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opinion

Big Bash does T20 in style

STAR PERFORMER: Kevin Pietersen was a hit in the Big Bash opener.

OPINION: The Big Bash is great entertainment and puts NZ's domestic Twenty20 cricket package to shame.

Metro move a massive gamble

OPINION: French club Racing Metro should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

Black marks for NZ in ODI

Hansen still has work to do video

rugby

Toulon sign 'great looks' Nonu

Ma'a Nonu at All Blacks training in Wellington.

All Blacks midfielder brings qualities French side "loves", club boss says when confirming two-year deal.

The Prof is on his way back

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith set to rejoin All Blacks for their World Cup defence next year.

England hooker Dylan Hartley may miss the Six Nations after being awarded a red card for an elbow.

Hartley sees red for elbow

England hooker could miss the Six Nations through suspension after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

football

Burns bags brace in away win

IN CONTROL: Louis Fenton holds off a Sydney FC defender during the Wellington Phoenix's 2-0 victory in the latest round of the A-League.

Two moments of magic from A-League golden boot leader propel Wellington to victory over Sydney.

Vicelich wins Bronze Ball video

Kiwi shares handshakes, hugs and a podium with top footballers Ronaldo and Ramos.

Auckland City FC players pile onto one another in jubilation at finishing third at the Fifa Club World Cup.

'Brilliant to the end' gallery video

Auckland City coach reflects on the incredible effort of his semi-professional team at the Club World Cup.

cricket

Williamson happy with progress

PROGRESS: Stand-in captain Kane Williamson was a key performer for the Black Caps during their ODI series win over Pakistan.

Stand-in skipper says improvements in key areas were cream on top of ODI series win over Pakistan.

Ball on top in Queenstown

Wickets tumble between rain showers at Events Centre as Sri Lankan batsmen start slowly in NZ.

CONFIRMED: Otago's Hamish Rutherford will open the batting for NZ in the Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

Rutherford 'definitely' opening

Black Caps selector confirms Otago batsman will partner Tom Latham in Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka.

league

Bulldogs boss reveals battle video

Bulldogs female CEO on dealing with hair loss
Canterbury Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle speaks out about living with alopecia and making the most of every opportunity.

Kiwi breaking ground in the NRL as first woman club boss in 15 years opens up about personal and professional challenges.

Benji is no longer burdened

Auckland Nines provides Dragons playmaker chance to re-enter Eden Park without a sense of trepidation.

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has returned to Australia owing to a visa issue in the US.

Visa issue stalls Hayne

Former league star trying to convert as a running back in the NFL forced back to Australia.

basketball

Adams 'sneaky, dirty' on defence video

LA Lakers guard Nick Young takes offence at Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams' in-your-face defence.

Kiwi NBA centre cops a verbal lashing after his in-your-face defence drives opponent into the "crazy house".

Big clash marred by murders

Fresh from extending their league-best record last night, the Breakers are today bound for Cairns.

DETERMINED: NZ Breakers coach Dean Vickerman talks tactics with his side during their  round four match against the Adelaide 36ers.

Breakers still striving for more

NZ franchise looking at their league-best 12-4 record and focussing not on big number, but smaller one.

golf

103-year-old golfer's hole-in-one

Gus Andreone has become the oldest golfer to hit a hole-in-one.

New record believed set for the oldest person to hit a hole-in-one, though it's not his first having hit seven before.

'Ko-mania' popular in US

NZ golf star's fairytale season finale propels her into popularity amongst American news-writers.

World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy tees off at the Australian Open.

McIlroy wins 'huge honour'

World No 1 golfer caps an outstanding 2014 being named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year.

netball

Frew named as Steel captain

Wendy Frew will captain the Southern Steel for the 2015 trans-Tasman season.

Southland's Wendy Frew has added another milestone to her already vast list of netball achievement.

Pulse team-mates take a hike

Central Pulse Amazing Race through Wellington marks the start of pre-season training for 2015 trans-Tasman league.

PLAYMAKER: Jodi Brown's ability to make those around her look better makes her hugely valuable to the Silver Ferns.

Fitness regime gets Pulse racing

The next few months promise to be netball's equivalent of an extreme makeover for the Pulse.

tennis

Nadal ready for Aussie Open

Rafael Nadal returns service against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday

Spanish star Rafa Nadal's Australian Open preparations on track after successful appendix surgery.

Djokovic, Williams win honours

World No 1's Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the ITF.

Francesca Schiavone plays a shot against Sam Stosur at the China Open.

Schiavone handed wildcard

Former French Open winner to contest New Zealand's international women's tennis tournament next month.

motorsport

NZ team enter Bathurst race

STAR ATTRACTION: Former F1 star Mark Webber has confirmed he will drive a Porsche at Bathurst.

Christchurch-based team confirm two cars for the next Bathurst 12-hour race.

Christmas a bit of a trial

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revisited his German bribery trial in a mischievous Christmas card.

Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone wants Africa back

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule.

other sports

Kiwi quickly eliminated

Mark 'The Cowboy' McGrath threw for New Zealand at the world darts championship.

New Zealand competitor at the world darts championship knocked out in the preliminaries at the 'Ally Pally'.

Life and limb on the line

Levi Sherwood, the rubber-man of freestyle motorcycling, is often just a moment away from disaster

New Zealand boxer Robert Berridge.

Berridge splits from Duco

An alcohol-fuelled incident at Fight for Life believed to be the catalyst for boxer's contract termination.

racing

Star sets sights on Thorndon

ALL CLASS: Matamata galloper Pure Champion, ridden by Craig Grylls, heads off the favourite Diademe in the Manawatu Challenge Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday.

Pure Champion is likely to be a late entry for next month's $200,000 Trentham feature.

Diademe is on target

Cambridge mare will head to Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie following encouraging return to racing at Awapuni.

HOT TROT: Amanda Tomlinson and Zachary Binx trot to victory in the Jack Behrns Memorial Handicap yesterday.

Adds to Dalgety's firepower

Mighty Flying Mac's top run to win Rangiora Harness Racing Club's Summer Cup moves him to c8 rating.