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Black Caps beaten at own game

There were plenty of headaches for New Zealand in their meltdown at Lord's in the final two days of a gripping test.

OPINION: OPINION: The Black Caps have built a monster that has quickly come back to bite them with aggressive England counter-punching to glory.

Hansen needs to recognise young All Black talent

Conrad Smith, left, and Richie McCaw are two ageing All Blacks ahead of this year's World Cup.

Will All Blacks coach Steve Hansen stick with the tried and trusted for the World Cup, instead of opting for youth and brilliance?

Gifford: Burning questions rugby needs to answer

Chiefs playmaker Damian McKenzie looks to open up the game against the Bulls in Rotorua on Friday night.

OPINION: Phil Gifford identifies the issues with rugby that are keeping him awake at night.

Officials could derail ABs' World Cup campaign

The All Blacks will be hoping their fate isn't in the hands of referees at this year's Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: ABs' fate in England could be in the hands of rugby officials and that's a scary thought.

Barker move to Team Japan could haunt Kiwis

Dean Barker has already got a look at the Bermuda setup for the next Americas Cup.

OPINION: Suddenly the America's Cup just got interesting for New Zealanders again, says Duncan Johnstone.

Liew: Sterling should be hailed for showing ambition

Raheem Sterling has come under fire from Liverpool fans and ex-players for pushing for a move from the club.

OPINION: Liverpool winger should be praised for trying to improve his lot, instead his many critics want him to know his place.

'England a laughing stock'

Geoffrey Boycott was a top England batsman in the 1960s and '70s, playing 108 tests scoring at an average of 47.72

OPINION: Geoffrey Boycott unimpressed with his old team saying their game is a shambles on eve of NZ test.

Walter: McKinnon lawsuit uncomfortable for all video

Ex-Knights star Alex McKinnon is considering legal action against the NRL for the tackle that left him paralysed.

OPINION: If former Knights forward proceeds with legal action over the tackle, he will need to be prepared for questions about whether he contributed to the injury.

Concussion: It's rugby roulette

Forget what the medical experts say, Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith need to hang up their cleats with all those head knocks.

OPINION: Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith among the best and brightest in the business - so why do they play on?

Richardson's criticism off the mark

Former New Zealand opener Bruce Edgar declined a revised selection role with NZ Cricket.

Radio Sport presenter, and former test cricketer, Mark Richardson stunned me the other day with his contribution to the Bruce Edgar affair.

Nonu inspires Canes in victory over Chiefs

Hurricanes second-five Ma'a Nonu continued his standout form with two tries in the big win over the Chiefs.

OPINION: Ma'a Nonu has his game face on, and that's a good thing for the Hurricanes, writes Marc Hinton.

Hinton: Sir JK's case just doesn't stack up at Blues

Sir John Kirwan has had his chance with the Blues. Now it's time to look elsewhere.

OPINION: This sorry Blues coaching saga comes down to a simple concept: accountability versus continuity.

Gifford: Blues bleating about Matson info looks weak

Tabai Matson, one of the sunniest, most open men in NZ rugby, had to dodge a few awkward questions last week.

OPINION: Front office ineffectual as strange story of the franchise continues into another week - but at least the team is winning.

NZ can profit from bowling in KP's footmarks

Chris Cairns celebrates the fourth of six first-innings wickets against England at Lord's in 1999 - NZ's only victory at the ground.

OPINION: A lot has changed since NZ's one and only test victory at Lord's 16 years ago. Ahead of the first test, NZ clearly looks the better team.

Webster: Injured McKinnon deserves every cent video

Newcastle Knights veteran Kurt Gidley comforts injured teammate Alex McKinnon before the start of an NRL match last year.

OPINION: Former Newcastle Knights forward deserves more than "goodwill" from the NRL.

'Alienation', 'ghost' of Pietersen haunting England video

Leaving Kevin Pietersen out of the England test team may come back to haunt the side in the Ashes, former captain Michael Vaughan says.

OPINION: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan reveals the trouble with dumping Kevin Pietersen.

Smith: Gardening leave could beckon for Matson

Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson, right, during a training drill with Richie McCaw.

OPINION: Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson has to make the biggest decision of his career.

Reason: 'New Zealand is a gay-bashing country'

New Zealand sport needs more openly gay role models such as Ian Thorpe, the great Australian swimmer.

OPINION: It would make a world of difference if an All Black came out of the closet, Mark Reason says.

Millmow: Edgar's departure bad look for NZ Cricket

Bruce Edgar's treatment by New Zealand Cricket meant his situation was a ticking time bomb.

OPINION: Bruce Edgar is the most tolerant person you could wish to meet.

Romanos: Warm fuzzies nonsense from IOC president

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said New Zealand could host an Olympic Games.

OPINION: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach was almost insultingly patronising during his whistlestop visit to New Zealand last week.

Trackside stumbles badly over Derby coverage

Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates winning the Kentucky Derby on American Pharoah by spraying owner Ahmed Zayat with champagne.

OPINION: Sunday's coverage of Kentucky Derby the worst 45 minutes Trackside TV has aired.

Gifford: Extraordinary decision to reappoint Kirwan

George Moala scores for the Blues in their 42-22 defeat to the Rebels in Melbourne.

OPINION: So what might have persuaded a hard-headed Blues bunch to back Sir John Kirwan?

Trans-Tasman netball needs overtime

The Mystics' Maria Tutaia sunk the match winning goal in double extra time at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

OPINION: Six draws in this year's trans-Tasman netball tournament show the decision to ditch OT was ill-judged.

Supersize us for the Big Mac Games

IOC president Thomas Bach is welcomed with a traditional Maori challenge during a Powhiri in Auckland last week.

OPINION: Thomas Bach, the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee, has a dream. Mark Reason writes.

Johnstone: Issac Luke right for ambitious Warriors

Wherever he plays Issac Luke is always ready to bleed for the cause.

OPINION: Kiwis hooker's mongrel will be as important as his deadly game for the Warriors.

Brown: Mayweather right not to give in to blood lust

Floyd Mayweather Jr throws a right hand at Manny Pacquiao during his unanimous points win in Las Vegas.

OPINION: Defensive masterclass may have angered critics but it was the perfect display for a sport where money is all.

Robinson: Why we'll never know full Patston story

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, left, handed too much power to former Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

OPINION: Not a single character was left untarnished after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal came to light.

Kangaroos may be No 2 nation for a long time

Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith reflects on yet another low moment during his sides convincing loss to the Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

OPINION: Kiwis rise to world No 1 berth must surely have members of Australian camp questioning decision not to play another test for 12 months.

Reason: The Kangaroos hard men have gone soft

Kiwis prop Jesse Bromwich pushes away from Australia's Johnathan Thurston during New Zealand's 26-12 Anzac test win in Brisbane on Sunday night.

OPINION: The Kangaroos were shamed by the Kiwis, Mark Reason says.

No more excuses for boxers

Manny Pacquiao gestures to the crowd after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

OPINION: Millions watched, cheered and won, but are Mayweather and Pacquiao worthy of it all?

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