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Rugby World Cup tickets go on sale in April Black Caps on brink

RUGBY: Tickets for next year's World Cup in New Zealand will go on sale on April 27, organisers have announced.

The 1.65m tickets available will be sold in three separate phases, with the first batch of 750,000 tickets being sold for individual teams or venues.

Meanwhile, the International Rugby Board's Executive Committee ratified a financial package that moves Argentina a step closer to joining an extended Tri Nations from 2012.

Federer is through but made to sweat

TENNIS: Roger Federer reached the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but was made to sweat by Frenchman Florent Serra.

The top seed won 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/3) in one hour 32 minutes to set up a meeting with Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Mardy Fish, Andy Murray's conqueror, beat Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-3 to meet Mikhail Youzhny.

Venus Williams survived an early scare to see off Daniela Hantuchova 1-6 7-5 6-4 after the Slovakian raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set.

Black Caps on brink

Cricket: Australia claimed three wickets in the final session on day four of their Test against New Zealand to leave the home side struggling for survival on 185 for five at Seddon Park.

None of the hosts' batting line-up managed more than 30 runs in an innings dominated by Mitchell Johnson who collected three wickets. With only five wickets remaining, and still 294 runs behind, there is little hope of New Zealand avoiding defeat.

NBA: Charlotte 101 Toronto 103, New Jersey 90 San Antonio 84, New Orleans 108 LA Lakers 100, Dallas 109 Denver 93, Utah 103 NY Knicks 98.