Blackadder stokes the flames ahead of clash

Todd Blackadder

Crusaders coach vows players won't be the ones illegally pulling jerseys against the Chiefs.

Crusaders change three for Chiefs showdown

Willi Heinz

The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at No 9 to face the Chiefs on Saturday.

Chiefs make six changes for Crusaders

Liam Messam

The Chiefs have made six changes to their team to take on the Crusaders in Hamilton.

Work cut out for NZ triathlon team

Andrea Hewitt

The New Zealand triathlon team will have their work cut out for them to get medals in Glasgow.

NZ shooting team for Glasgow named

Mike Collings

Delhi gold medallists Mike Collings and John Snowden to lead NZ shooting team at Glasgow Games.

Federer may skip French Open for fatherhood

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments - including possibly the French Open - when his wife gives birth again.

Chaos descends at Cup semi-final

Andre Gomes


Ten players were booked, two sent off, both coaches were dismissed and fans ran on to the pitch as Benfica beat Porto.

City's Premier League hopes take a dive

Connor Wickham

Manchester City's hopes of winning the Premier League took a big hit with a 2-2 draw at home to last-place Sunderland.

Wellington Phoenix sign new young midfielder

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The Wellington Phoenix have signed Spanish midfielder Alejandro Gorrin to bolster their 2014-15 roster.

Federer romps into third round at Monte Carlo

Roger Federer


Roger Federer eased into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters after beating veteran Radek Stepanek in 52 minutes.

Sluggish ticket sales for Anzac Day AFL match



There are no alarm bells ringing at St Kilda HQ despite sluggish ticket sales for the Anzac Day AFL game against the Brisbane Lions in Wellington.

Canterbury coach Braithwaite drops bombshell

Keith Braithwaite

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Canterbury United are searching for a new national league coach after Keith Braithwaite's shock decision to end his five-year tenure.

New Southland import a perfect replacement

Dave Gruber

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Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare has given new import Dave Gruber a big pass mark, saying the ease with which he has fitted into the squad has been astonishing.

Pitching setback ahead of White Sox hit-out

Michal Tangaroa

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White Sox pitcher Michal Tangaroa has had to pull out of the Southern Cross Challenge softball tournament in Christchurch.

Marking Fowler-Reid tall order for Tactix GK

Jane Watson

BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News

Tactix goalkeep Jane Watson is ready to embrace one of netball's toughest challenges - containing Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

Assistant coach Forsyth enjoying Magic ride

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Margaret Forsyth knows there's some sacrifices in order to steer the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic to this year's trans-Tasman league title.

Wellington Saints pray for Easter atonement

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Revenge is on the agenda for the Wellington Saints tonight.

Road team Brisbane Lions boast NZ connections

Malcolm Holmes


They might be the "away" team for the Anzac Day AFL game in Wellington, but the Brisbane Lions will feel at home.

Stone aims to make ripples at Glasgow Games

Liam Stone

IAN ANDERSON - The Wellingtonian

Teenager Liam Stone hopes to have the Commonwealth Games diving judges in a spin this year.

Warriors' coach sorting out the malingerers

Andrew McFadden

SARAH HARVEY - © Fairfax NZ News

Andrew McFadden has been coaching the Warriors a week but has already put the whole team on notice.

Lydia Ko is more nervous about funding row

Lydia Ko

MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ News

Golfer Lydia Ko dodged any curly questions about the controversial government funding request on her behalf.

Firebirds want recognition to go with the trophy?

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The prize is in the cabinet, but Wellington haven't been immediately rewarded for their winning cricket.

Albert Riera wins Phoenix player of the year

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Albert Riera completed a remarkable transition into professional football tonight by winning the Phoenix's player of the year award.

Blues still looking for a 10 out of 10 at No 10

Chris Noakes

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Seven games into the season, and the Blues' first five-eighth role remains wide open.

Rugby World Cup driving force for Dan Carter

Dan Carter


All Blacks first-five Dan Carter has unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup.

