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Reason: Grey day for NZ sport video

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, right, is never one to miss a photo opportunity and is pictured here with All Blacks Ben Smith, left, and Luke Romano at the World Cup squad naming at Parliament on Sunday.

OPINION: John Key is never one to miss a photo opportunity, writes Mark Reason.

No truth to Cleary rumour

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary will not be returning to the Warriors next season.

OPINION: Let’s get one thing straight from the start, Ivan Clearly is not returning to the Warriors next year.

Norquay: ABs rejects could win RWC video

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, right, couldn't find a place in his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for Israel Dagg.

OPINION: Here's a New Zealand team that could win the RWC, all made up of leftovers from the All Blacks.

Robson: ABs need Sopoaga video

Lima Sopoaga starred for the All Blacks in his debut test against the Springboks at Ellis Park but still missed the cut for the 31-man World Cup squad.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga's non-selection in the All Blacks World Cup squad is hard to fathom.

Lynch: Cummings one of a kind video

Bart Cummings smiles after his horse Viewed won the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse  2008.

OPINION: Nobody, surely, will match the Melbourne Cup winning feats of the greatest trainer Australia has ever produced.

Romanos: Carrington deserves a Halberg

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington is all smiles after completing her double golden effort at the world canoe sprint championships in Italy.

The Halberg Awards judges haven't exactly covered themselves in glory over the past couple of years, but I've got my fingers crossed they'll get it right this time.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

England coach Stuart Lancaster defended his selection of one-cap ex-league player Sam Burgess.

OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Gifford: Dramatic ABs selection

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo was the big surprise when the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad was named on Sunday night.

OPINION: Delusional or a stroke of genius? With rugby selections it can be a fine line.

Is $40k on Morton affair a waste?

Former jockey Kevin Morton answers charges at a judicial hearing at Ellerslie racecourse on Wednesday alongside lawyer Paul Dale.

OPINION: Should racing officials spend whatever they like protecting perceived attacks on reputations?

Robson: Dagg, Jane out

Injury has meant Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow has played limited rugby in 2015.

OPINION: Lima Sopoaga and Tawera Kerr-Barlow deserve RWC berths, writes Toby Robson.

Knowler: Dagg may get favour

Fullback Israel Dagg and coach Steve Hansen share a quiet word after the All Blacks beat the United States 74-6 in Chicago last year.

OPINION: Aaron Smith’s durability could play major part for one other player, says Fairfax rugby writer Richard Knowler.

No Origin makes Kiwis attractive

No Origin ties: Kiwis and Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich.

OPINION: Leading Kiwi league players look set to become more and more sought after.

Reason: 'Heroic' Bolt saves day

Silver medallist Justin Gatlin of the United States and gold medallist Usain Bolt of Jamaica pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 100 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

OPINION: There's a blurred line between heroes and villains when it comes to the murky world of track and field.

Baum: We need break from Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook leads the celebrations after his team's 3-2 Ashes series win over Australia.

OPINION: It's time for England and Australia to spend a bit of time seeing others, writes Greg Baum.

Johnstone: Stars won't save Warriors

The body language of the Warriors players says it all as another promising NRL season goes down the drain.

OPINION: Arrival of Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck won't guarantee any success for the woeful Warriors.

Bowron: We're all black, that's ok

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Black & White Fern by Alofi Kanter

Official long list - 40 New Zealand flag designs. These flags have been selected for further investigation by the Flag consideration panel as part of the design review process.

I blame Helen Clark for politicians shamelessly hitching their wagons to the fortunes of national sporting events.

England are the big threat

Former All Blacks coach Alex Wyllie said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika knew what he was doing with weird selections at Eden Park last week.

OPINION: England, Ireland, SA, Australia, and of course, the damned French threaten NZ at the RWC.

Johnstone: Sky TV rich, coverage poor

The Black Caps' cricket series in South Africa has proven too pricey for Sky TV's money men despite record results.

OPINION: Sky continues to keep the Black Caps off NZ screens despite posting record profits.

Netball most sexist sport on earth

Watching the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, your average sports fan would have been hugely impressed by the shooting prowess of Maria Tutaia. But we also could not escape the feeling we had tuned into Country Calendar by mistake.

OPINION: How does netball get away with discrimination and some utterly daft prescriptive laws?

Vaughan: England can't hold back

Outgoing Australia captain Michael Clarke will be hoping to end his test career on a high note at The Oval.

OPINION: England will be pulling out all the stops to make sure Michael Clarke's final test is an unforgettable one - for all the wrong reasons.

Poor Chelsea (we really mean that)

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has played just 82 minutes this season and already has a goal to his name in the 3-0 win against Chelsea last weekend.

OPINION: Last season's champions are rooted in 16th place with just a solitary point over two games.

Rodgers puts grit over glamour

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is doing things his way at the famed football club.

OPINION: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers's acquisitions in the transfer market suggest he's under pressure.

Hayne a 'rugby' player, period

Jarryd Hayne breaks the tackle attempt of Rahim Moore before embarking on a dash towards the end zone.

OPINION: If people think Jarryd Hayne is from the same sport the All Blacks play, that's great.

Sevens squad needs pace

Gordon Tietjens has a fine squad at his disposal in 2016, but two more big names would be icing on the cake.

OPINION: With two more star additions NZ could go from capable to within a whisker of an Olympic certainty.

Why no Adams for NZ series?

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams arrives for a Thunder game dressed in a New Zealand rugby jersey.

OPINION: Kiwi basketball fans are wondering why Steven Adams is in NZ and not playing for the TBs.

Too early to knight McCaw?

Richie McCaw poses with his parents Don and Margaret and girlfriend Gemma Flynn with a cake celebrating his world record 142 test caps.

OPINION: Should the Government really be in a hellfire hurry to knight Richie McCaw?

Silver Ferns allowed us all to believe again

Australia's Caitlin Bassett, right, competes with Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua in the championship final.

OPINION: In the end it came down to three measly goals.

Kyrgios can learn from Day

Kyrgios Day composite.

OPINION: The humble way Jason Day won the US PGA Championship is a lesson for the tennis brat.

Silver Ferns player ratings

Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua can't hide her disappointment after defeat to Australia in the World Cup final.

OPINION: Following their heartbreaking loss in the final, we back on how the Ferns fared at the Netball World Cup.

Ferns gave themselves a chance video

Leana de Bruin and Maria Tutaia reflect on the Silver Ferns' Netball World Cup final defeat to Australia in Sydney.

OPINION: By the time the Silver Ferns had gathered themselves in the final, the game was gone.

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