LEEDS, England (AP) — England strangled New Zealand's top order through pace and spin in the second innings to stay in the ascendency three days into the third test at Headingley on Saturday.
New Zealand was 168-5 for an overall lead of 137 runs when rain brought an early closure with 17.1 overs remaining in the day.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A strong first-half performance set up New Zealand’s 26-6 win over Tonga on Saturday in the home side's first rugby league test in almost three years.
New Zealand led 20-6 at halftime in the match at Auckland’s Mt.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Immigration officers feared him. So, too, did prosecutors, prison officials and police. They thought he could launch a terror attack at any moment. Even the prime minister wanted him deported.
LEEDS, England (AP) — A barrage of boundaries by Jonny Bairstow and Jamie Overton fed England's fightback and blunted New Zealand's own hostile attack on another thrilling day Friday of the third test at Headingley.
LEEDS, England (AP) — One of the most bizarre dismissals in cricket history was followed by an all-too-familiar counterattack by Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell as New Zealand eked out 225-5 on day one of the third test against England on Thursday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage stopped by bystanders who brought him to the ground in a New Zealand city neighborhood Thursday, police said.
Police District Commander Naila Hassan said the attack in Auckland was random and the suspect was in custody.
LEEDS, England (AP) — Jamie Overton will make his debut for England in the third and final cricket test against New Zealand starting Thursday after fellow fast bowler Jimmy Anderson was ruled out because of an ankle injury.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As part of a deal they struck to avoid extradition to the United States, two men pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Zealand to their involvement in running the once wildly popular pirating website Megaupload.
Craig Overton vividly remembers those childhood summers with twin brother Jamie, spending entire days at the local cricket club where their father played.
Sometimes they’d mess around in the nets for seven to eight hours.
LONDON (AP) — Ousmane Dieng of France moved to Australia for a season to hone his skills. Nikola Jovic stayed home in Serbia.
Both are expected to end up in the NBA, though, since they are among the top international prospects in Thursday night's draft.
Phil Robertson’s Team Canada bounced back from a capsize earlier in the week to win two of three fleet races Saturday and take the lead in the United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago on Lake Michigan.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders produced a dominant first-half performance then held out against an energized second half from the Auckland-based Blues on Saturday to win the Super Rugby Pacific final 21-7 for their 13th Super Rugby title.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific final between the Auckland-based Blues and Christchurch-based Crusaders on Saturday is the contest many hoped for and may be the one New Zealand rugby needs to rebuild flagging interest after COVID-19 and other challenges.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new foreign minister on Thursday made New Zealand the first stop on her third Pacific trip in a month as Canberra steps up efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the region.
SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney Harbour is set to host SailGP racing for the next three years, including the ninth event of the international series’ third season in February 2023.
SailGP said Friday that the Australian Sail Grand Prix would be held from Feb.
LONDON (AP) — There are twins in England’s cricket squad for the final test of the series against New Zealand.
Jamie Overton was called up on Thursday, joining Craig — the older brother by three minutes — in a 14-man party for the match at Headingley starting on June 23.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues have retained the same starting XV that beat the ACT Brumbies 20-19 in the semifinals for Saturday's Super Rugby Pacific final against the Christchurch-based Crusaders.
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Costa Rica’s core of stars including Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz created national soccer history in a memorable run to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals.
They were all still there Tuesday, all with more than 100 international appearances, and all key to a 1-0 win over New Zealand in a World Cup intercontinental playoff for the final place at Qatar 2022.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Argentina captain Pablo Matera has been cleared to play for the Crusaders against the Blues in the Super Rugby Pacific final on Saturday after a judicial panel ruled the four yellow cards he has received this season showed “no pattern of concern.”
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Energized by a ham-and-cheese toastie and a cup of coffee at the tea interval, England batter Jonny Bairstow walked back out to the middle with Ben Stokes and discussed with his captain the approach required to pull off a series-clinching win over New Zealand.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland will take five uncapped players in a 40-man squad on its five-match tour of New Zealand this month.
The Irish have lined up three tests against the All Blacks and two games against New Zealand Maori.
Government workers in Costa Rica will be given extra time off for lunch to watch their national team take on New Zealand in a playoff to decide the last team to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
The edict from President Rodrigo Chaves allowing Costa Rican public sector workers to follow the broadcast in an extended lunch break Tuesday will come as something of a shock to the team from New Zealand, where rugby is the national sporting obsession.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — The second test between England and New Zealand was wide open at the end of day four after the Black Caps’ aggressive attempts to create a winning position backfired at times in their second innings at Trent Bridge on Monday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was among six new caps selected Monday in a 36-man New Zealand All Blacks squad for next month’s three-test home series against Ireland.
Phil Bennett, the Wales flyhalf “with stardust in his boots” who started the move which led to one of rugby's greatest tries, has died. He was 73.
