NZ claim Sydney Sevens crown video

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  The New Zealand team perform the haka as they celebrate victory after the 2016 Sydney Sevens cup final match between Australia and New Zealand  at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

10:20 PM  Rieko Ioane seals hat-trick after hooter to help New Zealand win thrilling final 27-24 against Australia.

The icing on the Sevens cake

Result stands after mix-up

NZ seal pavlova bragging rights

The real prize at stake in the Sydney Sevens final.

10:38 PM  Beating Australia to claim Sydney Sevens title was a piece of cake for triumphant Kiwis.

Warriors fall short in final video

Warriors star Shaun Johnson leaves the field injured during his side's final defeat to the Parramatta Eels.

Date with Nines destiny shattered but coach Andrew McFadden left proud of weekend's efforts.

'Nines can go worldwide' video

Corey Norman of the Parramatta Eels celebrates after winning the Auckland Nines final at Eden Park.

9:34 PM  Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga sees Auckland event as a potential international drawcard.

Hurrell's running repairs video

Hurrell says he only has himself to blame after admitting his running technique caused the injury to Jake Trbojevic.

Warriors centre blames his running technique for inflicting nasty injury on Jake Trbojevic.

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Sodhi called up again

Ish Sodhi has been called up as cover for Mitchell Santner.

Ish Sodhi has been called in as cover for Black Caps allrounder Mitchell Santner who has a sore right foot.

Breakers haul in Taipans

NZ Breakers centre Alex Pledger looks to grab the ball ahead of Cairns Taipans` Matthew Burston at the North Shore Events Centre.

The defending champion Breakers may now fancy their chances of retaining their crown.

Phoenix fail to fire - again video

Michael McGlinchey squanders a glorious opportunity in front of goal.

Ernie Merrick's 'nice guys' go down to a single goal as Perth take all the glory in Wellington.

Fans' favourites fall short gallery

Fans geared up to head into Eden Park Stadium for the warriors play off, in the second day of the NRL Auckland Nines.

The Warriors were just one win away from Nines glory - but the fans at Eden Park enjoyed the ride.

Michael Long wins Victorian Open

Michael Long claimed his third victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia after recovering well from deep rough.

Kiwi golfer makes miraculous approach shot from deep rough to set up third triumph on PGA Tour of Australasia.

'The Nines are dangerous'

Jake Trbojevic of the Manly Sea Eagles is carried off the field after being struck by Warriors player Konrad Hurrell's knee.

Manly coach Trent Barrett hits out over casualty list and says the NRL is putting players' welfare at risk.

Twin tons put Knights in box seat

Northern Districts batsman Daryl Mitchell was one of two century makers in their Plunket Shield clash against Central Districts at Napier.

ND are on top of CD with one day to go in their Plunket Shield game.

BMac's counterpart takes different path

Ryan Campbell returns to international cricket for the World Twenty20, but not in Australian colours.

They debuted in the same ODI, but the careers of Brendon McCullum and Ryan Campbell couldn't have been more different.

Black Caps are Gup-smacked

There was disappointment on several levels for Martin Guptill on Saturday night as he departs Westpac Stadium with captain Brendon McCullum.

If Kane Williamson was an IPL owner, he would have purchased the mystifyingly unwanted Guptill.

Lee on the cusp of second win

Danny Lee leads the Phoenix Open in Arizona by three shots.

Danny Lee in stellar form at Phoenix Open, leading Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama by three shots.

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Career-defining series for Australians

How will Australian opener Joe Burns fare in the upcoming test series?

Australia's batsmen will be tested in the test series, writes Dean Jones.

Sledging: Just good fun? video

Duncan Johnstone and Richard Knowler discuss whether sledging should be canned or encouraged.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

Gifford: Ioane the future

Rugby

Sevens result to stand video

The New Zealand sevens team huddles during their final Pool A match against Australia on day one at the Sydney Sevens.

World Rugby won't rewrite history, but might take action, after NZ's extra man play in extra time.

Wheeler leads tribute video

Highlanders back Richard Buckman.

Highlanders lock Joe Wheeler has paid tribute to the injured Richard Buckman through song.

Ranger chases ABs recall

Rene Ranger starred in his return to this Blues, playing his first match in 10 months after neck surgery.

Blues midfielder has no regrets about leaving for France and now keen to chase black jersey.

Gifford: Ioane the future

In the wide-open spaces of sevens, it becomes blindingly easy to judge a player's ability to beat his marker – as Akira Ioane of New Zealand shows fending off Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Wellington Sevens final.

OPINION: Sevens showed us there's a mindset to match the imposing physical frame of rising star.

