Brumbies' loss a relief - Cully

Ardie Savea runs the ball up for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies. The Hurricanes played indifferently for 40 ...

9:23 AM  OPINION: Michael Cheika won't be shedding any tears over the early end to Australia's Super Rugby year to forget.

Super-sized Savea headache video

Julian Savea will be feeling the heat to retain his position now that Vince Aso, right, is back.

Super Rugby's top try-scorer is on the plane to South Africa and it might spell trouble for Julian Savea.

Cheika's 'unrelenting' regime video

Marika Koroibete and Israel Folau gasp for air after a Wallabies hill training session.

9:10 AM  Coach running Wallabies players into the ground to get them fit to face the All Blacks.

Spieth wins Open thriller video

Jordan Spieth kisses the Claret Jug as he celebrates winning the British Open.

8:46 AM  US golfer wins a tense final round duel to lift the Claret Jug after throwing away the lead on a nervy front nine.

Kiwi rides TDF on broken foot

An X-ray revealed the break in Paddy Bevin's foot.

8:26 AM  Patrick Bevin reveals he rode every stage of the Tour de France with a broken foot.

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Froome toasts fourth Tour title video

Tour de France winner Chris Froome drinks a glass of champagne after the start.

Sipping champagne on the final stage, British cyclist claims his third consecutive Tour de France title.

England win Women's World Cup

England's players celebrate winning the Women's Cricket World Cup.

England snatch unlikely victory on home soil, beating India by just nine runs.

Ko unable to make move

Lydia Ko hits her drive on the 11th hole during the third round of the Marathon Classic.

Lydia Ko has been unable to improve on 19th during the final round of the Marathon Classic.

Kiwi wing 'attacked' on sideline

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was reportedly grabbed by the neck and wrestled (file photo).

League player "very upset" after alleged attack by enraged official while helping at a junior game.

McCartney vaults to victory

Eliza McCartney has won an important pole vaulting event in Belgium.

Pole vaulting star Eliza McCartney got the win she craved at an import Belgian meet.

Dragons' bizarre Manly flogging

Tries were in plentiful supply, including this one from Timoteo Lafai of the Dragons against Manly Sea Eagles.

Punches, an alleged headbutt and 74 points: it was all happening in Wollongong.

Moody's milestone muck-up

Loosehead prop Joe Moody revelled in the mud and rain as the Crusaders beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the Super Rugby ...

Joe Moody doesn't score tries. So when he finally did, he couldn't believe his water-bunged ear drums.

Highlanders eye Mauger rethink

Could former Crusader Aaron Mauger take over as head coach of the Highlanders?

Tony Brown's departure and Scott McLeod's All Blacks promotion has franchise thinking hard on its coaching setup.

Ricky Stuart's five-minute rant

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has called for referees to be accountable for their decisions in a tense press conference ...

Canberra coach could be fined for 11th time in coaching career after another fiery post-game rant at refs.

Tall Ferns thrashed by China

Micaela Cocks finished with nine points for the Tall Ferns.

NZ women's basketball team goes down by 29 to open Asia Cup campaign as China wins rebounding battle.

Smith cleared of major pec tear

There were fears Storm skipper Cameron Smith's season was over, but he might not even miss a game.

There were fears the Storm skipper's season was over, but he might not even miss a game.

Accountant's $11m poker win

Scott Blumstein plays against Dan Ott, right, during the World Series of Poker final. Ott still collected US$4.7m for ...

A 25-year-old rookie with an accounting degree wins poker's biggest prize in Las Vegas.

Moses haunts Tigers in thriller

Mitchell Moses of the Eels was a thorn in the side of his former Tigers team-mates at ANZ Stadium.

Field goal assist to Corey Norman puts Mitchell Moses on the right side after controversial Eels move.

Hurricanes fans curse 55m kick

The Hurricanes were three minutes from a home semi, now they face 14 hours locked in an airliner.

They were three minutes from a home semi, now the Canes face 14 hours locked in a plane.

Footballer's nipple-pinch ban video

Jozy Altidore said his girlfriend was mad because "she's like, 'Only I can bite you, only I can grab your nipples.'"

Player given six-match suspension for biting and nipple-pinching in international football match.

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Pay dispute imperils Ashes

Australian Cricket Players Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson (L), pictured with Shane Watson, has warned ...

Opinion: "The public could turn off the sport for a long, long time'' if the Australian cricket pay dispute lingers, writes Jon Pierik.

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

OPINION: The number of head injuries is likely to be hugely under-reported, writes Mark Reason.

No coach can 'make' a player

Crusaders turn back the clock

Rugby

Tony Brown: I'll be back

Highlanders coach Tony Brown wants to return to Dunedin and coach the franchise again in the future.

Departing Highlanders coach doesn't want it to end like that, a tenure dying with a whimper in the rain.

Hurricanes fans curse 55m kick

The Hurricanes were three minutes from a home semi, now they face 14 hours locked in an airliner.

They were three minutes from a home semi, now the Canes face 14 hours locked in a plane.

Ref reveals bulimia battle

Nigel Owens sets the two packs during the 2015 Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and Australia.

Nigel Owens has revealed he was battling bulimia in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

Spartans prevail over Sassenachs

Southland Stags coach Hoani MacDonald.

Southland Stags coach Hoani MacDonald isn't getting carried away, despite the Southland Spartans picking up an encouraging 38-19 win over the Otago Sassenachs in Dunedin on Sunday.

Cricket

Aussie cricket 'peace plan'

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland was set for further talks with Australian Cricketers' Association head Alistair ...

Players issue six-point plan to Cricket Australia and say they're determined to end nine-month impasse.

Adam Parore's climbing K2

Adam Parore, is on his way to the top of K2, the world's second highest mountain.

Former Black Caps wicketkeeper takes the steep, exposed way to the top of world's "most dangerous" mountain.

Pay dispute imperils Ashes

Australian Cricket Players Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson (L), pictured with Shane Watson, has warned ...

Opinion: "The public could turn off the sport for a long, long time'' if the Australian cricket pay dispute lingers, writes Jon Pierik.

Napier loses another ODI

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson and coach Mike Hesson won't be gracing Napier's McLean Park again till February at ...

McLean Park won't be ready for the Pakistan ODI in January, but hopes remain high for England in February.

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Cheika's 'unrelenting' regime

Coach running Wallabies players into the ground to get them fit to face the All Blacks.

Football

Footballer's nipple-pinch ban video

Jozy Altidore said his girlfriend was mad because "she's like, 'Only I can bite you, only I can grab your nipples.'"

Player given six-match suspension for biting and nipple-pinching in international football match.

Ryan Thomas extends Dutch stay

Ryan Thomas has extended his contract with PEC Zwolle until the end of the 2018-19 season.

All Whites star Ryan Thomas has signed on to stay at PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands until 2019, but remains open to a move.

West Ham sign winger

Marko Arnautovic playing for Stoke City against West Ham United last year.

Austrian winger Mark Arnautovic joins All White Winston Reid at West Ham United ahead of the new Premier League season.

No coach can 'make' a player

All White Ryan Thomas celebrates after scoring against Fiji in March.

OPINION: The job of any coach working with our kids is actually quite simple - keep it fun, and keep out of the way.

League

Smith cleared of major pec tear

There were fears Storm skipper Cameron Smith's season was over, but he might not even miss a game.

There were fears the Storm skipper's season was over, but he might not even miss a game.

Moses haunts Tigers in thriller

Mitchell Moses of the Eels was a thorn in the side of his former Tigers team-mates at ANZ Stadium.

Field goal assist to Corey Norman puts Mitchell Moses on the right side after controversial Eels move.

Recap: Tigers v Eels

West Tigers coach Ivan Cleary.

Coach Ivan Cleary's Wests Tigers host the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

Hit on Slater a red card

Sia Soliola should've been marched for his hit on Billy Slater, says NRL referees boss Tony Archer.

Former Kiwis international receives rare ungraded charge for what was deemed a sending off offence.

Basketball

Tall Ferns thrashed by China

Micaela Cocks finished with nine points for the Tall Ferns.

NZ women's basketball team goes down by 29 to open Asia Cup campaign as China wins rebounding battle.

Irving asks to leave Cavs

All is reportedly not well between Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Sources inside the Cleveland Cavaliers say the NBA team's star guard wants out.

Kyrie doesn't quell LeBron chatter video

Cleveland Cavaliers team-mates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Cavaliers in a "peculiar place" as talk swirls of a possible exit by basketball kingpin LeBron James.

United States basketball recruiters arriving to NZ

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is the best example of  Kiwi basketballer going from zero to hero through the ...

US basketball talent scouters are arriving next month with the aim of signing Kiwi prodigies to US college teams.

Golf

Ko unable to make move

Lydia Ko hits her drive on the 11th hole during the third round of the Marathon Classic.

Lydia Ko has been unable to improve on 19th during the final round of the Marathon Classic.

Hillier in top-20 in US

Daniel Hillier of New Zealand finished tied for 13th in the Southern Amateur, nine shots off the winner Karl Vilips of ...

Top Kiwi amateurs Daniel Hillier and Ryan Chisnall in top-25 in North Carolina.

Spieth stars, Grace sets majors record

Branden Grace was all smiles after his record-breaking round.

South African's 62 is the lowest score ever recorded in a major championship golf round.

Alker tied for 20th

Steve Alker is tied for 20th at the Barbasol Championship with one round to play.

Kiwi golfer slips out of reckoning in PGA Tour event.

Netball

Operation makes girl 5cm shorter

Bethany Mahoney can't wait to get back on the netball court.

