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'Tougher edge' sharpens Slade's resolve

Colin Slade

Not so long ago Colin Slade wasn't convinced the Crusaders had it in them to win all their away games against the Lions, Cheetahs and Chiefs.

Ko embarrassed by NZ Golf

Lydia Ko

OPINION: Lydia Ko apparently feels uncomfortable about the debate swirling around her.

Confident Canes find A-Game

Mark Hammett

Stop us if you can; That's the challenge Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has laid down to the Reds.

Bird banned but won't miss a match

Dominic Bird

Dominic Bird has copped a one-week suspension but won't miss a match because the Crusaders have the bye.

Tactix shooter impresses Fowler-Reid

Mwai Kumwenda

Mwai Kumwenda's sparkling play in the shooting circle has caught the attention of one of the best in the business.

Improved Black Sticks earn creditable draw

Dean Couzins

Skipper Dean Couzins celebrated his 300th hockey test for New Zealand by leading his team to a respectable 1-1 draw against world No 1 Australia in Perth on Saturday night.

Canterbury pair impress White Sox coach

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New Zealand White Sox on an unbeaten run in the first two days of the Southern Cross Challenge softball tournament in Christchurch.

Hareb bundled out in second round

Paige Hareb

The 50th anniversary of the iconic Rip Curl Pro at Victoria's Bells Beach was nothing to celebrate for New Zealand's leading surfer Paige Hareb yesterday after she was eliminated in the second round of competition.

Dagg's courage earns high praise

Todd Blackadder

The Crusaders' charge has ground to a halt.

Ko well off the pace

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko had her second-worst finish of the LPGA Tour golf season but still pocketed more than $13,000 from her week's work in Hawaii.

Better lineouts, discipline needed - Retallick

Brodie Retallick

Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick says his team have to fix their discipline and their lineout errors in a hurry.

Christchurch rider primed to win Tour de Lakes

Tour de Lakes race

Christchurch rider Daniel Barry has a hold on the yellow jersey heading into the final day in the annual Tour de Lakes A-grade cycle race.

Sunderland cast-off on Phoenix books

Alejandro Gorrin

They are excited by his signing, but the Wellington Phoenix say Alejandro Gorrin is not a marquee player.

Lady luck turns against Chiefs

Israel Folau

Lady luck finally deserted the Chiefs as a run of scrappy form caught up with the defending Super Rugby champions in Hamilton.

Time for Saints to make some noise

Corey Webster

They are walking the walk, but coach Shane Heal wants his Wellington Saints to start talking the talk in today's top-of-the-table NBL clash.

Judicial hearing to follow attack on ref

Whetu Barber

Otorohanga rugby prop Whetu Barber will face the Waikato Rugby Union judiciary on Wednesday night and possibly an assault charge after a referee was struck in Morrinsville on Good Friday.

Cruden's absence starting to show

Sam Whitelock

The Chiefs might be starting to find out the realities of playing Super Rugby without their talismanic pivot Aaron Cruden running the show.

McCullum's bold knock not enough for Chennai

Brendon McCullum

There was a moment in Brendon McCullum's Indian Premier League debut for Chennai, which summed him up as a cricketer.

Form fullback rues second half blues

Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall didn't get the result he wanted against his former team despite a strong game in his favourite position.

Shameful second quarter sinks Rams

Matt Rogers

The Canterbury Rams are fast developing an affliction for the second-quarter blues.

Waitara's Rona scores on debut for Cowboys

Curtis Rona

As controversy clouded North Queensland's loss to Manly on a far from Good Friday there was at least a silver lining for the luckless NRL club in the form of Waitara-born wing Curtis Rona.

Effort there, but not execution at Warriors

Sam Tomkins

New Zealand Warriors are pleading for the patience the club's board would not extend to Matt Elliott.

'Scary' situation ends Schwalger's season

John Schwalger

Coach reveals the seriousness of the season-ending blood clots on prop John Schwalger's lungs.

Anxious wait over Foran's diagnosis

Kieran Foran

Kiwis' selectors will be hoping expert medical opinion will overrule Kieran Foran's self diagnosis.

Steven Adams makes his NBA playoff debut

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CLIFF BRUNT - AP

Kiwi Steven Adams blocked three shots in 86 seconds as his team beat the Memphis Grizzlies.

