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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...

Cleary commits to turning Tigers around

Sydney New Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is adamant he can get can them back to the NRL finals this year but he is paddling against the tide of 50 years of history. Cleary yesterday inked a deal which will run until the end of the 2020 NRL season and has been tasked with a rebuild similar to those he orchestrated...

14 teams chase Westland pool title

Fourteen teams will vie for top honours in the Westland pool competition, which starts on Thursday. Teams are playing for the first round Vanderdrift Trophy, which is held by 2016 winners Club Red. The draw is: Pioneer v Royal Mail; Club Red v Empire Ross; Railway Steelers v Railway Others; Kaniere v Kan 2; HCC v Kokatahi; City Ross v Aces;...

Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him

London Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him in a biopic. The 76-year-old singer has given Robbie, 43, the seal of approval to portray him in a re-telling of his life but admitted he would prefer to do the singing himself, despite Robbie's success with Take That and as a solo artist. He told The Sun on Sunday: "I said...

Kiwi wins Coast sevens

The Wests and Kiwi scrums pack down, with Wests halfback Damon Subritzky, left, waiting for the ball as his opponent Troy Tauwhare eyes up the situation in the final of the West Coast rugby club sevens tournament, played at McLean Park, Blaketown, on Saturday. Kiwi took top honours with a 39-7 win over fellow Hokitika side Wests. In the...

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...
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