Swing coach's heartfelt tribute to Lydia Ko after career 'crossroads' video

Lydia Ko holds the Lotte Championship trophy after winning her first title in almost three years.

Renowned golf instructor credits the Kiwi for revitalising his career.

Reece Walsh reveals why he left the Broncos for the Warriors video

Reece Walsh (centre) has a Kiwi birth mother, but considers himself Australian.

The gun fullback wants to learn all he can from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, while Hayze Perham has left the Warriors.

Super Rugby: Clutch Chiefs utility Damian McKenzie shoots to MVP frontrunner video

Chiefs utility Damian McKenzie has made a habit of making clutch plays for his team.

Trio of clutch performances powers Damian McKenzie past Crusader Codie Taylor in the MVP standings.

Super Rugby: Tonga coach welcomes Moana Pasifika, but has ABs warning video

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu speaks during a panel discussion at the Rugby Union Players' Association Lunch in Sydney in 2019.

Toutai Kefu likes the eligibility mix unveiled by the new franchise but is wary of young Tongans being picked off by the All Blacks or Wallabies.

Chiefs revival shows it's people, not money, that will save sport video

Anton Lienert-Brown, top, celebrates with Mitchell Brown, centre, and Damian McKenzie after upsetting the Crusaders in ...

OPINION: They were on the sort of run that would get them thrown out of a super league — now they've rediscovered their soul and have mana money can't buy, Mark Reason writes.

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Canterbury cricketing icon and community stalwart Mike Dormer dies

Mike Dormer, centre, founded The Willows Cricket Club in North Canterbury and helped raise funds for various charities.

The 83-year-old was best known for founding The Willows Cricket Club in North Canterbury and for his dedication to cricket and the community.

Scott McLaughlin's big weight loss in quest to win video

Scott McLaughlin has had to make some personal adjustments for his IndyCar rookie season.

There are startling numbers on the bathroom scales to match the stats coming off his new IndyCar.

NBL '21: Huskies recruit Chris Johnson relishes his Auckland 'homecoming'

Chris Johnson will bring NBA experience to the Auckland Huskies for the 2021 New Zealand NBL.

From the NBA to the NBL, gloetrotting pro happy to touch down in his wife's home town.

American duo straight to work

Southland Sharks American basketball imports Josh Cunningham, left, and Courtney Belger arrived in Invercargill on ...

The Southland Sharks' two new American basketball imports have arrived in Invercargill in search of a championship and to also develop as players.

Gymnastics NZ commits to 'Balance is Better' video

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports to sign up to the “Balance is Better” initiative.

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports new committed to promoting balance in youth sports participation.

Rugby Southland posts $730k surplus

Southland rugby mascot Steve-O the Stag runs out onto the field during last year's national provincial championship.

Rugby Southland has posted a $730,000 surplus for the year 2020, which was aided by a $201,000 injection from the Government's wage subsidy scheme, as well as some cost-cutting measures.

Winton galloper likes wet tracks

Trainer Sophie Price with Silent Battler after their win at Ascot Park on Sunday.

Trainer Sophie Price is close to conquering one of her goals in horse racing; a win at Riccarton.

Jose Mourinho is a spent force at the top level — the Special One is done

Jose Mourinho may have to head to China or the Middle East for a well-paid coaching job after his dismal spell at Spurs.

OPINION: The Portuguese coach's spell in charge of Spurs was an irredeemable failure — with a familiar pattern of blame, recrimination and negativity.

The technical issues Joseph Parker must address video

Joseph Parker seemed to run out of ideas after three rounds and was fortunate to escape with a decision over Junior Fa.

Heavyweight's new coach identifies two flaws he fears opponent Dereck Chisora could pounce on.

Black Cap 'terrified' of needles more afraid of contracting coronavirus video

New Zealand Black Caps cricketer Neil Wagner receives the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Tauranga Hospital

Pace bowler Neil Wagner took the Covid-19 vaccine for the team, the final member to do so before the upcoming tour of England.

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Jose Mourinho is a spent force at the top level — the Special One is done

Jose Mourinho may have to head to China or the Middle East for a well-paid coaching job after his dismal spell at Spurs.

OPINION: The Portuguese coach's spell in charge of Spurs was an irredeemable failure — with a familiar pattern of blame, recrimination and negativity.

ANZ Premiership power rankings: Steel surge to the top after shock success video

OPINION: The first round of the ANZ Premiership is in the books and the stage has been set for what could be the closest season yet.

Power rankings: Blues slide, Chiefs eye final as Crusaders wobble video

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Chiefs' loosies tough for ABs to ignore video

Rugby

Why Chiefs lock has Clayton McMillan pulling his hair out video

Naitoa Ah Kuoi taking on Crusaders captain Scott Barrett with one of his effortless one-handed carries.

