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36ers hammer Kings in Sydney shootout

The Adelaide 36ers did what no other NBL side has done this season, tame Sydney Kings giant Andrew Bogut to set up a stunning 119-99 upset at Qudos Bank Arena.

Diamonds star Simpson out of Quad Series

Wing defence Gabi Simpson has been ruled out of Australia's Quad Series Tests against New Zealand and England in a major blow to the netball world champions.

Full Skate Compilation Of 2018

We brought you skating like no-one else does for another 12 straight months – now watch it wrapped up in Patrik Wallner’s blistering mega-edit! The idea behind our globe-trotting Skate Escape series has always been to do the other thing. Take on the bigger challenge. Going skating down the backstreets of this world of ours is always a rewarding experience – new spots, new faces and fast times.

Rejuvenated Hawks back in the NBL mix

The battle for NBL finals spots is set to go down to the wire after Illawarra Hawks continued their late resurgence with victory over the NZ Breakers.

Ewan disqualified from Tour stage win

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Australian Caleb Ewan was disqualified after crossing the line first in stage five, while race leader Patrick Bevin was injured in a crash 10km from the finish.

Illawarra Hawks vs. New Zealand Breakers - Game Highlights

Watch the Game Highlights from Illawarra Hawks vs. New Zealand Breakers, 01/18/2019

Hawks come back to beat Breakers in NBL

The Illawarra Hawks have erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to claim a 107-96 NBL win over the New Zealand Breakers in Wollongong.

Impey sprints to emotional Tour stage win

Tour Down Under defending champion Daryl Impey has dedicated his stage four win to a close family friend who died earlier this month.

Shawn Long, Finn Delany and 4 others Top Dunks of the Day, 01/18/2019

Shawn Long, Finn Delany, Jarrad Weeks, Todd Blanchfield, Brian Conklin, David Andersen Top Dunks of the Day, 01/18/2019

Thwaites and Wood duel for Diamonds start

STEPH WOOD of the Lightning passes the ball during the Super Netball match between the Vixens and the Lightning at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Caitlin Thwaites concedes Steph Wood would bring X-factor to Australia's shooting circle at the Quad Series, potentially at the expense of her own role.

Ben Simmons still lags in All-Star voting

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

NBA coaches, players and media members will likely have the final say on whether Ben Simmons will be an All-Star.

Brian Conklin with 20 Points vs. New Zealand Breakers

Brian Conklin with 20 Points vs. New Zealand Breakers, 01/18/2019

Crucial NFL off-season looms for Mailata

Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson says he has a lot of confidence in Australian giant Jordan Mailata.

Wildcats not focused on imports: Gleeson

BRYCE COTTON of the Wildcats controls the ball during the NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Perth Wildcats at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

The NBL losses mounting and a finals berth suddenly looking shaky, but the Perth Wildcats aren't thinking about a third American import.

Jarrad Weeks with 24 Points vs. Illawarra Hawks

Jarrad Weeks with 24 Points vs. Illawarra Hawks, 01/18/2019

Porte and rivals cooking up Tour storm

RICHIE PORTE of Australia and Team Sky competes during Tour de France in Utrecht, Netherlands

South African ace Daryl Impey has given his Tour Down Under title defence a massive boost after winning stage four, but the climbers are lurking..

Wiley is the new Crawford: 36ers coach

JACOB WILEY of Adelaide 36ers drives to the basket during the NBL match between Melbourne United and the Adelaide 36ers at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright reckons Jacob Wiley is cut from the same cloth as the legendary former NBL dunker James Crawford.

Todd Blanchfield with 27 Points vs. New Zealand Breakers

Todd Blanchfield with 27 Points vs. New Zealand Breakers, 01/18/2019

Cotton blanketed as 36ers smash Wildcats

BRYCE COTTON of the Wildcats dribbles the ball during the NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Perth Wildcats at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

With Bryce Cotton shut down and Perth's offence stuttering for large periods, the Sixers took full advantage and strolled to a 13-point win in Adelaide.

