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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...

Elliott ends NZ career with English deal

Wellington Veteran allrounder Grant Elliott has called time on his late-blooming New Zealand international career. The 38-year-old has signed for a season with England's Birmingham Bears in the Twenty20 Blast as a non-overseas player, effectively making himself ineligible for the Black Caps. Elliott confirmed his decision via Twitter. "Loved playing with the @blackcaps and to have made some special friendships along the way....

Swimmers set sights on world champs

Wellington Motivation will not be in short supply for New Zealand's premier swimmers at the national open championships in Auckland. Qualifying times for the world championships will be in the sights of a handful at the five-day meet starting on Monday, while others will target qualifying for the world para-swimming championships, World University Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. Six of the eight...

Coast’s Tui Rio-bound

Former Greymouth woman Ruby Tui was last night confirmed in the New Zealand women’s sevens team to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. The 25-year-old, who attended John Paul II High School, has excelled in sport since she was young. Before moving from Greymouth to Christchurch in 2010 to attend university, she played netball for John...

Suburbs bags another league title

A great team performance helped Suburbs stride out to an outstanding 47-6 win over Waro-rakau in the West Coast Rugby League premier grand final yesterday. Both teams had their chances early but ner ves got the better of them early and turnover let the defending team off the hook. Suburbs were just slightly getting the better field position early on, when...
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