First blood to Breakers in final

SLAM DUNK: Ekene Ibekwe of the Breakers rises high to score in Cairns.

New Zealand Breakers win first game of grand final series against Cairns Taipans 86-71.

'Phenomenal' de Villers in focus

DANGER MAN: South African captain AB de Villiers has been on fire with the bat so far in the World Cup.

15 min ago  South Africa hoping for third consecutive 400+ score in must-win CWC match for Pakistan.

Kirwan needs win, badly

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Blues coach Sir John Kirwan during an Auckland Blues Super Rugby training session at Unitec on February 10, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Winless after three matches, under-fire Blues coach faces contest with Lions that's must-win on all sorts of levels.

Dhoni steers India home video

CAPTAIN COOL: India skipper MS Dhoni bats against West Indies at Perth.

West Indies chip away at wickets, but "Captain Cool" holds his nerve to score CWC win for India.

Sprinter scared into begging

EBOLA: Health workers bury the body of a suspected Ebola victim at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

8:50 AM  Athlete found in London having skipped flight home after seeing family dying from Ebola on TV.

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opinion

Kane totally in his comfort zone

Kane Williamson hits a 6 to win the match for New Zealand during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 28 February 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

OPINION: Watching the star batsman over the final five balls of NZ's dramatic win over Australia, one player came to mind: Steve Waugh.

Pora fiasco a stain on Snedden

OPINION: Has Martin Snedden made the first misstep of his untarnished career in sports admin?

Rugby's burning questions

Best XI of World Cup so far

cricket world cup

'Phenomenal' de Villers in focus

DANGER MAN: South African captain AB de Villiers has been on fire with the bat so far in the World Cup.

14 min ago  South Africa hoping for third consecutive 400+ score in must-win CWC match for Pakistan.

Dhoni steers India home video

West Indies chip away at wickets, but "Captain Cool" holds his nerve to score CWC win for India.

TAKING THE REINS: Brendan Taylor will captain Zimbabwe against Ireland in their crucial Cricket World Cup clash in Hobart.

High-stakes in Hobart

18 min ago  CWC crunch-time for Zimbabwe needing a win against Ireland to have chance at knockout stages.

rugby

Kirwan needs win over Lions

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Blues coach Sir John Kirwan during an Auckland Blues Super Rugby training session at Unitec on February 10, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Winless after three matches, under-fire Blues coach faces contest with Lions that's must-win on all sorts of levels.

Brumbies down the Force

The Brumbies spoiled a return to Super Rugby for Wallabies winger Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins.

DANGER MAN: Highlander Malakai Fekitoa has a charge at the Chiefs' line in Hamilton.

Highlanders win thriller

Highlanders win gripping Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

football

Injury leaves Durante in doubt

KEY MAN: Phoenix defender Andrew Durante will need to be on his game against the Melbourne Victory today.

Wellington side sweating on fitness of captain ahead of battle with A-League high-fliers Adelaide.

Giggs' patience put to the test

Stony countenance and throwaway comments spark speculation over Man United star's future.

FOOTBALL PARTY: Argentina fans play drums for Diego Maradona in the streets of Buenos Aires.

Drums, beer and banners ban

Efforts to keep hooligans out of Copa America puts tournament at risk of being dull.

league

Cherry-Evans signs for Gold Coast 

HEADING NORTH: Daly Cherry-Evans in action for Manly against Parramatta.

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans tells team-mates of move after bad loss to Parramatta.

Townsend wants FT start

Warriors five-eighth "over the moon" after winning starting spot for opening match of NRL season against Knights.

SETTLING IN: Anthony Watmough of the Parramatta Eels.

Eels put Sea Eagles to sword

NZ international Kieran Foran goes off injured as his Manly side are walloped by Parramatta.

basketball

First blood to Breakers in final

SLAM DUNK: Ekene Ibekwe of the Breakers rises high to score in Cairns.

New Zealand Breakers win first game of grand final series against Cairns Taipans 86-71 on the road.

Guard battle the defining duel

As Cedric Jackson goes, so too do the Breakers. So far you could say that's working out for them rather well.

03032015 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Canterbury Rams new American import Kyle Coston gets ready for the upcoming National Basketball League season.

Thousand shots a day pay off

Canterbury Rams American import Kyle Coston is living proof that practice does makes perfect.

golf

Ko still in hunt for HSBC title

during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on March 6, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore.

Kiwi world women's No 1 remains in fourth place after second round of HSBC Championship in Singapore.

Ko keeping up with leaders  video

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is in a tie for fourth in the HSBC Championship tournament in Singapore.

New Zealand's Josh Geary in action at NZPGA Championship.

Geary shares lead at NZ PGA video

Kiwi Josh Geary has a share of the lead going into the final two days of the NZ PGA Championship.

netball

Pulse need to use their anger 

20022015 sport photos  Above Ground Level Photography. Focused: Liana Leota aims to bring home gold from this year???s Netball World Cup in Australia this August.

After being handed a first round hiding, Wellington-based franchise fired up for big clash at home against Firebirds.

Netball not player's first love

If things had gone her way Jane Watson might have ended up playing for the Football Ferns.

220115  Photo: Bruce Mercer / Fairfax NZ.
Magic pre season training -- Kristiana Manu'a

Manu'a making swift transition

Still just 19, Kristiana Manu'a filled Casey Kopua's shoes with aplomb in tense opening round win over Thunderbirds.

tennis

NZ, China locked 1-1 in Davis Cup

TOP TALENT: New Zealand tennis star Michael Venus.

9:10 AM  Tennis teams level-pegging after two marathon five-setters on the first day of tie at Auckland.

Tweet fuels talk of return

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has sparked speculation of a return from retirement.

Michael Venus

Venus to fill singles spot

New Zealand Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt has chosen to use Michael Venus only for singles rubbers.

motorsport

Report: F1 teams warn of boycott

INJURED: Spanish formula one driver Fernando Alonso.

Some F1 teams are reportedly threatening to boycott the Australian GP after Fernando Alonso's mysterious testing crash.

Van Gisbergen making move

Kiwi V8 Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen will jump ship to Triple Eight Racing team next year.

Fernando Alonso waves to the media as he leaves a hospital north of Barcelona on February 25 after being hospitalised following a crash during testing.

Fears raised over Alonso

Reports in Spain say injured F1 star Fernando Alonso woke up in hospital thinking he was teenage go-kart star.

other sports

Sprinter French right on track

Cameron French wins the Men's 400m. Auckland Track Challenge, Trusts Arena, Auckland, Thursday 26th February. Copyright Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.photosport.co.nz

Cameron French ran an impressive 50.28 seconds to win the national 400m hurdles final at Newtown Park.

Brown still Taupo favourite

At 42 years of age, Cameron Brown is still the king of Ironman New Zealand.

AMERICA BOUND: Jake Robertson hopes to break some records in the US.

Wind scuppers record hopes

Jake Robertson's hopes of setting NZ 5000-metre record go south in Wellington wind.

racing

Per Incanto quinella the dream

GOOD BET:  Dal Cielo, left, is one of the favourites for the Group I Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.

Per Incanto the sire of Dal Cielo and Rocanto has the two favourites for the Group I Diamond Stakes

Auckland is Marsh's kinda meet

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has four wins and two seconds from seven runners over first two days.

during the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Alexandra Park on March 6, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Purdon, Rasmussen win big

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have good night at Alexandra Park and bank more than $333k.

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