Super Rugby finalists confirmed

INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 14: Ben Smith of the Highlanders looks on prior to the round 18 Super Rugby match ...

There will be four Kiwi sides in the finals after the Bulls smash the Lions to keep the Highlanders in a playoff spot.

Ferns outclassed by Canada

Canada's Jayde Riviere, left, and Football Ferns captain Ali Riley compete for the ball.

9:00 AM  Football Ferns' path to knockout stages narrows after second loss at World Cup in France.

Folau case bigger than RWC

Israel Folau has appealed his sacking by Rugby Australia.

OPINION: Mob hysteria is the tone of the times but the legal system should be above that, writes Mark Reason.

Kaino captains Toulouse to title

Jerome Kaino - pictured hoisting the World Cup in 2011 - has finally won a domestic honour after captaining Toulouse to ...

10:32 AM  First domestic honour for veteran two-time Rugby World Cup winner.

Sri Lanka sulk after loss

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne and his team are set to cop the wrath of the ICC for not conducting their ...

Unhappy at perceived inferior treatment by the ICC, Sri Lanka lock themselves in changing room after defeat to Australia.

opinion

How St Peter's changed my mind video

St Peter's College have 1300 students, the vast majority of whom would love to be in the 1XV.

OPINION: 1XV rugby seems like a lot of weight on teenagers' shoulders. But is it that different from other kids their age?

Adams likely to reject Tall Blacks

New Zealand's finest basketballer set to make the big call on whether he suits up at World Cup.

Hey USA, stop being dorks and play

Why Jason Day chose Steve Williams

Rugby

Cooper shocker in nightmare week video

Quade Cooper of the Rebels looks dejected after a defeat to the Chiefs dashed the Melbourne team's playoff hopes.

Wallabies pivot gifted two costly tries to the Chiefs, writes Paul Cully.

Highlanders: We can beat anyone

Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger believes his side will be a danger to anyone if they make the finals.

Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger would love to get another crack at the Crusaders in the finals.

Chiefs hope to face Crusaders

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper would prefer his side play the Crusaders rather than the Jaguares in the Super Rugby quarterfinals.

A trip to Christchurch rather than Buenos Aires is the preferred option next weekend, says coach Colin Cooper.

Chiefs into playoffs

Chiefs captain Sam Cane scored the opening try of the game against the Rebels.

Bonus-point win over Rebels in Melbourne has Chiefs assured of a quarterfinal berth.

Cricket

Pakistan pumped for India upset

Pakistan are eyeing up the chance to be heroes in their huge World Cup clash against India.

Underdogs excited by the chance to be heroes when they do battle in massive World Cup clash.

England hammer West Indies video

Joe Root's century steered England home against the West Indies.

But injuries to England captain and key batsman dampen big win as Joe Root cruises to another ton.

Warner, Smith's redemption video

Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to international cricket after their year-long bans.

Narrative changing as disgraced duo fix the damage they caused in Australian cricket's biggest car crash.

Sri Lanka: 'Not sour grapes' video

Sri Lankan officials have formally complained to the ICC about unfair pitches and treatment.

Seething officials make formal complaint about unfair treatment and a pitch they think favours Australia.

Video

Aussie top Black Caps after win

Mitchell Starc triggers Sri Lanka collapse after Aaron Finch's big ton, as Australia overtake the Black Caps.

Football

Ukraine win under-20 World Cup

Ukraine's team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Fifa under-20 World Cup final in Poland.

Dynamo Kiev clubmates grab all three goals in come-from-behind victory.

Recap: Football Ferns v Canada

Football Ferns goalkeeper Erin Nayler could be in for a busy night against World No 5 Canada in Grenoble.

New Zealand fall to Canada in their second group match at the World Cup.

Durante leaves with legend status

Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund formed the Phoenix's most iconic defensive partnership.

Departing captain hailed as Wellington's greatest ever player by his former centre-back partner.

Star's message to Thai keeper

Carli Lloyd talks to Sukanya Chor Charoenying following the United States' record 13-0 win.

The goalkeeper who allowed 13 goals the Women's World Cup has thanked Carli Lloyd for offering words of encouragement following the humiliation.

League

Warriors showing their better side video

Lachlan Burr said the Warriors were able to stick to their strengths in the end to beat the Titans.

Lachlan Burr says the Warriors showed against the Titans they're a gutsy team.

Smith happier at hooker for Kiwis

Brandon Smith has rarely got to play at hooker for the Storm this year.

Michael Maguire has two options on how to use Brandon Smith next week.

Tonga's statement of intent

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf is plotting to engineer another upset against the Kiwis.

This week may be all about redemption for NZ, but Tonga also have a point to prove.

Maloney gives Panthers thrilling NRL win

James Maloney has led the Panthers to a win against the Rabbitohs on Saturday.

Birthday boy sends a message to NSW State of Origin selectors.

Basketball

NBL: Southland Sharks beat Southern Huskies

Alex Pledger helps himself to two points against the Huskies on Saturday.

The Southland Sharks record an important win in Invercargill.

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Talented teen chasing hoop dreams

Charlisse Leger-Walker in action at the Fiba world under-18 3x3 championships in Mongolia.

Waikato basketball sensation set to continue her globetrotting exploits as she suits up for the Tall Ferns.

Bold signing pays off

Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard celebrates after the buzzer.

A year ago, Kawhi Leonard played just nine games. Today, he has a strong claim to the title of best basketball player on the planet.

Golf

Kiwi golfer pipped for title

Amelia Garvey finished runner-up at the women's British Amateur. (FILE PHOTO)

Amelia Garvey went down by a shot in the final of the prestigious tournament.   

Woodland leads by two at US Open video

Gary Woodland has set a 36-hole scoring record for the US Open at Pebble Beach.

American golfer makes miracle birdie on his final hole to set Pebble Beach US Open record.

Woods not giving up

Tiger Woods endured a tough second round at the US Open.

Tiger Woods is seven shots behind, and it feels like more.

Justin Rose sublime at US Open

Justin Rose waves to the crowd on the 18th green after carding a 65 in the first round of the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Justin Rose plays alongside Tiger Woods, and then joins him in the US Open record book at Pebble Beach

Netball

Jury to the Pulse?

Magic defender Kelly Jury, right, defends against Tactix goal shoot Ellie Bird during a game this season.

Waikato netball franchise made best possible offer to keep top defender.

Silver Ferns all business

Rivals one week, World Cup team-mates the next: Laura Langman and Maria Folau will soon leave their Australian club ...

Noeline Taurua hopes an intense five-day training camp on the Sunshine Coast will get her team ready for the World Cup.

Pulse help devastated marae

Tiana Metuarau of the Pulse celebrates winning the ANZ Premiership netball final over the Stars, on Queen's Birthday Monday.

After their victory parade was rained off, the Pulse have sprung to the rescue of Island Bay marae.

Mot man's Silver Fern match-up video

Jamie Brown will be taking to the court with his male counterparts to help prepare the Silver Ferns for next month's ...

A televised hit-out against the Silver Ferns will provide an historic moment for Motueka's other international netballer.

Tennis

Daniell reaches final in Netherlands

Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof are into the final in the Netherlands.

The No 2 Kiwis doubles player is a win away from his second title of the year.

Murray targets singles return

Andy Murray doesn't want to rush back to playing singles again.

Andy Murray says he won't be playing singles in time for the US Open.

Nadal dominance reflects badly on youth

Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy following the men's singles final against Dominic Thiem on Monday.

OPINION: Younger players are not stepping up to the mark to challenge the 30-somethings, writes Simon Briggs.

Barty chooses beer and steak

Ashleigh Barty returned to the scene of her career highlight on Sunday morning for the champion's photoshoot having ...

Ash Barty goes for Aussie-style favourites after French Open win.

combat sports

Adesanya v Whittaker in Vegas?

Israel Adesanya faces a UFC middleweight unification fight with Robert Whittaker.

The biggest fight night in Australasian MMA history looks set for Las Vegas because of NRL grand final.

Don King 'causes trouble' for Parker

Controversial boxing promoter Don King has hampered Team Parker's negotiations with Eric Molina according to David Higgins.

Parker set to fight Alex Leapai in US following legendary boxing promoter's intervention.

Nelson boxers strike southern gold

Three boxers from Nelson's Dixon Boxing gym won titles at the South Island Golden Gloves. Pictured are Jack Senkeldan,  ...

Boxing trio achieve a royal return from first amateur effort.

Joseph Parker to fight Alex Leapai?

Joseph Parker could be in for a change of opponent for his US fight at the end of this month.

