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Highlanders celebrate Super Rugby win

'We're really obviously over the moon with the result' - Highlanders' coach

Head coach Jamie Joseph and captain Ben Smith talk about how it feels to be crowned 2015 Super Rugby champions.

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    The Highlanders have produced heist after heist all season but unleashed Super Rugby's version of daylight robbery against the Hurricanes to claim a maiden title. The victory is the fifth for visiting finalists in the 20-year history of Super Rugby and only the second time a team qualifying outside the top two has lifted the silverware. Tries either side of halftime to flanker Elliot Dixon and winger Waisake Naholo proved the difference, along with defiant defence over the last half-hour as the Hurricanes threw everything into the pursuit of their first crown.

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  • Mils Muliaina charged with sexual assault

    Former All Black Mils Muliaina has been charged with sexual assault, according to a report. A statement from South Wales police says the 34-year-old had been charged for sexually assaulting a woman over 16, the New Zealand Herald reported on Friday. A statement from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association confirmed the charge.

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  • Kvitova joins Wimbledon exodus, Federer into last 16

    Defending champion and second seed Petra Kvitova crashed out of Wimbledon on Saturday leaving just four of the top 10 women left in the tournament. The Czech, who was also champion in 2011, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to veteran campaigner Jelena Jankovic who goes on to play 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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  • Murder-accused Napier man 'just too big'

    Peter Beckett, a Hastings-born 59-year-old is awaiting trial in Canada, accused of not only killing his wife, but also with trying to arrange the murder of five witnesses, including his wife's parents, a policeman who investigated his case and a lawyer. Beckett's wife, Canadian school teacher Laura Letts-Beckett, drowned in August 2010 while fishing on Arrow Lake, 200km east of Kamloops, where the trial will be heard. Beckett was married with four kids at the time.

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  • Mark Wahlberg had 'confrontations'

    Mark Wahlberg had a "few confrontations" when he left gang life behind. The 44-year-old actor - who has children Ella, 11, Michael, eight, Brendan, six, and five-year-old Grace with wife Rhea Durham - admits he never imagined he would go on to be as successful, and make his family as comfortable, as he has been with his movie career. Mark has previously admitted he always knew he would end up in jail because of his lifestyle.

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  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

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  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the jihadist group captured the city on May 21. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.

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  • Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

    A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions. Veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, who has spent more than four days flying from Japan in the Solar Impulse 2, is expected to land on the Pacific US island state early Friday if all goes well. More importantly, it had crossed a last cold weather front before Hawaii, which organizers described as "jumping over the wall" before the final stretch towards the Pacific archipelago.

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  • Rob Kardashian 'furious' with sister Kim

    Rob Kardashian is "furious" with Kim Kardashian West.The 28-year-old sock designer is said to be fuming that his 34-year-old sister claimed he does nothing but "smoke weed" and hang out with friends.A source told Us Weekly magazine: "Rob and Kim had been

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  • Ponytail waitress no longer at cafe

    Waitress Amanda Bailey no longer works at the Auckland cafe where Prime Minister John Key repeatedly pulled her ponytail. Ms Bailey has concluded mediation with the owners of Parnell's Rosie Cafe, Unite union national director Mike Treen says. Ms Bailey no longer works for the cafe, Mr Treen said.

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  • Oil slides in thin trade on rising U.S. rig count

    A sharp move lower in late-morning U.S. trade was exacerbated by thin liquidity, with many U.S. market participants off for the U.S. July Fourth holiday. U.S. oil drilling increased this week after 29 consecutive weeks of declines, the strongest sign yet that higher prices are coaxing producers back after an extended period of low prices. Oil rigs increased by 12 to 640 following a slump that cut the number of active U.S. rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said.

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  • Taylor Swift Throws Epic 4th Of July Party

    Despite rumours that her friends aren’t too enamoured with boyfriend Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift gathered her squad together today for a 4th of July party. Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid, Joe Jonas Calvin Harris, Serayah, Brit Maack, Cody Lewis and the Haim sisters joined Swift at her Rhode Island home for an afternoon of barbequing, bikinis and swans. Aside from the usual jumping shots Swift and her crew are so fond of, the singer was also snapped getting a piggyback ride from Harris.

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  • Family could have been dead a week: police

    Police say a mother and her three young children killed when a car was left running in a garage in Ashburton could have been dead a week. Police believe Cindy George, 31, was checking the house for family and friends who were away and started the car belonging to the house owner to charge the battery. Relatives found Ms George in the hallway near the garage of the house in Tinwald on Thursday afternoon.

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  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

    China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China tumbled 6.1 percent to 3,676.12 and is down nearly 18 percent for the week. CHINA SELLOFF: The market rout deepened as investors dumped shares in spite of government measures this week aimed at restoring confidence, such as cutting fees and easing rules on borrowing money for trading.

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  • Hilary Duff quits Tinder

    Hilary Duff has quit Tinder. The 'Lizzie McGuire' star - who previously revealed she had used the mobile dating app to find a date - has since shut down her profile on the site. The 27-year-old beauty - who filed for divorce from her estranged husband Mike Comrie earlier this year - previously admitted she was "nervous" ahead of her Tinder date.

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  • Trump showed worst face of US: Mexican billionaire

    Donald Trump showed the "worst face of America" when he made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas said Thursday. "I know that most Americans don't think like that, and it's a disgrace that somebody could

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  • Construction of big wind turbines begins

    A $50 million wind farm to be built in northwest Victoria will boast the biggest turbines in Australia, with a rotor diameter of 117 metres. Wind energy company Windlab has started construction of the wind farm at Coonooer Bridge, 80km northwest of Bendigo. Each of the six Danish-designed wind turbines will generate around 13,000 MWhs (megawatt hours) of electricity each year.

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  • Hamilton the home hero with British GP pole

    Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton gave the British Grand Prix crowd what they wanted by powering to pole position in a one-two with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on Saturday. The pole was Hamilton's eighth in nine races and the 46th of his career for the championship leader, who took a home win at Silverstone last year and has a 10 point advantage over the German. Brazilian Felipe Massa qualified a strong third for Williams, ahead of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel lining up together on the third row.

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