'She wasn't breathing properly'

Elijah Taylor, right, started his NRL career at the Warriors and played three seasons alongside the likes of Ben ...

12:46 AM  Sacked coaches. Player defections. Heavy losses. It all pales into insignificance compared to Kiwi league star's private ordeal.

Murray, partner in prime video

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond arm in arm listening to the national anthem in London.

OPINION: Retiring Eric Murray and partner Hamish Bond are the greatest combo in rowing history. Here's why.

Blues hold off Brumbies

Akira Ioane had a strong performance for the Blues against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Three unanswered tries keep Blues' playoff hopes alive after gritty victory in Canberra.

Foran, Packer back in Kiwis video

Kieran Foran is back playing for the Kiwis again.

Kieran Foran and Russell Packer earn recalls for the Kiwis for Friday's Anzac test.

Whitelock cited for elbow video

Sam Whitelock wasn't happy at being sent from the field for this alleged elbow strike.

Crusaders captain will face the judiciary after striking with his elbow in the win over the Cheetahs.

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Fury: 'Challenge accepted'

Anthony Joshua asked Tyson Fury if he was keen on a bout following his win over Wladimir Klitschko.

Tyson Fury says he and Anthony Joshua will give the world "the biggest fight in 500 years".

Rower Eric Murray retires video

Rower Eric Murray has revealed his retirement from the sport.

Double Olympic gold medal winner decides to leave the sport unbeaten in 69 races.

Fijian players take a knee for Harry

Fijian players from the Army team kneel as Britain's Prince Harry greets the teams on the pitch ahead of the annual Army ...

Fijian rugby players have been hailed for a second show of respect for royalty by kneeling before Prince Harry.

Victory into A-League final

Besart Berisha of the Melbourne Victory celebrates after scoring the winner against the Brisbane Roar.

Former Brisbane Roar hero Besart Berisha sunk his old side.

Joshua defeats Klitschko video

Anthony Joshua puts Wladimir Klitschko down in the 5th round.

After surviving the first knockdown of his career, Anthony Joshua rose up.

'The whole of NZ is worried'

Ben Smith rolled his ankle against the Stormers.

Lengthening All Blacks casualty list casts a pall over weekend of Kiwi dominance in Super Rugby.

Storm slay Dragons, kick clear

Cameron Smith and Billy Slater of the Storm celebrate Slater scoring a try.

Melbourne four points ahead at top of the NRL after dominating top-of-table clash.

Dixon fifth in Phoenix

Kiwi Scott Dixon finished fifth in Phoenix to move to second on the IndyCar Series standings.

Kiwi Scott Dixon moves to second on IndyCar standings after fifth-placed finish in Phoenix.

Joshua new 'King of Boxing'

Anthony Joshua on the attack against Wladimir Klitschko to set up a knockout victory in their world championship bout in ...

Ex-champions heap praise on Anthony Joshua, after his stunning 11th-round win over Klitschko.

Chiefs go soul-searching

Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane was one of many to feel the heat from the Sunwolves defence on Saturday night.

Co-captain Sam Cane admits his side keep finding new areas that need work, after a scrappy win over the Sunwolves.

Cayless names Junior Kiwis

Junior Kiwis coach Nathan Cayless is confident of a strong showing.

A host of debutants will line up for the Junior Kiwis in Canberra.

Parker: 'Better man won' video

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker says the better man won.

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker looks forward to planning a showdown with Anthony Joshua.

If Read's out, what then?

Kieran Read has made just three appearances fro the Crusaders this season. He will spend at least six weeks recovery ...

COMMENT: Kieran Read faces a race against time to be fit for the first Lions test. If he can't play, who can?

Recap: Warriors v Roosters

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 30:  Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break during the round nine NRL match between ...

Shaun Johnson kicks a penalty to steal a win from the Roosters in the final minute.

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The real Parker-Fury story

David Higgins has had a frenetic past six months and events such as the Brisbane 10s were not a commercial success.

Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins drags himself off the canvas to set the record straight.

NZ dominance pleasure and pain

OPINION: It's a fine line between pleasure and pain, and right now NZ followers of Super Rugby might be straddling it.

Parker: 'I want to hurt someone'

Crazy times good for no-one

Rugby

Sam Whitelock cited video

Sam Whitelock wasn't happy at being sent from the field for this alleged elbow strike.

Crusaders captain will face the judiciary after striking with his elbow in the win over the Cheetahs.

Read out, what then for ABs?

Kieran Read has made just three appearances fro the Crusaders this season. He will spend at least six weeks recovery ...

COMMENT: Kieran Read faces a race against time to be fit for the first Lions test. If he can't play, who can?

