Opinion

Booze ads already tightly controlled

Does alcohol brand advertising, like the Heineken sign during the 2011 Rugby World Cup semifinal, fuel under-age drinking?

Alcohol should be allowed to be advertised in support of professional sport's viability, writes Mike Yardley.

Time to ban bouncer barrages

New Zealand's Neil Wagner is struck by a short delivery from Bangladesh's Kamrul Islam on day four of the first test.

OPINION: Rules don't go far enough to discourage dangerous short-pitched bowling.

Runner begins quest for 2020 Olympics

Waikato's Camille Buscomb has started training with a new club in Australia, working towards Commonwealth and Olympic goals.

Opinion: Waikato athlete Camille Buscomb is enjoying her move to the Melbourne Track Club, setting goals for 2020 Olympics.

Fifa wants to turn the World Cup into a lottery

Fifa president Gianni Infantino addresses a news conference in Zurich earlier this week.

OPINION: Fifa's plan to expand is flawed on many level, writes Bill Harris.

NZ Rugby deserves praise for player retention miracles

Aaron Cruden is weighing up some lucrative offers from European club sides.

OPINION: Savvy administrators don't get enough credit, writes Phil Gifford.

Missed opportunity for Naki

New Plymouth's Pukekura Park is almost universally admired as a gem. Should it be on the international cricket schedule?

OPINION: Pukekura Park's absence from the international cricketing schedule is a lost opportunity for Taranaki.

Should Adams be an All Star?

Steven Adams is having the best season of his career.

OPINION: Has Steven Adams done enough to earn an a spot on the Western Conference All Stars team? We debate.

Australia has snubbed Horn

Australia's Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates winning his welterweight bout against Randall Bailey.

OPINION: Australia has shown little interest in their own Jeff Horn until now, writes Logan Savory.

Overpaid, overhyped

Serena Williams was full of wind.

OPINION: It's time for a re-think on paying big money to lure tennis aces to NZ.

Let those sports stars speak

Nick Kyrgios has come under fire for wearing a t-shirt featuring Donald Trump adorned with devil horns.

OPINION: Honesty from Kyrgios and Dangerfield is better than the banalities that tumble from the lips of others, writes Greg Baum.

ABs' omission 'beggars belief'

Kieran Read and the All Blacks won 13 out of 14 tests and set a record for most consecutive top tier test wins, yet ...

OPINION: The ABs, Beauden Barrett and Eliza McCartney should be Halberg Award finalists.

NZ's gain is the world's loss

The All Whites' World Cup run in 2010 was special. Will tournaments from 2026 onwards be the same?

OPINION: A simplistic piece of beauty turned bloated mess. Even as a Kiwi, I'm not salivating.

McIlroy's Zika call wasn't rubbish

Rory McIlroy hits off the 16th tee during the Ryder Cup last year.

OPINION: Rory McIlroy was right not to go to Rio and if you grew up in Northern Ireland you'd understand why.

Give Kyrgios another go

Nick Kyrgios plays a a backhand to Jack Sock during the men's singles match on day five of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena.

OPINION: Tennis fans should cut Nick Kyrgios some slack. He doesn't owe them anything, writes Andrew Webster

Selected: Super Smash NZ XI

The Firebirds won the title, but how many do they get in a best XI?

OPINION: Wellington won the title, but how many Firebirds make the cut for a NZ XI?

The enigma that is Anderson

Corey Anderson needed just 41 balls to blast 94 not out against Bangladesh.

OPINION: Good one day, bad the next, or seemingly injured every other day.

Selected: NZ's greatest test XI

Daniel Vettori developed into a world-class all-rounder.

OPINION: Hadlee, Vettori, Bond, Crowe - they're among the obvious. Who else gains a place?

The Mad Butcher is no racist

Sir Peter Leitch with Kiwis coach David Kidwell in England last October.

OPINION: There are rarely any winners when we argue over race in New Zealand, writes Phil Gifford.

Who was the best Super Smash import?

The Auckland Aces' bowling attack was led by England's Tymal Mills.

Every team called on an import at one stage of the competition, but some did better than others.

The five greatest All Whites

Werder Bremen's Wynton Rufer (R) fights for the ball with Rot-Weiss Essen's Harald Kuegler during a German Cup final.

Senior football journalist Tony Smith lists his picks as we continue our summer series on 'The Greatest' NZ sportspeople and teams.

Serena failed to deliver video

Serena Williams didn't play anywhere near her best in Auckland.

OPINION: Serena Williams was a major disappointment, and don't expect to see her back in NZ.

EPL serves up sweet dessert video

Dele Alli headed home twice to consign Chelsea to their first defeat since September.

OPINION: It was more vanilla ice cream than tiramisu, but still a great festive treat.

Equal money at ASB Classic?

Serena Williams' appearance fee is three times that of any of the men playing next week.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The merits of equal pay for men and women at the ASB Classic debated.

Jade needs cash, not compliments

Jade Lewis has the talent to have a decent crack at women's tennis but some support would help in this costly exercise.

OPINION: All admired the Kiwi's pluck against Venus - but it was Venus being paid.

Eliza motivation for young Kiwis

Bronze medalist Eliza McCartney stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Pole Vault at the Rio ...

OPINION: My favourite moment of the sporting year was watching one of our own win an Olympics bronze live at Rio.

The greatest Ferns of all

Irene van Dyk will be the standard by which all goal shoots are measured.

Stuff's experts pick their greatest Silver Ferns line-ups of all-time.

NZ has a new tennis star

Jade Lewis took her loss hard against Venus Williams.

OPINION: After pushing a seven-time grand winner, could Jade Lewis be NZ tennis' next big thing?

Piutau, the one who got away

Charles Piutau with Malakai Fekitoa in 2015.

OPINION: NZ may never see the best of the brilliant fullback who went to Europe too soon.

Reason: A great sports novel

Jock Serong's tale of two cricketing brothers,The Rules of Backyard Cricket, is the read of the summer.

OPINION: A brilliant tale about two cricketing Aussie brothers and the utter squalor of modern-day sport.

Why Dame Val deserves it

Dame Valerie Adams has carried the flag for Kiwi sportspeople and the Pasifika community.

OPINION: It is a national shame that more NZ sportswomen haven't been knighted for their achievements.

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