An unbeaten 132-run partnership between Jeet Raval and Brad Cachopa saw Auckland reach 240-3 at stumps on day two of their Plunket Shield clash against Central Districts.
Make no mistake about it, the New Zealand cricket team are in town and they want to win.
Peter Siddle's bowling experience automatically labels him spearhead of Australia's attack for the Test opener against New Zealand at the Gabba, but the big Victorian says he's looking forward to hunting as a pack with a pair of debutant quicks.
The New York Rangers held off a late rally from the Pittsburgh Penguins to win 4-3 in the NHL on Tuesday.
Former captain Stephen Hoiles has been released from the final year of his contract at the Brumbies as he continues to struggle with a debilitating Achilles injury.
Auckland have moved on steadily in their chase for first innings points against Central Districts, posting 151-3 at the tea break at a gusty Colin Maiden Park.
The attraction of the New Zealand Open still holds strong according to Australian veterans Craig Parry and Peter O'Malley, who have nothing but fond memories of teeing it up across the Tasman.
Bullocking winger Matt Utai has signed a new one-year deal with the Wests Tigers on Wednesday.
Sunday's resilient 3-2 win over Gold Coast United was just the tonic Melbourne Victory needed to restore their fearless mentality, midfielder Billy Celeski says.
Auckland have looked comfortable despite losing two wickets to one of their former bowlers as they look to chase down Central Districts' 367 for first innings points.
He was in a dark place a year ago and considered calling it quits. But he's still here, and the fact Michael Campbell can now picture himself lifting trophies is the reason for it.
Mitchell Johnson's international future is under a cloud with the all-rounder set to miss up to five months because of foot surgery.
Outspoken QPR captain Joey Barton has provoked outrage in Britain after labelling suicide 'selfish' in the wake of Gary Speed's death.
West Ham United ended Middlesbrough's unbeaten home record in the Championship on Wednesday, while Southampton returned to winning ways.
Jason Hoffman is not concerned that his differing roles with club and country will lead to an identity crisis with the affable 22-year-old happy to do what he needs to to get a game for either Melbourne Heart or the Australian Under 23 side.
The Christchurch crowds will have to rise early on Thursday to see the main New Zealand Open drawcards as most of the feature groups tee off at the top of the draw.
Barcelona outclassed Rayo Vallecano on their way to a 4-0 win in La Liga, closing Real Madrid's lead at the top to three points.
Manchester City and Liverpool have advanced to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup after recording away wins on Wednesday.
Juventus preserved their unbeaten start to the Serie A season on Tuesday, coming from behind to secure a thrilling 3-3 away draw with Napoli.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes there will be fewer Grand Prix races held in Europe in the near future.