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Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

New Zealand All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa is among 23 athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which begins its rollout this week on SportsCenter and ESPN.com, and is on newsstands 7…

Heavyweight Joshua Parker Gets the Job Done

Heavyweight Joshua Parker Gets the Job Done

South Auckland professional boxer Joshua Parker, 25, has retained the WBO world heavyweight title after a wide points victory over former sparring partner, Romanian Răzvan Cojanu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. “Parker’s team…

First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

Right-armer Tom Pritchard, who has just turned 100, was born in Taranaki and took 818 first-class wickets at 23.30 – sitting fourth on New Zealand’s first-class wicket-taking list behind Sir Richard Hadlee – but…

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

American Gwen Jorgensen’s decision to seek out New Zealander Jamie Turner as a coach was rewarded with the first US Olympic triathlon gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Jorgensen spends five months of…

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Sparked by a stretch of four birdies in her first five holes at the NW Arkansas Championship, New Zealand world champion golfer Lydia Ko, 19, opened an early four-shot lead and was rarely challenged…

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko has been ranked 81st in ESPN’s World Fame 100 List. She is the only New Zealander among the Top 100 Most Famous athletes and one of only eight women on the list. “Ko…

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

When Thunder center Steven Adams arrived at his first NBA training camp, he knew virtually nothing about the NBA. There was a lot of shrugging and no deference when he started playing, which unnerved…

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

All Blacks South Africa Rebel Tour 30 Years On

It has been 30 years since the All Blacks rebel tour forced a split in the New Zealand public, Huw Richards writes for ESPN. “The match between the New Zealand Cavaliers and the Junior…

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlin, 22, has claimed a commanding V8 Supercars win in Race 1 of the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in Australia after winning his first pole of the season. McLaughlin, who is the youngest…

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

New Zealand golfing superstar Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, and has reaffirmed her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship…

Lydia Ko’s Impact On The Game of Golf

Lydia Ko’s Impact On The Game of Golf

Lydia Ko’s impact on the game of golf extends well beyond her years, according to an article in ESPN. The South Korean-born, New Zealand-bred 18-year-old golfer, is one of the most precocious sports…

Marvel Gives Lydia Ko Comic Book Treatment

Marvel Gives Lydia Ko Comic Book Treatment

Lydia Ko, 18, might as well be a super hero, according to Korea Times correspondent Brian Han. That’s why Marvel teamed up with ESPN to give the New Zealand golf champion the comic book…

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Richie McCaw Set for Adventure Race

Recently-retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will test his outdoor skills in the GODZone – a 550km adventure race in early April 2016 – alongside NZ Rugby Players Association chief executive Rob Nicol. “We know…

All Blacks Own Rugby in a Way No Other Sports Team Ever Could

All Blacks Own Rugby in a Way No Other Sports Team Ever Could

“New Zealand are not only the world’s leading rugby nation. They also own the game,” writes Simon Barnes in an article on ESPN. “On Saturday night the All Blacks beat France so completely…

Historic Win for Lydia Ko

Historic Win for Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko made golfing history when she won Sunday’s Evian Championship in France as the youngest winner of a women’s major. The win was her fourth LPGA win of 2015 and the ninth of…

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Pacific

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Pacific

Lydia Ko has won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open for the third time and first as a professional, beating American Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole of a playoff. The 18-year-old Ko…

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has confirmed his retirement from an 18-year international cricket career, declaring that the World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne was his last game for New Zealand. “It was…

New Zealand Cricket Fan Wins Fame with One-Handed Catch

New Zealand Cricket Fan Wins Fame with One-Handed Catch

Andrew McColloch is $5000 richer and slightly famous after his incredible one-handed catch at a Twenty20 cricket match went viral. Michael Bracewell hit a six in the match between Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds, and spectator…

Cricketer Jeetan Patel Completes Immense Season in UK

Cricketer Jeetan Patel Completes Immense Season in UK

New Zealand cricketer Jeetan Patel, 34, who has been confirmed as the most valuable player of 2014 by the UK’s Professional Cricketers’ Association, has completed an “immense season” as spinner for Warwickshire. “Patel has produced…

Teenage Girl Tackling Men’s Club Rugby

Teenage Girl Tackling Men’s Club Rugby

A teenage girl in Southland has been allowed to play with the big boys, with April Miller, 18, taking to the field at lock in what is typically men’s club rugby. Despite admitting to some…

