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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...

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...

Browning to take on the ‘big boys’

Chris Tobin Greymouth stockcar racer Kurt Browning is venturing into the unknown this week but he is excited by the prospect and looking forward to it The 22-year-old engineer travels to Gisborne today to contest the New Zealand Stockcar Championships on Friday and Saturday. More than 150 of the country best drivers are taking part, with only five from the South Island. "I've...

Zoi nails it in medal chase

Pyeongchang New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has emerged as a medal threat after landing a backside 900 to qualify for the Winter Olympics big air final. The 16-year-old qualified fifth for Friday's 12-woman medal round after her second jump was awarded 92 points in PyeongChang, putting her briefly in the lead. Sadowski-Synnott, who missed the slopestyle final last week, sat 11th after...

Bennett sticks with England for another two years

London Wayne Bennett has agreed a new two-year deal to remain as England head coach, the Rugby Football League has announced. The length of Bennett's new contract suggests he will not lead England into the next World Cup in 2021, when he will be 71. The RFL says the Brisbane Broncos coach will be eligible to lead the British Lions on their...

Hunt barred from Reds training

Sydney Karmichael Hunt will not be permitted to resume training with the Queensland Reds despite dodging a conviction for drug possession. The 31-year-old's future remains in the hands of Rugby Australia, which says it has "resumed" an investigation into his conduct after prosecutors dropped a cocaine charge against him in court yesterday. A statement from Rugby Australia said Hunt would continue his...

Ngatai, Cane to co-captain Chiefs

Hamilton The Chiefs have named stalwarts Charlie Ngatai and Sam Cane as their co-captains for the upcoming 2018 Super Rugby season. Cane has shared the role with Aaron Cruden over the past two campaigns before the first-five departed for France last year. Ngatai has captained both the Maori All Blacks and Taranaki under new Chiefs coach Colin Cooper, who had no hesitation...

Black Caps coach defends tri-series quicks

Auckland Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has sought to take the pressure off his struggling death bowlers by saying all three of his Twenty20 tri-series quicks have toiled throughout the tournament. Deploying Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the latter stages of England's innings on Sunday, the New Zealanders shipped 61 runs in four overs. Those expensive overs ultimately helped...

Ko finishes 19th at Australian Open

Auckland New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has finished in a disappointing tie for 19th at her season-opening Women's Australian Open event in Adelaide. Former world No 1 Ko, in 12th place at the end of Saturday's third round, could only hit an even-par 72 in yesterday's final round of action. She thus finished with an overall score of three under. Ko hit...

NZ claims historic equestrian win

Auckland The New Zealand team have made history by winning the year's first showjumping FEI Nations Cup event in the United Arab Emirates. The New Zealand quartet of Samantha McIntosh, Bruce Goodin, Richard Gardner and Daniel Meech were level with Ireland at top of the table after two rounds, but pipped their rivals in a jump off to seal the title. It...
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