New rules cause of high-scoring playoffs

Trent Robinson

Chief architect of the "Bondi Wall" defence believes rule changes behind high-scoring playoffs.

Doping days done as China targets blue riband race

Shen Duo

China hasn't won top women's Olympic event since their drug-fuelled dominance in the '90s, but they may again soon.

Warriors won't confirm or deny Hoffman interest

Josh Hoffman

NZ team won't confirm or deny if they're after Bronocs and Kiwis fullback, which could see a change for Sam Tomkins.

Beauden Barrett appreciates 'great opportunity'

Beauden Barrett

Aaron Cruden's late night antics create "great opportunity" for Beauden Barrett - and he knows it.

Premier League review: Ozil, Welbeck strike back

Mesut Ozil

Top players respond on the pitch to public criticism in fired-up weekend of English football full of surprise results.

NZOC athletes commission for Irene van Dyk

Irene van Dyk

Retired from the international game, netball star elected to the NZ Olympic Committee's athletes commission.

Tyson Fury gags himself ahead of 'Battle of Britain'

Tyson Fury

Last time he trashed a table, but this time there's no trash-talk after boxer Tyson Fury tapes his mouth shut.

Alberts injured, Schalk Burger back for Boks

Schalk Burger

Bone crunching Springboks flanker Willem Alberts out of Rugby Championship injured, opening spot for veteran backrower.

Rory McIlroy has massive target on his back

Rory McIlroy

World number one will have a metaphorical target on his back at the Ryder Cup this week.

Irish 2000 Guineas winner Kingman retired


Throat infection brings early end to 3-year-old colt's racing career forcing him out to stud early.

Strong Europe team favoured in Ryder Cup

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe.

Rocks and bottles thrown at top Brazil club team

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Fans of a leading Brazil football club hurl rocks and bottles at the team bus after side in embarrasing 6-0 loss.

Ryder Cup players warned to put egos aside

Ryder Cup

The 24 players in this week's Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate, says golf's top psychologist.

Qatar adamant they'll keep 2022 World Cup

Fifa Football World Cup Trophy

2022 World Cup host says tournament will go ahead despite Fifa executive's warning of weather dangers.

Long-range lob goal allowed amidst celebrations

Fara Williams

Ref apologises after goal that wins game scored from a restart kick-off while opposition celebrating goal of their own.

Pressure on Bennett to deliver in Brisbane

Wayne Bennett

The Broncos' greatest coach Wayne Bennett has arrived back in Brisbane and is already getting down to work.

Jamal Idris reveals why he left the Bulldogs

Jamal Idris

There's a perception that Jamal Idris left Canterbury for the money. But the Penrith star remembers it differently.

NRL coaches feeling heat as pressure ramps up

Michael Maguire

Pressure on Rabbitohs and Roosters heading into this weekend's preliminary finals.

World media seize on Cruden's discipline lapse

Aaron Cruden

World media don't hold back on Aaron Cruden's drinking antics, taking chance to put boot into All Blacks.

James Oram records top 10 at world champs

James Oram

Kiwi cyclist rides gallantly to 10th place in the U-23 individual time trial at the world road cycling championships.

McCullum stars with bat and 'acrobatics'

Brendon McCullum

Black Caps captain scores 49 then pulls off Fosbury-flop style dive to save six in Champions League T20 win.

Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden

Conrad Smith and Keven Mealamu

All Blacks discipline enforcer reflects on Aaron Cruden's drinking escapade.

Josh Hoffman's Broncos future in doubt

Josh Hoffman

Josh Hoffman's agent to speak with Wayne Bennett about the Kiwi No 1's future with the Broncos.

Australians talk up 'world class' Avantidrome

Shane Perkins

Aussie riders put in a strong showing at the Avantidrome last week, and it might be because it felt like home.

High-flying Knights have feet on the ground

Tim Southee

Knights coach James Pamment said his side is excited but composed ahead of their next Group B match against Hobart.

