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Umpire's blunder flattens Caps video

Doug Bracewell was stunned by the no-ball call that knocked the stuffing out of the Black Caps.

Richard Illingworth's no-ball error evoked fresh memories of Nigel Llong for the luckless Black Caps.

Voges, Khawaja twist knife  video

Trent Boult pulled in a one-handed screamer to dismiss Usman Khawaja.

Big centuries from Adam Voges and Usman Khawaja leaves the Black Caps with a familiar salvage job.

World All Stars win 12-8 video

James Graham of the World side is tackled during the NRL All Stars match  at Suncorp Stadium.

2:10 AM  The future of the All Stars concept was guaranteed before a ball was kicked in anger at Suncorp Stadium.

Ko leads NZ Open  video

Lydia Ko is all  smiles as she walks the fairway during the 2nd round of the New Zealand Women's Open.

World No 1 cards five-under 67 to lead at Clearwater.

Luke fires Warriors over Titans

Issac Luke impressed in his first match for the Warriors.

Kiwis hooker shows he will be valuable addition as Warriors thump Titans.

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No howlers in bunker debut

Warriors back Konrad Hurrell of the World All Stars struggles with three Indigneous All Stars as he reaches out for the tryline.

It was largely business as usual on Saturday night as the NRL's new video referee bunker made a howler-free debut in the All Stars extravaganza.

Victory, City combine for draw video

Gui Finkler (right) of the Victory celebrates after scoring to draw his side level with City 2-2 early in the second half in the Melbourne derby.

Melbourne Victory twice replied to Bruno Fornaroli's goals as the two A-League clubs shared a 2-2 draw.

Hurricanes left battered and blue

George Moala is tackled by Ngani Laumape.

A few injury concerns in Hurricanes camp after going down to the Blues.

High praise from Melbourne coach

Breakers forward Tai Wesley battles it out against Melbourne's Chris Patton at the NSEC.

As far as Dean Demopolous is concerned, nothing changes when it comes to the New Zealand Breakers.

World champs own team pursuit

From left; Jason Allen, Dylan Kennett , Marc Ryan and Hayden Roulston won the team pursuit title for Mid South Canterbury.

Mid South Canterbury's world champs put on a show in the team pursuit.

Cook stars for Rabbitohs

Damien Cook was one of the standouts for the South Sydney side in their Charity Shield victory.

New faces make at impact for South Sydney in their Charity Shield clash with the Dragons.

Taylor hopeful for second test

Ross Taylor receives attention after suffering a 10cm tear in his side, against Pakistan in Wellington on January 22.

After suffering a 10cm tear in his side on January 22, Ross Taylor hopes to be considered for the second test.

Perth secure win over Sydney video

Sydney FC's Seb Ryall reacts after a missed opportunity.

Perth kept their winning run by dismissing Sydney FC in their A-league battle.

Clark takes out Coast to Coast

Sam Clark won the longest day for the first time.

Sam Clark wins his first Coast to Coast longest day.

Blunder highlights no-ball farce

Doug Bracewell reacts after bowling Adam Voges of Australia off a no ball.

The no-ball blunder that cost the Black Caps a valuable wicket has highlighted a vexing problem.

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opinion

All Blacks to take team award

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke dominated the men's 49er class throughout 2015.

OPINION: In part two of our daily analysis of the likely Halberg Award winners, the All Blacks stand out.

Snubbing an issue of fairness

OPINION: Australians need to celebrate Usman Khawaja.

Who will win the Halbergs? video

The fine art of sledging

Rugby

Powerbrokers defend Super Rugby

Super Rugby bosses have gone on the front foot to defend the controversial expansion this year.

Sanzaar boss and NZ executive front foot widespread criticism - but is it too late?

Chiefs beat Tahs, more injuries

Chiefs winger Glen Fisiiahi on his way to the try-line against the Waratahs at Rotorua.

Late try secures scrappy win for the Chiefs, who suffer more injury setbacks.

Quest to become 'better man' video

Malakai Fekitoa chose social media site Instagram to publicly express his issues with anger, on and off the field.

Malakai Fekitoa's public admission about anger part of self-initiated development programme.

Brumbies easily outclass Reds

Samu Kerevi of the Reds (left) is tackled by Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies during the Super Rugby preseason match at Ballymore.

Thanks to a jersey clash of epic proportions, the Reds andBrumbies at least looked the same.