The laidback Naitoa Ah Kuoi, who was almost dropped, is helping to offset for Brodie Retallick’s absence while taking life easy as a young father of twins.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Chiefs' loosies tough for All Blacks to ignore video

Luke Jacobson has been outstanding for the entire Super Rugby Aotearoa season.

OPINION: The form No 8 in New Zealand is Chiefs dynamo Luke Jacobson, while Lachlan Boshier is about to make a serious push for the black jersey.

Wallabies star's NZ flirtation before agreeing to new Australia deal video

James O'Connor seriously considered a move to the Chiefs before opting to remain in Australia.

Reformed Wallabies bad boy reveals how close he came to an unprecedented trans-Tasman move to the Chiefs.

'The guy is made for league': Dane Coles torn on TJ Perenara's big decision video

The Hurricanes are waiting on whether TJ Perenara will rejoin them next year, or switch to league with the Sydney Roosters.

Re-signed All Blacks hooker is excited about what his mate could do in the NRL, but says he'd be a huge loss to rugby.

Cricket

Black Cap 'terrified' of needles more afraid of contracting coronavirus video

New Zealand Black Caps cricketer Neil Wagner receives the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Tauranga Hospital

Pace bowler Neil Wagner took the Covid-19 vaccine for the team, the final member to do so before the upcoming tour of England.

Rob Walter farewells Otago Volts, joins Central Stags as head coach video

Coach Rob Walter of Otago warms his charges up at the Basin Reserve.

After five years at the helm in Dunedin, former top domestic coach in South Africa shifts north.

IPL: Kyle Jamieson shines again as big-spending RCB remain unbeaten video

Kyle Jamieson is proving a key contributor for captain Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Black Caps allrounder backs up big guns de Villiers, Maxwell with another compelling performance.

'Half-Kiwi' Max O'Dowd scores the first T20 century for The Netherlands

Max O'Dowd scored the first ODI century for The Netherlands, against Malaysia in Nepal.

The Auckland-born batsman made history for The Netherlands by scoring an unbeaten 133 off just 73 balls to help his side defeat Malaysia.

women in sport

Waikato-BOP Magic begin Caitlin Bassett era by edging the Northern Mystics

Caitlin Bassett took a while to get on the board in her first game for the Waikato-BOP Magic, but was strong thereafter.

The Magic took an early lead in their ANZ Premiership opener and never fell behind thereafter, despite the repeated efforts of the Mystics.

Dame Noeline Taurua happy to check Gail Parata's Pulse

Gail Parata, right, was assistant coach to Dame Noeline Taurua in the Silver Ferns' Nations Cup victory last year.

From Wellington to Glasgow and home again, Gail Parata is helming the national netball champions, and can call on her old room-mate for help.

Ko's remarkable second act something we can all smile about video

Lydia Ko reacts after her victory at the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

OPINION: Her fall from the top of the golf world was unexpected. Her climb back to Sunday's triumph seemed impossible to imagine a year ago.

Mountain bike champ Sammie Maxwell’s race against RED-S syndrome

Sammie Maxwell interviewed after winning the NZ mountain bike title in Christchurch in February.

Sammie Maxwell didn't win because of all the training she'd done. She won because she'd hardly done any.

Football

Meet the 'snake' behind the breakaway European Super League dividing football

Andrea Agnelli, the mastermind of the European Super League, is gaining a reputation for his boardroom backstabbing.

Considered by many the mastermind of the controversial plan, Andrea Agnelli is quickly gaining a reputation for his boardroom backstabbing.

Prince William hits out at Super League as UEFA boss threatens player ban

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with Vincent Kompany of Manchester City after ...

The Duke of Cambridge – the current English FA president – says he shares the concerns of the fans that the breakaway league will damage the game.

'I don't like it': Liverpool and Leeds players speak out against European Super League video

Leeds United's Diego Llorente, second right, rises highest to head home a late equaliser against Liverpool at Elland Road.

James Milner becomes the first player from one of the so-called founding clubs to criticise plans for a breakaway league after their 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

Winners and losers from Super League plan for European football

Close up of a banner as dans protest outside Elland Road against Liverpool's decision to be included amongst the clubs ...

ANALYSIS: The plan for a new closed-shop competition is shaping up as perhaps the most polarising idea the sport has seen for more than a generation.

League

Former Warriors forward's massive pay cut revealed video

Eels forward Isaiah Papali'i celebrates scoring one of two tries against Canberra last week.

In-form back-rower has emerged as the buy of the year after reportedly making a huge financial sacrifice to join the Eels.

Too conservative? Warriors urged to back themselves with the ball video

The Warriors’ celebrate Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s match-winning try against the Dragons.

