Souths lose Reynolds for start of season

Halfback ruled out for up to four weeks with appendicitis.

AFL 'comfortable' with how it dealt with Bombers saga

COMFORTABLE: AFL boss Gillon McLachan is okay with how the AFL dealt with the Essendon supplements saga.

McLachlan "comfortable” with how the AFL handled the Essendon saga

EPL champion Leicester sacks manager Ranieri

Sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.

Coach sacked less than a year after delivering a maiden title.

Saints see off Power in pre-season hitout

Tim Membrey of the Saints.

St Kilda held off Port Adelaide to record a one-point victory.

Injury-hit Rebels hammered in season-opener

Jonah Placid of the Rebels (left) is injured as he collides with Matt Duffie of the Blues.

Melbourne's ambition to make finals has already taken a blow.

Bogut lands a new home in Philly - for now

NEW HOME: Andrew Bogut has been traded from Dallas to Philadelphia.

Andrew Bogut has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers

Hawks stun 36ers to book grand final spot

GRAND FINAL BOUND: Rotnei Clarke of the Illawarra Hawks drives to the basket as Anthony Drmic of the Adelaide 36ers defends.

Illawarra will face the Perth Wildcats for the NBL championship.

League legends pitch in to help ex-Manly great

Noel Cleal during his time as Sea Eagles recruitment manager.

Noel "Crusher” Cleal had fire rip through his farm at Pappinbarra.

Will coaching change be too late for Rafa?

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during the Australian Open final.

'Uncle Toni' regrets keeping news of his departure from Nadal.

Exit lounge: the NRL players set for a swansong

Former Dragons player Benji Marshall has signed with the Broncos.

We look at who is most likely hanging the boots up at end of 2017.

Firebirds champ Romelda Aiken ready to resurface

Romelda Aiken in control during a recent practice match.

Aiken is out to conquer her personal demons, writes Terry Mallinder

'When things don't go well the media hammers you'

Australia's Shane Watson during day one of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff in 2015.

Shane Watson opens up on his career struggles.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Darius Boyd during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Magic of the FA Cup still well and truly alive

Lincoln City's Nathan Arnold (left) and Burnley's Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Competition gives part-timers a chance to rub shoulders with greats.

Great Scott, he's serious about becoming a Knight

Cowboys prop Matt Scott.

Cowboys prop may feel a change of scenery could be an elixir.

Brisbane Tens was doomed from the start

Reds player Samu Kerevi crosses to score a try during a quarter-final at the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

Concept simply comes across as a clunkier version of sevens.

Nines showcase thrilling talent ... and bad haircuts

New Panther James Tamou looks fitter than ever.

Tony Durkin looks at some of the left-field highlights.

Cahill send-off overshadows great weekend of A-League

Tim Cahill of Melbourne City walks off after being red carded before even being substituted on to the field during the round 18 A-League match against the Melbourne Victory.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all in Socceroos's career ...

Sainsbury move bodes well for Socceroos

Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney.

Central defender has to make the best of his time at Inter Milan.

Brisbane gets nod for Davis Cup clash

Brisbane will host its biggest Davis Cup tie in more than a decade, with Pat Rafter Arena chosen by Tennis Australia as the venue for April's clash with the US.

Federer could team with Nadal in Laver Cup

Switzerland's Roger Federer answers questions during a press conference in Prague

Team Europe to take on the Rest of the World in inaugural event

Kyrgios prepares to defend title in Marseille

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios will forge uncharted territory on Tuesday night

Goffin saves face after thanking 'girlfriends'

David Goffin in action  in Rotterdam, Netherlands

The crowd's awkward reaction said it all.

Two titles in one day for rising teenage star

Germany's Alexander Zverev has won two titles in one day.

Rising teenage star Alexander Zverev has won two titles.

Americans sorry for German anthem gaffe

Germany's Andrea Petkovic was upset after American officials played the wrong national anthem.

Officials have apologised for playing the wrong anthem.

Gallen to decide mid-year on retiring

LEADERS: The 16 NRL captains at yesterday's season launch (from left) Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Jarrod Croker (Canberra), Matt Moylan (Penrith), Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters), Tim Mannah (Parramatta), Rory Kostjasyn (Newcastle), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Warriors), Greg Inglis (South Sydney), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Gareth Widdop (St George), Ryan James (Gold Coast) and James Graham (Canterbury).

Gallen hasn't made up his mind on retiring yet

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

FLEXIBLE: Gareth Widdop knows he has to change his game plans with the Dragons

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

Tigers enjoying end of Farah saga

RELIEVED: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says the club's youngsters have to take more responsibility.

Aaron Woods glad Wests Tigers' Robbie Farah saga is over

NRL boss to come down hard on players betting

Tim Simona has been stood down by the Wests Tigers while an investigation takes place into betting.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg cracking down on betting.

Bulldogs muzzled by the experts

BULLDOGS BRUSHED: Canterbury coach Des Hasler's team is being shunned by experts as NRL title contenders

Experts don't rate the 2017 Bulldogs as title contenders

Wests Tiger faces life ban over betting scandal

Tim Simona of the Tigers

NRL issues Simona with notice of intention to cancel registration.

David Koch left seeing red over China clash with Suns

The AFL is taking the game to China, but it's not without its controversy.

