World Cup the ultimate, says Socceroo

Brad Smith is set to be part of Ange Postecoglou's team that will line up against Iraq.

Duckworth dives into next round at US Open with upset win

FIGHTING SPIRIT: James Duckworth of Australia returns a shot to Robin Haase of the Netherlands during their first round men's singles match on day one of the 2016 US Open.

Australian set up a second-round clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Titans counting on Hayne to deliver

SUPERSTAR SIGNING: Jarryd Hayne of the Gold Coast Titans.

Win and the Titans are in the finals for the first time since 2010.

Hilariously sad Richmond fan pours heart out on radio

Richmond Tigers players walk off the pitch after the Round 23 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Richmond Tigers at the SCG in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

RICHMOND fans have had to put up with a lot.

Storm stars agree to new contracts

POWERHOUSE: Kenny Bromwich of the Storm offloads a pass against the Sea Eagles.

Club delighted to secure five players' signatures

Rockliff admits players partly to blame for Leppitsch's exit

STAYING PUT: Tom Rockliff of the Lions in action.

Lions captain has said he won't walk out on the club.

Marsh and Coulter-Nile to miss remainder of tour

INJURY CONCERNS: Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile in action.

Bowler facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Prince's hoop dreams

FINE TUNING: Danielle Prince competes in the rhythmic gymnastics at the 2016 national titles.

Rhythmic gymnast leaving no stone unturned in her preparation.

Former gymnast dives in at the deep end

MAKING A SPLASH: Domonic Bedggood is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

Bedggood lining up in the 10m platform.

Mary Hanna set to Boogie at fifth Olympic Games

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Mary Hanna with Boogie Woogie 6 and Umbro, which are both qualified to compete at Rio. Hanna, 61, will be competing in her fifth Olympics and is Australia's oldest competitor at the Games.

Hanna is already planning to compete at the Tokyo 2020

Worth aiming high in archery competition

ALL FOCUS: Australia's Taylor Worth at the 2012 Games.

Selection bitter-sweet after great mate missed out.

Denny takes the long road to Rio

WINDING UP: Queenslander Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus throw during the Australian Athletics Championships in April.

Queenslander claimed national title in April.

Rayner fighting fit for Rio

POWER-PACKED: Chloe Rayner in action during competition at the national titles.

Teen tore hamstring tendon off her pelvic bone in lead-up.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Half as many reasons for Gus to be excited

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Gould suggests the NRL establish an academy for emerging halfbacks

Contenders suddenly have big holes to fill

Nic Naitanui limbs from Domain Stadium in Perth.

Jack Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Giles come on down.

Players and fans left to bemoan NRL judiciary

NASTY INCIDENT: Blood pours from Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker's mouth during their round 24 NRL game against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday admits he is totally confused.

Morris puts club before cash in rare selfless act

CLUB FIRST: Brett Morris will leave a decision on his participation in the Four Nations up to his Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Decision on Four Nations availability to be left to coach.

'Good vibe' at Broncos ahead of Parker's farewell

LAST SEASON: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled against the Storm.

About 40,000 expected to turn out on Thursday night.

Could Benji be blowing up Storm down south?

IMMINENT SWITCH: Benji Marshall of the Dragons takes to the field in round 24.

Whispers of Marshall joining the Storm becoming a southerly buster.

Warriors suffer collapse to fall out of finals race

TRY: Kevin Naiqama of the Wests Tigers beats Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors to score.

Warriors miss out on finals spot.

No grand exit for Lyon at Brookvale Oval

IN ACTION: Sea Eagles' Jamie Lyon.

No grand exit for Manly favourite Jamie Lyon.

Luke could be back for Warriors after surgery

QUICK RECOVERY: Warriors hooker Issac Luke.

Issac Luke looks set for return from injury.

Gallen says Sharks can turn around poor form

DEFENCE IMPROVING: Sharks captain Paul Gallen (centre) says his team can reverse its poor recent form after a strong showing against Souths.

Sharks captain confident of form reversal.

