All Blacks armed, dangerous video

The All Blacks welcome back returning workhorses Kieran Read and Brodie Retallick for Bledisloe I on Saturday.

Steve Hansen has two of his premier forwards back, and will need them for what shapes as a ferocious Wallabies challenge.

Beware the closet ABs fan video

There will be plenty of All Blacks fans in Sydney for the first Bledisloe Cup test.

8:04 AM  The question for Australian fans on Saturday night is, what to do about the closet All Blacks fan?

Tasman outclass Canterbury video

BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 17:Will Jordan of Tasman goes up for the Hugh ball during the round one Mitre 10 Cup ...

Tasman Mako upset reigning champs Canterbury in Blenheim to kick off their provincial season in style.

Stokes back in England team

England's Ben Stokes during a nets session at Trent Bridge during the week.

Allrounder replaces Sam Curran in England team for match against India after being found not guilty of affray.

Modern players are different video

The happier Vaea Fifita is, the greater the impact he can make for the Hurricanes and All Blacks.

OPINION: Vaea Fifita's confusion shows how coaches need to be careful in communicating with players.

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Sodhi knocks out Williamson

Kane Williamson and Yorkshire were knocked out of the T20 Blast on Saturday.

Black Caps team-mates square off in do-or-die match, with the legspinner prevailing against his captain.

How the Wallabies can win video

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is going to  need his team to score plenty of points if he wants to be laughing after ...

OPINION: The magic number that will deliver Bledisloe Cup victory to the Wallabies

Ball tamperer Bancroft replaces Latham

Cameron Bancroft poses for a photo in Darwin in July.

Banned Australian will replace Black Cap Tom Latham at the English county in 2019.

A whole new league

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Krystal Rota of the Kiwi Ferns in action during the women's ANZAC Test match between the ...

I wish I'd cottoned on to the notion of the body being a miracle of engineering yonks ago. I'm reminded of this when I watch female elite athletes. Here are women doing stuff WITH their bodies. Not stuff TO them.

Pakistan cricketer banned

Nasir Jamshed, batting during the 4th ODI against New Zealand in 2014, has been banned for 10 years by the Pakistan ...

Pakistan test cricketer Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years for violating PCB's anti-corruption code.

Storm overcome Eels

Cameron Munster of the Storm jumps on Curtis Scott of the Storm after he scored a try against the Parramatta Eels.

​Melbourne lose three key players mid-match to injury but rally for a courageous win over Eels.

Titans rub salt in Manly's wounds

The Titans celebrate Mitch Rein's try during their thumping 42-34 win over the Manly Sea Eagles at Lottoland.

Sea Eagles in danger of collecting the club's first wooden spoon after embarrassing 42-34 loss to Gold Coast.

No special treatment for Bolt

Usain Bolt gives a sign of approval while training for the Rest of the World football side before their Soccer Aid for ...

Usain Bolt an 'ultra-famous nobody' when he trials with Aussie team Central Coast Mariners.

Bennett's job safe for now

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has been assured he will remain in charge of the NRL club next season.

Broncos boss Paul White repeats his his guarantee that the veteran coach will lead the Broncos next season.

Read had doubts about ABs return video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read: '"I am 100 per cent now in terms of running out and playing the game."

Thoughts of All Blacks skipper's future "floated around" as his back issues reached a critical point.

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A whole new league

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Krystal Rota of the Kiwi Ferns in action during the women's ANZAC Test match between the ...

I wish I'd cottoned on to the notion of the body being a miracle of engineering yonks ago. I'm reminded of this when I watch female elite athletes. Here are women doing stuff WITH their bodies. Not stuff TO them.

The Keith Murdoch affair in 2018 video

OPINION: An All Black embroiled in a hotel scuffle in 2018 would almost certainly be sent home, writes Tony Smith.

The AB back with most to prove video

Cheika to the NRL?

Rugby

Read's doubts about return video

All Blacks captain Kieran Read: '"I am 100 per cent now in terms of running out and playing the game."

