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Domestic competition needs love

SHEER JOY: Auckland City FC players celebrate after their remarkable third place finish at the Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco.

OPINION: It's time New Zealand Football started caring for its long neglected national league.

Ko makes right choice for fans

OPINION: Lydia Ko continues to do right by New Zealand sports fans by choosing to play the 2015 NZ Open.

A classic underdog tale video

Big Bash does T20 in style

rugby

Wilson gets contract extension

REWARDED: Former Southland rugby player James Wilson has extended his contract with the Northampton Saints.

Former Southland utility back continues to impress in England, earning another contract extension from Northampton Saints.

O'Driscoll backs Carter for ABs

Irish great believes Dan Carter is key to the All Blacks defending the World Cup in England next year.

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

Aussies to recruit scrum guru

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their long-standing woes at set-piece time.

football

Liverpool boss faces biggest test

FAR FROM EASY: Brendan Rodgers, right, is facing the biggest test of his two-and-a-half-year reign as Liverpool's manager.

After a tough start to the EPL season, things might finally be starting to turn for Liverpool.

Kiwi Reid ready for Chelsea

All Whites skipper Winston Reid keen to show EPL heavyweights what he's capable of.

SHEER JOY: Auckland City FC players celebrate after their remarkable third place finish at the Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco.

NZ domestic comp needs love

OPINION: It's time New Zealand Football started caring for its long neglected national league.

cricket

Skipper scorches Sri Lankans gallery

Brendon McCullum, Black Caps, Boxing Day test

Brendon McCullum's terrific 2014 continues as brutal 195 helps NZ to 429-7 at stumps on day one of Boxing Day test at Hagley Oval.

Smith solid on even day

Captain compiles half-century as Australia close at 259-5 on opening day of third test against India.

JUST SHORT: Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum leaves the field after being dismissed going for what would have easily been the fastest ever double century in test cricket history.

Sublime stuff from skipper

Brendon McCullum goes crazy, before getting out just short of smashing test cricket's fastest double ton.

league

Former Warrior signs for Bradford

BACK TO ENGLAND: Former Warriors enforcer Epalahame Lauaki has inked a two-year deal with the Bradford Bulls.

Bradford have signed former Warriors front-rower Epalahame Lauaki on a two-year contract.

Guerra sticking with Roosters

Kangaroos and Queensland back-rower agrees to a three-year contract extension.

IN FORM: Lewis Brown had a fine Four Nations tournament with the Kiwis.

Brown open to Warriors return

Lewis Brown would consider a return to New Zealand when his NRL contract with Penrith expires.

basketball

Adams is double trouble for Spurs

DOUBLE DELIGHT: Steven Adams notched up a double-double on Christmas Day in the States as the Thunder charged to victory over the Spurs.

Steven Adams gets another double-double in Thunder's win over Spurs.

James loses in Miami return

The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory on Christmas Day.

BOUNCING BACK: Breakers skipper Mika Vukona says the team has put last Sunday night's shocker behind them.

Breakers not feeling charitable

NZ franchise have a chance to atone for last Sunday's loss to the Taipans when they take on the Kings tonight.

golf

Steve Stricker has back surgery

BOUNCING BACK: American golfer Steve Stricker has had surgery on his lower back.

Steve Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, has undergone back surgery.

Scott hires new caddie

Australia golfer finds a replacement for the semi-retired New Zealand caddie Steve Williams.

Big deal: Lydia Ko has been described as the next star capable of transcending golf.

NZ Golf: No pressure put on Ko

World No 2's desire to play at home the main motivation for NZ Open entry, NZ Golf boss says.

netball

Frew named as Steel captain

Wendy Frew will captain the Southern Steel for the 2015 trans-Tasman season.

Southland Steel's Wendy Frew has added another milestone to her already vast list of netball achievement.

Solia named Pulse assistant 

Former Samoan skipper Frances Solia appointed as Central Pulse assistant coach.

PLAYMAKER: Jodi Brown's ability to make those around her look better makes her hugely valuable to the Silver Ferns.

Fitness regime gets Pulse racing

The next few months of training promise to be netball's equivalent of an extreme makeover for the Pulse.

tennis

Few highlights for Kiwis in 2014

UP AND DOWN: Top Kiwi tennis player Marina Erakovic ended the season with a world ranking of 77.

Different year, similar results for NZ tennis, with Marina Erakovic ending season with lowly world ranking of 77.

Nadal ready for Aussie Open

Spanish star Rafa Nadal's Australian Open preparations on track after successful appendix surgery.

FEELING THE HEAT: Rising Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he's comfortable with the fact he'll carry the hopes of his nation into the Australian Open.

Kyrgios embraces the spotlight

Aussie tennis talent looks to kick off 2015 campaign with a hiss and roar.

motorsport

Whincup still number one man

SUPER STAR: Australian V8 Supercars driver Jamie Whincup celebrates after winning his sixth title in seven years.

Jamie Whincup proved once again he's the man to beat in the V8 Supercars series.

Kiwis right in the podium mix

New Zealand drivers continued to make their marks in major motorsport around the world in 2014.

James Davison during practice  for the Indianapolis 500.

Trophy back up for grabs

The prestigious Lady Wigram Trophy is returning to the Toyota Racing Series for the next three years.

other sports

Young Kiwi eyes top five spot

REASON TO SMILE: Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker has big plans in 2015 and could be ranked as high as No 5 in the world when he fights in Invercargill.

Joseph Parker could be flirting with a top-five world ranking when he fights in Invercargill next year.

Kiwi star's southern venture

New Zealand's most exciting boxing talent, heavyweight Joseph Parker, will fight in Invercargill in July.

STRONG START: American supermaxi Comanche has flown out of the gates in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Comanche sets early race pace

Sydney to Hobart newcomer needs less than five minutes to show she is real deal in impressive start.

racing

Emotional first Group One win

YOU BEAUTY: Rory Hutchings celbrates as he rides Soriano to victory in the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie.

Rory Hutchings thought of his ‘‘second mum’’ as he reached the winning post on Soriano in Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie.

Victory doesn't change plan

Trainer won’t let Natuzzi’s dazzling sprint win at Ellerslie sway him into starting horse on New Year’s Day.

UPSET: Saavoya, right, strides to a big victory in the Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie.

Saavoya springs big upset

Blinkers help filly to win Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie, after very unlucky fifth in her previous start.