Opinion

Dean: Froome, Team Sky show the way

Yellow jersey race leader Chris Froome needed the support of his team after crashing on stage 19 of the Tour de France.

OPINION: Although it wasn't a thrilling battle for the yellow jersey, Team Sky's dominance of the Tour should be admired.

Highlanders ready to win it all again

Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith was instrumental in his team's 15-9 win against the Brumbies.

OPINION: The Highlanders are ready for any challenge after beating the Brumbies in their quarterfinal in Canberra.

Sky stranglehold stupifying

Fairfax Media has pulled out of Olympics coverage in Rio.

OPINION: Sports lovers the losers in Olympics broadcast wrangle.

Who will win Super Rugby?

The accuracy of Beauden Barrett's play has been a key to the Hurricanes' late-season success.

The Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs or Crusaders - who's it going to be?

Women lose again in battle of the sexes

World No 1 Lydia Ko will be at the Rio Olympics while her top male counterparts stay at home.

OPINION: Olympic snub is just the latest blow inflicted on women's golf by their male counterparts.

Reive: Price Mahrez off the table

Riyad Mahrez was a big part of Leicester historic Premier League title win.

OPINION: You can either price Mahrez out of reach or rely on loyalty. Your call, Leicester.

Voerman: Chiefs short of greatness

Damian McKenzie was at the centre of many of the Chiefs' great attacking moments this season.

OPINION: Great season Chiefs, but you're still a bit short of finishing among Super Rugby's greats.

Russian flag cannot fly in Rio video

The Olympic and Russian flags fly side-by-side at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

OPINION: Doping scandal akin to a James Bond plot with fraud all across the Russian chain of command.

Reason: Golf redemption with swoon at Troon

Henrik Stenson poses with the Claret Jug on the the 18th green after his glorious final round.

OPINION: Henrik Stenson returns from the depths to win with remarkable round at High Troon.

Webster: Eels should chop Norman

Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman arrives at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney to face drugs charges last week.

OPINION: Eels should suspend star player for rest of season.

Gifford: My Super money is on...

Jason Woodward of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Crusaders on Saturday night.

OPINION: Four Kiwi teams in the Super Rugby finals, so who's the favourite to take out the title from here?

Australia's big attacking problem video

Just give it to Izzy: Early ball to Israel Folau might just be the best attacking option for the Waratahs and Wallabies.

OPINION: All of the Australian teams need to employ a flatter attacking style, where everyone is running at the line and everyone is an option.

Reason: The fans aren't the problem with modern sport

Chris Froome takes off running up the final climb on Mont Ventoux after crashing with a Tour motorbike.

OPINION: The real menace to the cyclists and golfers is television and security.

Who will win Super Saturday? video

Can Beauden Barrett guide the Hurricanes to a sixth victory in the last eight over the Crusaders when the Super Rugby ...

Game picks, dumb tactics and MVPs, we look at the big issues ahead of Super Rugby's final round.

Le Tour: Brilliant or broken?

Michael Matthews of Australia riding for Orica-BikeExchange wins the sprint in stage ten.

The Tour de France - a great sporting event or overshadowed by drugs? Katie Kenny and Ben Strang debate.

Toddy's rough deal on countback

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OPINION: It's fair to say fans won't miss him, but would they feel that way about a coach whose record is nearly identical?

Two Super games to savour

Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow was one of several Chiefs to run riot against the Reds last week.

OPINION: All eyes will be on Christchurch and Dunedin in what is otherwise a Super Rugby sea of mediocrity.

Chiefs producing more All Blacks

Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert Brown is an All Black in waiting.

OPINION: Dave Rennie continues to mould future ABs, while Canes primed to upset Crusaders.

Super Saturday saves the day video

The Chiefs and Highlanders promise to provide an enthralling derby.

OPINION: After a less than scintillating regular season, Super Rugby might finally be about to live up to its name.

Pietersen: Zero-tolerance for cricket cheats

Kevin Pietersen believes anyone caught fixing or taking banned drugs should be banned for life.

OPINION: I have seen the damage cheats can cause - we must ban them for life.

Why Serena's paid less than men video

Serena Williams needs a genuine rival so that spectators get a genuine contest.

OPINION: Serena is not paid less because of her sex. It's because women's tennis is not as entertaining.

No end to NZ domination

Friday's 40-15 loss to the Blues was a dismal effort from the Brumbies.

Would you rather New Zealand's teams dominated Super Rugby or were also-rans?

OPINION: No excuse for derogatory remarks

Radio Sport host Mark Watson has been criticised for remarks made during his show.

OPINION: On air derogatory remarks against gay people and Fijians are unacceptable in modern New Zealand society.

Dean: Tour yet to set world alight

The one kilometre to go inflatable fell on Britain's Adam Yates during stage six of the Tour de France.

OPINION: Something has been missing from the early stages of the Tour.

Super Rugby divide not good

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Melani Nanai of the Blues makes a break during the round 16 Super Rugby match between ...

OPINION: Australia and South Africa have sown the seeds for demise of their Super Rugby teams.

1st XV of sports movies video

Chariots of Fire - one of the few sports movies to win audience acclaim and an Oscar for best picture.

OPINION: From Caddyshack to Chariots - a selection of best sporting tales at the movies.

Burning questions: Legacies

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph and the Crusaders' Todd Blackadder are both finishing up at season end.

OPINION: In our regular segment, Stuff.co.nz's rugby scribes tackle the big issues of the week.

Reason: Open season for veterans

Mark Calcavecchia will be trying to roll back the years at Royal Troon.

OPINION: Th British Open is one tournament where the old guys can compete with the athletes .

Black should leap at Blues shift

Otere Black has played more games for College Old Boys in Manawatu club rugby this year than he has for the Hurricanes.

OPINION: Otere Black should be fighting for the chance to move to the Blues rather than spending another year on the fringes of the Hurricanes' squad.

'Cruelty is not part of greyhound racing'

Greyhound racing will be banned in NSW from July next year.

OPINION: A NSW trainer admits his dogs live to race, not to have raced would have been the cruellest thing for his dogs.

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