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Is Richie McCaw a spent force?

Richie McCaw found the going tough against the Chiefs, but can he find form when it really counts?

OPINION: In our regular Friday segment,'s leading rugby scribes tackle the hot topics of the Super Rugby week.

Money masks the thug within

OPINION: Convicted woman beater given a free pass so often because his apologists are dazzled by his wealth.

Why Benji is yesterday's man

ABs coach has big calls to make


Mysterious cricket co's registered

Any attempt to compete in the international cricket business is likely made with an interest in TV broadcast rights.

Cricket authorities on alert for a new rebel league, or even an extraordinary takeover bid for the global game.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan

Tigers roar at home as Shakib Al Hassan stars with bat and ball to secure host first T20 win over Pakistan.

West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates his century against England in Grenada.

Brathwaite puts Windies ahead

Flat batting track offers little hope for England as hosts eek out 37 run lead by close of test's third day.


Pan-American Six Nations plan

US Eagles captain Todd Clever during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

American rugby unions to launch an annual championship based on the successful European model.

Brumbies drive to victory video

An insipid first-half performance cost the Highlanders any chance of an upset over the Brumbies.

Johan Bardoul makes a charge for the Chiefs against the Force in Hamilton.

Force with the Chiefs, just video

Chiefs get bonus-point 35-27 victory but 14-man Western Force show mettle in Hamilton.


Coaches' feud overshadows clash

Things got physical between the managers - Arsene Wenger (left) and Jose Mourinho (right) - the last time Arsenal and Chelsea clashed in the Premier League.

It started with some verbal sparring in news conferences. Then it became physical with a touchline flare-up.

Barca eyes revenge on Bayern

Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semis.

ERNIE MERRICK: "Don't think that you've reached your limit, we can get better and better. Those are the two main things."

Merrick confident in his team

Whether the Phoenix are about to emulate what the Victory have done remains to be seen.


Warriors slump to another loss 

Ben Matulino scores his first try of the season in the Warriors' 32-28 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Anzac Day.

2 min ago  The Warriors have lost their fifth game of the season, this time going down 32-28 to the Titans at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Sad end for No 1 Warrior Bell

There were signs at the club's 20th anniversary celebrations in March that the side's first captain was on the way out.

Kevin Naiqama miraculously keeps the ball in play near the dead ball line for team-mate James Tedesco to score a contender for NRL try of the year.

Try of the year contender video

Magical play with a desperate lunge and flick pass off the dead ball line sets up a stunning Wests Tigers try.


NBA sport's Game of Thrones

Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith is akin to Game of Thrones character Tyrion Lannister for his dark horse qualities as a contender for the throne.

Anxious moments and cutthroat twists - top TV courts aren't Judy or Mason, but Hoops and Lannister.

Saints' winning run ends 

Wellington Saints unbeaten NBL run over after 102-94 loss to Super City Rangers.

Derrick Rose scored 34 points for the Bulls against the Bucks.

Bulls, Cavaliers, Warriors win

Chicago beat Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland get past Boston Celtics while Golden State stun New Orleans.


Ko even on her 18th

Lydia Ko makes a tee shot on the 10h hole during round two of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club.

Kiwi women's golf world No 1 celebrates her birthday at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Michael Hendry falls off pace

NZ golfer Michael Hendry fell down the leaderboard during the second round of the China Open.

Lydia Ko tees off on the third hole in the opening round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. Ko leads after the first round.

Ko in form at Swinging Skirts video

Kiwi teen makes happy return to event where she first won as a pro, carding a five-under par 67 in her first round.


Tactix finally at tipping point

Louise Thayer of the Tactix reacts following the game with Jess Moulds and Demelza Fellowes the ANZ Championship Netball game between the Tactix v Steel at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. 6th April 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson/

Former Silver Fern Anna Galvan fears a future generation of Canterbury netballers could run out of role models.

Magic seek 'mammoth' victory

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic take on the top of the table West Coast Fever on Sunday.

ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 28:  The Silver Ferns line up for the national anthem during the International netball Test match between the New Zealand Silver Ferns and England on October 28, 2014 in Rotorua, New Zealand.  (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)

Lancaster rejects fitness claims

NZ fitness coach blames the lack of opportunities outside trans-Tasman league for Aussie success.


Halep plays on after death threat

Simona Halep beat Sara Errani in a tough match in Stuttgart despite threats against her life.

Security stepped up at Stuttgart WTA tournament after world No 3 receives a death threat.

Navratilova leaves Radwanska

Singles great steps down from coaching role after underestimating how much work was involved.

Kei Nishikori smashes the fuzz off the tennis ball with a topspin forehand during his three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in the Barcelona Open quarterfinals.

Nishikori on track in Spain

Barcelona Open defending champ into the semifinals after holding off Roberto Bautista Agut.


Race day for Schumacher's son

Mick Schumacher looks set to follow in his father's tyre tracks.

Son of seven-time F1 world champ begins his career in Formula Four with the weight of expectation heavy on his shoulders.

Rough roads rue for Paddon

Hayden Paddon lamenting a "luckless" start to season after problems at Rally Argentina.

Scott Dixon passed Bobby Unser for fifth all-time in IndyCar wins with 36 after his victory at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dixon chasing down greats

Kiwi racer just wanted a quiet, celebratory beer with wife and former IndyCar star Dario Franchitti.

other sports

'Open sewer' may force shift

Rubbish at Bica beach on the banks of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro where Olympic sailing events are planned for 2016.

2:57 PM  Sailing's world governing body threatens to move Olympic races if bay not cleaned up pronto.

AFL searches for NZ TV partner

Collapse of Sommet Sports leaves Australian code short on options with Sky not playing ball.

Tim Price leads in the prestigious Kentucky three-day event after the dressage.

Price leads after dressage

Kiwi eventer will go into the cross country in first place in Kentucky after dominating in the dressage on Wesko.


Coleman aims to be Te Rapa king

260414 Horse Racing SPORT Photo: Chris Hillock / Fairfax Media NZ. 
The Travis Stakes at Te Rapa Raceway.  Winner Lauren Tate (#13) Breeeder Owner Traniner John Morell.  Jockey Michael Coleman.(pictured)

Michael Coleman is ready to ride Lauren Tate to victory again in the Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

Rowe Cup win by Stent special

Stent wins his 13th race for the season and fulfills a lifelong ambition for his connections

Whanganui filly Just A Lover holds out Sealed By A Dance in a three-year-old 1600m at Trentham on April 11. Photo: RACE IMAGES

Rayner stable spreads forces

Trainers Evan and JJ Rayner have seven horses in work but form runners at three meetings.

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