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opinion

Fitzgerald had 'gutful' of CRNZ

Disabled kayaker Scott Martlew has just had most of his funding removed despite being in the world’s top 10 in his class.

Young paddlers struggling against oppressive contracts, bizarre non-selection decisions and withdrawn funding.

John Kirwan's time up at Blues

OPINION: Under pressure coach's audacious attempt to save his job is nothing but a desperate move.

Chiefs support blown away

Marshall's days in black over

cricket

McCullum a big hit in IPL stats video

mccullum

Highest score, most sixes and a rampant run rate have the New Zealand star proving his worth in cricket's richest league.

Taylor: England no easy-beats

Disneyland family holiday has NZ batsman freshened for England test series.

The international retirement of Jonathan Trott, far right, means captain Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell and James Anderson are the only England players with an Ashes success under their belt going into this year's series with Australia.

Another brick in the wall gone

Batsman follows other big names into wilderness to leave England desperately short of experience for Ashes.

rugby

Injured Barrett out for four weeks

The Hurricanes will be without star first-five Beauden Barrett for the next four weeks as he looks to recover from a knee injury.

Relief for All Blacks coach as star first-five cleared of season-ending knee injury.

Boks feel Super Rugby pain

SA go into RWC training camp with nearly half the squad not taking part owing to tough Super season.

Crusaders first five-eighth Colin Slade is refusing to concede their Super Rugby playoff hopes are over.

Slade says hope is not lost

Crusaders teeter on the edge of Super Rugby oblivion but first-five isn't giving up.

football

Sanchez scores like Henry

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has become the first player since Thierry Henry to score 20 goals in his first season at the club.

1:29 PM  Chilean striker the first Arsenal player since France great to score over 20 goals in his debut season at the club.

Maradona: 'Anarchy' must end

Argentina's World Cup winning captain launches a blistering attack on current Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Striker Kenny Cunningham has tweeted that he is leaving the Wellington Phoenix.

Cunningham leaving Phoenix

Costa Rica striker tweets that he is leaving the A-League club after two seasons.

league

Aussies may be No 2 for long time

Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith reflects on yet another low moment during his sides convincing loss to the Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

8 min ago  OPINION: Kiwis rise to world No 1 must have Australian camp questioning decision not to play again for 12 months.

Laumape out for the season

Warriors centre to undergo surgery on his injured knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is believed to be the first choice replacement for Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.

Bellamy in focus for Kangaroos

Melbourne Storm coach believed to be the first choice to replace Tim Sheens with the Australia rugby league team.

basketball

NBA-laden Boomers to face NZ

Part of the San Antonio Spurs side eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Sunday, Patty Mills, left, and  Aron Baynes, centre, are two of six NBA players to make themselves available for the Australian side to face NZ in August.

As Tall Blacks wait on Steven Adams’ decision, Aussies reveal they will be stacked for Olympic qualifiers.

LA Clippers end Spurs' hopes

Miracle last-second shot by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul eliminates reigning NBA champions San Antonio.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, finished with 22 points against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Warriors rout Grizzlies in opener

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on fire as Golden State bag 101-86 win in NBA Western Conference semis.

golf

Ko just holds on to No 1 ranking

Lydia Ko has a challenge on her hands to hold off South Korean Inbee Park at the top of women's golf.

But Kiwi's grip at the top of golf loosens as South Korean rival Inbee Park closes in.

Ko stalls as arch rival wins

Kiwi golfer unable to make inroads in North Texas Shootout, settling for a tie for 41st.

World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy lifts the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Gary Woodland in the final of the World Golf Championships Match Play at TPC Harding Park in California.

McIlroy wins WGC Match Play

World No 1 golfer solidifies his place at the top of the sport with an impressive 4&2 match play title win.

netball

Injured Kopua remains sidelined

Injured captain Casey Kopua will sit alongside coach Julie Fitzgerald for the Magic's match against the Steel.

14 min ago  Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald rules star defender out for at least another week.

Mystics shut down Tactix rally

Mainland Tactix beaten 61-53 by New Zealand conference rivals after an inconsistent performance in Auckland.

Shannon Francois, left, hugs Gina Crampton in celebration as captain Wendy Frew looks on after the Steel's thrilling 50-49 win over the Central Pulse in Dunedin.

Tough road lies ahead for Steel

Southern Steel up to second in NZ conference but have arguably hardest road home of the playoff contenders.

tennis

Murray snaps his claycourt jinx

Andy Murray poses in traditional bavarain Lederhosen after winning the rain-delayed Munich Open final.

Andy Murray's preparations for the French Open gather momentum in Munich.

Nadal comes to terms with slide

Spaniard ranked fourth in world and heading in wrong direction as things still not going to plan this season.

Caroline Wozniacki is through to the third round at the Madrid Open.

Wozniacki reaches third round

Danish star powers past American Christina McHale 7-5 6-0 to advance at the Madrid Open.

motorsport

F1 champion linked with Ferrari

British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is yet to ink a new deal with Mercedes beyond this season.

Lewis Hamilton yet to sign a new contract with Formula One outfit Mercedes.

Conroy wants to fuel knowledge

Invercargill race car driver Jamie Conroy is heading to the United States on a "reconnaissance trip".

Brendon Hartley helped Porsche to a podium finish in the latest round of the World Endurance Championship in Belgium.

Evans and Stanaway win at Spa

New Zealand drivers enjoy outstanding day as World Endurance Championship continues at Spa in Belgium.

other sports

Money's $100m 'the real deal'

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Mayweather's winner's cheque for beating Pacquiao legit, reporters privy to a sneak-peek say.

Olympics boss Bach praises NZ

Kiwi sporting heritage, achievements, and passion acknowledged as two-day visit starts in Auckland.

Mark Hunt is out to stake another claim in the tough ranks of the UFC's heavyweight division in Adelaide this weekend.

'God-given' skills, Hunt happy

Kiwi UFC star declares: "I pay my bills and I believe in Jesus. Fighting is the gift I was given by God."

racing

Titan Banner heads to Addington

Rising star Titan Banner is entered for the Addington meeting on Saturday.

Titan Banner, rated by Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson as the best pacer he has trained, will step out at Addington on Saturday.

Sucre upsets at Riccarton

One would hope Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew was keeping an eye on Riccarton results from his mai mai.

Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah passes Gary Stevens on Firing Line to win the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby won in a sprint

American Pharoah's sweeping move from the outside of track clinches the win in a thrilling final stretch duel.

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