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What's wrong with the Crusaders?

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder ponders a disappointing and frustrating Super Rugby campaign.

OPINION: Can the Crusaders be fixed? Is Will Skelton the next Quade Cooper? And we talk All Blacks bolters for RWC.

Bidwell: Grant's ban is a joke

OPINION: Norma Plummer set standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

NZF must stand up against Fifa

Gould: Origin I a win for vets video


Live: Black Caps vs England

Kane Williamson bats during the first Investec Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. Photo credit: Graham Morris /

Follow our live coverage from Headingley as New Zealand clash with England in the second test.

Hurting Kiwis won't back down

Black Caps skipper says there is no panic in team, just a steely resolve to win second England test at Headingley.

Heavy rain overnight delayed the start of the second test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

Start of second test hit by rain

The Black Caps' second England test at Headingley delayed by heavy overnight rain in Yorkshire.


Crusaders crush Canes in Nelson video

Hurricanes first five-eighth Otere Black fends off Crusader Luke Romano at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

10:53 PM  Super Rugby leaders suffer second loss of season as Crusaders clinch 35-18 win at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Loyalty, legacy drive AB duo

Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea put loyalty and their international ambitions ahead of promised riches of France.

Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond crashes over in the tackle of Brad Shields at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Nadolo runs hot in derby win video

10:31 PM  So many questions remain unanswered after watching the Crusaders beat the Canes 35-18 in Nelson.


NZ Football to vote for change

Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will have the support of NZ Football for the looming Fifa presidential election.

President Mark Aspden confirms they will support Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in Fifa presidential election.

Blatter calls for unity in Zurich 

Embattled president calls on members of Fifa to stick together to stamp out corruption after latest scandal.

English FA chairman Greg Dyke has suggested England would support a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

English FA mull Cup boycott

Greg Dyke says England could support boycott of 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter is re-elected as Fifa boss.


Inglis cleared to take on Titans

Greg Inglis helped the Maroons win their State of Origin opener against NSW on Wednesday night.

Queensland fullback cleared to back up from State of Origin I and run out for the Rabbitohs against the Gold Coast titans on Saturday.

Origin hit left Farah breathless

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

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

Tomkins return lifts Warriors

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


Craig's journey to the Saints video

Wellington Saints import Torrey Craig has set the league alight with his high scoring and highlight-reel dunks

American star Torrey Craig described as one of the best basketball imports to ever play game in New Zealand.

Redemption on Rams' minds

Co-captain Marques Whippy and the Rams are vowing to redeem themselves after their pride was dented last week.

Manawatu's Jeremia Trueman tries to block the progress of the Nelson Giants' Josh Duinker at Arena Manawatu on Friday night.

Giants prove too good for Jets

A stellar performance from Josh Duinker saw the Nelson Giants start their North Island road trip with a big win.


Kiwi golfer cards on PGA Tour

Danny Lee of New Zealand smiles after hitting a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during the first round of the Byron Nelson championship on Friday (NZ time).

New Zealand pro Danny Lee starts well at Byron Nelson championship on the back of two first-round eagles.

English duo book US spots

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

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.

Rory McIlroy has a day to forget

World No 1 golfer falls apart in front of expectant home crowd amid gales and pounding showers at the Irish Open.


Bidwell: Grant's suspension a joke

Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Pulse captain Katrina Grant.

OPINION: Norma Plummer set the standard when it comes to delivering home truths, not Katrina Grant.

Grant punished for umpire rant

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

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's Casey Kopua made her long-awaited return from injury against the Central Pulse.

Magic seek consistency, flow

It may not matter on the points table, but the Magic still have goals to aim for against the Tactix on Sunday.


Djokovic, Murray advance

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

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

Williams survives a scare

World No 1 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 at Roland Garros.


FIA seeks new F1 team from 2016

Formula One has lacked competition this season with big teams like Mercedes and Ferrari dominating races.

Formula One's governing body launches tender for a potential new team that could join starting grid next season.

Paddon closes gap in Portugal

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon back on track after finishing eighth after final day at the Rally Portugal.

Indy 500

Dixon fourth in chaotic race video

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

other sports

Consistency is key for young Kiwi

Josiah Natzke needs consistent performances to rise up the European championship ranks.

Hamilton motocross rider Josiah Natzke remains in title hunt after two good rounds.

Coast to Coast's new direction

Schools will be able to compete against each other at next year's running of long-standing multisport event.

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

Contador extends Giro lead

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


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.

Dunn backing duo at Jewels

Saturday's Harness Jewels will be the end of an era for trainer Geoff Dunn.

Cambridge galloper El Roca will tackle the A$175,000 QTC Cup in Brisbane on Saturday.

Busuttin's speedy achiever

Jockey gets second shot to win Castletown Stakes, the race named after father's famous stayer.

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