Heat prompts debate about Tour stage

Stage three of the Tour Down Under was initially going to be shortened because of the heat, but eventually no change was made.

Thomas Abercrombie with 20 Points vs. Illawarra Hawks

Thomas Abercrombie with 20 Points vs. Illawarra Hawks, 01/18/2019

Trash-talking Ingles 'rattles' NBA rivals

JOE INGLES of the Utah Jazz controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Australian star Joe Ingles says his trash-talking ways are knocking opponents off their game as his Utah Jazz fight for another trip to the NBA playoffs.

Sagan wins stage three of Tour Down Under

PATRICK BEVIN of New Zealand and CCC Team celebrates after winning stage two of the 2019 Tour Down Under on in Norwood, Australia.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has repeated his Uraidla stage win at the Tour Down Under in South Australia.

Five players to watch in 2019 | Prime Prospects | AFL

Five players to watch in 2019 | Prime Prospects | AFL

Ewan comes close to stage win at Tour

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

After he was nowhere to be seen at the end of stage one, Caleb Ewan was much more prominent on Wednesday at the Tour Down Under.

Bloodied Haller pushes on after bike crash

Marco Haller's bike was splattered with blood after the Austrian crashed near the finish of stage two in the Tour Down Under in South Australia.

Pre-season army camp puts Reds to the test

Brad Thorn is preparing his Reds squad for the 2019 the only way he knows how, hard work. The side put through a rigorous three-day army camp at the Kokoda Barracks in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Wildcats coach warns of 36ers thrashing

TREVOR GLEESON Perth Wildcats coach speaks to his players during the NBL match between the Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at Hisense Arena on in Melbourne, Australia.

The Perth Wildcats' title hopes are looking glum following seven losses from their past nine games, but coach Trevor Gleeson is confident of a revival.

Adelaide sign Bruce as Moore's NBL cover

Former Cairns and Brisbane guard Shaun Bruce has signed an injury-replacement deal after the Adelaide 36ers lost Ramone Moore for the rest of the NBL season.

NZ cyclist Bevin wins second stage in Tour

PATRICK BEVIN of New Zealand and CCC Team celebrates after winning stage two of the Tour Down Under in Norwood, Australia.

New Zealander Patrick Bevin has timed his run to perfection at Angaston to win stage two of the Tour Down Under and take the overall lead.

Tour riders given some reprieve from heat

While conditions were still hot on stage one at the Tour Down Under, they were far from the worst in race history.

NBL leaders Sydney sign import rebounder

The Sydney Kings have signed American power forward Ray Turner for the rest of the NBL season as they eye the finals.

Adelaide 36er Moore out for a month in NBL

RAMONE MOORE in action during a NBL match at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Adelaide 36ers have lost injured import Ramone Moore for the rest of the regular season in the NBL.

Davis takes on UCI technical liaison job

ALLAN DAVIS of Australia thanks the crowd prior to receiving the gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Men's Road Race during day seven of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Australian Allan Davis is the second retired pro cyclist to work as a middleman between the UCI, teams and riders.

Viviani wins Tour Down Under first stage

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Italian rider Elia Viviani has won the 129km first stage of the Tour Down Under, with sprint rival Caleb Ewan never in the running.

Simmons hoping for Aussie All-Star push

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ben Simmons is hoping for some help from back home to become Australia's first NBA All-Star in his sophomore season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Adel set to join Delly's Cavaliers in NBA

MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA of the Milwaukee Bucks runs down the floor after scoring against the Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Matthew Dellavedova's Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly signed Australian forward Deng Adel to a 10-day, two-way contract.

Turtur overseeing new Tour Down Under era

The new-look last day of the Tour Down Under is only one of many changes at Australia's biggest cycling race.

Delly positive over Cavs return; eyes WC

MATTEW DELLAVEDOVA of the Boomers shoots during an Australian Boomers training session at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Matthew Dellavedova has embraced being traded from the high-flying Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA wooden spoon favourite Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bassett absence motivates angry Diamonds

CAITLIN BASSETT of the Lightning throws the ball prior to Super Netball match between the Vixens and the Lightning at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Captain Caitlin Bassett's absence from the Quad Series is being used as motivation by Australia, who insist they're not a one-woman team.

