Head to head: Parker or Ruiz? video

Joseph Parker faces off against his opponent Andy Ruiz of Mexico.

10 min ago  OPINION: Who will be king of the ring after Saturday's big title fight?

Parents' role questioned

Lydia Ko is watched by David Leadbetter during a Pro-Am round at the British Open in July.

15 min ago  Lydia Ko's former coach has expressed concern over the expectations placed on the Kiwi world No 1.

Tight race for second spot

Wellington wicketkeeper Tom Blundell looks at the head of the queue for a limited overs callup for New Zealand this summer.

6:20 PM  NZ keeper BJ Watling rates some youngsters who could take over the ODI or T20 gloves.

All Blacks may be free-to-air

A proposed new law would ensure all sports matches of "national significance" are broadcast free-to-air.

A proposed law could ensure all sports matches of national significance are free-to-air.

Parker and Ruiz hug it out

NZ heavyweight Joseph Parker and Mexican Andy Ruiz exchanged pleasantries at a the final fight press conference in ...

Heavyweight contenders refuse to engage in war of words before title showdown on Saturday.

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Parker, Ruiz go nose-to-nose video

Andy Ruiz and Joseph Parker face off after their final media conference ahead of the WBO heavyweight title fight.

"A lot of people are underestimating me ... the way I look or how I am," Mexican heavyweight says.

Neil Wagner off to Essex

Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed against Pakistan.

Black Caps bowler Neil Wagner will try his luck with newly promoted Essex.

Stars hope to return to Wellington

Melbourne Stars Luke Wright bats with Wellington Firebirds' keeper Luke Ronchi behind the stumps.

 Both the Wellington Firebirds and Melbourne Stars want their Basin Blast fixture to become a regular thing.

Adams takes his potshot video

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams always has an interesting response when he's asked the tough questions by the media.

"On what? Oh, weed," Kiwi NBA star responds to questions on medicinal marijuana.

Australia name unchanged test squad

Matt Renshaw will get another chance to cement his place against Pakistan.

For the first time this summer, Australia have made no changes to test team.

Logan Rogerson's coming home

Logan Rogerson is into the second year of a three-year contract with the Wellington Phoenix.

Talented teenager set to return to his Hamilton home with the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

McCullum to turn up the Heat

Brendon McCullum will make his return to cricket for a Brisbane club team.

Ex-NZ skipper gives new team-mates a "licence to thrill" as he takes charge in a T20 club game in Australia.

Porto crush Leicester 5-0

FC Porto's Andre Silva celebrates scoring their first goal against Leicester.

Porto hand second-string side the worst Champions League loss by an English club.

Erakovic makes Aussie Open

Marina Erakovic won't have to battle through the qualifying draw at the Australian Open in January.

Ranked 105 in the world, Marina Erakovic has made the cut for the Australian Open by three places.

Headache at NZ Tennis Champs

Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus played together for New Zealand at this year's Olympic Games in Rio.

One of New Zealand's world class doubles players could miss out playing the ASB Classic.

Smeltz on Jets' radar

New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz could be the answer to Newcastle's goal-scoring prayers.

A-League strugglers Newcastle need a goal-scoring option, and Kiwi striker is in their sights.

Billionaire backs NZ Football

Dr Haruhisa Handa, pictured at the 2016 New Zealand Open at The Hills, has backed football in this country.

Three-year deal with Japanese firm ISPS Handa who extend their backing of New Zealand sport.

Parker: Shy guy to superstar video

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker takes a selfie with a fan and trainer Kevin Barry (left) at Burger King in Auckland.

How a careful but controversial programme transformed a Kiwi boxer into a world title contender.

Martin determined for direct entry

NZF chief executive Andy Martin says the organisation is "feeling pretty good" about where they are at.

NZF boss optimistic qualifying for World Cup may be easier for All Whites as Fifa ponder expansion of global showcase.

Goals expected in Nelson

Wellington's Nicolas Zambrano, left, is congratulated by Tom Jackson after scoring a goal this season.

The national league's most potent attack in Team Wellington meets the leakiest defence in Tasman United on Sunday.

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Parker looks ready

Sir Peter Leitch aka the Mad Butcher enjoying a day out at the Manukau Live Steamers in Mangere.

