Hurrell.

Kiwi Ferns name new captain

Ultimate honour for veteran half Laura Mariu as next week's Anzac test with Australia in Brisbane looms.

Manu Vatuvei recently celebrated his 200th appearance for the Warriors in familiar style.

New Warriors deal for Vatuvei

"The Beast" to take career with franchise through to staggering 15 years with three-year extension.

basketball

Warriors, Bulls claim NBA wins

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Warriors take 97-87 victory over Pelicans in the West while Bulls beat the Bucks in the East.

Giants lose Vukona to Italy

Tall Black Mika Vukona gone for four to six weeks after Italian club comes calling.

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes to hold off Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors to win NBA Coach of the Year.

Budenholzer Coach of the Year

After leading Atlanta Hawks to top seed in Eastern Conference, Mike Budenholzer named NBA coach of the year.

golf

Ko to take advice from golf legend

Lydia Ko celebrates winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco last year.

4:06 PM  Convincing World No 1 to take more time off is so important to her new coach, he's enlisted the advice of golfing royalty Gary Player.

Geary eyes another US tilt

He's always had the game, but Tauranga golfer Josh Geary has had to work on the mental side of the sport.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko is working to increase her driving length as she looks to hold on to her No 1 ranking.

Lack of power won't hurt Ko

Superb strategy key to New Zealander staying at No 1 in world rankings as she gets ready to return from week off.

netball

Vixens skipper calls time on career

Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield says after 29 years of netball it is time to look for new challenges.

Melbourne stalwart Bianca Chatfield will finish her 29-year career at end of the season.

Plucky Tactix go down fighting

It was a clash of the bottom two sides but the Adelaide Thunderbirds came out on top, beating Tactix 62-51.

West Coast Fever's Natalie Medhurst, left, is challenged by the Pulse's Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit in Wellington.

Shooting costs Pulse in loss

Shaky shooting has cost the Central Pulse another trans-Tasman Netball League win over the West Coast Fever.

tennis

Nishikori collects straight sets win

Defending champion Kei Nishikori on his way to first-up straight sets win at the Barcelona Open.

Japanese top-seed begins defence of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Russian.

Murray pleased with Queen's

Andy Murray has welcomed the choice of the Queen's Club grass courts to host Britain's Davis Cup quarterfinal.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his trophy after winning the final tennis match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Nadal used to Djokovic threat

Spaniard praises on-fire Serbian world No 1 after he claims Monte Carlo Masters title as French Open looms.

motorsport

Bourdais to make V8s return

French IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais will team with Lee Holdsworth for the V8 Supercars series' three endurance races later this year.

Experienced French open-wheel driver Sebastien Bourdais will partner with Holden's Lee Holdsworth for this year's Bathurst 1000.

Dixon wins LA IndyCar race

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon's struggling IndyCar campaign roars into life with a win at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton's triumph in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix was his ninth victory in the last 11 grands prix.

Stewart: Hamilton will pass me

Britain's only triple F1 champion believes his record is under threat after Mercedes driver's storming start.

other sports

Chaotic build-up to superfight

Manny Pacquiao works out in his Hollywood gym ahead of his fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 2.

3:34 PM  Tickets yet to go on general sale as preparations for richest fight in boxing history descend into disarray.

Klitschko to enter record books

Ukrainian boxer will match Joe Louis in boxing's record books with his 27th heavyweight title fight.

America's Cup racing boss Iain Murray is excited at the prospects for Bermuda 2017.

Cup more about sailing now

America's Cup racing director Iain Murray predicts sailing skills will outweigh technology for the next event in 2017.

racing

Stallion Monkey Bones put down

Noel and Wendy Kennard with grey trotting stallion Monkey Bones who was put down on Tuesday

2:40 PM  Trotting sire Monkey Bones finally succumbs to an old injury and is put down

Battler breaks through 

Te Awamutu jockey Daniel Hain stepped into a new world when he achieved the ultimate goal at Ellerslie.

Vinnie Colgan riding Silent Achiever to victory in the New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie last year.

Achiever passes trackwork test

Silent Achiever prepares in Brisbane for Gold Coast race after passing trackwork test.

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