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Federer made to work for US Open win

Roger Federer

Roger Federer's bid for an 18th grand slam title has begun with a workmanlike straight sets win over Austrailan Marinko Matosevic to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open.

Brumbies backtrack on McCabe retirement

Wallabies back Pat McCabe

The Brumbies have watered down head coach Stephen Larkham's comments that hardman Pat McCabe has retired after suffering another neck injury.

United go from bad to worse

Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal

Manchester United sank to new depths when they crashed out of the English League Cup in the second round following a four-nil defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons.

Erakovic upsets 20th seed

The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic wins first round match at 2014 US Open.

The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has pulled off a major upset at the US Open, toppling Russia's former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round in NY.

Santner replaces Vettori in Knights squad

Mitchell Santner

The young left-arm off-spinner, Mitchell Santner has been named to replaced the veteran tweaker, Daniel Vettori, for Northern Districts Champions League Twenty20 campaign next month.

Benaud could commentate from home

Richie Benaud

Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine.

NRL to trial centralised video refs

Todd Greenberg

The NRL is set to trial a centralised video referee system next season amid the ongoing discontent surrounding refereeing decisions.

Moore to coach Blues forwards

The new Blues assistant coach Glenn Moore.

The former Highlanders and current Mid-Canterbury coach, Glenn Moore, has been appointed to coach the Blues forwards for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Bennett remains in Vuelta top ten

New Zealand cyclist George Bennett

The New Zealand cyclist George Bennett remains in the top ten in the Vuelta a Espana, the final grand tour of the year, after finishing in the lead group on the 4th stage to Cordoba.

Matfield back for Boks

Victor Matfield

Veteran Springbok lock Victor Matfield has been declared fit to tour Australia and New Zealand, a boost to a forward pack that struggled against the Argentinians.

Another honour for Anstey

Wellington motorcyclist Bruce Anstey

The Wellington motorcyclist Bruce Anstey has added another accolade to his impressive career, breaking a lap record for classic bikes on the Isle of Man circuit in Britain.

Pumas without Matera

Argentina flanker Pablo Matera

The Argentinian rugby side will travel to New Zealand and Australia for their next two Rugby Championship matches without injured blindside flanker Pablo Matera.

FIA to take no action over Mercedes collission

Nico Rosberg drives in the Belgium Grand Prix.

Formula One's governing body will take no action against championship leader Nico Rosberg following his collision with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton at Spa.

Lampard retires from international football

The England footballer Frank Lampard

The 36-year-old England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football after winning 106 caps to spend more time with his family.

Mateo out, Peyroux, Rapira in for Warriors

Feleti Mateo

The Warriors have dropped Feleti Mateo and made another change at centre for their must-win National Rugby League match against the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland on Sunday.

NZ rowing crews in fine fettle

2014 WORLD ROWING Championships. New Zealand's Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.

The New Zealand rowing greats Hamish Bond and Eric Murray's are in line for two gold medals at the World Championships after storming straight into the final of their new event.

Manchester United sign Di Maria in record deal

Angel Di Maria who is set to sign a record deal with Manchester United.

Manchester United have agreed to a British record transfer football fee of NZ$120 million to sign Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, according to British media reports.

Djokovic and Sharapova cruise at US Open

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic cruised to victory, while Andy Murray battled cramps before beating his opponent on the opening day of the US tennis Open in New York.

West Indies batsmen in record stand

Denesh Ramdin who along with Darren Bravo both scored centuries in a record-breaking third wicket partnership for the West Indies.

Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo both scored centuries in a record-breaking third wicket partnership as West Indies crushed Bangladesh in Saint Kitts, to wrap-up a 3-nil one-day series win.

Team NZ finish last

Team New Zealand competing on the final day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series on Cardiff Bay.

Team New Zealand have finished last in the latest round of the Extreme Sailing Series on Cardiff Bay, in Wales.

Woods breaks up with coach

Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the Ryder Cup

The 14-time major champion Tiger Woods has split with his swing coach Sean Foley after a four-year partnership.

Vettori pulls out of Champions League

Daniel (Dan) Vettori during the HRV Cup match between the Northern Knight v Wellington Firebirds. Men's domestic one day cricket. Blake Park, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. 4 January 2012.

