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Retallick and Crockett lose fitness race

All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett leaves the field with an eye injury against the Pumas.

Lock Brodie Retallick and loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett have lost their race to be fit in time for the All Blacks' final Rugby Championship test of the year, against South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Suspended hooker allowed to celebrate

South Sydney hooker Isaac Luke

The suspended South Sydney hooker Isaac Luke will be able to join in with any celebrations by his South Sydney teammates should they win Sunday's National Rugby League grand final against Canterbury.

Fears Silver Ferns losing streak will continue

Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering has concerns about the lack of depth of international standard players.

As the Silver Ferns try to regain some respectability in the wake of the Commonwealth Games, a former coach fears their current five test losing streak to Austalia will only continue.

Holdzkom gets limited run

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher John Holdzkom (43) of New Zealand in action. 2014.

The New Zealand baseball international John Holdzkom pitched one innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they were beaten in their National League wildcard game in the Major League Baseball play-offs.

Loss of 'brute' a blow for Springboks

South African Duane Vermeulen during the Rugby Championship Test Match New Zealand All Blacks v South Africa. Wellington. 2014.

The Springboks are sweating on the fitness of number eight Duane Vermeulen, who's been bracketed alongside Schalk Burger for Sunday morning's clash with the All Blacks.

Arsenal romp to win

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 4-1 romp over Galatasaray in their Champions League football group match, while both Madrid clubs also won.

Beale facing integrity probe

New Zealand's Ben Smith chases Australia's Kurtley Beale. Eden Park. 2014.

The Wallabies back Kurtley Beale is facing an Australian Rugby Union integrity unit investigation after an alleged incident on a team flight from South Africa to South America.

Burling and Tuke in line for top award

New Zealand sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling on the 2012 Olympic medal podium.

Team New Zealand sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are among the nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award for 2014. Oracle Team USA skipper James...

McIlroy named golfer of the year

Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with a European Tour official. Ryder Cup. 2014.

Northern Ireland's world golf number one Rory McIlroy has been named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar season highlighted by two major victories.

Pride at stake for Silver Ferns

Maria Tutaia of New Zealand beats Laura Geitz of Australia to the ball. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Despite still being without key shooter Maria Tutaia, the Australia netball coach Lisa Alexander is predicting a much tougher test from the Silver Ferns in Invercargill tonight.

Wellingtons' rugby woes continue

Hawkes Bay's Tony Lamborn runs in to score a try. Napier. October, 2014.

Wellington's provincial rugby season of misery has continued with their Ranfurly Shield challenge easily dispatched 36-14 by holders Hawkes Bay in Napier.

England players 'treated like babies'

Rio Ferdinand.

England's players are "treated like complete babies" in comparison to those of major international teams, according to former defender Rio Ferdinand.

Wanderers into ACL title decider

Western Sydney Wanderers player Matthew Spiranovic celebrates. 2014.

The A-league football club Western Sydney have booked their place in the decider of their maiden Asian Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over FC Seoul.

Lancaster gets another six years

England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster Reflects on there tour of New Zealand after the last game. 21 June 2014.

The England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster has signed a six-year contract extension that will keep him in charge of the national team beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Bracewell back for Black Caps

NZ pace bowler Doug Bracewell

The pace bowler Doug Bracewell has done his penance and is back in favour with New Zealand cricket selectors for the upcoming Pakistan series in the UAE.

Highlanders bolster forward stocks

Mark Reddish in his Hurricanes days

The Highlanders have announced the signing of seven new forwards for the next Super Rugby season, with three Hurricanes and a Chief heading south in 2015.

Chelsea win in Lisbon

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea scored a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League and inflicted a home defeat on the Portuguese side for the first time in four years of European competition.

Deans would like to coach All Blacks

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

The former Australia coach Robbie Deans has indicated he would like to lead the All Blacks again one day and believes his five years with the Wallabies have only improved him as a coach.

Breakers hit by injuries

Tom Abercrombie

The Breakers are set to be without the starters Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger for the start of the Australian National Basketball League season.

NFL player penalised for praying

Husain Abdullah drops to his knees after scoring for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City player Husain Abdullah was wrongly penalised for kneeling in prayer to celebrate a touchdown in the Chiefs 41-14 win over the New England Patriots in an American football match.