Returning All Blacks skipper says he's in "a good space" as he readies for a special return to Bledisloe action in Sydney.

The Murdoch affair in 2018 video

Keith Murdoch was sent home from the All Blacks' 1972-73 European tour after a scuffle at a Cardiff hotel.

OPINION: An All Black player embroiled in a hotel scuffle in 2018 would almost certainly be sent home, writes Tony Smith.

Wallabies seek balance for ABs video

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper leads the way during the captain's run at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Friday.

Michael Hooper knows too well what can go wrong if Australia overcook things against the ABs in Saturday's Bledisloe I.

Will Beaudy thrive in Bledisloe test? video

Beauden Barrett has a chance to silence the calls for Richie Mo'unga to be top dog.

OPINION: Will All Black No 10 silence doubters? Is Michael Cheika ready to explode? Five burning Bledisloe questions.

Cricket

Pakistan cricketer banned

Nasir Jamshed, batting during the 4th ODI against New Zealand in 2014, has been banned for 10 years by the Pakistan ...

Pakistan test cricketer Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years for violating PCB's anti-corruption code.

Stokes returns to England squad video

Ben Stokes of England joined his teammates in the nets.

No decision over whether the all-rounder will start for third test against India.

Taylor plunders after let-off video

Ross Taylor of Jamaica Tallawahs hit an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park.

He was out for six, but a no-ball gave Ross Taylor a reprieve and he cut loose in Kingston.

Fleming on Stead's list video

Stephen Fleming has coached T20 in Australia and India and is willing to help the Black Caps.

Names like Fleming, Vettori and Bond are in Gary Stead's sights as Black Caps T20 assistant coaches.

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How the Wallabies can win

OPINION: The magic number that will deliver Bledisloe Cup victory to the Wallabies

Football

No special treatment for Bolt

Usain Bolt gives a sign of approval while training for the Rest of the World football side before their Soccer Aid for ...

Usain Bolt an 'ultra-famous nobody' when he trials with Aussie team Central Coast Mariners.

La Liga matches heading to US

Gareth Bale (left) and Real Madrid took on Juventus in an International Champions Cup pre-season friendly near ...

La Liga strikes 15-year deal to bring at least one league match to the US.

Red-hot Rooney on target again video

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has made a spectacular start to his MLS career at DC United.

Former England captain continues his impressive start to life in the US with a double for DC United.

Man City in racism storm

Manchester City have launched a racism probe after comments from a youth scout.

Man City in racism storm after scout labels black players 'BBQs' - meaning big, black and quick.

League

Storm overcome Eels

Cameron Munster of the Storm jumps on Curtis Scott of the Storm after he scored a try against the Parramatta Eels.

​Melbourne lose three key players mid-match to injury but rally for a courageous win over Eels.

Titans rub salt in Manly's wounds

The Titans celebrate Mitch Rein's try during their thumping 42-34 win over the Manly Sea Eagles at Lottoland.

Sea Eagles in danger of collecting the club's first wooden spoon after embarrassing 42-34 loss to Gold Coast.

Bennett's job safe for now

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has been assured he will remain in charge of the NRL club next season.

Broncos boss Paul White repeats his his guarantee that the veteran coach will lead the Broncos next season.

Maguire dismisses Broncos rumours

Kiwis coach Michael Maguire says he has had no contact with the Broncos over the head coach position.

Reports of an approach by the Broncos is news to Kiwis coach Michael Maguire.

Basketball

New Zealand basketball stalwart dies

Justin Toebes with former Saints player and basketball mentor Kenny McFadden in 2010.

He was once the lawyer for high-flying Terry Serepisos, but was revered for his commitment to basketball.

Adams up for LeBron battle video

Steven Adams passed on his knowledge to youngsters in Takanini, South Auckland on Thursday.

Kiwi baller up for more showdowns with the NBA king pin after his off-season move to the same conference.