All Black jersey still fires up Victor Vito

Victor Vito

TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ News

Victor Vito knows he's running out of auditions, but the Canes No 8 insists he hasn't closed the door on All Blacks selection.

Jason Day has thumb in cast, out three weeks

Jason Day


Jason Day's troublesome left thumb has been placed in a cast as he tries to efficiently overcome his injury-plagued start to the year.

NRL dismisses Dragons' demand for two points

Melbourne Storm


St George Illawarra's demand for two NRL competition points has been flatly refused by head of football Todd Greenberg.

James Maloney vows to star for the Roosters

James Maloney


Under-fire five-eighth James Maloney has promised his Sydney Roosters teammates he'll end his form slump with a big performance against Cronulla.

Players Championship changes playoff format

Island green

The Players Championship is changing this year to a three-hole aggregate playoff involving the closing holes at the TPC Sawgrass.

Rosberg out to wreck Hamilton hat-trick bid

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton can chalk up three wins in a row for the first time in his F1 career but team-mate Nico Rosberg will be doing all he can to deny him.

Mariners lose an ACL heartbreaker to FC Seoul

Liam Reddy


An injury-time own goal from captain John Hutchinson gifted FC Seoul an eleventh hour 1-0 win over Central Coast in a major blow to the Mariners' AFC Champions League ambitions.

Top seeds progress, Kiwis in frame at NZ Open

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The headline acts are having few issues at the New Zealand badminton open with the top ranked players safely through.

Scott McLaughlin eyes up a future in Nascar

Scott McLaughlin

New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin has expressed an ambition to race Nascar in the future.

Peta Hiku turns down move to NZ Warriors

Peta Hiku

SARAH HARVEY - © Fairfax NZ News

Sea Eagles fullback Peta Hiku has rejected a return to the Warriors and looks set to stay with Manly.

Prop Ben Franks ruled out for the Hurricanes

Ben Franks

A groin injury has ruled All Blacks prop Ben Franks out of the Hurricanes' team to face the Blues in Friday.

Opinion: Toby Robson's Super Rugby 'Teamtalk'

Colin Slade

OPINION: Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

Wallabies set for tests against Europe's elite

Quade Cooper

The Wallabies will play Ireland, England, Wales and France on their November tour this year.

Dragons boss demands game points from NRL

Melbourne Storm

St George Illawarra boss calls on NRL to award his club points after controversial loss to Storm.

Blues ring the changes again for Hurricanes

Chris Noakes

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

Rotation in the pivotal first five-eighth role continues at the Blues with Chris Noakes to face the Hurricanes.

Oracle America's Cup sailor cops five-year ban


America's Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years.

Podolski strikes twice, Arsenal beat West Ham

Lucas Podolski


Arsenal's Lukas Podolski struck twice in a 3-1 win over West Ham United to take the Gunners into the top four.

Flamboyant Djokovic opens defence in style

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic began the defence of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes.

Formula One on right track with new engines


Formula One is on the right track with its new V6 turbo engines and the governing body can ignore criticism.

McIlroy ends frustrating Masters in top 10

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating Masters on a high with his best round of the tournament on Sunday.

News agencies to skip Indian Premier League


JOSH REICH - Reuters

A number of news agencies have decided against covering cricket's Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition, due to the exclusion of some photo agencies.

Liverpool honour Hillsborough 96 at memorial

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JOSH REICH - Reuters

Thousands gathered at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Mark Craig a Volt from the blue for Black Caps

Mark Craig

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

Mark Craig says the phone call asking him to play for the Black Caps was 'something every cricketer dreams of'.

NZ Warriors send Hurrell back to reserve grade

Konrad Hurrell

SARAH HARVEY - © Fairfax NZ News

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has wasted no time in stamping his mark with several changes.

Hagley Oval set for busy international summer

Hagley Oval

MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ News

Test cricket returns to Christchurch in summer for the first time in eight years while the city will also host an ODI.
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