Vucinic relishing underdog tag ahead of 'last battle'

Nenad Vucinic

World Cup feels like the ''last battle'' for tough Tall Blacks coach and he's plotting furiously to find one more famous victory.

Footballer scores long-range goal from 70m out

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Footballer in Peru scores remarkable goal from 70m out, stunning opponents and sending his team's supporters delirious.

Titans Kiwi front-rower growing as a professional

Mark Ioane

Former U20 Warrior now Gold Coast front-rower has a growing appreciation of demands placed on a professional footballer.

Waikato coach rings changes for big Harbour clash

Ben Tameifuna

Johnny Walters makes nine changes to Mooloos starting XV for crossover match against North Habour tomorrow night.

Andy Murray overcomes cramp again at US Open

Andy Murray

It got him again, by eight-seeded Briton able to conquer cramp and opponent in US Open second round.

Rugby 'stuck in a bureaucratic time warp'

Jonathan Kaplan

Former top rugby referee Jonathan Kaplan says innovations like a captain's challenge are needed.

Novak Djokovic strolls into US Open third round

Novak Djokovic

World No 1 barely breaks a sweat on a sizzling New York day as he dispatches Frenchman in second round.

Samantha Stosur shell-shocked by US Open exit

Samantha Stosur

Unseeded Estonian beats Australian at US Open after the former major winner squandered two match points.

Champions League draw sets up titanic clashes

Aleksandar Kolarov and Thomas Mueller

Titanic clashes ahead as Champions League groups pit football's biggest club guns against each other.

Cully: Only catering can stop ABs winning Cup

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OPINION: Optimisim for the Wallabies might be forlorn as depth and talent ought to push ABs to WC glory in 2015.

'Gatland's Law' plugging Wales player drain

Warren Gatland

Wales rugby coach brokers deal aimed at stopping player exodus to lucrative French club scene.

Pablo Matera out of Argentina away matches

Pablo Matera

Argentina will be without the outstanding Pablo Matera for their away Rugby Championship matches.

Thomas Doyle called into All Whites

Thomas Doyle

Marco Rojas' unavailablity owing to Germany club commitments paves way to national honours for Phoenix back.

England heading to NZ for White Ferns matches

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Five ODIs and three T20s to be played in New Zealand as part of the ICC Women's Championship.

Serena Williams blasts past Vania King

Serena Williams

World No 1 makes light work of American rival, beating her 6-1 6-0 in the US Open second round.

Ana Ivanovic bundled out of US Open in second round

Ana Ivanovic

Serb star fails to make the third round of a major this year, succombing to big-hitting rival.

NRL coaches say three referees a crowd

Geoff Toovey

NRL referee proposal meets early resistance, but one coach wants more still to have "someone else to yell at".

Des Hasler: Referee decisions 'dumb, dumb, dumb'

Des Hasler

Bulldogs coach lashes out at NRL match officials after penalty-ridden seven-point loss to Rabbitohs.

Tom Walsh finishes sixth in Diamond League event

Tom Walsh

In his final Diamond League outing of the season, Kiwi shot put star throws 20.48m for sixth.

IRB rebranding to better reflect its global quest

Bernard Lapasset

Rugby's governing body changing its name to better reflect its mission statement for worldwide growth.

Jesse Ryder heroics fall short for Essex

Jesse Ryder

Kiwi blasts a belligerent 90, but too much was left to the swashbuckling batter as Essex lose by 67.

Benji Marshall revels in Gareth Widdop partnership

Benji Marshall

He "can't understand his English", but a wink and a nod from Widdop is enough for Benji.

Marina Erakovic knocked out of US Open singles

Marina Erakovic

Kiwi tennis No 1 blows early lead to miss great chance of making the third round of the US Open.

Kiwis on course for five world titles in a row

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

Rowers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have a fifth consecutive world championship title in sight.

America's Cup takes on commercial commissioner

Dr Harvey Schiller

America's Cup organisers appoint well-respected baseball administrator to help evolve the spectacle.

NZ team in second at World Equestrian Games

Mark Todd

Leading Kiwi riders put eventing team in a strong position on opening day of World Equestrian Games.

Southland darts thrower upsets van Gerwen

Warren Parry

Invercargill slaughterman assumes unlikely role of darts giant killer with five-leg streak to beat MVG.

Tall Blacks' tough task in open World Cup pool

Kirk Penny

It's either pool of death or group of opportunity for the Tall Blacks at the World Cup in Spain.

Marty McKenzie shows he belongs in hot seat

Marty McKenzie

By quite a few accounts, Marty McKenzie was asked to lift his game following Taranaki's narrow loss to Hawke's Bay last week.

Jason O’Halloran looks to add to Lions’ misery

Jason O'Halloran

Manawatu coach Jason O'Halloran's amicable nature won't extend to feeling any pity for struggling Wellington side tonight.

John Hardie adds a spark to impressive Stags

John Hardie

Stags 2013 player of the year confirms he's ready to return for the Southland-Otago showdown.

Andrew Hore ready to answer Southland's SOS

Andrew Hore

World Cup-winning All Black Andrew Hore is on standby to play for the Stags.

Joseph Parker a surprise highlight of Polyfest

Joseph Parker

NZ heavyweight boxer makes a surprise visit to the Murihiku Polyfest in Invercargill and turns out to be the star of the show.

Platini rules out contesting the Fifa presidency

Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football.

Wayne Rooney to captain young England side

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney named England captain, taking over leadership role of young team in a rebuilding phase.

South Sydney victory could come at high price

Issac Luke

South Sydney's 21-14 victory over Canterbury could see them lose a number of leading players.

Canterbury machine rolls on, Taniwha beaten

Luke Whitelock

Defending champs continue to impress with third straight big victory, dispatching Northland 48-3 in Christchurch.

Kiwi Raider just happy to be making NRL debut

Jeremy Hawkins

Junior Kiwi Jeremy Hawkins has made his NRL debut and couldn't be happier, despite Canberra's season of woe.

Peter Lee heads NZ group at Queensland Open

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Rotorua's Peter Lee pick of NZ golfers after first round of Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane.

Hooper: Wallabies need to hear home truths

Michael Hooper

Wallabies skipper says team will hear some home truths in their first get-together since thrashing by All Blacks.

Titans coach warns side to front up to Warriors

Neil Henry

Neil Henry has warned his side they're facing a hiding if they don't lift their effort against the Warriors in Auckland.

Top jockey stood down over betting scandal

David Walker

In the biggest scandal to hit racing in years, jockey faces charges of pulling up horse.

Tall Ferns put in good showing against US side

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Inexperienced NZ team continue to box above their weight as they make the most of a rare international experience in China.

Angry Stan Wawrinka shuts up his opponent

Stan Wawrinka

A hot tempered Stan Wawrinka battled into the third round of the US Open with a win over Thomaz Bellucci.

Caroline Wozniacki's bad hair day at US Open

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki painfully got her hair caught in her racquet while hitting a forehand at the US Open.

Glenn Stewart misses out on Brookvale farewell

Glenn Stewart

Manly players are in shock after learning stalwart Glenn Stewart has played his last game for the club.

Arsenal scrape through to Champions League

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal squeezed into the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season, while Swedish champion Malmo secured a spot in the draw for the first time.

Teenager becomes Norway's youngest player

Martin Odegaard

Talented teenager Martin Odegaard became Norway's youngest football international when he started against the United Arab Emirates at the age of 15 years and 253 days.

Venus Williams keeps up with little sis Serena

Venus Williams

Venus Williams kept up with sister Serena, beating 78th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets at the US Open.
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