Adams not ready for Tall Blacks video

Steven Adams at his press conference in south Auckland said he's a Tall Blacks supporter.

Kiwi NBA star says he'll play for New Zealand when the time is right.

Breakers to play in Invercargill

Dillon Boucher said he was thrilled to bring the NBL into the regions.

The Breakers will play in Invercargill as part of the regional games it has been announced.

Golf

Ko eighth in LPGA video

New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits her third shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Indy Women In Tech ...

NZ golfer Lydia Ko carded eight birdies to be four shots off the pace in Indianapolis.

Golfer Hillier out

Golfer Daniel Hillier was unable to emulate the feats of fellow Kiwi Danny Lee at the US Amateur Championship.

Kiwi golfer Daniel Hillier has been unable to continue his impressive run in the US Amateur Championship.

Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham video

Brandt Snedeker celebrates his birdie putt on the ninth hole, his last, for a 59 at Sedgefield Country Club.

American golfer becomes 10th player to shoot 59 in PGA Tour history.

Hillier's US roll continues

New Zealand's Daniel Hillier was top seed for the US Amateur matchplay round of 64.

One win down, five to go for gun Kiwi golfer Daniel Hillier at the prestigious US Amateur.

Netball

International netball is back

Mainland Tactix defender Zoe Walker speaks at the welcoming ceremony for the Super Club netball competition at Nelson ...

The teams are in Nelson ahead of the Super Club international netball tournament.

From South Africa to Silver Ferns video

Karin Burger has been selected in the Silver Ferns on the back of a standout season with the Central Pulse.

Karin Burger's Silver Ferns call-up helps erase the pain of losing netball final.

Langman, Kopua will raise bar

Laura Langman and Casey Kopua face up to South Africa prior to a 2012 test.

OPINION: Recalling legendary Silver Ferns duo is a boon, not a blunder, this close to the 2019 World Cup.

Ferns duo relishing return video

Former Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua has no regrets about retiring from international netball last year.

Casey Kopua and Laura Langman are delighted to be back as Silver Ferns selectors wind back the clock.

Tennis

Serena's coach told her to stop breastfeeding video

Serena Williams, pictured playing this week, was told by her coach to stop breastfeeding to return to peak physical ...

Tennis star and recent mother found advice 'hard to take from a guy'.

Davis Cup overhauled for 2019

Rafael Nadal is expected to play for Spain in the new Davis Cup competition next year.

Davis Cup gets a radical overhaul in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some lustre.

Djokovic wins in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, in the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament.

Former world No 1 is inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career.

Murray: 5 sets bad for tennis

A spell as a TV commentator has changed Andy Murray's thinking about five-set matches.

British star has benefitted more than most by long format but here's why he's changed his mind.

combat sports

Kiwi set for UFC debut

Kai Kara-France is reportedly being lined up to face Australian fighter Ashkan Mokhtarian in December.

Kai Kara-France linked with Australian opponent for first appearance in the octagon.

Wilder ringside for Fury fight

Tyson Fury in training for his fight with German-based Italian Francesco Pianeta.

Deal for shock world title fight set to be announced - as long as Fury can make "Italian sausage" out of Francesco Pianeta this weekend.

Browne stalls on Parker

Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne has some work to do before he will be ready to fight Joseph Parker.

Aussie is talking up a transTasman clash but knee surgery and a new trainer will sway when it could happen.

Parker still hot property

Ambitious American plans mean Joseph Parker can cash in rather than sign out after two losses in a heated heavyweight ...

Kiwi boxer a prime target with ambitious US plans involving eight of the top 10 heavyweights.

Racing

Keeping Winx calm the key

Hugh Bowman  keeps glamour mare Winx calm before a barrier trial at Rosehill in Sydney last week.

There will be a familiar face waiting for Winx when she gets to the barriers at Randwick on Saturday.

ABs visit wonder mare Winx video

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane poses for a photo with the Chris Waller-trained racing star Winx.

