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Weather worries speedway

Organisers of the New Zealand Stockcar Championships to be staged at Greenstone Park at Cobden this coming weekend are praying for a break after the terrible summer weather claimed the iconic Kumara Gold Nuggets race meeting due to be held on Saturday.

Coast runner making tracks

Seventeen-year-old Greymouth student Ben Williams has achieved more than someone twice his age.

Carrington racks up 9th sprint title

Wellington Lisa Carrington has collected her ninth New Zealand K1 200m title at the national canoe sprint championships at Lake Karapiro yesterday. A week after being named Halberg sportswoman of the year, Carrington returned to the water in style, clocking 39.74s over her specialist distance to head a quality field. Under-23 world champion Aimee Fisher was second in 41.38s, just ahead of...

Trio poised for Canes debut

Wellington Three new caps have been included in the Hurricanes starting line-up for their Super Rugby season opener against the Bulls in Pretoria early tomorrow. Ihaia West's impressive pre-season form has earned him the No 10 jersey while former Wallabies prop Toby Smith will start at loosehead. The other new cap in the run-on team is Hawke's Bay No 8 Gareth Evans,...

Thurston shines in wet testimonial

Brisbane Not everything went to script but Johnathan Thurston lived up to his star billing to inspire North Queensland's 16-14 win over Melbourne in their blockbuster NRL trial. After a first half try, Thurston stepped up again in his testimonial with good mate Cameron Smith to set up three-try winger Kyle Feldt's match-winning four- pointer with just 18 seconds left to...

Hawkes snatches NZ PGA lead from Campbell

Wellington Overnight leader Ben Campbell has slipped into second place at the NZ PGA Championship in Palmerston North, trailing new frontrunner Simon Hawkes by one stroke. The 29-year-old Australian fired an eventful seven-under 64 to grab the lead, carding four birdies in his first seven holes before completing an up-and-down back nine which included three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle...

Swiss coach new All Whites boss

Wellington Experienced Swiss coach Fritz Schmid has been appointed to fill the vacant All Whites post through to the 2022 World Cup. Schmid ended a stint as the Malaysian national team's technical director last year and will be the replacement for Anthony Hudson, who ended a three-year stint in November when New Zealand failed to qualify for the next World Cup. The...

Tiger hot in Florida

West Palm Beach Tiger Woods has raced up the leaderboard with a vintage display in his opening nine holes during the second round at the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Woods mixed two birdies with a bogey to move to one-under par and only two shots off the lead at PGA National at Florida's Palm Beach Gardens. The 14-time major winner negotiated...

King cruises in Chicago

Wellington Joelle King was untroubled in winning her first round match at the Windy City Open in Chicago, beating an English qualifier inside half an hour. New Zealand No 1 and tournament ninth seed King beat veteran former world No 2 Jenny Duncalf 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 to advance to what shapes as a challenging second round match. She is against fourth seed...

Tall Blacks stun China

Wellington The Tall Blacks have unfurled one of their most comprehensive performances in recent years to upset China 82-73 in a World Cup qualifying game in Dongguan. A huge finish propelled New Zealand to victory after they trailed by a point at half-time and then 58-55 heading into the final quarter. A New Zealand team led by 18 points each from brothers Corey...

West Coast Tuna Season

Hospital demolition

Anatoki departs Greymouth

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