Wolfpack 'won't rush back' SBW

Toronto Wolfpack head coach Brian McDermott (R) will give star signing Sonny Bill Williams time to transition back to ...

1:07 PM  SBW's new coach insists: "We're not going to run the risk of him pulling something''.

Wilson stands tall in win

Maia Wilson was a standout in the Silver Ferns' Nations Cup win over England in Nottingham.

In just her second start for Ferns, young shooter puts hand up in win.

Truth about rugby relationships

Michael Faitalofa's wife Tatiana at his side in hospital in London.

As her husband battles for his health, Tatiana Fatialofa opens up on a not so glamourous side to sport.

McGregor's new tactics video

Conor McGregor lands a knee to the face of Donald Cerrone during UFC 246.

UFC superstar on how his shoulder and foot became new weapons and the disrespect that shamed him to return.

'I've never seen this'

The doctor examines Maycee Barber's knee, telling her and the referee: "She's got a small partial ACL tear."

A baffling moment during Roxanne Modafferi's win over Maycee Barber left commentators lost for words.

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High-tackle trial clarified

Sanzaar referees boss Lyndon Bray.

No suspensions for repeat offenders in Super Rugby, while Sanzaar slash three referees from 2020 team.

Big names to start Open

Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her women's singles first round match against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

Forecasted rain won't stop the stars playing on the main courts in Melbourne on Monday.

Lake snow algae in Buller River video

Visitors gather on a pontoon floating on Lake Rotoiti. There are concerns an algae that causes a slime known as lake ...

An algae that causes a snot-like slime has been found in Tasman District for the first time with fears it may have infested Lake Rotoiti.

Chiefs into Super Bowl

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds up the Lamar Hunt trophy after defeating the Tennessee Titans in the AFC ...

Star quarterback and Chiefs off to big dance for first time in 50 years.

Farts causes stink at snooker

Ali Carter was involved in the Masters snooker final. (FILE PHOTO)

Fan removed from snooker final after fart noises upsets player.

Boyd celebrates, Rennie rueful

Chris Boyd has coached the Northampton Saints into the European Champions Cup quarterfinals.

Conflicting emotions for Kiwi coaches as European Champions Cup quarterfinals are confirmed.

Ferns crush England

Ameliaranne Ekenasio became the 27th Silver Fern captain against England in Nottingham.

Young shooter stars as Silver Ferns topple England.

McGregor's epic return

An emotional Conor McGregor celebrates his first-round TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

Gone in 40 seconds! UFC star wastes no time making a statement with lightning-quick finish.

Wood scores in Burnley win

Chris Wood celebrates after scoring Burnley's opening goal in a 2-1 win over his former club, Leicester City.

Kiwi striker bagged his ninth goal of the season - and second against his former Foxes teammates.

Relegated Saracens still alive in Europe

Saracens' England captain Owen Farrell inspired a comeback win over Racing 92 to clinch a European Champions Cup playoff ...

Owen Farrell urges Saracens to "stand up and rise'' before second half comeback in Paris.

opinion

Djoker wins heaps, but not hearts

Novak Djokovic is a raging favourite to win his eighth Australian Open title but is he the best of them all?

OPINION: The Serb might surpass Federer and Nadal for most major titles. So why are fans so ambivalent?

Do we hug or hang racists?

OPINION: Racism is not about to disappear in New Zealand so how do we all deal with it?

Banning bowler damages series

Why UFC duo should reign at Halbergs

Rugby

Gatland gets mind games going

WAIHI, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 17: Head coach Warren Gatland of the Chiefs is interviewed following the Super Rugby ...

Chiefs coach Warren Gatland wastes no time in planting a psychological seed ahead of the big opening round clash.

English champs to be relegated

Owen Farrell is one of the big-name stars at Saracens.

European Cup heavyweights Saracens banished to second tier over salary cap breaches.

Young Crusaders impress

Hurricanes coach Jason Holland shares a word with Crusaders coach Scott Robertson prior to their pre-season clash in ...

They may have lost a stack of experience, but Crusaders will still take some beating in 2020.

Carter shines in Japan

Former All Black Dan Carter helped set up a try in Kobe Steelers' win in the Japanese Top League.

Veteran former All Black star shows he's still got the gas in big Japanese Top League win.

Cricket

Firebirds make Wellington T20 capital

Logan van Beek was a key figure in the Wellington Firebirds' win.

The Wellington Firebirds steadily increased the pressure on the Auckland Aces to win the Super Smash final.

Devine intervention in Blaze threepeat

Sophie Devine struck five sixes in scoring 54 runs to lead Wellington to a third successive Super Smash title.

