'Be patient': Hansen on Savea video

Julian Savea, right, dropped the first kick he tried to defuse when Israel Dagg crowded his space in the third test in ...

5:51 PM  Julian Savea under pressure? Doesn't look like it.

Duo's memorable debuts

Liam Squire relishes his first opportunity to impress in the All Black jersey.

5:00 PM  Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire justify All Blacks selection against Wales

England 'two years behind' ABs

Former Lions coach Ian McGeechan, pictured with former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, insists England are not yet ...

England improving, but New Zealand still well on top, says former Lions coach.

Barrett claims starting role

All Black first five-eighth Beauden Barrett powers through poor Welsh defence to score the first of his two tries in ...

Beauden Barrett performs impressively in rare start for All Blacks at first five-eighth.

Jamaican has Zika infection video

Kemar Bailey-Cole.

Kemar Bailey-Cole says he will still participate in his country's Olympic trials.

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Late call annoys Hawkins in loss

Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda slotted 33/36 in their loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

 Tactix pipped by Thunderbirds in trans-Tasman netball league.

Basketballer mourns killed cousin

Ben Simmons walks off stage after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first ...

The cousin of NBA No1 draft pick Ben Simmons was killed in a hit-and-run incident in New Jersey.

Unhappy with penalty ruling video

Ryan Hoffman (second left) on the penalty try decision: "I don't know what's changed in the last couple of weeks to ...

Andrew McFadden has accused the NRL of changing the interpretation of penalty try mid-year.

Ko goes low in Arkansas video

Lydia Ko equaled the course record to grab a share of the tournament lead at the latest LPGA event in Arkansas.

Ko shoots nine-under, capped by an eagle at the last hole.

Cheika fumes over cam video

Not only was coach Michael Cheika digesting a 3-0 series loss to England, he was angered by referee Nigel Owens allowing ...

England scored a try after a high kick hit the Spidercam wires, sparking confusion and, later, outrage.

Kyrgios launches title bid

Nick Kyrgios is launching his title bid at Wimbledon next week.

​Nick Kyrgios has declared Wimbledon wide open - if Novak Djokovic bombs out, that is.

Joshua floors Breazeale for title

The world IBF belt remains in Anthony Joshua's hands after he knocked out American Dominic Breazeale in London.

Joseph Parker's potential opponent extended his record to 17-0 when he knocked out American Dominic Brezeale.

Magic up against history

Leana de Bruin says it's great to see everyone in the Magic's squad taking their opportunities when they come.

They host the Queensland Firebirds on Monday night, the team they've had the least success against in the trans-Tasman league.

Muguruza becomes Spanish headline act

Garbine Muguruza appears best equipped to halt Serena Williams' march to a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title.

The French Open champion and world No 2 is the women's player to watch at Wimbledon.

Portugal extra-time winner video

Portugal fans show their support at Euro 2016.

After a dour contest, Quaresma sent Portugal through to the last eight with an extra time header.

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Reive: Kiss consistency goodbye

Referee Gavin Bagder awards a penalty during the round 15 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the ...

OPINION: For some reason I was led to believe the NRL bunker was introduced so the right calls would be made consistently. My mistake.

Reason: TV commentators not up to it

OPINION: NZ is a nation of rugby punditry, so why are we being let down by the TV commentators?

Selections pay off for Hansen

Wallabies' RWC hangover

olympics

Black Sticks miss medals

New Zealand's Olivia Merry, left, controls the ball during her side's 1-1 draw with the United States at the Champions ...

New Zealand's build-up to the Olympics took a small setback.

Fotu taking giant strides

Big man Isaac Fotu has been a consistent performer for the Tall Blacks on tour.

Paul Henare's Tall Blacks are relying heavily on their Spain-based power forward as they work towards their shot at Rio.

Golf could face Games axe

NZ IOC member Barry Maister says any sport that cannot deliver its best athletes to the Olympics should not be there.

Top Kiwi Olympic official warns golf will face severe consequences if top players miss Rio en masse.

The last shift before Rio

Palmerston North firefighter Anne Cairns celebrates her last shift before she heads to Rio to represent Samoa at the ...

As Olympic athletes make final preparations, one had to finish a shift at the fire station first.

Rugby

Lions could challenge ABs

Warren Gatland has suffered another setback as Wales coach as the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand looms.

Warren Gatland says the British and Irish Lions could test All Blacks in 2017, though it's a daunting task

ABs crush Wales for sweep video

Ben Smith evades the tackle of marker Hallam Amos to score the All Blacks opening try in their 46-6 win over Wales in ...

All Blacks complete "blackwash" with commanding effort over weary Wales in Dunedin.

