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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...

Serena ‘almost died’ having daughter

Florida Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world No 1 tennis player said yesterday. Williams had previously revealed some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care. "I almost died after...

NRL cracking down on time wasting and play the ball

Sydney The NRL has moved to reduce time wasting after conversion attempts by putting a shot clock on an opposition team's restarts during the game. In a win for fans, referees will now call time off for 30 seconds after a conversion in a move the governing body claims will add an average of three minutes of real game time. "At the moment,...

Denver test unlikely, Kiwis, Roos Middle East possibility

David Skipwith A proposal for the Kiwis to play a test in Denver looks likely to be shot down but they could play the Kangaroos in Qatar if Australian coach Mal Meninga gets his way. The Kiwis are set to play the Kangaroos in New Zealand at the end of the year in the first trans-Tasman clash on home soil since...

Highlanders comfortable with changes

Dunedin Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is confident Super Rugby's new scrum and breakdown rules will not hamper his side when they start their 2018 campaign. The Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin tomorrow night, with SANZAAR ushering in another set of changes for players and fans to come to grips with. "I think it's been pretty easy to adapt to," Mauger said. "We...

Duckworth falls Aussies’ way

Auckland Rain has robbed New Zealand cricket fans of a grandstand Twenty20 tri-series final finish, with the heavens opening over Eden Park last night and handing Australia a 19-run win over New Zealand via the Duckworth-Lewis method. On what was supposed to be a batsman-friendly Eden Park wicket, the Black Caps simply failed to fire, securing a 150 for nine total...

English Roses loom as games threat

Gold Coast Growing up with twin brother and England soccer giant Phil Neville has given English netball coach Tracey Neville a unique insight as she prepares her improved side for a Commonwealth Games raid in April. England will arrive on the Gold Coast as arguably Australia's greatest threat for a fourth title in six Games after three wins against world No...

Injury toll hinders Blues opener

Wellington Tana Umaga has cast aside a hefty early-season injury toll to name a strong Blues side for their opening Super Rugby match against the Highlanders. All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino (ankle) is among 11 players Umaga could not consider for Friday's match in Dunedin. Yet he has still unveiled a starting XV featuring six test players in the starting line-up and...

Argentina deals to Black Caps

Wellington New Zealand has crumbled in the second half to lose the opening women's hockey test against Argentina 4-0 in Buenos Aires. The world No 4 Black Sticks were holding firm following a scoreless first half this morning but the dam burst when Maria Granatto scored midway through the third quarter. Fellow striker Delfina Merino doubled the margin before teenager Julieta Jankunas...

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