Barbarians v ABs confirmed

Sitiveni Sivivatu attempts to make an offload during the All Blacks clash with the Barbarians in London in 2009.

Baabaas confirm they have had approval from RFU to host All Blacks, scuttling talk of England super-test.

Kiwis detained in rape inquiry

Rory Grice played for Waikato before heading to France. He is pictured here in 2013.

10:25 AM  Two Kiwi rugby players among six detained in France after a young woman lays a rape complaint.

NZR shops for Sevens cities gallery

Poor ticket sales left vast sections of Westpac Stadium empty during January's tournament - a far cry from the ...

Handful of potential hosts in the running to snare tournament from capital after dismal ticket sales.

Reid out for five weeks

Winston Reid is helped from the field by the West Ham medical staff over the weekend.

10:37 AM  The All Whites captain has fears allayed after initially thinking he had torn his groin muscle off the bone.

Fekitoa fit for Brumbies

Malakai Fekitoa will start at centre for the Highlanders against the Brumbies.

11:33 AM  Highlanders avoid more bad injury news as centre Malakai Fekitoa passes concussion tests.

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Tearful Day quits mid-round

Jason Day was just six holes into his round when he pulled out of the WGC-Match Play event in Texas.

Former world No 1 pulls out six holes into WGC-Match Play, leaving to be with mum before her lung cancer surgery.

Kohli vows to go out swinging

Virat Kohli, pictured leaving the field after being dismissed in the third test, won't change his aggressive approach.

​ India captain backs himself to find form in final test beginning on Saturday.

Todd re-signs with NZR

Matt Todd is set to play his 97th game for the Crusaders this weekend.

Experienced flanker set to stay in NZ and with Crusaders for at least another year.

McGregor has huge fine reduced

Conor McGregor has had his fine slashed by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC star has $177,000 win as fine slashed by Nevada Athletic Commission.

NZ v SA third test pitch no dust bowl

Karl Johnson says the pitch for Saturday's third test definitely won't be a dustbowl.

Faf du Plessis had been predicting a 'dustbowl' for the third test in Hamilton, but that's not going to eventuate.

Scott Barrett's surprise switch

Scott Barrett, pictured in action during the 33-24 win over the Blues last weekend, made four appearances at lock for ...

Scott Barrett's move to blindside flanker could boost his chances of getting picked for the All Blacks.

Big-wave surfer's secret to beat fear video

Australian big wave rider Mark Mathews is always looking for his next challenge.

Award-winning big wave rider opens up to NZ audience on mental challenge behind riding liquid mountains.

Tigers' dotted line dilemmas

Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods wants to know who'll be coach before re-signing with the NRL club.

Wests Tigers captain holding out on re-signing at the NRL club until a new coach is found.

Chris Wood leads the way

Chris Wood leads New Zealand onto the pitch ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against New Caledonia in November 12.

He's the leading scorer in the English Championship and is set to once again take the All Whites captain's armband.

Welcome to the furnace, Eddie

England coach Eddie Jones is a master of the diversion.

OPINION: Months of All Blacks noise at an end as the outsmarted England coach prepares to face the fire.

Hudson's 54 - his All Whites since '14

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has called up 54 players during his time in charge.

Anthony Hudson has called up 54 players as All Whites coach. Who are they and where are they now?

Russians turfed for 2012 doping

The three Russian athletes have been have been retroactively disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics.

Three of Russia's athletes retroactively disqualified from 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests.

Axed Tigers coach speaks out

Jason Taylor has been cut as coach of the Wests Tigers.

Scathing comments born from old wounds draw out Jason Taylor, until now silent on his firing.

Black Sticks slide to defeat

New Zealand's Jonty Keaney celebrates his goal against Pakistan, which briefly evens the score.

Black Sticks unable to convert their chances, as Pakistan hold out to take the series lead.

Is 10 year deal a NZ record?

Jason Taumalolo's 10-year NRL deal is more than twice as long as the average All Blacks' contract.

Few Kiwis have signed on for as long as Jason Taumalolo, but plenty are paid more.

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Tiger tells bald truth

Tiger Woods has released a book on his Masters breakthrough but all the conversation has been about his hair loss.

7 min ago  OPINION: Woods' Masters book is a vivid reminder of what we've been missing, writes James Corrigan.

'Alarm bells' over Taumalolo deal

Opinion: Jason Taumalolo's 10-year deal is an immense gamble, with plenty of risks.

Concussion spotting cheap shots video

Lions will pick Farrell as a No 10 and Te'o could be a bolter

Rugby

Jones: Split the Lions captaincy

Eddie Jones believes the best way to improve the leadership of the Lions would be to involve all four Home Unions in the ...

