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 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.
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) — 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.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Shock results and tight contests in the last regular-season round of Super Rugby Pacific have created a new sense of uncertainty to the quarterfinals which begin in Christchurch on Friday.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders secured second place in the Super Rugby Pacific standings with a 28-15 win over the Queensland Reds on Friday at the start of the final round of the regular season.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders scored nine tries in a comprehensive 61-3 win over the Fijian Drua on Friday to take outright second place at the start of the penultimate regular-season round of Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — If the Buffalo supermarket shooter had learned anything from the massacre in New Zealand that apparently inspired him, it should have been that the violence didn't achieve any of the gunman's aims, a survivor said Tuesday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The marquee meeting of the Crusaders and Brumbies in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday may be a test of the popularity and durability of the tournament as much as the respective strength of two potential champions.
The Auckland-based Blues sit atop the table as Super Rugby Pacific moves into a new phase of matches between Australian and New Zealand teams.
A 27-23 win over the Crusaders on Saturday lifted the Blues ahead of the ACT Brumbies into first place and ended an 18-year losing streak in Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues hung on to beat the 14-man Crusaders 27-23 in a match between the top-ranked New Zealand teams in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday, claiming their first win in Christchurch in 18 years.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Australia beat England by 71 runs Sunday in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval:
Australia 356-5 (Alyssa Healy 170, Rachael Haynes 68, Beth Mooney 62; Anya Shrubsole 3-46).
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders held on through a scoreless second half and with 14 men for the last three minutes to beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 17-14 Friday in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion England will face six-time champion Australia in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup after beating South Africa by 137 runs Thursday in the tournament’s second semifinal at Christchurch.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Suzie Bates made 126 and became only the third woman to surpass 5,000 runs in one-day internationals as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 71 runs Saturday in its last match at the Women’s Cricket World Cup.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Rameka Pohipi dived over in the left corner three minutes after the full-time siren on Saturday to give the Hamilton-based Chiefs a 24-21 win over the Christchurch-based Crusaders in Super Rugby Pacific.
South Africa completed an extraordinary turnaround in form when it beat New Zealand by 198 runs in the second test on Tuesday to square the two-match series.
After setting New Zealand a target of 426, South Africa bowled out the home team for 227 to win with more than a session remaining at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa beat New Zealand by 198 runs in the second cricket test at Hagley Oval on Tuesday to level the two match series at 1-1:
South Africa: 1st Innings 364 (Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42; Neil Wagner 4-102, Matt Henry 3-90); 2nd Innings 354-9 decl.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Kyle Verreyne stepped boldly into the vacancy left by the sudden retirement of Quintin de Kock with a maiden century Monday which put South Africa in total control of the second cricket test against New Zealand by the end of the fourth day.
South Africa held a 211-run lead over New Zealand at stumps Sunday on the third day of the second test at Christchurch, a day on which there were four specific episodes and one general theme.
The binding theme of the day’s play was that South Africa held a tenuous upper hand.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The tail wagged, then Kagiso Rabada knocked the top off New Zealand’s order as South Africa asserted itself on the second day of the second test Saturday in a reversal of form after its crushing first-test defeat.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Sarel Erwee responded to a challenge leveled by his captain with a maiden century for South Africa on Friday against New Zealand on the first day of the second test.
New Zealand needed only an extended session to complete an innings and 276-run win over South Africa in the first test on Saturday, its first test victory over the Proteas in 18 years.
Tim Southee took 5-35 as New Zealand bowled out South Africa for 111 in its second innings after only 32 overs on the third day at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand beat South Africa by an innings and 276 runs in the first cricket test at Hagley Oval on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-test series.
South Africa, 1st Innings 95 (Zubayr Hamza 25; Matt Henry 7-25); New Zealand, 1st Innings 482 (Henry Nicholls 105, Tom Blundell 96, Matt Henry 58; Duanne Olivier 3-100); South Africa, 2nd Innings 111 (Temba Bavuma 41, Kyle Verreyne 30; Tim Southee 5-35).
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Henry Nicholls’ eighth test century helped New Zealand to a 387-run, first-innings lead over South Africa on the second day of the first test Friday and the Proteas limped to stumps at 34-3 after a disastrous start to their second innings.
When Matt Henry woke up in his Christchurch hotel room Thursday it was to a day of warm promise. He was about to play his 15th test match for New Zealand in a stop-start career of seven years and to do it in his hometown in front of friends and family.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Ross Taylor ended his 15-year test career by taking a wicket with his part-time offbreaks that clinched a victory for New Zealand over Bangladesh by an innings and 117 runs and tied the two-match series on Tuesday.
Tom Latham scored 252, Devon Conway banked another century and Ross Taylor likely played his last test innings as New Zealand declared at 521-6 on Monday before bowling out Bangladesh for 126 on the second day of the second cricket test.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand promised to bounce back quickly from its first-test loss to Bangladesh and captain Tom Latham redeemed the pledge with a commanding unbeaten century Sunday on the first day of the second test.
Ajaz Patel’s historic feat of taking 10 wickets in a test innings was not enough to secure his place in New Zealand’s squad for a home series against Bangladesh.
Offspinner Patel became only the third player in test history — after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble — to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he claimed 10-119 in the second test against India earlier this month.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The gunman who killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is considering appealing his convictions and prison sentence, his lawyer said Monday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The island nation of Tonga on Friday reported its first-ever case of COVID-19 after a traveler from New Zealand tested positive.
Tonga is among the few remaining nations in the world that have avoided outbreaks of the virus.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand cricket umpire Fred Goodall, who was at the center of a famously ill-tempered test series between New Zealand and the West Indies in 1980, has died. He was 83.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji has selected Queensland Reds scrumhalf Mosese Sorovi and Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele in its squad for a two-test series against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues continued their winning streak in the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition with a 31-24 victory on Friday over the Australian champion Queensland Reds.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted both countries to close their borders.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand's five Super Rugby sides swept their Australian rivals in the opening trans-Tasman round after the Western Force allowed the Chiefs to escape with a 20-19 win on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Argentina captain Pablo Matera is set to play Super Rugby for the Christchurch, New Zealand-based Crusaders from the 2022 season...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Tom Latham’s fifth one-day international century outweighed rival captain Tamim Iqbal’s 50th half century as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by five wickets Tuesday to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Hamilton-based Chiefs gave up an early 10-0 lead to lose 39-17 to the Christchurch-based Crusaders Saturday and equal the record losing streak by a New Zealand team in Super Rugby...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christ Church Cathedral was arguably New Zealand's most iconic building before much of it crumbled in an earthquake 10 years ago...
SINGAPORE (AP) — Two Singapore mosques that authorities said were the targets of a planned terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols in the area.
Staff at the Assyafaah Mosque and Yusof Ishak Mosque in northern Singapore said already-frequent patrols had been tightened.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — There were no clear signs that an attack last year on two New Zealand mosques was imminent, but police should have done a better job vetting the lone gunman when he applied for a gun license, and intelligence agencies should have focused more on threats such as white supremacism, according to a new report...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness arrived Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first time the maximum available sentence has been imposed in the country...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — On a day when the poetic words of love from a daughter to her murdered father brought many people to tears in a New Zealand courtroom, the white supremacist who killed him and 50 other worshippers at two mosques said he wouldn't speak before he is sentenced...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A man who was shot and wounded in the New Zealand mosque attacks had a simple message for the mass-murderer responsible: “You are the loser, and we are the winners...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Families and survivors had their first chance to confront the white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques as his four-day sentencing hearing began Monday...