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John Kirwan's time up at Blues

It's time for the Blues and Sir John Kirwan to part ways after another disappointing campaign.

OPINION: Under pressure coach's audacious attempt to save his job is a desperate move when the writing's already on the wall.

Chiefs support blown away

OPINION: The better the Hurricanes go the less support will transfer over to the Chiefs in Taranaki region.

Marshall's days in black over

Umaga or Smith for Blues job?

cricket

Bashed around Boult laughs last

Black Caps bowler Trent Boult's IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad have beaten the Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs.

NZ bowler fails to fire in IPL match, but team-mates get the job done against Brendon McCullum's CSK.

New Zealand 'not under threat'

Black Caps stars not at risk of being poached by organisers of rebel cricket league despite moves by Cricket Australia.

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a national record 206 to lead his side to a draw with Pakistan in Khulna.

Iqbal double ton saves test

Highest test score ever made by a Bangladeshi anchors innings as draw with Pakistan forced.

rugby

Chiefs vow to turn it around

Melbourne Rebels flanker Colby Fainga'a celebrates after his team upset the Chiefs in Melbourne.

Dave Rennie's team will have a few days off in bye week before preparing for must-win Canes clash.

Barrett goes for scans on knee

Hurricanes hold their breath and hope for the best as they await scan results on first five-eighth's twisted knee.

Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes pumps his fists in the air after scoring a try against the Crusaders.

NZ franchises in playoff scrap

As well as they're travelling, the Hurricanes, Chiefs and Highlanders have asterisks next to their title aspirations.

football

Phoenix eliminated from playoffs

Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns is challenged by Melbourne City keeper Andrew Redmayne at Westpac Stadium.

Phoenix fall at the first playoff hurdle after a 2-0 loss to Melbourne City in their A-League ellimination final at Westpac Stadium.

Juventus clinch Serie A title

Turin-based club claim their 31st Serie A league title, making them Italy's most successful domestic team.

New Zealand Under-20's Matthew Ridenton in action during their 3-2 loss to Australia in the  Five Nations tournament in Auckland.

NZ Under-2os lose warm-up

NZ under-20s' World Cup warm-up campaign gets off to a disappointing start after a 3-2 loss to Australia.

league

Kearney revels in Anzac test win

Kiwis star Shaun Johnson, second left, celebrates a try with team-mates during the Anzac test in Brisbane.

Kiwis coach took more pleasure from the backs to the wall effort in second half, than he did in the four-try blitz in the first.

Recap: Kiwis thrash Kangaroos

New Zealand claim bragging rights in Anzac test after a thrilling 26-12 win over Australia in Brisbane.

Kiwis five-eighth Kieran Foran runs the ball during the Anzac test against the Kangaroos in Brisbane.

Foran hails defensive effort

10:54 PM  Kiwis star Kieran Foran says it was crucial not to give the Kangaroos a sniff of a comeback in Anzac test.

basketball

LA Clippers end Spurs' hopes

LA Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, scored a  a miracle last-second shot to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs.

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

Saints hand Giants first loss

Nelson Giants beaten for first time in seven matches this season as Wellington Saints collect 102-85 win in capital.

Canterbury's Jermaine Taylor shoots over Super City Rangers defender Reuben Te Rangi on Saturday night.

Rams face testing trip after loss

A pivotal road trip awaits Canterbury Rams after 86-76 loss to Super City Rangers on Saturday night.

golf

Pearce clinches maiden tour win

Daniel Pearce with the Muriwai open trophy after a thrilling final day in Auckland.

Ashburton golfer holds his nerve in a dramatic final round to win his maiden Charles tour title at Muriwai.

Campbell to retire from golf

New Zealand's one-time US Open champion set to retire from top level golf to focus on setting up his academies.

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko hits a tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the North Texas Shootout.

Ko edges up the leaderboard

Second sub-par round continues Kiwi world No1 golfer Lydia Ko's revival at North Texas Shootout.

netball

Mystics shut down Tactix rally

Northern Mystics' Serena Gurthrie is put under pressure by Tactix midcourter Erikana Pedersen in Auckland.

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

Steel pip Pulse at the death

Significant step taken towards trans-Tasman playoffs with pulsating 50-49 come-from-behind win over Central Pulse.

It was another night of long faces for Liana Leota and the Central Pulse, following Saturday's loss to the Steel.

Grant backs Pulse playoff push

With three teams to qualify for the NZ conference, you'd expect a side with the Pulse's talent to waltz in.

tennis

Wimbledon riches on the way up

2014 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic kisses the victor's trophy. Should he win the tennis major again in 2015 he will collect $3.8m in prize money.

All England Club lifts tennis major prize pool to $53m with the singles champions to take home $3.8m each.

Nishikori wins Barcelona Open

World No 5 made to fight hard in defence of his title, eventually beating Spanish finalist 6-4 6-4.

Kiwi tennis player Artem Sitak made it to the final of the ATP doubles event in Romania.

Sitak loses 'epic' doubles final

Kiwi tennis player can't find finishing form in the final of an ATP event, losing in a third set tie-breaker.

motorsport

Winterbottom wins first in Perth

Mark Winterbottom leads team-mate Chaz Mostert during race one of the latest V8 Supercars round in Perth.

Ford driver ignites V8 Supercars title bid, jumping past pole-holder at start and holding on by half a second.

Kiwis on fire in Belgium

Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber right on track at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. 

James Courtney says the tyre rules at this weekend's V8 Supercars round in Perth will impact on how aggressive drivers can be.

Tyre management is the key

V8 Supercars star says conditions and tyre rules for Perth track have made life tough for drivers.

other sports

Mayweather decisions Pacquiao video

Floyd Mayweather Jr celebrates his unanimous points decision win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten American earns a unanimous decision victory over Filipino rival in their superfight in Las Vegas.

Pacquaio blames injury video

Filipino idol says shoulder injury hampered bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather is driven to the ropes by Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight clash at the MGM Grand.

Filipinos demand rematch video

Manny Pacquiao's loss to American rival met with tears, anger and accusations of foul play in his homeland.

racing

Kentucky Derby won in a sprint

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

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

Walsh, Bradley show the way

Senior jockey's experience proved vital when both picked up winning trebles and features at Riccarton.

Sean Bellew picked up a winning double including the Listed Great Easter Stakes while he was duck shooting.

Sucre upsets at Riccarton

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

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