My nerves aren't too good, so I don't know how heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker must be feeling ahead of his world title fight in Manukau on Saturday.

Sporting fairytales must continue

OPINION: A year of thunder and wonder for teams usually associated with chunder and blunder.

Dragons need to start delivering

What went wrong?

Rugby

Tom Walsh's hidden talent

Tom Walsh was a very talented rugby player, cricketer and shot putter at school.

Kiwi Olympic shot put hero to reveal his hidden talent on Sunday, against the Crusaders.

Jones: Lions to benefit England

Eddie Jones believes the Lions will provide England will a blueprint for beating the All Blacks.

England coach is happy for his assistant to gain intelligence on the All Blacks during the Lions tour of NZ.

Lions NZ tour coaches named

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland with assistants  Rob Howley, Steve Borthwick and Andy Farrell.

Warren Gatland picks his deputies, leaves the door open for a late call-up for Fiji's sevens coach.

All Blacks heading to Perth

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is tackled by Michael Hooper and James Horwill of the Wallabies during the Bledisloe Cup ...

A historic first Bledisloe Cup test will be held in Perth in 2019.

Cricket

Bond joins Canterbury Cricket board

Former Canterbury and Black Caps bowler Shane Bond has joined the Canterbury Cricket board.

Former Black Caps bowler Shane Bond gets the call up, Mike Satterthwaite gets a reprieve.

Tom Walsh's hidden talent

Tom Walsh was a very talented rugby player, cricketer and shot putter at school.

Kiwi Olympic shot put hero to reveal his hidden talent on Sunday, against the Crusaders.

No respite for Black Caps

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins took four wickets in the win over New Zealand in Canberra.

Aussie coach talks of building a feared pace quartet akin to the West Indies in the 1980s.

Rain washes out schools cricket

All teams were awarded a point after drizzle washed out the fourth round of the First XI Cup at Lincoln on Thursday.

Christchurch Boys' High School are on the brink of winning another national secondary schools title after rain washed out the fourth round of the First XI Cup.

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Football

Football team back in big league

Southland Football development officer Luis Paiva, left, and Southland Football manager Ignacio Sande are looking ...

There will be a Southland football team in the 2017 Southern Premier League.

Martin determined for direct entry

NZF chief executive Andy Martin says the organisation is "feeling pretty good" about where they are at.

NZF boss optimistic qualifying for World Cup may be easier for All Whites as Fifa ponder expansion of global showcase.

Capital forgotten no more

Capital players celebrate their penalty shootout win over WaiBOP in the national women's league semifinal last Sunday.

New Zealand Football might have forgotten about their previous titles, but the Capital women want to make sure they are remembered this year.

Dual roles keeping Fawdry on his toes

Tasman United co-coach Tom Fawdry during the team's 2-0 defeat to Hamilton Wanderers in the National Youth League.

Meet Tom Fawdry, he's Tasman United's goalkeeper coach and youth co-coach, oh and their back-up goalkeeper too.

League

Sharks' door open to Barba return

Cronulla boss Lyall Gorman says the Sharks want Ben Barba, pictured celebrating their grand final win, back on their ...

NRL premiers want troubled star back on their team.

Barba to be a Shark again

Jack Bird, right, says he expects former team-mate Ben Barba to be back in a Cronulla Sharks shirt next season.

Jack Bird says his troubled former team-mate Ben Barba will be back at the Cronulla Sharks next season.

Foran a 'winner'

Kieran Foran is undergoing shoulder rehab at the Warriors

Kieran Foran endorsed as the type of player the Warriors desperately need.

Nati to play in Queensland Cup

Phil Nati in action for the NZ Residents against NZ Maori in Huntly in October.

Phil Nati will be one of six Canterbury products playing in the Queensland Cup next year.

Basketball

Henare: 'It's time to get nasty'

Coach Paul Henare says his players need 'to hold each other accountable when we slip below our standards'.

Breakers coach has had enough of the sloppy displays and has called his team out.

Webster: 'The truth will come out'

Breakers guard Corey Webster says 'we need to trust in ourselves individually, trust in each other as a team and then ...

