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opinion

First XV: Players NZ snared

Sonny Bill Williams and Tana Umaga miss out in the midfield in this Samoan All Blacks first XV.

OPINION: No room for Tana Umaga or SBW, revealing embarrassment of NZ rugby's Samoan riches over years.

Weight of history beats Canes

OPINION: The Hurricanes fluffed their lines on the big stage, leaving an all too familiar feeling in the capital.

Landers comeback kings gallery video

Playmakers still exposed

cricket

Cook challenges Mitch to fire again

England coach Trevor Bayliss talks tactics with captain Alastair Cook ahead of the first  Ashes test in Cardiff.

10:39 PM  Aussie quick's 37 wickets in last Ashes series represented a freakish once-in-a-lifetime performance, says England test captain.

Clarke: Aussies won't cross line

11:03 PM  Test captain vows to respect laws of the game as the two oldest cricket rivals resume hostilities in England.

Pakistan's Younus Khan hit an unbeaten 171 to guide Pakistan to victory in the third test against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan power past Sri Lanka

Younus Khan scored an unbeaten 171 as tourists won by seven wickets to take out three-match test series.

rugby

Hurricanes coach proud of season

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd believes his team are set up well for another tilt at the Super Rugby title next season.

Chris Boyd blames basic handling errors for his side's home Super Rugby final loss to the Highlanders.

1st5R: Sopoaga has final say video

Lima Sopoaga's calm display for the Highlanders saw him edge his Hurricanes rival Beauden Barrett in the final.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw speaks to fans following a parade through the main streets of Apia on Tuesday.

McCaw: ABs have a job to do

All Blacks skipper wants his troops to match Samoans when it comes to passion in Wednesday's historic test.

football

Oly Whites rout New Caledonia

New Zealand under-23 player Logan Rogerson scored a hat-trick in his side's 5-0 win over New Caledonia.

A hat-trick by 17-year-old Logan Rogerson seals 5-0 win for NZ U-23s over New Caledonia at Pacific Games.

Cheeky penalty wins Copa video

Alexis Sanchez's dinky penalty in a shootout nets host nation Chile victory against Argentina in the Copa America final.

USA captain Carli Lloyd celebrates with team-mates after scoring her second goal in the Women's Football World Cup final.

Lloyd heroics inspire cup win video

US captain nets one from halfway in a 16-minute hat-trick to lift side to victory in Women's World Cup final.

league

Smith 'declines TV interview' video

Cameron Smith trains with the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Wednesday night's Origin decider.

Maroons skipper reportedly declines an offer by Nine Network to respond to Alex McKinnon's criticism.

Daley copies ABs technique

A psychological ploy learned from NZ in 2011 is helping Blues coach keep his team calm for Origin decider.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has named an unchanged starting lineup for his team's match against the Storm.

Warriors unchanged for Storm

Andrew McFadden sticks with winning formula for Sunday's hit-out against their NRL arch rivals at Mt Smart Stadium.

basketball

Saints owner mulls selling up

Wellington Saints owner Nick Mills says poor refereeing standards have killed his passion for basketball.

Nick Mills' days as team's owner could be numbered as he bemoans the standard of refereeing in NBL this year.

Sharks crowned NBL champs

The Southland Sharks beat the Wellington Saints to be crowned NBL champions after a tense final in the capital.

Southland Sharks player Tai Wesley celebrates after winning the NBL title on Sunday night in Wellington.

Sharks players keen to return

The majority of Southland's title-winning team indicate they want to return to defend their NBL crown next season.

golf

Lee's win brings Open into sight

Danny Lee hopes to continue his hot form in the John Deere Classic before a trip to Scotland for The Open.

PGA Tour winner will play in Illinois this week before catching a charter flight to Scotland for the British Open.

McIlroy injury in kickabout

World No 1 golfer's British Open defence in doubt after injuring his left ankle while playing football with friends.

Danny Lee feels he finally has the swing to set him apart in the golfing world.

Lee's new coach a 'life-changer'

Kiwi PGA Tour event winner considers what's changed in the last three months to make him a tournament winner.

netball

Magic careers to go on

Key players Casey Kopua and Leana de Bruin will pair up again for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in the 2016 ANZ Championship.

Veterans Casey Kopua and Leana de Bruin re-sign in unchanged 2016 Waikato-Bay of Plenty netball team.

Steel likely to land Selby-Rickit

Central Pulse poised to lose the most popular member of their team to New Zealand Confernce rivals next year.

Mainland Tactix netball player Bailey Mes with girls involved in the netball holiday programme at Saxton Stadium.

Tactix stars offer training tips

Bailey Mes and Hayley Saunders stopped by at Nelson Netball's holiday programme on Tuesday.

tennis

Kyrgios demands some respect

Nick Kyrgios was accused of ''tanking" in his fourth round defeat to Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

10:13 PM  Young tennis tyro doesn't want Australians to love him, but believes he deserves their respect.

Fraser sorry for Kyrgios rant video

Australian sporting icon apologises "unreservedly" for her controversial TV rant about tennis star's antics.

Novak Djokovic roars his approval after levelling his fourth round match with Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon.

Bad light halts Djokovic run

Top seed suffered scare against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before bad light halted play with score tied.

motorsport

Hamilton wins British GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kisses the trophy claimed after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Mercedes one-two finish as British F1 world champion defends Silverstone crown in front of jubilant home crowd.

Red Bull - Aston Martin team?

Aston Martin offer to come on board with Red Bull Racing to form a new Formula One team from 2016 season.

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has finished Rally Poland in fourth place.

Rally Poland: Paddon fourth video

New Zealand driver claims his second consecutive top five World Rally Championship finish for ninth place overall.

other sports

Mayweather stripped of WBO title

Floyd Mayweather Jr throws a right hand at Manny Pacquiao during his unanimous points win in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten American stripped of belt he won after beating Manny Pacquiao for failing to comply with WBO's rules.

Black Sticks certainties for Rio

Catastrophic series of upsets is the only thing standing between NZ women and Olympic Games qualification.

White Sox softball captain Lara Andrews is the first New Zealander to play in the United States women's pro league.

White Sox coach names squad

Twelve players on softball scholarships in the US have been named in Kevin Gettins' first White Sox squad.

racing

Blizzard chases Hastings prizes

Big prizes will be Blizzard's aim at the Hastings Spring Carnival, where he was an undercard star last year.

Grey stayer on a path to Hastings, but with loftier goals this time around.

Khemosabi follows familiar trail

Grey gelding Khemosabi will follow familiar winter path after win at Te Rapa on Saturday.

The Segenhoe horses at Randwick are now in the care of former Kiwi John Sargent.

Hefty fine for trainer Vandyke

Trainer hit with a $12,000 fine for sending Queen Tara to the races with ipratropium in her system.

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