See the Wellington Phoenix now, because this magic won’t last

For once, the Wellington Phoenix are actually cool.

Adesanya caps off a flawless night for New Zealand MMA

New Zealand goes three for three at UFC Melbourne, culminating in Israel Adesanya's win over Anderson Silva. 

WTF just happened in the UFC?

Only in a sport as batshit as cagefighting could the main event fall through just 11 hours before the fight. Don Rowe reports from Melbourne.

On the edge of superstardom, NZ’s Adesanya fights the greatest ever

New Zealand martial artist Israel Adesanya will cross the threshold into legitimate worldwide superstardom this weekend when he fights the most dominant mixed martial artist in history this Sunday.

Sports Archive

The wrong players for the wrong plan: Why the Black Caps can’t score big totals

From the moment the Black Caps have come up against a top quality opponent this home season, they've lost badly, and lost the same way every time.

Stupid fun celebrity cricket matches were better in the 90s

Nothing that happens in Friday’s big celebrity cricket game will ever be as good as Paul Vautin’s catch in the 1993 Allan Border testimonial.

How to watch a game of summer football

Calum Henderson's seven step guide to adding the Beautiful Game to your summer. 

New Zealand, it’s time to make Steven Adams an All-Star

Every year the NBA holds an All-Star game, showcasing the best players in the league, as voted in by players, league officials, and fans. It's time for New Zealand to make Steven Adams an All-Star. Here's how.

It’s time to remove all umpiring technology from sport

You hate the breaks in play that come with video technology in sport. But what if we got rid of it altogether?

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 24

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

Stop investing so much in rowing and give that money to basketball

New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 15

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Simon Day on why cricket is the best sport in the world (and rugby sucks).

Schools portray rugby player poaching as a win-win. But do students really benefit?

This win at all costs culture isn’t new in secondary schools rugby isn't new – schools have been recruiting talent in return for “opportunity” and “a better education” for over a decade.

When a chief dies: the Aaron Hopa story

When Gordonton's Aaron Hopa died in a tragic diving accident off Whangamatā on December 8, 1998, he left a legacy shaped by rugby, whānau, and aroha. Ben Stanley tells the story of the greatest All Black you never knew.

NZ’s biggest question for 2019: Who will commentate the rugby world cup?

Who are the runners and riders to call Beaudy’s World Cup winning drop goal in Japan, asks Jamie Wall