A-League going from strength to strength

Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar, Tim Cahill of Melbourne City and Bobo of Sydney FC pose for photographs during an A-League pre-season media conference.

Brett Holman and Tim Cahill cannot wait for the new season to start.

Former Dogs ready to support club's shot at glory

Current Suns coach Rodney Eade, who was in charge of the Bulldogs from 2005-11.

Bulldogs have lost seven preliminary finals since 1961.

Greats salute Big Max

Former Test cricketer, VFL footballer, TV personality and author Max Walker.

Lovable larrikin should be remembered as not just a bit-part player.

'A larrikin who loved life and loved the game'

Former Australian rules footballer and Test cricketer Max Walker displays his trademark bowling action in the Long Room at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Melbourne.

Max Walker was the perfect foil for Lillee and Thomson.

Bulldogs won't be overawed in decider, says Swan

Sydney Swans player Josh Kennedy takes to the field during a training session at the SCG.

Sydney has the edge in grand final experience.

Wallabies roommates locked in battle for the bench

Henry Speight in action the last time he played for the Wallabies, which was during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Uruguay.

Henry Speight and Sefa Naivalu keen to take on Springboks.

McIlroy inspired by Clarke's Ryder Cup leadership

Europe's Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the eighth hole during a practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

McIlroy has never been part of a losing Ryder Cup team.

Proteas rocked by De Villiers surgery blow

Australia has been given a huge boost ahead of its forthcoming series against South Africa with Proteas skipper AB De Villiers set to have surgery on his elbow.

England boss Allardyce quits after being caught in scandal

Sam Allardyce after being appointed England manager.

Manager quits post after one match and 67 days in charge.

Max Walker dies aged 68

Australian cricket legend Max Walker has died aged 68.

Max Walker dies aged 68.

Manchester City wary of wounded Celtic

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring.

English side heading to Glasgow for Champions League clash.

Sharks pair has the killer instinct

DANGER MAN: Cronulla's James Maloney scores a try during last weekend's preliminary final against the Cowboys at Allianz Stadium.

James Maloney and Michael Ennis crucial to breaking down Storm.

Mackay AFL player celebrates premiership he can't remember

Mackay City Hawks' Nick Morton with his wife Victoria and their daughter Isabelle after this year's grand final just an hour or so before he drove himself home.

Mackay City Hawks player can't remember his premiership win

Cronk favourite to win second Dally M

Cooper Cronk at a Melbourne Storm media session at AAMI Park.

Storm player could be the ninth halfback to win in past 30 years.

Team of the future brimming with talent

Latrell Mitchell of the Roosters.

We select ARM's team of future representative stars.

Breaking up is hard to do ... just ask these NRL personalities

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah, who will move to the Rabbitohs next season.

We look at the biggest NRL break-ups of 2016.

Chris Bond steeled for more Games gold in Rio

FIRED UP: Chris Bond takes the ball upfield during Australia's win over Great Britain.

Chris Bond takes pride in being a "big-game player”.

Curtis McGrath: Soldiering on at Rio Paralympics

Curtis McGrath celebrates after qualifying for the Paralympics earlier this year.

Soldier became world champion in para-canoe in just two years.

Torita Isaac fit and ready to fire in Rio

Australian Paralympic team member Torita Isaac.

The 21-year-old is among the favourites to win the Paralympics 400m.

Blood, sweat and gears: Colin Sieders' remarkable journey

Colin Sieders of Australia looks on after competing in the European canoe sprint Paralympic qualifying event in Duisburg, Germany, in May.

Colin Sieders is used to etching his name into the history books.

A Prickly Ricky gives his Raiders the edge

Raiders Ricky Stuart has turned some of his players from outcasts to stars.

What coach has done this season is nothing short of amazing.

Paralympic performance we can all be proud of

Team Australia celebrates after winning the match against the United States in the men's wheelchair rugby gold medal match at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Australia finished fifth on the medal tally.

Extra time wins out against golden point

Cowboy Coen Hess is congratulated by treammates on his try during the NRL elimination final against the Broncos at 1300 SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Time to get rid of golden point during the regular rounds.

AFL-created 'monster' gobbling up its rivals

GROWING FORCE: Tom Scully (centre) celebrates with his Giants teammates after kicking a goal against the Swans on Saturday.

GWS has blossomed into a great team with great players.

Two hesitant referees are botching the game

NO PENALTY: Bronco James Roberts kicks out at Titan Ryan Simpkins.

Commentators scathing of match officials.

Match Review Committee has become laughing stock

Michael Ennis of the Sharks avoided sanction for an apparent shoulder charge.

MRC members have just made one too many mistakes.

Decider to feature contrast of styles and storylines

Cooper Cronk of the Storm holds off Aidan Sezer of the Raiders in the preliminary final at AAMI Park.

Cronulla against Melbourne will be sentiment versus experience.

Foran takes to social media to praise fans and slam media

Former Parramatta player Kieran Foran watches an Eels training session in Sydney.

