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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...

Crusaders deal to Waratahs

Sydney The NSW Waratahs say there is no time to mope after the Crusaders compounded their woes with a clinical 41-22 Super Rugby win in Sydney. The unbeaten competition leaders resisted a spirited second-half fightback from the Waratahs to consign Daryl Gibson's men to a fourth loss from six outings in 2017. The Waratahs once again paid the price for a sloppy...

Northern Stars on board after toppling Tactix

Auckland In what will be a season of firsts for netball's newest franchise, the Northern Stars yesterday ticked off a big one: first win. After two heavy defeats in the opening round of the ANZ Premiership, the South Auckland-based Stars finally got on the board yesterday afternoon with a 48-37 win over the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch. The Stars may have got...

New Zealand teams clean-sweep Aussies

Sydney All-conquering New Zealand have underlined their dominance of Super Rugby with another merciless whitewash of Australian opposition. The Crusaders' 41-22 victory over the NSW Waratahs yesterday not only rounded off a miserable weekend for Australian franchises, it also set a new tournament record for the seven-time champions from Christchurch. The undefeated Crusaders retain top spot on the table after racking up...

Phoenix stuns Victory

Melbourne Roly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory last night. Dutch-born livewire Bonevacia struck two long-range first-half goals to put the Nix in control at AAMI Park, with substitute Shane Smeltz adding a third in the 89th minute. Wellington arrived in Melbourne as the only team with something to play for and it showed. While the...

Federer back to No 4 after Miami win

Miami Roger Federer will return to fourth in the world rankings after beating his long-time Spanish rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win a third Miami Open title. Federer, who sat out the second half of 2016 with a knee problem, now owns three trophies since January, when he started it all as he beat Nadal in an epic Australian Open...

Black Sticks steal draw with Aussies

Wellington Erin Goad scored a late equaliser for New Zealand to snatch a 1-1 result against Australia on day two of the women's Festival of Hockey tournament in Hastings. The Hockeyroos appeared on track for their first win courtesy of a first-quarter goal to Laura Barden. However, they could not prevent Goad scoring with less than two minutes remaining. New Zealand pick up...
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