Knights beaten in last match in India

Northern Districts cricketer Anton Devcich

The Northern Districts cricketers have ended their Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India with a six-wicket loss to the Barbados Tridents to finish bottom of their group.

Luke out of Grand Final

Isaac Luke, South Sydney hooker.

South Sydney's Kiwi hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday's National Rugby League grand final against Canterbury after the NRL judiciary upheld his suspension for a dangerous throw.

Phelps arrested for drunk driving

US swim star Michael Phelps

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has been arrested for drunken driving after speeding and then illegally crossing lanes in a tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Wallabies lose luggage

Wallabies supporters 2014

The Wallabies preparations for this weekend's Rugby Championship clash in Argentina haven't got off to a good start with their luggage not making it to Buenos Aires.

Lewis backs mixed team tournament

US golfer Stacey Lewis

Two-time major winner and world number one golfer Stacy Lewis has backed the idea of a mixed-gender 'Ryder Cup' tournament which she says would do so much for the game.

Top Proteas squad to tour NZ

South African cricketer Hashim Amla

Vernon Philander is the only change to the South Africa one-day cricket squad that won their recent triangular series in Zimbabwe for the tour of New Zealand and Australia later this month.

Man U want midweek games

Manchester United Logo

English football giants Manchester United are thinking about playing midweek friendlies abroad to help new manager Louis van Gaal prepare for Premier League matches.

SBW to join Counties on Monday

Sonny Bill Williams is set to return to the All Blacks for the end of year tour.

Dual international Sonny Bill Williams will return to rugby with the Counties Manukau Steelers next Monday and will play their last two round robin matches in the ITM Cup.

Sigmund retires from All Whites

Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund

The Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund has decided that after 14 years in the international game, it's time he retired from the All Whites to spend more time with his young family.

Toulon keen on Nonu

Ma'a Nonu

There are reports in France that All Black second five Ma'a Nonu could head to French and European rugby champions Toulon after next year's World Cup in England.

Injury concerns for Boks

Springbok Bryan Habana.

Winger Bryan Habana and No.8 Duane Vermeulen are injury concerns for the Springboks going into Sunday's Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

More pressure on Pardew

Newcaslte United manager Alan Pardew.

An early Peter Crouch goal has given Stoke City a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United in the English Premiership, to pile more pressure onto the beleaguered Toon boss Alan Pardew.

Thurston and Hayne share Dally M

North Queensland's Jonathon Thurston

Rugby league history was created at the Dally M awards with Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne crowned the first-ever dual winners of the NRL's most-coveted individual honour.

Verstappen set for Suzuka drive

Dutch motor racing driver Max Verstappen who has earned a Formula One deal for next season.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a F1 weekend when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

McGinley praises Ferguson

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The victorious Ryder Cup golf captain, Irishman Paul McGinley, has saluted Sir Alex Ferguson for his contribution to Europe's triumphant campaign against the United States.

No cover for Retallick

Brodie Retallick. Test Match Argentina vs All Blacks, La Plata, Argentina. 2014.

The All Blacks will not be calling in cover for lock Brodie Retallick who was concussed during their Rugby Championship win over Argentina in La Plata.

Mickleson makes scathing attack on Watson

Europe's Rory McIlroy, Stephen Gallagher, Jamie Donaldson and Henrik Stenson celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup. 2014.

The veteran American golfer Phil Mickelson's made a scathing attack on United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

No let-up from Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion player celebrates after their 1st goal. 2014.

Things are looking up for West Bromwich Albion as they recorded back-to-back English Premier League football wins for the first time in 12 months with a 4-0 victory over Burnley.

All Blacks win Championship

The All Blacks celebrate with the trophy

The All Blacks have won the Rugby Championship for the third year in a row with a bonus point victory over Argentina at La Plata .

Southland pip Canterbury, Tasman foil Otago

Dan Carter runs at Lima Sopoaga

Southland have pipped Canterbury by two points in Christchurch in another major shock for the provincial rugby champions, after Tasman overcame Otago in Nelson.

White Ferns win T20 series

Mona Nielsen appeals

New Zealand's White Ferns have beaten the West Indies women in a super-over to win their Twenty20 cricket series 2-1 in Kingstown.

Bulldogs reach NRL final

Bulldogs players celebrate victory

The Canterbury Bulldogs will face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in next weekend's National Rugby League grand final, after the Bulldogs overcame the Penrith Panthers 18-12.