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Predicting the 2018-19 NBL award winners

The NBL regular season concludes with a Melbourne United-Perth Wildcats Sunday blockbuster leading into the awards night and while Sydney Kings captain Kevin Lisch thinks Andrew Bogut should sweep them, it remains a wide-open race for a number of ... Read more

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Hurricanes hold on to edge Waratahs

They edged the Waratahs 20-19 across the ditch last night, despite trailing for large periods of the match. The men from the capital dearly missed the creativity of No 10 Beauden Barrett, who was still on his honeymoon, but Du'Plessis Kirifi crossed ... Read more

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Kiwi 'Skippy' Alexandra Whitley is on the verge of motorsport history

This story was originally published on Locker Room and is republished with permission. Alexandra Whitley was a spray painter, working in the back of her dad's welding shop in the Queensland town of Toowoomba, when she decided to take a chance and ... Read more

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Bangladesh failed to execute plans, says Sabbir Rahman

The dream of winning an ODI series in New Zealand remained unfulfilled for the Tigers as they lost the first two games of the three-match series against the Kiwis. Bangladesh suffered a crushing defeat in the first match on February 16 and then again ... Read more

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Kicking on: Brad Thorn set to re-sign and help with Reds revival

Brad Thorn is in advanced discussions to re-sign as Reds coach for another two years to create the stability that Queensland rugby needs for a sustained revival. Thorn revealed exclusively to The Sunday Mail how strongly he felt about staying on at ... Read more

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Shuya Kamikubo Decisions Dae Hwan Kim in One Championship 'Clash of Legends ...

Liu Peng Shuai (6-4) ends it in the third, subbing Elipitua Siregar with a clutch kimura! Now 3-1 in his last four, Liu has finished all six of his wins. #ClashOfLegends pic.twitter.com/AO3KHqwvJz. — Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) February 16, 2019. After a ... Read more

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NRL won't bow to pressure to stand down Jack de Belin

NRL boss Todd Greenberg has not contacted the Dragons to tell them that Jack de Belin needs to be stood down – and there is no chance he will do that. The only way that de Belin won't be playing is if he stands down of his own volition for mental ... Read more

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Super Rugby: Crusaders coach Scott Robertson warns these Blues are much better

A relieved Scott Robertson paid his old mate Leon MacDonald a hefty compliment on the back of the Crusaders' thrilling 24-22 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. The back-to-back Super Rugby champions continued their tradition of making rather ... Read more

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Cirque du Soleil's 'sensual' and slapstick Kooza comes to Auckland

REVIEW: Finding Kooza's location was not easy. We accidentally dropped part of our party off at what they later said was "the Shetland pony races" – an apparently competing event, also at Auckland's Alexandra Park on Friday night. Take two was on the ... Read more

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Bangladesh failed to execute plans, says Sabbir Rahman

The dream of winning an ODI series in New Zealand remained unfulfilled for the Tigers as they lost the first two games of the three-match series against the Kiwis. Bangladesh suffered a crushing defeat in the first match on February 16 and then again ... Read more

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Lantern Festival celebrations across the globe

A Chinese language center in Houston, the fourth largest city of the United States, held a Lantern Festival on Thursday evening, attracting hundreds of local Chinese and American visitors. Decorated with all kinds of red lanterns, Talent Academy ... Read more

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Brisbane Bullets on target NBL finals

The Bullets have made the improbable possible by qualifying for the NBL play-offs for the first time since 2008. Their title hopes, which had been on life support after losing five of their previous six games, are still flickering after an 84-78 win ... Read more

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Svitolina has a fight on her hand to make Dubai history

Elina Svitolina, who enthralled Dubai with that gorgeous forehand in her back-to-back Dubai triumphs, will leave no stone unturned in her attempt to become the first woman to win three straight Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. Only Justine ... Read more

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Williamson praises 'clinical' Black Caps

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lauded the Black Caps for another ruthless performance after sealing a one-day international series win over Bangladesh. The Black Caps took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series after an eight-wicket victory in ... Read more

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Du'Plessis Kirifi the hero as Hurricanes snatch scrappy win over Waratahs

The Hurricanes have got away with one. It took a try five minutes from fulltime to debutant Du'Plessis Kirifi for them to overcome a stuttering performance and grab a 20-19 win over the Waratahs at Brookvale Oval, north of Sydney, on Saturday night ... Read more

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Kiwi Olympic champion Lisa Carrington powers to 10th national K1 200m title

Lisa Carrington powered to her 10th national K1 200m title to lead home an impressive all-Kiwi podium on day two of the NZCT Canoe Sprint Nationals and Oceania Championships at Lake Karapiro on Saturday. The double Olympic and six-time world ... Read more

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Boxing: Dereck Chisora eyes up Joseph Parker bout

British heavyweight Derek Chisora has his eyes set on Kiwi Joseph Parker as he prepares for his return to the ring. Last week, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn stated he wanted 'Del Boy' to face Parker on April 21 (NZ time) at the O2 Arena in London. Read more

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FIH Pro League: Great Britain's hockey teams slip to double defeat by Australia

Great Britain suffered double defeat by Australia in the FIH Pro League as the men's and women's both lost in Perth. GB's women, playing their second game under new coach Mark Hager, improved on their 5-1 thrashing by New Zealand earlier in the month. Read more

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Super Rugby 2019 season preview: Crusaders out to end 20-year drought in ...

