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Luke's return boosts Kiwis

Isaac Luke

Bouyed by the return of hooker Isaac Luke, the Kiwis hope to cement their place at the top of the Four Nations table with a win over Samoa in Whangarei on Saturday.

Silver Ferns snap losing streak

New Zealand's Katrina Grant celebrates their win over England.

The Silver Ferns ended their season with a 52-38 win in the second test against England in Palmerston North, snapping their six game losing streak in the process.

Paris semi-finalists found

Novak Djokovic

Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic upset world No.2 Roger Federer to make the Paris Masters semi-finals and stay alive in the race to reach the World Tour Finals.

Breakers win again in Auckland

Tai Wesley of the Breakers celebrates with teammate Mika Vukona.

The Breakers winning ways have continued in the Australian National Basketball League with the hosts beating the Townsville Crocs 84-70 at Vector Arena.

South Island wins T20 opener

Neil Broom

Two wickets apiece from the Matt Henry and James McMillan helped the South Island to a 15-run win over the North Island in the opening match of the Super Smash in Hamilton.

Cooper aiming for Test start

Wallabies player Quade Cooper.

Fit again and hungry to win back his Wallabies Test spot, Quade Cooper is eager to unleash his trademark tricks against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Mercedes fastest in US practice

Lewis Hamilton driving for Mercedes.

The Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his title rival team mate Nico Rosberg were separated by mere fumes on in U.S. Grand Prix practice.

England Australia's greatest rivals: Smith

Sean O'Loughlin and Cameron Smith

The Kangaroo's skipper Cameron Smith rates Australia's rugby league rivalry with England greater than the one with New Zealand.

Germany plan Olympic bid

Olympic logo

Germany will submit a bid for the 2024 Olympics, the nation's Olympic Sports Confederation have decided, with either Berlin or Hamburg to be put forward.

Financial crisis looms in F1

Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One's commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has warned the number of cars on the grid in 2015 could be reduced to 14.

Man United captain cleared to play

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby against cross-town Premier League football rivals Manchester City on Monday morning.

Khan hits double hundred

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke

Younus Khan hit a double hundred while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq recorded his sixth test century as Pakistan tightened their grip on the second and final test against Australia.

No booze ban for Ryder

Jesse Ryder in action for Essex

New Zealand Cricket says there is no booze ban in place for Jesse Ryder following his recall to international cricket for the New Zealand 'A' tour of the UAE next month.

Depleted OKC push Clippers to the wire

Steven Adams in action for OKC

Down to eight fit players and missing their big stars, Rotorua basketballer Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder fought hard before losing 93-90 to the LA Clippers.

Hansen says this side is not inexperienced

Kieran Read who will captain the All Blacks in their first match against the United States in 23 years.

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says there is plenty of experience in his side to take on the United States in Chicago on Sunday morning.

Flanagan cleared to return

Shane Flanagan

The National Rugby League has lifted its suspension on the Cronulla head coach Shane Flanagan, and he is free to resume coaching duties at the Sharks immediately.

Small Tri squad named

Andrea Hewitt (L) and Nicky Samuels celebrate their podium finish at the World Championship Grand Final.

Just four athletes, women Andrea Hewitt, Nicky Samuels and men Tony Dodds and Ryan Sissons, have been named in the Triathlon New Zealand elite squad for next year.

Murray clinches London spot

Andy Murray

The Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has continued his recent resurgence by qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.

Campbell leads in Perth

The Masterton golfer Ben Campbell

The Masterton golfer Ben Campbell has put a couple of missed cuts behind him to lead the West Australian PGA Championship in Perth by two shots after the opening round.

Cooper and Genia back together

Wallabies player Quade Cooper.

Quade Cooper and Will Genia have been paired together in the halves for the Wallabies game against the Barbarians at Twickenham this weekend.

Giants win World Series

San Francisco Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner was named was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants have beaten the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win baseball's World Series title.

Haskell says he'll be fit to play ABs

English rugby player James Haskell.

The England forward James Haskell says he will be fit to play the All Blacks next week at Twickenham in London despite a meningitis scare which required hospital treatment.

Adams and OKC lose opener

Steven Adams

An inauspicious start to Steven Adams' career as the starting centre for Oklahoma City, with the Rotorua big and the Thunder going down 106-89 on the road to the Portland Trail Blazers.