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Fever netball star achieves school dream

West Coast Fever were unlucky not to have more than two players selected in the Diamonds' 17-person squad for the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup.

Australia u-19s win softball world champs

Australia's junior men's softball team have beaten Japan 6-1 to win gold at the softball world championships in Canada.

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Horn not in mix for Pacquiao's next fight

JEFF HORN speaks to media during the official press conference ahead of the WBO World Welterweight Championship fight between Jeff Horn and Gary Corcoran at Sky Terrace in Brisbane, Australia.

Jeff Horn is set to be overlooked by Manny Pacquiao as the Filipino great plots his next move following his boxing comeback on Sunday in Malaysia.

Aussies win mixed triathlon relay silver

ASHLEIGH GENTLE of Australia exits the water during the ITU World Triathlon Series in Gold Coast, Australia.

Australia have taken the silver medal behind France in the ITU triathlon mixed teams relay championship in Hamburg.

Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic interviewed at Champions' Dinner

Porte crashes out of Tour a second time

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

Time is running out for Australian Richie Porte to remain a Tour de France contender after he crashed out of the grand tour for the second year in a row.

Australian cycling team shines in Italy

ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (NED) Mitchelton-Scott celebrates winning the Women's 2018 Herald Sun Tour Prologue, 1.6km Individual Time Trial in Melbourne, Australia.

The women at Australian team Mitchelton-Scott have upstaged the men, achieving a major long-term goal for the organisation.

Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber dance at Champions' Dinner

Crocmedia buys into NBL's Melbourne United

Crocmedia has acquired a 25 per cent stake in Melbourne United from NBL owner Larry Kestelman, to now be joint major shareholders.

Porte exits Tour on chaotic cobble stage

RICHIE PORTE of Australia and the BMC Racing Team leads Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team SKY on stage five of the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine a 140km stage from La Ravoire to Vaujany, in Vaujany, France.

Germany's John Degenkolb has thrived on a day of cobblestone chaos to win stage nine of the Tour de France.

2018 Super Rugby Round 19 - Top Tries

Vixens go to second place in Super Netball

A dominant four-quarter performance has catapulted the Melbourne Vixens into second spot on the Super Netball ladder.

Firebirds down Giants in Super Netball

Goal attack Gretel Tippett made 29 goals from 31 attempts as the Queensland Firebirds beat the Giants in Suepr Netball.

Get off Jack's back: Access All Areas | Round 17, 2018 | AFL

Ingles proud after Aussie netball recall

After returning to the sport nine weeks ago, Renae Ingles has earned selection to the 2018 Australian netball squad named by coach Lisa Alexander.

Fowler hot for Fever in Super Netball win

Jamaican import Jhaniele Fowler proved to be unstoppable as Super Netball competition leaders West Coast Fever survived an early scare to defeat the NSW Swifts.

Hinkley reacts to Ryder and Gray's match-winning play | Coach Recall | AFL

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley discusses the most pure clearance goal under pressure you'll just about ever see in the Power's last-gasp victory against St Kilda in round 19, 2017.

Win keeps Lightning in netball finals race

Caitlin Bassett has played a starring role as Sunshine Coast held off a fast-finishing Collingwood to keep their Super Netball finals hopes alive.

Gilmore wins J-Bay to top surfing rankings

Six-times world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore has won the World Surf League women's event at Jeffreys Bay.

Diamonds coach honours netball retirements

Australian coach Lisa Alexander says conversations she's had with three retiring greats will remain private.

Australian cycling team wins again at Giro

ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN (NED) Mitchelton-Scott celebrates winning the Women's 2018 Herald Sun Tour Prologue, 1.6km Individual Time Trial in Melbourne, Australia.

Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten has taken the overall lead at the Giro Rosa after winning stage seven.

Fever star Charles eager for netball title

VERITY CHARLES of the Fever catches a pass during the Super Netball match between the Fever and the Lightning at HBF Stadium in Perth, Australia.

West Coast Fever are top of the Super Netball ladder and will be aiming to continue their hot run against NSW Swifts on Saturday night.

NBL grants licence for 2019 expansion team

Expansion of the NBL has taken a step forward with the awarding of a team licence to Swansea City co-owner Romie Chaudhari.

Porte improves position, Martin wins stage

RICHIE PORTE of Australia and the BMC Racing Team leads Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team SKY on stage five of the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine a 140km stage from La Ravoire to Vaujany, in Vaujany, France.

Ireland's Dan Martin has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France with Australia's Richie Porte closing in on the top 10 in the general classification.

Champion Garfoot calls time on cycling

KATRIN GARFOOT of Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal during the Cycling Time Trial on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Currumbin Beachfront in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Katrin Garfoot has ended her cycling career.

