Keeper's resilience on display as OlyWhites advance to quarterfinals video

OlyWhites coach Danny Hay congratulates Michael Woud after his strong bounce-back performance against Romania.

Michael Woud bounced back from his mistakes against Honduras to deny Romania and set up a quarterfinal against hosts Japan on Saturday.

Silver lining for New Zealand as Fiji make it two straight golds in men's sevens video

Dejected New Zealand players contemplate their defeat in the final of the Olympic men's sevens tournament in Fiji.

The fabulous Fijians had just too much strikepower for the All Blacks Sevens in the Olympic final.

NZ rowers line up medal charge at Tokyo Olympics video

Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler of New Zealand on their way to victory in the women's rowing pair semifinal at the ...

The rowing team have given themselves a chance of equalling their record medal haul from London 2012.

Simone Biles withdraws from all-around competition video

Simone Biles, of the United States, leaves a medical station during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 ...

Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title, opting to focus on her mental wellbeing.

Brown denies RTS release means they've given up on NRL season video

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will leave his teammates to fly back to New Zealand on Thursday.

Warriors coach claims people critical of RTS decision don't understand the facts.

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Australia leave it late against Black Sticks men

Kane Russell, right, pictured in a prior game, opened the scoring for New Zealand with a cracking penalty corner.

Australia score three late goals to pull away from Black Sticks men at Tokyo Olympics.

Daniell, Venus into semifinals after defeating Colombian favourites in thriller

Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell got off for a flying start against the Colombians in the quarterfinals, but then found ...

The Kiwi duo knocked out the No 3 seeds from Colombia to move to being on the brink of winning an Olympic medal.

'I gave everything': Patrick Bevin makes top-10 in world-class field

Patrick Bevin in action during the men’s time trial at the Fuji International Speedway.

Patrick Bevin has finished 10th in the men's time trial, 2min 20.10sec down on winner Primoz Roglic, who stunned the field by going more than a minute faster than everyone else.

Lewis Clareburt swims NZ record in qualifying third fastest in 200m medley video

Lewis Clareburt swam a personal best in the 200m IM heats.

Three days after the disappointment of the 400m final, Clareburt storms home to progress to the 200m semis.

Recap: Tokyo Olympics day five video

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Kane Russell #21 of Team New Zealand celebrates scoring with Jake Smith #11 and Dane Lett #4 of ...

Day five of the Tokyo Olympics ended with NZ falling short against Australia in the hockey.

Burling, Tuke flex medal-winning muscle as Kiwi sailors' fortunes turn video

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had a good day at the office on Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

Rio gold medallists make their move after a slow first day, while another duo make a flying start to their campaign.

Why even my initial cynicism couldn't withstand Ted Lasso's charms video

Jason Sudeikis is Ted Lasso.

REVIEW: Jason Sudeikis' character's warmth and optimism is infectious, while the show is a celebration of the beautiful game and the English language.

Recap: Coach Danny Hay reflects on 'historic' OlyWhites result

OlyWhites coach Danny Hay congratulates Michael Woud after his strong bounce-back performance against Romania.

NZ have booked a spot in the Olympics football quarterfinal for the first time, after they drew against Romania.

Standing up to 'I'm fine': What we can all learn from Simone Biles' bravery video

Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition citing mental health reasons.

OPINION: It doesn’t matter if you’re an Olympic gold medallist, a stay at home mum or a CEO, there are only so many times you can tell yourself "I'm fine".

Biles' Olympic scratch shines line on mental health in gymnastics

Simone Biles of Team United States watches her team perform on bars after pulling out of the competition on day four of ...

The gymnastics world lauded Simone Biles for what could be a game-changing move, as she stepped away from competition to prioritise her mental health.

opinion

Simone Biles has the terrifying 'twisties': NZ-based former US gymnastics champion says video

Simone Biles stumbles upon landing after competing in vault during the women's team final.

I blame myself, the media, public expectations and projections for Simone’s sudden onset of mental health issues, writes former US champion Scott Wilbanks.

Mark Reason: These Tokyo Olympics are The Crying Games video

OPINION: You can mask faces and winning smiles, but you can't mask stunning sporting achievements, writes Mark Reason.

Decreasing stadium capacity is a betrayal for Canterbury video

'The greatest honour': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron video

Rugby

Shannon Frizell suspended for opening Bledisloe Cup test video

Shannon Frizell outside the Dunedin District Court on Tuesday after he appeared on assault charges.

Frizell's two-match suspension also takes in a Super Rugby game for which he had been stood down.

Erasmus continues war of words with Gatland

Rassie Erasmus also shrugged off criticism from former England and Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward. (File photo)

Rassie Erasmus' comments come a day after bizarre Twitter outburst about refereeing decisions in the Springboks' first Test loss.

