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Weight of history beats Canes

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Hurricanes Beauden Barrett, James Marshall, Conrad Smith and TJ Prenara watch on during the Super 15 rugby trophy presentation, after the Highlanders beat the Hurricanes 21-14 at Westpac Stadium.

OPINION: The Hurricanes fluffed their lines on the big stage, leaving a familiar feeling in the capital.

Landers comeback kings gallery video

OPINION: Highlanders deserving winners in a Super Rugby game worthy of the occasion, says Phil Gifford.

Playmakers still exposed

A Super final for the ages video

cricket

Mathews puts hosts in charge

Younus Khan racked up his 30th test century as Pakistan reached 230-2 at stumps, chasing 377 for victory against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan captain hits an unbeaten 77 to put his team in a strong position in the third test against Pakistan.

Cummins 'ready' for test cricket

Replacement quick insists he's ready for rigours of five-day game ahead of Ashes series opener in Cardiff.

Australian cricketer Ryan Harris has retired owing to injury just before one last crack at winning the Ashes.

Retiring Harris 'shattered' video

Australia cricketer speaks about his injury woe and the brutal barrage that's coming England's way in the Ashes.

rugby

Kaino to 'fight fire with fire' video

All Blacks enforcer Jerome Kaino is expecting a rough reception from a physical Samoan side in Apia.

5:00 AM  All Blacks enforcer knows he must lead the way to counter Samoa's inevitable physical attack in Apia.

Apia Park gets ABs facelift video

5:00 AM  After a $30 million upgrade, Apia Park looks a picture ahead of All Blacks test.

Auckland-born Tim Nanai-Williams will make his test debut for Samoa against the All Blacks on Wednesday.

Umaga advice leads to debut video

5:00 AM  Auckland-born Chiefs utility Tim Nanai-Williams talked to former ABs skipper before switching to Samoa.

football

Lloyd heroics inspire WC win video

USA captain Carli Lloyd celebrates with team-mates after scoring her second goal in the Women's Football World Cup final.

US captain nets one from halfway in a 16-minute hat-trick to lift side to victory in Women's World Cup final.

Fiji 'feel bad' over 38-goal romp

New Pacific Games record set as Fiji put 38 goals past hapless Micronesia in 90 minutes of "ruthless" football.

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in a shootout for the Copa America.

Cheeky penalty wins Copa video

Alexis Sanchez's dinky penalty in a shootout nets host nation Chile victory against Argentina in the Copa America final.

league

Radradra sets record in Eels win

Parramatta winger Semi Radradra crosses for one of his two tries against Wests to break a 60-year NRL record.

Parramatta winger Semi Radradra has broken a 60-year record in his side's strong 28-16 win over the Wests Tigers.

Queensland backing Smith video

Reeling from Alex McKinnon's criticism, the Maroons rally around captain ahead of Origin III decider in Brisbane.

Trent Hodkinson turned down a reported $800,000 two-year contract with the Titans to join the Knights.

Knights seal Hodkinson deal

NSW halfback signs with Newcastle on a three-year deal after reportedly turning down Titans offer.

basketball

Saints owner mulls selling up

Wellington Saints owner Nick Mills says poor refereeing standards have killed his passion for basketball.

5:00 AM  Nick Mills' days as team's owner could be numbered as he bemoans standard of refereeing in the NBL.

Sharks crowned NBL champs

The Southland Sharks beat the Wellington Saints to be crowned NBL champions after a tense final in the capital.

Southland Sharks player Tai Wesley celebrates after winning the NBL title on Sunday night in Wellington.

Sharks players keen to return

The majority of Southland's title-winning team indicate they want to return to defend their NBL crown next season.

golf

McIlroy in doubt for British Open

NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

World No 1 golfer could miss next week's major after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle playing football.

Tour victory opens doors video

A breakthrough win on the PGA Tour has opened up a fairway of golfing treasures for Kiwi No 1 Danny Lee.

New Zealand's Danny Lee mixes in lofty company, with US Open champion Jordan Spieth at a PGA Tour event.

Lee's old club eyes reunion video

5:00 AM  PGA Tour winner hasn't forgotten the small Rotorua golf club from where he emerged.

netball

Steel likely to land Selby-Rickit

Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit is poised to return to the Southern Steel after four seasons with the Central Pulse.

Central Pulse poised to lose the most popular member of their team to New Zealand Confernce rivals next year.

Steel lock in six more players

Southern franchise re-signs core of its 2015 team with six more players committing for next trans-Tasman season.

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Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's Casey Kopua

Ferns reluctant to push back

Casey Kopua says New Zealand prefer to defend in zones while the Diamonds are on your body all the time.

tennis

Serena earns bragging rights

Serena Williams stretches to play a backhand shot during her fourth round match against older sister Venus.

4:55 AM  Serena Williams stood three wins away from hoisting her fourth successive grand slam title by trumping elder sister Venus.

Wawrinka stays on course

6:16 AM  Stan Wawrinka defeated dangerous Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon quarters.

Andy Murray defeated Ivo Karlovic to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the eighth straight year.

Murray survives big-serving Ivo

6:13 AM  Andy Murray dropped a set but emerged unharmed from the sights of bullet-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic.

motorsport

Hamilton wins British GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kisses the trophy claimed after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Mercedes one-two finish as British F1 world champion defends Silverstone crown in front of jubilant home crowd.

Red Bull - Aston Martin team?

Aston Martin offer to come on board with Red Bull Racing to form a new Formula One team from 2016 season.

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has finished Rally Poland in fourth place.

Rally Poland: Paddon fourth video

New Zealand driver claims his second consecutive top five World Rally Championship finish for ninth place overall.

other sports

Sorenson keen to continue

Black Sox coach Mark Sorenson was proud of his team's efforts at the world softball championships in Canada.

5:00 AM  Black Sox coach wants to stay at helm despite team losing a five-run lead in final to surrender their world softball crown in Canada.

Coach feels for veteran pitcher

No-one felt for 'big-hearted' Heinie Shannon more than Mark Sorenson after their defeat to Canada in final.

Riders and bikes lie strewn on the side of a Belgium road after a crash during the third stage of the Tour de France, which forced a neutralisation of the stage.

Froome in charge of Tour

5:41 AM  Joaquim Rodriguez won a crash-marred third stage of the Tour de France, with Chris Froome taking over yellow.

racing

Khemosabi follows familiar trail

Grey gelding Khemosabi will follow familiar winter path after victory at Te Rapa.

Sir Mako does job in Sydney

Marton owner-trainer Dan O'Leary's progressive stayer Sir Mako won $85,000 race for Chris Waller at Rosehill.

Emily Farr rode West End to perfection in the hurdles at Te Aroha on a day to remember.

Farr and Phelan on fire

Trainer Craig Phelan took four horses to Te Aroha and combined with jockey Emily Farr for 100 per cent win rate.

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