Joseph Romanos

Rich backers not always a benefit

Owen Glenn

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OPINION: The history of sports clubs being owned by wealthy backers has not always been a happy one.

Sevens solution for rugby

rugby ball generic

Sanzar bosses are wrestling with what to do with Super Rugby.

Throwers flying the NZ flag


OPINION: There was a time when New Zealand athletics was defined by its distance runners on the track. Not any more.

Clay beat Liston fair and square

cassius clay, sonny liston

I was fortunate to have a vast number of sports heroes to follow while I was growing up.

Ponder these sporting issues

lydia ko

Ten sports issues that have occupied sports columnist Joseph Romanos this year.

The fine rise and rise of Kane and Corey

kane williamson

OPINION: Watching Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson playing cricket for New Zealand this summer, I've been reminded of a trip I made to Palmerston North with Wellington College headmaster Roger Moses in 2007.

Pietersen's treatment seems harsh

Kevin Pietersen strap

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OPINION: Is Kevin Pietersen's sacking from the England cricket team a management failure or an indictment on a player whose personality proved impossible to deal with?

'Thorpedo' struggling

Ian Thorpe

It's very sad to hear of Ian Thorpe's continued problems.

Contributions often overstated

Sir Graham Henry

The Australian Open tennis men's singles has thrust the issue of coaches into the spotlight.

Melbourne heat just one of the tough ones

melbourne heat

OPINION: They've had all sorts of trouble at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne because of the roasting weather - up to 44 degrees Celsius.

No doubt - Vettori one of the greats

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori is drifting off the New Zealand cricket landscape.

Ryder not the first to be overshadowed

Jesse Ryder

Jesse Ryder played one of the most memorable innings in cricket history in Queenstown last week but was totally overshadowed in the post-match reports.

Series puts Taylor among our finest

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor's form against the West Indies was so outstanding.

Fame may trump performance

lisa carrington

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Our most famous, rather than our best performed, seem likely to win the 2013 Halberg gongs.

Panesar's courage should be recognised

Monty Panesar

I want to talk about England cricketer Monty Panesar.

Rid cricket of sledging poison

ian chappell

Ian Chappell didn't invent the term "sledging" in cricket, but he certainly embraced it as a player.

Haka 'has had its day'


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OPINION: Ireland prop Cian Healy bought himself a whole lot of publicity when he slammed the All Blacks' haka.

Little Master's pending finish overhyped

Sachin Tendulkar

OPINION: The cricket world is in Sachin Tendulkar overload. India's Little Master, as cricket journalists repeatedly call him, is to play his final test, against the West Indies in Mumbai, from November 14 to 18.

One-sided romps don't count as 'top sport'

all blacks

New Zealand's top sports teams have been sadly lacking in real competition lately.

Still hope for a final for Wellington one day

wellington rugby

OPINION: There's a certain inevitability about being a Wellington rugby supporter.

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