NZ grants Wallabies 'exemption' for Bledisloe video

Ardie Savea of the All Blacks is tackled during the Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the ...

The Australian rugby team has been given an “economic exemption” to enter New Zealand so a Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park can go ahead.

All Blacks confirm USA test in Washington video

The All Blacks haka will be a hit in Washington.

America's bid to host World Cups ramps up with October test against ABs in capital.

Cricket

Two Black Caps receive medals as part of Mace Tour video

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The Sport Minister, Grant Robertson, presented Black Caps Jeet Raval and William ...

Jeet Raval and William Somerville were given their World Test Cricket medals during a ceremony in the Eden Park changing rooms.

Championship silverware en route to Invercargill

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson holds the World Test Championship mace aloft after being crowned world champions. New ...

Southlanders will get the chance to catch a glimpse of world sporting glory up close in Invercargill on Sunday.

Cricket fans happy to see Black Caps as tour starts in north

Kerikeri cricket fans Dee Dee, Martin and Rico Stotter were excited to get a photo with the Mace, after watching the ...

Whangārei cricket fans were more excited to see their favourite Black Caps than the shining Mace, as a nationwide tour kicked off.

Australia v West Indies ODI suspended due to positive Covid-19 case

Australia's ODI side will have to spend some time in isolation after their match against the Windies was called off.

The ICC announced that 'all personnel inside the bubble will be placed into isolation' after at the game at Kensington Oval in Barbados was halted.

women in sport

Fairweather's schoolmates burst with pride at Tokyo Olympics feats video

Erika Fairweather's Kavanagh College schoolmates watch her compete in the 400m final at the Tokyo Olympics. Deputy head ...

Hundreds of schoolmates gathered for a special assembly at Kavanagh College in Dunedin on Monday for the Olympic women’s 400m freestyle final.

'I feel optimistic for change': The transgender Olympians blazing a trail in Tokyo video

Midfielder Quinn, left, was a member of the Canadian team that won bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women's football team, the opening match of the Games carried more emotional weight than their previous appearances.

The Stars consign Magic to 14th straight defeat in final game

Jamie Hume was the top-scorer for the Stars in their final game against the Magic (file photo).

Amigene Metcalfe’s reign as Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic coach has ended with yet another crushing defeat.

Gold at age 13, Momiji Nishiya gives Japan street skateboarding sweep video

Silver medallist Rayssa Leal of Brazil, left, congratulates women’s skateboarding winner Momiji Nishiya.

Momiji Nishiya of Japan won the first Olympic skateboard competition for women on Monday, giving the host nation a sweep of golds in the Games debut street event.

Football

Why even my initial cynicism couldn't withstand Ted Lasso's charms video

Jason Sudeikis is Ted Lasso.

REVIEW: Jason Sudeikis' character's warmth and optimism is infectious, while the show is a celebration of the beautiful game and the English language.

Recap: Coach Danny Hay reflects on 'historic' OlyWhites result

OlyWhites coach Danny Hay congratulates Michael Woud after his strong bounce-back performance against Romania.

NZ have booked a spot in the Olympics football quarterfinal for the first time, after they drew against Romania.

Women’s football on the rise in Oceania video

Torijan Lyne-Lewis playing for Wairarapa United.

The Oceania Football Confederation has launched a women's football strategy - a first in the region. Ashley Stanley learns how OFC want to get two competitive teams into the 2027 World Cup

Quarterfinals place up for grabs for OlyWhites footballers video

Chris Wood celebrates his goal for the OlyWhites against Honduras, which came from an end-to-end passing move.

If they beat Romania, they'll be into the knockouts for the first time, while a draw could also be enough, and they're hoping they can turn in their best effort yet.

League

Brown denies RTS release means they've given up on NRL season video

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will leave his teammates to fly back to New Zealand on Thursday.

Warriors coach claims people critical of RTS decision don't understand the facts.

Second Warriors player joins RTS on plane home as injuries hit hard video

Addin Fonua-Blake and Matt Lodge will be missing from the Warriors clash with the Tigers.

With a second player returning home with RTS, injury-hit Warriors can't even name a full squad.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has played his final game for the Warriors video

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has played his last game for the Warriors.

The Warriors captain will return from Australia early because of the border closing and will begin his rugby career early.

'Thin' Sharks await Johnson injury scans video

The Shark's Kiwi star Shaun Johnson has suffered a hamstring injury. (File photo).

Cronulla face losing Shaun Johnson for some time due to a hamstring injury but could get Matt Moylan back for their NRL clash with Manly.

