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NZ pip Australia to host Women's World Cup  >  Rugby Union

New Zealand has beaten Australia in the race to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Koutroumbis itchy to return to A-League  >  Football

JOHN KOUTROUMBIS of the Jets kicks during the FFA Cup round of 32 match between Gold Coast Knights and Newcastle Jets at XXXX in Gold Coast, Australia.

Newcastle defender John Koutroumbis isn't putting a time frame on his return to action after returning to full training following surgery for thyroid cancer.

Smith Storm deal must be done: Kimmorley  >  Rugby League

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Former Melbourne halfback Brett Kimmorley says the Storm can't afford to let skipper Cameron Smith leave the NRL club.

Battling Wallabies back under-fire coaches  >  Rugby Union

SEKOPE KEPU of Australia reacts to being shown a red card during the international match between Scotland and Australia at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and his under-fire staff still have the support of the players, says Sekope Kepu.

Ex-Lion Parling joins Rebels coaches  >  Rugby Union

GEOFF PARLING of Exeter Chiefs poses during the media day ahead of the Aviva Premiership Final against Wasps at Sandy Park in Exeter, England.

Former British and Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling and foundation prop Nic Henderson have taken up coaching roles with the Melbourne Rebels.

Saints well-placed at No.4 at AFL draft  >  AFL

St Kilda are open to trading the fourth overall pick at the AFL draft, which could prove a valuable and sought-after bargaining chip.

Starc could skip IPL for Aussie benefit  >  Cricket

MITCHELL STARC of Australia celebrates getting a wicket during the 2017/18 Ashes Series at WACA in Perth, Australia.

Mitchell Starc could opt against nominating for next year's Indian Premier League after being cut by his club the Kolkata Knight Riders via text message.

Smith already working on World Cup defence  >  Cricket

STEVE SMITH of Australia celebrates after reaching his double century of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Steve Smith won't return to top-flight cricket until March, but that hasn't stopped him pondering Australia's batting frailties ahead of next year's World Cup.

Spieth defeat drives Smith's Open quest  >  Golf

CAMERON SMITH of Australia plays a shot during the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Cameron Smith says his 2016 Australian Open loss to Jordan Spieth is driving him to finally lift the Stonehaven Cup in Sydney this week.

Tedesco backs Maguire to roar with Tigers  >  Rugby League

JAMES TEDESCO of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Sydney Roosters star James Tedesco believes his old club Wests Tigers will thrive under new coach Michael Maguire.

Lesser lights line up for Australian Open  >  Golf

CAMERON SMITH of Australia plays his second shot during the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

It may lack golf's biggest names, but the Australian Open promises to be another exciting affair as a raft of hungry youngsters vie for the Stonehaven Cup.

No more sanctions for Jack Wighton: NRL  >  Rugby League

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has labelled footage of Canberra player Jack Wighton assaulting random men as "disgraceful".

Run out jinx strikes again for McDermott  >  Cricket

BEN MCDERMOTT of the Tigers bats during the JLT One Day Cup match between Queensland and Tasmania at RS in Townsville, Australia.

Ben McDermott's run out jinx has struck again as South Africa thrashed Cricket Australia XI by 41 runs in their Twenty20 tour match in Brisbane on Wednesday.

NRL to look at player transfer windows  >  Rugby League

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

The NRL is examining the merits of implementing up to two player transfer windows per year to streamline personnel movements from 2020.

Brisbane memories drive Socceroo Maclaren  >  Football

JAMIE MACLAREN of the Roar celebrates after scoring in the penalty shootout during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

He's yet to score in a Socceroos jersey but Jamie Maclaren has plenty of memories of hitting the back of the net at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Para-athletes funding boost of $1 million  >  Other Sports

KURT FEARNLEY of Australia celebrates as he races to the line to win gold in the Men's T54 marathon of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Sport Australia has tipped $1 million into a new para-sport equipment fund which Kurt Fearnley believes will provide benefits for decades.

Wallabies returning to Eden Park graveyard  >  Rugby Union

The Wallabies face yet another intimidating trip to Eden Park to face the All Blacks in what shapes as their final hit-out before the World Cup.

Things to know about the Australian Open  >  Golf

Five things you need to know about the 104th Australian Open starting at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney on Thursday.

Leading Australian Open contenders  >  Golf

The stats that matter for the leading contenders at the 104th Australian Open starting at The Lakes Golf Club on Thursday.

Horn warns promoters about social media  >  Other Sports

JEFF HORN speaks during a Press Conference and Training Session at Stretton Boxing Club in Brisbane, Australia.

Jeff Horn has distanced himself from inflammatory social media posts made by his promoter in the lead up to his fight with Anthony Mundine.

Stajcic wants more from hat-trick hero  >  Football

ALEN STAJCIC Australia Head Coach during the Algarve Cup Tournament Match between Australia W and Netherlands W in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal.

Caitlin Foord stole the show for the Matildas with her first international hat-trick, but her coach says the former wunderkind has more to give.

Test bowlers ready for extra pressure  >  Cricket

MITCHELL STARC of Australia preapres to bowl during day one of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Australia's bowlers say they will embrace the pressure in this summer's Test matches as question marks remain over the team's batting.

South Korea the big test for Socceroos  >  Football

Sydney FC coach GRAHAM ARNOLD looks on during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Sydney FC and Suwon Bluewings at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Graham Arnold's Socceroos reign may have got off to a low-key start in Kuwait but their sternest pre-Asian Cup test looms against South Korea.

Top Kiwi Lee to skip World Cup of Golf  >  Golf

DANNY LEE of New Zealand plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Leading Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox needs a new playing partner at next week's World Cup of Golf after the in-form Danny Lee withdrew for personal reasons.

Mad dash throws out Kuchar's Open plans  >  Golf

MATT KUCHAR of the United States plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Matt Kuchar's PGA Tour victory in Mexico saw him miss his scheduled flight to Sydney but the veteran is ready for an Australian Open charge.