Cricket

Nuttall in fine nick in Canterbury clash

Canterbury quick Ed Nuttall continued his fine bowling form against Auckland with a five wicket haul in the first innings and two early wickets in the second innings.

Strike bowler Ed Nuttall struck with two early wickets to give Canterbury a fighting chance of toppling Auckland in their Plunket Shield clash at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

Popli, Mitchell make tons for ND

Bharat Popli made his second Plunket Shield century of the season.

The Northern Knights have a good shot at their first Plunket Shield win of the season.

Santner in doubt, Sodhi called in

Mitchell Santner is in doubt for the third ODI against Australia.

Ish Sodhi had been called into the Black Caps squad after Mitchell Santner hurt his foot.

Zampa makes T20 case

Adam Zampa made a promising ODI debut for Australia against New Zealand in Wellington.

Young Australian legspinner is an outside chance for a T20 call-up after impressing in his ODI debut.

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NZ claim Sydney Sevens crown

Rieko Ioane seals hat-trick after hooter to help New Zealand win thrilling final 27-24 against Australia.

Football

Messenger delivers Dragons' golden goal

Brock Messenger on the ball against Waitakere United. The New Zealand under-20 defender scored a sensational long range injury time goal to give Canterbury United a 3-2 win over WaiBop United in Hamilton.

A "million dollar'' goal by Brock Messenger puts Canterbury United in the box seat for the national football playoffs.

WaiBop's playoff hopes gone

Sean Morris tries to win the ball for WaiBop United during their loss to Canterbury United on Sunday.

WaiBop United go down 3-2 to Canterbury United, conceding the winner in injury time.

Team Wgtn up to second

Phoenix Reserves striker Logan Rogerson, in yellow, attempts to sneak a shot past Hawke's Bay United goalkeeper Josh Hill at Newtown Park.

Despite missing two penalties, Team Wellington still proved too good for Southern United.

Vardy stayed with Leicester

This season Vardy broke the league record by scoring in 11 successive games.

He's the goal machine who has helped transform Leicester into EPL title contenders - now Jamie Vardy agrees a new deal with the club.

League

Calls for more Kiwis vs Roos in NZ

Shaun Johnson following the Kiwis' victory over the Kangaroos in the Anzac test in Brisbane last May.

There should be home and away Trans Tasman tests according to Australian league chairman.

Banned stars can play for Roos

Dylan Napa (centre) was one of the players caught up in the boozy training camp.

The 'Hateful Eight' Queensland Origin stars were banned after a boozy training camp.

Pearce 'in rehab in Thailand'

It is understood Pearce is staying in the northern part of Thailand.

After footage of THAT video with a dog, the embattled Roosters captain is getting help.

Kearney, Bennett friends, then foes

It might not be all smiles when Stephen Kearney locks horns with Wayne Bennett in the Four Nations and World Cup.

The two Broncos coaches will become rivals when it comes to international footy for the next two years.

Basketball

Hawks book playoffs berth

Kirk Penney (right) had 28 points as the Illawarra Hawks defeated the Townsville Crocodiles in overtime to seal a playoffs berth.

Illawarra Hawks book semifinal berth after prevailing 104-97 in OT thriller against Townsville Crocodiles.

C-Web gives Breakers a shot

Corey Webster and Cedric Jackson will be looking to stay hot for the Breakers when they host the Taipans on Sunday.

Corey Webster has his swag back, just in time for his team's biggest game of the year.

Size matters for Adams

Steven Adams is playing career-best basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season.

Golden State's revolutionary small-ball lineup figures to play havoc with the OKC Thunder.

Result goes Breakers' way

The NZ Breakers can go fourth on the ANBL standings with a win over the Cairns Taipans at the NSEC on Sunday.

Basketball moons align for the NZ Breakers as they make a late push to squeeze into the playoffs.

Golf

Michael Long wins Victorian Open

Michael Long claimed his third victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia after recovering well from deep rough.

Kiwi golfer makes miraculous approach shot from deep rough to set up third triumph on PGA Tour of Australasia.

Lee on the cusp of second win

Danny Lee leads the Phoenix Open in Arizona by three shots.

Danny Lee in stellar form at Phoenix Open, leading Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama by three shots.

Poor final round hurts Ko

Lydia Ko produced a final round to forget at the LPGA's Coates Championship in Florida.

Lydia Ko finishes tied for third at LPGA's Coates Championship.

Ko better than before

Lydia Ko is looking forward to playing in front of Kiwi crowds at Clearwater from Friday, according to her swing coach David Leadbetter.

Swing coach reassures Kiwi fans that world No1 wants to play this tournament.

