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ABs outcasts could win RWC video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, right, couldn't find a place in his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for Israel Dagg.

OPINION: Here's a New Zealand team that could win the RWC, all made up of leftovers from the All Blacks.

Cummings one of a kind video

OPINION: Nobody, surely, will match Melbourne Cup winning feats of the greatest trainer ever produced by Australia.

England intend to bludgeon

The most dramatic selection

cricket

Boult, Anderson need a tune-up

The Black Caps hope Corey Anderson will return from a back injury for the first test against Australia.

Countdown is on as Black Caps cross the Tasman in October with expectations unmatched since 1987.

Hesson eyes busy summer

Black Caps coach thrilled with the development on African tour as Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan series loom.

Cheteshwar Pujara produced an unbeaten 135 on day two of the third test against Sri Lanka, boosting India to 292-8.

Pujara holds firm for India

Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his seventh ton and held India's innings together against inspired bowling.

rugby

Eighth RWC 'most difficult' video

Julian Savea, Richie McCaw and Kieran Read know they will have to be at their best to retain the World Cup.

Steve Hansen, Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith all agree. This Rugby World Cup will be the most difficult ever to win.

ABs squad: Burning questions

12:09 PM  Our rugby writers give their thoughts on the most controversial selections in the ABs' World Cup squad.

Waisake Naholo was named in the All Blacks squad on Sunday.

Naholo treatment questioned

11:57 AM  Surgeon sceptical about natural remedies used in the treatment of All Black winger's fractured leg bone.

football

Swansea stun Man United

Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew heads home Swansea's equaliser against Manchester United at Liberty Stadium.

Swans come from behind to earn 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium, while Southampton beat Norwich 3-0 at home.

Wood scores screamer video

All Whites striker secures his team's first Championship win of the season at Derby County with superb long-range strike.

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne notched  33 assists in 72 appearances for German side Wolfsburg.

Man City snap up De Bruyne

English Premier League pacesetters boost midfield ranks with the signing of highly-rated Belgian star.

league

Warriors smashed by Tigers video

Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers negotiates his way through the Warriors defence.

The New Zealand Warriors continued their NRL freefall after going down 50-16 to Wests Tigers on Sunday.

New arrivals may miss Nines

The New Zealand Warriors two big recruits may both be excluded from the team for next year's Auckland Nines.

Dave Taylor of the Titans makes a break  against the Dragons on Sunday.

Titan Taylor batters Dragons

Dave Taylor has given a glimpse of what could have been in his final NRL home match for Gold Coast Titans.

basketball

Jackson ready for hard work

Charles Jackson has gone from the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team to the NZ Breakers for his first official pro assignment.

Fresh out of college and living abroad for first time, 22-year-old is ready to bang bodies with seasoned pros.

Adams admires TBs captain

Oklahoma City Thunder centre reveals Tall Blacks captain Mika Vukona is one of his favourite basketballers.

Former New Jersey Nets players Darryll Dawkins, left, and Otis Birdsong share joke at an NBA game in 2012.

Ex-76ers star Dawkins dies

Former NBA star known as "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks and strong personality dies aged 58.

golf

Lee retains lofty playoff position

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee completed The Barclays tournament in New Jersey with an even-par 70.

Kiwi golfer stays solid in the FedEX Cup playoffs, to keep his winning chances alive.

Another solid finish for Fox

New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox fashioning a solid record on European Challenge Tour after another top 30 finish.

Unheralded American golfer Brian Harman celebrates his rare feat at the Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey.

Harman hits two aces video

11:34 AM  American golfer etches his name in history books with a pair of aces in final round of The Barclays.

netball

Mystics sign Tall Fern Craig

The Mystics are hoping basketballer Megan Craig can come up big for them in 2016.

Auckland franchise upsize big time with the surprise addition of 2.04m Tall Ferns basketballer Megan Craig.

Netball the most sexist sport

OPINION: How does netball get away with discrimination and some daft prescriptive laws, asks Mark Reason.

Former Queensland Firebird Jacinta Messer will bolster the Central Pulse's defensive end next year.

Aussie Messer signs with Pulse

Pulse coach Tanya Dearns signs a third former Firebirds player for the next trans-Tasman League season.

tennis

Sharapova pulls out of US Open

Maria Sharapova will not play in the US Open due to a leg injury that has kept her off the court since Wimbledon.

Lucky loser Daria Kasatkina will replace No 2 seed in the main draw after she pulls out with leg injury.

Anderson wins third ATP title

Second seed relies on his powerful serve to end Pierre-Hugues Herbert's run in the final of Winston-Salem Open.

Nick Kyrgios has accepted his 28-day suspended ban for his "bang your girlfriend" sledge of Stan Wawrinka.

Kyrgios admits he deserved ban

Australian tennis bad boy says he "wouldn't do it again" after being punished for his lewd sledge of Stan Wawrinka.

motorsport

Dixon clinches IndyCar series video

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon clinched his fourth IndyCar title in a dramatic finale in California.

12:24 PM  Kiwi IndyCar ace seals his fourth IndyCar title, winning a dramatic Grand Prix of Sonoma in California.

Marquez takes British GP pole

Honda's MotoGP world champion smashed his own lap record to take pole position for the British GP.

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi on his way to claiming his fourth win of the season at the British GP at Silverstone.

Rossi wins wet British GP

12:00 PM  Italian great wins in wet at Silverstone to retake MotoGP lead as Spanish rival Marc Marquez crashes out.

other sports

Adams tops commission vote

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams has topped the vote for spots on the IAAF's athletes' commission.

The athletes have spoken, and they want Kiwi shot put queen as their voice on international federation.

Team NZ triumphs in Sweden

Kiwi team overcome pre-start penalty to mount a final day rally and win the latest World Series regatta in Sweden.

Adrian Lewis reacts winning a leg against  Raymond van Barnevald in Auckland.

Lewis wins Masters video

Adrian Lewis etched his name into New Zealand history by beating Raymond van Barneveld in the final.

racing

Australian racing pays tribute

Trainer Bart Cummings lifts the Melbourne Cup after Rogan Josh (back on right) won the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Race Course in Melbourne, in this file picture taken November 2, 1999. Cummings, the most successful horse trainer in Melbourne Cup history, has died in Sydney. He was 87. Cummings won the Melbourne Cup, Australia's richest weight-for-age horse race that 'stops the nation' on the first Tuesday in November, a record 12 times. "Dad died peacefully in his sleep early this morning, surrounded by his family," his son and fellow trainer Anthony, said on his Twitter account on August 30, 2015. Also pictured are then Governor General Sir William Deane (L), jockey John Marshall, and part owner Wendy Green.     REUTERS/Will Burgess/Files

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has been described as "a legend in every sense of the word".

Legend Cummings dies video

Australia's greatest ever racehorse trainer Bart Cummings passes away at the age of 87 in Sydney.

150314 NEWS Sam Scannell/Taranaki Daily News  Taranaki race day. Winner of the Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup, number 5, Kawi, ridden by Johnathon Parkes and trained by Allan Sharrock, New Plymouth.

No rush over Kawi's rider

A decision on who will ride Makfi Stakes winner Kawi at his next start, after his Gr I success, will not be rushed.

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