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opinion

Spiteful Sharks must be reined in

Bismarck du Plessis's behaviour was 'completely unacceptable', says former Springbok coach Nick Mallett.

OPINION: It is a disgrace Sanzar is happy to ignore beyond the imposition of individual punishments, writes Mark Reason.

Crusaders find their groove

OPINION: Todd Blackadder's boys find their feet again as counterpart Sir John Kirwan loses ninth game in 10.

Netball NZ must help Tactix

Is Richie McCaw a spent force?

cricket

'Go for it' Guptill smashes 227

Martin Guptill has continued his fine form for Derbyshire in English county cricket.

NZ batsman's aggressive approach pays handsome dividends in England with his highest first-class score.

Zimbabwe close on tour deal

African side poised to become the first test-playing side to tour Pakistan since 2009 terror attacks.

Trent Boult

Boult bowls over King's XI video

NZ bowler delivers a match-winning double-strike after being thrown the ball with the match in the balance.

rugby

1st5R: New ace in NZ Super deck video

Beauden Barrett is top of the 1st5R standings for the first time this season.

11:55 AM  The cards have shuffled and Beauden Barrett has risen to the top of New Zealand's Super Rugby playmaking deck.

'I will always put my hand up'

Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper may be off to France, but he'll always be on call for Australia.

Referee Angus Gardner checks a tip tackle from Ian Prior of the Force during their match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Ref Review: Super's best video

OPINION: He takes stick from fans and repeatedly reaches for red cards - but this Aussie best in the Super business.

football

Bournemouth reach promised land

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has led the South Coast club to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history.

10:32 AM  South Coast club effectively seal promotion to Premier League for first time in their 116-year history with 3-0 home win over Bolton.

Kane putting in the hard yards

11:15 AM  Tottenham striker's work rate behind astonishing rise which he hopes will inspire other young players.

Auckland FC coach Ramon Tribulietx has confirmed he is in talks with the Brisbane Roar.

Tribulietx holds Brisbane talks

Auckland City FC coach admits proposed move to Brisbane Roar would be "wonderful opportunity".

league

Nightingale gets callup to Kiwis

Jason Nightingale comes on to the wing for the Kiwis for Friday's Anzac test in Brisbane.

16 min ago  Another cruel blow for Penrith youngster sees veteran Dragons winger summoned for Anzac test.

'Benji deserved shot with Kiwis'

Halfback Shaun Johnson is grateful to Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney for showing faith in him.

Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson evades a Cameron Smith tackle during last year's Four Nations tournament.

Aussies feel the heat ahead of test

Threat of three losses in a row to New Zealand on the minds of Kangaroos stars ahead of Friday's test.

basketball

NZ veteran still sinking buckets

Kirk Penney continues to come up big in the tough Spanish league.

11:04 AM  Kirk Penney continues to make his mark on the tough European basketball scene as he weighs the next stage of his professional career.

Sharks grab much needed win

The Sharks have found their winning mojo with an 89-83 NBL win over the Rams.

LeBron James, right, and the Cavaliers are continuing their NBA march for the season.

Cavaliers into Eastern semis

Cleveland Cavaliers completed their four-game first-round NBA playoff sweep of Boston Celtics.

golf

Ko wins Swinging Skirts in playoff

Lydia Ko poses with the winner's trophy after claiming victory in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

Kiwi teen overcomes a four-shot deficit to force a playoff, going on to win $2.6m LPGA event.

Lee finishes in top-25

Kiwi golfer finishes with another top-25 result on the PGA Tour this season.

Phil Mickelson won't be in action in San Francisco this week.

No Mickelson for Champs

Phil Mickelson has pulled out of the World Golf Championships for personal reasons.

netball

Steel steal late draw with T'birds

Southern Steel goal attack Brooke Leaver looks down court against the Thunderbirds in Dunedin.

NZ team scores three goals in a pulsating final minute to snatch a draw, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Magic subdued by hot Fever

A bold showing from a raw Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic side wasn't enough to shock the Fever.

Silver Fern Bailey Mes had her best game of the season for the Mainland Tactix.

Tactix push defending champs

Tactix give defending champion Melbourne Vixens big scare in Australia.

tennis

Sitak loses 'epic' doubles final

Kiwi tennis player Artem Sitak made it to the final of the ATP doubles event in Romania.

Kiwi tennis player can't find finishing form in the final of an ATP event, losing in a third set tie-breaker.

Halep plays after death threat

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

Kei Nishikori celebrates winning the Barcelona Open.

Nishikori wins Barcelona Open

World No 5 made to fight hard in defence of his title, eventually beating Spanish finalist 6-4 6-4.

motorsport

Schumacher wins F4 race on debut

Van Amersfoort Formula Four driver Mick Schumacher  at the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, Germany.

Former F1 world champion's son finishes debut Formula Four race weekend on top of winners' podium.

Dixon on back-to-back podiums

Third place at Grand Prix of Alabama edges Kiwi driver up the championship standings.

Geraldine's Hayden Paddon avoids the photographers early on in Rally Argentina.

Paddon finishes Argentina race

More top-five finishes are possible in this year's World Rally Championship, Kiwi driver says.

other sports

Fighters tested before megafight

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for the cameras ahead of their May 2 bout in Las Vegas.

10:34 AM  Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao undergo strict anti-doping testing to ensure Las Vegas bout is completely drug-free.

Heavyweight fight an appetiser

Wladimir Klitschko chuckles he's lucky his fight "not the undercard" as all eyes turn to the Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum expects the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight to gross around US$540 million.

Arum: This is biggest fight ever

11:49 AM  Promoter Bob Arum admits he is staggered by the scale of the Mayweather vs Pacquaio fight in Las Vegas.

racing

Marlborough Cup win for Rose

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Marlborough Racing Club
Peter Yealands Wines Marlborough Cup 1950m
Winner 13 Right Royal Rose ( CENTRE)
Second 3 Duffers Creek ( LEFT),
Third 10 Ya Dreamin Jonesy ( RIGHT)

Right Royal Rose and Kylie Williams return to scale after winning the Marlborough Cup.

Coleman aims to be king

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

horse racing generic

Figurac impresses again 

A rising star emerged from the three-year-old 1400m at Trentham on Saturday.

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