Basketball

Breakers to receive payout as NBL shares spoils of its 'game-changing' TV deal

Tai Webster and the NZ Breakers will be back in action in the Aussie NBL from mid-October, Covid permitting.

Aussie NBL owner confirms they were chasing a deal in the range of $20m and are happy with what they got.

Pelicans trading Steven Adams to Grizzlies - report video

Steven Adams' first season with the Pelicans was not a standout statistically, but he still made an impact.

Kiwi NBA star looks to be on the move again as complicated deal signals trade from New Orleans to Memphis.

USA men's basketballers lose to France to end streak

United States' Jrue Holiday (L) fights for a loose ball with France's Thomas Heurtel during France's basketball victory ...

A star-studded team of NBA stars faded to lose to the French by seven points.

Covid-19 ends Kiwi basketballer's college season in US

Langton says Covid-19 left her with excruciating headaches and a fever and she was bedridden for days.

Eva Langton wanted to come home to NZ after Isolating alone in a Texas college dorm room, where Covid-19 made her body drip with sweat and ended her basketball season.

Golf

DeChambeau, Rahm out of Olympics after positive Covid tests

United States' Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for Covid-19 before leaving the United States for the Olympics and ...

Two recent US Open champions fall victim to Covid-19, Rahm for the second time.

Lydia Ko's sensational eagle to finish Evian Championship

Lydia Ko sprays Evian Championship winner Minjee Lee with champagne after the Australian won her first major title.

NZ golfer saves best for last on tricky final day in France to set herself up nicely for Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics: Bryson DeChambeau tests positive for Covid-19, will miss Games video

Bryson DeChambeau’s Olympic dream is over after he tested positive for Covid-19 before leaving the United States.

Team USA forced into a late change, drafting in former Masters champion Patrick Reed to replace the world No 6.

Ko third in Evian Championship ahead of final round video

Lydia Ko of New Zealand reacts to a putt on the 18th hole during day three of the Evian Championship in France. She is ...

The Kiwi star carded another strong round, with three birdies, but remains six shots behind the leader.

Netball

The Stars consign Magic to 14th straight defeat in final game

Jamie Hume was the top-scorer for the Stars in their final game against the Magic (file photo).

Amigene Metcalfe’s reign as Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic coach has ended with yet another crushing defeat.

Home court advantage 'massive' for Steel

Southern Steel centre Kate Heffernan in action Against Central Pulse at the ANZ Premiership netball game in Stadium ...

The passion for netball is well and truly alive in Southland with the Southern Steel locking in an ANZ premiership elimination final in Invercargill.

Steel to host elimination final after Tactix stumble

Mystics' midcourter Tayla Earle and Tactix defender Karin Burger compete for an aerial ball on Sunday.

Tactix lose their final round clash to the Mystics, meaning they'll have to go to Invercargill for ANZ Premiership elimination final.

Silver Fern Karin Burger thriving in first season at goal defence

Karin Burger has been in brilliant form in her first full season at goal defence for the Tactix.

A switch from wing defence to goal defence has resulted in career-best form for Silver Ferns and Tactix standout.

Tennis

'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat

Daniil Medvedev struggled in the intense heat in Tokyo on Wednesday against Fabio Fognini.

The Russian star asked the umpire if he'd be responsible if he died on court due to exhaustion.

Olympics pressure 'a bit much' for Osaka video

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round ...

Poster girl for the Tokyo Games reflects on her early exit in the tennis, saying this loss "sucks more than the others".

Kiwis into men's doubles quarters after opponent tests positive for Covid-19

Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus are through to the quarterfinals in Tokyo.

Dutch tennis star Jean-Julian Rojer tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match against Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

Tokyo cauldron lighter Naomi Osaka speaks after media ban video

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, speaks with journalists after defeating China's Zheng Saisai at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Naomi Osaka broke her press conference ban by talking about her pride at lighting the cauldron for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

combat sports

Nyika's opponent claims of social media abuse from Kiwis, after bite attempt video

David Nyika's opponent Youness Baalla appears to bite the Kiwi boxer.

After he attempted to bite Nyika, the Moroccan boxer claims he has been hit with social media abuse from Kiwis.

Nyika wins on Olympic debut after attempted bite by Moroccan fighter video

David Nyika won on his Olympic debut after an attempted bite from Morocco’s Youness Baalla.

Hamilton heavyweight advances to quarterfinals in Tokyo after a win where his opponent committed an 'intolerable action' and was later disqualified.

'I belong on the podium': Nyika eyes historic gold in Tokyo video

David Nyika failed to qualify for the last Olympics in Rio in 2016.

The Hamilton heavyweight is one of the highest ranked fighters for his only crack at New Zealand's first Olympic boxing medal since David Tua's bronze in 1992.