NZ Breakers star declares his mindset where it needs to be heading into two massive games.

Splash: Thompson nets 60 video

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was on fire against the Indiana Pacers, scoring 60 points in the game.

Electric scenes as NBA guard delivers big with a career-high 60 points in just 29 minutes on court.

Ton-up win for JTBs

Quinn Clinton has led the Junior Tall Blacks to another big win at the Oceania under-18 basketball championships.

Another big win for the Junior Tall Blacks in Fiji.

Golf

NZ PGA Championship coming to Manawatu

Australian Brad Kennedy won the New Zealand PGA Championship at Auckland this year. It is coming to Manawatu in 2017.

The NZ PGA Championship is heading south.

Death at the Dubai Ladies

Caddie Max Zechmann has died after collapsing during the Dubai Ladies event.

Caddie dies after collapsing on the 13th fairway in the first round of a pro golf event.

Favourites continue to dominate

Aorangi's Ginny Bolderston defeated Southland's Angela Gerken at the top of the order in round three at the national ...

 Top sides already showing out.

Key tees off before signing off

Caddy Brett Smith, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club general manager Leo Barber, Prime Minister John Key, club president Paul ...

How did John Key spend the day before he quit as PM? At the golf course sharing jet plane lollies.

Netball

Fowler-Reid stars in series win

Southern Steel goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid shoots a goal in the 2016 trans-Tasman netball league.

Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid produced an outstanding display to help Jamaica to a netball series win over England.

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.

Tennis

Kyrgios 'unfairly targeted' video

Nick Kyrgios has been without an official mentor since parting ways with Todd Larkham on the eve of Wimbledon 2015.

Bernard Tomic says he and his good mate Nick Kyrgios are simply misunderstood.

Djokovic splits with Becker

Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker embrace after winning the 2016 French Open.

Tennis world No 2 ends coaching arrangement after three years at the top with six majors won.

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."

Other sports

Kiwis guaranteed two more medals

New Zealand Blackjacks bowler Shannon McIlroy is on track to make the singles semifinals.

New Zealand is guaranteed to add to their world bowls championship's medal haul at the weekend.

Taupo gets its own Ironmaori event

Howie Tamati nears the finish line at the Ironmaori event in Taranaki.

Ironmen and Ironmaori will both be calling Taupo home next year. 

One charge upheld against Sutton

Former British Cycling coach Shane Sutton stepped down in April.

But former British Cycling coach cleared of eight others following harassment claims.

Sprinters lead way at Oceania championships

Ethan Mitchell leads out Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins in the team sprint at the Oceania championships

The New Zealand sprint team impressed on the opening day of the UCI Oceania Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne.

Motorsport

Motorsport legend to be celebrated

Motor racing drivers reunited, Kenny Smith, left, and Palmerston North driver Brendon Hartley.

January's NZ Festival of Motor Racing will celebrate Kiwi motorsport great Kenny Smith.

Conroy targets Taupo

Jamie Conroy and the Allied 24/7 Fuel Ford Falcon he is competing in the New Zealand Touring Car series.

Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy is ready to bounce back in round two of the NZ Touring Car Championship. 

Country star's son enters TRS

Shelby Blackstock, pictured here with mother and country music legend Reba McEntire, has been confirmed in the 2017 ...

Shelby Blackstock has taken a different route to stardom than his famous mother.

Southlander confirmed for TRS

Invercargill driver Brendon Leitch.

Kiwi Brendon Leitch will have fourth tilt at the Toyota Racing Series.

Racing

Temporary split for harness dream team

Christen Me will face a race day start without the services of Dexter Dunn for the first time since 2011.

Top harness racing partnership faces temporary split.

Lindsays eye black-type

Promise To Reign clashes with Sofia Rosa and Mime in Saturday's New Zealand Oaks at Trentham.

Twin attack on black-type races for Lindsay Racing.

Pike pair tough in Cup

Chenille will be challenged for favouritism in the Waikato Cup by stablemate Jaiyuguan.

Pike pair high in Waikato Cup discussions.

Unbeaten Volpe Veloce does the talking

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson will let unbeaten Volpe Veloce do the talking.

Richardson ramps up his team's summer campaigns.

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