The World Cup would create enormous pressure on the All Blacks, whether they are the favourites or not, but the bitter taste of losing previous tournaments will only serve to strengthen the team's resolve, former captain Brian Lochore told Reuters.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams came through their first real tests at the U.S. Open on Saturday with flying colours as the casualty toll at the last grand slam of the year soared to record numbers.
Documents found in the abandoned Tripoli office of Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief indicate the U.S. and British spy agencies helped the fallen strongman persecute Libyan dissidents, Human Rights Watch said.
The doubters said Usain Bolt was vulnerable and that his star was on the wane. In response, the Jamaican showman silenced his critics on Saturday with the fastest feet in the world.
England eased to a 3-0 win over goal-shy Bulgaria thanks to a double strike from Wayne Rooney in their Euro 2012 Group G qualifier today to take a step towards the finals.
News Corp awarded Rupert Murdoch and his son James big compensation increases, though James declined his bonus, citing controversy over a phone hacking scandal at the UK newspaper unit that he oversees.
Maria Sharapova has been knocked out of the US Open after suffering a shock third round loss to Italy's Flavia Pennetta.
US employment growth ground to a halt in August, reviving recession fears and piling pressure on both President Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve to provide more stimulus to aid the frail economy.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard vowed today to battle on as leader of her unpopular government, dismissing media reports that some of her own lawmakers had lost faith in her after a fresh policy setback this week.
South Africa's ruling African National Congress said on Friday it had denied a request from its Youth League leader Julius Malema to drop charges against him brought by a disciplinary committee.
Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters to fight on as world leaders freed up billions of dollars to help Libya's new rulers rebuild a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war.
Off spinner Nathan Lyon dazzled on his international debut by capturing five wickets as Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 105 runs in their first innings of the opening test.
Sony's new tablet computers have failed to excite gadget reviewers and analysts who criticised the pricing and quality of the devices, underscoring the battle Sony faces regaining its consumer electronics crown.
Actor Mel Gibson will pay the mother of his 22 month-old daughter $750,000 and get joint custody of the child, ending a bitter custody and financial dispute that badly damaged his Hollywood career.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, well known for creating controversy and raising eyebrows, has revealed her sexual frustration in a series of blog and Twitter posts, much to the amusement of her followers.
Wall Street money is heavily favouring Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the race to unseat President Barack Obama, the latest signal of business unease with Obama's tenure and perhaps a bet on his re-election chances.
A long-awaited UN report on a May 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks says that Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, the New York Times has reported.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has written to the prime minister of Tonga following allegations of government interference after a proposal was tabled in parliament last week to make changes to the board of the Tongan rugby union authority (TRUA).
Italy coach Nick Mallett is convinced his team can reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time despite unconvincing performances in this month's warm-ups against Japan and Scotland.
Fiji scored three first-half tries as they beat neighbouring Tonga 27-12 in a Rugby World Cup warm-up on Saturday.