Black Sticks pumped to take down former coach at Comm Games - 'If the boys can rub his nose in it, they'd love that!'

The men's Black Sticks are heading to the Commonwealth Games with an underlying piece of inspiration for their campaign - get a win over the coach that left them.

Colin Batch left the NZ team after four years at the helm to link up with trans-Tasman rivals, the Kookaburras, at the start of 2017.

His successor, Darren Smith, says some players haven't forgotten the move as they prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

"For me, I'm less influenced," he said.

"I didn't have as much time with Colin as the guys did but I imagine that, given he coached them for a number of years, if the boys could knock him over and rub Colin's nose in it, they'd love that!"

In Batch's four-year span from 2012 until the end of 2016 as the Black Sticks' head coach, he claimed two silvers in the 2012 and 2013 World League and took gold in the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

New Zealand play Australia on Wenesday 11 April in their final pool match at the Commonwealth Games.

Current NZ coach Darren Smith says his team would love to beat his predecessor, Colin Batch, who now coaches Australia. Source: 1 NEWS

Canelo Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez won the middleweight title by the narrowest of margins this afternoon, taking a majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro.

A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was almost as close.

There were no knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile Arena.

Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114.

The two fighters switched roles, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight.

Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.

"He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said.

The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied.

Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. Alvarez won by majority decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing bout in Las Vegas. Source: Associated Press


Auckland Tuatara coach 'really excited' by open trials turnout

As the Auckland Tuatara wrap up their open trials in Auckland today, manager Steve Mintz says that the organisation are thrilled with the turnout.

With the Tuatara coming into existence ahead of the new Australian Baseball League season, the Auckland side have been holding trials, hoping to find an undiscovered talent among New Zealand amateurs.

Speaking to 1 NEWS this morning, Mintz said that the trials have been a success.

"We've been very excited with the turnouts that we've had," he began.

"We've been able to find a handful of people that we think can help us.

"We're super excited about the people with the interest, the willingness to do the trials. For me, that speaks volumes about them - we're excited about everything that's happened the last couple of days."

The Tuatara will assemble as a team for the first time in November, ahead of their inaugural season.

The Kiwi baseball side are looking for top amateur players to join their ranks. Source: 1 NEWS




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'I'm coming back to fight' - Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao tease rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's coming out of retirement again to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December.

Mayweather posted a video on Instagram that showed him and Pacquiao together, reportedly in Japan, jawing at each other over a possible second fight.

"I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year," Mayweather said. "Another nine-figure pay day on the way."

Whether the fight actually happens remains to be seen. There are no promotional barriers between the two men, because Mayweather promotes himself and Pacquiao is a boxing free agent.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook immediately made Mayweather a 2-1 favorite.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in May 2015 in a massively hyped fight that was largely panned by most boxing fans. The bout delivered a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys, and Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder for landing only 81 punches in the fight.

Mayweather, who has won all 50 of his fights, last fought a year ago when he stopped Conor McGregor, the UFC star who was in his first professional boxing match. The 41-year-old Mayweather reportedly made more than $200 million for that fight, on top of a reported US $300 million for his win over Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, the Filipino star who will be 40 in December, lost to unheralded Jeff Horn last year before rebounding with a win over Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last month.

Representatives for the two fighters could not immediately be reached for comment.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao