All Blacks send Wales packing

All Blacks right wing Ben Smith didn't allow the tackle of Wales' left wing Hallam Amos to prevent him scoring in ...

Steve Hansen says he never doubted Israel Dagg's class after he had a blinder against Wales.

Carter rated with Messi video

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

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

World Cup woes for Wallabies

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper ponder a third consecutive defeat by England.

9:29 AM  Massive shortcomings for the Wallabies say the scribes.

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.

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.

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France routs Pumas 27-0

The Pumas in happier times after winning a match against the Wallabies.

France have squared their rugby series in Argentina by beating the Pumas 27-0.

Warriors' golden-point woe in loss video

Three Warriors players try to stop Ben Barba making a break for the Sharks.

James Maloney kicks a field goal for a 19-18 Sharks win against the Warriors in Sydney.

Storming second half gives Baby Blacks fifth

Jordie Barrett - in action here against Wales - scored 15 points for the New Zealand under-20 side in their world champs ...

Eight tries helped New Zealand's under-20s see of their Australian counterparts.

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.

Black Sticks miss the 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.

Laidlaw leads Scots to win

Japan's Yasutaka Sasakura drags down Scotland's Tommy Seymour during second test in Tokyo.

Greig Laidlaw comes off the bench to boot Scotland to second test win over Japan.

Oz netball keen on two-point shot

Maria Tutaia's ability to shoot the long shot is one of the reasons Netball Australia want to bring in the two-point shot.

Australia's new eight-team league may feature a two-point shot next year but NZ appear lukewarm on the idea.

Rio hits a 'calamitous' snag

Rio de Janeiro can't afford pay cheques, petrol or toilet paper for police.

OPINION: With just 40 days until the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro can't afford toilet paper for police, let alone the Games themselves.

Bulldogs thrash Broncos

David Klemmer celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the Bulldogs' seven tries in rout of the Brisbane Broncos.

​Brett Morris scores three tries in his return from a knee injury as Canterbury thrash Brisbane.

Read: We'll celebrate tonight video

All Black captain Kieran Read ticked his first box with a series sweep over Wales.

ABs captain nails his first assignment after taking the reigns from Richie McCaw.

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Reason: TV commentators not up to it

Would Israel Dagg, pictured, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett make a great back three? You might not find out from the TV ...

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

Selections pay off for Hansen

OPINION: Three wise men make choices that pay dividends against the Welsh.

Wallabies' RWC hangover

What goes on tour stays on tour

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

Barrett lays claim to role video

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.

TV commentators not up to it

Would Israel Dagg, pictured, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett make a great back three? You might not find out from the TV ...

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

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.

Wheels fall off 'The Bus' video

Julian Savea had a quiet night in his 43rd test for the All Blacks.

Julian Savea was back but The Bus wasn't anywhere near his best.

Cricket

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.

Kumble named India coach

Former India captain Anil Kumble named as the national team's new head coach.

IPL experience only, no worries for India as they name a former captain as their new head coach.

Video

Smooth Barrett lays claim to starting role

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

Football

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.

Own goal puts Wales through video

Gareth Bale (left) acknowledges the fans after Wales' 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 round of 16 match.

Wales reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals thanks to an own goal by Gareth McAuley.

Roux back training after freak injuries

Central Coast Mariners defender Storm Roux has returned to training this week.

All Whites defender Storm Roux, who broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder in a fall in February, has returned to training.

Premier League says Brexit will not harm its appeal

Cesc Fabregas was one of the players to benefit from the previous EU system.

​The Premier League said Britain's decision to leave the EU will not harm the football competition.

League

Bulldogs thrash Broncos

David Klemmer celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the Bulldogs' seven tries in rout of the Brisbane Broncos.

​Brett Morris scores three tries in his return from a knee injury as Canterbury thrash Brisbane.

Recap: Bulldogs v Broncos

Brisbane Broncos star Josh McGuire.

The State of Origin-weary Brisbane Broncos no match for Canterbury Bulldogs.

Dragons slay Knights video

Benji Marshall scores a try just before the break to guide the Dragons towards victory.

There was no end in sight for the Knights' dreadful season as they lose their 13th game of the season.

Nathan Cleary removes father-son clause

Nathan Cleary has committed his future to the Panthers.

Teenager decides not to reactivate a get-out clause in his contract allowing him to follow his dad to another NRL club.

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 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.

Kiwi golfing hotshots bounce back in world cup to finish in top 10

The New Zealand junior golf team after winning the Australian Boys' Amateur Championships in Ulverstone Golf Club in ...

Kiwi golfing hotshots bounce back from the bottom of the table to finish in the top 10 at a world cup in Japan.

Netball

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.

Steel seal top spot video

Southern Steel player Te Huinga Selby-Ricket challenged by Melbourne Vixens Jo Weston at ILT Stadium Southland.

Steel notch their 11th win of the season to secure home advantage for the finals.

Recap: Steel v Vixens

Southern Steel attacker Te Paea Selby-Rickit lines up a shot.

The Southern Steel continue their winning ways in the trans-Tasman netball champs.

Selby-Rickit key part of Steel attack

Te Paea Selby-Rickit of the Steel shoots against the Northern Mystics.

Southern Steel goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit is a key part of the unbeaten franchise's attack this season.

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

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.

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.

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

Sunday's harness racing meeting at Waterlea Raceway is off due to surface flooding on the all weather track.

Harness meeting washed out by surface flooding.

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.

Lochan Ora shows class

Kevin Kalychurun and Lochan Ora pull away to win the Greenwood Amberley Cup.

Riverton visitor emerges as a winning Winter Cup chance.

Summer's Day shines on Classic winter's day

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike had another successful day in a great season with Summer's Day winning the Tauranga Classic.

Classy mare captures Classic in style.

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'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.