Heat is on at the Tour Down Under

The temperature is forecast to hit the low 40s for the first two stages of the 21st Tour Down Under, which also features significant course changes.

Wagstaff not worried by Wildcats NBL slump

The Perth Wildcats have lost seven of their past nine games, putting their title bid on thin ice.

Weather forces second Tour route change

Another Adelaide heat wave has forced changes to the first two stages of the Tour Down Under.

Eckstein launches big-money surf race

A lucrative two-day surf sport event will be retiring ironman champion Shannon Eckstein's way of saying thank-you when he departs the ocean later this year.

Aust survive netball Quad Series scare

LISA ALEXANDERr, Head Coach of the Australian Diamonds, looks on during the International Test match between the Australian Diamonds and England at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

Australia have shaken off some off-season rust, fighting back from five goals down to beat South Africa 62-45 in the opening Quad Series Test in Liverpool.

Kings in damage control amid NBL rut

Kings coach ANDREW GAZE looks on during the NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Cairns Taipans at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

A subpar performance from the ladder-leading Sydney Kings has coach Andrew Gaze searching for answers as the business end of the NBL season approaches.

Final cycling hurrah looms for Hayman

Mat Hayman, only the second Australian to win Paris-Roubaix, will retire from racing after this week's Tour Down Under

Alcott eyeing aces for charity at Open

A bank has committed to donating $10 to charity for every ace served at the Australian Open, with reigning champion Dylan Alcott keen to take up the challenge.

Kings stay top of NBL as United emerge

The Sydney Kings held onto top spot on the NBL ladder but Melbourne United displayed their championship credentials with a huge comeback win on the road.

Melbourne wins NBL thriller against Cairns

Melbourne United have come back from a 17-point deficit to beat the Cairns Taipans in overtime in the NBL.

Ewan beats Sagan to win cycling classic

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Australian sprint ace Caleb Ewan has avoided a late crash that took out Italian rival Elia Viviani to win the Down Under Classic in Adelaide.

Caps, Boomers lock in WNBL home finals

University of Canberra Capitals and Melbourne Boomers both recorded crucial wins to earn home-court advantage for the upcoming WNBL semi-final series.

Cycling stage shortened due to heat

Stage two of the Tour Down Under in the Barossa on Wednesday will be shortened because of the forecast heatwave.

Hot Hawks knock Kings off their throne

The Illawarra Hawks have defied their NBL ladder position with a stirring victory over the league-leading Sydney Kings.

Spratt, Hosking win again in cycling Tour

CHLOE HOSKING competes during Women's Herald Sun Tour Prologue in Melbourne, Australia.

Chloe Hosking won the last stage again and Amanda Spratt successfully defended her overall title at the Santos Women's Tour.

Cycling wins boost Morton's confidence

STEPHANIE MORTON of Australia celebrates winning the Women's Sprint on day two of the 2018 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London, England.

Australian track cycling star Stephanie Morton has gained confidence from her first individual World Cup wins late last year.

Durbridge rested from Down Under Classic

Luke Durbridge should be ready for the start of the Tour Down Under after coming down with a stomach bug.

Wright slams Vukona over Deng rib injury

MIKA VUKONA of New Zealand on the drive during the FIBA World Cup Qualifying match between the New Zealand Tall Blacks and China at SA in Auckland, New Zealand.

Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright has accused Brisbane enforcer Mika Vukona of breaking Majok Deng's rib.

Cycling star Ewan relishes new pressures

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Australian sprint ace Caleb Ewan is one of the riders to watch at the Tour Down Under.

Lemanis happy with Bullets' NBL attack

JASON CADEE of Australia looks for support during the Preliminary Basketball round match between Australia and Nigeria of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Cairns, Australia.

Brisbane Bullets have a squad capable of attacking from all angles, says coach Andrej Lemanis following his side's superb NBL win over Adelaide.

