Opinion

'Timing the problem for Tens'

Israel Folau and Israel Dagg (R)among a group of players  promoting the Global Tens rugby tournament in Brisbane.

OPINION: Tony Smith asks, could Brisbane Tens be played later in year to attract ABs and Wallabies?

No champagne protest

Garbine Muguruza playing with passion at the Australian Open.

Women at the Australian Open are proving man enough to break their straitjackets, writes Mark Reason.

Editorial: Too soon to give up on sevens

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester takes part in a running race to drum up attention about the sevens.

OPINION: Forget what the tournament used to be - it's still a good event.

Too many upsets can take the gloss off

Germany's Mischa Zverev embraces Andy Murray after winning their men's singles fourth round match at the Australian Open.

OPINION: While I don't mind the odd Cinderella story, there is nothing more satisfying than watching a clash of the titans in the Australian Open final.

Mad Butcher: Good to be back gallery

Fans enjoying the atmosphere during the NRL Auckland Nines.

Crikey it seems like five minutes since I got a few weeks off from doing this column, and here we are back in another year.

Warner no show fully justified

In a big leg-up for the Black Caps, David Warner will join Australian team-mate Usman Khawaja on the sidelines for the ...

OPINION: Chappell-Hadlee series only just clinging on for relevance as David Warner stays home.

Football, TV can't connect gallery video

Liverpool fans without Sky would've had to wake up at 1.30am to watch their team's shock loss to Swansea.

OPINION: Cracking weekend of EPL action - but NZ fans left wondering how and when they might watch.

Chris Wood - China or EPL?

Should Chris Wood go to China or should he strive to play in the English Premier League?

OPINION: Cash or career? An All White's conundrum as the Chinese Super League calls.

Best sport for a future star gallery

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has risen to the top of world rugby, but what is the most sensible sporting option for ...

OPINION: Kieran Read dreams of cricket for his newborn son - but what code is best for a 2017 baby?

Booze adverts thing of the past

Richie McCaw holds up the Steinlager Trophy after a  win against Wales in 2010.

OPINION: The days of alcohol companies funding sport are numbered, writes Phil Gifford.

My Trump locker room confession

Peter FitzSimons has spent years in locker rooms.

OPINION: Blokes like Donald Trump, who talk like that, have no place in real locker-rooms.

Is Kane Williamson our greatest?

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson raises his bat at the Basin Reserve in celebration of his century scored just moments ...

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Kane Williamson or Martin Crowe? Debate for our greatest batsman heats up.

Chiefs losing a star in Cruden

Aaron Cruden has signed a three-year deal with French club Montpellier.

OPINION: Before Aaron Cruden arrived, the Chiefs had made the playoffs twice in 16 years. Since then, they haven't missed them.

Grass isn't always greener, Cruden

Aaron Cruden will have one final season at the Chiefs before heading to France.

OPINION: Average crowd size in Top 14 in decline and Montpellier were a shambles last weekend.

Another coaching gamble?

Former Kiwi Henry Paul is being tipped to take over as the Bradford rugby league team coach.

OPINION: Graham Lowe should think back to his Warriors gamble before naming his new Bradford coach, writes Tony Smith.

Who is the world's best batsman?

New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson.

 Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root. All brilliant, but who's at the top?

No panic as Cruden exits

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden is off to France at the end of the year.

OPINION: Step up Sopoaga and McKenzie - the All Blacks have exciting depth at No 10.

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.

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