Listen to Extra Time for 19 December 2014 30 min 35 sec
Wayne Smith is to rejoin the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 World Cup season as a specialist defence coach and will step down from the Chiefs.
A stoppage-time goal from Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the English Premier League.
The Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is to be awarded the 'Keys to the City' of Wellington after his historic triple centrury at the Basin Reserve earlier this year.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has left the troubled Glasgow football giants earlier than expected after handing in his resignation last week, and is now on gardening leave.
The New Zealand Breakers have turned in one of their worst performances of the ANBL season, losing 83-59 at the Cairns Taipans.
The Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick saves himself $100 as Nathan Burns shoots his side to another A-League victory.
The Sri Lankan cricketers struggled on the first day of their two-day match against a New Zealand Chairman's XI in Queenstown.
Auckland City beaten Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties to win the third place playoff and make history at the football Club World Cup in Morocco, also boosting their winnings by $640,000.
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum will revert to his customary middle-order batting role for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.
The All Blacks' post World Cup exodus is gaining momentum with the veteran second-five Ma'a Nonu to join French side Toulon on a two-year deal following next year's tournament.
Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-0 to move level with English Premier League football leaders Chelsea, while West Ham closed in on third-placed Manchester United.
Australia made a meal of it but successfully chased down 128 for a four-wicket victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead after dismissing India for 224 on the fourth day of the second Test.
Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to give South Africa a crushing innings and 220-run victory on day four of the first Test in Pretoria.
The New Zealand cricketing great Martin Crowe has said his medical condition is worsening and he is facing death, in a recent column.
Ricardo Christie has joined fellow Gisborne surfer Maz Quinn as the only New Zealanders to qualify for the elite men's World Tour.
The Black Caps have won the five-match one-day cricket series against Pakistan 3-2 after claiming a comprehensive 68-run victory in the final match in Abu Dhabi.
Senior Black Caps paceman Tim Southee's showed he's in fine form for the World Cup, as Northern Districts rolled Wellington by 395 runs in the domestic Plunket Shield.
The National Rugby League will register the contract of troubled outside back Blake Ferguson to play for the Sydney Roosters in 2015.
Batsman Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Gabriel Medina is the first Brazilian man to be crowned world surfing champion, after Australia's Mick Fanning was eliminated at the season-ending Pipe Masters.