"We're paying you half-a-million dollars to buy your home game”

Ex-Swan Nankervis making an impact at Richmond

Once a Swan ... Toby Nankervis during a training session in Sydney.

Amid the hype of trades for Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy

Don't blame Buckley, blame us, says Magpie

Steele Sidebottom (left) and coach Nathan Buckley of the Magpies.

Steele Sidebottom says the heat should be on Collingwood players.

Melbourne United coach pays price for poor NBL season

Melbourne United head coach Dean Demopoulos has been sacked.

Melbourne United has sacked coach Dean Demopoulos.

Woman coach gets off to a bad start

Eastern FC head coach Chan Yuen-ting.

Poor start for first woman coach in men's continental competition.

Cahill ready for "Cup final replay”

Tim Cahill is ready for action against Sydney FC.

Tim Cahill back and raring to go.

Going nuts over Brazil at the MCG

Neymar (centre), Philippe Coutinho (left) and Gabriel Jesus could play against the Socceroos in June at the MCG.

Brazil to play Socceroos at the MCG.

Reds rolled by ruthless Gamba Osaka

Shun Nagasawa of Gamba Osaka scores with a header against Adelaide United.

Osaka too strong for Adelaide United.

Vardy goal gives Leicester lifeline in Champions League

Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates after he scores a goal against Sevilla in the European Champions League.

Jamie Vardy scores first Champions League goal.

Cricket legends blow up at Test rookie Matt Renshaw

Renshaw wasn’t feeling too crash hot.Source:AFP

After perfect start, things quickly went from rosy to shambolic

Sharks snap up Canberra winger Lee

Edrick Lee has signed for Cronulla for the 2017 NRL season.

Premier Cronulla has signed Canberra Raiders winger Edrick Lee.

It's not all about the spinners in India

Australia's Jason Gillespie displays the ball after he took five Indian wickets during the third day of the third Test match in Nagpur, India in 2004.

Pace certainly has it's place - and can indeed flourish.

Southern Stars in record loss to Kiwis

Meg Lanning of Australia

New Zealand launched a stunning series comeback

Aussies claim consolation T20 international win

Aaron Finch hits out at the Adelaide Oval

Adam Zampa and James Faulkner doing the bulk of the damage

India under weight of expectation, say Aussies

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb.

Australia motivated by the freedom of having nothing to lose.

Firebirds send order for Burger with the lot

94-Test veteran has answered the powerhouse's SOS for a seasoned playmaker

Swifts out to prove first-up form was no fluke

Abbey McCulloch of the Swifts exchanges high-fives with young fans.

Much-maligned Swifts lost narrowly to the Giants in season-opener.

Firebirds prepare for a familiar foe

TOUGH CLASH: Sunshine Coast goal shooter Caitlin Bassett is marked by Firebirds keeper Laura Clemesha.

Laura Clemesha takes us inside the Firebirds inner sanctum

Firebirds to roll out red carpet for former star

Two-time Firebirds premiership player Kim Ravaillion in action for the Magpies

Ravaillion starred in four grand finals and won two premierships

Swifts set to hit back against Thunderbirds

Paige Hadley of the Swifts and Jamie-Lee Price of the Giants contest possession

NSW outfit keen to prove they're the "real deal”

Thunderbirds rally late to seal first-up win

Natalie Medhurst of the Fever passes during the round one Super Netball match against the Fever.

Adelaide was trailing Fever by seven goals at three-quarter-time.

Vixens show Melbourne is still their town

Kate Moloney of the Vixens makes a pass at Hisense Arena

Diamond-studded and highly-rated Magpies were upstaged

Bowman: Winx can run down Black Caviar record

Winx's winning streak stands at 14

Group 1 race just what the Doc ordered

Hey Doc ridden by Luke Currie wins race 6 CS Hayes Stakeson Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday. Feb. 18, 2017. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Trainer Tony McEvoy says Hey Doc "has to” go the Australian Guineas.

Only bad luck will end Winx's streak, says trainer

Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory.

Peter Moody insists Winx has same invincibility as Black Caviar.

VIDEO: Perfect Dare "belts them up” at Grafton

6 - Perfect Dare sprints clear of the field to win Heat 1 of the Country Championships at Grafton

Dunn favourite wins opening heat of Country Championships

Winx on track ahead of return run

Hugh Bowman rides Winx (right) past the post in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse last October.

Trainer says preparation faultless going into her comeback

Jockey spoilt for choice in Blue Diamond Stakes

Craig Williams rides Formality to victory in the Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield.

Craig Williams juggling four star contenders for the race.

Sydney sprint to become country's richest race

Jockey Tommy Berry on Chautauqua shouts to the crowd after winning the TJ Smith Stakes last year.

$10 million The Everest will trump Melbourne Cup prizemoney.

Johnson takes golf's No.1 spot from Jason Day

Winless since May last year, Aussie Jason Day has given up the world number one ranking after a stay at the top that finished just short of a full year.

Late blitz helps world No.6 to Australian Open title

Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

Ha Na Jang produced a stunning late surge to win at Royal Adelaide.

Day not ready to give up No.1 tag yet

PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride.

Jason Day is determined to hang on to his world No.1 spot.

Golfer's miracle shot sets up remarkable win

American Ethan Tracy hits a tee shot.

Ethan Tracy needed an eagle from 101 yards out on the 18th hole.