Jones praises 'old mate' Cheika video

Eddie Jones head coach of England and Michael Cheika (L) head coach of Australia talk on the pitch  in 2018.

4 min ago  England coach Eddie Jones has offered an unexpected olive branch to Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika.

Hansen's side of youth, power

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and his assistant Ian Foster have picked a side they back to use its attacking flair ...

ABs coach hopes to clobber Ireland with battle-hardened veterans, youthful enthusiasm and a dynamite game plan.

Wallabies under the pump

Rumour has it Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's temper has become increasingly volcanic in recent months.

OPINION: Aussie rugby has lost standing at home, but a quarterfinal win over England could reverse a slow decline.

SBW says ABs have evolved

Sonny Bill Williams has been named on the All Blacks' bench for Saturday's quarterfinal at Tokyo Stadium.

Veteran midfielder says he and Ryan Crotty must help prepare chosen midfielders as best they can for Ireland clash.

Read: We have to come fired up

Captain Kieran Read says he hasn't even thought about the fact this could be his final week with the All Blacks.

It might well be the All Blacks skipper's final week in the test rugby arena. But not if he has anything to do with it.

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Adam Blair in Nines squad

Adam Blair has flown into Sydney to join the Kiwi Nines squad.

Veteran forward Adam Blair has been added to the New Zealand squad for the World Nines, which starts in Sydney on Friday.

Ireland team to face All Blacks

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his team to face the All Blacks.

12 Irish starters in RWC quarterfinal were there when Ireland beat the All Blacks last November.

Wheel Blacks carve own path video

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Cameron Leslie of the Wheel Blacks makes a break during the match between Victoria Thunder ...

The Wheel Blacks play their first game at the World Wheel Chair Rugby Challenge in Japan.

Petaia, Beale in for Wallabies

Jordan Petaia will start at centre for the Wallabies against England.

Dane Haylett-Penny misses out altogether, while James O'Connor drops to Wallabies bench.

Springboks name full-strength team

Rassie Erasmus has named his Springboks team to play Japan.

Big guns back as Springboks look to avoid repeat of the 'Miracle in Brighton' from 2015.

Read: 'We have to come fired up'

Captain Kieran Read says he hasn't even thought about the fact this could be his final week with the All Blacks.

It may be the skip's final week in the test rugby arena. But not if he has anything to do with it.

Hansen's two Everests to climb

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters he can only sit back and enjoy it in Japan when his horse Nature Strip ...

"There's not a lot I can do. I can't ride him," says All Blacks coach of horse he owns in a $15 million race.

Air NZ shows Irish the door

"In the event of an early New Zealand try, lean forward into the crouch position with your head in your hands."

Airline releases a cheeky "safety video" teasing Ireland supporters ahead of Saturday's knockout clash in Tokyo.

Itoje urges crackdown on racism

England second-rower Maro Itoje has impressed in Japan and will start the quarterfinal against the Wallabies.

England second-rower calls for a tougher stand to be made against racism in sports "as it's obviously not working".

Rising son's cup pride

Tasman's Uchida Keisuke is proud but unsurprised at Japan's emergence at the Rugby World Cup.

The Brave Blossoms' giant killing deeds at the Rugby World Cup have not surprised the Tasman Mako's Japanese import.

opinion

Best is yet to come: FitzSimons

The All Blacks remain the strong  favourites to win the World Cup.

OPINION: The Rugby World Cup goes up a level with the quarterfinals this weekend.

Lost in translation

Jamie Joseph's team has got a lot right at this World Cup, but they've missed the target with one aspect, writes Marc Hinton.

Sorry Japan, defence wins Cups

Three ABs in RWC form team

Rugby

Jordie's boot seals bench spot

Ben Smith has missed out on the All Blacks match-day 23 for the quarterfinal against Ireland.

Steve Hansen reveals reason why Ben Smith missed out to Jordie Barrett for a place on ABs bench against Ireland.

Read: We have to come fired up

Captain Kieran Read says he hasn't even thought about the fact this could be his final week with the All Blacks.

It might well be the All Blacks skipper's final week in the test rugby arena. But not if he has anything to do with it.

Goodhue in, SBW on bench

Jack Goodhue will join Anton Lienert-Brown in the midfield.

Steve Hansen picks young midfield combination as All Blacks' match-winner in the 2013 Dublin test misses out.

Ellison brothers loving Japan life

While Leon, Jacob and Tamati are loving life in Japan, they plan to head home to New Zealand in the future.

For the rugby-playing trio, keeping themselves and their whanau connected to Māori culture is important.