Spratt wins, takes Giro Rosa overall lead

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

Australian cycling star Amanda Spratt has continued her strong form, winning the first summit stage at the Giro Rosa.

Hero Aussie divers humbled by Thai rescue

The hero Aussie divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer team say they are humbled to have played a role in the daring operation.

Countdown to Sydney Invictus Games begins

The final countdown to the Sydney Invictus Games for wounded defence veterans is underway, with tickets going on sale for the week-long event in October.

Shooter Pettitt joins Diamonds retirees

SUSAN PETTITT of Australia shoots for goal ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Susan Pettitt has become the third Australian Diamonds player this week to announce her retirement from international netball.

Porte climbing steadily in Tour de France

RICHIE PORTE of Australia and the BMC Racing Team leads Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team SKY on stage five of the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine a 140km stage from La Ravoire to Vaujany, in Vaujany, France.

Richie Porte has edged his way up to 12th spot in the Tour de France after Peter Sagan won the fifth stage.

Illness forces Matthews out of Tour

MICHAEL MATTHEWS of Australia riding for Team Sunweb celebrates on the podium after winning the green points jersey of the 2017 Le Tour de France in Paris, France.

Australian rider Michael Matthews has been forced out of the Tour de France due to illness.

Creek hopes to dazzle in NBA summer league

MITCH CREEK of the Adelaide of the NBL Grand Final series between the Adelaide 36ers and Melbourne United at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide, Australia.

Australia's Mitch Creek is hoping to impress in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League and had a strong start for Dallas Mavericks in their win over Golden State.

Caxton Hotel earns Origin ID scan reprieve

BILLY SLATER of the Storm celebrates after winning the 2017 NRL Grand Final match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane's Caxton Hotel won't have to scan IDs until well after the State of Origin game ends on Wednesday night, after QCAT ruled in its favour.

Robinson joins Geitz in netball retirement

MADI ROBINSON of the Magpies looks to pass the ball during the Super Netball match between the Giants and the Magpies at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Madi Robinson has joined Laura Geitz in announcing her international netball retirement after an eight-year career with the Diamonds.

Porte boosts Tour prospects after team win

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

Richie Porte has made up some time in the Tour de France after his BMC Racing team claimed victory in the team trial on the third stage.

Knight calls for return of stolen NBL ring

Former Sydney Kings basketballer Ben Knight has offered a reward for his "irreplaceable" NBL championship ring after it was stolen from his home.

Geitz knew Games heartbreak was her last

LAURA GEITZ of the Firebirds warms up during the Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Fever at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Former Diamonds captain Laura Geitz has retired from international netball, saying she looks forward to focusing on work opportunities and her family.

Sixth canoe World Cup win for golden Fox

JESSICA FOX of Australia competes in Kayak (K1) Women during a practice session ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at the Whitewater Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Australian Jessica Fox has added yet another gold to her collection after taking out the K1 event at the canoe World Cup in Germany, making it six from six.

Netball's Thunderbirds turn to coach Obst

Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach DAN RYAN speaks to his team during a quarter time break during the Super Netball match between the Thunderbirds and the Giants at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide, Australia.

Tania Obst has been named as the new coach for netball team Adelaide Thunderbirds, taking over from Dan Ryan next season.

Harten working to ensure finals longevity

JOANNE HARTEN of England looks to pass during the Netball Gold Medal Match of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Jo Harten has been balancing a 'mini-pre-season' with her Super Netball playing duties to ensure she can deliver in her new four-quarter role.

Porte to leave BMC for Trek-Segafredo

RICHIE PORTE of Australia riding for BMC Racing Team rides in the peloton during stage five of the 2017 Le Tour de France.

Australian Richie Porte has reportedly agreed terms with US cycling team Trek-Segafredo and will part ways with the BMC Racing Team after just two years.

Giants earn Sydney netball bragging rights

Swifts Head Coach BRIONY AKLE is interviewed after the Super Netball match between NSW Swifts and Queensland Firebirds at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Giants Netball have made up for their derby loss earlier in the season with a dominant 66-56 win over NSW Swifts in their Super Netball clash on Sunday.

Magpies deny Thunderbirds in Super Netball

Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach DAN RYAN speaks to his team during a quarter time break during the Super Netball match between the Thunderbirds and the Giants at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide, Australia.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds looked set to claim their first win of the Super Netball season on Sunday - until a late push from the Collingwood Magpies.

Aussie duo win more beach volleyball gold

Australian beach volleyballers Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have claimed gold on the World Tour for a fourth time.

Lightning take positives from Fever loss

Coach NOELINE TAURUA of the Lightning talks to her players at the timeout during the Super Netball Grand Final match between the Lightning and the Giants at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Sunshine Coast Lightning coach Noeline Taurua was pleased with her side's performance in another tight defeat to Super Netball pacesetters West Coast Fever.

