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Black Caps beaten at own game

There were plenty of headaches for New Zealand in their meltdown at Lord's in the final two days of a gripping test.

OPINION: New Zealand have built a monster that has quickly come back to bite them with England counter-punching to glory at Lord's.

Barker move could haunt Kiwis

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cricket

Black Caps beaten at own game

There were plenty of headaches for New Zealand in their meltdown at Lord's in the final two days of a gripping test.

OPINION: New Zealand have built a monster that has quickly come back to bite them with England counter-punching to glory at Lord's.

Warne backs Bayliss to shine

Australian bowling great backs countryman to take over bitter rivals before Ashes, saying it would boost English setup.

Pakistan's Raza Hasan sends down a delivery during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Pakistan's Raza cops drug ban

4:40 PM  Pakistan spin bowler banned from playing for two years after failing a doping test, country's cricket board says.

rugby

Jones keen for Thorn's hand video

Colourful Welsh prop Adam Jones is entering into the banter that comes with playing for the Barbarians.

Rugged Welsh rugby prop desperate to have ex-All Blacks star "shove his hand between my legs in scrum".

Second start looms for Black

Not so hidden gem Otere Black should not be just a Hurricane for the here and now after promising debut.

Robbie Deans has hinted that a return to international rugby would tempt him most as he distances himself from links to Irish club Leinster.

Deans denies Leinster links

Sought-after Kiwi rugby coach loyal to Japan club, noting an international coaching offer "would excite me more".

football

Reid pays tribute to axed manager

Axed West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was a popular figure with his players.

All Whites skipper says charismatic coach Sam Allardyce always had the backing of his players.

Liverpool say Rodgers' job safe

Club indicate that coach's position is unchanged regardless of 6-1 loss to Stoke on final day of EPL season.

Chelsea's John Terry, centre, and Didier Drogba, left, lead the celebrations after winning the Premier League title.

Friendly clash to break records

The new record attendance for ANZ Stadium to be set by Sydney FC vs Chelsea friendly game.

league

Banks to join Glenn's league trust video

The New Zealand Warriors league team is set to be owned by fans after Sir Owen Glenn gave his stake to a Trust.

4:23 PM  John Banks to head trust set up by millionaire to hold his shares in Warriors team on behalf of fans.

Broncos surge to NRL win

Brisbane Broncos surge to an impressive 31-18 NRL win over Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium on Monday.

Blues coach Laurie Daley is wary of Queensland striking back after losing the State of Origin shield last year.

Daley: NSW 'fear' Queensland

NSW Blues coach maintains Maroons have lost none of their edge despite being toppled as champs last year.

basketball

Rockets stay alive in NBA series

May 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

4:13 PM  Rockets' 128-115 victory over Warriors keeps NBA Western Conference finals series alive.

Cavaliers close on NBA finals

LeBron James comes good as Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks to close in on a spot in the NBA finals.

06042015 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. Wellington Saints VS Canterbury Rams at TSB Arena. Sport. Basketball Wellington Saint?s Torrey Craig and Canterbury Rams? Richie Edwards

Saints to play Taiwan tourney

3:18 PM  NBL champions will play in Taiwan later this year after accepting an invitation.

golf

Trump: High end golf 'going great'

US billionaire Donald Trump is about to open his latest golf venture the Trump Links at Ferry Point, New York City.

Golf health may be ailing, but on eve of his NYC course opening billionaire says business is grand.

Korean rookie in runaway win

An Byeong Hun only third European Tour rookie to win BMW PGA Championship, roaring to six-shot victory.

Danny Lee recorded his third top-10 finish of the PGA Tour season, at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club on Monday (NZ time).

Strong finish for Lee at Colonial

Kiwi golfer records his third top-10 finish of the PGA Tour season with a 10th place in Texan tournament.

netball

Magic not about to ease up 

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.

4:37 PM  Their last-round match is effectively meaningless, but the Magic want to keep their high standards.

Magic secure second spot in NZ 

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic march on but it's almost game over for the Central Pulse in trans-Tasman netball league.

Katrina Grant is in hot water for a post-match confrontation with umpire Jono Bredin after her side's draw with the Southern Steel last week.

Grant summoned over spat

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

tennis

Sharapova booed, Murray on run

French Open No 2 seed Maria Sharapova blows kisses to the crowd after winning her first round match 6-1 6-4.

French Open defending champ jeered at Roland Garros after preferring to keep her thoughts to herself.

Williams out in the first round

Former world No 1 suffers early French Open exit beaten in straight sets by an American challenger.

World No 14 Gael Monfils is considered the best French hope at Roland Garros this year.

Monfils dodging Open pressure

French tennis star not feeling weight of expectation from home crowd, but could do with a new pair of shorts.

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

Ducks take lead in NHL series

May 25, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) controls the puck defended by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65), defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (26), and defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) during the second period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

4:54 PM  Anaheim Ducks beat Chicago Blackhawks to take 3-2 lead in NHL Western Conference Finals.

Lightning close on NHL Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers 2-0 to move within one win of the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2015 - Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Paris

Thursday - Day 2

Women's Team Pursuit First Round
Men's Team Pursuit First Round

Men's Keirin
Women's 500m Time Trial
Women's Team Pursuit Finals
Men's Scratch Race
Men's Team Pursuit Finals

NZ track cyclists cross Tasman

Some of NZ's leading cyclists will get a baptism of fire when they return to track competition in Australia.

racing

Too much pressure to perform

One of the world's leading thoroughbred owners and trainers, deputy ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheik Hamdan says horses chasing Triple Crown face too much pressure in short space of time.

Secret Spirit takes Foal Stakes

Adrian Clark Clark and Challenge syndicate in clover again at Ellerslie.

Galloper Volkstok’n’barrell has been attracting some high money bids.

Volkstok'n'barrell sale a saga

A multi-million-dollar deal to buy glamour galloper Volkstok'n'barrell has been scuppered.

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