The story of a 10-year-old Wellington girl searching for her best friend has bagged top prize at the 48Hours Furious Film-Making Challenge. Wellington film-maker Dean Hewison, along with writers Sam Dickson and Richard Falkner – collectively known as Traces of Nut – were crowned grand national champions at the Civic Theatre in Auckland last night for their short film The Sleeping Plot
If you want a hotel in London this weekend, good luck. With the always-popular Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom , hotel availability was already at a premium.
Scottish Premier League club Rangers have confirmed they are investigating alleged racist abuse towards United States international midfielder Maurice Edu after their Champions League defeat to Unirea Urziceni on Tuesday. The 23-year-old played no part in the 4-1 Group G defeat to the Romania side but watched the match at Ibrox and said on social networking site Twitter that he was targeted by his own club’s supporters as he left the stadium
Turkish international Gokdeniz Karadeniz stuck a second-half winner as Rubin Kazan claimed a shock 2-1 Champions League Group F victory over holders Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Karadeniz netted with 17 minutes to go to earn the Russian champions their maiden win in the competition and inflict a first competitive defeat over Barcelona since May.
World Cup hosts South Africa have sacked coach Joel Santana after a miserable run of eight losses in nine friendly internationals.
Ten-man Ghana overcame Brazil 4-3 on penalties in the Under-20 World Cup final in Cairo to become the first African side to win the tournament. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu scored the winning penalty after Brazil’s Maicon had fired over the bar when a successful spot-kick would have handed Brazil the title for a record fifth time
Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals is reaching its climax, with footballing heavyweights such as Argentina and Portugal still battling to be in the hat when the draw is made in Cape Town on December 4.
Holders Barcelona recorded their first Champions League win of the season as goals from Lionel Messi and substitute Pedro secured a comfortable 2-0 Group F victory over Dinamo Kiev.
Liverpool’s Champions League hopes took a blow as teenage Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic scored both goals to give Italian side Fiorentina a deserved 2-0 Group E victory. It was Liverpool’s first away defeat in Europe since the semifinal loss at Chelsea in April 2008, and only their ninth away reverse in 38 attempts under manager Rafael Benitez
Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a century and spinner Ajantha Mendis also starred as Sri Lanka defeated hosts South Africa in a rain-affected opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Centurion on Tuesday.