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Calls to make on elder statesmen

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16:  Dan Carter of New Zealand and Richie McCaw of New Zealand prepare ahead of the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

5:00 AM  OPINION: Can the All Blacks coach rely on Richie McCaw and Dan Carter at the end of the year?

Blackadder feeling heat now

5:00 AM  OPINION: With the Crusaders having won just four from nine, the task facing their coach is daunting.

Time to test Sopoaga in ABs 

Transfer model is all wrong video

cricket

T20 tournament still in limbo

Firebirds opening batsman BJ Barnett in action.

Wellington remain in the dark about the future of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Waugh: KP a no-go for England

Former Australia captain urges team to move on, saying controversial batsman no longer merits a place.

DERBY, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Martin Guptill of Derbyshire pictured during a Derbyshire CCC Photocall at The 3aaa County Ground on April 9, 2015 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Guptill comes up short

From hero to zero, Black Caps' World Cup hero starts his English county campaign with an inglorious duck.

rugby

Cruden urged to 'stay positive'

Aaron Cruden with medical staff before leaving the feild injured during the Investec Super Rugby game between the Crusaders v Chiefs at AMI Stadium i Christchurch. 17 April 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson/www.photosport.co.nz

5:00 AM  Crocked All Black Aaron Cruden needs to find a middle ground between despair and hope, Andrew Mehrtens says.

Rating playmakers - week 10

Canes No 10 Beauden Barrett has two best Super Rugby performances of season back to back to rise up rankings.

Flanker Matt Todd runs into centre Charlie Ngatai during the 26-9 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Fighting talk but fix needed

The warning sirens are screeching, yet the Crusaders coaches and players refuse to buckle before the pessimists.

football

Nix chasing golden ticket to finals

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix celebrate the win after the final whistle during the round 26 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Wellington Phoenix's clash with Sydney FC looms as the biggest game in the team's history.

Auckland City into another final

Leading Kiwi side overcome FC Gaitcha in Oceania Champions League semifinal.

Michael Gwyther of Team Wellington celebrates their win  during the ASB Premiership - Team Wellington vs Wellington Phoenix football match in Miramar, Wellington on Sunday the 2nd of November 2014. Photo by Marty Melville/www.Photosport.co.nz

Welly setup all-Kiwi final

Team Wellington have set up an all-NZ final in the Oceania Champions League.

league

NRL to look at registration rules

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20:  Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles looks dejected after losing the round 3 NRL match between the Manly Warringhah Sea Eagles and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval on March 20, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NRL boss shares fans' frustration over ongoing speculation on Daly Cherry-Evans' future.

Hodges doubtful for Anzac Test

Injury has robbed Broncos veteran Justin Hodges of a last gasp trans-Tasman Test audition.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors looks on during the round seven NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Hurrell dropped by Warriors

Konrad Hurrell, Albert Vete and Dominique Peyroux axed from team to face Gold Coast Titans. 

basketball

Warriors, Bulls claim NBA wins

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Warriors take 97-87 victory over Pelicans in the West while Bulls beat the Bucks in the East.

Giants lose Vukona to Italy

Tall Black Mika Vukona gone for four to six weeks after Italian club comes calling.

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes to hold off Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors to win NBA Coach of the Year.

Budenholzer Coach of the Year

4:25 AM  After leading Atlanta Hawks to top seed in Eastern Conference, Mike Budenholzer named NBA coach of the year.

golf

Lack of power won't handicap Ko

New Zealand's Lydia Ko is working to increase her driving length as she looks to hold on to her No 1 ranking.

Superb strategy key to New Zealander staying at No 1 in world rankings as she gets ready to return from week off, says Swedish great.

Kiwi Hendry wins big in Japan

Kiwi golfer Mike Hendry goes low in final round to claim career-best result on the lucrative Japan Golf tour.

Josh Geary's US aspirations remain on track after the Tauranga pro recently won on the PGA Tour's China Tour.

Geary eyes another US tilt

He's always had the game, but Tauranga's Josh Geary has had to work on the mental side of the sport.

netball

Vixens skipper calls time on career

Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield says after 29 years of netball it is time to look for new challenges.

Melbourne stalwart Bianca Chatfield will finish her 29-year career at end of the season.

Plucky Tactix go down fighting

It was a clash of the bottom two sides but the Adelaide Thunderbirds came out on top, beating Tactix 62-51.

West Coast Fever's Natalie Medhurst, left, is challenged by the Pulse's Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit in Wellington.

Shooting costs Pulse in loss

Shaky shooting has cost the Central Pulse another trans-Tasman Netball League win over the West Coast Fever.

tennis

Nadal used to Djokovic threat

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his trophy after winning the final tennis match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Spaniard praises on-fire Serbian world No 1 after he claims Monte Carlo Masters title as French Open looms.

Serena 'not ready' for claycourts

Two- time French Open champion says struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup was a real 'eye-opener'.

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 29:  Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during his match against  Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during day 7 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Murray pleased with Queen's

Andy Murray has welcomed the choice of the Queen's Club grass courts to host Britain's Davis Cup quarterfinal.

motorsport

Bourdais to make V8s return

French IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais will team with Lee Holdsworth for the V8 Supercars series' three endurance races later this year.

Experienced French open-wheel driver Sebastien Bourdais will partner with Holden's Lee Holdsworth for this year's Bathurst 1000.

Dixon wins LA IndyCar race

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon's struggling IndyCar campaign roars into life with a win at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton's triumph in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix was his ninth victory in the last 11 grands prix.

Stewart: Hamilton will pass me

Britain's only triple F1 champion believes his record is under threat after Mercedes driver's storming start.

other sports

Coutts: Team NZ are replaceable

America's Cup boss Sir Russell Coutts believes a Kiwi replacement could be found for Team New Zealand.

Oracle's Kiwi CEO believes another NZ syndicate will contest the 2017 America's Cup if Team NZ pulls out.

Baseball coach's expletive rant

Sport can bring out passion, but Cincinnati Reds boss Bryan Price took things up a level in post-game rant.

Anaheim Ducks centre Rickard Rakell (67) celebrates after scoring the winner against the  Winnipeg Jets.

Ducks edge Jets in playoffs

Right winger Rickard Rakell scored on a deflection to lift Anaheim Ducks to 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

racing

Achiever passes trackwork test

Vinnie Colgan riding Silent Achiever to victory in the New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie last year.

Silent Achiever prepares in Brisbane for Gold Coast race after passing trackwork test.

Classcoroc defies the odds

Graeme Hughes celebrated his biggest win as a trainer when Classcoroc won the Hawke's Bay Gold Cup.

18042015 AUCKLAND RACING Manco Easter Handicap, held today Sat 18th April 2015 at Ellerslie racecourse. No16 Ponderosa Miss, ridden by Daniel Hain narrowly beats No18 Vespa, ridden by Mark Du Plessis into second place. 3rd was No6 Kawi, ridden by Johnathon Parkes. Photo: phototek.co.nz / David Mackay

Battler breaks through 

Te Awamutu jockey Daniel Hain stepped into a new world when he achieved the ultimate goal at Ellerslie.

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