Black Caps on the Rise

Black Caps on the Rise

What a summer. Three test victories, two test series wins and a 4-0 drubbing of the No. 1 ranked one-day side in the world. New Zealand has risen one place to seventh in the…

Much Good to Be Had from a Gift like Lydia’s

Much Good to Be Had from a Gift like Lydia’s

As Lydia Ko, 16, began her rookie year playing as a professional in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic last week, ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel profiled the world’s No 4-ranked player. Winner of two…

Leaving on Length Critical for India’s NZ tour

Leaving on Length Critical for India’s NZ tour

Indian cricket sides have historically struggled on tours to New Zealand and one of the reasons is to do with the bounce of the ball and movement off the wicket. In India, where the…

Former Pitcher Turns Oregon’s Luck Around

Former Pitcher Turns Oregon’s Luck Around

Formerly of Wellington, Mike White, who became a US citizen in 1994, has turned the Oregon softball program “into a powerhouse”, according to ESPN. One of the elite pitchers in the world during a…

Century and a Win

Century and a Win

Black Cap Kane Williamson, 22, finished unbeaten on 145 from 136 balls before New Zealand fielded their way to a 27-run victory over South Africa in Kimberley. New Zealand secured their first series victory…

Solo Protest Paddle Completed

Solo Protest Paddle Completed

New Zealand-born surfer and activist Dave Rastovich has completed his 350km solo protest paddle mission from Taranaki to Piha, to raise awareness for the nearly extinct Maui’s dolphin and the hazards that seabed mining…

Nebraska’s Prize Prospect

Nebraska’s Prize Prospect

Huskers point guard prospect New Zealander Tai Webster is considered the prize of Nebraska coach Tim Miles’ first recruiting class. ESPN.com rates Webster as a four-star recruit with the following summation: “Webster is a…

Activist Paddling

Activist Paddling

New Zealand-born Billabong surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich, 32, has paddled 350km from Taranaki to Piha to raise awareness about seabed mining off New Zealand’s coast. Rastovich, who lives in Australia, has been drumming up…

Rubberman Prevails

Rubberman Prevails

Palmerston North 21-year-old freestyle motorcross champion Levi Sherwood has become the youngest-ever winner of the Red Bull X-Fighters tour championship beating French rider Thomas Pagès on Cockatoo Island in Sydney. “All I came here…

Giant Impresses

Giant Impresses

New Zealander Steven Adams, 19, “just may be one of the most intriguing players in college basketball this season, not to mention one of the most physically impressive at 7-foot, 250 pounds,” ESPN senior…

Multi-tasking on Court

Multi-tasking on Court

New Zealand point guard Tai Webster has committed to studying and playing at the University of Nebraska. Webster, at 17 years old, is a rising star, having become the youngest player to ever make…

Backcountry Kicks

Backcountry Kicks

“Imagine a contest where a helicopter lifts you to the highest peaks in Mount Aspiring National Park, and for two days, you get to ski powder, cliffs, and backcountry kickers,” Megan Michelson writes for…

Golden Attitude Prevails

Golden Attitude Prevails

New Zealand’s rowing heroes Dunedin-born Hamish Bond, 26, and Hastings-born Eric Murray, 30, maintained their three-year unbeaten run by winning gold in the men’s pair at the Olympic rowing regatta. Bond and Murray, one…

Surfing Strength Studied

Surfing Strength Studied

A new study led by Oliver Farley from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and published in the August issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looks at professional surfers to analyze the…

Ultimate Legend Remembered

Ultimate Legend Remembered

Rugby legend Fred “The Needle” Allen – who at age 92 was the oldest living All Black and one of the rare group of players to have both played in and coached the national…

Standing Out on Court

Standing Out on Court

New Zealand high school basketball player 2.15m- (7 feet 1 inch) Steven Adams, who plays for Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore, is one of the top-ranked players in the Class of 2012 (No. 6…

In His Element

In His Element

“When it comes to skateboarding, New Zealander Bjorn Johnston has put in work,” ESPN blogger Joel Rice writes. “Though he joined Element’s Australian team relatively recently, his resume runs quite deep. Prior to signing…