Cricket

Recap: Black Caps v Australia

Adam Voges on his way to bringing up a century.

Australia finished day two on 463/6 an overall lead of 280 runs in the first innings.

Fulton, Wilson short of milestones

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Canterbury batsman Andy Ellis hammers a boundary on day one of their Plunket Shield cricket clash with the Central Stags at Nelson's Saxton Oval.

Peter Fulton and Brad Wilson have both fallen short of centuries in round five of the Plunket Shield domestic four-day cricket series.

Blunder highlights no-ball farce

Doug Bracewell reacts after bowling Adam Voges of Australia off a no ball.

The no-ball blunder that cost the Black Caps a valuable wicket has highlighted a vexing problem.

Caps eye change of luck video

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum made a duck against Australia at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, in the first innings of his 100th test.

New Zealand need Basin Reserve history to repeat to claw this test back from Australia.

Video

No howlers in bunker debut

It was largely business as usual on Saturday night as the NRL's new video referee bunker made a howler-free debut in the All Stars extravaganza.

Football

Phoenix defeat Southern United

The Wellington Phoenix defeated Southern United to move out of danger for the ASB Premiership wooden spoon.

Phoenix claim a 4-3 win to move out of wooden spoon danger.

Fifa bans Valcke for 12 years

Former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned from football for 12 years for causing "considerable financial" damage to the sport's governing body.

Former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke becomes the latest high-profile official to be sidelined.

Roar salvage draw vs Jets video

Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo dives the wrong way as he was unable to stop a penalty shot from Newcastle Jets' Milos Trifunovic.

Brisbane Roar dodge A-League disaster, salvaging a 2-2 draw against plucky Newcastle.

Fifa election heats up

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup, but is idea has been rubbished by the other presidential candidates.

Fifa presidential candidates are make their pitch to the heads of national football federations.

League

Return of the 'Aussie haka'?

Greg Inglis leads the Indigenous All Stars in a traditional war dance.

A pre-match war dance may be adopted by the Kangaroos sooner rather than later.

'I've got 2-3 NRL seasons left: Marshall

Benji Marshall would like to stick around with NRL team Illawarra St Geroge, but says his options are open.

Benji Marshall hopes to stick with St George Illawarra but looking at options.

Star halves to collide in Nelson

Kiwi playmakers Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson will be the marquee match-up when the Dragons and Warriors tackle each other at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Shaun Johnson gets another crack at former Kiwis team-mate Benji Marshall.

Roosters could rack up 80: St Helens halfback

Latrell Mitchell scores a try during the Auckland Nines last weekend.

St Helens will have to be at their best if they're to stop the Roosters running riot.

Basketball

Adams on his 'Khal Drogo' look

Steven Adams never even knew who Khal Drogo was until he was mistaken for the Game of Thrones character.

In a revealing interview, NBA superstar opens up on his man bun and moustache.

Hawks end 36ers' season

The Illawarra Hawks will face the Perth Wildcats in the ANBL semifinals, after taking down the Adelaide 36ers.

Illawarra Hawks turn up defensive heat when it mattered to claim a 106-95 ANBL win over Adelaide 36ers.

Breakers back in the playoffs

Breakers forward Tai Wesley is fouled by Melbourne United's Chris Patton as he goes up for a shot in the lane.

Australian NBL's defending champs make short work of the league leaders to clinch a finals spot.

Melbourne short-handed in NZ

Melbourne United's Chris Goulding is said to be out of Friday night's game against the New Zealand Breakers.

Beakers catch a major break ahead of penultimate Australian NBL regular season game.

Golf

Lee on charge at Monterey

New Zealand's Danny Lee had a second-round 66 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, playing the Moneterey Peninsula Course.

In-form Kiwi golfer has made his move on the second day of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

Ko remains in contention

Lydia Ko has had a tough day at Clearwater but remains in touch with the leaders.

World No 1 delivers long-range birdie at the last to stay in touch at Clearwater.

Larsen expects Ko resurgence

Nicole Broch Larsen was the clubhouse leader at the NZ Open.

The NZ Open's early leader accepts Lydia Ko is still a major threat.

Common ground for Ko, Bristow

Cathryn Bristow flourished on day one of the NZ Open.

Cathryn Bristow rapt to be on a par with world No.1 Lydia Ko after first round of NZ Open

Netball

Fowler-Reid returns to Steel gallery video

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has returned to Invercargill for the Southern Steel's netball season.

