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NZF must stand up against Fifa

Fifa president Sepp Blatter reacts during a news conference after being re-elected for a fourth term as president of world football's governing body during the 61st Fifa congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich in 2011.

OPINION: New Zealand must throw its lot behind Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in the Fifa presidential election.

Gould: Origin I a win for vets video

In the end, it can probably be said that this was a victory for experience over youth, writes Phil Gould.

Is this finally the end of Blatter?

Time to scrub away the stench

cricket

Hurting Kiwis won't back down

Coach Mike Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum talk options and tactics during New Zealand's final net session ahead of the second test against England at Headingley.

9:42 AM  Black Caps skipper says there is no panic, just a steely resolve to win the second test against England.

NZ have mountain to climb

The weather, injury concerns and confidence levels mean a series-levelling win over England is a tough ask for NZ.

Corey Anderson puts on a brave smile as he sits out New Zealand's final nets session at Headingley ahead of the second test against England.

Anderson out, Ronchi to debut

NZ allrounder unlikely to play in second test as concerns remain around wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

rugby

Big Bird still chasing ABs dream

Dominic Bird has been listed on the Crusaders bench for the match against the Hurricanes in Nelson on Friday night.

Crusaders lock Dominic Bird refuses to write-off his World Cup chances with the All Blacks.

Bans upheld for Tahs duo video

Tolu Latu and Will Skelton fail in their bid to have bans for tackle on Crusaders lock overturned.

Former Hurricanes and Blues first-five Jimmy Gopperth starred for the Barbarians in their 22-21 win over an Ireland XV in Limerick.

Gopperth helps Baa-Baas to win

9:34 AM  Former Super Rugby player stars as Robbie Deans' Barbarians upset Six Nations champions 22-21 in Limerick.

football

NZF must stand up against Fifa

Fifa president Sepp Blatter reacts during a news conference after being re-elected for a fourth term as president of world football's governing body during the 61st Fifa congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich in 2011.

OPINION: New Zealand must throw its lot behind Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in the Fifa presidential election.

Did NZF fail to take a stand?

OPINION: World football's minnows are expected to come under scrutiny in the wake of Fifa scandal.

Sepp Blatter: "I cannot monitor everyone all the time. If people want to do wrong they will also try to hide it."

'I cannot monitor everyone'

Embattled Fifa President Sepp Blatter said the corruption scandal had brought shame and humiliation to football.

league

Tomkins return lifts Warriors

Sam Tomkins returns to the Warriors starting line-up on Sunday after a seven match absence with a knee injury.

Andrew McFadden had no hesitation selecting his English fullback as soon as he was fit enough to play.

Gould: Origin I a win for vets video

In the end, it can probably be said this was a victory for experience over youth in opener, writes Phil Gould.

Robbie Farah is treated by a trainer after injuring his shoulder during the opening State of Origin clash on Wednesday.

Origin hit left Farah breathless

New South Wales skipper expected to be sidelined for up to a month with a shoulder injury.

basketball

Golden State back in the big time

May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors players celebrate with the western conference championship trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

Cavs reach NBA Finals

The championship LeBron James craves more than any other is just four wins away.

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fired after five years in the job.

Chicago Bulls fire head coach

8:26 AM  The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach, ending a five-year tenure.

golf

Rory McIlroy has a day to forget

Rory McIlroy had a day to forget after carding a nine-over 80 in the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

Superstar golfer falls apart in front of home crowd amid gales and pounding showers at the Irish Open.

High end golf 'going great'

Golf's health may be ailing, but on eve of his New York City course opening Donald Trump says business is good.

England's Ian Poulter has booked his spot at next month's US Open  via this week's world rankings.

English duo book US spots

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood among 25 players to book spots at next month's US Open via world rankings.

netball

Grant punished for umpire rant

Katrina Grant has received a suspended two-match ban for her outburst at umpire Jono Bredin.

Pulse skipper receives suspended ban for her conduct during a match against Steel on May 17.

Grant summoned over spat

Central Pulse captain faces a possible fine, censure or even suspension over her reaction to an umpire's call on May 17.

Casey Kopua, here looking to block the shot of Ameliaranne Wells, made her return from injury in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's win over the Central Pulse in Hamilton on Monday night.

Magic not about to ease up 

Their last-round match is effectively meaningless, but the Magic want to keep high standards ahead of playoffs.

tennis

Djokovic, Murray advance

Novak Djokovic required medical treatment on his groin and hip area during his straight sets victory over Gilles Simon.

Novak Djokovic, who required medical treatment, and Andy Murray reach third round at French Open.

Williams survives a scare

Serena Williams played with fire at the French Open but pulled through against Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Rafa Nadal powered past compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets to reach the third round.

Rafa Nadal dismisses Almagro

Rafa Nadal got his usual confidence boost from Nicolas Almagro, reaching the third round in Paris.

motorsport

Dixon fourth in chaotic race video

Indy 500

Kiwi driver just misses a podium finish in an action-packed Indy 500 punctuated by crashes and a tight finish.

Rosberg thanks luck for victory

F1 driver enjoys "probably the best luck of his career" on way to victory at Monaco.

WRC driver Hayden Paddon is happy with his progress at Rally Portugal.

Paddon closes gap in Portugal

Kiwi rally driver back on track after finishing eighth after final day at the Rally Portugal.

other sports

Contador extends Giro d'Italia lead

Alberto Contador of Spain climbs during the 18th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia in Italy.

8:53 AM  Spanish cyclist extends his overall Giro d'Italia lead to over five minutes after a bold attack in the 18th stage.

Robertson for 10,000m 

NZ runner targets the World Championship-qualifying time as he steps up to join strong field in US.

May 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is hit from behind by Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) in the third period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks not dead just yet

Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks 5-2 to send NHL Western Conference Final series to Game Seven.

racing

Hover ready to rock 'n' roll

Madonna Mia and rider Darryl Bradley record a runaway win in the Trentham Gold Cup Cup at Trentham last Saturday.

Allan Sharrock looks set to reap further rewards with his team at Wanganui on Saturday.

Aussie pumped up for Jewels

Australian trainer Amanda Turnbull excited to chase Harness Jewels Diamonds. 

A second line special

John Dunn knows it's possible to win the Harness Jewels from the second line.

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