Servant of Cricket

Servant of Cricket

New Zealand cricket commentator, coach, administrator and former Canterbury offspinner, Peter Sharp has died aged 72. Sharp played eight first-class matches over two seasons, taking 21 wickets at an average of 26.90. He began…

Teenage Dream Come True

Teenage Dream Come True

Fourteen-year-old North Harbour amateur Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, taking the women’s New South Wales Open by four strokes. South Korean-born Ko, the world’s top amateur,…

Victorious on Charles River

Victorious on Charles River

New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale, 33, had a “convincing victory” in the men’s championship singles on the first day of the Head of the Charles Regatta 47th annual running, taking his second first place…

Immense Contribution to NZ

Immense Contribution to NZ

Opera singer, sports administrator and Southern Opera founder Chris Doig has died in Christchurch, aged 62. Former New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive and member of the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) board, Doig…

Swinging Up the Ranks

Swinging Up the Ranks

New Zealand’s Danny Lee, 21, the 2008 US Amateur champion, has won the WNB Golf Classic for his first second tier United States Nationwide Tour title, beating former Georgia star Harris English with a…

Portuguese Win for Emirates

Portuguese Win for Emirates

Emirates Team New Zealand, with Dean Barker at the helm, won the first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta in Portugal with a dramatic come-from-behind move in the winner-take-all fleet race on 14 August….

Goal Overshadowed

Goal Overshadowed

West Ham defender Auckland-born Winston Reid has spoken of his sadness at the deadly earthquake that rocked Christchurch hours after the Hammers had booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup…

Retiring From the Pitch

Retiring From the Pitch

Former New Zealand opening batsman Dunedin-born Matthew Bell has announced his retirement from all forms of the game, after struggling with injuries over the past two seasons. “It’s a decision that’s been coming for…

Chunder Champs

Chunder Champs

Rotorua was the host of this year’s Singlespeed World Championships (SSWC) held over Labour Weekend with some 9 competitors clad in fancy dress riding mountain bikes over the 4km course with the added bonus…

Urban takes on Willis

Urban takes on Willis

Actor Karl Urban, 38, plays the role of a CIA agent in the movie Red, which is based on the comic book limited series of the same name and which was released this month…

Thrill-seeker Flips

Thrill-seeker Flips

With this “insanely-extended Hart Attack backflip” (above), Palmerston North daredevil Levi Sherwood, 19, won the fifth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, held at Battersea Power Station in London. This is Sherwood’s…

Avalanche Highlight

Avalanche Highlight

The 8th Annual New Zealand Heli Challenge was recently held in Wanaka. The two-day Heli Challenge involves a “freestyle” day, while the other is reserved for “freeride” stylings. The highlights of the contest included…

Walker Makes Podium

Walker Makes Podium

Whakatane-born Sarah Walker, 22, has won silver at the UCI BMX World Championship in Peitermaritzburg, South Africa. Racing in the elite women’s category, Walker, the 29 world champion, took second place after a hard…

Jammin’ in the Air

Jammin’ in the Air

The 2010 Farm Jam, New Zealand’s premiere bike jumping event, was recently held on Dan Frew’s land near Winton and included FMX, MX, BMX and MTB (mountain bike riding) spectacles. Riders were split into…

Finals Footy

Finals Footy

Canterbury has won what could be the final Air New Zealand Cup 28–20 against Wellington in Christchurch. Two tries to Colin Slade helped Canterbury to an 18–3 half-time lead and that deficit proved too…

Back in the Ring

Back in the Ring

Heavyweight champion David Tua, 36, returned to the ring in “smashing fashion” knocking out fellow countryman Shane Cameron, 31, in the second round after seven seconds obliterating his opponent with combinations, crushing him with…

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert is confident the All Whites will earn their first ever point in a FIFA Confederations Cup this month in South Africa. “I think we have to believe it’s a…

Golf’s Rising Star

Golf’s Rising Star

Rotorua schoolboy Danny Lee, 18, has the golfing world at his feet after becoming the youngest player ever to win the US Amateur championship, held at the Pinehurst club in North Carolina last week….

Beckham Boots Up for Wellington

Beckham Boots Up for Wellington

Soccer star David Beckham will join his team Los Angeles Galaxy in a $2 million exhibition match against Wellington Phoenix. “We as the club are bearing most of the costs,” said Phoenix owner Terry Serepisos….