NRL's Napa contacts police over lewd video

DYLAN NAPA of the Roosters is sin binned during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Canterbury player Dylan Napa has contacted NSW Police after two sex tapes emerged online, the NRL club said in a statement.

Bullets stun 36ers in amazing NBL comeback

CAM GLIDDON of the Taipans warms up before the start of the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the Perth Wildcats at CCC in Cairns, Australia.

The Adelaide Sixers had it in the bag before being swarmed by a stunning comeback from the Brisbane Bullets, who produced a fourth quarter for the ages.

Grace Brown wins women's cycling 3rd stage

The race was momentarily sent the wrong way before Grace Brown won the third stage of the Santos Women's Tour.

Cycling tour likely to use heat protocol

The temperature is forecast to hit 40-plus in the first couple of days of next week's Tour Down Under.

Glaetzer relieved after keirin crash chaos

World champion Matthew Glaetzer was the only rider not to crash when an exhibition keirin race in Adelaide went badly wrong.

Skipper Bassett out of netball Quad Series

CAITLIN BASSETT of the Lightning gathers the ball during the Super Netball match between the Magpies and the Lightning at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian netball captain and goal shoot Caitlin Bassett has been ruled out of the Quad Series in England with an arm injury suffered during training.

Hager quits as NZ hockey coach under cloud

Australian Mark Hager will coach the Great Britain and England women's hockey teams after ending a successful decade in charge of New Zealand.

Wildcats NBL season at the crossroads

TREVOR GLEESON Perth Wildcats coach speaks to his players during the NBL match between the Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at Hisense Arena on in Melbourne, Australia.

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson admits he is at the crossroads after losing to bottom side Cairns on Friday night and falling to a 12-8 record.

Life no easier at top of NBL for Gaze

Head coach ANDREW GAZE of the Sydney Kings looks on during their game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sydney coach Andrew Gaze has experienced life at both the top and bottom of the NBL over the past 12 months.

Cairns Taipans finally find form in NBL

Cairns Taipans head coach MIKE KELLY looks on during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

After winning just one game from their first 14, the Cairns Taipans have are 2-1 to start to the year in the NBL.

In-season court date for Knights RL player

Newcastle Knights player Tautau Moga is due to face court during preparations for round two of the NRL season after being accused of slapping a taxi driver.

Cairns add to Wildcats NBL woes in Perth

NATE JAWAI of the Taipans shoots during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and Melbourne United at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Bottom side Cairns Taipans have upset the Perth Wildcats with a dominant performance at Perth Arena.

Americans spark Kings' NBL win over NZ

Kings coach ANDREW GAZE looks on during the NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Cairns Taipans at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Strong contributions from David Wear and Brian Bowen have helped propel NBL ladder leaders to a 100-92 home win over New Zealand Breakers

Keirin crash mars track cycling exhibition

Five cyclists, including Rio Olympians Nathan Hart and Pat Constable, have crashed out of the men's keirin at the Track Down Under exhibition event.

National champions to contest Cadel races

CADEL EVANS acknowledges the fans after the Cadel Evans Ocean Road Race in Melbourne, Australia.

Race Melbourne and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will feature four Australian champions.

Spratt wins stage, takes cycling tour lead

AMANDA SPRATT of Australia in action during the Elite Women's Road Race in Florence, Italy.

Australian cycling star Amanda Spratt has continued his strong start to the year, winning stage two of the Santos Women's Tour.

Diamonds players offered World Cup carrot

Australian coach LISA ALEXANDER talks to players in a huddle after victory in the 2017 Constellation Cup match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Coach Lisa Alexander says her Diamonds players can prove they are worthy World Cup selections if they perform at the Quad Series in England.

Simmons' shooting adding to 76ers' puzzle

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during a NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ben Simmons' shooting limitations are making for a more challenging fit with fellow Philadelphia's NBA superstars Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler.

Super Netball shoots for new commission

Netball Australia CEO MARNE FECHNER speaks during the Suncorp Super Netball season launch in Sydney, Australia.