Captain's knock by White Ferns skipper bags Blaze's third title on the bounce.

Smith reflects on Wagner woes

Black Caps quick Neil Wagner celebrates after dismissing Steve Smith during the second test at the MCG.

Black Caps left-armer removed him four times with a bumper barrage, but the Aussie isn't overly concerned.

Bess puts Proteas in a spin

England spinner Dom Bess removed South Africa's top order to finish with career-best figures of 5-41.

English tweaker removes South Africa's top order but Quinton de Kock digs in to halt victory charge on rain-hit third day.

Football

Wood scores in Burnley win

Chris Wood celebrates after scoring Burnley's opening goal in a 2-1 win over his former club, Leicester City.

Kiwi striker bagged his ninth goal of the season - and second against his former Foxes teammates.

Dramatic round in national league

Derek Tieku scored for Hamilton Wanderers as they upset Team Wellington.

Two thumpings, an upset, and a back-and-forth thriller, but Auckland City remain unbeaten at the top.

Nix run ends in unsurprising fashion

David Ball's importance to the Wellington Phoenix was clear to see during his recent absence.

David Ball's importance to the Phoenix was clear to see as they lost for the first time since early November.

City drop points in EPL

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his team's first goal past Vicente Guaita and Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace.

Liverpool can increase their big lead with victory over Manchester United on Monday.

League

'Take advantage' of SBW

Sonny Bill Williams speaks to media after being unveiled as a new star signing for Toronto Wolfpack.

SBW rated as "a genuine superstar of sport, not just in the rugby codes''.

SBW's baby dash to NZ

Sonny Bill Williams speaks to media during a press conference where he was unveiled as a new signing for Toronto Wolfpack.

Former All Black is coming back from Canada for latest addition to his family.

Masoe smiling despite spinal injury

Mose Masoe suffered a serious spinal injury while making a tackle defending his try line. (FILE PHOTO)

Walking again would be a success for the former NRL forward, says coach.

Hireme holds back on Harry kiss

Prince Harry greeted Honey Hireme with a hongi at the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cups.

Kiwi Fern Honey Hireme relieved she went for the hongi, rather than "stick my lips out and go for a kiss".

Basketball

Impressive Breakers crush Melbourne

Breakers guard Scotty Hopson drilled 22 points against Melbourne to complete a dream week for the hosts.

Kiwi ANBL outfit hand out a 90-68 drubbing in Auckland to boost their playoff hopes.

Adams fires in NBA return video

Steven Adams made a successful return with five points and nine rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the ...

Kiwi centre made like a NFL quarterback to fire a long pass for a basket.

Adams sidelined by injury

Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams was ruled out of Saturday's game against Miami.

Kiwi star ruled out after injuring knee against defending NBA champs.

Breakers rebound to down Kings

Scotty Hopson of the Breakers goes up against Daniel Kickert of the Kings during the round 16 NBL match at TSB Stadium ...

With their season on the line, the Breakers show great heart to beat top-of-the-ladder Sydney Kings.

Golf

Lefties feel fraternal

Left handed Winton Golf Club members Garnie Cowie, Burt Wilson and Graeme Carroll.

Southland golfing stalwart Paul Adams will be looking to win it for the 17th time, after claiming his first title in 1966.

Clock ticking for DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau has been dubbed "The Human Rain Delay" by fellow golfers for his slow pace of play.

OPINION: Touchy American should shut up, hurry up and help rid the game of this scourge of slow play.

Asia's best back for NZ Open

KJ Choi tees off during day one of the 2019 New Zealand Open at Millbrook Resort last February.

Asia's most successful golfer will be on the prowl at Millbrook and The Hills next month.

Tiger caddies for son

Tiger Woods has caddied for his son, Charlie.

10-year-old son of golf great looks a star in the making as his famous dad carries his bag.

Netball

Ferns crush England

Ameliaranne Ekenasio became the 27th Silver Fern captain against England in Nottingham.

Young shooter stars as Silver Ferns topple England.

Gains for boys in netball

Collingwood Magpies netball team captain Geva Mentor, with Year 4 Tahunanui School pupil Maahaki Niblett, during the ...

Some boys allowed to play netball at high school, to bridge the gap between intermediate schools and men's level netball.

Ferns' goal shoot battle

Silver Fern Te Paea Selby-Rickit, pictured playing against Australia, is eyeing the starting goal shoot bib without the ...

Maria Folau's retirement means Ferns' goal shoot bib firmly on line.

Long-term role for Ekenasio? video

Ameliaranne Ekenasio has been named as the Silver Ferns' captain for the 2020 Netball Nations Cup tournament.