Fox wins fifth Canoe World Cup gold medal

JESSICA FOX of Australia competes in Kayak (K1) Women during a practice session ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at the Whitewater Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Australia's Jessica Fox has won her fifth Canoe World Cup gold medal by blitzing her closest rival by six seconds in the K1 final.

Celtics' boss "thrilled" to re-sign Baynes

ARON BAYNES poses Mission during the Australian Olympic Games Men's Basketball team announcement at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia's NBA contingent is set to grow with Ryan Broekhoff signing with Dallas and Jonah Bolden expected to debut with the 76ers.

Fever beat Lightning, extend netball lead

West Coast Fever have beaten Super Netball rivals Sunshine Coast Lightning by a single point in a tight match in Perth.

Vixens win netball thriller over Firebirds

Queensland Firebirds have lost another Super Netball heartbreaker as Mwai Kumwenda's late-game heroics handed the Melbourne Vixens a third-straight win.

UFC legend GSP lauds Aussie Whittaker

ROBERT WHITTAKER poses for a photo at Kings Park overlooking the Perth City skyline during a UFC 221 media opportunity in Perth, Australia.

Australia's UFC middleweight world champion Robert Whittaker is a superstar and perfect role model according to legendary two-division champ Georges St-Pierre.

Porte blasts Ewan's team over Tour snub

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

Richie Porte is unimpressed that fellow Australian Caleb Ewan has missed out on his Tour de France debut.

Porte craves Tour de France podium finish

RICHIE PORTE of Australia riding for BMC Racing Team rides in the peloton during stage five of the 2017 Le Tour de France.

Richie Porte aims to become the second Australian to finish on the Tour de France podium and says he's right where he needs to be, physically and mentally.

Aust shooter Broekhoff signs with Dallas

RYAN BROEKHOFF #9 of Australia drives the ball against Serbia during the Men's Semifinal match on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Australian sharpshooter Ryan Broekhoff has signed a $A34-million two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.

Key riders, stages in the Tour de France

RICHIE PORTE of Australia and the BMC Racing Team leads Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team SKY on stage five of the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine a 140km stage from La Ravoire to Vaujany, in Vaujany, France.

The Tour starts this weekend and will feature 11 Australians, led by overall contender Richie Porte.

Boomers fate to remain a mystery for now

DANIEL KICKERT of the bullets in action during the NBL match between the Brisbane Bullets and the Adelaide 36ers at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Brisbane, Australia.

The Boomers and Philippines have issued a joint apology over Monday's 'basketbrawl', but it's unlikely to soften the sanctions that will be handed down by FIBA.

I just tried to protect my head: Goulding

CHRIS GOULDING of United looks on during the NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and Melbourne United at North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Chris Goulding says it felt like a "hell of a long time" as he protected his head when set upon on by Philippines' players and officials in the infamous brawl.

Toledo edges Carmichael in J-Bay surf

JOEL PARKINSON of Australia surfs during Heats at the Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Filipe Toledo had a little too much in the tank for an otherwise impressive Wade Carmichael in the final at the Jeffreys Bay World Surf League event.

Cormier likes Tuivasa but not the shoey

TAI TUIVASA of Australia punches Rashad Coulter of the USA in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

UFC superstar Daniel Cormier rates rising Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa an amazing fighter but is no fan of the Sydneysider's notorious celebration.

QRL boss backs Mackenroth stand naming

QRL boss Bruce Hatcher has dismissed critics of a stand at Suncorp Stadium being named after Labor stalwart Terry Mackenroth, saying it's a fitting tribute.

Dream can come true for UFC champ Cormier

Light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier can realise a dream when he challenges heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in a UFC blockbuster next weekend in Las Vegas.

Aussie surfer Gilmore prepares for J Bay

Six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore has touched down in South Africa for her Jeffreys Bay debut, after women were invited to compete again.

Lemanis fears NBA implications from brawl

Brisbane coach ANDREJ LEMANIS walks the sideline during the NBL match between Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis is worried Australian NBA players will be reluctant to play for the team following the ugly events in the Philippines.

Filipinos gave us suspect court: Lemanis

CHOT REYES, coach of the Philippines looks on during the FIBA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Boomers and the Philippines at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis says no Filipino help was forthcoming when his team flagged player safety issues during their final training session.

Dante Exum agrees to $US33m Jazz deal

ARON BAYNES poses Mission during the Australian Olympic Games Men's Basketball team announcement at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Dante Exum's contract eclipses the $US4.4 million deal Jazz team-mate Raul Neto has signed.

Boomer Kickert admits elbow 'regrettable'

DANIEL KICKERT of Brisbane Bullets runs with the ball during the NBL match between Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Boomers veteran Daniel Kickert says he was out of line with an elbow to the face of Philippines guard Roger Pogoy.

