HIGHLIGHTS Week ahead
Speedway at the Springs remains one of Auckland's most popular summer sports, tonight Sprintcar drivers making it through to the top 10 shootout have an added incentive with $1 million up for grabs for the driver who accurately predicts his lap time. Elsewhere plenty of representative and club sport including three rounds of the Ford Trophy. The Breakers back on Friday, this time in the deep south.
North Island Combined Championships Today/tomorrow, Porritt Stadium, Hamilton.
BASKETBALL Australian NBL
Friday, NZ Breakers v Melbourne United, ILT Stadium Southland 7.50pm.
CRICKET Ford Trophy
Today, Auckland Aces v Central Stags, Eden Park Outer Oval 11am; Otago Volts v Wellington Firebirds, University of Otago Oval 11am; Northern Districts v Canterbury, Seddon Park 11am. Wednesday, Auckland Aces v Otago Volts, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 11am; Wellington Firebirds v Central Stags, Lincoln No.3, Lincoln University 11am; Canterbury v Northern Districts, Hagley Oval 11am. Friday, Central Stags v Auckland Aces, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 11am; Otago Volts v Northern Districts, Lincoln No.3, Lincoln University 11am; Canterbury v Wellington Firebirds, Hagley Oval 11am.
Today, premier men, Hedley Howarth twoday major championship, round one, day two (11am), Takapuna 125 v Suburbs New Lynn 98/4, Ken Maunder Park; East Coast Bays 164 and 6/0 v Howick Pakuranga 197/6 dec, Windsor Park; Auckland University 116 and 41/3 v Parnell 248/7, Colin Maiden Park; Papatoetoe 201 v Cornwall 90/3, Papatoetoe Rec Ground. Tom Hellaby Trophy two-day minor championship, round one, day two, Ellerslie 151 v Grafton United 218/4, Victoria Park; Waitakere 146 v Eden Roskill 204/3, Keith Hay Park; North Shore 309/8 dec v Birkenhead City 45/3, Devonport Domain. Premier women, Prichard Cup, one-day championship, round two (11am), Parnell v Waitakere, Orakei Domain; Papatoetoe v Takapuna, Papatoetoe Rec Ground; Cornwall v Howick Pakuranga, Cornwall Park.
FOOTBALL ISPS Handa Premiership
Tomorrow, Hawkes Bay United v Hamilton Wanderers, Bluewater Stadium 2pm; Team Wellington v Southern United, David Farrington Park 2pm; Waitakere United v Tasman United, Trusts Arena 2pm; Wellington Phoenix v Canterbury United, Newtown Park 3pm; Eastern Suburbs v Auckland City, Riverhills Park 4.35pm.
National Women's League
Round nine, tomorrow, Northern v Capital, McFetridge Park 1pm; Auckland v Southern United, McLennan Park 2pm; Canterbury United v Central, English Park 2pm.
SOFTBALL Northern Fastpitch
premier women, today, Howick v Magpies, Meadowlands 3pm; Ramblers v Otahuhu, Warren Freer 3pm; Patriots v Marist, PEP 4pm; Bears v Papatoetoe, Rosedale 4pm. Tomorrow (all games Meadowlands), Marist v Magpies
9am; Magpies v Patriots 11am; Otahuhu v Marist
11am; Papatoetoe v Patriots 1pm; Bears v Otahuhu 1pm; Papatoetoe v Ramblers 3pm; Howick v Bears 3pm; Ramblers v Howick 5pm. Premier men, today, Otahuhu v United, Sturges Park 3pm; Marist v Howick, Simson Reserve
3pm; Roosters v Ramblers, Rosedale 6pm; Northcote bye. Tomorrow, Ramblers v Roosters (Trevor Rowse Shield game) noon; Ramblers v Marist, Warren Freer 2pm.
SPEEDWAY $1m Sprint Car Shootout
Today, Western Springs (gates open 4pm; racing from 6pm). Also today, Waikaraka Park (gates open 5pm; racing from 7pm.
TENNIS Caro Bowl
All games 6pm (home team first), women, round four, today, Campbell Park v Parnell. Round five, Friday, Parnell v Pompallier; Royal Oak v Sunnyhills; Bucklands Beach v Campbell Park; Kohimarama bye. Men, round three, today, Eden Epsom v Royal Oak.