NBA's best team in for tough ride

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs

OPINION: Once again the San Antonio Spurs look the best team in the NBA but the conference system is set to seriously hamper their chances.

Stateside: Wide open field for Masters

Adam Scott

OPINION: April in America means azaleas and the unctuous tones of Jim Nantz. Yes, it's Masters time.

Toss crucial for Black Caps

Brendon McCullum

OPINION: If Sri Lanka ask New Zealand to bat in tomorrow morning's final Group 1 match, don't bother watching.

Best yet to come from Kiwi enforcer

Steven Adams

OPINION: The towering New Zealand 20-year-old has shown a knack for aggravating opponents in a fascinating first season.

Mehrtens: Spontaneity the key

Beauden Barrett

OPINION: The Crusaders and Hurricanes could do a lot worse than taking a few risks on attack.

Mehrtens: Spontaneity vital

Beauden Barrett


OPINION: The Crusaders and Hurricanes could do a lot worse than chancing their arms and taking a few risks on attack.

Read emerges for Halberg gong

Kieran Read

OPINION: The longer we have the Halberg Awards hullabaloo the more I wonder why we bother singling out a supreme New Zealand sportsperson of the year.

Ko's switch proves a PR disaster

Lydia Ko

OPINION: Brand Ko made its first PR blunder this week.

Sporting highlights of 2013

Sporting highlights

This year's best must include cricket at Hagley Oval, Lydia Ko winning, men's netball and Kieran Read.

Women's football leading way

Amber Hearn

OPINION: New Zealand men's football - and the code in Canterbury - could learn a lot from the women's game.

Brady still edging Manning

peyton manning

OPINION: Comparing the greatest ever players in a sport is always a tough task because games evolve so much from decade to decade.

Ashes out-dramas Kiwis and ABs

Ashes series

To a cricket geek like me, the opening Ashes test still trumps last second Kiwis' and All Blacks' wins.

Tua and Terror not so O for Awesome

David Latta

OPINION: David Latta had done nothing wrong and in fact it should have been Richard Loe who was penalised.

Carter deserves the plaudits

Dan Carter

An expanding medical file explains Dan Carter's deceleration in test appearances.

Herbert's rant sign of frustration

Ricki Herbert

OPINION: For a man who gives very little away, All Whites coach Ricki Herbert's outburst was bordering on unbelievable.

Herbert should gamble on rookies

Storm Roux

OPINION: The pressure is on All Whites coach Ricki Herbert as he faces the most crucial selection conundrum of his career.

An idiot's guide to Cup Week

Horse racing generic

OPINION: I love a good punt, but have graduated from studied form-guide watcher to absolute guesser. And it's working.

Trotting Cup a two-horse race

Trotting Cup

OPINION: Just look back at the horse which has won it the last two years and, as they would say in punting parlance, go again.

Ferns turn focus to Glasgow

Silver Ferns

OPINION: Waimarama Taumaunu has plenty to ponder as she casts her eye towards next year's Commonwealth Games.

Lack of player experience evident

Bruce Edgar

OPINION: Those who regularly follow the New Zealand Cricket team are used to disappointment.

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