'The Giz' lashed by former boss

Shane van Gisbergen became the 2016 Supercars champion over the weekend.

Shane van Gisbergen strongly denies sexism behind his 2012 departure from Stone Brothers Racing.

The school that shaped Parker

Joseph Parker still regularly keeps in contact with some of his old teachers at Marcellin College.

As he prepares for his big day, Joseph Parker hasn't forgotten those who helped him along the way.

Black Caps must rebound

New Zealand will need more support for Martin Guptill and a plan to combat reverse swing in the secnd ODI in Canberra.

Coach Mike Hesson lauds Martin Guptill, demands improvement in run chases.

Lam to take reins at Bristol

Former Blues coach Pat Lam is leaving Connacht for Bristol.

18 min ago  Pat Lam's work in Ireland is done after taking Connacht to a championship, now he heads for England.

The grating sound of summer

Television commentators Mark Nicholas, Michael Clarke, Ian Chappell and Ian Healy

OPINION: Channel Nine's insufferable commentary team cast a pall over cricket.

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Ex-Fifa boss Blatter loses appeal

Sepp Blatter is showered with banknotes by a prankster at a Fifa press conference.

Sport's top court upholds six-year ban for ethics violations by the disgraced former world football chief.

Cricketers flee hotel fire video

Foreign guests with their belongings wait outside after a fire erupted in a hotel early morning in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistani cricketers escape as fire sweeps through four-star hotel, killing at least 11.

Half-empty stadiums for one-dayers

Spectators react to Travis Head's attempt at a catch in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match at the SCG in Sydney. The ...

OPINION: Pre-Christmas one-day cricket internationals don't work because people don't warm to them, writes Greg Baum.

Fleming's flippancy leads to success

Stephen Fleming brings his Melbourne Stars team to Wellington for a match against the Firebirds on Wednesday.

Stephen Fleming says the secret to his success as a Twenty20 coach is simple - "I don't really care".

NZ Breakers hit breaking point?

Kirk Penney and the Breakers are less than happy with the way they've played during a four-game losing skid in the ...

Four straight defeats leave Paul Henare's Kiwi ANBL club needing to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Kiwi contenders to rescue Springboks

Local knowledge: Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree has an extensive knowledge of rugby in South Africa as a ...

If SA Rugby issued as SOS to NZ rugby coaches, which Kiwi could salvage the Springboks?

New bat on Christmas list video

He hits it hard, Colin Munro. Hard enough to snap his favourite bat in two on the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Colin Munro gained confidence from Sydney but lost his favourite cricket bat.

Key's sporting chance video

Prime Minister John Key's three-way hand shake with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and World Rugby president Bernard ...

John Key was cheering from the sidelines for many great sporting moments.

Ruiz: I'm already behind on points video

Mexican heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz fronts the media in Auckland as he prepares to fight Joseph Parker for the WBO title.

Joseph Parker's heavyweight title rival claims fighting in NZ has already cost him on the scorecard.

Ruiz gets hands on WBO belt

Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz with the WBO heavyweight title belt during a media session in Auckland.

No superstitions for Mexican heavyweight who declares touching prize adds to his motivation to beat Joseph Parker

Adams rolls ankle, Russ rolls on

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook made it five straight triple-doubles in a victory over the New Orleans ...

Bad night for Steven Adams; another historic one for his illustrious Oklahoma City Thunder team-mate Russell Westbrook.

First ODI: What we learned video

Kane Williamson's first ODI as captain against Australia was a tough one as not much went right.

OPINION: A sadly too familiar poor start in Australia for the Black Caps now needing 2/2 to keep the cup.

Rennie touted for Boks coaching role

Dave Rennie has been touted as a possible contender for the Springboks coaching job.

Chiefs mentor believed to be shortlisted to replace the embattled Springboks head coach.

No time to rest for van Gisbergen video

Shane van Gisbergen with the trophy for being the 2016 Supercars champion, in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Shane van Gisbergen will be racing again in Malaysia this week, then off to America.

Tiger finishes with a purr

Tiger Woods tees off on the second in his final round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Plenty for Tiger Woods to smile about after scoring the most birdies in his pro golf comeback.

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Half-empty stadiums for one-dayers

Spectators react to Travis Head's attempt at a catch in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match at the SCG in Sydney. The ...

OPINION: Pre-Christmas one-day cricket internationals don't work because people don't warm to them, writes Greg Baum.