Australia's fledgling Super Netball competition will be managed by an independent commission as the sport's national body seeks to fast track growth.

Ben Simmons' NBA All-Star bid looks shaky

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ominously Australia's Ben Simmons trails Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade and Kemba Walker in NBA All-Star voting by fans picking guards from the Eastern Conference.

Shot clock issue cost Hawks in NBL: coach

Hawks head coach ROB BEVERIDGE speaks to his players during a time out during the NBL match between the Illawarra Hawks and the Perth Wildcats in Wollongong, Australia.

Sitting around waiting for technical issue with the shot clock to be fixed threw Illawarra out in their NBL home loss to the 36ers, coach Rob Beveridge says.

Adelaide deny Hawks in NBL comeback win

The Adelaide 36ers have erased a fourth-quarter deficit to snatch a 102-96 NBL win over the Illawarra Hawks.

Meyer eyes redemption at Tour Down Under

CAMERON MEYER of Australia competes during the Men's Road Race on day 10 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Currumbin Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia.

Cyclist Cameron Meyer is looking ahead to next week's Tour Down Under after narrowly missing out on the national road championships crown.

NBL headline acts Bogut, Long set to clash

ANDREW BOGUT of the Dallas Mavericks during a preseason game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The mouth-watering NBL duel between Andrew Bogut and Shawn Long is going to happen at one end but perhaps less often at the other.

Italian wins first stage in women's tour

Italian teenager Letizia Paternoster has won the opening stage of the Santos Women's Tour in the Adelaide Hills.

For Liggett, the cycling show must go on

Phil Liggett, the man known as the Voice of Cycling, is overwhelmed by the public reaction to the death of his friend and colleague Paul Sherwen.

Perth Wildcats rule out third NBL import

TREVOR GLEESON Perth Wildcats coach speaks to his players during the round nine NBL match between the Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at Hisense Arena on in Melbourne, Australia

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson has decided against bringing in a third import, despite the team's wobbly NBL form.

Wife gives blessing to Hodges' boxing move

Justin Hodges says his wife needed some convincing before he gained her permission to make a switch to professional boxing.

Ben Simmons & Co NBA mid-term report

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thon Maker's Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA, but Las Vegas oddsmakers expect them to stumble.

Freiberg misses Tour Down Under start

Despite his outstanding win at the Australian road cycling championships, Michael Freiberg will not ride at the Tour Down Under.

Brown impresses in time trial cycling win

Three years after taking up competitive cycling, Victorian Grace Brown is the Australian time trial champion.

Durbridge upsets Dennis for cycling win

ROHAN DENNIS of Australia crosses the finish line in the Cycling Road Men's Individual Time Trial on of the Rio Olympic Games at Pontal n Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Luke Durbridge has beaten world champion Rohan Dennis for his third Australian title in the time trial.

Taipans coach furious after narrow loss

Cairns Taipans head coach MIKE KELLY looks on during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly was not impressed after a poor start cost his side victory against the Sydney Kings.

Kings rebound in NBL thriller in Cairns

NATE JAWAI of the Taipans passes during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and Melbourne United at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

On the back of a disappointing NBL loss to Illawarra, the Sydney Kings have rebounded with a four-point win over the Cairns Taipans.

Tour Down Under to provide redemption

Cyclist Cameron Meyer will be using the Tour Down Under to re-set his season after a shock loss at the road race at the national championships.

Slumping Wildcats rue 3-point NBL reliance

The Perth Wildcats have vowed to pull back on three-point attempts and work harder after a whopping 39 long-range shots in their NBL loss to the NZ Breakers.

Broekhoff hopeful for more NBA minutes

RYAN BROEKHOFF #9 of Australia attempts to make Australia shot at the basket during the Men's Basketball Bronze medal game between Australia and Spain of the Rio Olympic Games at Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Australian rookie Ryan Broekhoff is hoping for more NBA court time after starring off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks.

Breakers centre Long answers NBL criticism

SHAWN LONG of the Breakers shoots during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Form centre Shawn Long was fired up when labelled a "dud" and is setting about leading the NZ Breakers to the NBL play-offs.