England coach thinks outside the square for a four-part answer to the NZ tour leadership puzzle.

Former NRL player joins Southland

Tupou Sopoaga in a NRL match with the Cronulla Sharks.

All four Sopoaga brothers make the move south to link with Southland rugby.

Sin bin should be binned

It would have been better if Malakai Fekitoa was not shown a yellow card.

OPINION: It's time the red card was shown to the yellow card in rugby.

All Blacks v England off the table

NZR chief executive Steve Tew stood firm, meaning an All Blacks v England clash won't go ahead.

England's suggested clash against the All Blacks in November won't go ahead, according to reports.

Cricket

Will Young in the runs again

Stags batsman Will Young plays defensively against Canterbury on day two of their Plunket Shield clash in Nelson.

Will Young hits his second century in as many games as Central Districts fight hard against Canterbury.

Young fighting hard for Stags

Stags batsman Will Young plays defensively against Canterbury on day two of their Plunket Shield clash in Nelson.

Where there's a Will, there's a way for Stags. 

White Fern 'taken aback' at Aussie pay

White Fern, Amy Satterthwaite in bat during last year's ODI series in South Africa.

Will NZ Cricket cough up more for the White Ferns after their Aussie counterparts get a massive pay boost?

BJ Watling an example to follow

BJ Watling faced 215 balls during the second test in Wellington, more than nine of his teammates.

The Black Caps keeper has plenty of grit and determination. It's time for his team-mates to follow suit.

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Steel captain keen for strong start

The Southern Steel are hoping to get some early momentum despite two away games in the new look national netball league.

Football

Podolski gets perfect send-off

Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring in his final game for Germany.

German captain strikes brilliant goal to consign England to defeat.

Phoenix need desire

Dylan Fox (right) and Ryan Lowry (left) will get their chance to impress for the Wellington Phoenix while team-mates ...

Co-coach Chris Greenacre has told his depleted side they have to want to get after Newcastle on the weekend.

Smith back in from the cold video

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson (left) talks to Tommy Smith at training on Tuesday.

Two and a half year absence finally over for All Whites defender.

Suburbs swallow bitter pill

Eastern Suburbs' impressive first season in the Stirling Sports Premiership has come to a disappointing end.

It was a disappointing end to what was a breakout inaugural season for Eastern Suburbs in the Stirling Sports Premiership.

League

Is 10 year deal a NZ record?

Jason Taumalolo's 10-year NRL deal is more than twice as long as the average All Blacks' contract.

Few Kiwis have signed on for as long as Jason Taumalolo, but plenty are paid more.

'Alarm bells' over Taumalolo deal

Jason Taumalolo's 10-year $10.9m deal with the Cowboys has been questioned by Australian rugby league analysts.

Opinion: Jason Taumalolo's 10-year deal is an immense gamble, with plenty of risks.

Taumalolo signs $10.9m deal video

Jason Taumalolo has already played more than 100 games for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Kiwis star Jason Taumalolo says a whopping A$10m (NZ$10.9m) deal to stay at the North Queensland Cowboys will secure his future.

No warm-up needed for Foran video

Kieran Foran was heavily involved during a Warriors training session on Wednesday.

Star half rated a "good chance" of making his return after almost a year away from the playing field.

Basketball

Teenage Shark off the mark

Southland Sharks player Connor Coll during his NBL debut against the Nelson Giants.

Excitement and nerves hovered over 18-year-old Connor Coll's NBL debut.

Jones' unfinished business

Rams forward Marcel Jones scored 55 points in his team's first two games of the season.

Canterbury Rams forward Marcel Jones still has the bad taste of last year's semifinal loss in his mouth.

LeBron defends rest

LeBron James has defended NBA coaches resting their players.

The four-time MVP says NBA players resting was never an issue until he started doing it.

Breakers axe Corey Webster

Corey Webster will no longer be a New Zealand Breaker after the Kiwi ANBL club elected not to re-sign him for 2017-18.

Kiwi basketball club finally gives up on its talented but problematic Tall Blacks guard.

Golf

Tiger tells bald truth

Tiger Woods has released a book on his Masters breakthrough but all the conversation has been about his hair loss.

OPINION: Woods' Masters book is a vivid reminder of what we've been missing, writes James Corrigan.

Tearful Day withdraws mid-round

Jason Day was just six holes into his round when he pulled out of the WGC-Match Play event in Texas.

Former world No 1 pulls out six holes into WGC-Match Play, leaving to be with mum before her lung cancer surgery.

Tiger "trying everything" to play Masters

Tiger Woods seems an unlikely starter at Augusta due to ongoing back problems.

The four-time Masters champ seems like a longshot proposition for Augusta.

Spieth knows Masters will hurt

Jordan Spieth has unpleasant memories of his back nine in the final round of the 2016 Masters.

