Ireland, France and South Africa all promised millions in the bank, great stadiums and "the best tournament ever" before figuratively plucking on the emotional heartstrings as they sought to earn...
Better than Cooper Cronk? Don't make Michael Morgan laugh.
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has eased Real Madrid's injury concerns.
NBA side the Brooklyn Nets have signed former Breakers forward Akil Mitchell.
The women's pair are the first New Zealand boat through to an A final at the world rowing championships in Florida.
New Zealand A has been thumped in its opening match of their tour of India.
Top honours were spread evenly among high schools competing at the Otago schools duathlon in Mosgiel over the weekend.
Veteran Barry Cadogan (Momona) achieved a significant milestone when he became the sixth player to win 20 Otago indoor bowls titles at the weekend.
Otago Boys' High School has just about supplied a full team to the New Zealand schools team in the past seven seasons.
Otago has cleared the decks for tomorrow night's encounter with Northland in Whangarei.
Finn Butcher will be hoping to make his way into the semifinals of the K1 division at the world canoe slalom championships which start tonight.
Glenn Delaney's experience in the northern hemisphere was a factor in the Canterbury man becoming the new Highlanders defence coach.
White Robe Lodge took home a swag of awards at the South Island Thoroughbred Racing Awards over the weekend.
The southern thoroughbred racing industry has taken a hit with the downgrading of this season's White Robe Lodge Handicap at Wingatui from group 3 to listed status.
Otago will be the beneficiary of the dropping of Neil Broom and Jimmy Neesham from the national squad.
The Warriors may not be playing but New Zealand league fans will still have plenty to cheer about in Sunday's NRL grand final between Melbourne and North Queensland - however the same can't be said for New South Wales supporters.
The reviews are in, and the world's boxing websites are unimpressed with the Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury WBO heavyweight clash.
The Highlanders have appointed Canterbury head coach Glenn Delaney as their new defence coach.
The All Blacks are taking plenty of precautions as they embark on the busiest stretch of their 2017 schedule.
India have eased to a series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Australia.