Cricket

Williamson, Boult eye The Hundred

Black Caps pace spearhead Trent Boult is among the throngs chasing a spot in The Hundred in England next year.

Star duo set the highest reserve at $204k of the 30 NZ cricketers in the draft for new English competition.

Pregnant Ferns skipper world's best

Amy Satterthwaite was in rich form for New Zealand against Australia earlier this year.

White Ferns expecting mother now rated as the top one-day bat.

Yeah! Girls coming to Marlborough

Yeah! Girls is best described as "Cricket, but not as you know it".

It's cricket, but not as you know it.

Mitchell grabs boundary stunner

Daryl Mitchell celebrates the wicket of MS Dhoni of India during game three of their series in February.

Allrounder shows his range of skills with an acrobatic leap and catch assist at Black Caps shakedown.

Football

EPL striker Phoenix's marquee man

Gary Hooper speaks to media at his official unveiling.

Wellington Phoenix have landed the marquee striker they believe will catapult the club back into playoff contention.

Football Ferns begin Olympic prep

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Ali Riley, Sarah Gregorius and Abby Erceg of New Zealand Women wave to the crowd after the ...

New Zealand will contest a four-team tournament during the November international window.

Ex-EPL boss to help A-League

Former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has become a "special advisor" to the A-League.

The man who helped turn the EPL into a worldwide commercial behemoth has officially joined the push to save the A-League.

Football star denies kiss had sexual intent

Paul Gascoigne arrives at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough, where he is appearing on charges of sexually assaulting ...

Paul Gascoigne is on trial accused of sexual assault after the passenger alleged he "forcibly and sloppily" planted an unwanted kiss on her lips.

League

Former Warrior Kata joins Brumbies

Solomone Kata will be a utility player for the Brumbies.

Having failed to make it into the first grade team at the Storm, Kata is moving to rugby.

All Blacks son keen to play with SJ

Fresh off a run to the grand final, Bailey Simonsson is set to make his Kiwis debut.

Sevens convert Bailey Simonsson follows in the footsteps of his All Blacks dad.

Guide to World Cup 9s

Shaun Johnson will be the key man for the Kiwis.

Key match-ups, rules and the tournament dark horse to keep an eye on.

Why Tonga denied Folau comeback

Israel Folau remains locked in a bitter court battle with Rugby Australia over his sacking for a controversial social ...

Tonga coach breaks silence on why he went without Israel Folau.

Basketball

Abercrombie extends Breakers contract

Tom Abercrombie has extended his time at the Breakers.

In a time of much change, a Breakers staple is recommitting to the club.

Protesters vent anger at LeBron James

Lebron James' standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments he made about free speech.

Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James, chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech

LeBron wades in on China debate

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James sits on the bench during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game ...

Basketball's biggest superstar has given his take on the NBA v China dispute.

Trump 'impotent, cowardly' - NBA coach

President Donald Trump has a "feckless, impotent and cowardly" approach to authoritarian leaders, according to Spurs ...

Veteran Spurs coach Popovich lands shots on president over his approach to authoritarian leaders.

Golf

Golfer hit with 58 penalty strokes

Lee Ann Walker, pictured in 2007, was hit with 58 penalty shots for her caddie helping her line up putts.

Unaware of new rule, Senior LPGA player gets penalised for caddie standing behind her to line up putts.

Tiger pens his 'definitive story'

Tiger Woods has revealed plans to write a memoir on his extraordinary life and golf career.

Golfing great to write the first and only direct account of his extraordinary life and career, says publisher.

Sky Sport sponsors NZ Open

Sky Chief Executive Martin Stewart says the New Zealand Open which has become a staple in the Kiwi sporting calendar.

Sky has already been golf event's broadcast partner for eight years.

Men and women to tee off together

NZ Golf chief executive Dean Murphy, left, mayor Grant Smith, sponsor Brian Green, Manawatū club general manager Warren ...

Manawatū Golf Club has secured a big new tournament for next year, where men and women will play against each other.

Netball

Kopua pregnant at World Cup

After beating Australia by one goal in the World Cup final and becoming Player Of The Match, netball legend Casey Kopua ...

Former Silver Ferns defender reveals she was carrying her second child during thrilling Netball World Cup win.

Diamonds inspired by McCaw

Lisa Alexander was able to celebrate a win in her 100th test in charge of the Australian Diamonds.

Richie McCaw an inspiration as Australian Diamonds mark coach's 100th test with win.

Tearful Folau to call time?

Silver Ferns shooter Maria Folau blinked back tears ahead of the second test against the Australian Diamonds.

Silver Ferns star Maria Folau blinks back tears as retirement looms, but coach Noeline Taurua is just grateful to have her there.

