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Paddon happy with fifth in Sweden

Wellington Hayden Paddon admits the long break before he drives again in the World Rally Championship is a downer following an encouraging fifth place in Sweden. New Zealand driver Paddon opened his reduced 2018 campaign with a solid four-day showing in the ice and snow of Rally Sweden, although he dropped a spot on the final day. Placings of eighth, fourth and...

Ko finishes 19th at Australian Open

Auckland New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has finished in a disappointing tie for 19th at her season-opening Women's Australian Open event in Adelaide. Former world No 1 Ko, in 12th place at the end of Saturday's third round, could only hit an even-par 72 in yesterday's final round of action. She thus finished with an overall score of three under. Ko hit...

NZ claims historic equestrian win

Auckland The New Zealand team have made history by winning the year's first showjumping FEI Nations Cup event in the United Arab Emirates. The New Zealand quartet of Samantha McIntosh, Bruce Goodin, Richard Gardner and Daniel Meech were level with Ireland at top of the table after two rounds, but pipped their rivals in a jump off to seal the title. It...

Federer back on top of the world

Rotterdam Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings with his second title of the season, swatting aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam. Federer, 36, who guaranteed becoming the oldest ever ATP world No 1 by reaching the semi-final, had won all six of his previous meetings...

Returning Breakers key for NBL finals

Sydney New Zealand Breakers coach Paul Henare rejected suggestions his team was happy to finish fourth and take on minor premiers Melbourne United in the NBL semi-finals. The Breakers would have faced second-placed Adelaide if they had finished third, but season-ending losses to Illawarra and Sydney means they will square off with the championship favourites in a best of three semi-final...

Storm blows away Leeds to take title

Melbourne Brodie Croft has shown there is life at Melbourne after Cooper Cronk with a stellar performance in the NRL champions' emphatic World Club Challenge win over Leeds. Croft was given first crack at the No 7 jumper made vacant by veteran Cronk's shift to the Sydney Roosters and made the most of the opportunity in last night's 38-4 victory at...

Breakers crash to dramatic loss

Wellington The New Zealand Breakers' have taken another blow to their confidence entering the NBL play-offs with a dramatic 84-82 loss to the Illawarra Hawks in Auckland. Up 69-53 against opponents whose play-off hopes were over, the Breakers were sunk last night by Mitch Norton's three-point shot with just two seconds remaining. It capped a thrilling final stanza in which the visiting...

Thornbury slips to 14th after horror run

Pyeongchang Skeleton athlete Rhys Thornbury failed to capitalise on a promising Winter Olympic qualification campaign to finish 14th. The New Zealander was seventh after his three heats ahead of the medal-deciding fourth but saved his worst run for last to drop down. He finished with a cumulative time of three minutes 24.72 seconds, 4.17 seconds off gold medallist Sungbin Yun of South...

Dramatic T20 win to Aust

Auckland Australia pulled off the highest run chase in T20 cricket to claim a dramatic five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the tri-series clash in Auckland. Set a mammoth 244 to win last night at Eden Park, the visitors achieved their target with seven balls to spare as David Warner (59 off 24 balls) and D'Arcy Short (76 off 44) ran...

Erratic Ko loses ground at Australian Open

Wellington A horror run of four successive bogeys has worked against Lydia Ko in a roller-coaster second round at the Women's Australian Open in South Australia. New Zealand No 1 Ko carded seven bogeys although she also managed five birdies in a two-over 74, leaving her in a share of 14th at the midway point. The 20-year-old began the day in a share...
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