Melbourne out improve their NBL form

Melbourne United Head Coach DEAN VICKERMAN talks to his players during the NBL Blitz match between the Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne United at BM in Ballarat, Australia.

Melbourne United will focus on their late-game execution after close losses to Adelaide and Brisbane halted their NBL progress..

Fire's WNBL title defence over after loss

Townsville Fire have no chance of defending their WNBL title as the top four is all but confirmed with two rounds remaining.

Kings claim lead after round of NBL upsets

The Sydney Kings have somehow claimed the NBL lead from Perth with all of the big guns stumbling in round 12.

Bullets too strong for United in NBL

The top teams in the NBL continue to struggle in 2019, with the Brisbane Bullets accounting for defending champions Melbourne United on the Gold Coast.

Aussie NFL player's 'unfortunate' kick

MICHAEL DICKSON #4 of the Seattle Seahawks before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

An injury to Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski led to Australian punter Michael Dickson taking over kicking duties.

Gigante produces giant upset cycling win

Teenaged Victorian Sarah Gigante is the new star of Australian cycling after her national road championships triumph.

Long powers Breakers to NBL win over Perth

In-form centre Shawn Long's 33 points have led the New Zealand Breakers to a 97-84 NBL win over Perth in Auckland.

Sports minister pressures WADA on Russia

Federal Minister for Sport BRIDGET McKENZIE speaks during the Australian Youth Olympic Games Flag Bearer Announcement at The Boathouse, St Ignatius' College Riverview in Sydney, Australia.

Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie says Russia's non-compliance with handing over its Moscow anti-doping laboratory data by December 31 should be dealt with ASAP.

Gigante's big year on and off the bike

Sarah Gigante's stunning win in the elite road race at the Australian road cycling championships caps a momentous 12 months for the 18-year-old.

Freiberg, Gigante pull off cycling upsets

Michael Freiberg and Sarah Gigante are the Australian road race champions, while Mitchelton-Scott were left lamenting lost opportunities.

Gaze to tinker with misfiring Sydney Kings

Kings coach ANDREW GAZE looks on during the NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Cairns Taipans at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Coach Andrew Gaze says he must work out a way to give the Sydney better direction after the Kings' 78-71 loss to the Illawarra Hawks.

Haussler keen to regain road race crown

Heinrich Haussler is racing at the Australian road cycling championships for the first time since he won the road race title in 2015.

Hawks stun Kings in coach's 300th NBL game

Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge has celebrated his 300th NBL game in style, guiding the Hawks to a 78-71 upset of competition leaders Sydney in Wollongong.

Spratt happy to share spoils at nationals

AMANDA SPRATT of Australia in action during the Elite Women's Road Race in Florence, Italy.

World titles silver medallist Amanda Spratt is the rider to watch in the women's road race at the Australian road cycling championships.

Australian cycling has its Bradbury finish

Neve Bradbury first won the Australian under-19 road race title after a dramatic finish, but was then disqualified because her bike was underweight.

Jones aiming for World Tour cycling deal

BRENTON JONES of Avanti Racing Team Australia reacts as he crosses the finish line to win stage 9 during stage 9 of the 2014 Tour in Padang, Indonesia.

After a succession of podium finishes, Brenton Jones has finally won the Australian criterium title for the first time.

Breakers coach calls for cleaner finishes

New Zealand coach Kevin Braswell wants physical late-game scraps to be tidied up following the Breakers' fractious 104-96 NBL win over Adelaide.

Wright questions refs after Breakers loss

Coach JOEY WRIGHT during the NBL match between the Brisbane Bullets and the Adelaide 36ers at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Brendan Teys' unsportsmanlike foul on Breakers big man Shawn Long in the dying minutes on Sunday had Joey Wright scratching his head.

Cipollini pulls out of Tour Down Under

Italian cycling legend Mario Cipollini was to be a special guest at this month's Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

Vic govt eyes TAC-style swim campaign

The Victorian government will consider rolling out a TAC-style campaign next summer after several drownings since Christmas Eve.

