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Kane Williamson happy with progress made by Black Caps in UAE

Stand-in skipper says improvements in key areas were cream on top of ODI series win over Pakistan.

Hamish Rutherford 'defintely' opening for NZ in Boxing Day test

Black Caps selector confirms Otago batsman will partner Tom Latham in Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka.

Otago beat Canterbury in Plunket Shield match

Otago have won their first Plunket Shield game of the season, beating Canterbury by 82-runs.

MS Dhoni: India's new test vintage nearly ready

India captain believes new-look test team, while beaten comprehensively by Australia, is moving in the right direction.

Jarryd Hayne back in Sydney due to visa issue

Former league star trying to convert as a running back in the NFL forced back to Australia.

Auckland City FC beat Cruz Azul at Fifa Club World Cup

Coach reflects on the incredible effort of his semi-professional team, winning the respect of top footballers worldwide.

Robert Berridge splits from promoter Duco Events

An alcohol-fuelled incident at Fight for Life believed to be the catalyst for termination of boxer's contract.

Canterbury Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle reveals her alopecia areata

Kiwi breaking ground in the NRL as first woman club boss in 15 years opens up about personal and professional challenges.

Ivan Vicelich wins Fifa Club World Cup Bronze Ball

Kiwi shares handshakes and hugs with world-leading footballers Ronaldo and Ramos at the Club World Cup.

Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup

Ramos and Bale score for in a bruising Club World Cup final to extend their club's unbeaten streak to 22.

103-year-old sets record for oldest golfer to make a hole-in-one

New record believed set for the oldest person to hit a hole-in-one, though it's not his first having hit seven before.

Steven Adams 'sneaky, dirty' in Thunder-Lakers NBA game

Kiwi NBA centre cops a verbal lashing after his in-your-face defence drives opponent into the "crazy house".

Mark McGrath eliminated at world darts championship

New Zealand competitor at the world darts championship knocked out in the preliminaries at the 'Ally Pally'.

Dylan Hartley sees red for elbow in Premiership match

England hooker could miss the Six Nations through suspension after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barcelona rout

Cordoba crushed 5-0 as star South America signings steal the show for Barcelona FC in La Liga.

Ma'a Nonu heading for France after Rugby World Cup

All Blacks midfielder brings qualities French side "loves", club boss says when confirming two-year deal.

Black Caps third seamer headache for Boxing Day test

Leading domestic wicket-taker Doug Bracewell and tried-and-true Neil Wagner making it tough for selectors.

Manchester United held as Manchester City march on

Manchester United's pursuit of the table-toppers stalled with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

No strikers, no problem for Manchester City

It was a case of no strikers, no problem for Manchester City as they joined Chelsea at top of the EPL.

Weight of expectation no longer burdens Benji Marshall

Auckland Nines provides Dragons playmaker chance to re-enter Eden Park without a sense of trepidation.

Black Caps need quick turnaround ahead of Sri Lanka series

Black Caps need to quickly adjust to NZ conditions, and test cricket, when they arrive home today.

Another Swim NZ restructure puts coaches' jobs on line

Dysfunction deepens at Swimming NZ, with half the high-performance coaching staff set to be axed.

Gifford: It's tea without the sympathy in Abu Dhabi

The number 408, the Test cap number of the late Phillip Hughes, was painted on the Adelaide Oval outfield on Monday.

OPINION: When it comes to marking tragedy, cricket finds showing its sensitive side a difficult balancing act.

Hay: Another window of opportunity opens up for NZ football

OPINION: Optimism around new NZ football regime can use Auckland City's fairytale performance for greater good.

Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz keen for All Whites return

Shane Smeltz hopes a goal against Tahiti is not the last time he celebrates with the All Whites.

Breakers best in league, but complacency nowhere to be found

NZ franchise looking at league-best 12-4 record and focussing not on big number, but smaller one.

Reason: Auckland City's real fellowship of ring-ins

OPINION: We all love an underdog and Auckland City is as mongrel as you get, says Mark Reason.

Wayne Smith set for return to All Blacks for World Cup defence

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith set to rejoin All Blacks for their World Cup defence next year.

Worry over Warriors boss' U-turn on second NZ side

As NZRL boss, Jim Doyle was all for a second Kiwi NRL team, now in charge of the Warriors he's singing a different tune.

Lindsey Vonn continues hot form, exorcises demons

Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race on same course where she re-injured her right knee one year ago.

Alastair Cook stripped of England captaincy, out of World Cup squad

Alastair Cook has been stripped of the England one-day captaincy two months before the Cricket World Cup, and replaced by Eoin Morgan.

Glory thrash Central Coast Mariners 4-1 in Perth

Chris Harold scored a brace to lift Perth Glory to a 4-1 win over Central Coast at nib Stadium.

Darren Sammy blasts Hurricanes to big BBL win

Darren Sammy marked his Big Bash League debut with a batting onslaught for Hobart.

City score late Victory in Melbourne A-League derby

Melbourne City snatched a dramatic 1-0 win in the Victorian derby with a late Erik Paartalu header.

Dale Steyn rips through West Indies, Proteas post huge win

Fast bowler claims 25th five-wicket haul in test cricket to give Proteas an innings and 220-run win in first test.

Freestyle rider Levi Sherwood putting life and limb on the line

Levi Sherwood, the rubber-man of freestyle motorcycling, is often just a moment away from disaster

Australia stumble to victory against India in second test

Hosts six down as they successfully chase 128 to win on fourth day of second test against India in Brisbane.

Pipeline results confirm Ricardo Christie's spot on elite world tour

Ricardo Christie has place on next year’s elite world tour confirmed after results at Pipeline fall his way.

Cairns tragedy has in-form Breakers heading into the unknown

Top-of-the-table NZ franchise head to Cairns unsure of what awaits them after tragedy.

NZ Breakers' Cairns Taipans clash marred by murders

Fresh from extending their league-best record last night, the Breakers are today bound for Cairns.

Fifa set to publish redacted Michael Garcia investigation

Fifa's executive committee votes to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia's investigation.

Pipe Masters: Brazilian Gabriel Medina wins world surfing title

Rankings leader Gabriel Medina has become the first Brazilian man to be crowned world surfing champion.

NBA peers give high praise to Kobe Bryant

The accolades keep coming for Kobe Bryant, and it has nothing to do with stats.

Bad boy Blake Ferguson to make NRL comeback with Roosters

The NRL has agreed to register the contract of Blake Ferguson to play for the Sydney Roosters in 2015.

Matt Henry strikes as Black Caps clinch series

Matt Henry grabs 5-30 as Black Caps defeat Pakistan by 68 runs to clinch the series 3-2.

Still wanting perfection at in-form Manchester United

Ever the perfectionist, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is still chasing the complete performance.

King looks to mop up after Morocco pitch mess

Morocco's king suspends sports minister and orders probe into the state of a soccer field after heavy rain disrupts a match.

Fighting Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

Sepp Blatter is declaring FIFA's crisis to be over and says he will not abandon soccer's governing body.

Actors sought for Cricket World Cup opener

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.
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