Recap: Silver Ferns v Australia

Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman takes a pass during the Constellation Cup test with Australia in Auckland.

Dominant Diamonds clinch six-goal win in Auckland to level the Constellation Cup series.

Tennis

Daniell reaches Moscow semis

New Zealand's Marcus Daniell is aiming to end the season on a high note with success in Russia.

Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald have had another big win at the Kremlin Cup.

Murray's dark road back

Andy Murray admits he came close to giving up on tennis, only to be persuaded by his wife Kim to carry on.

Without the support and boundless positivity of his wife Kim, the British tennis star says he might already have retired.

Cricket just the start for Spark Sport

Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen have helped raise the profile of Supercars in New Zealand.

OPINION: Spark Sport will go after other broadcasting rights when they become available soon.

"Shut up": Murray blasts rival

Andy Murray was angered by the antics of Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters.

Three-time Grand Slam singles champ tells Italian rival to keep his gob shut.

combat sports

Boxer dies after brain injuries

Patrick Day (L) and Charles Conwell exchange punches during the ill-fated fight.

Four days after his fight against Charles Conwell, Patrick Day died surrounded by family.

Life is a highway for Israel

Israel Adesanya shows off his new McLaren sports car

Israel Adesanya takes his social media followers for a ride in his new flash sports car.

Eager Parker back training video

Joseph Parker has resumed his Las Vegas camp with trainer Kevin Barry.

NZ heavyweight recovered from spider bite and desperate for end of year fight.

Morgan makes first WBU defence

Bowyn Morgan will make the first defence of his WBU title in Christchurch on October 19.

Kiwi boxer determined replacement opponent won't derail his career in own backyard.

Racing

Hansen's two Everests to climb

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters he can only sit back and enjoy it in Japan when his horse Nature Strip ...

"There's not a lot I can do. I can't ride him," says All Blacks coach of horse he owns in a $15 million race.

The Chosen One earns Caulfield start

Damian Lane riding The Chosen One leads the field across the line to win the Herbert Power Stakes in Melbourne on Saturday.

Kiwi stayer wins hard-fought victory in Herbert Power Stakes.

'Terrible' abuse before Melbourne Cup video

Australian trainer Darren Weir holds up the Melbourne Cup after his horse Prince of Penzance won in November 2015.

Video obtained by Australian police shows top horse being "jiggered" in the neck as trainer watches on.

Melbourne Cup trainer charged with cruelty

Darren Weir, right, trained Prince of Penzance to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Darren Weir has won some of Australia's biggest horse races, but now faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Motorsport

Game racing to get youngsters on board

Timaru race car driver Murray Beeby shows off collector cards and the race board game being launched for young and old ...

The South Canterbury Car Club is rolling the dice in an effort to rev up interest in motorsport among young people.

99 hairpins and one fast EV video

Romain Dumas setting a new record in the Volkswagen ID.R on the Tianmen Mountain road in China.

Experience VW's record-setting EV run up a mountain in China from the driver's seat.

McLaughlin defends Coulthard

Scott McLaughlin celebrating his Bathurst win which is now provisional.

Scott McLaughlin sympathises with Kiwi rival as Bathurst result remains provisional.

McLaughlin a proud Kiwi champ

Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin (L) and teammate Alex  Premat celebrate after winning the Bathurst 1000.

Kiwi with the "hybrid accent'' thrilled to follow boyhood hero to the podium pinnacle at Bathurst.

Other sports

Olympic marathons move from Tokyo

Eliud Kipchoge last week became the  first person to complete a marathon in  under two hours.

The International Olympic Committee wants to move the Tokyo Games marathons 500 miles north to avoid searing heat in the city

Baseball crowd sings Baby Shark

Fans do the 'Baby Shark' cheer as Gerardo Parra of the Washington Nationals bats in the sixth inning against the St ...

Crowd erupts into rendition of children's song as Nationals sweep Cardinals to make Major League decider.

Nike's controversial, record-breaking shoes

Eliud Kipchoge wore Nike ZoomX Vaporfly shoes when he broke the two-hour marathon barrier.

The marathon world record has been bettered on five occasions since the release of the Vaporfly, each time by an athlete wearing the shoe.

Kennett wins pro cycling tour

A screengrab from a television interview with Dylan Kennett after he won the 2019 Tour of Taihu in China.

"Immensely talented" South Canterbury cyclist nabs the biggest win of his professional road cycling career in China.

aims games

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.

Gold medal for Taradale

The Taradale team celebrate their mixed 6-aside finals win at the Anchor AIMS Games. .

Six hundred kids watch their hockey team via livestream in school hall.

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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.