Long, Breakers too powerful for Sixers

Shawn Long produced a dominant individual performance as the NZ Breakers steamrolled Adelaide 36ers to keep their NBL season alive.

Sagan arrives in SA for Tour Down Under

World cycling star Peter Sagan has jetted into Adelaide to begin preparation for the 2019 international cycling season which starts at the Tour Down Under.

Diamonds eyeing Commonwealth Games revenge

CAITLIN BASSETT of the Lightning throws the ball prior to Super Netball match between the Vixens and the Lightning at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia's top-ranked netball team is chasing Commonwealth Games revenge at this month's Quad Series tournament in England.

Jones finally wins Australian criterium

BRENTON JONES of Avanti Racing Team Australia reacts as he crosses the finish line to win stage 9 during stage 9 of the 2014 Tour in Padang, Indonesia.

After a succession of near-misses, Brenton Jones has won the Australian criterium championship as Rebecca Wiasak went back-to-back in the women's race.

Taipans coach hungry for more victories

Cairns Taipans head coach MIKE KELLY looks on during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly wants his side to keep their momentum rolling after a drought-breaking win against Brisbane

Taipans end drought with Brisbane blitz

NATE JAWAI of the Taipans passes during the NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and Melbourne United at Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia.

The Cairns Taipans ended a 14-game losing streak with a 29-point win against the Brisbane Bullets.

Sprint ace Ewan wins again at Bay Crits

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won his second-straight race at the Bay Crits as Austrian Marco Haller secured the series title.

Energised Italian cyclist wins Bay Crits

Italian cycling star Valentina Scandolara has won the last two Bay Crits series as she copes with the effects of overtraining and chronic fatigue.

Hosking says cyclists' stand has paid off

CHLOE HOSKING of Australia leads the field to the finish line during the Women's Road Race of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at Currumbin Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia.

Chloe Hosking says the selection controversy around the women's team for the world road championships helped establish mutual respect.

Pink Test leads to cancer checks: McGrath

GLENN MCGRATH is interviewed prior to the International Twenty20 match between Australia and India at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

As the annual Domain Pink Test enters its tenth year, cricketing legend Glenn McGrath hopes women watching on will be prompted to check themselves for cancer.

Wild Eyes yacht found years later off SA

A boat that dismasted in 2010 during a round the world sailing attempt has been named as the mystery boat found off the South Australian coast.

Ewan scores first win of new cycling era

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Sprint ace Caleb Ewan was too quick for his rivals at race two of the Bay Crits in Geelong.

Hosking sets up three-way lead in cycling

CHLOE HOSKING of Australia (R) leads the field to the finish line during the Women's Road Race of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Currumbin Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia.

Chloe Hosking won race two of the Bay Crits in Geelong, despite feeling well below her best.

Simmons, 76ers survive NY's Day hiccup

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during a NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 76ers led the Clippers by as much as 24 points but stumbled in a NBA game where players were ejected and Ben Simmons hit teammate Joel Embiid with an elbow.

Brown wants Simmons to play at World Cup

BEN SIMMONS #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ben Simmons is yet to commit to this year's Boomers' World Cup campaign, but 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes he does.

Mechanical dramas cost Ewan at Bay Crits

Australian cyclist CALEB EWAN of the Orica - Scott team celebrates after winning the People's Choice Classic street race in Adelaide, Australia.

Sprint star Caleb Ewan was put out of contention in race one of the Bay Crits because of mechanical problems.

Man, 45, drowns in Victoria's Gippsland

A Victorian man is the eighth person in Australia to drown since Christmas Eve.

Spratt upstages sprinters in Bay Crits win

AMANDA SPRATT of Australia in action during the Elite Women's Road Race in Florence, Italy.

Australian cycling star Amanda Spratt has started this year with much the same commanding form she showed in 2018.

Australia's year of sporting truth in 2019

TIM CAHILL of Millwall takes part in a warm down session after the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Cardiff City at The Den in London, England.

Australian sport is entering a year of truth with several major championships to be decided in 2019.