ANALYSIS: For a club that has never been renowned for its ball control, the Warriors have been outstanding in that area. But have they gone too far?

'He messages us every game': Kiwis hooker reveals TJ Perenara's league intent video

TJ Perenara is in Japan with the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes but is eyeing a potential switch to rugby league.

Melbourne Storm frontliner says potential All Blacks code-switcher first contacted him in February for advice.

Dragons star's words come back to bite him as Warriors lift for RTS video

Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck lines up a tackle on Dragons opposite Matt Dufty.

Matt Dufty's pre-game comments sounded harmless enough but it was just the fuel the Warriors needed to clinch important victory.

Basketball

American duo straight to work

Southland Sharks American basketball imports Josh Cunningham, left, and Courtney Belger arrived in Invercargill on ...

The Southland Sharks' two new American basketball imports have arrived in Invercargill in search of a championship and to also develop as players.

Gymnastics NZ commits to 'Balance is Better' video

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports to sign up to the “Balance is Better” initiative.

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports new committed to promoting balance in youth sports participation.

Stopping and popping: Tom Abercrombie comes up with the final say video

Tom Abercrombie acknowledges a job well-done as the Breakers snatch a rare NBL victory in Perth.

Breakers skipper has the final say to inspire rare, and important, NBL victory in Perth.

Tom Abercombie makes crucial play with 18 seconds left to stun Perth Wildcats video

Tom Abercrombie made a crucial turnover with 18 seconds left to complete an upset win over the Perth Wildcats.

It was sweet revenge for the Breakers who lost an overtime thriller to the Wildcats last week.

Golf

Even if hula put Lydia Ko through the hoops, it was a dance towards the future video

Lydia Ko dances the hula after winning the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.

OPINION: Lydia Ko was a tad uncertain celebrating her LPGA win with a hula, but she shouldn't have been, it was her story to tell.

Lydia Ko's remarkable second act is something we can all smile about video

Lydia Ko reacts after her victory at the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

OPINION: Her fall from the top of the golf world was unexpected. Her climb back to Sunday's triumph seemed impossible to imagine a year ago.

Lydia Ko banishes her doubts by snapping win-less years with runaway victory video

Lydia Ko reacts after breaking her three-year streak without a win.

The former World No.1 admitted she was among the many doubters who felt she may never again win a golf tournament.

Lydia Ko wins first LPGA title in three years in dominant performance in Hawaii video

A trophy, at last: Lydia Ko of New Zealand with the silverware after winning the LPGA LOTTE Championship at Kapolei Golf ...

She began with a one-shot lead and never gave her rivals a chance, winning a 16th title and first since 2018.

Netball

Dame Noeline Taurua happy to check Gail Parata's Pulse

Gail Parata, right, was assistant coach to Dame Noeline Taurua in the Silver Ferns' Nations Cup victory last year.

From Wellington to Glasgow and home again, Gail Parata is helming the national netball champions, and can call on her old room-mate for help.

Waikato-BOP Magic begin Caitlin Bassett era by edging the Northern Mystics

Caitlin Bassett took a while to get on the board in her first game for the Waikato-BOP Magic, but was strong thereafter.

The Magic took an early lead in their ANZ Premiership opener and never fell behind thereafter, despite the repeated efforts of the Mystics.

Impressive Steel stun sloppy Tactix in statement win

English international George Fisher starred in the Steel's upset win over the Tactix on Sunday.

Talked up as competition favourites, Tactix make horror start to ANZ Premiership, blown off the court by impressive Southern Steel.

Stars knock over champion Pulse in ANZ Premiership opener

Pulse wing attack Whitney Souness and Stars' defender Anna Harrison contest possession on Sunday.

Veteran defender Anna Harrison shines for Stars as they overcome two-time defending champion Pulse in first game of premiership.

Tennis

Serbian star Filip Krajinovic in tennis meltdown video

Filip Krajinovic of Serbia has a love-hate relationship with his tennis racquet.

Racquet takes a repeated hammering as things go wrong in Belgrade.

From ASB Classic to SailGP, Karl Budge stepping up to his next challenge

Karl Budge is relishing his new challenge with SailGP.

The man who turned the Classic into one of the best tournaments in the world has big plans for Christchurch's SailGP event.

'He dismantled my game': Novak Djokovic's perfect start to 2021 comes to a shocking end

Novak Djokovic is a picture of frustration during his quarterfinal loss to Britain’s Dan Evans at the Monte Carlo Masters.

World No 1 produces an "awful performance" as he bows out to Britain's Dan Evans at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Lack of local tournaments hurting players as Tennis NZ looks for solution

Diego Quispe-Kim is one of the most promising players in New Zealand

With there being a significant drop off in the number of tennis tournaments in the country, pathways for aspiring players are being blocked.

combat sports

UFC: Robert Whittaker defeats Kelvin Gastelum, calls for Israel Adesanya rematch video

Robert Whittaker’s arm is raised after claiming a dominant decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in Las Vegas.

