'Massive risk' of injury at Auckland Nines, says Manly Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett

Trent Barrett suggests Auckland Nines shows 'little regard for player welfare' with Manly and other clubs set to name weakened squads.

Live: Black Caps v Bangladesh - second test, day four

Henry Nicholls and Tim Southee take guard on day four at Hagley Oval.

Chris Wood: Cash or career? Chinese Super League millions or an EPL dream - Tony Smith

OPINION: Cash or career? An All White's conundrum as the Chinese Super League calls.

Paddle medals for top Kiwi females at canoe slalom New Zealand Open

There were some big names on display at the canoe slalom NZ Open at the weekend.

Black Caps v Bangladesh: Weather clears in Christchurch, second test to resume

The covers are off early in Christchurch as groundsmen rush to get day four underway.

Sir Rod Stewart brings rock and roll to the fifth round draw of the Scottish Cup

Live TV awkwardness as rock star pokes football boss during over-the-top lottery draw.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read announces birth of first son, who is a 'future Black Cap'

Kieran Read is picking a bright sporting future for his newborn son - but it doesn't involve rugby.

Ryan Fox achieves another top 20 finish on European tour at HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi

Kiwi golfer goes 8-under to finish tied for 19th in a star-studded Abu Dhabi event on the European Tour.

Diego Costa back with a bang for Chelsea as Arsene Wenger sees red in Arsenal win

Unsettled Chelsea striker stars in victory over Hull, while Arsene Wenger is sent off in 10-man Arsenal's controversial win over Burnley.

All Blacks strip down to their jocks for 'real man' underwear advertising campaign

On-camera giggles as All Blacks stars strip down for a sponsor.

Chris Wood's Leeds United manager denies Kiwi striker has scored Chinese deal

"Speculation is speculation." English club hits back at claims Chinese Super League chasing All White.

Roger Federer emerges as Australian Open favourite with top seeds' early exits

The Joker and Knight are gone, leaving the King as the only ace in the Aussie Open pack.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

Kansas City Royals confirm the death of pitcher Yordano Ventura after a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

Redemption for Ben Stokes who inspires England to thrilling ODI win over India

NZ-born all-rounder bounces back from Eden Gardens nightmare to inspire England to thrilling ODI win.

Premier League champions Leicester slip to new low in loss to Southampton

Premier League champs' grim season shows no sign of looking up as they're thumped by Southampton.

Australian Open: Angelique Kerber knocked out, Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals

Top seed Angelique Kerber is left stunned by world No. 35, while Venus Williams reaches the quarterfinals.

Sebastien Ogier wins fourth straight Monte Carlo Rally after Hayden Paddon's withdrawal

Frenchman claims fourth straight victory in rally marred by tragedy after Hayden Paddon hit and killed a spectator.

Australian Open: Roger Federer's winning streak continues with victory over Kei Nishikori

The iron-man Swiss downed Kei Nishikori in five sets to reach Australian Open quarterfinals.

Australian Open: Andy Murray vows a comeback after shock loss to world No 50

World No 1 admits he's "very down" after a stunning loss to German No. 50 Mischa Zverev.

Junior player disqualified from Australian Open for hitting ball kid

Junior Italian tennis player Maria Vittoria Viviani was sent home from the Australian Open in tears.

David Warner whacks another century as Australia win Pakistan ODI series

Australian batsmen take full advantage of poor Pakistan fielding to triumph in ODI series.

New Plymouth memorial surf comp saw surfers in rough water at Fitzroy Beach

Surfers take on unfavourable waves in honour of Dillon Walsh.

Dame Valerie Adams' coach, Jean-Pierre Egger, retires

Shotput champ Dame Valerie Adams' coach retires, and new set-up partially in place.

Western Sydney Wanderers defeat Jets for first home win

Western Sydney down Jets to move level with Wellington in A-League.

NZ Breakers make it four straight as they hold off fast-finishing Perth Wildcats

The Breakers wobbled late, but hung on for a big win over defending ANBL champs Perth.

Josh Clarkson guides Central Stags to comeback Trophy win

The big-hitting CD batsman helped the visitors come from behind at Seddon Park against ND.

Toyota Racing Series: Frustrating round for Southland's Brendon Leitch at Teretonga Park

Up and down weekend for Brendon Leitch in TRS while fellow Southlander Liam MacDonald against stars in the NZV8s.

Hawke's Bay United snatch draw with Team Wellington in day of late drama in national league

Excitement aplenty in all four Stirling Sports premiership matches on Sunday, with three ending in draws.

Test all-rounder berth an issue for Black Caps selectors as South Africa looms

All-rounder role for Black Caps test squad to play South Africa under scrutiny

Recap: Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets - A-League week 16

Wanderers prove too strong for Jets in Sydney.

Smolda upsets his star stablemate Lazarus to win Ballarat Pacing Cup for second time

Lazarus was the hot favourite, but his stablemate had the fitness edge.

Time still on Black Caps side to win second test against Bangladesh despite washout

Rain wipes out third day of second cricket test between Black Caps and Bangladesh.

Weather bomb can't stop Tim Roe drawing first blood at New Zealand Cycle Classic

A weather bomb dropped itself on Castlepoint just as Tim Roe won the first stage at the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

Eastern Suburbs pounce late to beat unlucky Hamilton Wanderers

Hamilton Wanderers lost 3-1 to Eastern Suburbs, but only after the losers were denied a penalty with the scores level.

Dutch teenager Richard Verschoor retains lead in Toyota Racing Series

Richard Verschoor retains lead in Toyota Racing Series after winning at wet Teretonga Park.

Savaria overcomes long run of bad luck to win the Wellington Cup

Why did Savaria win the Wellington. Because she was the best horse, says her trainer.

Daria Gavrilova: Australia's new tennis queen?

The last local standing at the Australian Open, but she faces a tough fight to make the last eight.

'Is racism legal in France?': Mario Balotelli lashes crowd after monkey chants during game

Italian football star accuses opposition supporters of abusing him during Ligue 1 match, prompting investigation.

Coach marched as Hawke's Bay United salvage 3-3 draw with Team Wellington in tense encounter

Hawke's Bay coach Brett Angell raises the ire of officials as his team earn draw with Team Wellington.

OKC still uncertain on Steven Adams return from concussion as Thunder head for Utah

Kiwi basketball star still under NBA concussion protocol and could miss third straight game for OKC Thunder.

Five rugby players who have gone missing from their teams

After Marty Banks' failure to arrive at his Italian club, we look at 5 players who went missing from their teams.

Treviso wait on word from Marty Banks as Highlanders confirm openness to sign him

Benetton Treviso to wait on word from Marty Banks before deciding what action to take.

Wellington Phoenix defender Jacob Tratt's tackle leaves Brisbane Roar coach seeing red

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi was left fuming after a Jacob Tratt tackle.

'Snooky' Cowan gets his most significant win as a trainer

Hobby trainer shows the big runs how it is done with

Southland cyclist Emily Paterson becomes first female to win OJ Henderson wheel race

"It was nerve-racking knowing all the big boys were coming up behind me."

Try of the day: Wing scores 'wonder try'

Alex Ducker won't forget this try in a hurry as he chips, charges and evades nine opponents.

Liverpool, Tottenham drop points in English Premier League

​Liverpool on the end of big upset as Swansea City repel comeback for first-ever league win at Anfield.

Tears flow as Chapecoense return to action in first match since November plane tragedy

Brazilian club returns to pitch, looking to bounce back from one of football's great tragedies.

Dylan Hartley sharpens rugby tackling technique

Suspension forces England's New Zealand-born hooker Dylan Hartley to sharpen his tackling technique.
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