Parkinson nostalgic after J-Bay round

JOEL PARKINSON of Australia surfs during Heats at the Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Australian legend Joel Parkinson says he'll consider retiring after the Corona Open J-Bay if he wins, following a stellar performance in his third round heat.

NBA could react badly to Boomers brawl

Chris Goulding and assistant coach LUC LONGLEY look on during the FIBA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Boomers and the Philippines at Margaret Court Arena on February 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian NBA players like Thom Maker and Matthew Dellavedova might not be allowed to play for the Boomers anymore following the chaos in the Philippines.

Battered Goulding home from Filipino brawl

CHRIS GOULDING of United looks on during the NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and Melbourne United at North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Boomers guard Chris Goulding has landed in Melbourne after being piled on by a dozen opponents during a shocking brawl in the Philippines.

Longley's rugby-style Filipino clean out

Former NBA star and Boomers legend Luc Longley has been praised for the rugby-style clean out that saved Chris Goulding from a Filipino beating.

Kickert was tripped before warm-up melee

New footage obtained by Fox Sports shows Boomer Daniel Kickert was intentionally tripped by a Filipino player before their World Cup qualifier.

I was trying to protect Boomers

THON MAKER #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks participates in warmups prior to a game prior to a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Australian NBA star Thon Maker says player security must be revisited after the chaotic basketball brawl in the Philippines.

World champ Kelly Slater's surfing legacy

KELLY SLATER of the United States walks out of the water following an aerial expression session during Surfsho at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

A look at Kelly Slater's career as the 11-times world champion announces his plans to retire after the 2019 tour.

Legend Slater to end surf career in 2019

KELLY SLATER of the United States walks out of the water following an aerial expression session during Surfsho at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Kelly Slater says he will retire after the 2019 world surfing tour, as he makes his return to the championship tour this week following a foot injury.

Retirement-bound Parko in early surf win

JOEL PARKINSON of Australia surfs during Heats at the Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joel Parkinson was the only Australian to win a first round heat at the men's World Surf League event at Jeffreys Bay.

Boomer Kickert in FIBA's firing line

The Boomers are awaiting news from FIBA as to what punishments will be handed down from their Filipino brawl, with Daniel Kickert squarely in the firing line.

Boomers in wild World Cup qualifier brawl

Australia's FIBA World Cup qualifier against the Philippines has descended into farce with 13 players ejected after a brawl involving players and spectators.

Parkinson announces surfing retirement

JOEL PARKINSON of Australia surfs during Heats at the Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joel Parkinson, the 2012 world surfing champion, will retire from competition at December's Pipe Masters.

Toledo hunting Wilson in J-Bay surf

Australian surfers Mick Fanning and JULIAN WILSON speak to the media during a press conference at All Sorts Sports Factory in Sydney, Australia.

The Corona Open J-Bay event is due to begin on Monday in South Africa, with Australian Julian Wilson aiming to extend his World Surf League lead.

LA-Bron James to join the NBA's Lakers

LEBRON JAMES #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against STEPHEN CURRY #30 and NICK YOUNG #6 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. For $US154 million the Los Angeles Lakers get the NBA's biggest superstar.

Junior footy coach sacked over Vic brawl

A junior football coach in the Ballarat Football League has been sacked by his club after arguing and fighting with his own player in the match's first quarter.

Fox on gold streak at canoeing world cup

JESSICA FOX of Australia competes during the Women's Kayak (K1) Final of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Whitewater Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jessica Fox has won gold at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Poland, making it four gold medals from as many starts for the 24-year-old.

Kookaburras win 15th Champions Trophy

The Kookaburras have won their 15th and last-ever Champions Trophy after beating India in a penalty shootout in the final in the Netherlands.

Giants win bruising Thunderbirds encounter

Giants Netball have cruised to a 63-44 victory against the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Canberra but face injury concerns to key players.

Bassett strikes for netball's Lightning

Australian captain Caitlin Bassett came up big again for the Sunshine Coast Lighting with the winning goal against local rivals Queensland Firebirds.

Aron Baynes agrees to new Celtics deal

ARON BAYNES of the Boomers warms up prior to the match between the Australian Boomers and the Pac-12 College All-stars at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Aron Baynes has agreed to a two-year, $US11 million deal with the Boston Celtics.

Kookaburras shot at Champions Trophy glory

The Kookaburras will play India in the final of the last-ever men's hockey Champions Trophy tournament.

Aron Baynes signs new Celtics deal in NBA

Queensland's Aron Baynes has re-signed with the Boston Celtics, saying he now bleeds green and wants to help them win their 18th NBA title.

Injured Swifts out to salvage finals hopes

NSW Swifts face a tough week of reflection as they look to conjure a Super Netball finals push despite injury taking its toll.