After three days of travel, netballer Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is back in Southland.

Tutaia and Folau an item?

Silver Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia and Wallabies fullback Israel Folau have exchanged messages - and pictures - on social media.

Maria Tutaia's his 'crush' and and Israel Folau's her bae - is this a Kiwi-Aussie romance?

Johnson confirms Cullen relationship

Shaun Johnson and Kayla Cullen hang out at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

League star and Silver Fern confirmed as an item after much speculation over relationship.

International award for magnificent Mwai

Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda has been named international world games association athlete of the year for 2015.

International award for Tactix and Malawi shooter Mwai Kumwenda

Tennis

Age no barrier for fighting fit Dela Rue

Evan Dela Rue, who turns 80 on Sunday, is still going strong on the tennis court - his three national titles won last month prove it.

A long-held ambition was achieved at last month's national tennis champs in Napier.

Tearney in Davis Cup mix

Finn Tearney's consistent singles game has brought him into the Davis Cup mix for New Zealand.

Consistent singles results gives Wellington player a chance for New Zealand debut against Korea.

Umpires banned, investigated

The integrity of world tennis is brought into question following the banning of officials for efforts to manipulate scoring in matches.

Official banned for life over bid to manipulate scoring of matches, tennis governing body reveals.

Andy Murray's baby girl born

Tennis world No 2 Andy Murray on his wedding day to Kim Sears in 2015.

Tennis star's nana breaks the news, revealing the "congrats great granny" message she got.

Other sports

McDowell makes Olympic time

Kiwi kayaker Marty McDowell has achieved an Olympic qualifying time for Rio.

New Zealand kayaker Marty McDowell took a big step towards Olympic selection.

Clark takes out Coast to Coast

Sam Clark won the longest day for the first time.

Sam Clark wins his first Coast to Coast longest day.

Portage Crossing a success video

The Portage crossing celebrates an ancient Waka passage between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.

High spirits, rather than high seas, dominated Saturday's demanding Portage Crossing in Auckland.

Three strikes means Mejia is out

Jenrry Mejia has been banned from baseball for life.

Former New York Mets Jenrry Mejia as tested positive for anabolic steroid Boldenone for a third time.

Motorsport

Habsburg takes race one

Ferdinand Habsburg in car No 62 overtakes Lando Norris (31) after the second safety car at the New Zealand Grand Prix in Manfeild on Saturday.

Habsburg wins New Zealand Grand Prix opener while Norris increases lead in series.

Paddon sits second in Sweden

Hayden Paddon sits second in WRC Rally Sweden in his high flying Hyundai i-20.

Kiwi Hayden Paddon is in second place after rocketing up the leader board at Rally Sweden.

Cassidy has no plans to slow down

Nick Cassidy is hoping to build on his 2015 success as he steps up to the Japanese Super GT series this year.

Nick Cassidy is preparing himself for what could be his biggest year of racing yet.

Paddon ready for Rally of Sweden

Hayden Paddon competes in WRC Rally Sweden for Hyundai in 2015.

Lack of ice delays start of Rally of Sweden.

Racing

Red Dirt Girl has quick recovery to win

Red Dirt Girl has backed up her Pegasus Stakes win with an open handicap victory over 1000m on Saturday.

Speedy mare was lucky to even be at the races but doesn't let it stop her from winning

Xtravagant leaves fans awestruck

Xtravagant blitzed his top class rivals in the NRM Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Xtravagant awesome in Te Rapa sprint.

Blistering Locharburn on way to Easter Cup without Christen Me

Locharburn looks unstoppable heading into next month's Group I Easter Cup at Addington.

Speedy pacer back to his best and looking odds on for Group I

Valley Girl thrills overjoyed Hawkins family

Valley Girl and Lisa Allpress charge to an upset win in the Group I Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Filly upsets weight-for-age stars on sodden Te Rapa.

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The Fumble

Manning celebrates at Disneyland video

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning went to Disneyland to bask in his Super Bowl glory as he also considers his future in the sport.

Best Super Bowl 50 commercials video

Heinz put a new spin on the hot dog.

Meet the Ketchups, or singing sheep, the Super bowl commercials that make you smile.

The fiercest flop of all time? video

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart performed the Mad Max: Fury Road of flops against the New York Knicks.

Dwyane Wade’s son puts on a show video

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.

Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old son Zaire, who has already grabbed headlines for passing along some sage advice to his dad, has his own 'mixtape' streaming around the world.