Chiefs go soul-searching

Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane was one of many to feel the heat from the Sunwolves defence on Saturday night.

Sam Cane admits his side keep finding new areas that need work.

Dominance pleasure and pain

Rob Thompson of the Highlanders fends off EW Viljoen of the Stormers on Friday night.

OPINION: It's a fine line between pleasure and pain, and right now NZ followers of Super Rugby might be straddling it.

Cricket

Ferguson stars in IPL

Kiwi Lockie Ferguson impressed Australian captain Steve Smith with his impressive spell in the IPL overnight.

Kiwi quick Lockie Ferguson gets the better of fellow Kiwi Adam Milne in big win.

Oz cricketers reject $560m deal

Australia cricket captain Steve Smith is said to back the players' association's rejection of the $560m deal.

CA negotiation with players' association intensifies as dispute rages over new revenue-share structure.

Big ton delivers stunning win

Roelof van der Merwe produced a superb innings to lead Somerset from the brink of defeat to victory over Surrey.

At 22-5 chasing 291, Somerset were all-but dead and buried - only no-one told Roelof van der Merwe.

Guptill swings, Williamson wins video

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NZ opener finds the middle as he has his first hit in the 2017 IPL - but in the end it would be Kane Williamson's day.

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Foran, Packer named in Kiwis

Kieran Foran and Russell Packer earn recalls for the Kiwis for Friday's Anzac test.

Football

'Sucker punch' leaves Team Welly on the ropes

Conceding a first-half penalty in desperate circumstances was the only blemish on Scott Basalaj's copybook on Sunday.

3-0 down heading into the second leg of the OFC Champions League final against Auckland City, they have it all to do.

Live: A-League semifinals

All White Marco Rojas plays his club football for Melbourne Victory.

All White Marco Rojas faces off with Brisbane Roar as his Melbourne Victory host an A-League semifinal.

Advantage Auckland City in final

Joao Moreira celebrates his second goal.

Team Wellington have a mountain to climb if they're to make a game of it in second leg of OFC Champions League final.

Wairarapa lose in thriller, Stop Out go top

Micky Malivuk (Stop Out, left) and Josh Stevenson (Napier City Rovers) challenge for the ball at Hutt Park.

A log jam forms at the top of the Central League, after Wairarapa United lose.

League

Cayless names Junior Kiwis

Junior Kiwis coach Nathan Cayless is confident of a strong showing.

A host of debutants will line up for the Junior Kiwis in Canberra.

Recap: Dragons v Storm

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater.

St George gave a good go in the final 20 but it wasn't enough to top an acrobatic Melbourne.

Recap: Warriors v Roosters

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 30:  Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break during the round nine NRL match between ...

Shaun Johnson kicks a penalty to steal a win from the Roosters in the final minute.

Play-by-play: Warriors v Roosters

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

The Warriors' clash with the Roosters a play-at-a-time, at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Basketball

Giants too strong for Taranaki

Nelson Giants guard Tom Ingham heads to the hoop against the Taranaki Mountainairs at Nelson's Trafalgar Centre.

The Nelson Giants have secured their first home win of the season.

Wall magic puts Wizards through

John Wall scored 42 points including 19 in the fourth quarter.

Wizards guard outscores entire Atlanta team in fourth quarter to set up playoff series against Celtics.

Adams' NBA honeymoon is over

The Oklahoma City Thunder need their Kiwi big man Steven Adams to return with an upgraded game for 2017-18.

Mega deal, mega responsibility. If Steven Adams can't up his game the murmurings will only grow louder.

Sharks too slick

Southland Sharks player Derone Raukawa leaps for the basket during the National Basketball League game against the ...

Understrength Southland Sharks blitz Taranaki in Invercargill.

Golf

Hendry finishes strongly in China

Michael Hendry ended up with a useful payday at the China Open. (FILE PHOTO)

The Kiwi golfer put together four solid rounds in Beijing.

Eye infection threatens Ko ranking

Allergies have been bothering Ko, making tasks like lining up shots difficult for the golfer.

Lydia Ko's No 1 ranking is in jeopardy, after an eye infection forced her to pull out of a tournament.

Ko drops back in Texas

The first half of the LPGA Texas Shootout has not quite gone to plan for Lydia Ko.

Kiwi world No 1 slides 15 places down leaderboard, just two shots above cut line, after second round of latest LPGA event.

Hendry makes cut in China

Michael Hendry posted six birdies and a bogey in his second round five-under 67 at the China Open.

Michael Hendry moved up while Ryan Fox slid down during the second round at the Volvo China Open.

Netball

Tactix remain winless

Tactix wing defence Hayley Saunders controls possession from Stars' wing attack Emma Iversen.