Waikato-BOP Magic summon win over Mystics

Temepara Bailey

Waikato-Bay of Plenty bounce back to beat the Northern Mystics.

Raiders steal victory over Storm with late try

Paul Vaughan

DAVID BARBELER - AAP

League gods deliver Melbourne a dose of karma with a last-gasp 24-22 loss to the Raiders.

Geary holds on in Auckland on the Charles Tour

Josh Geary

Mt Maunganui golfer Josh Geary has held on to win the Charles Tour's Akarana Open by two shots.

Queensland Firebirds down Swifts in Brisbane

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JOSH ALSTON - AAP

The Queensland Firebirds' trans-Tasman netball championship finals hopes stayed afloat with a rousing 55-40 win over the NSW Swifts in Brisbane.

Hareb eliminated in Bell's Beach second round

Paige Hareb

The 50th anniversary of the iconic Rip Curl Pro at Victoria's Bells Beach was nothing to celebrate for NZ's leading surfer Paige Hareb after she was eliminated in the second round.

Foran 'unlikely' for Anzac Test with knee injury

Kieran Foran

CHRIS BARCLAY - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwis' selectors hoping expert medical opinion will overrule Kieran Foran's self diagnosis following leg injury.

Disappointing finish for Lydia Ko earns her $13k

Lydia Ko

FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ News

The 16-year-old had her second-worst finish of the LPGA Tour but still pocketed $13,000 in Hawaii.

Raptors drop expletive, game to Brooklyn

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STEVE KEATING - Reuters

The NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Boggy Hastings track perfect for Intransigent

Kirsty Lawrence

JOHN JENKINS - © Fairfax NZ News

Waipukurau trainer Kirsty Lawrence's galloper provided her with her biggest moment in racing yesterday.

Alex Leapai taking Tua big a heavyweight leap

Alex Leapai

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ News

He's the second Samoan to box for the world heavyweight title but Alex Leapai faces the same challenges as David Tua in 2000.

Rahman done with diapers, ready to fight again

Hasim ‘‘The Rock’’ Rahman delivers a heavy right to David Tua during their bout in 2003

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

Reacquainting himself with the heavy bag should be easier than fatherhood for Hasim Rahman.

Kiwi rookie impresses veteran V8 driver Kelly

Todd Kelly

Nissan's Todd Kelly has emerged as one of Scott McLaughlin's biggest fans, even though he drives for a rival team.

McLaughlin's too hot to jandal

Badminton EBC

Thirteen words Scott McLaughlin said after winning podium spot in Adelaide have taken his fame to astronomical levels.

Pukekohe circuit cannot be tamed - Murphy

Greg Murphy

Iconic Kiwi driver Greg Murphy, the "King of Pukekohe", talks about how to navigate the circuit.

Kiwis who keep the pit lane humming

Badminton EBC

Ford Performance Racing employs four NZers who play an important part in making their cars as fast as possible

Kemp: Warriors are missing lucky charm

NZ Warriors

OPINION: There's no doubting the fact this Warriors team is brimming with talent - so why aren't they sitting on the top of the NRL?

Video killed the rugby league star

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OPINION: A sneak peak at the future of rugby league, if the trend to using video refereeing continues.

Warriors look to fix leaking in the centres

Peta Hiku of the Sea Eagles is tackled by Luke Brooks of the Tigers.

After losing out on Peta Hiku, Warriors look at other options at centre.

Big name dumpings good news for some

Dominique Peyroux

Dominique Peyroux and Ngani Laumape have benefited from Andrew McFadden's brief tenure as Warriors coach.

Marshall may be dropped to development side

Benji Marshall

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

Benji Marshall's unexpected audition at first five-eighth was further proof that he is struggling.

NZ should have an AFL team, says former star

AFL

JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ News

Former AFL player Danny Frawley talks about what to look out for ahead of historic Anzac Day clash in Wellington.

Fekitoa the centre of attention

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa is a bit of a Lone Ranger at the moment.

Greyhounds 'a bloodbath'; injury toll too high

greyhound

More than 90 dogs have suffered serious injuries on the track since late 2012, with 64 euthanised.

Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

Harry Kane

JOSH REICH - Reuters

Fulham's chances of remaining in the EPL suffered a major blow when they lost 3-1 at Tottenham.

Slade seals one-point victory for Crusaders

Crusaders

They didn't score a try but the Crusaders snatched a rare Super Rugby away victory over the Chiefs.
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