Sharks, Bulldogs staring down history

Two of Australia's biggest sporting title droughts on the verge of ending.

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

Easton becomes Wood-be hero of Western Bulldogs

Easton Wood will skipper the Bulldogs in the preliminary final.

OF ALL those 'sons of the 'Scray', for a time there Cal Ward was the

Sharks one win from a maiden title

HE'S IN: Sharks winger Sosaia Feki scores a try despite the efforts of the Cowboys Justin O'Neill and Michael Morgan during the NRL preliminary final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

North Queensland's NRL premiership defence is over.

Cleary: There's no way I'll be rookie of year

YOUNGSTER: Penrith's halfback Nathan Cleary.

Nathan Cleary says he's not expecting to be the rookie of the year

Brett the Roar's x-factor

READY TO ROAR: Brisbane player Brandon Borello.

Brandon Borello says Brett Holman will boost the Roar

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.

Tige Simmons ready to rock and roll for Rio

Tige Simmons of Australia (left) chases down Ade Oregembe of Great Britain during a 2012 World Challenge game in Sydney.

The man they call "Tiger” loves brutality of wheelchair basketball.

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.

Lions on the level with coach?

Justin Leppitsch was sacked as Brisbane Lions coach last week.

Coaches need proper qualifications.

Mbye's chance to hook cup role

WORLD CUP HOPEFUL: Bulldogs utility Moses Mbye

Several Four Nations fringe players get the chance to impress

Belcher warns Raiders not to play negative

OUTSTANDING: Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson's clash with Cameron Smith will go a long way to deciding today's game.

DUAL premiership winner Gary Belcher says Canberra can roll Melbourn

Hodgson and Smith ready to hook in

Josh Hodgson will be key to Canberra's ability to break through the Storm.

Canberra's Josh Hodgson has history in his sights.

Moylan and Cartwright ink new deals with Panthers

Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers has re-signed with the club.

Duo will stay with the Panthers until at least the end of 2021.

Coote and Townsend facing the blowtorch

Chad Townsend of the Sharks makes a break during the NRL qualifying final against the Raiders.

North Queensland to apply acid to Sharks halfback Chad Townsend.

Durko's Dissections for the preliminary finals

Can a bruised and battered Johnathan Thurston lead the Cowboys to a second straight grand final?

Tony Durkin looks at who will win the grand final qualifiers.

Palmer can do the job for Giants

Greater Western Sydney Giants player Rhys Palmer takes part in a training session.

GWS coach Leon Cameron has backed Rhys Palmer to shine in the prelim

Watson decides to play on in '17

Jobe Watson will play for the Bombers next season.

JOBE Watson said he had been unsure if would ever return to the AFL.

Beveridge wants Dogs to keep 'knocking over fences'

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Bulldogs have had a couple of tough back-to-back hit-outs.

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.

Aloisi satisfied after Roar's pre-season thumping of Perth

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.

Roar kicks off its A-League campaign on October 7.

Toffees come unstuck against Championship team

Everton's Enner Valencia and Norwich City's Youssouf Mulumbu battle for the ball during the English League Cup third round match between at Goodison Park.

Norwich upset Everton in League Cup.

Man Utd won't panic buy despite string of losses

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure.

New manager Jose Mourinho under early pressure.

Austrian gets nod for 'Roos

CALL-UP: Jimmy Jeggo is in the Socceroos' World Cup qualifiers squad.

Jimmy Jeggo is in line to win his first Socceroos cap

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

Australia's M

Bad luck continues to plague Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc

Australians welcome old foe as batting coach

Graeme Hick in his time as Australia's high-performance coach in 2013.

Graeme Hick has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Glenn Maxwell "doubted his ability” before century

Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays another big shot on his way to 145 not out against Sri Lanka.

Maxwell smashes ton as Australia breaks world record.

Injury-hit Aussies gear up for T20 series

Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka during their fifth one day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka to host two-match T20 series.

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: is the Underwood Stakes a race in two?

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.

Grafton trainers look to make their mark in Lismore Cup

ONE TO WATCH: Grafton mare Coastal Gem will run in the $50,000 Lismore Cup today.

Strong field expected for Lismore Turf Club's feature race

Winx in class of own in George Main Stakes

Chris Waller has won three of the past four editions.

Weir chases his first Makybe Diva Stakes win

Victorian trainer is saddling up three runners.

Cult hero is hoping to clean up again

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

Can Winx make it 10 straight in 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 an edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakess set to be an intriguing betting affair.

Day, Scott start well for big cash

Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott are well in the hunt for a massive payday after the first round of the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta

Win or bust for Jason Day in tour finale

Jason Day during a practice round for the Tour Championship.

Jason Day wants to end season with a big win.

Scott eyeing $10m bonus at Tour Championship

Adam Scott, of Australia, tees off from the first tee at the BMW Championship earlier this month.

Fellow Aussie Jason Day also a chance of claiming cup.

Spieth sets his sights on Ryder Cup success

Jordan Spieth of the USA hits from a bunker during a practice round for the Tour Championship golf tournament at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

American chasing second straight Tour Championship win.