AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Manie Libbok converted his own try with three minutes remaining for the Bulls to draw with the Blues 22-22 on Friday, adding to a tangled playoffs puzzle in...
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned former Oceania Football Confederation general secretary Tai Nicholas from the game for eight years for financial misconduct.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Guard R.J. Hampton, a top U.S. prospect, has decided to forego his college eligibility to sign with the New Zealand Breakers in the National Basketball...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders can bring some on-field certainty to Super Rugby in the 15th round while grappling also with uncertainties off the field.
New Zealand officer guilty of planting camera in embassy
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A naval commodore who served as New Zealand's senior military attache to the United States was found guilty Thursday of planting a hidden camera in a bathroom at the...
Sonny Bill Williams out for 6 weeks with knee injury
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks center Sonny Bill Williams will be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing knee surgery, endangering his prospects of appearing at a third Rugby World...
3 wins in a row has Blues hopes high in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After a run of three wins in Super Rugby, fans of the Auckland-based Blues dare to hope the troubled team's long-delayed resurgence finally has begun.
Blues beat Highlanders 33-26 in Super Rugby
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries, bringing his tally to six from his last two games, as the Auckland-based Blues ended a 20-match losing streak against New Zealand...
India beats NZ by 7 wicket in 2nd T20, series 1-1
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Captain Rohit Sharma dashed a half-century from 28 balls and Rishabh Pant made an unbeaten 40 as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 to level the three-match series at 1-1 on Friday.
New Zealand won the first match by 80 runs on Wednesday. The final match is on Sunday at Hamilton.
Suspect in New Zealand killing of Brit keeps name secret
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of murdering British tourist Grace Millane in New Zealand will continue to keep his name secret while a judge decides whether he can be publicly identified.
The 27-year-old man appeared Thursday in Auckland's High Court. His lawyer argued his name should continue to be kept secret so he can get a fair trial, according to Radio New Zealand. A judge said he would announce a decision later.
Sandgren, Norrie to meet in Auckland final
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Tennys Sandgren is heading to the Australian Open in career-best form after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2 to reach the ASB Classic final on Friday.
Sandgren beat former champion Kohlschreiber to play in his second ATP Tour final, after the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships last April.
In Saturday's final he will face British wild card Cameron Norrie who reached his first ATP final by defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5. 4-6, 6-3.
New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 35 runs in T20
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Allrounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn joined forces to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats.
Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55-5 after 10 overs to make 179-7 batting first.
Ikea announces plans to open first New Zealand store
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea announced plans on Friday to open its first New Zealand store.
The company said it would build the store near the largest city of Auckland over the next few years, and would open a pop-up store to give customers a taste of what was to come before the flagship store opened.
Kohlschreiber, Sandgren, Norrie, Struff reach Auckland semis
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated second-seeded Fabio Fognini again 6-3, 6-1 to reach the ASB Classic semifinals on Thursday.
Unseeded Kohlschreiber, who won the tournament in 2008, will have to go through Tennys Sandgren to reach another final in Auckland on his 12th visit.
The other semifinal will feature New Zealand-born Englishman Cameron Norrie, a wild card, against Jan-Lennard Struff. Norrie or Struff will reach his first ATP final.
Top-seeded Isner beaten in 2nd round of ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner was eliminated in the second round of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic on Wednesday, losing 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to fellow American Taylor Fritz.
On a good day for young Americans, Tennys Sandgren of the United States beat third-seeded Marco Checchinato of Italy 6-3, 6-3.
Ferrer beats Haase at ASB Classic in New Zealand
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Four-time champion David Ferrer opened play Tuesday in ASB Classic with a 6-2, 6-1 first-round win over Robin Haase.
The 36-year-old Ferrer said before Tuesday's match that this is his last season on the ATP Tour and he will not be returning as a competitor to a tournament that he won in 2007 and in three straight years from 2011 to 2013.
Defending champion withdraws from men’s ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion Roberta Bautista Agut has joined fellow Doha finalist Tomas Berdych in withdrawing from the Auckland ATP Tour event which starts Monday.
Bautista Agut was to be the fifth seed at the Auckland tournament, the ASB Classic, but pulled out after reaching the Doha final in which he beat Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
His appearance in the final meant there was insufficient time to travel to Auckland for his first-round match.
Goerges and surprising Andreescu to meet in ASB final
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Unseeded Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu beat third-seeded Su-wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final of the ASB Classic against defending champion Julia Goerges.
After qualifying and then leaving a trail of seeded opponents in her wake, 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 152, outplayed the 28th-ranked Hsieh to reach her first WTA Tour final.
Bianca Andreescu beats Venus Williams at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu knocked off another former No. 1 on Friday, beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-7 (1) 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at the ASB Classic.
The 18-year-old Andreescu, who is ranked 152nd in the world and had to go through qualifying to make the tournament, defeated top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advances at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Neither the wind nor a little bit of rust could stop top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki from winning her first match of 2019.
The former top-ranked Dane beat lucky loser Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in the first round of the ASB Classic.
After waiting until the third day of the tournament to play, Wozniacki broke Siegemund in the fourth game of the first set and then opened up a 3-0 lead in the second before becoming frustrated with a swirling wind.
Venus Williams beats Azarenka in 1st round at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Venus Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at the ASB Classic on Tuesday in what she described as one of the toughest first-round matches of her career.
That was saying something as the 38-year-old Williams has spent more than two decades on the WTA Tour.
Auckland throws 2019′s first big party
Bouchard wins in 1st round at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard launched a new season Monday with a commanding 6-3, 6-3 win over America Madison Brengle in the first round of the WTA's ASB Classic.
