Thorn in Wallabies camp video

There was no mistaking Brad Thorn as he helped the Wallabies prepare for the their Bledisloe Cup opener.

In a sight to make All Blacks fans weep, Brad Thorn is helping out the Wallabies.

Chiefs up against history

Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby.

No team has travelled from South Africa to New Zealand, then won a playoff match since 1998.

Celebrations cost a win

Masterton Red Star have received a valuable reminder about converting tries in a timely fashion.

With seconds to go, they scored a try. But their celebratory high-fives came too soon - and went on too long.

Guptill shows golf power

Martin Guptill's golf swing stats were pretty impressive.

Black Caps master blaster records club head and ball speed far in excess of most pros.

Reynolds to face court

Josh Reynolds plays for the Bulldogs in their loss to the Broncos in Brisbane on Thursday, one night before the alleged ...

Wests Tigers' A$3 million recruit was allegedly drunk and abusive at Sydney pub.

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Basin's Pakistan ODI bonus

Captain Kane Williamson, right, and team-mates line up for the national anthem before the Black Caps faced Pakistan in ...

Basin Reserve won't host an England test but looks set to stage two ODIs against Pakistan in January.

'Frustrated' Warner backs fair share

Australian cricketer David Warner remains unemployed like his team-mates but is unrepentant about their demands for a ...

Cricket star David Warner says they just want to play, but won't give up on their revenue share demands.

Tall Ferns bounce back

Jillian Harmon led the Tall Ferns to victory on the second day of the Fiba Asia Cup with 23 points.

The New Zealand women's basketballers took their record to 1-1 at the Asia Cup with a victory over North Korea.

High shot hum bugs

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire in Christchurch on Saturday.

When is a yellow not a yellow? Here are some of the big calls which have created a stir this year.

Life ban for league attack

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers was cleared of any wrongdoing after an attack which saw an official banned for ...

Kiwis international cleared of wrongdoing, but official receives life ban for attack.

Aumua set to roar again

Hooker Asafo Aumua was a powerhouse for the New Zealand under-20 side at the recent world championships in Georgia.

Try-scoring machine that is New Zealand under-20s hooker Asafo Aumua is primed for another big campaign with Wellington.

Jackson to ref Crusaders

Referee Glen Jackson awards a try to Julian Savea during the Crusaders' 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on ...

Glen Jackson is not exactly a favourite of Crusaders fans. Now he will control the Super Rugby semi against the Chiefs.

Owens v McCaw, now Phelps v shark

US sprinter Jesse Owens won gold in the men's 100m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The bizarre history of humans racing animals, all the way back to the man who embarrassed Adolf Hitler.

Decision to play defended

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach (right) said playing the Super Rugby quarterfinal match at AMI Stadium last Saturday night ...

Talk that Super Rugby quarterfinal between Crusaders and Highlanders should have been postponed dismissed by Crusaders boss.

Hasler's Bulldogs future on agenda

Not since 2004 has an NRL team coached by Des Hasler failed to make the playoffs.

It might cost them $A1 million to sack Des Hasler but the Bulldogs are set to discuss their coach's future.

Highlanders need home advantage

Departing Highlander Malakai Fekitoa.

Playing on the road finished them off this year, so chasing home playoff games is a priority.

Hunt ruled out of Bledisloe Cup tests

Karmichael Hunt of the Wallabies in action during their recent test against Scotland.

Wallabies to be without Karmichael Hunt for first four matches of the Rugby Championship.

'Tough as teak' ex-AB dies

Tom Lister played eight tests as an All Black against, Australia, France, Wales, South Africa and the 1971 British and ...

South Canterbury's most-capped test All Black Tom Lister dies, aged 73.

Five debutants for Tall Blacks

Reuben Te Rangi will captain a youthful Tall Blacks team to the Asia Cup next month.

Paul Henare is taking a young and inexperienced group for New Zealand's first tilt at the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.

Paddon keen on Finish pace

Seb Marshall (left) and Hayden Paddon will contest their fourth WRC event together in the fast flowing Finish event.

Hayden Paddon is keen to be on the pace from the opening kilometre of Rally Finland.