Australian star Robert Whittaker has his eyes set on a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya following a dominant win over Kelvin Gastelum.

Parker senses long-term relationship with new trainer

Joseph Parker is enjoying the fresh motivation coming from new trainer Andy Lee and old friend Tyson Fury.

Much will depend on beating Dereck Chisora, but Parker likes vibe, methods and Tyson Fury "beast training" connection his new coach brings enough to want more.

Life story: Selfless champion boxing trainer Peter Bell

A young Peter Bell in his corner during a fight in Greymouth.

Bell selflessly trained aspiring young fighters – many who became national champions – from his Christchurch backyard gym for more than 40 years.

Wrestling great John da Silva dies, 86 video

John da Silva became a household name in New Zealand in the 1970s when he starred in On The Mat.

He contested Olympics and Commonwealth Games but found his fame in pro scene, becoming cult fighter in TV hit series "On The Mat".

Racing

Winton galloper likes wet tracks

Trainer Sophie Price with Silent Battler after their win at Ascot Park on Sunday.

Trainer Sophie Price is close to conquering one of her goals in horse racing; a win at Riccarton.

Racing trainer pleads guilty to injecting horses with banned substance

Jesse Alford was suspended in February after Racing Integrity Unit investigators caught him administering a substance to ...

Jesse Alford says he is sorry for his actions and that they "have no place in racing".

Star harness racing trainer loses career over fraud

Christchurch trainer Mitchell Kerr’s career in harness racing after he was banned for corruption.

Mitchell Kerr sold a non-existent horse for $40,000. On the verge of discovery, he still had tricks had up his sleeve.

Horse allegedly doped by harness racing trainer put down

Jimmy Cannon had eight podium finishes in 36 starts.

An animal right’s group says Jimmy Cannon's death is one of the “bitter realities behind the glamour of the horse racing industry”.

Motorsport

'Emotions can run high': British F1 driver sorry for slapping rival at Imola Grand Prix video

George Russell, left, confronts Valtteri Bottas after their high-speed collision at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy.

​George Russell issues a public apology to Valtteri Bottas for confronting him and slapping him on the helmet after their high-speed collision.

Cursing and gesturing follows high-speed F1 crash at Imola video

George Russell stands over the car of Valtteri Bottas after their crash at Imola. Bottas flicked a finger in the ...

Each driver blamed the other for the crash, with fury levels octane-high.

Verstappen beats Hamilton in incident-filled Italian race

Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates his win in the Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix at the Imola track in Italy.

Rare mistake by Hamilton and Dutch star almost loses control too as tempers flare at Emilia-Romagna GP.

Scott Dixon on podium as IndyCar season opens video

Scott Dixon has made a strong start as he seeks a record-equalling seventh Indycar championship.

Defending champ looks strong, but there's a threat inside his team while Scott McLaughlin gets some invaluable laps in.

Other sports

Gymnastics NZ commits to 'Balance is Better' video

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports to sign up to the “Balance is Better” initiative.

Gymnastics is one of 10 sports new committed to promoting balance in youth sports participation.

Ainslie facing his 'most competitive' assignment video

Sailing genius Sir Ben Ainslie showed what he can do when he was given a boat at least equal to his opponents in Sail GP.

Fresh off a lively America's Cup challenge, British great feels he's ready to rip against world's best in Bermuda.

Sam bowled over by bowls

Sam Morton has enjoyed a dream season of bowls in South Canterbury.

It would be easy to assume Sam Morton dreams of bowls after a season to remember.

Mountain bike champ Sammie Maxwell’s race against RED-S syndrome

Sammie Maxwell interviewed after winning the NZ mountain bike title in Christchurch in February.

Sammie Maxwell didn't win because of all the training she'd done. She won because she'd hardly done any.

esport

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.

Organiser: First esport tournament proves point

Lucas James Baird, 10, at the first esport tournament at ILT Stadium Southland on Saturday.

The organiser of Invercargill's first esport tournament feels they've proved a point, he says the question is whether the community is willing to back the esport growth?

Stadium to tap into esports growth

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt, left, and Your Corps Multiplayer Video Gaming founder James Wards ...

ILT Stadium Southland boss Nigel Skelt sees “massive potential” in the esports industry and is eager for the Invercargill venue to be a leader rather than a follower.

No hands, No excuses: One man's quest to make online gaming more accessible

Humphrey Hanley lives with epidermolysis bullosa, but hasn’t let that stop him making a mark in the online gaming world.

His condition means it takes him up to four hours a day to get ready. But that hasn’t stopped Humphrey Hanley from achieving online notoriety.

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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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