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NZ union signs conditional broadcast agreement WELLINGTON: The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky Television have signed a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016, the NZRU said on Friday, with the final agreement expected to be signed off by the end of November.No financial details were disclosed due to the continued negotiation of rights in other countries, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew told reporters in a conference call.Sky, which has come under increased threat from Internet television providers for sports rights in New Zealand, was the only bid considered with the deal reached inside an exclusive negotiation period, Tew added."We would've (gone to the open market) if we thought it was beneficial to New Zealand rugby but in the end decided it wasn't," Tew said."We think it's a great result for rugby and a great result for Sky."Tew said the deal would give the NZRU the opportunity to "develop their own platforms" but later ...

Everton held by Lille but remain top in Europa League PARIS: Everton retained top spot in Group F on Thursday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille in Europa League action following a day of trouble and fighting in the city centre between fans and police ahead of the tie. The Merseysiders, who last won their only continental trophy in 1985 when they lifted the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup, enjoyed the lion's share of possession but lacked a cutting edge up front ...
Royals outfield defenders cram for quirky AT&T test SAN FRANCISCO: The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals' outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco's quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday.Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki all had a cram course on Thursday's off-day in gauging caroms off the AT&T Park wall ahead of a Game Three that will snap a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven championship."It's tough," said center fielder Cain, who has ...
Chelsea striker Costa released from hospital LONDON: Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been released from hospital following treatment for an illness, British media reported on Thursday. Costa, who has scored nine Premier League goals since joining from Atletico Madrid during the close season, has been dogged by niggly injuries in recent weeks and picked up a groin strain while on international duty with Spain. However, according to media reports the 26-year-old, who has missed Chelsea's past two games against Crystal Palace ...
Korda leads Wie and Feng after China LPGA 1st round SANYA: Jessica Korda of the US fired a six-under 66 at the first round of the LPGA Blue Bay Championship in China on Thursday, edging ahead of a chasing pack including compatriot Michelle Wie.Korda got off to a flying start with birdies on her first three holes, and provided a masterclass in long-range putting which culminated in a 65-foot par putt to stay at five under on the 10th hole."It was really nice. I was ...
Olesen, Wade course records to lead Perth International PERTH: Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian John Wade both fired a course record eight-under 64 to lead the European Tour co-sanctioned $1.75 US million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday.Wade carded six birdies and an eagle three in the morning before he was joined later in the opening round by Olesen.Olesen compiled eight birdies - four in the outward nine holes and another four coming home -- to lead a group of four golfers ...
Sharapova blow-up hits world number one hopes SINGAPORE: Maria Sharapova's hopes of ending a year as world number one for the first time in her career faded dramatically Thursday when she crashed in straight sets to Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals.The Russian superstar needed a win to boost her chances of overtaking top-ranked Serena Williams but she blew up in spectacular fashion as Kvitova won 6-3, 6-2 in 75 minutes in Singapore.It was the second upset in quick succession at the ...


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