Remember this guy? Joseph Parker tipped to fight blast from the past.

Racing

Jockey club wants certainty

Avondale Jockey Club admits it needs an overhaul.

The plan announced on Saturday would involve demolishing "unattractive and not-fit-for-purpose facilities".

Additup makes amends

Proud owners Mary Gazzard and Brett Inglis give the 11-year-old Additup well earned attention after he reversed his ...

An 11-year-old gelding who had the dubious honour of being the last horse ever past the post at the Waimate gallops made amends by winning five days later at Timaru.

Ostrich and camel races return

The 2019 Penn National Races have brought back the ostrich exhibition race, due to popular demand.

Jockeys take a tumble in the ostrich race at the Pennsylvania gallops.

Jockey hints to coming back to NZ

Sam Weatherley with his Apprentice of the Year award in 2017, with apprentice mentor Noel Harris.

Sam Weatherly was riding pretend horses around his living room, now the young buck is living in Sydney.

Motorsport

McLaughlin wins from pole

Scott McLaughlin is congratulated by team-mate Fabian Coulthard after winning race one for the Darwin Triple Crown round ...

Kiwi driver continues stellar season as makes fantastic start to Triple Crown bid.

NZ's most sophisticated drifter

"Mad" Mike Whiddett has pulled off many crazy stunts and drifting a Slambo - a 2019 Lamborghini Huracán - will be up ...

If you've ever dreamed of owning a Lamborghini, this was unlikely to be in your plans.

McLaughlin quickest in Darwin

Scott McLaughlin is the early pace setter in Darwin.

The Kiwi driver is attempting to be the first driver to win the Darwin Triple Crown.

Containers in, sports fans out

The track has sat empty for nine months.

High Court action beckons for council after decision to turn race track into a container storage yard.

Other sports

Evans homers in Black Sox win video

Joel Evans (R) has made a habit of clutch home runs for the Black Sox (file photo).

Slugging second baseman finds his groove in close contest in the Czech Republic.

Exploring Sir Ed Hillary's legacy

In the years after he climbed Everest with Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary devoted himself to building schools and ...

Former prime minister Helen Clark and Sir Ed's daughter went on an 11-day hike in the Himalayas to explore his legacy.

AFL skipper in trouble over pinches

Bruises are seen on Orazio Fantasia's arm after run-ins with Ben Stratton of the Hawks on Friday.

Ben Stratton faces misconduct fine for repeatedly pinching his Aussie Rules opponent.

Willis: I got my answer for Tokyo

Nick Willis stepped up in distance and got spat out the back. Now he's fully focused on the 1500.

Kiwi two-time Olympic 1500m medallist is now fully focused on the four-lap race for last two major championships.

aims games

Big leap in AIMS Games entries

Anchor AIMS Games event director Vicki Semple has had a busy week, fielding late entries to another record-setting ...

Rugby and hockey have big leap in entries for AIMS Games in Tauranga.

Diver bows out a winner

Tauranga Intermediate principal Brian Diver watches on as his school’s basketball perform a haka in his honour during ...

Aims Games co-founder couldn't have scripted a better farewell with Tauranga Intermediate capturing basketball gold.

Watch: Day six highlights

Final day highlights from the AIMS Games in Tauranga.

All the action from the final day of the big event in Tauranga, which has drawn more than 10,000 competitors.

Limo ride for winners

Kamo Intermediate kids enjoy a limo ride, shouted by their parents, after their hockey win at the AIMS Games

Just a small school, so Piopio College students overjoyed with bronze medal.

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The Fumble

Curry now believes moon landing video

Steph Curry says he doesn't think people ever landed on the moon.

"I'm genuinely sorry for how that came across," NBA star Steph Curry says.

Curry's conspiracy theory video

Stephen Curry is the latest NBA player with conspiracy theories.

Warriors star Steph Curry joins long list of NBA conspiracy theorists.

Warriors give Green 'some time off'

Draymond Green Dared Kevin Durant To Leave Warriors! ” We Don’t Need You To Win”

Spat with Kevin Durant on ice as team-mate rival rested with a "lingering" toe injury.

Durant done with Warriors? video

Warriors star Kevin Durant was calling for the ball, but Draymond Green thought it better to go it alone. Trigger the spat.

NBA star "trying to move on" from altercation with team-mate Draymond Green, but they're still not talking.