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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...

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...

Japan topples Black Sticks

Wellington Japan has claimed first blood at the Festival of Hockey women's tournament in Hastings following an upset 2-1 win over New Zealand. A late goal sank the defending champion Black Sticks, who drop to last place after the first of six rounds following a 1-1 opening draw between Australia and the United States. World No 11 Japan is the lowest-ranked team...

Lachlan may get a chance

Sydney Up-and-coming striker Lachlan Scott looks set for a chance to net another goal against Newcastle when he likely leads Western Sydney's line in the absence of suspended hat-trick hero Brendon Santalab. Scott looks set to start today for the first time since his Asian Champions League exploits last month, replacing Santalab who picked up his eighth yellow card as he...

Walker double stops Roosters’ crowing

Sydney The Sydney Roosters' unbeaten start to the NRL season is over after Dylan Walker bagged a late double to gift Manly an 18-12 victory at Allianz Stadium. Three weeks ago a club in turmoil, the Sea Eagles claimed their third successive scalp last night to announce themselves as a side to watch early in the competition. Walker was also back to...

Canadian pair close in on title

Helsinki A surge of energy coursing through their bodies helped Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir produce an electrifying short dance as the Canadians made a winning comeback with a record score at the world figure skating championships overnight. Back at the global meet for the first time since 2013, the 2010 Olympic champions proved they had lost none of the sultry...
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