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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...

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...

Paddon happy with fifth in Sweden

Wellington Hayden Paddon admits the long break before he drives again in the World Rally Championship is a downer following an encouraging fifth place in Sweden. New Zealand driver Paddon opened his reduced 2018 campaign with a solid four-day showing in the ice and snow of Rally Sweden, although he dropped a spot on the final day. Placings of eighth, fourth and...

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...
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