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Winners and judges' comments
Full results and judges' comments from the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.
Scott Dixon faces tough team tactics as he bids to win his third Indycar title.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAfter an off-season of upheaval, the New Zealand Breakers are settling in for a crack at the unprecedented feat of four straight Aussie NBL titles.
KIRSTY JOHNSTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsA woman with a conviction for animal neglect is again under investigation by the SPCA after neighbours saw a horse collapse and die in an allegedly over-stocked paddock.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsMany rookies profess the reluctant tendency to visualise their debut before it takes place.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsFrancis Saili remains a rough diamond, but All Blacks centre Conrad Smith liked what he saw after playing outside the Blues tyro.
PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Todd Blackadder was a raw Canterbury kid marking Waikato captain John Mitchell in 1992.
CHRIS BARCLAY - © Fairfax NZ NewsQuade Cooper's trickery often makes for compelling viewing, even if the most ardent Wallabies or Queensland fan occasionally wants to look the other way.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWellington lock Jeremy Thrush is highly motivated ahead of this week's opening round of the new national provincial championship season.
Hawke's Bay are the bookies' favourites but Southland and Otago are also quietly confident in what shapes as a competitive second-tier of the provincial competition.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsStamping out the feel-good factor around new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is the All Blacks early focus.
JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Are the Wallabies up to beating the All Blacks? The first test in Sydney is their best chance, writes Jeff Wilson.
Emulating Danyon Loader, Lauren Boyle shows character to win three world champs medals.
SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ NewsEight days stand between Valerie Adams and another slice of world athletics history.
DAVID LONG AND LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsCounties Manukau have edged Wellington in the battle to sign Hika Elliot for this season's NPC.
PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie wasn't up to watch the live telecast of the Brumbies' semifinal win over the Bulls.
Online gamers vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by stalkers who use the sites.
Father jailed for hiding daughter so she couldn't testify against friend, who was accused of molesting her.
Holidays are worth more than sunkissed skin - the more you holiday, the longer you live.
Workplace drug and alcohol tests skyrocket as bosses use tool to weed out poorly performing staff.
That "once in 20 years" freak storm is forecast to happen again sooner than you think.
High school employing teacher with violent history won't say whether his behaviour is acceptable.
Gareth Morgan gains unlikely ally in campaign against cats - with celebrity cat psychologist agreeing the pets should stay inside.
After a tough week in the job, Bob Parker finally felt some love.
Fewer than one in 10 rest homes meet all mandatory health care requirements, according to reports.
Mother of NZ victim killed in deadly London bombings speaks out about hurtful online conspiracy theories.
Nina was unseaworthy and sailed by a traditionalist skipper who refused to have "gadgets" aboard, experts familiar with the boat say.
Sir Owen Glenn unlikely to fly back to face calls for his resignation in person.
Former Outback sheila flying over The Ditch on broomstick to entertain Kiwi kids.
Compensation payouts to Pike River victims pale in comparison to those made after mine explosion in the US.
Home buyers willing to trade the big city for a better quality of life are leaving Auckland for the regions.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsDuco Events is offering a unique $550,000 winner-takes-all purse for Shane Cameron to fight Joseph Parker within the next six months.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Tactically spot on, the All Blacks literally kicked France into submission in Christchurch last night.
SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ NewsA Kiwi cyclist has admitted to using pain pills to aid his performance - and says he knows other riders who are doing the same.
SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealand Football hopes a new broadcast deal with Sky Television can help produce a self-sufficient business model this year.
PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: We always knew Steve Hansen could be blunt. We knew he also had a sense of humour buried behind the game face.
BEN STANLEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsGive it a couple of weeks, and everything can change in team sport. Criticised losers can turn confident winners.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsTurning your back on the nation of your birth would usually be a difficult decision. Not for Noa Nakaitaci, the first Fijian to play for France.
DAVID LONG - © Fairfax NZ NewsDeparting Warriors under-20s coach John Ackland could come back to haunt the club he has spent so long being associated with.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsLast night's test against France was the All Blacks' 500th test. Marc Hinton looks back on the past 100.
MARK GEENTY IN CARDIFF - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs anxious glances are cast to the skies, with rain forecast, the pitch at Cardiff Wales Stadium will elicit the most furrowed brows.
Family contemplating a future without their "magic boy", who died after a fight following rugby practice.
Once again the humble green-lipped mussel is being trumpeted as a medical game-changer.
Twenty-minute operation to treat high blood pressure said to reduce killer strokes and heart attacks.
The Auckland-Bluff yacht race to go ahead after Invercargill City Council agrees to contribute $380,000.
Neighbours concerned historic former Wellington Prison site could fall into hands of private developers.
A Peter Jackson Hobbit fantasy involving fire-breathing dragons got a bit too real on a Wellington film set.
Two teenage sisters successfully sue father for return of $20k worth of pocketmoney they earned from their grandparents.
Lawyer wins case against blogger, setting major precedent extending scope of anti-stalking laws.