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley fifth in endurance race

Brendon Hartley

Kiwi driver finished a disappointing fifth in the latest round of the world endurance championship in the US.

Kiwis hold off Aussies to win world crown

New Zealand surf lifesaving team

New Zealand surf lifesaving team held off a final-day Aussie charge to retain their world championship crown.

Boozy Cruden gives Taylor his chance

Tom Taylor

Canterbury have been forced to shed playmaker Tom Taylor ahead of tomorrow's match against North Harbour.

Napier: Hansen's hard line should be applauded

Steve Hansen

OPINION: All Blacks coach seized the moment to send a distinctly blunt message to his squad, writes Liam Napier.

Firebirds bank on Englishman's yorkers

Luke Fletcher

Nottinghamshire swing bowler Luke Fletcher is big, bowls yorkers and is now a member of the Wellington Firebirds squad.

Andrew Johns tips Rabbitohs to win NRL title

Andrew Johns

HAMISH BIDWELL - The Dominion Post

The "Eighth Immortal" Andrew Johns says South Sydney will win the NRL this year. Well, them or the Roosters.

Knights can go all the way, says Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson is tipping his Knights to go all the way in the Champions League, even if he is just watching them on TV.

Quiz: Sports knowledge test - September 23

Trent Hodkinson

Sports Quiz - September 23

Mehrtens: Opportunity knocks for Barrett

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett

OPINION: There's a lot for young All Black to get his head around as he moves to No 10, writes Andrew Mehrtens.

Pulse have talent to burn in shooting circle

Ameliaranne Wells

Two Silver Ferns and the greatest shooter netball has known - but they can't all play for the Central Pulse.

Kent digs in at world surf lifesaving champs

Steve Kent

Hobbling and hurting, all Steve Kent could hope was that the rest of his New Zealand team would fight until the end.

NZRU boss Steve Tew concerned by low turnouts

Small crowd

Falling attendances in the NPC are a worry for New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew.

Shane Archbold opts for future on the road

Shane Archbold

Commonwealth Games gold medallist to turn his back on the track to go professional on the road in Europe.

Sally Johnston knows the price of gold

Sally Johnston

It's one of the more expensive gold medals and it still resides in Sally Johnston's handbag for regular show and tell.

Aaron Cruden's 'shame' over night out

Aaron Cruden

All Blacks first five-eighth has expressed his ''embarrassment'' and ''shame'' after missing the All Blacks flight to Argentina.

Tom Taylor's exit opens door for Richie Mo'unga

Richie Mo'unga

Tom Taylor's departure to the All Blacks has opened the door for Richie Mo'unga to start at No 10 for Canterbury.

Brisbane set to get ANBL team again

Brisbane Bullets

Brisbane will have a team in the Australian National Basketball League for the 2015-16 season.

Bulldog Jackson avoids charge over dodgy tackle

Josh Jackson

Bulldogs player Josh Jackson avoids being charged for an awkward tackle on Manly prop Josh Starling.

American football player's inspiring interview

Apollos Hester

US high school football player ditches cliches to give one impressive post-match interview.

Footballer booked for hugging grandmother

Alessandro Florenzi

Referee books striker for running into the stands to celebrate with his 82-year-old grandmother after scoring.

Williamson contemplates bowling left-handed

Kane Williamson

New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson is reportedly switching arms to try to overcome his bowling ban.

Tom Taylor called in to All Blacks squad

Tom Taylor

Canterbury first five gets another shot with the ABs after Aaron Cruden was left out of the team after alcohol incident.

Cruden left at home after night out drinking

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden keeps quiet after big night out causes him to miss tour and disappoint his coach in the process. | Hansen ruthless

Kiwis defend world surf lifesaving title in France

Black Fins

New Zealand have defended their world surf lifesaving title during a golden day in France.

Aaron Cruden unlikely to turn out for Turbos

Aaron Cruden

All Blacks star may have been kicked off the Argentina trip, but he's unlikely to re-join the Turbos, coach says.
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