'Our best is better than theirs' says Giants forward

FINALS DEBUT: Greater Western Sydney Giants player Devon Smith.

Devon Smith has fired the first shot at cross-town rivals the Swans.

Riewoldt unlucky to miss another All Australian selection

MAKING HIS MARK: Nick Riewoldt of the Saints takes a mark against the Lions.

Saint deserved a sixth All Australian jumper this year.

Chase for Jaeger all part of post-season fun and games

YOUNG GUN: Suns player Jaeger O'Meara lines up a kick.

Melbourne clubs keen to entice O'Meara to look their way.

Mariners name Okon as new coach

NEW JOB: Paul Okon coaching the Australian under-20s team.

The 44-year-old was chosen to replace Tony Walmsley.

Spurs say Sadio is main concern

IN FORM: Sadio Mane.

Spurs focusing on the main man.

Cahill ready to link with Bruno at Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC new signing Tim Cahill is seen at the club's training facility at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Star to fit in wherever coach John van't Schip wants him

RIO 2016: Neymar sends Brazil into raptures

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Neymar is swamped by media and fans after receiving his gold medal at the Maracana Stadium.

Neymar leads Brazil to gold medal.

Gunners out to shoot down premiers

LEICESTER TRIP: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger says facing Leicester City will be no different to last year.

RIO 2016: Brazil with shot at redemption against Germans

STAR POWER: Brazil's Neymar will line up in the gold medal game against Germany.

Football giants to clash in the Olympics football final.

Smith spell gives Warner experience

RESTING: Australian captain Steve Smith.

David Warner to benefit from Smith's spell.

Starc reality of facing Aussie paceman first-up

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc during a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Aaron Finch is glad to have Mitchell Starc on his side

ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face

WORK TO DO: Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann chat during a practice session in Colombo.

Five-match series set to get under way.

Burns or Khawaja faces chop for Test

NET GAIN: Shaun Marsh (left) and Steve Smith look on during an Australian cricket team training session.

Marsh in line to play in third Test.

Aussies in spin after Herath takes hat-trick

SPIN KING: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Australia on the ropes in second Test.

Holland set to replace injured O'Keefe

TEST CALL-UP: Jon Holland celebrates a wicket with his Victorian teammates in the Sheffield Shield.

Tourists look to fight back after losing the first Test.

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

When Queensland captain Laura Geitz thanks her supporters from all over the state, she does so with plenty of emotion.

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

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

Firebirds chasing right to host final

Firebirds captain Laura Geitz takes a rebound against the NSW Swiftrs in last year’s frand Final between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts in Brisbane, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Queenslanders have a game to go before the finals.

Can Winx make it 10 straight in Warwick Stakes?

There is no doubt that Winx is the star attraction at Royal Randwick tomorrow and she will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite.

First-up horses have an edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

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

Payne loses ride on Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Concerns over the jockey's fitness have prompted the move

RIO 2016: Aussie riders take bronze medal

Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney, Sam Griffiths and Christopher Burton of Australia celebrate winning a bronze in Rio.

Aussies win bronze in the Rio Olympics team eventing.

History suggests Capitalist will struggle

Capitalist to start Missile Stakes as short-priced favourite.

Bletchingly the springboard for big races

Bletchingly Stakes considered a good pointer for spring carnival.

Day driven to despair after horror run off the tee

World No.1 Jason Day was left to rue some poor drives as American Patrick Reed won the first of the four FedEx Cup play-off events at Bethpage Black.

RIO 2016: Aussie pair starts well in golf

Australia's Su Oh carded a level par opening round in Rio.

Aussies off to a steady start.

Robert Allenby cops late-night arrest outside US casino

Robert Allenby, pictured here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, walking past Clive Palmer's dinosaur at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

In early 2015, Allenby was caught up in a bizarre kidnapping saga

RIO 2016: Rose blooms to take gold in golf

Justin Rose of Great Britain celebrates winning in the final round of men's golf.

Justin Rose wins golf gold in Rio.