Opinion

Career-defining series for Australians

How will Australian opener Joe Burns fare in the upcoming test series?

Australia's batsmen will be tested in the test series, writes Dean Jones.

Sledging: Just good fun? video

New Zealand's Grant Elliot was given a verbal send-off by the Aussies during last year's World Cup final.

Duncan Johnstone and Richard Knowler discuss whether sledging should be canned or encouraged.

Hinton: Super fears mediocrity

Chiefs flanker Sam Cane – the All Blacks No 7 in waiting – takes on the Highlanders defence in last season's Super Rugby qualifying final in Dunedin.

OPINION: In less than three weeks yet another remake of Super Rugby unfolds.

Gifford: Ioane the future

In the wide-open spaces of sevens, it becomes blindingly easy to judge a player's ability to beat his marker – as Akira Ioane of New Zealand shows fending off Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Wellington Sevens final.

OPINION: Sevens showed us there's a heart and mindset to match the imposing physical frame of the rising star.

Super Bowl's next big bling

Discrimination still runs loose in America. When Cam Newton became a father at the end of last year, the Charlotte Observer printed a letter saying, "Congratulations would be in order if he had been man enough to marry the mother of his child and make a home."

Monster quarterback has the potential to become American football's Jonah Lomu.

Knowler: Boss should be cautious

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said at "no stage was this talked about" when asked about Sanzaar's decision to introduce a new bonus-point system.

OPINION: Sanzaar boss Andy Marinos has wasted no time in having a dig at those who criticise his organisation.

Fair play row: rules should be rules

Alison Lee of the United States is comforted by Nancy Lopez (l) and Wendy Ward (r) United States assistant captains on the 18th green after Lee's error in picking up her ball on the 17th hole before it had been conceded by her European Opponents Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull.

OPINION: Mankad and Solheim Cup rows show 'spirit of the game' just muddies the water.

FitzSimons: Salary cap nonsense

A TPA deal beween Parramatta and Anthony Watmough is being investigated by the NRL.

OPINION: I hesitate, of course, to draw parallels with the structure of rugby league and the illegal drug trade, but ... here we go.

Dallas: Well-timed people's champ

John Scott leaves the ice with his daughter after winning MVP following the championship game of the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena.

OPINION: A sporting underdog story emerged this week, just when fans needed one.

Reason: Sevens reffing a charade video

The penalty count in the final was 9-1 in favour of New Zealand.

OPINION: South Africans have right to complain after referee mars sevens final.

Donaldson: Green jersey positive

Greg Pleasants-Tate and Waisake Naholo show off the Highlanders new alternative jersey for the Super Rugby 2016 season.

The Highlanders have unveiled their alternative fluorescent jerseys, but could the franchise actually be onto something?

At sixes and sevens over Games quest

Sir Gordon Tietjens has the vision, but will he have the thoroughbreds to deliver gold in Rio?

OPINION: Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens deserves better as he shoots for historic gold in Rio.

Dome needs to get real

Wellington Phoenix fans show their disappointment at the club's 3-1 loss to the Central Coast Mariners in Christchurch last Saturday night.

OPINION: The Wellington Phoenix should be grateful 8545 turned out for their Christchurch capitulation.

New calibre of quality in Open

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates after winning her final match against Serena Williams of the US at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

OPINION: What a shot in the arm the Australian Open women's final gave tennis.

Murray column: I'll give it my best shot video

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Andy Murray on the Novak Djokovic rivalry and his fifth Australian Open final, on Sunday night.

Pearce feeds NRL haters

Mitchell Pearce has given haters of rugby league every reason to hate.

OPINION: Mitchell Pearce's 120 seconds of drunken stupidity hit Rugby League Central like a perfect storm and the wreckage will endure.

What future for Wellington 7s?

How will Wellington hold onto the Sevens tournament?

OPINION: The argument continues should Wellington remain NZ 7s Capital or not?

Sport in crisis after corruption

This laboratory in Moscow is accused of covering up incriminating drug tests.

OPINION: Can we trust anything in sport anymore? I don't think so.

Reason: Feisty Serena rushing to play her own game

Serena Williams has always played her own game and now, slowly, one or two men are trying to join her in it.

Younger Williams sister – not fragile Federer – is the greatest of them all.

NRL must side with do-gooders

Mitchell Pearce's NRL future with the Sydney Roosters remains under a cloud after his latest indiscretion.

OPINION: In the wake of the Mitchell Pearce affair, an ideological underclass has developed.

Webster: Pearce must go video

Video emerges allegedly showing the Roosters co-captain making lewd advances against a woman and then a dog on Australia Day.

OPINION: The Roosters have no choice. They must sack Mitchell Pearce.

Savory: Come on down 'Southern' Volts

Southland's Jacob Duffy playing for the Otago Volts.

Southern Volts have a good ring to it?

Boys worse than dogs video

Sydney Roosters co-captain Mitchell Pearce, caught on camera behaving disgustingly.

OPINION: Being a meathead - especially a drunk one - is encouraged as some sort of show of masculinity in sport.

Cop it, Amir, you earned it

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir's return to the international scene on the New Zealand tour hasn't come without the odd hiccup.

OPINION: You shamed cricket and are a convicted criminal. You're lucky to even be here.

Dodgy matches, dodgy players

Donald Trump shakes hands with former tennis player John McEnroe, who has long alleged tennis match-fixing.

Saying tennis matches are fixed is to state the bleedin' obvious.

Phoenix season slipping away

Phoenix midfielder Roly Bonevacia cracked a 30-yard screamer on Monday, but cut a frustrated figure for much of the game as his team's attacking woes continued.

OPINION: The Wellington Phoenix appear out of attacking options and their season is slipping away before their eyes. 

Horses star at Trentham

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne didn't ride any winners but was a big hit with punters on Wellington Cup day.

OPINION: Cup day quieter but a day to savour.

Disappointingly docile response to match-fixing

Association of Tennis Professionals president Chris Kermode.

Tennis authorities look remiss over a lack of action following match-fixing claims.

Could nepotism hurt rather than help Breakers?

The current Breakers side is in a horror form slump.

The Breakers have kept things in the family for next season.

Knowler: Sanzar reveal surprise

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder discovered Sanzar was making changes to the Super Rugby bonus-point system when he opened an email.

OPINION: Sanzar's lack of consultation hard to fathom.

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