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Ko calls for rule change after Thompson’s drama

California Lydia Ko has spoken out against the ruling which denied Lexi Thompson a major title at the ANA Inspiration. Ko finished in a tie for 11th at a controversial first women's major tournament of the year to retain her world No 1 ranking, but the tournament was overshadowed by a contentious ruling which saw Thompson penalised four shots to negate...

Fit Suburbs smash Brunner-Runanga

Viv Logie Suburbs were too fast and too fit for Brunner-Runanga in the top-of-the-table clash in the West Coast premier rugby league competition at the weekend, winning 72-6. However, the country side were missing a number of crucial players including Alan Monk, Adam Richardson, Louis Jackman and Rob Thomson. While it was a thrashing, the opening 20 minutes were relatively even, with Brunner-Runanga...

Black Sticks power past USA

Hastings The Vantage Black Sticks have proven too strong for USA, winning their third round clash 3-2 at the Vantage Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey last night. Both teams came into the match with a draw and a loss from their first two matches at the tournament. USA were first on the score sheet in the 11th minute when Erin Matson pounced...

Steel pulls away from Mystics

Wellington Southern Steel finally broke the shackles to beat Northern Mystics 74-67 in a free-scoring national premiership netball match in Auckland. Neither side led by more than three points through the first three quarters, with the lead changing hands 10 times. Some key late turnovers turned the match in favour of the visitors, who restricted the Mystics to 14 goals in the final stanza. In...

Carter, Rokococo cleared of doping

Wellington Paris-based former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokococo have been officially cleared of doping by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). The two New Zealanders and Racing 92 club team-mate Juan Imhoff, an Argentina international, were investigated after last year returning urine samples that contained a corticosteroid used as a painkiller. They were cleared by the medical commission of the French...

McCartney wins Aussie pole vault

Wellington Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships. Olympic bronze medal-winning New Zealander McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park. However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m. It is five weeks since...

High scores in hockey openers

The first round of competition in the West Coast club hockey produced some high scores in both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's competition on Saturday, Hokitika started their match well against Karoro, with some good passing and structure. As the game progressed, Karoro's Jamie Green, Michael Cook and Connor McLean found chinks in the Hokitika defence and...

Pulse ready for Magic

Wellington Central Pulse are pushing for improvement when they face Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in a clash of unbeaten national netball premiership teams in Rotorua. Coach Yvette McCausland-Durie was delighted the Pulse were able to overcome early-season rust to pip the Northern Mytics 56-55 in their opening-round match last week. However, she says the level they reached will not be enough...

Jamaica unleashes new sprint star

Jamaica Jamaica may have another sprinting sensation on their hands, after a 12-year-old female athlete posted a record time at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships over the weekend. Brianna Lyston left her competitors in her wake to win the 200m race in the Caribbean nation, clocking a time of 23.72 seconds almost within two seconds of the senior world record...

Three NZ swimmers reach world champs

Wellington The New Zealand Open championships have started on a high in Auckland, with three swimmers going under world championships qualifying times. Rio Olympians Helena Gasson, Corey Main and Emma Robinson are eligible to compete at the July championships in Budapest following stand-out swims yesterday. Gasson was first to tick the box, doing so in the morning heats for the 50m butterfly. The...
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