The rugby team and the horse who are both expected to win.

Shamal wins Grand National video

Shamal and Buddy Lammas take out the time-honoured Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton.

 Hunterville visitor Shamal capitalised on a perfect trip throughout to take out the 144th running of the Grand National Steeplechase.

The art of picking winners video

Sharrock took a liking to Kawi during a visit to a paddock near the Goodins' Mirikau Rd home in coastal Taranaki.

Creating a champion galloper is much more than just finding a fast horse.

Motorsport

Schumacher move report denied

Striken Formula One great Michael Schumacher isn't on the move to Spain after all.

Seven times F1 champion Michael Schumacher isn't going anywhere, his management says.

Schumacher moves to mansion

Michael Schumacher has been receiving medical treatment at his family home in Switzerland since 2014.

Spanish mayoress preparing to welcome recovering Formula One legend following wife's $52m mansion purchase.

Alonso to quit Formula 1

Fernando Alonso will finish up with Formula One at the end of this season.

Two-time F1 champion could be moving to IndyCar.

Dixon re-signs with Ganassi

Scott Dixon, who currently leads the IndyCar series, has inked a contract extension with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Speculation Kiwi driver was heading to a rival startup IndyCar team ends as he signs new deal.

Other sports

Catalyst for change at Hockey NZ video

Black Sticks women's coach Mark Hager addresses his team at a tournament in 2017.

Issues raised by players in the Black Sticks women's camp should be the starting point for a hockey-wide improvements.

Gold, silver for team pursuits

Ally Wollaston, Annamarie Lippo, Sami Donnelly and McKenzie Milne won silver in the team pursuit at the junior world ...

Cyclists deliver superb performances to medal at junior world champs.

AIMS Games: From Akld to Chch video

The crew from Chisnallwood Intermediate in Christchurch is surrounded by earthquake damage and disruption but that ...

From Auckland to Christchurch to an Olympic hockey star - the fourth episode in our Road to the AIMS Games series.

Black Sox battery honoured

Black Sox pitcher Jimmy Wana came out of international retirement to win the 2004 world championship title.

Kiwi pitcher and catcher earn Hall of Fame selection from world softball's top club organisation.

aims games

AIMS Games: From Akld to Chch video

The crew from Chisnallwood Intermediate in Christchurch is surrounded by earthquake damage and disruption but that ...

From Auckland to Christchurch to an Olympic hockey star - the fourth episode in our Road to the AIMS Games series.

30 days to AIMS Games video

We catch up with some local climbers using Mt Maunganui’s famous landmark to take their skills to new heights.

The countdown is on for NZ's biggest middle school sports event involving nearly 10,000 kids.

AIMS Gizzy roadtrip video

Ironman legend Cory Hutchings and rising surf lifesaving star Olivia Corrin give some tips to some youngsters in ...

It's time for the second episode of the 2018 Road to the Anchor AIMS Games.

Rock climbing and futsal added

AIMS Games tournament director Vicki Semple interviews St Peter's head of coaching for soccer, Ricki Herbert, for a ...

Thousands of Waikato and Bay of Plenty youngsters start preparing for their premier sporting event, the AIMS Games.

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The Fumble

Anthony signs with Rockets video

Carmelo Anthony is off to the Rockets/

Top baller joins James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston, heating up NBA rivalry with the Warriors.

LeBron dons Lakers jersey video

LeBron James in LA Lakers team gear at training.

The world's best basketballer has shown off his new uniform - and his muscles.

LeBron: 'Shut up and dribble' video

NBA star LeBron James isn't shying away from a war of words with US President Donald Trump and his ardent supporters.

NBA superstar takes aim at Fox News with title of new TV show a get-even quip.

Magic in mind in LeBron move video

LeBron James makes a speech at the opening of his I Promise school in Akron, Ohio.

Childhood dream realised for NBA star as he makes his first public comments on moving to LA.

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