Hayden Meikle

Football: A master class

Football: A master class

Here's the tip: Newcastle United will win the English Premier League this season.

'Hurt' Newcastle determined to honour fans

'Hurt' Newcastle determined to honour fans

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his team will aim to put on a show in memory of two fans killed in last week's Malaysia Airlines crash.

Football: Aim to honour fans in Dunedin game

Football: Aim to honour fans in Dunedin game

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his team will aim to put on a show in memory of two fans killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Commonwealth Games: An A to Z of coming together

Commonwealth Games: An A to Z of coming together

The quadrennial celebration of sport that is the Commonwealth Games begins in Glasgow on Thursday. Sports editor Hayden Meikle digs into the personalities and the memorable moments for this A to Z.

Basketball: Otago's junior teams impressing

Basketball: Otago's junior teams impressing

Otago's junior teams are having a season for the ages.

Commonwealth Games: Why the Games still matter

The Commonwealth Games are almost upon us. But that doesn't mean everyone is enamoured of the greatest sporting competition in the world not frequented by the Americans, the Chinese, the French, the Brazilians, the Japanese ... you get the drift. Noted curmudgeon and sports editor Hayden Meikle wanted some questions answered, so - inexplicably - he thought racing-sports reporter, and lover of a good Scotch, Matt Smith would have the answers.

Football: Newcastle warms up for our game

Don't be too depressed, Newcastle fans. You will find Dunedin a much more welcoming place.

Long haul as Highlanders' dream lives on

Long haul as Highlanders' dream lives on

Spare a thought for the Highlanders this weekend when you walk around the corner to the dairy, or drive five minutes to watch your children play sport.

Rugby: Watery woes at Watson Park

Rugby: Watery woes at Watson Park

A late decision was made to transfer a Dunedin premier rugby game on Saturday after a process labelled a ''shambles'' by a club administrator.

Sports ranking: NZ sport's movers and shakers

Sports ranking: NZ sport's movers and shakers

A lot can change in a year. But then, some things never change. Welcome to the fifth annual Otago Daily Times sports power rankings. Your guide, as always, is Hayden Meikle.