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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...

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...

Comets dominate six-a-side

Comets were the dominant team in the women's section of the West Coast Football six-a-side tournament played on Saturday. Teams played each other once, the top two going into the final to face off in a single game. Comets won all five pool games, plus the final, without conceding a single goal, winning the final 3-0 against the Goblins. In the pool,...

Foran: Warriors missing link

Sydney Kieran Foran is back in the NRL and already he is promising to be the steadying influence the Warriors have been yearning for. After 307 days on the sidelines, Foran had an immediate impact in his New Zealand Warriors club debut, scoring a decisive try in their 28-22 win over the Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday. With his side down...

McIlroy signs $142m Nike deal

London At the start of the week in which Rory McIlroy hopes to gain immortality, he has earned himself an estimated $US100 million ($NZ142m) by signing an extension to his Nike contract. The deal is for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy's team to negotiate with equipment companies, which would inevitably mean his...

Smith tops tally for most NRL wins

Melbourne Passing Darren Lockyer to become the most successful player in NRL history, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith insists he owes the record to his team-mates past and present and coach Craig Bellamy. Smith chalked up his 238th career victory with the Storm's 28-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park, surpassing the former Bronco. Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk also now sits third...

‘Dream big’ pays off for West Coast Cricket

West Coast Cricket celebrated a big win off the field on Friday when the ANZ Bank dropped off a special delivery of new gear. President Brendan Marshall applied for assistance through the ANZ 'dream big' programme and was rewarded with new gear for players throughout the grades. West Coast Cricket is made up of members who travel far and wide from Runanga to...
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