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Hay: Phoenix must rise again

VITAL POINTS: The Wellington Phoenix could go back to second on the A-League ladder with victory over the Roar in Brisbane on Monday night.

OPINION: It's back to business and the big question is can the Wellington Phoenix pick up where they left off a month ago?.

Gifford: How to win RWC

OPINION: Between now and the start of the RWC there will be some high levels of anxiety over the All Blacks' chances.

From Chch to Super Bowl

Buzz gone from celeb bouts

cricket world cup

Stags win national one-day final

The Stags with the trophy after winning the Ford Trophy Final, Mondiale Auckland Aces v Devon Hotel Central Stags, Colin Maiden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, February 01, 2015. Copyright photo: David Rowland/www.photosport.co.nz

Andrew Mathieson sets a new mark for domestic one-day wickets in a season as Aces beaten.

Clarke denies team-mate rifts

Australia captain shrugs off speculation he's at odds with cricket administrators and his team.

during the One Day International match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Westpac Stadium on January 31, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

NZ ease way to ODI win  video

NZ sailed on confidently to a fourth win from their past five one-day internationals tonight.

rugby

Rugby now the priority for SBW

MISSED ME: Sonny Bill Williams evades a punch from Chauncy Welliver during their heavyweight bout.

Adding punch to the Chiefs and All Blacks backline is now Sonny Bill Williams' priority.

Highlanders fight back for win

The Highlanders recovered from a three-try deficit to beat the Brumbies 24-19 in Wagga.

The Hurricanes Nehe Milner-Skudder is tackled by the Crusaders Johnny McNicholl in the Super Rugby Pre Season rugby match, Hurricanes v Crusaders, Eketahuna, Saturday, January 31, 2015. Photo: Kerry Marshall / photosport.co.nz

Crusaders go down to Canes 

Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.

football

Chelsea stay top after City draw

Chelsea's Loic Remy celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City.

London club five points clear in the EPL after 1-1 draw in their top-of-the-table clash.

Socceroos claim Asian Cup

Socceroos survived a South Korean comeback to claim biggest prize in Australian football history.

ON POINT: A cracking goal from midfielder Alexi Varela lifted the crowd and WaiBop United in the 75th minute against Waitakere United.

Waitakere's consistency aim video

Waitakere United are on a desperate search for consistency as they try to get back on track for the playoffs.

league

Rabbitohs win Auckland Nines  video

HAPPY KIWI: Captain Issac Luke and South Sydney Rabbitohs players celebrate winning the NRL Auckland Nines.

8:29 PM  The South Sydney Rabbitohs have added the Auckland Nines trophy to their NRL Premiership title by beating the Cronulla Sharks.

Watson won't get his own way

Sir Owen Glenn insists Warriors co-owner Eric Watson won't get it all his own way at the club.

BEAST TAMED: Manu Vatuvei looks dejected after the Warriors' loss to Cronulla.

Warriors out of Nines

The Warriors have been knocked out of the Auckland Nines, going down 14-12 to Cronulla.

basketball

Breakers eyeing bigger picture

ROLLING TO PLAYOFFS: Breakers players (from left) Reuben Te Rangi, Tai Wesley, Rhys Carter, Mika Vukona and Corey Webster huddle up during their comfortable victory over the Perth Wildcats on Thursday night.

The Breakers have been here before and understand what the ANBL's last three weeks are about.

Adams in NBA's Rising Stars 

Accolades keep rolling in with Thunder centre selected for the NBA's annual Rising Stars Challenge.

BIG IMPACT: Tai Wesley chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists for the Breakers against the Perth Wildcats.

Wesley stamping a strong mark

Bench player continues to shape as difference-maker for Breakers as they eye return to ANBL’s championship arena.

golf

Ko 'miffed' she didn't win video

WORLD NO 1: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has become golf's youngest ever world No 1, at age 17.

Kiwi teen may have made history as golf's youngest world No 1, but without a win "she's a little miffed".

McIlroy in a class of his own

World No 1 golfer reels off five birdies in opening eight holes of third round at Dubai Desert Classic.

New Zealand teen Lydia Ko tees off on the second hole in the final round at the Coates Golf Championship.

Recap: Ko chases No 1 ranking

Kiwi Lydia Ko becomes youngest ever golf world No 1 after tying for second at LPGA Tour event.

netball

Bower settling into new home

TAKING HER CHANCE: Aisha Bower is making the most of the opportunity she has with the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

Netball is now definitely No 1 for Aisha Bower and this is her chance to forge a career out of it.

Tactix on hunt for sponsor

Mainland side remain without naming rights sponsor just one month out from start of trans-Tasman netball league.

BACK IN THE FOLD: Katrina Grant is among the Silver Ferns players rejoining the Central Pulse for pre-season.

Solid buildup gets Pulse racing

Australian teams have always intimidated the Central Pulse, and all bar one annihilated them last year.

tennis

Williams wins sixth Aussie title

NUMBER NINETEEN: Serena Williams hugs the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her sixth Australian Open title and 19th grand slam overall.

Serena Williams fought off a barking cough to clinch her 19th grand slam singles title in Melbourne.

Sharapova applauds Serena

Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth grand slam title were ended by Serena Williams' wrecking ball serve

HISTORY BECKONS: Novak Djokovic (left) is gunning for his sixth Australian Open title, while Andy Murray is looking to become the first Brit since 1934 to win in Melbourne.

Djokovic, Murray bid for firsts

Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray could achieve a number of firsts.

motorsport

Evans wins first solo race

TAKING IT OUT: Simon Evans on his way to victory at Hampton Downs.

Simon Evans achieved another milestone as he won the BNT NZ SuperTourers race at Hampton Downs.

The allure of horsepower video

On the same day, NZ's richest horse race and a leading motorsport event draw crowds of thousands.

Kiwi GP2 racer Mitch Evans.

Mitch Evans puts on a show 

Mitch Evans showed Kiwi fans his world-class speed as he raced with his brother Simon.

other sports

Auckland sprinters take out title 

PEDAL POWER: Eddie Dawkins in action today in Cambridge.

Bragging rights within the New Zealand track cycling sprint set-up have gone to the Aucklanders.

Gunman singing in the rain

Taylor Gunman held firm in the rain to win the NZ Cycle Classic in Palmerston North today.

Sonny Bill Williams throws a left at Chauncy Welliver during their heavyweight bout during the Footy Show Fight Night at Allphones Arena on January 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia

SBW gets decision video

The crowd booed as Sonny Bill Williams' seventh professional win failed to match the thrill of the undercards.

racing

Steed or car, horsepower's allure video

Hardline ridden by Damian Browne wins the Karaka Million at Ellerslie, Auckland.

On the same day, NZ's richest horse race and a leading motorsport event draw crowds of thousands.

Kolonel tests Derby credentials

Kolonel Kev puts New Zealand Derby credentials on the line in Waikato Guineas.

ASIAN CONNECTION: Mongolian Khan crossing the finish line in the Waikato Guineas.

Mongolian Khan takes Guineas 

Breeders all over the country will be shouting in their droves for Mongolian Khan to win the NZ Derby.

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