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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

Moores may face music after flop

England coach Peter Moores reflects after the defeat to West Indies in Barbados that squared the series.

England coach faces questions on team's return home after disappointing 1-1 series draw with West Indies.

Southee helps Royals to IPL top

Black Caps bowler's death bowling skills help his Rajasthan Royals home against the Delhi Daredevils.

West Indies batsmen Denesh Ramdin and Jermaine Blackwood celebrate victory against England in the test at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Windies draw England series

Hosts hold nerve with the bat to chase down 192 for test victory in Barbados, drawing the three-match series 1-1.

rugby

Canes brace for stint without star

Hurricanes first five eighth Beauden Barrett could be out of Super Rugby for several weeks after injuring his knee.

Beauden Barrett's knee injury not thought to be serious, but team bracing for more than a week without first five-eighth.

Hunt ruled out for Reds

The Queensland Reds will be without Karmichael Hunt when they make trip across the Tasman.

The All Blacks will open the Rugby Championship phase of their Rugby World Cup buildup against Argentina in Christchurch.

Rugby Championship schedule

19 min ago  The All Blacks will open Rugby Championship by hosting Argentina in Christchurch on July 17.

football

Phoenix target experienced striker

Disconsolate coach Ernie Merrick walks off Westpac Stadium after Sunday's 2-0 loss to Melbourne City.

A striker, maybe a couple of fullbacks, a bit of size in midfield; coach Ernie Merrick has some thinking to do.

Striking problems for Man U

Man U manager Louis van Gaal accepts that finding a cure for his side's misfiring forward line will be essential.

Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrate winning the Premier League title.

Mourinho already looks ahead

Before the last strands of blue ticker tape were being swept away, Jose Mourinho cast his mind forward.

league

Moa: Kangaroos weren't unlucky

Kiwis interchange forwards Martin Taupau, left, and Sam Moa celebrate following their dominant win over the Kangaroos in the Anzac test in Brisbane.

Kiwis prop believes the Australian team got what they deserved in 26-12 loss in the Anzac test in Brisbane.

Mannering makes his mark

Kiwis captain leads team back from World Cup thumping to a hoodoo-breaking, three-in-a-row run against Australia.

Blues enforcer Greg Bird faces an eight-match ban for an ugly tackle on the Kiwis' Jason Nightingale.

Daley's Origin plans in disarray

PPoor form, injuries and possible bans hamper Blues' buildup to first defence of Origin shield in eight years.

basketball

NBA-laden Boomers to face NZ

Part of the San Antonio Spurs side eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Sunday, Patty Mills, left, and  Aron Baynes, centre, are two of six NBA players to make themselves available for the Australian side to face NZ in August.

As Tall Blacks wait on Steven Adams’ decision, Aussies reveal they will be stacked for Olympic qualifiers.

LA Clippers end Spurs' hopes

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

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, finished with 22 points against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Warriors rout Grizzlies in opener

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on fire as Golden State bag 101-86 win in NBA Western Conference semis.

golf

Ko stalls as arch rival claims prize

Lydia Ko was unable to make up for lost shots at the North Texas Shootout, finishing the tournament in a tie for 41st at even par.

Kiwi golfer unable to make inroads in North Texas Shootout, settling for a tie for 41st as world No 2 storms to victory.

Pearce clinches first tour win

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

World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy lifts the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Gary Woodland in the final of the World Golf Championships Match Play at TPC Harding Park in California.

McIlroy wins WGC Match Play

World No 1 golfer solidifies his place at the top of the sport with an impressive 4&2 match play title win.

netball

Injured Kopua remains sidelined

Injured captain Casey Kopua will sit alongside coach Julie Fitzgerald for the Magic's match against the Steel.

Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald rules star defender out for at least another week.

Mystics shut down Tactix rally

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

Shannon Francois, left, hugs Gina Crampton in celebration as captain Wendy Frew looks on after the Steel's thrilling 50-49 win over the Central Pulse in Dunedin.

Tough road lies ahead for Steel

Southern Steel up to second in NZ conference but have arguably hardest road home of the playoff contenders.

tennis

Nadal coming to terms with slide

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 18:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts in his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the semi finals during day seven of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 18, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Spaniard ranked fourth in world and heading in wrong direction as things still not going to plan this season.

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.

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.

Wimbledon riches on the way up

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

motorsport

Evans and Stanaway win at Spa

Brendon Hartley helped Porsche to a podium finish in the latest round of the World Endurance Championship in Belgium.

New Zealand drivers enjoy outstanding day as World Endurance Championship continues at Spa in Belgium.

Winterbottom wins in Perth

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

Invercargill race car driver Jamie Conroy will this month head to the United States to learn more about his sport.

Conroy wants to fuel knowledge

Invercargill race car driver Jamie Conroy is heading to the United States on a "reconnaissance trip".

other sports

Ego, cash fuel rematch temptation

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Sense of unfinished business with Pacquiao's shoulder injury and Mayweather passiveness paves way to milk cash-cow again.

Perfect Ducks douse Flames

Anaheim extend perfect post-season record with win over Calgary Flames to take a 2-0 lead in series.

Anthony Mundine celebrates his win over Sergey Rabchenko at Melbourne's Hisense Arena last November.

Mundine postpones Trout bout

Australian boxer forced to delay fight against American rival because of a 'severe ear condition'.

racing

Titan Banner heads to Addington

Rising star Titan Banner is entered for the Addington meeting on Saturday.

Titan Banner, rated by Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson as the best pacer he has trained, will step out at Addington on Saturday.

Sucre upsets at Riccarton

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

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

Kentucky Derby won in a sprint

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

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