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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...

Tall Ferns unveil games squad

Wellington Tall Ferns coach Guy Molloy has made his preferences clear by announcing a group of players to attend a Commonwealth Games training camp. Molloy, whose appointment was announced this week, has unveiled 22 players for what will effectively be a three-day trial in Melbourne ahead of the Gold Coast Games in April. The only player unavailable for the camp on February...

NZ U20 World Rugby pool

Wellington New Zealand's title defence at the World Rugby under-20 championship will begin with pool matches against Japan, Wales and Australia in south-east France. The tournament schedule unveiled today pits the Baby Blacks against Japan in Narbonne first up on May 30. Their two other games are nearby, against Wales in Beziers and Australia in Perpignan. Beziers will host the final on June...

Penrith need to make call: Merrin

Sydney Penrith veteran Trent Merrin has hit out at speculation of disharmony at the NRL club, declaring the current squad as among the "tightest" he's seen in his career. The major defections of local juniors Matt Moylan and Bryce Cartwright over the summer have sparked rumours of a disconnect between the playing squad and coaching staff. Both Moylan and Cartwright were granted...

Breakers happy with what finals bring

Auckland Their play-off spot sealed, the New Zealand Breakers are stating no preference for which opponents they want to face in the Australian NBL post-season. Melbourne United have already claimed the minor premiership, while the Adelaide 36ers sit second but could still be overtaken by the Perth Wildcats. The Breakers, with two matches to go, will finish the regular season either third...

McFadden leaving Warriors at end of season

Auckland Warriors assistant coach and ex-head coach Andrew McFadden will bring his six-year stay in Auckland to a close at the end of 2018. McFadden, a Canberra Raiders stalwart in his playing days, joined the Warriors as an assistant in 2013 and became head coach in the 2014 season. He served in that role through 2015 and 2016, failing to guide the...

Ko among leaders at Australian Open

Adelaide Former world No 1 Lydia Ko knows she is getting bagged for swinging changes almost as much as her golf clubs. The New Zealander carded a four-under-par 68 in yesterday's opening round of the Australian Open in Adelaide, three shots behind South Korea's pacesetter Jin Young Ko. Another South Korean, Jiyai Shin, is outright second at five under with Australians Hannah...

Thornbury in strong position

Pyeongchang New Zealand's Rhys Thornbury has a strong chance to make the skeleton Winter Olympics medal round having placed eighth after the first day of competition. Thornbury clocked one minute 41.93 seconds over yesterday's two heats to sit safely inside top-20 cut-off, with one more qualification heat remaining. The 28-year-old, who is 1.58 seconds off South Korean leader Sungbin Yun, will vie...

Nine new Hurricanes in tour squad to South Africa

Wellington Nine new Hurricanes have been included in the Hurricanes tour squad for their taxing Super Rugby road trip. Among the players on the plane for South Africa today are three new props Toby Smith, Alex Fidow and Fraser Armstrong. Wallabies loosehead Smith has switched his allegiance after four seasons at the Melbourne Rebels while Fidow and Armstrong are both former members...
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