The 2015 champion knows he'll face a tough time over his collapse last year at Augusta.

Netball

Steel captain keen for strong start video

Southern Steel netball captain Wendy Frew is hoping for some early success in the 2017 national netball league.

The Southern Steel are hoping to get some early momentum despite two away games in the new look national netball league.

Fowler-Reid looking forward to changes video

Southern Steel netball player Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is looking forward to the 2017 season after a busy off-season.

Southern Steel netball shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is back in New Zealand after helping Jamaica claim their first series netball win in England.

Ferns' coach defends new NZ league

Silver Ferns' coach Janine Southby says the ANZ Championship 'diluted' New Zealand's style of play.

Silver Ferns' coach backs new domestic league after former competition 'diluted' playing style.

Teen to stand tall for the Tactix

Kate Lloyd is presented with a Prime Minister's Scholarship for netball in 2016.

Ashburton teenager to replace Silver Fern Jess Moulds in the first round of the ANZ Premiership.

Tennis

Erakovic to play Rogers in Miami

Marina Erakovic has won two tough qualifying matches in Miami.

After coming through qualifying, Erakovic has been drawn against an American in Miami.

Erakovic wins in Miami qualifying

Marina Erakovic is one win away from making the main draw in Miami.

The Kiwi has defeated Britain's Naomi Broady in the first round of qualifying in Miami.

Federer claims title's age record

Roger Federer celebrates winning Indian Wells.

Swiss tennis star beats Stan Wawrinka to be crowned the oldest ever winner of Indian Wells.

Federer wins fifth title

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the BNP Paribas Open trophy aloft after his straight sets victory against compatriot ...

Swiss star becomes oldest title winner in tournament's history.

Other sports

Fury likely to appeal

Peter Fury has plenty to consider as he plots his son  Hughie's WBO heavyweight title fight with Joseph Parker in New ...

Immigration New Zealand expecting second round with troubled boxing trainer after entry blocked for WBO title fight.

Yachting NZ name 2017 squads

Olympic 49er champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke head the Yachting NZ high performance group for 2017.

All but one of strongly performed Rio Olympics group in mix as national body confirms high performance group.

Duco turned down again

Joseph Parker's world title challenge against Andy Ruiz Jr didn't get Tourism NZ funding either.

Tourism NZ won't be backing Joseph Parker's world title fight in May.

Ice hockey juniors win Challenge Cup

Southland members of the NZ U18 ice hockey team Brittany Tiller and Beth Scott.

Southland duo Brittany Tiller and Beth Scott were part of the NZ U18 ice hockey team to win the 2017 Women's Challenge Cup of Asia.

Motorsport

How F1 drivers prepare

Formula One drivers like Lewis Hamilton get put through rigorous training programmes to prepare for racing.

Cardio, weightlifting and acclimatisation to extremes are all part of training for drivers like Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo confident for Australian GP

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Aussie ace enjoying the fact his Red Bull car is faster than last year.

Karting focus centres on Invercargill

Karting driver Chris Cox of Rangiora.

North Island karting drivers set sights on Invercargill track.

Bruce McLaren's new honour

Kiwi Bruce McLaren joins the Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in the US.

The Kiwi motorsport legend is voted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Racing

Nikolic licence refused

Australian rider Danny Nikolic has lost an appeal to have his jockey licence reinstated.

Nikolic is bitterly disappointed he has lost his bid to regain his jockey licence.

Kiwi star draws wide

La Bella Diosa has drawn the outside barrier in Saturday's Vinery Stud Stakes.

Kiwi filly back on track for Group I in Australia.

Second appeal option

Kiwi jockey James McDonald will take his case to the Racing Appeals Tribunal.

He's already had one appeal dismissed, but Kiwi jockey will continue to fight his betting ban.

Racecourse bent into shape

Jimmy Barnes will open the Gold Cup Festival with a concert.

A troublesome bend at the Awapuni Racecourse has been sorted out.

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LeBron dunks get the job done video

NBA superstar LeBron James lines up a dunk against the Utah Jazz.

NBA star takes charge as the Cleveland Cavaliers' injury-ravaged season takes a strange twist.

Killer goalie signing anger video

Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza has been signed by a club while he appeals a 22-year sentence for killing ...

Brazilian football club hires a goalie while he appeals a 22-year sentence for killing his ex.

Russ and KD's awkward alley-oop video

Westbrook later tried to play down the interchange.

Westbrook and Durant played just 81 seconds of All Star basketball together. It was enough.

Irving, Cavaliers almost in tune video

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) pictured in action against Minnesota Timberwolves centre Gorgui Dieng (5).

Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers are better at scoring points than hitting notes.

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