World Cup years haven't been kind to the Crusaders, not since Jenny Shipley was New Zealand's Prime Minister, and Ricky Martin was belting out his chart-topping single, Livin' La Vida Loca. It's 20 years since the red and blacks were crowned Super ... Read more

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Brisbane Bullets return to NBL finals for the first time since 2008 with win ...

For the first time since 2008, Brisbane are into the NBL finals. The equation for the Bullets against the New Zealand Breakers at Southbank Saturday night was simple — win and you are in the top four. And Brisbane delivered a season-defining display ... Read more

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LTTV: Murphy previews Saracens away day

Geordan Murphy knows Saturday's trip south to face Saracens in Round 13 of this season's Gallagher Premiership will be a tough test, despite the Tigers registering a historical first ever away win at Allianz Park in the same fixture during last year's ... Read more

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Tabadamu wins Vailima Marist 7s

THE Tabadamu 7s side has won the Vailima Marist 7s defeating Frankies Tama Uli Salelologa team 22-10 in the final this afternoon. In the semi-finals, Tabadamu defeated Apia Maroons 19-12 while they defeated Lefaga 39-nil in the quarters. Teams from ... Read more

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BVB on high alert with season at risk

Borussia Dortmund were in the running for three trophies only weeks ago but a recent slump in form has left them in a situation where they must beat bottom club Nuremberg on Monday to try and turn their faltering season around. The Bundesliga leaders ... Read more

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Kiwi freediving champion William Trubridge swims Cook Strait - underwater

Nine hours, 22 kilometres and 930 dives later, Kiwi freediver William Trubridge has successfully swum the Cook Strait. The freedive world champion left Wellington on Friday morning to swim to the South Island underwater using a special fin to raise ... Read more

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Setpiece battle sets up massive Loftus derby

If there was every a reason to smile about the future of South Africa's engine room, Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby showdown at Loftus Versfeld will be easy for rugby punters to see. The titanic clash between two of the more physical packs in the ... Read more

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Sunwolves ready to battle the Sharks

The Sunwolves finished last in the 15-team Super Rugby last year, but the highlight of their season was improving their win rate to three from two in 2017 and one in 2016. Two of the wins last year came against two South African sides, the Bulls in ... Read more

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Brisbane Bullets return to NBL finals for the first time since 2008 with win ...

For the first time since 2008, Brisbane are into the NBL finals. The equation for the Bullets against the New Zealand Breakers at Southbank Saturday night was simple — win and you are in the top four. And Brisbane delivered a season-defining display ... Read more

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NRL won't bow to pressure to stand down Jack de Belin

NRL boss Todd Greenberg has not contacted the Dragons to tell them that Jack de Belin needs to be stood down – and there is no chance he will do that. The only way that de Belin won't be playing is if he stands down of his own volition for mental ... Read more

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2nd ODI: Mithun fifty takes Bangladesh to 226

Mohammad Mithun posted his second successive half-century against New Zealand as Bangladesh recovered from an early collapse to set a 227-run target in the second one-day international in Christchurch on Saturday. Mithun scored 57 off 69 deliveries, ... Read more

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Opinion - 'Just be glad you don't play for the Queensland Reds' - Colm Kinsella

SO you think pre-season with your local GAA club is proving tough so far? Lots of running in dark, windy nights, with the rain blowing sideways, out of doors, exposed to the elements and then there's the dreaded gym sessions. Tough going, for sure ... Read more

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James Cummings to send Microphone to Sydney

Microphone will return to Sydney to tackle the Skyline Stakes at Randwick after dominating his rivals up the straight at Flemington on Saturday. The two-year-old was hardly tested, sprinting clear at the 200 metres to defeat Talented by two-and-a-half ... Read more

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Under-18s Prepare For Cup Semi-Final

Derby County Under-18s will face Middlesbrough Under-18s in the highly-anticipated Premier League Cup semi-final at Rockliffe Park Training Complex. Justin Walker's team have impressed throughout the competition and have made it throigh to the final ... Read more

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Auckland Transport apologises for delayed trains on busy night

Auckland Transport has apologised for less than perfect services on Friday night, when thousands of people used trains to get to major events in the city. Big crowds attended the Lantern Festival in Auckland Domain and the Wellington Phoenix football ... Read more

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Rich rugby countries can't ignore the rest

In a future envisioned by Agustín Pichot, the World Rugby vice-chairman, England would not just be top of the Guinness Six Nations after two bonus-point victories, but they would also be the early frontrunners in the new global nations league. Driven ... Read more

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Andy Farrell has not ruled out taking a job with the Lions in 2021

Andy Farrell has not ruled out taking a job with the Lions in 2021. The Ireland defence coach takes over the top job after this year's World Cup and described it as the greatest challenge of his career. He has been a successful defence coach on the ... Read more

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Super Rugby: Jaguares vs Lions – team news, kick-off time and live stream

Warren Whiteley will lead a strong Lions side when they take the field against the Jaguares in their Super Rugby opener in Argentina on Saturday. According to the Lions' official website, each of the previous seven meetings between the Jaguares and the ... Read more

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Nine hour underwater dive to raise awareness of endangered dolphins

Free-diver William Trubridge has swum Cook Strait underwater to raise awareness of critically endangered Hector's and Māui dolphins. Yesterday's 22 km crossing - the first of its kind - consisted of a series of 930 dives, interspersed with horizontal ... Read more

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'He used to surprise me everyday' - Luis García discusses Ronaldinho, Messi ...

