Sports News

Kiwis rate Kanagaroos no.1

Simon Mannering and Cameron Smith pose with the Four Nations trophy

The Kiwis captain Simon Mannering is not taking anything for granted against an Australian side set to blood five rookies in Saturday's Four Nations.

Auckland women win rugby title

Mele Hufanga of Auckland is tackled by Stacey Waaka of Waikato

Auckland have defended the women's provincial rugby crown from Waikato 28-14 in a thrilling final at New Plymouth.

Mid-Canterbury defend Meads Cup

Sir Colin Meads presents his trophy to Mid-Canterbury captain Jon Dampney

Mid-Canterbury have defended the Meads Cup in provincial rugby's Heartland championship by beating Buller 36-13 in Westport.

Football Ferns thrash Tonga

Sarah Gregorius

The Football Ferns have made a flying start in their bid to reach the 2015 World Cup in Canada, claiming a record 16-0 win over Tonga.

NZ wins Davis Cup tie

Michael Venus

New Zealand have sealed victory in their Asia/Oceana Group one Davis Cup relegation tie against Chinese Taipei in just two days.

Black Sticks tie series

Anita Punt is challenged

The New Zealand women's hockey team have beaten the United States 1-nil in the Wairarapa to tie their six test series two-all.

Erceg cracks 100

Abby Erceg

The Football Ferns captain Abby Erceg has recorded an historic first for New Zealand Football by becoming the first ever player to reach 100 senior international caps.

England blood new play-maker

Matty Smith poses with the Challenge Cup, 2013

A new captain, halves pairing and hooker have created a sense of the unknown for England before they line up against a physical Samoa in the opening clash of the Four Nations.

Turbos win Championship final

Manawatu celebrate the win

Manawatu have scored two very late tries to beat Hawke's Bay 32-24 in the Championship final in Palmerston North, earning promotion to the Premiership next season.

Ryder won't be rushed

Jesse Ryder in action for Essex

Jesse Ryder's blistering return to form may not be enough to get him rushed back into the international game, according to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Paddon wins WRC stage

Haydon Paddon cornering in his Hyundai in Spain

Geraldine driver Hayden Paddon has taken out his maiden stage victory on the World Rally Championship, beating world champion Sebastien Ogier on the Rally of Spain by 2.1 seconds.

Japan enters Super Rugby

Japan Rugby Football Union

Japan has beaten out Singapore to win the right to host the 18th Super Rugby team when the southern hemisphere provincial competition expands for the 2016 season.

Nadal out of ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal waves goodbye to Basel

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals next month, after losing in the quarter-finals at the Swiss Indoors tournament to the Croatian teenager Borna Coric.

No ban for Beale

Kurtley Beale  - "I feel so bad"

The Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined $50,000 for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second, "more offensive" photo.

Pakistan in control against Australia

David Warner of Australia celebrates after scoring a century.

Australia could be facing a second successive Test defeat against Pakistan after the host team dominated day three of the first Test in Dubai.

Series win to Proteas

Hashim Amla on his way to his 119

The South African cricketers have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the one-day series, thrashing New Zealand by 72 runs in the second match at Mount Maunganui.

New deal for NZ rugby

Sky Television CEO John Fellett

Sky Television's been forced to announce it's signed a new conditional agreement for the rights to air New Zealand and SANZAR rugby for five years, from 2016.

Sharapova wins but still exits WTA Finals

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has finally recorded a win at the WTA finals in Singapore - but it wasn't enough to stop the Russian tennis star crashing out of the tournament.

NZ lead Davis Cup tie 2-0

Rubin Statham in action in the Davis Cup tennis tie in Christchurch

It's been a successful return to Christchurch, so far, for the national Davis Cup tennis team, who lead Chinese Taipei 2-0 in their crucial relegation tie after the opening singles rubbers.

Ryder rejects Origin chance

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder

It's been confirmed that the unwanted Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder has rejected the chance to play in next Friday's North versus South Island Twenty20 match.

Breakers falter at home to Cairns

Rhys Carter

The New Zealand Breakers have fallen to their second straight National Basketball League loss, going down 85-76 to the league-leading Cairns Taipans in Auckland.

Samoan trio fined over Brisbane brawl

Toa Samoa Rugby League Team

The Samoan rugby league players Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have each been fined $12,000 over their involvement in a brawl in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley last weekend.

Japan to get Super Rugby franchise?

Keisuke Uchida of Japan rugby team.

Singapore has effectively conceded it has lost out to Japan to become the 18th Super Rugby side to play in the expanded Southern Hemisphere rugby competition from 2016.

Williamson out of South Africa series

Kane Williamson

The New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the remainder of the one day cricket series against South Africa with a wrist injury.

Bayern thump Roma

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben

A ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to an astonishing 7-1 Champions League win at AS Roma while Chelsea scored a big win at home.

Warning from Proteas

The South African batsman JP Duminy

The South Africa batsman JP Duminy has sent an ominous warning to the Black Caps on the eve of the second one-dayer, claiming the Proteas were only at 65 percent on Tuesday.