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Warriors ownership stoush ends with charitable change

POWERPLAY: Eric Watson (left) with Owen Glenn , who will gift his share in the Warriors to a trust, which means more say for club members.

Owen Glenn has bailed out of the Warriors, ending the feud with co-owner Eric Watson.

Webster ready for world champs after national sprint win

ONE TO REMEMBER: Sam Webster was one of the standout athletes for New Zealand in Glasgow.

A tough ride after a poor qualifier saw Commonwealth Games sprint champion Sam Webster take his third national sprint title last night.

Super Bowl, baby: Sherman to decide on playing if son is born

PLEASE BABY: Richard Sherman is hoping his son is born after gameday.

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is crossing fingers his son is born after Super Bowl Sunday - but coach Pete Carroll will let the cornerback make the call on playing.

Heavy police presence planned to avoid post-Super Bowl chaos

GAME DAY: Boston officials will be clamping down on fan behaviour when the Patriots meet the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Travel restrictions and heavy policing in place for the Super Bowl - enough, officials hope, to avoid 'dangerous and illegal behaviour' seen in Boston a decade ago.

Williams, Sharapova face off in Aussie Open

OPEN SEASON: Maria Sharapova reckons she's got a shot at the Australian Open title, despite only ever beating her nemesis Serena Williams twice.

Serena Williams has won 16 times against Maria Sharapova in WTA tour matches - but the Russian is oozing confidence ahead of tonight's final.

Kenya's marathon queen cops two-year doping ban

DRUG CHEAT: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish as the women's winner at last year's Chicago Marathon.

A failed drugs test for marathon machine Rita Jeptoo has embarrassed her country, said Kenya's sports minister.

Vettel warns: Don't expect too much from Ferrari

RED FLAG: Sebastien Vettel has a new challenge in Ferrari, which hopes the four-time F1 champion will help improve on last year's terrible season.

Ferrari's new F1 car got the thumbs up from Sebastien Vettel, but he's managing fan expectations after the Italian team's lacklustre 2014 season.

Socceroos coach proud as team heads to Asian Cup final

Massimo Luongo (right) has enjoyed a wonderful Asian Cup and his performances over the past few weeks have surely set him up for a move to bigger and better things when he returns to his League One club, Swindon Town.

Ange Postecoglou is proud of his Socceroos team - but overjoyed at what the Asian Cup has done for the game's profile in Australia.

Tiger barmy: Woods' worst-ever pro round

PRO SHOCK: A despondent Tiger Woods on the ninth hole at Scottsdale.

A disastrous result at the Phoenix Open has left Tiger Woods in last place - his worst round as a professional.

Sevens still set to rock

SHELL SUITS: Samantha Johnston on the far right, holding out her paua shell skirt, at last year’s sevens.

Gone are the halcyon days when Wellington Sevens tickets sold out within minutes.

FIFA would-be presidents step up to batter Blatter

TOP JOB: Sepp Blatter seems immovable - despite constant scandals and accusations.

The challenge to FIFA president Sepp Blatter for football's top job seems stronger than ever - but it's not likely to be enough to move him.

Man United's Carrick ruled out for a month

ON SALE: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that even with Carrick out for several weeks, he won't be buying in a replacement.

A ruptured muscle will put Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick out for at least four weeks at least says manager Louis van Gaal.

Ko tied third in LPGA tournament

IN THE SWING: Lydia Ko is holding her own in Florida, despite an injured thumb.

Lydia Ko has enjoyed a strong start to the season opener in Florida, tied for third place after 36 holes.

Nines spectacle gets Manly's Foran off the couch

SAY CHEESE: Manly's Kieran Foran poses for a photo with some young fans in Auckland's Aotea  Square.

All eyes will again be on Eden Park for the Auckland Nines, but for differing reasons.

French No 13 Dumoulin son of convicted murderer

ROOKIE CENTRE: Alexandre Dumoulin sings the national anthem during France's match against Australia at Stade de France in Paris.

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin is the son of disgraced former international Marc Cecillon.

David Nyika: From gangly teen to prized fighter

BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS: David Nyika gets down to some serious gym work.

A profile of Commonwealth Games gold-winning boxer David Nyika and how he found his niche.

Paracyclist Kate Horan smashes world record video

Paralympic cyclist Kate Horan smashed the C4 flying 200m time trial at the Avantidrome near Cambridge this morning.

Wellington paracyclist Kate Horan obliterated a track cycling world record today in Cambridge.

McIlroy surges ahead in Dubai with flawless 64

OUT IN FRONT: Leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his putt on the 15th green during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stormed into a one-shot lead in the Dubai Desert Classic with a sparkling second-round 64.

Australia deserves to host World Cup - Blatter

SEPP BLATTER: "Australia is the only continent never to have hosted the World Cup finals, although the 1981 and 1993 Under-20 World Cups took place there."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter begins re-election campaign by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup.

Kenyan marathon runner gets two-year doping ban

BANNED: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, who has been banned for two years for doping, breaks the tape to win the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has been banned from for two years after failing a drugs test.

Atlanta Hawks get three All-Star team reserves

HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR: Hawks forward Al Horford joined Atlanta team-mates Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague in the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves.

Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague picked as reserves for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star team.

Chelsea's Costa loses appeal, to miss City game

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Diego Costa and Martin Skrtel have words during a testy League Cup clash.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss his side's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Manchester City after losing his appeal.

Former American pro gets a taste of grassroots

DOWN TO EARTH: Pro golfer Charlie Bolling.

A golfer who spent years amid the glamour of the PGA Tour is about to experience the sport's sheep-nibbled grassroots.

Williams bids to continue ownership of Sharapova

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC: Serena Williams (right) has won 15 straight matches against Maria Sharapova since 2004, heading into their Australian Open final showdown.

Maria Sharapova's decade-long losing streak to Serena Williams is one of women's tennis' curious anomalies.

Mattek-Sands, Safarova claim women's doubles

DOUBLES DELIGHT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States (right) and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic celebrate winning the women's doubles final against Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei and Jie Zheng of China.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the Australian Open women's doubles in their first tournament together.

Djokovic outlasts Wawrinka to reach Open final

FIVE-SET BATTLE: Novak Djokovic pumps his fists after defeating defending champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the Australian Open final against Andy Murray.

Novak Djokovic ended Stan Wawrinka's Australian Open defence to book a third final showdown with Andy Murray.

England survive in Perth to reach tri-series final

WINNING PARTNERSHIP: English batsman Jos Buttler cuts the ball during his innings of 67, helping to save England with a 125-run partnership with James Taylor.

England will take on Australia in the Tri-Series final after overcoming a case of the wobbles to beat India by three wickets.

UAE defeat Iraq 3-2 for third place at Asian Cup

ON THE PODIUM: Ali Ahmed Mabkhout (left) of the United Arab Emirates celebrates a goal with team-mate Omar Abdulrahman after beating Iraq in the third-place match at the Asian Cup.

UAE secured third place in the Asian Cup defeating Iraq 3-2 in a spirited encounter in Newcastle.

WaiBop United out to make noise against Team Welly video

LET ME HEAR YA: WaiBoP United coach Peter Smith.

WaiBop United coach Peter Smith is hoping for more buoyant crowd support when his side takes on Team Welly.

Switch leads Lahmert to Wellington sevens

GONE NORTH: Warwick Lahmert opted for England.

Former Taranaki sevens captain Warwick Lahmert will play for England in Wellington.

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