It's Friday, but once again, sport is not at the forefront of our minds today. There are a few interesting contests over the weekend though, so here goes.
The Black Caps simply MUST beat Zimbabwe tonight in Ahmedabad. Three wins will take them through to the quarter-finals, and after that, anything is possible. If the Black Caps were to lose tonight, they would then have to beat either Sri Lanka or Pakistan in their remaining group games (assuming that they will account for Canada), and that would be a big ask in sub-continent conditions. With Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills likely to return tonight (why was Oram dropped against Australia?), this is probably their strongest and most experienced line-up. Cricinfo has the preview.
And emotions will run high when the Crusaders take on the Waratahs in Nelson tonight. We reckon that the frustrations and upheaval of the last ten days will have the Crusaders absolutely fizzing, and the Waratahs might just bear the backlash of that; this one is a must-watch, so thank goodness for MySky!
That's it for us this morning; feel free to discuss any sporting matter that takes your fancy. The floor is, as ever, yours ...
UPDATE: Some excellent and most welcome news; New Zealand has been awarded hosting rights to FIFA's second-biggest tournament; the 2015 U20 World Cup. That will be another big fillip for football here.