Wales "a little embarrassing" video

Liam Williams of Wales tries to stop All Blacks winger Julian Savea in Dunedin.

Wales were adjudged to be "miles behind" the All Blacks.

Carter rated with Messi video

Lionel Messi's exploits with Barcelona put him into another salary stratosphere compared with Dan Carter.

Dan Carter's performance in Barcelona put the former All Black in the spotlight with Leo Messi.

Cricket

McCullum, Ryder in big knocks

Brendon McCullum's latest knock for Middlesex featured five sixes in an unbeaten 87 off 57 balls, against Kent.

The former Black Caps opening partners each spurred their counties to victory with blazing innings.

NZC block Southee county deal

Tim Southee was wanted as an injury replacement by Northamptonshire.

Black Caps seamer wanted as injury replacement, but national body say it's a no go.

McClenaghan picks up pelvis injury

Mitchell McClenaghan took six wickets in two matches for Middlesex before injuring his pelvis.

Bustling Black Caps quick expected to be out for at least six weeks after sustaining stress fracture.

Elliott's Caribbean T20 call up

Grant Elliott will be one of five Kiwi players taking part in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League.

Black Caps allrounder added to St Lucia roster after injury to South African leg-spinner.

Video

Netball fever returns

Netball fever is about to take over Southland again as the Steel eye a potential three playoff games.

Football

Rovers end Gore's Chatham Cup run

Gore Wanderers player Miguel Ortiz  chases Queenstown Rovers captain Daniel De Souza in their Chatham Cup round three ...

Queenstown Rovers have ended the giant killing run of Gore Wanderers to advance to the fourth round in New Zealand football's Chatham Cup.

Tech's class shines through in Coastal win

Coastal's Shawn O'Brien, left, challenges Cashmere Technical's Aaron Clapham for possession.

Cashmere Technical, Universities move through to Chatham Cup last 16.

Portugal nab extra-time winner video

Portugal fans show their support at Euro 2016.

After a dour contest, substitute Quaresma sent Portugal through to the last eight with an extra time header.

Poland into quarters on penalties video

Poland's (from left) Jakub Blaszczykowski, Arkadiusz Milik and Kamil Glik celebrate winning the penalty shootout to ...

Poland reach quarterfinals of Euro 2016 after 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Switzerland.

League

Warriors make statement in defeat video

Warriors skipper Ryan Hoffman was baffled by the decision to award a penalty try to the Sharks in the golden-point loss.

Ryan Hoffman says Sharks result proves Warriors can match it with any team.

Reive: Kiss consistency goodbye

Referee Gavin Bagder awards a penalty during the round 15 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the ...

OPINION: For some reason I was led to believe the NRL bunker was introduced so the right calls would be made consistently. My mistake.

Warriors selection shock

David Fusitu'a has been continually impressing his Warrior coaches.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said Lolohea's demotion was due to David Fusitu'a's great form.

Radradra wants to be like SBW

It is still unknown if Semi Radradra will return from Fiji to rejoin his teammates.

Semi Radradra has allegedly spoken of his desire to emulate SBW and switch to rugby union.

Basketball

Fotu taking giant strides

Big man Isaac Fotu has been a consistent performer for the Tall Blacks on tour.

Paul Henare's Tall Blacks are relying heavily on their Spain-based power forward as they work towards their shot at Rio.

Expanded role likely for Adams

Steven Adams should play more with fellow 'Stache Brother Enes Kanter next season after the shock trade departure of ...

The surprise trade of Serge Ibaka seems certain to have positive spinoffs for Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams.

Young Aussie NBA's No1 pick

Ben Simmons was the No 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Philadelphia 76ers pick Ben Simmons, making him the second Australian to go No 1 in the NBA draft.

LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics

LeBron James will not be in the US team at the Rio Olympics.

US basketball team will be without the most valuable player from the NBA Finals.

Golf

Ko goes low in Arkansas video

Lydia Ko equaled the course record to grab a share of the tournament lead at the latest LPGA event in Arkansas.

Ko shoots nine-under, capped by an eagle at the last hole.

Ko in touch with leaders

Lydia Ko tracks the progress of her tee shot on the 11th hole during round one of the Arkansas Championship.

Kiwi world No 1 fires five-under 66 to start latest LPGA Tour event in Arkansas.

What goes on tour stays on tour

Dustin Johnson sinks his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of his US Open at Oakmont Country Club on ...

OPINION: How does it look to the world when the golf's marquee competition has no credible drugs policy?

Paddison ready for success

Gareth Paddison recently teamed up with European Tour coach Ian Godleman. Paddison has been a pro since 2001 and hopes ...

Gareth Paddison still looking to improve.

Netball

Netball fever returns video

Crowd at a Southern Steel game at ILT Stadium Southland this year.

Netball fever is about to take over Southland again as the Steel eye a potential three playoff games.

Mystics run out of steam video

Mystics defender Anna Harrison intercepts a pass during the match against the Swifts.

Mystics collapse in the final quarter as Swifts storm home.

Steel star's future in the south uncertain

Southern Steel netball goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid on target during the Southern Steel v Melbourne Vixens game at ...

Southern netball fans may not have many more chances to see 1.98m goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in action.

Fever thrash Central Pulse video

Fever goalshooter Caitlin Bassett grabbed 52 goals.

A 52-goal haul from Fever goalshooter Caitlin Bassett helped Fever to a big win.

Tennis

Erakovic into main draw

Marina Erakovic could face world No 1 Serena Williams in the first round after qualifying for the Wimbledon main draw.

Kiwi women's No 1 will play in the Wimbledon main draw for the sixth straight year.

Djokovic to face wildcard

Novak Djokovic will face British wildcard James Ward in the first round at Wimbledon as he chases a calendar year grand slam.

Novak Djokovic will play a British wildcard to start his Wimbledon title defence.

Azarenka out of Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka is out of Wimbledon owing to a knee injury.

Former women's tennis world No 1 withdraws from Wimbledon with a right knee injury.

Stuck on 21, Williams sings video

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Women's tennis star belts out a karaoke classic to get in the mood for her grand slam title record bid.

Other sports

Black Sticks miss medals

New Zealand's Olivia Merry, left, controls the ball during her side's 1-1 draw with the United States at the Champions ...

New Zealand's build-up to the Olympics took a small setback.

Parker's rival Fa plots success

Promising heavyweight Junior Fa is hoping to take his amateur success into the pro ranks.

Kiwi-born Tongan heavyweight Junior Fa ended Joseph Parker's Olympic dreams. Now he's fighting to fulfill his own ambitions.

Team NZ playing catch-up video

Team NZ  skipper Glenn Ashby says the next few months are vital as the sailors get to add their touch to the design process.

They're starting late, but the Kiwi America's Cup syndicate are adamant they're well and truly in the race.

Watch: NZ moto ace nails backflip video

Levi Sherwood returned to elite level competition at the 2016 X-Games in Texas last month.

Kiwi freestyle motocross star Levi Sherwood fourth at Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid.

Motorsport

Evans turned down V8 Supercars

GP3 racing driver champion Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series, Hampton Downs, New Zealand, Saturday, ...

Europe-based Kiwi opted against multi-year deal with leading team in top Australasian series.

Gamers race pros for $1.4m video

Formula E driver Sebastien Buemi races in the Berlin ePrix.

Formula E proposes pitting its drivers against gamers to race in simulators for a big cash prize.

Azerbaijan race 'a success'

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 ...

Successful debut race brings predictions of a a long-term Formula One future for Azerbaijan.

Electric supercar to tackle Pikes Peak

The Honda/Acura EV NSX-inspired concept ready for Pikes Peak.

Honda's American arm lines up for iconic annual hill climb event with an electric supercar.

Racing

Flooding washes out harness meeting

Surface flooding covers the inside of the Waterlea Raceway's harness racing track on Sunday.

Harness meeting washed out by surface flooding.

Wooden Edge emerges from humble beginnings

Cambridge trainer Chris Wood had a successful weekend which included a win with Wooden Edge the horse from humble origins.

"Explosive unit" from humble beginnings to debut victory.

Summer's Day brightens damp Tauranga

Summer's Day ploughs to victory for Tony Pike in the Tauranga Classic.

Summer's Day shines at wet Tauranga.

McDonald wins big in UK

James McDonald has won the Northumberland Plate aboard potential Melbourne Cup mount Antiquarium.

Kiwi jockey gets first win in UK and has Melbourne Cup in mind.

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The Fumble

'Ultimate Warrior' LeBron video

LeBron James arrives in Cleveland carrying the NBA trophy and wearing an Ultimate Warrior T-shirt.

NBA Finals MVP LeBron James trolls his beaten rivals, wearing an "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt.

Big bids to keep Durant in OKC video

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin makes a bid to keep NBA star Kevin Durant in town with the Thunder by offering him a position in her Cabinet.

UFC 199 extra fight backstage video

UFC fighter Nate Diaz.

Nate Diaz and Clay Guida reportedly tussle in the corridors backstage at UFC 199.

Adams v Green: the battle that was video

A look back at the physical rivalry that played out during the NBA Western Conference Finals.

A look back at the pair's physical rivalry that played out during the NBA Western Conference Finals.