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We'll never know full Patston story

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, left, handed too much power to former Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

OPINION: Not a single character untarnished after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal came to light last year.

Roos may be No 2 for long time

OPINION: Kiwis rise to world No 1 berth must have Aussie camp questioning decision not to play a test for 12 months.

Fitzgerald had 'gutful' of CRNZ

John Kirwan's time up at Blues

cricket

Injured Guptill to miss warmup

A side strain has in-form New Zealand opener Martin Guptill under a cloud for the first test against England.

In-form New Zealand opener facing a race against time to be fit for the first test against England at Lord's on May 21.

McCullum big hit in IPL stats video

Highest score, most sixes and a rampant run rate have NZ star proving his worth in cricket's richest league.

England captain Alastair Cook, second left, reflects with team-mates after their series stalemate in the West Indies.

Boycott: Cook 'up his own arse'

Former England cricketer slams test opener, saying he is 'living in cloud cuckoo land' about his record as captain.

rugby

Injured Barrett out for four weeks

The Hurricanes will be without Beauden Barrett for the next four weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.

Relief for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as Hurricanes first five-eighth is cleared of season-ending knee injury.

De Villiers ahead of schedule

Springbok captain fights to get fit for this year's Rugby World Cup at training camp in Johannesburg.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, left, handed too much power to former Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Patston story still a mystery

OPINION: Not a single character untarnished after Kurtley Beale texting scandal came to light.

football

Boxall joins the Phoenix exodus

Defender Michael Boxall salutes Phoenix fans after they exited the A-League finals with a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne City.

A-League franchise release five players after playoff failure as defender confirms switch to South African outfit.

Lewandowski fit to face Barca

Prolific Polish forward included in Bayern's squad for Champions League semifinal despite serious facial injuries.

Alexis Sanchez, right, celebrates with Francis Coquelin after scoring Arsenal's opener against Hull Ctiy.

Slick Arsenal top style charts

If honours were handed out for stylish football Arsene Wenger's Gunners would clean up every season.

league

Nielsen sacked by the Dragons

Dane Nielsen played two games for the St George Illawarra Dragons after moving from the Warriors this season.

St George Illawarra terminate the contract of former Warriors star over 'breaches of his obligations'.

Hurrell recalled by Warriors

Scintillating international form sees two players recalled for away clash with Cronulla Sharks on Saturday night.

South Sydney's NSW hopeful Luke Keary can press his State of Origin claims against the Dragons on Monday.

Souths duo to press claims

Dylan Walker and Luke Keary given a chance to make a late push for Origin selection against the Dragons.

basketball

Rose, Gasol lead Bulls in opener

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives past Cleveland Cavaliers counterpart Kyrie Irving during game one of their NBA eastern conference semifinals series.

Star duo combine for 46 points as Chicago beat Cleveland in game one of NBA eastern conference semis.

Warriors rout Grizzlies in opener

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

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.

NBA-laden Boomers to face NZ

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

golf

Ko just holds on to No 1 ranking

Lydia Ko has a challenge on her hands to hold off South Korean Inbee Park at the top of women's golf.

But Kiwi's grip at the top of women's golf loosens as South Korean rival Inbee Park closes in with LPGA Tour win.

Ko stalls as arch rival wins

Women's world No 1 golfer unable to make inroads in North Texas Shootout, having to settle for a tie for 41st.

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's No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy solidifies his place at the top of the sport with an 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 captain Casey Kopua out for at least another week.

Tough road lies ahead for Steel

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

Southern Steel player Brooke Leaver receives a Facial from SIT Therapy Student Olivia Trainor.

Purvis out, Watson in for Steel

Key Steel defender Storm Purvis is out of action and Jane Watson is ready to step up and fill the void.

tennis

Murray snaps his claycourt jinx

Andy Murray poses in traditional bavarain Lederhosen after winning the rain-delayed Munich Open final.

Andy Murray's preparations for the French Open gather momentum in Munich.

Nadal comes to terms with slide

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

Caroline Wozniacki is through to the third round at the Madrid Open.

Wozniacki reaches third round

Danish star powers past American Christina McHale 7-5 6-0 to advance at the Madrid Open.

motorsport

F1 champion linked with Ferrari

British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is yet to ink a new deal with Mercedes beyond this season.

Lewis Hamilton yet to sign a new contract with Formula One outfit Mercedes.

Conroy wants to fuel knowledge

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

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

Evans and Stanaway win at Spa

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

other sports

Khan in line for Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr lands a straight right on Manny Pacquiao during his unanimous points win in Las Vegas.

Briton claims he has been asked to face unbeaten champion in his last fight before retiring from the sport.

Pacquiao in strife over injury

Filipino boxer in trouble with Nevada officials for failing to disclose right shoulder issue before superfight in Vegas.

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International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Back speaks at a media Conference in Auckland.

Bach: 'NZ can host Games' video

Olympics boss says New Zealand is "a great sports country" that should not be afraid to host sporting world.

racing

Smokin Bird ruled out of feature

Soreness has cost Smokin Bird a start in Saturday's 3-year-old fillies' classic at Addington.

Smokin Bird ruled out of $150,000 Sires' Stakes Final for 3-year-old fillies at Addington on Saturday.

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 in Kentucky.

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

Titan Banner off to Addington

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

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