Opinion

Get real about boxing

Chris Eubank Jnr takes a punch to the head from Renold Quinlan during their IBO world super middleweight title fight in ...

OPINION: Questions need to be raised on both the boxing culture, and how boxing is handled in the media, writes Anne McKenzie.

The war that never stops

160911 SPORT Photo: Jason Oxenham/Fairfax Media NZ. The Australian Wallabies during the captains run at Eden Park in ...

OPINION: Issue of depression among professional sportspeople needs to be talked about.

The Tavich touch

Tasman United coach Davor Tavich watches on during their 2-1 win over Eastern Suburbs at Trafalgar Park.

Davor Tavich continues to show that Tasman United gave the wrong coach the job at the beginning of the season, writes Phillip Rollo.

Nix crowds hit all-time low

Wellington Phoenix co-coach Des Buckingham looks dejected after a missed opportunity against Melbourne City on Saturday.

A horrendous season has seen the Wellington Phoenix's average home attendances slip to a new low of 6310.

Welcome to the jungle, Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland has expressed a desire for some tough lead-in games - and he'll certainly get his wish now.

OPINION: News that the ABs will be available for Blues, Crusaders makes the tourists' life even harder.

'Aussies can close gap on Kiwis'

Israel Folau will ensure the Waratahs are favourites to top the Australian Super Rugby Conference in 2017.

Aussie Super Rugby sides can 'now just see the Kiwis' heels', says a former Wallabies fullback.

Key appearance 'shameless'

Former New Zealand PM John Key tees off at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth this week.

OPINION: John Key's appearance at a golf event in Perth was embarrassing, writes Mark Reason.

Super Rugby: Our picks

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and captain Dane Coles celebrate last year's drought-breaking win.

Stuff rugby writers look at the chances of the New Zealand teams for Super Rugby in 2017.

Foran 'can be horrid'

Kieran Foran's past troubles aren't easy to escape.

OPINION: Is a two-week stand down for the alleged abuse of a dying woman the message the NRL wants to send women?

Trying to pick up the pieces

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 28:  Andre Russell of the Thunder looks on during warm up before the Big Bash League match ...

OPINION: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones recounts the moment he found out his players were alleged cheats.

Farrell only nailed-on Lions pick

Owen Farrell, pictured playing against Wales last weekend, should be the first name on the team sheet.

OPINION: Owen Farrell belongs in conversation of great first fives, writes Austin Healey.

Going for Brock

Mark Hunt takes a shot at Brock Lesnar during the UFC 200 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016.

Opinion: Men just don't get as big as him without using steroids.

Foran's threats to dying woman

Kieran Foran's return to the field is a stunning backflip given the NRL indicated he would likely need 2017 off as he ...

OPINION: Letting Kieran Foran play after his "sickening" abuse of a dying journalist stains the NRL.

Head to head: T20s or ODIs?

Brendon McCullum hits a scoop shot in a Twenty20 international for New Zealand.

As the Black Caps prepare to play South Africa, we debate what's better. T20s or ODIs?

Pity poor Tiger video

Tiger Woods has been forced to cancel his press conference due to his back problems.

OPINION: Injury is now preventing Tiger from attending press conferences, writes James Corrigan

Hackett faces new challenge

Grant Hackett, pictured at the Prime Minister's Olympic Dinner last year, was arrested on Wednesday.

OPINION: Aussie swim star must find his way through fog of mental illness, writes Phil Lutton.

Let Foran play from round one

The wait for Kieran Foran to play again continues.

OPINION: Forcing Kieran Foran to wait until round three to play again is ridiculous.

Why McGregor v Mayweather is a farce

Floyd Mayweather will fight Conor McGregor because the money is too good to turn down.

OPINION: The fight will happen and it will be a joke, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Rennie's Chiefs legacy cemented

Damian McKenzie runs the ball back against the Highlanders in Dunedin last year.

OPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has left a 'Christmas present' for his successor.

Smart guy that Steven Luatua video

Fringe All Blacks flanker Steven Luatua heads to the UK at the end of the Super Rugby season to continue his rugby career.

OPINION: Departing All Black Steven Luatua and coach Pat Lam owe NZ rugby very little.

Cricket blind to bowler captains

England's Joe Root is the safe choice as England's test captain.

OPINION: Joe Root's ascent follows accepted wisdom about leadership - but that thinking is flawed.

Winx is a sporting superstar

Winx attracted a big Monday evening crowd to see her crush her rivals.

OPINION: Winx is a true star and she doesn't embarrass her club with drunken posts on Twitter, writes Andrew Webster.

Luatua leaves too soon video

A recall to the All Blacks last year wasn't enough to keep Steven Luatua in NZ beyond this season.

All Blacks and Blues flanker promised so much early on and will leave without fulfilled that potential.

Sport's sad social media addiction video

Alex Cuthbert was lucky he had closed down his Twitter account before he missed this tackle on England's Elliot Daly.

OPINION: I have seen the future and it's inane, writes Mark Reason.

NZR's expanding war chest

Ben Smith (left) and Israel Dagg have both re-signed new deals with NZ Rugby. Smith agreed terms to 2020, while Dagg ...

OPINION: Of the players staying until 2019, Dagg has arguably taken the biggest risk.

What it's like to win the Coast to Coast video

Sam Clark unleashes a burst of pure emotion after winning the longest day Coast to Coast title.

Teeth gritted and making sounds that could be mistaken for a bear, he appeared to be a man possessed as he hauled himself out of the boat.

Mad Butcher: Wiki deserved inductee

Sir Peter Leitch.

OPINION: Fantastic couple of days on the Sunshine Coast, but tourist trap that it is, it is not a patch on New Zealand, our own little piece of paradise.

Warriors loss no 2017 indicator

The Warriors didn't win a game in the Nines and have lost to the Storm in a trial, but it's too early to make ...

OPINION: Conceding 30 consecutive points is disappointing, but don't read too much into it.

Sumner was a sporting god

Steve Sumner is challenged by Brazil's Falcao at the 1982 World Cup.

OPINION: The late, great All White turned us all into football fans, writes Phil Gifford.

No miracles in football, just luck

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard lifts the Champions League trophy in 2005 after a stunning comeback against AC Milan.

OPINION: Chance plays a far greater role than you think, writes Bill Harris.

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