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Is this finally the end of Blatter?

Fifa president Sepp Blatter remains defiant despite presiding over a corrupt organisation for 17 years.

OPINION: FBI and Swiss law will be the toughest opponents Fifa president has faced in 17 years at the top.

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.

Time to scrub away the stench

Overseas clubs will wait

cricket

NZ have mountain to climb

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

Siddons sets sail for SA

Aussie's tenure with Wellington Firebirds over as he take South Australia job.

Martin Guptill and the Black Caps have their hands full trying to square the series against England.

Guptill: NZ will bounce back

Black Caps batsman confident test series can be squared with plans in place to counter England tyro Stokes.

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.

5:00 AM  Crusaders lock Dominic Bird refuses to write-off his World Cup chances with the All Blacks.

Plenty to gain for Hurricanes

A Super Rugby playoff berth is assured for the Hurricanes but they'll want a home semifinal.

Crusaders' Dan Carter (R is tackled by Hurricanes' Ma'a Nonu during the Super Rugby Hurricanes v Crusaders rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015. Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.co.nz

Crusaders look for self-respect

Self-respect needs to be a powerful motivator for Richie McCaw's Crusaders against the Canes in Nelson.

football

'I cannot monitor everyone'

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

5:35 AM  Embattled Fifa President Sepp Blatter said the corruption scandal had brought shame and humiliation to football.

Aussies want Blatter dumped

4 min ago  FFA chairman says Australia will vote for Sepp Blatter's rival after latest corruption scandal.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting of the Fifa executive committee in Zurich last year.

Did NZF fail to take a stand?

5:00 AM  OPINION: World football's minnows are expected to come under scrutiny in the wake of Fifa scandal.

league

NSW Blues sweat on Farah

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27:  Robbie Farah of the Blues is attended to by a team trainer after an injury during game one of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on May 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The champagne is on ice for Queensland along with NSW stand-in skipper Robbie Farah's shoulder.

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.

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.

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.

Abercrombie commits future

New Zealand Breakers take another step towards retaining ANBL title by re-signing versatile swingman.

May 26, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) celebrates after beating the Atlanta Hawks in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cavs reach NBA Finals

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

golf

English duo book US Open spots

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

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

Strong finish for Lee at Colonial

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

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

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.

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.

5:54 AM  Novak Djokovic, who required medical treatment, and Andy Murray reach third round at French Open.

Williams survives a scare

5:29 AM  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

5:31 AM  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

Blackhawks not dead just yet

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

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

NZ make strong start at worlds

Gold rush of medals puts Kiwis top of the medal table after first day of world championships in Jesolo, Italy.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 27:  Zane Robertson of New Zealand celebrates after winning bronze in the Men's 5000 metres final at Hampden Park Stadium during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Robertson for 10,000m 

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

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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