Bethany Mahoney, 10, will soon be 5cm shorter thanks to a series of operations but that's all good with her.

Basketball comes up trumps

High participation rates in secondary school basketball could boast well for future Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns teams.

Basketball and futsal rule the roost in secondary schools, so what does that mean for rugby and netball?

Tuivaiti still heading to Adelaide

Catherine Tuivaiti is still heading to Adelaide.

Adelaide Thunderbirds committed to having Cathrine Tuivaiti despite knee injury.

NZ wins U21 world netball crown

Maia Wilson was a key figure for the NZ U21 side.

New Zealand beats Australia by three goals in Netball World Youth Cup final.

Tennis

Erakovic gives airport a serve

Marina Erakovic was unhappy about having to check her racquets in for a flight.

Kiwi tennis ace frustrated after being told her racquets can't come on plane because they're weapons.

McEnroe earning big bucks

American tennis great John McEnroe is being well looked after to commentate tennis for the BBC.

Tennis great John McEnroe is earning a sweet living from the BBC.

Three suspicious Wimbledon matches

Unusual betting patterns are not necessarily evidence of match-fixing.

Unusual betting patterns during three matches at All England Club triggers match-fixing investigation.

US Open prizes top $68m

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is one of the favourites in the men's singles draw for the US Open.

Nine per cent prize pool increase boosts tennis major singles winners' purse to $5m each.

Other sports

Accountant's $11m poker win

Scott Blumstein plays against Dan Ott, right, during the World Series of Poker final. Ott still collected US$4.7m for ...

A 25-year-old rookie with an accounting degree wins poker's biggest prize in Las Vegas.

A rewarding ride into the unknown

Jaime Nielsen completed 191 laps of the Avantidrome during her hour on the track.

Jaime Nielsen didn't know what an hour record attempt would feel like. At the end of it, she was almost the world's best.

Adam Parore's climbing K2

Adam Parore, is on his way to the top of K2, the world's second highest mountain.

Former Black Caps wicketkeeper takes the steep, exposed way to the top of world's "most dangerous" mountain.

Froome zooms to fourth win

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky celebrates in the yellow jersey following his stage win in Marseille, which ...

Whoever you talk to in the Tour De France entourage when discussing 26-year-old Australian Michael Matthews agrees that his career is about to skyrocket.

Motorsport

Uncertain future for Hartley, Bamber

Timo Bernhard and Kiwis Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber have been on the podium in all four of their races this season.

They are killing it in the World Endurance Championship, but top Kiwi drivers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber could both be looking for jobs at the end of the season.

Warkworth's speedway prodigy

Scotty Farmer and his brother, Mark.

Once a student at Warkworth Primary who frequented the Whangateau dirt track, Scotty is now living and competing in California.

Formula 1 cars to use 'halo'

Sebastian Vettel drives his Ferrrari with the halo, which will be compulsory for all cars from next year.

The controversial cockpit protection system will be used on Formula One cars from next year.

Another Munro sets land speed record video

Watch: Lee Munro - great-nephew of Burt Munro - screams across California desert on high-powered custom Indian Scout

Fifty years after Burt Munro set a land speed record, his great-nephew emulates him.

Racing

World's top-ranked horse loses

Arrogate, ridden by Mike Smith, couldn't reproduce its form from March when winning the Dubai World Cup.

Hall of Fame jockey accuses overwhelming favourite Arrogate of not trying as he's stunned at Del Mar.

Sea King takes Bendigo Hurdle

Sea King won a  A$100,000 hurdle race across the Tasman after a technicality ruled him out of a feature steeplechase.

Hurdle, steeples, doesn't matter to star jumper Sea King.

Defending champ does business in Opunake Cup

Jockey Johnathan Parkes aboard Longchamp wins the Opunake Cup for the second successive year.

Longchamp digs in deep to make it back-to-back Opunake Cups.

Rosewood blooms on favourite track

Apprentice jockey Rebecca Goldsbury had a good day at New Plymouth winning on Rosewood and Lectio Divinia.

Filly goes three from three on her favourite track.

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Footballer's nipple-pinch ban video

Jozy Altidore said his girlfriend was mad because "she's like, 'Only I can bite you, only I can grab your nipples.'"

Player given six-match suspension for biting and nipple-pinching in international football match.

Kyrie doesn't quell LeBron chatter video

Cleveland Cavaliers team-mates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Cavaliers in a "peculiar place" as talk swirls of a possible exit by basketball kingpin LeBron James.

LeBron Lakers talk swirls video

The King of the NBA - LeBron James.

A reportedly poor off-season at the Cavs is fuelling speculation the King of the NBA may be exploring his options.

Mayweather pledges retirement video

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Andre Berto during their WBC/WBA welterweight title ...

40-year-old boxer says his much-hyped bout with Conor McGregor will be the end of his fighting career.

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