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Bidwell: Thanks for the effort

Warriors lock Simon Mannering powers over for a try against the Cowboys.

OPINION: At least the Warriors had a genuine dig in Townsville, their efforts plain for all to see.

Brumbies' loss a relief - Cully

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

Pay dispute imperils Ashes

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

Rugby

Brumbies' loss a relief - Cully

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

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

Highlanders need home advantage

Departing Highlander Malakai Fekitoa.

Playing on the road finished them off this year, so chasing home playoff games is a priority.

'Tough as teak' ex-AB dies

Tom Lister played eight tests as an All Black against, Australia, France, Wales, South Africa and the 1971 British and ...

South Canterbury's most-capped test All Black Tom Lister dies, aged 73.

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.

Cricket

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.

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.

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Thorn in Wallabies camp

In a sight to make All Blacks fans weep, Brad Thorn is helping out the Wallabies.

Football

British striker joins mate at Tasman

Bala Town forward Kieran Smith will link up with Tasman United for the 2017/18 season.

Tasman United have signed Welsh Cup winner Kieran Smith.

Change of scenery will benefit Boxall

Michael Boxall marks up against Nani during the Confederations Cup match between the All Whites and Portugal.

All Whites defender makes losing debut for Minnesota United.

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.

League

Hasler's Bulldogs future on agenda

Not since 2004 has an NRL team coached by Des Hasler failed to make the playoffs.

It might cost them $A1 million to sack Des Hasler but the Bulldogs are set to discuss their coach's future.

Bidwell: Thanks for the effort

Warriors lock Simon Mannering powers over for a try against the Cowboys.

OPINION: At least the Warriors had a genuine dig in Townsville, their efforts plain for all to see.

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.

Basketball

Five debutants for Tall Blacks

Reuben Te Rangi will captain a youthful Tall Blacks team to the Asia Cup next month.

Paul Henare is taking a young and inexperienced group for New Zealand's first tilt at the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.

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.

Golf

Driving range hazard for residents video

Carolyn Gadsby was hanging the washing out last year when a golf ball hit the clothes line.

A Masterton street has been under siege from flying golf balls for nearly two decades.

Spieth's wild ride to glory

Jordan Spieth celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

In company of sporting greats a fortnight ago, Jordan Spieth carves his own remarkable story at Royal Birkdale.

Ko 20th at Marathon Classic

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

Lydia Ko finishes 12 shots back from Marathon Classic winner In-Kyung Kim.

Spieth wins British Open thriller video

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

US golfer wins a tense late round duel to lift the Claret Jug after throwing away the lead on a nervy front nine.

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

Tomic: 'I'm trapped by tennis'

Bernard Tomic says he wouldn't pursue tennis if he had his time over.

Millions earned, but since the sport chose him he doesn't have to like it, Australian tennis brat says.

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.

Other sports

Eqypt win squash junior double

Egypt's Marwan Tarek celebrates becoming the World Junior Squash Champion in Tauranga on Monday.

The African nation claimed both titles at the World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga.

Josh Scott out to defend junior world title

Josh Scott riding in Belgium this month as a lead up to the UCI junior track championships.

Canterbury cyclist Josh Scott has had a successful couple of months in Belgium ahead of the UCI junior world championships next month.

Kiwi pair set for worlds

Julia Ratcliffe looks set to be added to the New Zealand team for the world champs in London.

Hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe and discus exponent Marshall Hall look to have done enough to make it to London.

Five medals for NZ para team

James Turner of Australia celebrates with Kiwis Williams Stedman and Keegan Pitcher after the men's T36 800m final.

800m runners William Stedman and Keegan Pitcher add to NZ's medal haul.

Motorsport

Caravan thieves steal slice of history

The Brabham at the Hampton Downs race track in north Waikato.

Vintage car linked to Great Train Robbers was stored inside stolen caravan.

Paddon keen on Finish pace

Seb Marshall (left) and Hayden Paddon will contest their fourth WRC event together in the fast flowing Finish event.

Hayden Paddon is keen to be on the pace from the opening kilometre of Rally Finland.

Duncan back on top

Courtney Duncan currently leads the world championship standings.

´╗┐Kiwi motorcross star returns to the top of women's world championship standings.

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.

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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