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King cruises in Chicago

Wellington Joelle King was untroubled in winning her first round match at the Windy City Open in Chicago, beating an English qualifier inside half an hour. New Zealand No 1 and tournament ninth seed King beat veteran former world No 2 Jenny Duncalf 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 to advance to what shapes as a challenging second round match. She is against fourth seed...

NRL cracking down on time wasting and play the ball

Sydney The NRL has moved to reduce time wasting after conversion attempts by putting a shot clock on an opposition team's restarts during the game. In a win for fans, referees will now call time off for 30 seconds after a conversion in a move the governing body claims will add an average of three minutes of real game time. "At the moment,...

Denver test unlikely, Kiwis, Roos Middle East possibility

David Skipwith A proposal for the Kiwis to play a test in Denver looks likely to be shot down but they could play the Kangaroos in Qatar if Australian coach Mal Meninga gets his way. The Kiwis are set to play the Kangaroos in New Zealand at the end of the year in the first trans-Tasman clash on home soil since...

Highlanders comfortable with changes

Dunedin Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is confident Super Rugby's new scrum and breakdown rules will not hamper his side when they start their 2018 campaign. The Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin tomorrow night, with SANZAAR ushering in another set of changes for players and fans to come to grips with. "I think it's been pretty easy to adapt to," Mauger said. "We...

Duckworth falls Aussies’ way

Auckland Rain has robbed New Zealand cricket fans of a grandstand Twenty20 tri-series final finish, with the heavens opening over Eden Park last night and handing Australia a 19-run win over New Zealand via the Duckworth-Lewis method. On what was supposed to be a batsman-friendly Eden Park wicket, the Black Caps simply failed to fire, securing a 150 for nine total...

Serena ‘almost died’ having daughter

Florida Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world No 1 tennis player said yesterday. Williams had previously revealed some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care. "I almost died after...

Argentina deals to Black Caps

Wellington New Zealand has crumbled in the second half to lose the opening women's hockey test against Argentina 4-0 in Buenos Aires. The world No 4 Black Sticks were holding firm following a scoreless first half this morning but the dam burst when Maria Granatto scored midway through the third quarter. Fellow striker Delfina Merino doubled the margin before teenager Julieta Jankunas...

Taurua to host Diamonds before games

Sydney The Australian Diamonds Commonwealth Games team will polish their preparation for the 2018 games on the Gold Coast alongside New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua at Sunshine Coast Lightning headquarters in March. The team of 12 will travel to Mooloolaba on Wednesday, March 28 before returning to the Village on Sunday, April 1, joining the wider Australian Commonwealth Games team. The move...

Three NZ skiers into halfpipe final

Pyeongchang Jossi Wells is on the sidelines but New Zealand can thank him for their strong showing in the Winter Olympics men's freeski halfpipe. The country will make up a quarter of the halfpipe final, with Wells' brothers Byron and Beau-James and Nico Porteous qualifying in PyeongChang. Byron was fourth in qualification yesterday, one place and 0.4 points ahead of flagbearer Beau-James,...

Black Caps bowlers key in T20 final

Auckland New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says bowling may prove the difference in tonight's Twenty20 tri-series final against Australia. An Eden Park pitch, which can only be described as a batsman's paradise, and the Auckland ground's short straight boundaries made for a record-breaking game the last time the teams played. Batting first, the Black Caps scored six for 243 on Friday, only...
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