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Mayweather ignores blood lust

Floyd Mayweather Jr throws a right hand at Manny Pacquiao during his unanimous points win in Las Vegas.

OPINION: Boxer's defensive masterclass may have angered critics but it was the perfect display for a sport where money is all.

Patston story remains mystery

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

Roos may be No 2 for long time

Fitzgerald had 'gutful' of CRNZ

cricket

Rutherford, Bracewell get chance

With Martin Guptill injured, it's a big few days for Black Caps opener Hamish Rutherford to push his first test claims.

3:29 PM  With the Black Caps frontliners absent, some fringe players have chance to shine against Somerset.

Plan confirmed for rival league

Indian group behind proposed challenge to cricket establishment confirm plans for a rival T20 league.

England captain Alastair Cook  has to get over the disappointment of a collapse in the West Indies to focus on a New Zealand team who have some special plans for him.

NZ's plans to sink captain Cook

Under pressure England skipper to be target of some special treatment from Black Caps as test series looms.

rugby

Boyd rests ABs for Sharks clash

Hooker Dane Coles' has been ruled out of the Hurricanes match against the Sharks on Saturday with a calf strain.

Wing Julian Savea and halfback TJ Perenara will sit out Super Rugby leaders' next match in Wellington.

Potgieter heads home to Sharks

Influential South African flanker signs a two-year deal to join the Durban-based Sharks for next season.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 25:  Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder looks on prior to the start of the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Crusaders on Reds alert

4:28 PM  Bogging-up ear holes and strapping on blinkers may be a worthwhile exercise for the Crusaders.

football

Messi nets double as Barca win video

Football - FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg - The Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 6/5/15
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal
Reuters / Gustau Nacarino

Two late moments of magic from Argentine help hosts break down Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 win in Champions League semi.

Real most valuable team again

European champions are the world's most valuable soccer club for a third straight year, according to Forbes poll.

Graham Taylor was reportedly under pressure over the colour of selections for his England teams.

Taylor told to keep team white

New book claims former England boss Graham Taylor was under pressure "not to pick too many black players."

league

Foran's get-out clause in Eels deal

Kiwis star Kieran Foran runs the ball during the Anzac test win over the Kangaroos in Brisbane last Sunday.

Parramatta's star signing has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk out on four-year deal if the club slips into political turmoil.

Bird to miss Origin series

NSW forward Greg Bird will not play in this year's State of Origin series after copping an eight-match ban from NRL.

Shaun Johnson's critics will be watching to see whether he plays as well against the Sharks on Saturday as he did against the Kangaroos last weekend.

Johnson's form 'no fluke'

3:09 PM  After starring with Kiwis, Shaun Johnson has been charged with replicating that performance for Warriors.

basketball

Coach backs import to shine

Centerbury Rams' coach Mark Dickel expects Jermaine Taylor to rebound from a sub-par debut showing this weekend.

4:07 PM  Import guard Jermaine Tayor tipped to rebound from a disappointing debut for Canterbury Rams.

Vukona: Return 'no-brainer'

Breakers hope re-signing of inspirational leader will prove a catalyst for keeping ANBL title-winning group together.

May 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies spoil Curry's party

Golden State's 'Splash Brothers' have off-target night as they fall to third home loss of season against Memphis.

golf

McIlroy, Spieth play down rivalry

Rory McIlroy, left, and Jordan Spieth have been paired for the first two rounds of the Players Championship.

World No 1 and rising American star to play together at $10 million Players Championship.

Campbell 'on par with Hillary'

New Zealand golfer's US Open win matches Edmund Hillary's conquering of Mt Everest, says former coach.

US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn with golf great Tiger Woods at the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods 'has not slept for days'

Golf great struggling after break-up with Lindsey Vonn came on the anniversary weekend of father's death.

netball

Pulse trying to shake Steel loss 

All smiles on her way in, Pulse coach Robyn Broughton was less happy after their loss to the Steel in Dunedin.

Star-studded team all on notice ahead of Monday's clash with the Mainland Tactix in Porirua.

Injured Kopua still sidelined

WaiBop-Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald has ruled her captain Casey Kopua out for at least another week.

Captain Anna Thompson will bring up her 100th game for the Mainland Tactix in Porirua on Monday night.

Thompson set for milestone

Anna Thompson will become the first player in Tactix franchise history to bring up 100 games for the franchise.

tennis

Kyrgios beats Federer in Madrid video

Nick Kyrgios celebrates after securing his tight win over Roger Federer in the third round of the Madrid Masters.

Rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios claims big scalp, beating 17-time grand slam champ and childhood hero.

Maria Sharapova made to work

Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2 4-6 7-5.

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning a point during his straight sets win over American Steve Johnson in their second round match at the Madrid Open.

Nadal advances to third round

Spaniard breaks American Steve Johnson's serve three times during 6-4 6-3 victory at Madrid Open.

motorsport

Kennard says campaign on track

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Hayden Paddon (left) and John Kennard after their sixth place finish in Rally Sweden

4:12 PM  A spectacular brush with spectators in Argentina made NZ's leading duo the talk of the World Rally circuit.

Lombardi feat largely forgotten

Deadly accident at Barcelona's Montjuich circuit overshadowed female driver's sixth-placed finish.

Formula One - F1 - Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 - Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 29/3/15
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gestures before the race
Reuters / Olivia Harris
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Hamilton linked with Ferrari

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

other sports

Mayweather ignores lust for blood

Floyd Mayweather Jr throws a right hand at Manny Pacquiao during his unanimous points win in Las Vegas.

OPINION: Boxer's defensive masterclass may have angered critics but it was the perfect display for a sport where money is all.

NFL: Patriots deflated balls

NFL says New England quarterback Tom Brady "generally aware" of scheme to deflate balls.

New Zealand's Sam Bewley will be making his Giro d-Italia debut and will have two other Kiwi cyclists, Greg Henderson and George Bennett, for company.

Three NZers riding Giro d'Italia

Greg Henderson, George Bennett and Sam Bewley all confirmed for the first Grand Tour of 2015.

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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