His death was confirmed Sunday by his former club Scarlets, which did not specify a cause.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Joe Root and Ollie Pope made centuries Sunday to help England move to 473-5 and within sight of New Zealand's vast first-innings total of 553 on Day 3 of a second test that has turned into a batter's paradise at Trent Bridge.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Daryl Mitchell followed up a career-best test knock of 190 by dropping two catches at slip in England's reply on a bittersweet Day 2 for the New Zealand batter in the second test on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues set up an all-Kiwi final against the Christchurch-based Crusaders by hanging on under immense pressure to beat the ACT Brumbies 20-19 on Saturday in the second semifinal of Super Rugby Pacific.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Capped by a six down the ground straight into a spectator's pint of beer, Daryl Mitchell's unbeaten 81 helped New Zealand to 318-4 and a position of strength after Day 1 of the second test against England on Friday.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the second test against England starting Friday at Trent Bridge.
Williamson tested positive on the eve of the match after experiencing minor symptoms.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday after a meeting with his New Zealand counterpart that the two nations are in lockstep in their policies toward the Pacific islands, where China's influence is growing.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — England captain Ben Stokes allayed concerns about his fitness after he was selected in an unchanged team for the second cricket test against New Zealand starting on Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — From the middle of the season in Super Rugby Pacific it seemed the Auckland-based Blues and Christchurch-based Crusaders were on course to meet in the final.
The Blues were building a club-record winning streak — now 14 games — and the Crusaders, after early setbacks, were looking more like the team that has won 12 Super Rugby titles.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States won a legal battle on Tuesday to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the $325 million vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has held face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia during his hectic two weeks in office, but he will receive a world leader for the first time when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Sydney on Thursday.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Michael Maguire’s exit from the West Tigers was confirmed hours after the New Zealand Warriors announced Nathan Brown’s departure on Tuesday in a bad day for head coaches in the National Rugby League.
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand allrounder Colin De Grandhomme has been ruled out of the remainder of the test series against England because of a tear in his right heel.
De Grandhomme was injured during the first test defeat at Lord’s and faces a 10-12-week layoff.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks winger Seta Tamanivalu has been included in Fiji's squad for the Pacific Nations Cup, becoming the first Fijian player to repatriate under new World Rugby eligibility rules.
LONDON (AP) — Former skipper Joe Root gave his successor Ben Stokes the perfect start to his captaincy at Lord’s, carrying England to victory with a century to clinch the first test against New Zealand on Sunday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The ACT Brumbies prevented a Kiwi sweep of the Super Pacific quarterfinals with a come-from-behind win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes and now face the toughest task in the tournament — playing the top-ranked Blues in Auckland.
LONDON (AP) — A huge slice of luck for birthday boy Ben Stokes and a classy innings from Joe Root moved England into a winning position against New Zealand on a gripping third day Saturday of the first test at Lord’s.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific semifinals are set with the ACT Brumbies advancing after a 35-25 comeback win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes on Saturday.
Earlier, the top-ranked Blues shook off a sluggish start to beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 35-6 and ensure a home semifinal next Saturday against the Brumbies at Auckland's Eden Park.
LONDON (AP) — An unbeaten stand of 180 between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put New Zealand in control against England after two days of the first test at Lord’s on Friday.
Coming together with their side at 56-4 — just 47 runs ahead — Mitchell and Blundell moved the Black Caps 227 runs ahead by stumps.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders finished strongly with three tries in the last 30 minutes to beat the Queensland Reds 37-15 Friday in the first quarterfinal in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II once asked why the New Zealand men's cricket team had picked a 17-year-old for the starting lineup.
“Is this a case of absolute confidence or sheer desperation?” the British monarch wondered, Don McKinnon recalled Friday.
LONDON (AP) — England began the Ben Stokes era with a chaotic day of cricket Lord’s, with 17 wickets tumbling Thursday on a frantic start to the first test against New Zealand.
Led for the first time by the captain-coach pairing of Stokes and Brendon McCullum, with new director of cricket Rob Key also watching on, England looked to be putting a string of poor results behind them with a rousing bowling display on day one at the home of cricket.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has been given approval to sign a ground-breaking deal with California-based private equity firm Silver Lake which will bring a cash windfall but which some observers fear may threaten the “special bond” between New Zealanders and their national team, the All Blacks.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia and China continued their tit-for-tat diplomatic rivalry in the Pacific on Thursday as the foreign ministers from each country paid separate visits to island nations.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The competitiveness of Australian teams has added an element of uncertainty to Super Rugby Pacific quarterfinals.
Only two of Australia’s five franchises won matches last year in the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition.
There will be a new fast bowler to go with a new captain and new coach when English cricket's test team launches its new era on Thursday.
Matthew Potts, a 23-year-old paceman, will make his international debut in any format after being selected in the team to play New Zealand at Lord's in the first test of a three-match series.