Troubled 26-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Warriors.

Warriors star in demand in NRL

WANTED: Ben Matulino of the Warriors.

Clubs in the running to sign Warriors star.

Sharks have plenty of bite, says Storm star

WARY OF SHARKS: Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk.

Round 26 win means nothing, says Cronk.

Storm building for another premiership tilt

Cooper Cronk after playing his 300th game in the NRL preliminary final between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park. He's now off to another grand final.

Melbourne can stamp reputation as greatest team of the NRL era

'That's not a forward pass you clown!': commentator blow-up

Jarrod Croker (left) of the Raiders is seen injuring his knee during the NRL preliminary final between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

David Morrow launched into an absolute tirade

Brownlow winner Dangerfield says he can get even better

Patrick Dangerfield celebrates his 2016 Brownlow Medal win.

But Cat says preliminary final defeat to Sydney still hurting.

Franklin doesn't need to 'justify' price tag, says Longmire

Sydney Swans player Lance Franklin takes part in a open training session and fan day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

No extra pressure on the 29-year-old to deliver in grand final.

Bulldogs' Crameri to marry on grand final eve

Western Bulldogs player Stewart Crameri during a training session at the club's headquarters at Whitten Oval earlier this month.

Former Bomber has sat out for the past 12 months.

Coach delighted with form of young Roos

Australian player Steve Kuzmanovski (left) celebrates with Joshua Andrew Hope after scoring against Thailand in Hanoi.

Australia records 5-1 win over Thailand in tournament final.

Hammers struggling after defeat to Saints

Southampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring his side's first goal against West Ham.

Hammers lose fourth game of season.

Demanding Guardiola still wanting more

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Swansea.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants more from Sergio Aguero.

Brett the Roar's x-factor

READY TO ROAR: Brisbane player Brandon Borello.

Brandon Borello says Brett Holman will boost the Roar

Rooney not worried about form talk

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has struggled this season.

Wayne Rooney has dismissed criticism of his form.

Manchester sides to clash in League Cup

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet scores the winner during his side's English League Cup third-round soccer match against Accrington Stanley.

Ddraw for the EFL Cup has thrown up some intriguing ties.

Worrall keen to get in the swing of things in South Africa

Dan Worrall of the Stars celebrates dismissing David Willey of the Scorchers during a Big Bash League.

Swing bowler has been warned not to expect much movement.

Tremain ready to take his chances for Australia

ON THE RISE: Chris Tremain will be hoping for more celebrations like this.

Chris Tremain is determined to take his chances.

Elbow injury could force AB out of Tests

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers could miss the one-day series against Australia and maybe the tour to Australia.

AB de Villiers could miss the one-day series against Australia

Fringe players have chance to shine, says Lehmann

Melbourne Stars player Daniel Worrall bowls against the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League match at the WACA in January.

Aussies set play Ireland and South Africa.

Head hopes to shoulder load in ODI side

Australia's Travis Head plays a shot against Sri Lanka during their first twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Batsman hopes to cement spot on Australia's limited overs team

Injured Starc could be right for first Proteas Test

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Bad luck continues to plague Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc

Diamonds shooter shines in Quad Series win

A record goal haul from Caitlin Bassett has helped the Diamonds win the Netball Quad Series.

Diamonds know they must lift game against New Zealand

SHARPSHOOTER: Australia's Caitlin Bassett will be a handful for New Zealand to contain when they clash this weekend.

Silver Ferns set to turn on the defensive pressure.

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

Ladbrokes: Underwood Stakes seemingly a two-horse race

The Underwood Stakes is the feature race at Caulfield and the betting market with Ladbrokes suggests it is a race between Black Heart Bart and Lucia Valentina.

Winx in a class of her own in George Main Stakes

Chris Waller has won three of the past four editions.

Weir chases first Makybe Diva Stakes win

Victorian trainer saddling up three runners.

Racing Queensland snub turf club and dogs... again

NO SHOW: Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching is perplexed by the lack of Ipswich representation within the Racing Queensland advisory panels.

False start for Ipswich: Turf club left to run own race

Cult hero hoping to clean up again

The Cleaner aiming to win event for a historic third time.

Can Winx make it 10 straight in the Warwick Stakes?

Winx will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite

Winx the star attraction at Royal Randwick.

First-up horses have edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is set to be an extremely intriguing affair.

Palmer to inspire US in Ryder Cup

American Jimmy Walker says Team USA will be moved by the memory of the late Arnold Palmer as it seeks to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

Nicklaus leads tributes to golfing great Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer, left, with Australian Jason Day. Palmer has died aged 87.

Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer has died in Pittsburgh.

McIlroy ends season with huge pay day

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy win secures FedEx Cup and $10m bonus.

"Best-ever” claims set to fire up Europeans

Davis Love III has made some bold claims ahead of the Ryder Cup.

US captin claims his team is best ever in Ryder Cup.