Refugee upsets two-time Olympic taekwondo gold medallist

Iran's Nahid Kiyani, left, attacks Kimia Alizadeh during the Refugee Olympic Team athlete’s stunning 18-9 victory in Tokyo.

Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh shocked two-time Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16.

Racing

Greyhound official disqualified for two years after placing 200 bets

Laing was disqualified for two years. (File photo)

Licenced greyhound starter Daniel Laing brought the integrity of the grey racing industry into question when he placed bets at race meetings he officiated, authority says.

Thomas left his mark on southern harness racing

Former Invercargill Harness Racing Club president Lex Thomas died in Invercargill recently.

Racing, rugby and real estate made up a big part of Lex Thomas’s life.

Tylers nominate 15 horses for race meeting

Full Fury, No 3, wins at Wingatui racecourse in Dunedin in June. He is one of 15 horses that Kelvin and Aimee Tyler have ...

In the early hours of some mornings Kelvin Tyler often lies in bed making plans for his racing stable.

Greyhound races canned after dogs test positive for canine coronavirus

The infected greyhounds will be isolated. (FILE PHOTO)

Six racing meets have been cancelled in Christchurch after an outbreak of the infectious virus, which is not related to Covid-19.

Motorsport

Audi reveals the remarkable RS Q e-tron that will tackle the Dakar rally video

Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar Rally

Audi's RS Q e-tron is part test bed, part Hot Wheel car, all wild rally beast.

Motorcycle race tragedy - 14-year-old rider killed in horror crash

Hugo Millan, 14, died in a motorcycle crash while racing in Spain.

Hugo Millan crashed while in second place and got hit "square on" by rival as he tried to move away.

Courtney Duncan more interested in winning world title than defending it video

Courtney Duncan celebrates her 2020 world championship glory.

The Kiwi star is chasing her third consecutive world title but has a different mindset to help combat complacency.

F1 condemns racist abuse of Lewis Hamilton following crash

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was targeted following the Mercedes driver's crash with rival Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

Other sports

Biles' Olympic scratch shines line on mental health in gymnastics

Simone Biles of Team United States watches her team perform on bars after pulling out of the competition on day four of ...

The gymnastics world lauded Simone Biles for what could be a game-changing move, as she stepped away from competition to prioritise her mental health.

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten can celebrate now, after winning time trial

Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands celebrates after winning gold in the women’s time trial.

Annemiek van Vleuten roared to an emphatic victory, exacting a measure of revenge for some miscommunication that may have cost her gold in the road race last weekend.

Bouncing back: Katie Ledecky finally wins gold video

Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the women's 1500m freestyle final.

The American star bounced back from the worst finish of her brilliant Olympic career to take the first-ever gold medal in the women's 1500m freestyle.

Olympic officials apologise after world champion pulled from bike by security video

Anna van der Breggen in action during the women’s time trial at the 2016 Olympic Games.

There has been more drama for the Dutch cycling team with world time trial champion Anna van der Breggen pulled from her bike by a security guard during a recon ride.

esport

Logitech McLaren G Challenge returns

The G Challenge returns for the fourth year running.

Logitech and McLaren have returned for the fourth running of the G Challenge, an online racing competition against some of the world's best.

Red Bull Campus Clutch Global Challenge comes to an exciting end

Champions Mamas boys celebrate their victory.

Six teams from New Zealand universities squared off in a slogging match for bragging rights and the chance to represent Aotearoa on the global stage.

Esports industry in New Zealand 'hasn't even started'

Sean Kaiwai – AKA Gratisfaction – is New Zealand’s top-earning esports star.

While Kiwi Esports stars are breaking through, the country's esports industry is falling behind. Even the wider gaming industry has a long way to go.

Iwi brings esports arena to Taranaki

Memory Whakatutu, 11, and Cale Jenkins, 11, from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Ruanui enjoys the new eSports arena, ...

An iwi office in South Taranaki has become a portal for young people into the multi-billion-dollar world of esports.

aims games

Swimming for the future

Ready for a swimming lesson in the Central Southland Community Pool at Winton, from left, Mackenzie Gentle, Johnston ...

Southland swimmers wanting to qualify for national events will go against the clock in Winton on November 1.

AIMS Games cancelled video

The AIMS Games in Tauranga will not take place in 2020 due to Covid-19 complications.

Covid-19 puts paid to hugely popular school sports event for 2020.

Record AIMS Games returns

Front and centre: Gianna and Emina Tiatia (left and right in the foreground) competed in netball at the AIMS Games.

Popular national schools tournament injects nearly $6.5 million into region's economy.

AIMS Games highlights video

Catch all the highlights from a thrilling week of AIMS Games in Tauranga.

All the highlights from six days of sporting competition.

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