With Ferns' veteran unlikely to play at next World Cup, shooter could be long-term skipper.

Tennis

Djokovic 'concerned' over bush smoke

Novak Djokovic is in Melbourne looking to add to his list of grand slam wins at this week's Australian Open.

Defending champ admits watching qualifiers splutter their way through matches has been both a cause for concern and saddening.

End of golden era looms

Roger Federer speaks to the media ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Nadal may overtake Federer - but Djokovic could go past both legends.

Grim fortnight overall for NZ at Classic

Paige Hourigan found it tough against Caroline Wozniacki.

No NZ player won a singles match at this year's Classic and only two won in doubles.

Humbert wins 'tournament of revenge' video

Ugo Humbert might have to get used to kissing trophies.

The young Frenchman is struggling to come to terms with what he achieved in Auckland.

combat sports

McGregor's epic return

An emotional Conor McGregor celebrates his first-round TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

Gone in 40 seconds! UFC star wastes no time making a statement with lightning-quick finish.

UFC boss' praise for Adesanya

Israel Adesanya is heading to Las Vegas for his first title defence.

No one wants to fight Yoel Romero - except for 'The Last Stylebender', says UFC president.

UFC 246 recap: McGregor v Cerrone

Conor McGregor, top, on his way to a brutal 40-second KO of Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in Las Vegas.

Irish superstar needs just 40 seconds to claim a brutal KO victory in sensational UFC return.

Parker won't duck Usyk video

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker won't duck an opportunity to fight Oleksandr Usyk if fate falls his way.

Kiwi heavyweight's next opponent to finally be named as Ukrainian superstar looms.

Racing

Young driver back on track

Jacob Bellamy has gone from bullied child to one of the country's top go-karters.

After being relentlessly bullied, Jacob Bellamy has discovered a talent for driving fast.

Soleseifei wins Wellington Cup

Winning trainer Jaimee-Lee Lupton poses with Brittany Lupton after winning the Wellington Cup.

Snow Lupton's grand-daughter Jaimee-Lee prepared the mare for the famous Trentham two-miler.

Racing industry reforms a 'land grab'

Equine veterinarian Murray Blue is critical of new racing industry legislation.

The proposed sale of small racecourses, such as Stratford, is a land grab not seen since colonial days, a racing supporter says.

Fashion celebrated at races

Penman made her hat, which was inspired by the fabric of her dress that was patterned with peacocks and birdcages.

Punters had to hold onto their hats in the wind at the Richmond Races.

Motorsport

Lawson wins TRS opener

Teenage New Zealand driver Liam Lawson won a second consecutive Toyota Racing Series race at Cromwell's Highlands ...

Kiwi champion hits the series lead after "challenging weekend''.

Rees bids farewell

Harry Parker, of Timaru, in the second round of the New Zealand Superbike Championship at Levels Raceway.

Whakatane's Damon Rees may be comfortably leading the glamour superbikes class, but still he won't win the national title this summer.

Australian girls ready to go

Australian motocross girls Rayne Alefosio, 12, Hayley Ball, 12, Taylor Thompson, 15, Aimee Butler, 16, Brooke Ball, 9, ...

A group of motocross-loving Australians have arrived in Taranaki, and they're ready to give the boys a run for their money.

Billionaire survives Dakar Rally crash video

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Bobby Patton has a liking for high speed action.

LA Dodgers co-owner's debut ends in disaster with team mate cut from wreck.

Other sports

Farts causes stink at snooker

Ali Carter was involved in the Masters snooker final. (FILE PHOTO)

Fan removed from snooker final after fart noises upsets player.

Fitzsimon defends show jumping crown

Tegan Fitzsimon rides WIndermere Cappuccino to a perfect round on their way to the 2020 New Zealand show jumping title.

Christchurch combination produce two perfect rounds under pressure.

Double delight for kayaker Jones

Luuka Jones on her way to the women's K1 title at canoe slalom's New Zealand Open at Mangahao.

Triple Olympian kick-started a big canoe slalom year with a double win in the Manawatū.

Aussie rider wins Cycle Classic

The New Zealand Cycle Classic field contest stage five of the race near Masterton.

Five-day Wairarapa tour return hailed a success by organiser.

aims games

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.

School sports subsidy pays off

Henderson Intermediate players celebrate winning the netball final against Whakatane Intermediate.

West Auckland school has had five years away from AIMS Games because of the expense. But now it is worth it.

Coach tells players to stick with their sport

Mount Maunganui coach Maia Ririnui gathers his team together for a half-time chat during the girls' football final ...

Coach tells players not to let AIMS Games gold to be the pinnacle of their careers.

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