Time right for exit video

OPINION: Timing of Wellington Phoenix coach's resignation a shock but he always had the club's best interests at heart.

First ODI: What we learned video

Is this breaking point?

Rugby

Rennie touted for Boks role

Dave Rennie has been touted as a possible contender for the Springboks coaching job.

Chiefs mentor believed to be shortlisted to replace the embattled Springboks head coach.

Jones after total dominance

England head coach Eddie Jones.

Eddie Jones not content with a big first year - he's after back-to-back Six Nations titles.

England can break ABs' record

Could Eddie Jones be masterminding a world record for most consecutive top test wins?

OPINION: Only Ireland can stop England snapping the All Blacks' record winning streak.

Barrett hard to beat

World Rugby have already crowned Beauden Barrett their player of the year - will New Zealand do the same?

Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles and Sam Whitelock up for NZ Rugby's big gong.

Cricket

First ODI: What we learned video

Kane Williamson's first ODI as captain against Australia was a tough one as not much went right.

OPINION: A sadly too familiar poor start in Australia for the Black Caps now needing 2/2 to keep the cup.

Lots to like about Lockie - Hesson video

The Black Caps rush to Lockie Ferguson to congratulate him on his maiden ODI wicket, David Warner.

"We talked about easing into it, and his first over he bowled 152kmh," Black Caps coach says.

Central Stags reign over Canterbury

Canterbury veteran Peter Fulton departs before the Central Stags clinch a rain-affected Super Smash T20 clash in New ...

Canterbury open their Super Smash campaign with a loss to the central Stags in New Plymouth.

Smith foresaw Watling screamer video

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Australia captain confesses "bizarre" feeling before snaring freakish 0.6-seconds catch.

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11 dead in hotel fire

Pakistani cricketers escape as fire sweeps through four-star hotel, killing at least 11.

Football

Tasman need a 'nasty' streak

Tasman United defender Daniel Allan pinches the ball off Eastern Suburbs midfielder Sam Burfoot.

Poor finishing and soft defending costs Tasman United against Eastern Suburbs

EPL Recap: Chelsea favourites gallery video

Leighton Baines scored a late penalty to secure Everton a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

It was a cracking weekend of football in the Premier League. Jack Price rounds up the key pieces of action.

Phoenix coach Merrick resigns video

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has resigned after the team slumped to the bottom of the table with a loss to 2-0 ...

Coach takes "full responsibility" for team's slump to the bottom of the A-League.

Six who could coach the Nix

Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.

Ramon Tribulietx an option for Phoenix?

League

Radradra to stay with Eels

Semi Radradra of the Eels will be staying with the team for the 2017 season. However, there is an offer from Toulon for ...

But a 2018 offer from French rugby team, Toulon, could be on shaky ground, after they announce he's signed before he's seen the contract.

Kearney unsure on Warriors skipper

Stephen Kearney has some big decisions to make before the start of next season.

New Warriors coach Stephen Kearney says he doesn't yet know who'll captain the team next season.

Broncos NZ-inspired jersey

Alex Glenn helped design the NZ-inspired jersey for the Brisbane Broncos.

The Brisbane Broncos will look a little different at the NRL Nines in February.

Marshall to debut for Brisbane in England

Benji Marshall looks set to debut for Brisbane in February.

An injury to a fellow Kiwi has opened the door for Benji Marshall to make his Broncos debut.

Basketball

Adams rolls ankle, Russ rolls on

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook made it five straight triple-doubles in a victory over the New Orleans ...

Bad night for Steven Adams; another historic one for his illustrious Oklahoma City Thunder team-mate Russell Westbrook.

Brittle Breakers sinking fast

Kirk Penney scored 14 for the Breakers in Melbourne, but it wasn't enough to stop them plunging to a fourth straight ...

Corey Webster's return couldn't halt the decline as the Breakers sunk to a fourth straight Australian NBL defeat.

Green calls out officials

Golden State's Draymond Green made contact to Houston's James Harden's head during their match on Friday (NZ time).

Draymond Green has called out NBA officials after being penalised for his foot making contact with an opponent's head.

LeBron pays off bet in Cubs uniform

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James enters the United Centre wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform.

LeBron James lost a bet to former teammate Dwyane Wade in October. On Saturday, he stuck to his word.

Golf

Challenge ahead for Southland women

Robyn Pullar is part of the Southland women's golf team.

