McCullum: 'We're not intimidated'

NZ captain Brendon McCullum has told his players to embrace the occasion and remain aggressive for the World Cup final against Australia.

5:00 AM  Black Caps skipper has simple message for his men - embrace the occasion and play with freedom.

Not ready to lose big Manu

Ahead of his sides hosting of the Broncos, Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei is locked in contract negotiations with the Auckland-based club.

5:00 AM  Club locked in negotiations to keep powerful winger when his Warriors contract runs out at end of the NRL season.

Day full of colour sets the stage

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian Captain Michael Clarke pose with the Cricket World Cup trophy ahead of their World Cup Final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Saturday 28th March 2015. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / www.photosport.co.nz

5:00 AM  OPINION: After a Saturday of colour, twists and emotion, a gripping final awaits us, says Jonathan Millmow.

Nix to stay on attack for Sydney

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says his A-League leading side will continue to play an attacking brand of football.

5:00 AM  Just like Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick believes attack is best form of defence.

Selfless Vettori all about team

Daniel Vettori is fully focussed on doing a job for his team in the World Cup final, not his impending international retirement.

5:00 AM  Right to the last, with a World Cup final looming, the humble spin whiz puts the team ahead of himself.

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opinion

Super Rugby's burning questions

PLENTY TO PONDER: Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on his All Black stars in a World Cup year.

OPINION: What should Steven Hansen be concerned about? and have the Hurricanes proven anything yet this season?

Settle, then chase key for NZ

OPINION: New Zealand's best chance to win the World Cup is to chase, writes Jonathan Millmow.

NZ may have to alter plan

'G-whiz, it's not that big'

cricket world cup

McCullum: 'We're not intimidated'

NZ captain Brendon McCullum has told his players to embrace the occasion and remain aggressive for the World Cup final against Australia.

5:00 AM  Black Caps skipper has simple message for his men - embrace the occasion and play with freedom.

Day full of colour sets stage

5:00 AM  OPINION: After a Saturday of colour, twists and emotion, a gripping final awaits us, says Jonathan Millmow.

Daniel Vettori is fully focussed on doing a job for his team in the World Cup final, not his impending international retirement.

Selfless Vettori all about team

5:00 AM  Right to the last, with a World Cup final looming, the humble spin whiz puts the team ahead of himself.

rugby

Super Rugby catch-up guide

The unbeaten Hurricanes top the Super Rugby points ladder after six rounds of play.

5:00 AM  In case you've been immersed in the Cricket World Cup, here's a handy guide to get you up to speed.

Landers humble Stormers video

Home side heads into Super Rugby bye with four wins from six matches after five-try 39-21 victory.

Blues try-scorer Francis Saili prepares to offload during his sides loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Blues can't break winless run video

Waratahs come-from-behind for 23-11 win as run of losses continues for Sir John Kirwan's side.

football

Nix to stay on attack for Sydney

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says his A-League leading side will continue to play an attacking brand of football.

5:00 AM  Just like Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, Phoenix coach believes attack is best form of defence.

Bay baying for a brace video

5:00 AM  Young side need win and at least twice to advance to ASB Premiership final over Team Wellington.

Bill Tuiloma is just 20, but views himself as a leader for the All Whites clash with South Korea.

Tough battle looms for rookies

5:00 AM  Highlighting just how green this All Whites team is, Bill Tuiloma turned 20 on Friday yet views himself as a leader.

league

Warriors not ready to lose Manu

Ahead of his sides hosting of the Broncos, Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei is locked in contract negotiations with the Auckland-based club.

5:00 AM  Club locked in negotiations to keep powerful winger when his contract runs out at end of the NRL season.

Props carve path to Kiwis

Three weeks into the new season and already the Warriors have a success story to be proud of.

Chris Sandow of the Eels celebrates an unexpected victory over the Bunnies.

Electric Eels stun the Rabbitohs

Parramatta have stunned reigning NRL premiers South Sydney 29-16 in a thrilling encounter.

basketball

Big Kiwi's strong run ended

TOUGH DAY: Steven Adams had just four points and four rebounds as the Thunder were thumped 130-91 by San Antonio.

