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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...

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...

Paddon seventh in season opener

Wellington New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has not put his foot wrong in a visually spectacular start to his 2018 World Rally Championship campaign. Paddon was seventh-quickest in the super special first stage of Rally Sweden in Karlstad, putting his Hyundai around the bespoke 1.9km course in one minutes 34.8 seconds. Paddon controlled the vehicle adroitly in icy conditions under floodlights in front...

Three more divers added to team

Wellington The New Zealand diving contingent at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has swelled to five following the addition of three athletes with contrasting backgrounds. Eighteen-year-olds Anton Down-Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh have been selected alongside 31-year-old Zimbabwe-born Shaye Boddington. They will join Lizzie Cui and Liam Stone, whose selections were announced in December. Wellington's Down-Jenkins will contest the 3m men's individual...
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