The former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has ruled himself out of Northern Districts Champions League Twenty20 tournament starting in India next month due to family health issues.

SBW gets All Black exemption

Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams has been granted an exemption by New Zealand Rugby to go on the All Blacks end of year tour without playing provincial rugby for Counties-Manukau.

Lauren Boyle adds third medal

Lauren Boyle

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle created history after claiming her third medal at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast on the final night of competition.

Dixon wins at Sonoma

Scott Dixon celebrates his win at the Sonoma Indy Car race.

The reigning IndyCar series champion Scott Dixon has kept his slim chances of defending his overall title alive after winning the latest race in Sonoma, California.

Tall Blacks stun Serbia, Webster injured

Kirk Penney

The New Zealand basketball team have registered a confidence-boosting win over Serbia, but have picked up a worrying injury less than a week out from the start of the World Cup in Spain.

Lee capitulates at The Barclays

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has squandered an opportunity to make a big move up the standings in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, suffering a final round meltdown at The Barclays.

Roosters sack Warriors

Ben Matulino is dejected after the Warriors loss to the Roosters, 2014.

The New Zealand Warriors have been knocked out of the the top eight play-off places in the National Rugby League following Sunday's 46-12 thrashing by the Sydney Roosters.

Crotty out for a month

Crotty looks to pass under pressure at Eden Park, 2014.

All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty is expected to be sidelined for a month after suffering a facial fracture during his team's demolition of the Wallabies at Eden Park.

McLaughlin works hard for V8 win

New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin says he's thrilled to have broken his run of bad luck on Sunday's after winning the final race of the weekend at the latest round in Sydney.

Double win for New Zealanders at Indonesian Ironman

Cameron Brown 16x10

New Zealanders Cameron Brown and Gina Crawford have won the men's and women's title at the Bintan Ironman competition in Indonesia.

Six figure sum for rare cricket books

Wisden Cricket Almanack

A collection of rare historic cricket books is expected to hit a six-figure sum when it's sold in England in November.

Fraser claims show jumping gold

New Zealand's Emily Fraser rode horse Exilio to victory in the show jumping at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capping off two clear rounds with a 39.75-second round in the jump-off.

Big wins for Auckland and Tasman

Tasman celebrate a try during their round one win over Hawke's Bay, 2014.

Auckland have thrashed Manawatu 35-7 for their first win of the season in round two of the provincial rugby competition at Palmerston North.

Boks sneak home over Pumas

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers

The Springboks needed a penalty three minutes from time to score a 33-31 victory over Argentina in Salta and deny the Pumas their first ever win in the Rugby Championship.

NZ triathletes on Stockholm podium

Andrea Hewitt, Sarah Groff and Nicky Samuels, Stockholm, 2014.

The New Zealand triathletes Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels won silver and bronze in the latest round of the World Triathlon Series in Stockholm, propelling both athletes into the world's top 10.

NRL defends doping penalties

Paul Gallen plays for the Sharks against the Warriors in 2013.

The National Rugby League has defended the punishments meted out to past and present Cronulla players for doping.

Chelsea on top

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Arsenal scored twice in the last seven minutes to grab a draw at Everton, while Chelsea impress against Leicester City, to go top of the English Premier League football competition.

Carter injury taking time to heal

Dan Carter

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett will have more time to stake a claim with Daniel Carter not expected to return to the All Blacks til at least the final two rounds of the Rugby Championship.

Injury scuttles King's title bid

Joelle King of New Zealand celebrates after winning the Womens Singles bronze medal match. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Cambridge squash player Joelle King's bid for a fifth straight title at the New Zealand National Championships has come up short due to injury.

Erakovic beaten in New Haven final

New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic

The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic and her Spanish partner have been beaten in the doubles final of the New Haven WTA tournament in Connecticut.

Bewley helps Orica onto podium

New Zealand cyclist Sam Bewley

The New Zealand cyclist Sam Bewley has helped his Australian Orica-GreenEdge team onto the podium in the first stage of the Vuelta a Espana, the last grand tour of the season.