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Doull: Batting first is key for NZ

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum will want to put runs on the board to put pressure on Australia at the MCG.

OPINION: Batting first and putting runs on the board will be key as New Zealand bid to win their first ever World Cup at the MCG.

McCullum can unlock fortress

OPINION: Ignore the pool result, Australia will be a ferocious beast in their MCG fortress, writes Mark Reason.

Moments that made us proud

All about future for All Whites

cricket world cup

Live CWC final: NZ vs Australia

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates with team mates after dismissing Aaron Finch in the World Cup final.

Aussie opener David Warner starts to fire as the Black Caps look to defend 183 in the World Cup final.

Video: Aussie wickets in final video

18 min ago  Trent Boult has Aussie opener Aaron Finch out caught and bowled in his first over.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott put up a brave fight, scoring 83, as the Black Caps were rolled for 183 batting first in the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

NZ rolled for 183 in final video

8:24 PM  A fired up Australian side has bowled the Black Caps out for a paltry 183 in the World Cup final at the MCG.

rugby

Mistakes ruin Crusaders' chances

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 28: Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders is tackled by Jesse Kriel of Vodacom Bulls during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on March 28, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

16 min ago  The Crusaders' most deadly enemy lies within and unless eradicated, they will struggle.

Crockett gets rocket from ref

8:59 PM  Referee Angus Gardner couldn't resist flicking a firecracker into Crockett-gate.

PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 13:  Coach Sir John Kirwan of the Blues looks on during the round five Super Rugby match  between the Hurricanes and the Blues at Arena Manawatu on March 13, 2015 in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Kirwan refuses to give up

Coach acknowledges Blues have to win in Hamilton to have chance of salvaging Super Rugby season.

football

Sydney FC too good for Phoenix

Manny Muscat of the Phoenix beats the defence of Bernie Ibini-Isei of Sydney FC during his side's 3-0 loss in Wellington.

8:27 PM  Wellington Phoenix remain on top of the A-League ladder despite poor loss to Sydney FC.

Netherlands, Italy held to draws

The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalisers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying.

ASB Premiership, Semi Final Leg 2, Auckland City FC v Waitakere United, Kiwitea Street, Auckland, Sunday 29th March 2015. David Brown (19) scores his first goal past Danny Robinson (1). Photo: Dave Mackay

Auckland City into final

Auckland City clinched a berth in the ASB Premiership grand final by ruthlessly killing off Waitakere United.

league

Warriors fall flat against Broncos video

Warriors big bopper Ben Matulino charges forward during his side's loss to the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

Uninspiring Warriors come close but suffer narrow loss to the Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium.

Warriors want to keep Manu

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

Roosters centre Blake Ferguson shrugs off opposite number Edrick Lee to score against the Canberra Raiders.

Roosters thrash the Raiders

The Roosters racked up their third win from four games against Canberra on Sunday.

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

Kiwi Ko closes in on LPGA record

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko tees off at the second hole during her third round of the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.

Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California.

Walker takes four-shot lead

American Jimmy Walker held firm, shooting a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead at Texas Open.

Former World No 1 Tiger Woods posted an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, his worst round as a professional.

Woods to fall outside top 100

Former world No 1 will drop outside the top 100 in the rankings next week for the first time in over 18 years.

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

Hamilton holds off Vettel for pole

Britain's Lewis Hamilton claimed the 40th pole of his career in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying at Sepang.

World champion Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for Mercedes in Malaysian GP qualifying.

Lowndes rules in Tasmania

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

during the V8 Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on March 29, 2015 in Launceston, Australia.

Whincup takes V8 Champ lead

Craig Lowndes fell on his own sword in his bid to become the first centurion in Australian motorsport in Tasmania.

other sports

Brownlee on form in Auckland

Jonathan Brownlee (ENG) winner of the Men's Elite - Round 2 of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland, New Zealand. 29 March 2015..Copyright photo : Darryl Carey / www.photosport.co.nz

8:20 PM  Jonathan Brownlee has broken Javier Gomez's stranglehold on Auckland's World Series triathlon.

Cup bosses risk double blow

Team New  Zealand's survival skills will be tested this week in a game of America's Cup brinkmanship.

Gwen Jorgensen (1), Katie Zaferes (2) and Andrew Hewitt of New Zealand (3) on the podium. Round 2 of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland, New Zealand. 29 March 2015..Copyright photo : Darryl Carey / www.photosport.co.nz

Jorgensen wins, Hewitt third

American Gwen Jorgensen wins World Series triathlon event in Auckland with Andrea Hewitt third.

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.

Lindsay looks for more success

You can take the boy out of Wellington, but you can't take Wellington out of the boy.

James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell.

McDonald rides to BMW win

James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell. 

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