OKC Thunder hammered by San Antonio Spurs, with Steven Adams' run of four double-doubles halted.

'Open Looks' drop for ex TB video

Two ex-Tall Black captains laced up for a street ball challenge to launch basketball book.

Steven Adams.

Adams shines in OKC victory

Steven Adams continues strong form as the Thunder take fourth straight NBA win.

golf

Tiger Woods pulls out again

NONE WOOD: Tiger Woods pulled out of one tournament, missed the cut for another, now he's skipping one.

Wildly off-form Tiger Woods is in doubt for the US Masters after skipping Houston Open.

Koh holds narrow lead 

Aucklander Tae Koh has one round to go in his quest for the national title.

KO PRO: Lydia Ko has turned her game around to come within three shots of the lead at the Kia Classic.

Ko three shots off lead

World number one Lydia Ko is now only three shots from the lead in California tournament.

netball

Plenty of respect but no fear

12/05/2014. NEWS. ROBYN EDIE/Southland Times/Fairfax NZ. Trans Tasman netball game between Southern Steel v Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic played at ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill, on Monday night. Pictured Steel players talking with coach Janine Southby during a break.

Mystics vs Southern Steel netball clash important to the ambitions of both franchises.

Pulse go back to basics

OPINION: Deeply troubled by the Pulse's inability to execute under pressure, Robyn Broughton keeps it simple.

JOSTLING FOR SPACE: Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda, left, competes for position with the Pulse's Ama Agbeze.

Import feels Proteas' pain

It's not been a happy Cricket World Cup for Central Pulse netball import Ama Agbeze.

tennis

Chung gets maiden ATP Tour win

MAIDEN WIN: Chung Hyeon stretches to play a forehand against Marcel Granollers during his first round victory at the Miami Open, his first win at ATP Tour level.

South Korean teen Chung Hyeon won his first ATP Tour-level match at the Miami Open, stunning Marcel Granollers.

Azarenka through at Miami

Victoria Azarenka defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa to set up a second round meeting with Jelena Jankovic.

SERENA WILLIAMS: "I hit some balls today for the first time. I mean, it's okay. I know I'm going to have to manage the pain. I think you just have to figure out the best way around it."

Serena hopes to manage pain

Serena Williams practised for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw last week.

motorsport

Sparks fly as Lowndes dominates

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Craig Lowndes driver of the #888 Red Bull Racing Holden VF Commodore reacts after winning race 2 for the V8 Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on March 28, 2015 in Launceston, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Craig Lowndes wins both Tasmanian races but all eyes on firey clash between Courtney and Davison.

Alonso ready for Malaysia

Spaniard says he never lost consciousness or suffered memory lapses as a result of his accident.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 22:  Adrian Sutil of Germany and Sauber F1 arrives in the paddock before final practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Williams appoint new reserve

Williams have appointed Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the F1 season.

other sports

Slogger knocks blogger for six

Cricketer Jesse Ryder knocks out blogger Cameron Slater.

Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder scores first round KO over Cameron Slater at Super 8 fight night.

Team NZ's funding at risk 

Team NZ America's Cup hopes could be over with Auckland's hosting of 2017 challenger series in doubt.

WINNING WAYS: Javier Gomez itakes out last year’s ITU World Triathlon in Auckland.

Gomez loves waterfront course

5:00 AM  Favourite for Auckland leg of ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, Spaniard talks up picturesque course.

racing

Marky Mark wins big at Awapuni

Marky Mark clinches victory in the Group I Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.

Brendan Lindsay's charge strides to decisive win in Group I Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

Collett wants a Selfie

If good things come to those who wait, Richard Collett will get his Group I win at Awapuni on Saturday.

Silent Achiever faces a tough field in pursuit of a second-straight BMW success.

Kiwi eyes 'best race in world'

Silent Achiever's defence of BMW title will show if she's good enough for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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