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Speed skaters in to semi-finals

Pyeongchang New Zealand speed skaters Peter Michael, Shane Dobbin and Reyon Kay are through to the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics team pursuit. The trio finished fourth in the qualification round yesterday, holding off Japan by 0.44 seconds to book a semi-final against pacesetters South Korea. New Zealand will head into the contest as underdogs after the hosts smoked the field to...

Black Caps lose but live to fight final

Hamilton Big-hitting Black Caps opener Colin Munro has characterised his side's two-run Twenty20 loss to England but successful passage to Wednesday's tri-series final against Australia as bittersweet. Set a target of 195 for victory and 175 for progression to the final, the New Zealanders hit the latter with ease in Hamilton yesterday but could not quite reach the former. They had required...

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...

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...

History beckons for Federer

Rotterdam Of all the records Roger Federer is poised to break or extend with his anticipated return to the world No 1 tennis ranking, one in particular stands out. If Federer defeats world No 42 Robin Haase in their quarter-final in Rotterdam today he will reclaim the top spot after a record gap of five years and 106 days when rankings...

Origin too big for Townsville: Thurston

Brisbane Even the man who helped get Townsville's new stadium built, Johnathan Thurston, does not reckon it is a good idea for it to host State of Origin games. The Queensland government has been criticised for not lobbying hard enough for Townsville as an Origin venue after the NRL announced Adelaide as a 2020 host this week. The likes of Queensland Rugby...

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...
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