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Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

Dean Confirms Fifth Start In Tour De France

24 June 2009 - New Zealand's most decorated road cyclist, Julian Dean has been confirmed his start in next month's Tour de France.

The 34-year-old learned the news today from his Garmin-Slipstream team at his home in Spain.

New Zealand To Host First Ever Adaptive Snowboard World Championships

New Zealand To Host First Ever Adaptive Snowboard World Championships

24 June 2009 - Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (Wednesday June 24, 2009) New Zealand's Cardrona Alpine Resort will next month welcome snowboarders with physical disabilities from across the globe for the inaugural World Snowboard Federation (WSF) Adaptive Snowboard World Championships.

Duval Nearly Does It

Duval Nearly Does It

Yesterday I wrote, “Since I’m a sucker for great comeback stories, a la Hogan after his near-fatal car smash, I won’t be unhappy if David “Dark glasses” Duval does it.”

Murdoch Not Expected To Return For Cap

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Disgraced 1970s rugby prop Keith Murdoch is not expected to return to New Zealand to receive his All Blacks cap, his brother says.

Basketball Losses For NZ In Saipan Tournament

Basketball Losses For NZ In Saipan Tournament

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Both New Zealand teams suffered losses to close out the third day of the Oceania basketball tournament in Saipan on Tuesday.

Wales Test Added To All Blacks' Schedule

Wales Test Added To All Blacks' Schedule

Wellington, June 23 NZPA - A test match against Wales has been added to the All Blacks' rugby schedule at the end of the year.

The New Zealand and Welsh Rugby Unions tonight confirmed the test would be held at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on November 7.

Test Rugby Substitution Leaders

Christchurch, June 24 NZPA - Factbox for the All Blacks players used most as substitutes in test matches:

24 - Keven Mealamu (67 tests)

22 - Marty Holah (36)

22 - Leon MacDonald (56)

22 - Byron Kelleher (57)

20 - Mark Hammett (29)

Bench King Weepu Is Priceless: Henry

By Daniel Gilhooly of NZPA

Christchurch, June 24 NZPA - Piri Weepu has been anointed New Zealand's best impact player, a status that will see him ride the pine in All Blacks rugby tests for the foreseeable future.

Waikato Leave Town With Win Under Their Belts

Waikato Leave Town With Win Under Their Belts

Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Waikato flexed their considerable muscle to steal an early march on Nelson in the National Basketball League finals series tonight.

Waikato Beat Nelson 81-69

Waikato Beat Nelson 81-69

Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Result of the first match in the National Basketball League finals series in Nelson tonight.

Waikato 81 (Adam Ballinger 22, Michael Fitchett 21, Justin Bailey 16) Nelson 69 (Phill Jones 21, John Barber 18, Jarryd Lloyd 12). Halftime: 40-34.