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Thurston shines in wet testimonial

Brisbane Not everything went to script but Johnathan Thurston lived up to his star billing to inspire North Queensland's 16-14 win over Melbourne in their blockbuster NRL trial. After a first half try, Thurston stepped up again in his testimonial with good mate Cameron Smith to set up three-try winger Kyle Feldt's match-winning four- pointer with just 18 seconds left to...

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...

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,...

English Roses loom as games threat

Gold Coast Growing up with twin brother and England soccer giant Phil Neville has given English netball coach Tracey Neville a unique insight as she prepares her improved side for a Commonwealth Games raid in April. England will arrive on the Gold Coast as arguably Australia's greatest threat for a fourth title in six Games after three wins against world No...

Injury toll hinders Blues opener

Wellington Tana Umaga has cast aside a hefty early-season injury toll to name a strong Blues side for their opening Super Rugby match against the Highlanders. All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino (ankle) is among 11 players Umaga could not consider for Friday's match in Dunedin. Yet he has still unveiled a starting XV featuring six test players in the starting line-up and...

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...
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