It's starting to feel like the magical version of Waisake Naholo is never going to be seen again and that it's going to take another miracle to get him to a World Cup.
England made a hugely impressive start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of a sorry Czech Republic side on Friday.
National records could be under threat today at Winton where horses have the rare opportunity to race from a standing start over one mile (1609m).
Metropolitan clubs wanting a place on the board of the Otago Rugby Football Union are not critical of the board's role - they simply believe the board would be better if it had club representation.
They call them coach killers and the Highlanders coaches had to watch one last night as the Highlanders let themselves down in losing 33-26 to the Blues at Eden Park.
New Zealand Cricket might have downgraded the first-class game to a development tournament but it remains the best measure of a player's ability. And Otago was found wanting by that measure.
Volts seamer Jacob Duffy and Sparks all-rounder Leigh Kasperek claimed the major awards at the Otago Cricket Association awards last night.
The deaths of two popes in 1978 formed a theme for several works by Ralph Hotere, a former Frances Hodgkins fellow.
The Manapouri power station was completed. Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its first New Zealand store. Terry O'Neill was making his first foray into the world of sports journalism.
Otago's best young rowers will be eyeing medals at the country's biggest school sporting event next week.