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Jordan Ngatai looks frontrunner for NZ Breakers' final full roster position

The NZ Breakers are likely to turn to a Tall Black for their final full roster spot for 2017-18.

Meet Conor McGregor: The 'mummy's boy' with fury in his fists

From trainee plumber to MMA star, Conor McGregor was "born with his fists clenched", mum says.

Cricket legends bemoan Windies' latest test woes

"I really fear that this series could be one of the saddest for test cricket," former England captain says.

Former Springboks loose forward Pierre Spies retires from rugby

Pierre Spies calls it quits after rotten run of injuries - including blood clots in his lungs prior to 2007 RWC - hampered his career.

Mark Reason: The Pinetree who gave New Zealand shelter, Sir Colin Meads

OPINION: Colin Meads was the man a young country aspired to be.

Chris Wood, 'get on with it' like Neymar - Burnley boss

Kiwi striker told to forget about the money and get on with the football, just as Neymar did in going to PSG.

Chris Wood gets a 'proper bash' at the English Premier League with Burnley

$26m Kiwi footballer has had tastes of the EPL, but now "I feel I've got a proper opportunity".

Sir Colin Meads in the modern era - stats analysis of an All Blacks legend

Stats analysis of how All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads may have fared in pro rugby.

'Cardboard cutout' Wallabies slammed as Bledisloe test fallout continues

Blowtorch applied to coach Michael Cheika and his "dysfunctional robots" as Australian media take aim.

Kiwi age-group international Katie Rood signs with Italian club Juventus

Former age-group international Katie Rood says her dream has become a reality.

Wayne Rooney scores 200th English Premier League goal

Wayne Rooney joins Alan Shearer as the only footballers to score 200 goals in the English top-flight.

Blues announce re-signing of Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai through till 2019

Tana Umaga brings back Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai to maintain continuity in his back three.

Terminally ill belle of the ball Hannah Rye dies

15-year-old whose school ball dream came true on the arm of a NRL star loses her battle with cancer.

Farah Palmer: Black Ferns will go all the way at World Cup

Former NZ captain believes the WRWC is the Black Ferns' to lose.

Australia slip out of world rugby's top four ranked nations

Wallabies drop to fifth in the world rugby rankings after their humbling defeat to the All Blacks.

Victoria Azarenka to miss US Open over child custody battle

Two-time grand slam winner pulls out due to child custody battle.

Leeds offer free exchange on Chris Wood shirts as he signs for Burnley

Leeds offer fans a free exchange on Chris Wood shirts as the Kiwi striker departs for Burnley in the EPL.

Former England five-eighth Toby Flood could play for Germany at 2019 World Cup

If Eddie Jones shuts the door on England future, then five-eighth could represent Germany at 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Kiwi expected in World XI team to play in Pakistan

A world XI to play three T20s in Pakistan in September will be named this week.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua open to fighting MMA star

No submissions, but kicks, elbows and biting would all be OK, heavyweight boxing champ says.

Suspicious betting identified in ATP Tour match between Alexandr Dolgopolov and Thiago Monteiro

Big bets pour in for the tennis world No 114 prior to his surprise win on the ATP Tour over the world No 63.

Two stars of USA's winning Solheim Cup team will contest New Zealand Women's Open

Two of America's winning Solheim Cup team will play at New Zealand's first LPGA tournament next month.

Australia's sole warm-up match cancelled due to rain

Rain forces abandonment of Australia's practice match for their two test series against Bangladesh.

Western Force to explore competition in Asia if court case against ARU fails

Axed Super Rugby franchise ponders its next move should its court case against the ARU fail.

Defence coach Nathan Grey confident in Wallabies defensive plan

​Besieged Wallabies defence coach believes his blueprint will work once players execute it correctly.

Brumbies back Christian Lealiifano confirms short-term Ulster deal

Brumbies utility back Christian Lealiifano confirms he will join Irish club Ulster on a short-term deal.

NRL players warn of boycotts if pay deal not struck

Progress being made in NRL players pay dispute, but World Cup boycott warning still stands.

Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn rematch confirmed for Brisbane

Manny Pacquiao will fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, probably in November.

Formula One launches eSports virtual drivers world championship

Formula One will have a virtual world champion as well as a real one after launching eSports series.

Opinion: Neil Henry has been 'Hayned' while Jarryd Hayne's career slipping away

The fine art of coaching involves moulding and manipulating your players like they are plasticine to get what you all want: a premiership.

Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry sacked

The Gold Coast Titans have sacked coach Neil Henry after his fallout with Jarryd Hayne.

Wallabies wary of All Blacks' attacking depth and need to make better start

Fixing the holes in their own defence is top priority for the Wallabies, but they're also aware of the All Blacks' threats.

Canberra Raiders fan has membership cancelled for spitting at NRL ref Ashley Klein

Raiders fan spat in referee Ashley Klein's direction at halftime and was ejected from the stadium.

All Blacks put through 'honest' video review in preparation for Bledisloe II in Dunedin

They fell asleep at the wheel and were 'outsmarted' by the Wallabies at scrum time. The All Blacks learnt plenty from their video review of Bledisloe I.

A punt who came off: Jeetan Patel leads Warwickshire into another playoff with big wicket haul

Six past or present Black Caps remain in England's T20 playoffs, with Jeetan Patel and Luke Ronchi starring.

Shaun Johnson's talk of effort and heart brings Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston to mind

OPINION: Really, Shaun Johnson? Warriors star's comments about effort and heart have left Hamish Bidwell pondering.

Wallabies hail Colin Meads as 'world rugby great' and express trust in their defensive systems

Wallabies 'licking wounds' but ready to 'get stuck in again', vows defensive coach Nathan Grey.

Aly Raisman calls for sweeping changes, saying USA Gymnastics failed to stop 'Monster'

US star gymnast says national body failed to stop osteopath who is charged with sexual misconduct.

Sir Colin Meads bows out of horse racing a winner

Horse racing was a great passion for Sir Colin Meads. On Wednesday one of his horses gave him a final win.

Western Australia State Government threatens legal action which could bankrupt Australian Rugby Union

State Government threatens to sue Australian Rugby Union to the tune of $1m following Western Force axing.

Sir Colin Meads will be remembered as a great mate

The death of All Black legend Sir Colin Meads leaves a hollow feeling at his rugby club, Waitete.

That time Sir Colin Meads taught me a drinking game

Attempting to go beer for beer with a bunch of All Blacks was always going to end badly - and Pinetree told me as much.

Current All Blacks locks in awe of Sir Colin Meads' skill-set

Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock open up about 'amazing' Meads.

Another century for a New Zealand cricketer in England's women's Twenty20 competition

Days after Suzie Bates racked up the first ever century in England's domestic women's Twenty20 competition, another Kiwi has joined her.

Shea Ili enhances reputation after standout campaign with Tall Blacks in Beirut

Star Tall Blacks point guard creates headaches for Paul Henare after standout Asia Cup campaign.

Phil Gifford: Colin Meads once thought he wasn't liked by many rugby fans

How wrong he was. Phil Gifford recalls his first conversation with Sir Colin Meads 40 years ago.

Kiwis coaching staff bolstered for World Cup campaign

Long-serving NRL coach Brian Smith joins Kiwis as a technical advisor for under pressure coach David Kidwell.

New Zealand cyclist Bradly Knipe on track for big year after 'incredible' overseas experience

New Zealand cyclist Bradly Knipe is looking to build on his 'incredible' two month stint in the United States.

Brisbane council concerns put Horn-Pacquiao rematch in doubt

Brisbane City Council won't commit to bout until Pacquiao confirms he has signed contract.
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