Netball

Johnson confirms Cullen relationship

Shaun Johnson and Kayla Cullen hang out at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

League star and Silver Fern confirmed as an item after much speculation over relationship.

International award for magnificent Mwai

Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda has been named international world games association athlete of the year for 2015.

International award for Tactix and Malawi shooter Mwai Kumwenda

Cullen's unique deal

Kayla Cullen's netball career continues to take off as energy drinks giant Red Bull signs her to a personal sponsorship.

Young Silver Fern star creates history with personal sponsorship with global giant.

Jenny-May joins Mystics

Former NZ Netball player as well as TVNZ and Maori Television presenter Jenny-May Clarkson joins the Mystics coaching staff on a short-term contract.

Former Silver Fern joins Mystics coaching staff for preseason campaign.

Tennis

Wozniacki to wave the flag

Wozniacki

"A dream come true" for Danish tennis star as she awarded the honour of Olympics flag-bearer.

Venus into doubles final

ASB Classic men's doubles winner Michael Venus is into his second ATP Tour final of the year.

Kiwi tennis ace makes his second final of the year, at the $875,000 Open Sud De France.

Venus shines in France

Kiwi doubles star Michael Venus (left) and Croatian partner  Mate Pavic have carried their good form from New Zealand into Europe.

New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus has continued his winning ways on the international tour.

Federer sidelined after surgery

Roger Federer will be out of action for a month.

Swiss star pulls out of February tournaments following a nasty injury after he was knocked out of the Australian Open.

Other sports

Livingstone father and son, we presume?

Veteran cyclist John Livingstone, 77, will compete in the Coast to Coast multisport teams event with his son Glenn Livingstone, a Christchurch City councillor.

It's election year and one Christchurch City councillor already has his running mate – his 77-year-old dad.

White Sox suffer six losses in Sydney

Stefanie Smith as Ramblers' Katrina Nukunuku waits on the ball in Auckland club game. The pair played for the NZ White Sox at an international tournament in Sydney this weekend.

The New Zealand White Sox women's softball won one game but lost five in an international tournament in Sydney.

Nick Willis to battle Australian ace

Veteran New Zealand 1500m star Nick Willis will headline the elite men's Street Mile race in Christchurch on Monday.

Nick Willis and Canterbury star Angie Petty hail novelty factor of Monday’s Street Mile race in Christchurch.

Kelly McGarry to be farewelled in Nelson

Friends, family and fans are invited to farewell New Zealand mountain biking legend Kelly McGarry in Wakefield on Monday.

Friends and fans are invited to farewell mountain biking legend in Wakefield on Monday.

Motorsport

World-class riders wow crowd gallery video

Freestyle motocross star Levi Sherwood in action at the 2016 Farm Jam event at Otapiri Gorge in Southland on Saturday.

Levi Sherwood struggles through Farm Jam with ankle injury.

Burnt car doesn't stop Harwood

Shane Harwood of the Nelson Tigers had his car catch fire during the qualifying rounds of the Superstocks Teams Champs in Palmerston North.

Shane Harwood got his burnt car back in action.

Leitch picks up more points

Invercargill motorsport driver Brendon Leitch

Brendon Leitch fifth in competition standings.

Spotlight on Southland farm gallery video

Levi Sherwood competing in the freestyle motocross section at the Farm Jam event at Otapiri Gorge.

An international spotlight hovered over a Central Southland sheep farm on Saturday.

Racing

Win tinged with sadness

John Morrison with his father, Chris after driving his first winner on Sunday.

John Morrison chalked up his first driving win at Sunday's Waikouaiti harness meeting.

Hunter Cup in the bag but Smolda no certainty for Miracle Mile

Mark Purdon and Smolda on their way to winning the Hunter Cup.

Hunter Cup winner not confirmed to start Miracle Mile

Speeding Spur finishes second

Trainer John Dickie

Melbourne's Great Southern Star has been added to Speeding Spur's progamme.

Hug The Wind going from grass to Group I company

Tim Williams will partner Hug The Wind in the Amberley Cup at Rangiora on Monday.

From the grass to Group Is for smart pacer

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The fiercest flop of all time? video

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Dwyane Wade’s son puts on a show video

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.

Rice goes undercover video

With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, you would think that super star Jerry Rice would be recognized and mobbed everywhere he went. Well, you would be wrong.

With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, you would think that super star Jerry Rice would be recognized and mobbed everywhere he went. Well, you would be wrong.

Durant considering move to Warriors

Kevin Durant is thinking of a move to the Golden State Warriors.

Just imagine Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant taking the court together on the same team.