Bill Baillie, holder of obscure running records, dead at 84
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand athlete William "Bill" Baillie, who once held world records in the now obscure 20,000-meter and one-hour running events, has died. He was 84.
Athletics New Zealand said Baillie died on Christmas Day.
At the time Baillie broke the records they had a higher status than today and were held by Czech great Emil Zatopek.
Hundreds in New Zealand hold vigil for slain British tourist
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than 1,000 people across New Zealand joined candlelight vigils on Wednesday to commemorate British tourist Grace Millane, who police say was murdered earlier this month.
The 22-year-old tourist's death has struck a deep chord in a country where many young people take gap years to travel.
New Zealand leader apologies for death of British tourist
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered.
Ardern spoke about the nation's reaction to the case several hours after the man that police accuse of killing Grace Millane made his first appearance in court. Police on Sunday found a body in a forested area near Auckland which they believe is Millane's.
Mike and Bob Bryan set to reunite for doubles in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Mike and Bob Bryan are set to reunite as a doubles combination next month in New Zealand when the brothers begin their 21st season on the ATP Tour.
Bob Bryan has been sidelined since injuring his hip in the lead-up to the French Open, and Mike paired with fellow American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and the ATP Finals, taking the world No. 1 ranking on his own.
New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane.
Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.
Tourist Grace Millane has been missing since Dec. 1, and failed to contact her family on her birthday Dec. 2.
New Zealand police: 22-year-old British tourist was murdered
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Saturday that they believe a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for a week was murdered, and they will lay charges against a man they detained earlier in the day for questioning.
Grace Millane was on a planned yearlong trip abroad that began in Peru. She arrived in New Zealand last month and was last seen on the night of Dec. 1 entering a central Auckland hotel with a 26-year-old man.
South Korean president greets war vets on New Zealand visit
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in greeted Korean War veterans Monday in Auckland during a two-day visit to New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the visit is a chance to reaffirm the strong relationship between the two nations, which signed a free-trade deal in 2015. Ardern is scheduled to meet with Moon on Tuesday before he leaves later that day.
New Zealand makes biggest cocaine bust in banana shipment
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police have made the country's largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms (418 pounds) of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama.
New Zealand police and customs officials said Friday that the cocaine was contained in five duffel bags on top of bananas in a shipment which arrived in Auckland from Balboa, Panama, in August.
Tana Umaga replaced as head coach of Auckland-based Blues
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been demoted from his role as head coach of Super Rugby's Auckland-based Blues.
Umaga's former All Blacks teammate Leon MacDonald will take over as head coach a year earlier than planned. Umaga will stay on for two years as an assistant with responsibility for defense.
New Zealanders turn out to see royals despite rain and wind
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Rain, wind and a distant earthquake didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of New Zealanders who turned out to see Prince Harry and wife Meghan on Tuesday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with people in Auckland during a walkabout on the penultimate day of the couple's South Pacific tour.
King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter.
More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium. Tongan King George Tupou VI was among the supporters.
New Zealand surfer bitten on arm by shark, taken to hospital
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand surfer was attacked by a shark Friday and airlifted to a hospital after suffering moderate injuries.
The man was surfing at 6 p.m. at Baylys Beach about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Auckland when the attack happened, according to police.
The man, who is in his 20s, was in pain and bleeding after being bitten on his hand, elbow and mouth, according to the New Zealand Herald website, but was able to walk and talk.
Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday.
Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.
East to west, Rugby Australia switches venue for Bledisloe
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Rugby Australia is moving one of the Bledisloe Cup tests west to Perth next year, hoping that a change from the traditional venues will bring about a change in the Wallabies' fortunes against a dominant New Zealand in the annual series.
The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and clinched this year's series with wins in the first two matches in Sydney and Auckland. A third match is to be played on neutral ground in Yokohama, Japan, on Oct. 27.
Folau returns to Australia’s Rugby Championship squad
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Israel Folau may make a comeback from injury sooner than expected after being named Sunday in a 31-man Wallabies squad for the next two matches of the Rugby Championship against Argentina and South Africa.
New Zealand thrashes Australia 40-12 to retain Bledisloe Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored four tries and contributed 30 points as New Zealand thrashed Australia 40-12 in a Bledisloe Cup rugby test on Saturday to retain the trophy for the 16th straight year.
American scientist dies while rock climbing in New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that's been left permanently attached to rock faces.
Israel Folau and Ryan Crotty out of Bledisloe Cup rematch
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks and Wallabies have both lost key players for the second Bledisloe test match at Auckland on Saturday after a bruising first test at Sydney.
New Zealand has lost center Ryan Crotty to concussion and winger Rieko Ioane to a hamstring injury, while Australia coach Michael Cheika confirmed on Sunday that star fullback Israel Folau would also miss the second Bledisloe match.
New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices.
Previously the housing market was open to investors worldwide, but the government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Feeding. Poop. Sleep.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said those are the things she has obsessed over the most as a new parent, and that the experience of focusing on such basic needs for her baby girl has helped her appreciate why people with young families may not find time for politics.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to spend a third night in a hospital before returning home with her newborn daughter.
Ardern's office said Saturday she plans to make her first public appearance since the birth when she leaves Auckland City Hospital on Sunday morning.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl.
Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern giving birth (all times local):
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl at Auckland City Hospital.
Ardern posted a photo on her Instagram account showing her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at the hospital.
She wrote that she was feeling very lucky to have a given birth to a healthy girl, and that their daughter arrived at 4:45 p.m. weighing 3.3 kilograms (7.3 pounds).