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opinion

Reason: We should back Canes

Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith kicks more than any other halfback in the Super Rugby competition.

OPINION: The Highlanders may be everyone's second team, but NZ rugby needs them to lose.

Ban fans for kids sports safety

OPINION: If we're going to end verbal abuse and violence at children's sport, there's a simple solution.

Lighten lightning Boult's load

How Foran's deal unravelled

cricket

Santner in, Williamson top man

Allrounder Mitchell Santner gets the plaudits for his first ODI wicket at Edgbaston, from Kane Williamson, left, and Brendon McCullum.

Kane Williamson is the top-ranked NZ cricketer while Mitchell Santner is the new face in the 20 contracted players.

Aussie cricketers slam pink ball

Australian cricketers not happy with bosses pushing ahead with day-night test against NZ.

MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 09:  Sir Richard Hadlee during a backyard cricket match, captained by Kiwi cricket greats Sir Richard Hadlee and Stephen Fleming, - under the famed 'party tree' at Hobbiton Movie Set  on March 9, 2015 in Matamata, New Zealand.  (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand)

NZ nerves for day-nighter

NZ to use pink ball for the first time just weeks before an inaugural day-night test.

rugby

Reason: We should back Canes

Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith kicks more than any other halfback in the Super Rugby competition.

OPINION: The Highlanders may be everyone's second team, but NZ rugby needs them to lose.

Norm tribute for Berryman

From neighbourly schoolboy rugby to professional ranks, Norm Maxwell reflects on warrior and teacher friend.

David Shanks endured a cold night outside Te Papa in Wellington as he waited in line to buy tickets to the Super Rugby final.

Surprise visit for rugby fans video

4 min ago  Hurricanes with pizza and hot chocolate in the night for rugby fans in 15-hour queue for final tickets.

football

Cardiff, Stockholm to host finals

Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the home of Welsh rugby, will host the 2017 Champions League final.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the 2017 Champions League final, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said.

Roar players set to be paid

Brisbane Roar players are set to be delivered their overdue wages in the next 24 hours.

Chile's Eduardo Vargas (C) celebrates his second goal against Peru with teammates Arturo Vidal (R) and Jose Rojas during their Copa America 2015 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Chile into Copa final

Hosts beat Peru in action-packed semifinal to set up final date against either Argentina or Paraguay.

league

Blues name Farah despite injury

Robbie Farah injured his hand in Sunday's NRLclash between the Wests and Penirth at Leichhardt Oval

NSW vice-captain named at hooker for Origin III despite facing an uphill battle to play with a broken hand.

Gallen injury worry for NSW

Blues coach Laurie Daley will also have to keep tabs on skipper Paul Gallen ahead of Origin III.

Sport
NRL Round 26 ??Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels. ?? Josh Papalii breaks throught the Eel's defence.
The Canberra Times.
September 6th 2014.
Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

Injury concerns for Maroons

Injuries stacking up for Queensland but coach Mal Meninga appears unfazed ahead of Origin decider.

basketball

LeBron likely to stay with Cavs

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action during this year's NBA Finals.

LeBron James may have opted out of his Cavaliers contract but it appears the NBA superstar is staying at home.

Fuller nets 54 points but loses

Taranaki Mountain Airs' import Aaron Fuller sets NBL record with 54 points, but the Rangers win.

People wanting to see either Leon Henry, left, or Todd Blanchfield play during the NBL semifinals in Wellington will be able to after a change of start time.

Time change for NBL semis

The Super Rugby final has forced a shift in the scheduling of the NBL playoffs.

golf

Three aces in one round for golfer

American amateur golfer Patrick Willis achieved the remarkable feat of making three holes-in-one in one round.

If the average golfer is happy to make one hole-in-one in their life, Patrick Willis may be the happiest golfer in the world.

Smail enjoys best week of year

New Zealand golfer David Smail enjoyed best week on the Japan Golf Tour this season, riising up money list.

Kiwi golfer Grant Waite finished third at the US Senior Open in Sacramento, California.

Waite falls short of major win

Palmerston North golfer finishes in a tie for third at US Senior Open as Lydia Ko shoots up leaderboard.

netball

Silver Ferns need harder edge

Defender Temalisi Fakahokotau, left, makes life uncomfortable for Australia's Caitlin Thwaites.

It's a big week for defender Temalisi Fakahokotau and probably NZ coach Waimarama Taumaunu, too.

Plenty of tricks needed

Laura Langman says NZ must be adaptable to have any chance of winning Netball World Cup.

Central Pulse coach Tanya Dearns is still seeking shooting depth for 2016.

Pulse begin to finalise squad

Tanya Dearns has retained everyone she wanted for the 2016 trans-Tasman netball season.

tennis

Nadal, Federer roll in first round

Rafa Nadal breezed by Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets to open his Wimbledon campaign.

Rafa Nadal might have been condemned to a lowly 10th seeding at Wimbledon but he remains a floater everyone will want to avoid.

Wimbledon on heat alert

As is so often the case, the weather was No 1 topic of conversation at Wimbledon but for once it was not the rain.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova took just 35 minutes to dispatch Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-0 in her first round match.

Kvitova begins defence in style

Petra Kvitova began her Wimbledon defence as she left off in last year's final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis.

motorsport

Paddon has high hopes in Poland

Hayden Paddon, right, and co-driver John Kennard are hoping for more success as they head to Poland.

The fast roads of Poland are enticing Kiwi rally star as he looks to maintain his momentum in the WRC.

Piquet first Formula E champ

Brazilian driver involved in 2008 Formula One crash scandal first to be crowned electric world champion.

Hayden Paddon (front) is coming to Nelson on July 14.

Rally star to race in Nelson

Top NZ rally driver Hayden Paddon is heading to Nelson to race members of the public on a go-kart track.

other sports

Black Sticks likely qualifed

Striker Petrea Webster scored the equaliser for NZ in their convincing quarterfinal win over Japan at the World League Semifinals in Belgium.

1 min ago  NZ women look to have sealed spot at Rio Olympics after thumping Japan 5-1 in quarterfinals at World League Semifinal tournament.

De La Hoya rules out return

Boxing Hall of Famer and former Olympic champ will remain retired after briefly considering return to the ring.

Jack Bauer will be part of the Cannondale-Garmin team for this year's Tour de France, which starts on Saturday.

Second Kiwi confirmed for Tour

NZ will have two riders contesting famous race after Jack Bauer confirmed in Cannondale-Garmin team.

racing

Kauto Star put down after fall

Kauto Star stands next to a statue of itself in the parade ring at Kempton Park racecourse in 2014.

European horse racing legend Kauto Star put down after breaking pelvis in fall.

 Themightyquinn to retire

Injury to New Zealand-bred champion pacer spells the end of spectacular career.

Farm Boy ridden by Vinnie Coglan, second from left, wins the Avondale Gold Cup.

Carter stable eyes spring attack

Group I performers return to Carter stable in anticipation of an exciting spring and summer.

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