 Mainland Tactix stay bottom after loss to fellow ANZ Premiership battlers.

Steel juggernaut rolls on

Southern Steel player Jhaniele Fowler-Reid with Mystics Storm Purvis, left.

Southerners remain unbeaten, while Magic and Stars pick up close wins on Super Sunday in Invercargill.

Falkner shows nerves of steel

The Magic beat the Pulse in a torrid match on Sunday.

The 21-year-old shooter netted two big goals late on as the Magic beat the Pulse in Invercargill on Sunday.

Southland set for Super Sunday

Southern Steel fans will have the opportunity to see three ANZ Premiership matches in one afternoon.

Staging netball's Super Sunday is an exciting logistical challenge according to Netball NZ's Kate Agnew.

Tennis

Hostility to Sharapova 'her own fault'

Maria Sharapova is paying the price for not making friends on the women's tour.

The venom towards Sharapova from other players was caused by her own actions, believes Marina Erakovic.

Testing times for Erakovic

Marina Erakovic has had to battle numerous injuries at the start of this year.

New Zealand's No 1 tennis player hasn't had the best of times in 2017.

The woman who tamed Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios and girlfriend Alja Tomljanovic

A love match is helping Australia's No 1 and infamous bad boy grow into a tennis titan.

Murray, Nadal on collision course

Andy Murray is back on court after an injury-forced break.

Tennis world No 1 in his return from injury on track to face Spanish defending champ in the final of the Barcelona Open.

Other sports

Black Sticks men lose to India

Devon Manchester played his 100 and 101st Black Sticks game on Sunday.

A Harmanpreet Singh drag flick double helped India to a 3-0 win at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Harbour City on top, nets get a smashing

Eastern Hutt player Kat O'Callaghan scored a hat-trick against Indians.

Hockey goalkeepers were an endangered species in Wellington hockey.

Selby to face four-time snooker champ

Two-time world snooker champion Mark Selby lines up a shot. He is through to his third world final in four years.

Border wars world snooker final between English ace and Scottish legend.

Baby, then shot put for Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams in action during last year's Rio Olympics.

Valerie Adams will have five months to prepare for the Commonwealth Games after having her first baby.

Motorsport

Paddon improves to sixth

Hayden Paddon.

Kiwi WRC driver Hayden Paddon had to overcome another setback on day two of Rally Argentina.

Vettel on pole

Ferrari mechanics push Sebastian Vettel ahead of qualifying in Russia.

Sebastian Vettell end's Mercedes' lengthy streak of pole positions.

Paddon rolls, but bounces back video

After an early roll, Hayden Paddon was flying in the afternoon on day two of Rally Argentina.

Kiwi driver has low-speed roll before responding with stage wins to sit seventh overall after first full day at Rally Argentina.

Vettel leads Ferrari one-two

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel lapped one minute 34.120 seconds - 0.263 quicker than teammate Kimi Raikkonen - during ...

F1 frontrunner Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in Russian Grand Prix practice.

Racing

Bonnie Joan impresses

Dexter Dunn drives Eamon Maguire to victory in Sunday's Group II $45,000 Southern Supremacy Stakes at Ascot Park.

 Dexter Dunn drove the winners of the Southern Supremacy Stakes and Southland Oaks at Ascot Park on Sunday

Highs and lows of interesting week

Popular jockey Craig Grylls scored a black-type double aboard Mime and Sweet Leader at the Cambridge Jockey Club's meeting.

Plenty to discuss in interesting week for racing industry.

O'Shea in shock resignation

Godolphin trainer John O'Shea has reportedly resigned.

O'Shea reportedly resigns international thoroughbred racing power Godolphin post.

Breeders a bonus for Grylls

Ears pricked, Sweet Leader cruises to victory in the Cambridge Breeders Stakes giving jockey Craig Grylls a notable ...

Sweet Leader adds icing to Grylls outstanding day.

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Bryant channels his inner Urkel video

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant has been working on some comedy involving fictional TV character Steve Urkel.

Retired NBA star finding his feet after basketball in comedy, "Did I do that?"

NFL star's Happy Gilmore twitter war video

A fake movie villain has tried to take Aaron Rodgers down, for prioritising NFL over golf.

US quarterback argues about quitting golf with twitter account pretending to be Happy Gilmore movie villain.

Adams' season lives, dies with Russ

Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams muscles up against the Houston Rockets.

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams says OKC's best chance is for Russell Westbrook to win the game on his own.

Flip throw to header to bicycle kick, goal video

A flip throw set up an incredible goal for the OKC Energy in the United Soccer League.

A football goal of the year contender as gymnastics and ball skills combine.

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