La Liga ambassador Garcia tells of his admiration for the two Barcelona legends and his fond memories of making his debut for Real Valladolid. Luis García's illustrious career in football saw him play both with and against some of football's greatest ... Read more

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BVB on high alert with season at risk

Borussia Dortmund were in the running for three trophies only weeks ago but a recent slump in form has left them in a situation where they must beat bottom club Nuremberg on Monday to try and turn their faltering season around. The Bundesliga leaders ... Read more

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Kovac: Bayern can't afford defensive mistakes against Liverpool

The German side cannot afford defensive mistakes is they want to move on in the Champions League, according to their manager. Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac warned his team they would find themselves under heavy pressure against Liverpool unless ... Read more

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Mithun anchors Bangladesh again as New Zealand chase 227

Christchurch (New Zealand) (AFP). Mohammad Mithun posted his second successive half-century against New Zealand as Bangladesh recovered from an early collapse to set a 227-run target in the second one-day international in Christchurch on Saturday. Read more

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Here's Why Serena Williams Didn't Celebrate Valentine's Day with Alexis Ohanian

If you didn't get a bouquet sent to your office or have fancy reservations, you weren't the only one that didn't get a rom-com worthy Valentine's Day. Serena Williams didn't get in on the action, either. She and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, opted out ... Read more

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Winx claims Apollo for 30 wins in a row at Randwick

Winx has started her latest and most likely final racing campaign with a record- breaking win at Randwick. Posting the 30th consecutive victory of her decorated career, Winx broke the race record in the Group Two Apollo Stakes on Saturday. In her first ... Read more

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Martin Guptill century drives Black Caps to ODI series win over Bangladesh

Form is temporary, but class is permanent. Opener Martin Guptill made it back-to-back centuries in front of 4571 at Christchurch's Hagley Oval on Saturday as New Zealand belted Bangladesh by eight wickets to clinch the ODI series 2-0 with a match to ... Read more

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Few changes in Lautoka's starting line up

Lautoka football coach Kamal Swamy will make a few changes to its starting line-up for a do or die match against Central Sports in the OFC Champions League today. Swamy says the players are aware of the circumstances and are ready to deliver against a ... Read more

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Waller with strong hand at Flemington

On a day champion Winx makes her highly anticipated return to racing in Sydney, her trainer Chris Waller will have a strong hand in feature races in Melbourne. Waller's representatives at Flemington include three-year-old colt Lean Mean Machine in the ... Read more

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Wells and Currie wonderful in Wanaka

Kiwis Hannah Wells and Braden Currie were the class of the field in taking Challenge Wanaka, running their way clear of Americans Meredith Kessler and Andrew Starykowicz to take the New Zealand national championships. Kevin Mackinnon | February 16, ... Read more

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Emma Keeling: Where would England be without Owen Farrell?

OPINION: You're lulled. Security has given you all the feels, setting you up in a hammock in the offseason. This despite New Zealand being left off yet another map! Shame on you IKEA, do you do this with screws?? While the average Kiwi has started the ... Read more

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Gallagher Premiership guide: Tom Varndell to make first league Leicester ...

All today. Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks 2pm. Northampton were controversially beaten at Wasps last time out to leave them in the bottom half. Wales have allowed Dan Biggar to start at fly half, while Piers Frances and Tom Wood also return to the XV ... Read more

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Australian Open: England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff four shots off lead

England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff lost her share of the lead at the LPGA Tour's Women's Australian Open after a one-over-par 73 in round two in Adelaide. The 31-year-old dropped back to six under, four adrift of Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom (67) and Taiwan's ... Read more

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Supercars: Cameron Waters has hot start in new Mustang

DESPITE topping the timesheet at the official Supercars Test Day at Phillip Island on Thursday, Tickford Racing's Cameron Waters says his team still has a long way to go to bounce back from a disappointing 2018. PHOTOS: Supercars, including new ... Read more

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Chawrasia, Kapur make cuts at Perth

PERTH: India's SSP Chawrasia survived some anxious moments before making his first cut of the year at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth golf tournament on Friday. Chawrasia, who was tied fifth after the first round, shot two-over 74 and was placed ... Read more

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Surely Sacred cements Derby favouritism with Guineas win

Posted by Richard Edmunds | Feb 16, 2019 | Featured, Gallops. Surely Sacred cements Derby favouritism with Guineas win. Surely Sacred took another step in the hoofprints of his stablemate Rangipo in today's Gr. 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas at ... Read more