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Scott Dixon faces tough team tactics as he bids to win his third Indycar title.
MARC HINTON - Sunday Star TimesAfter 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 - Sunday Star TimesA 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 - Sunday Star TimesMany rookies profess the reluctant tendency to visualise their debut before it takes place.
TOBY ROBSON - Sunday Star TimesFrancis Saili remains a rough diamond, but All Blacks centre Conrad Smith liked what he saw after playing outside the Blues tyro.
CHRIS BARCLAY - Sunday Star TimesQuade Cooper's trickery often makes for compelling viewing, even if the most ardent Wallabies or Queensland fan occasionally wants to look the other way.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Todd Blackadder was a raw Canterbury kid marking Waikato captain John Mitchell in 1992.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Are the Wallabies up to beating the All Blacks? The first test in Sydney is their best chance, writes Jeff Wilson.
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 - Sunday Star TimesStamping out the feel-good factor around new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is the All Blacks early focus.
MARC HINTON - Sunday Star TimesWellington lock Jeremy Thrush is highly motivated ahead of this week's opening round of the new national provincial championship season.
Emulating Danyon Loader, Lauren Boyle shows character to win three world champs medals.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie wasn't up to watch the live telecast of the Brumbies' semifinal win over the Bulls.
SIMON PLUMB - Sunday NewsEight days stand between Valerie Adams and another slice of world athletics history.
DAVID LONG AND LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star TimesCounties Manukau have edged Wellington in the battle to sign Hika Elliot for this season's NPC.
Online gamers vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by stalkers who use the sites.
That "once in 20 years" freak storm is forecast to happen again sooner than you think.
Workplace drug and alcohol tests skyrocket as bosses use tool to weed out poorly performing staff.
High school employing teacher with violent history won't say whether his behaviour is acceptable.
Holidays are worth more than sunkissed skin - the more you holiday, the longer you live.
Father jailed for hiding daughter so she couldn't testify against friend, who was accused of molesting her.
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.
Nina was unseaworthy and sailed by a traditionalist skipper who refused to have "gadgets" aboard, experts familiar with the boat say.
Mother of NZ victim killed in deadly London bombings speaks out about hurtful online conspiracy theories.
Fewer than one in 10 rest homes meet all mandatory health care requirements, according to reports.
Home buyers willing to trade the big city for a better quality of life are leaving Auckland for the regions.
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.
Sir Owen Glenn unlikely to fly back to face calls for his resignation in person.
LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star TimesDuco 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 - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Tactically spot on, the All Blacks literally kicked France into submission in Christchurch last night.
SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star TimesA Kiwi cyclist has admitted to using pain pills to aid his performance - and says he knows other riders who are doing the same.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: We always knew Steve Hansen could be blunt. We knew he also had a sense of humour buried behind the game face.
Family contemplating a future without their "magic boy", who died after a fight following rugby practice.
MARK GEENTY IN CARDIFF - Sunday Star TimesAs anxious glances are cast to the skies, with rain forecast, the pitch at Cardiff Wales Stadium will elicit the most furrowed brows.
DAVID LONG - Sunday Star TimesDeparting Warriors under-20s coach John Ackland could come back to haunt the club he has spent so long being associated with.
LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star TimesTurning 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.
SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star TimesNew Zealand Football hopes a new broadcast deal with Sky Television can help produce a self-sufficient business model this year.
BEN STANLEY - Sunday Star TimesGive it a couple of weeks, and everything can change in team sport. Criticised losers can turn confident winners.
MARC HINTON - Sunday Star TimesLast night's test against France was the All Blacks' 500th test. Marc Hinton looks back on the past 100.
Once again the humble green-lipped mussel is being trumpeted as a medical game-changer.
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.
Twenty-minute operation to treat high blood pressure said to reduce killer strokes and heart attacks.
Two teenage sisters successfully sue father for return of $20k worth of pocketmoney they earned from their grandparents.