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Buzz gone from celebrity boxing

NOVELTY: Mark Watson, left, and Jesse Ryder square off back in 2012.

OPINION: What was once a novelty has now become tediously commonplace and the buzz has well and truly gone.

Smith: Bold team bid a 'positive' for rugby league

TOP MAN: Fullback Ken Tofilau was named New Zealand domestic player of the year in his Canterbury Bulls’ rookie year.

OPINION: Consortium dreaming big with plans for semi-pro rugby league team in South Island. But someone has to.

Ellison: From Christchurch to winning a Super Bowl

DEFENSIVE GURU: Riki Ellison, centre, in his post-football role as chairman and founder of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance.

OPINION: New Zealander Riki Ellison shares his memories of winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers.

Hyde: Cricket bat makers having the last laugh

CASTING HIS LINE: Strikers opener Craig Simmons watches as everything but the handle of his bat goes into orbit at the Adelaide Oval.

OPINION: Bat breakage is now almost as much a part of Twenty20 cricket as it is in Major League Baseball.

Showdown avoided as Fiji game scrapped

RIGHT CALL: Trafalgar Park in Nelson will host a Crusaders Super Rugby match that was due to be played in Fiji.

OPINION: Messy showdown between team and administrators avoided as Super Rugby game moved to Nelson.

Parker's long-term plan has Ustinov pencilled in

SHOWTIME: Team Parker have Belarusian Alexander Ustinov in their sights.

OPINION: You won't see Joseph Parker talking about it publicly but he has Alexander Ustinov in his sights.

Reason: Kyrgios raging against tennis machine

2015 Australian Open , Hisense arena - Australian Nick Kyrgios playing against Italian Andreas Seppi

OPINION: So what if he's not like you. He's got passion. He's fire and floods. He's glorious summer, writes Mark Reason.

Knowler: No time to dwell on Heinz's unlucky break

OUCH: The broken leg suffered by Willi Heinz will force the Crusaders coaches to test to the depth of their squad.

OPINION: Few things are certain in Super Rugby but injuries come with an iron-clad guarantee, as the Crusaders discovered.

NZ batsmen need sterner test before World Cup

CRUISE CONTROL: Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor hits a boundary on his way to 96 in Dunedin.

OPINION: New Zealand's cricketers have a need for speed but no-one to unleash the thunderbolts at them.

Doull: Kane Williamson glue that frees up team

VITAL COG: Kane Williamson is the straw that stirs the drink for the Black Caps.

OPINION: Don't call the Black Caps favourites for this Cricket World Cup - that tag doesn't sit well with them.

Home support comes with its own pressures

GREAT SCOT: Andy Murray of Scotland celebrates after defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal at the Australian Open.

OPINION: There's nothing like having your home crowd behind you but there's a lot of pressure too, says Andy Murray.

Phoenix need Burns to win A-League title

GOAL MACHINE: Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been the find of the season.

OPINION: Transfer saga looks set to reveal a lot about the inner workings of the Wellington Phoenix.

Reason: The credibility of cricket goes on trial

TIME TO GO: Narayanaswami Srinivasan.

OPINION: Narayanaswami Srinivasan should step down from leading the BCCI and ICC, writes Mark Reason.

Gifford: No need for trash-talk if you have speed

GOT 'EM: Adam Milne celebrates the prized scalp of Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara in Nelson.

OPINION: Adam Milne's blistering pace could be as valuable to the Black Caps as Kane Williamson's bat.

Moss: Momentum key to success in cup football

TIMELY INTERVENTION: Germany's Mario Gotze scores the winning goal in the World Cup final.

OPINION: Momentum in football, and indeed sport in general, is massive, and will be key at the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off here in less than five months' time.

Cricket World Cup power rankings - week one

A.B. de Villiers hits a boundary during his record-breaking innings in Johannesburg on Sunday.

OPINION: Ahead of the 2015 World Cup, our cricket writers look at who's hot and who's not in a weekly Power Rankings column.

Phoenix not wealthy enough to refuse Burns cash

BIG GOALS: Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been a shining light for the club this season.

OPINION: The Wellington Phoenix should take the money and let Nathan Burns run, says Sam Worthington.

Snook: Top brass may be too good for Black Caps

PURE CLASS: South Africa's AB de Villiers sweeps away a delivery with ease.

OPINION: AB de Villiers' recent batting epic will remind Kiwi cricket fans how difficult winning the World Cup is going to be.

Reason: Tennis stars don't give toss about fans

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Despite his sanctimonious ways, Roger Federer really only cares for hard cash.

OPINION: The greed of top tennis players means that mugs like us are having our pockets pinched.

David Warner needs to tone down his aggression

David Warner argues with Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma during the one-day international at the MCG on Sunday.

OPINION: Here's something in English for David Warner: shut up. Here's what we don't want to hear from you.

Murray: New year, new coach — a new beginning?

Andy Murray with coach Amelie Mauresmo during a practice session at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

OPINION: The first day of the Australian Open and the start of a new year and a new season is always exciting.

Scratchy Martin Guptill plays himself into form

HOME TOWN HERO: Black Caps opener Martin Guptill may have played himself into form after a gritty performance before rain washed out the third ODI.

OPINION: There is no place like home for Martin Guptill after the Black Caps opener played himself into form at Eden Park.

Hay: All Whites really need the Asian influence

QUALITY FIXTURES: The Asian Cup has once again reminded Kiwi football fans about the quality sides the All Whites would play if they were part of the Asian Football Confederation.

OPINION: What's happening across the Tasman shows again why the All Whites should be in the Asian Confederation.

Gifford: Ali Williams' clowning masked rugby skills

CLASS CLOWN: Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams was always good for a laugh and great for a win.

OPINION: Not everyone will miss the comical Ali Williams, who has packed up his clown kit and retired from rugby.

Doull: Skipper McCullum's really got it all

TAKE THAT: Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum has silenced his many critics after an incredible 12 months.

OPINION: Brendon McCullum has silenced a lot of critics in the past 12 months, including me.

Strang: Officials should leave sledging alone

TRASH TALK: The ICC shouldn't be concerned about exchanges like the one between Michael Clarke and James Anderson.

OPINION: Cricket officials need to let cricket be cricket - and that means leaving players to sledge.

Reason: Every day is like game day

The smart money is on Novak Djokovic at the Aussie Open.

OPINION: This sporting year promises to be like no other. Mark Reason enthuses on a bumper 2015 ahead.

Canes fans needn't be concerned

MOVING ON: All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush scores a try against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

OPINION: News that Jeremy Thrush has signed for English club Gloucester should not alarm Hurricanes fans.

Tiger still wants to burn bright

RISING: Tiger Woods' return to Phoenix for his PGA season-opener harks back to his 1997 appearance where he made a hole in one.

OPINION: Can golfing superstar Tiger Woods recapture his lost youth, asks Mark Reason.

Southern crowd embraces big-time darts

BIGGEST NAME IN DARTS: Phil Taylor in action in Invercargill on Sunday night.

OPINION: Only crowd trouble a minor altercation between a Super Mario brother and Where's Wally.

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