The Southland women's golf team are taking it one game at a time heading into the NZ interprovincial golf tournament.

Tiger finishes with a purr

Tiger Woods tees off on the second in his final round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Plenty for Tiger Woods to smile about after scoring the most birdies in his pro golf comeback.

Woods 14 shots back from winner

Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama wins Hero World Challenge as Tiger Woods delivers the good, bad and ugly in comeback tournament.

Australian PGA looking to boost championship fields

World No 7 Adam Scott was the highest-ranked player contesting the Australian PGA Championship which ended on the Gold ...

The Australian PGA is looking to boost its Championship event with more world-class players.

Netball

Souness moves past major injury

Netballer Whitney Souness in action for Wellington last year, just days before her bad knee injury.

Porirua's Whitney Souness is ready to hit the ground running for the Pulse in next year's ANZ Netball Elite League.

Fowler-Reid leads Jamaica to victory

Southern Steel netball shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid helped Jamaica defeat England.

Southern Steel netball shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid helped Jamaica to an impressive 66-49 netball win over England.

Southern presence in NZ U21 squad

Abby Erwood, left, has made the NZ U21 netball squad.

Netball South is strongly represented in the New Zealand U21 squad.

Wanted: Netball South coach

Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew with CEO Lana Winders.

Do you have what it takes to coach the Netball South team in 2017?

Tennis

Greenhalgh turns back clock

James Greenhalgh and Steven Downs ruled the world in junior doubles in 1993.

Former Davis Cup player James Greenhalgh will take to the court in April, 23 years after his Wimbledon and Roland Garros success.

Tennis star outlines frustration video

United States tennis star Serena Williams.

"We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender."

Baghdatis returning to ASB Classic

Marcos Baghdatis is yet to win a match in Auckland.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis has joined the list of stars coming to Auckland.

Del Potro coming to Auckland video

Juan Martin del Potro will be back in Auckland after an eight-year absence.

Key figure in Argentina's Davis Cup triumph confirms his 2017 will begin with the ASB Classic.

Other sports

Benched for no tie

Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton was forced to start his side's match against the Seattle Seahawks on the ...

NFL star benched for not wearing a tie when he arrived at the stadium.

Minimal Chch marathon changes

ASB Christchurch Marathon race director Chris Cox is confident the annual event is only going to get better.

The same start and finish point is the most notable change for next year's Christchurch Marathon.

Ruiz gets his hands on WBO belt

Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz with the WBO heavyweight title belt during a media session in Auckland.

No superstitions for Mexican heavyweight who declares touching prize adds to his motivation to beat Joseph Parker

Parker using Klitschko's help

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, right, has come a long way since his sparring sessions with the then world ...

Strong connections to former champ crucial to Kiwi's chances of winning WBO heavyweight title on Saturday night.

Motorsport

No time to rest for van Gisbergen video

Shane van Gisbergen with the trophy for being the 2016 Supercars champion, in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Shane van Gisbergen will be racing again in Malaysia this week, then off to America.

Gore's Ayson wins Silver Fern Rally

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Not all plain sailing for Gore rally driver on southern back roads.

Boss happy van Gisbergen not No 1

Shane van Gisbergen has impressed Triple Eight team owner, Roland Dane.

Roland Dane doesn't mind if Shane van Gisbergen keeps the number 97 on his car.

Harwood still No 1

Takaka's Hamish Harwood, pictured representing New Zealand in Italy in September.

Hamish Harwood would be the first to tell you he's a long way short of being fully fit, but he was still good enough to get the job done at the Auckland Motocross Championships.

Racing

Bosson scores Hasselhoof ride

Opie Bosson has scored the ride on Hasselhoof  for the Zabeel Classic.

Bosson grabs the ride on Hasselhoof in Zabeel Classic.

Bennet Canterbury's top apprentice

Hayley Bennet pictured with Bruegel, who she has twice ridden to wins.

A tough year has had a silver lining for apprentice jockey Hayley Bennet.

Ellerslie targets for Vile gallopers

Two-year-old Karaka Million contender Hard Merchandize will spearhead the Vile team heading north for New Year racing.

Ellerslie features attracting trainer Gary Vile's attention.

Waller and Weir show dominates

Trainer Darren Weir poses with his latest Group I winner Stratum Star.

Waller and Weir dominant forces in Aussie racing.

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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

A Halloween hangover perhaps? NBA stars struggle for strength on November 1.

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