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Three NZ swimmers reach world champs

Wellington The New Zealand Open championships have started on a high in Auckland, with three swimmers going under world championships qualifying times. Rio Olympians Helena Gasson, Corey Main and Emma Robinson are eligible to compete at the July championships in Budapest following stand-out swims yesterday. Gasson was first to tick the box, doing so in the morning heats for the 50m butterfly. The...

Cleary commits to turning Tigers around

Sydney New Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is adamant he can get can them back to the NRL finals this year but he is paddling against the tide of 50 years of history. Cleary yesterday inked a deal which will run until the end of the 2020 NRL season and has been tasked with a rebuild similar to those he orchestrated...

14 teams chase Westland pool title

Fourteen teams will vie for top honours in the Westland pool competition, which starts on Thursday. Teams are playing for the first round Vanderdrift Trophy, which is held by 2016 winners Club Red. The draw is: Pioneer v Royal Mail; Club Red v Empire Ross; Railway Steelers v Railway Others; Kaniere v Kan 2; HCC v Kokatahi; City Ross v Aces;...

Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him

London Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him in a biopic. The 76-year-old singer has given Robbie, 43, the seal of approval to portray him in a re-telling of his life but admitted he would prefer to do the singing himself, despite Robbie's success with Take That and as a solo artist. He told The Sun on Sunday: "I said...

Kiwi wins Coast sevens

The Wests and Kiwi scrums pack down, with Wests halfback Damon Subritzky, left, waiting for the ball as his opponent Troy Tauwhare eyes up the situation in the final of the West Coast rugby club sevens tournament, played at McLean Park, Blaketown, on Saturday. Kiwi took top honours with a 39-7 win over fellow Hokitika side Wests. In the...

Foran: Warriors missing link

Sydney Kieran Foran is back in the NRL and already he is promising to be the steadying influence the Warriors have been yearning for. After 307 days on the sidelines, Foran had an immediate impact in his New Zealand Warriors club debut, scoring a decisive try in their 28-22 win over the Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday. With his side down...

McIlroy signs $142m Nike deal

London At the start of the week in which Rory McIlroy hopes to gain immortality, he has earned himself an estimated $US100 million ($NZ142m) by signing an extension to his Nike contract. The deal is for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy's team to negotiate with equipment companies, which would inevitably mean his...

Smith tops tally for most NRL wins

Melbourne Passing Darren Lockyer to become the most successful player in NRL history, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith insists he owes the record to his team-mates past and present and coach Craig Bellamy. Smith chalked up his 238th career victory with the Storm's 28-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park, surpassing the former Bronco. Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk also now sits third...

‘Dream big’ pays off for West Coast Cricket

West Coast Cricket celebrated a big win off the field on Friday when the ANZ Bank dropped off a special delivery of new gear. President Brendan Marshall applied for assistance through the ANZ 'dream big' programme and was rewarded with new gear for players throughout the grades. West Coast Cricket is made up of members who travel far and wide from Runanga to...

Heveldt NZ Marist personality of the year

Viv Logie Greymouth Marist Rugby Club stalwart Gus (Brian) Heveldt has been named New Zealand Marist personality of the year. Heveldt says he is honoured with the award but is adamant he would not have got it without the support of the club's hard working members. "I am not the only one everyone in the club does a hell of a lot...
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