Cudgen battle their Blues with NSW

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League side coach trained with New South Wales at the weekend ahead of State of Origin.

Hanging with the Blues

Origin veteran reveals how community took aim

GAME ON: Sam Thaiday (centre) runs the ball during a Queensland State of Origin team training session.

Thaiday details how community backlash took its toll

Smith happy with changing of the guard

WON'T CHANGE MIND: Cameron Smith at Queensland State of Origin team training.

Cameron Smith won't be pressured into playing on in Origin

Hayne key to Blues success

Jarrad Hayne at NSW State of Origin training at Cudgen Leagues Club, Kingscliff.

"He's a lot calmer; I think he's at peace with himself”

Cordner reveals mature Hayne is lifting Blues

NSW State of Origin captain Boyd Cordner enjoys a lighter moment in camp.

NSW skipper rates Hayne key weapon for Origin opener

A-League expansion hopeful in talks with Roberto Carlos

Brazilian superstar could be South Melbourne's new coach.

WATCH: England's six of the worst in record collapse

Kagiso Rabada, centre, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Adil Rashid during the third One Day International at Lord's.

Seamers take England apart at Lord's.

Ferrari on brink of 'cold war'

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany celebrates beside his second-placed teammate Kimi Raikkonen of Finland at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Speculation suggesting team is favouring Sebastian Vettel.

Fourlis' star on rise after pushing Wozniacki all the way

Jaimee Fourlis in action against Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open.

Jaimee Fourlis in tight loss to Caroline Wozniacki.

Stosur win ends run of poor results for Aussies

Daria Gavrilova smashes her racket on the court in her los to Elise Mertens of Belgium.

Sam Stosur has ended Australia's dismal start to the French Open.

Southern Stars get ready for a tough World Cup quest

AT BUDERIM: Australia women's captain Meg Lanning at John Blanck Oval for training.

THERE'S high hopes for the team and Lanning doesn't shy away that.

What's happened to the great Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic of Serbia during his game against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at Indian Wells.

Former world No.1 has gone from being tennis's king to its joker.

Firebirds legend has no regrets about retirement

Former players Clare McMeniman (left) and Laura Geitz celebrate a Firebirds win.

Clare McMeniman is loving the new Super Netball competition.

Sam Thaiday glad there's still loyalty in the game

TOGETHER AGAIN: Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston and Mal Meninga.

Broncos star happy coach shows faith

Rep-break report card: your NRL club rated

Billy Slater of the Storm is chased by James Maloney of the Sharks.

We rate your club's season so far.

Retired athletes reveal their struggles out of limelight

Australian women's basketball great Lauren Jackson.

Life after the final siren can be very tough going.

Hayne to Eels: will the prodigal son return?

Jarryd Hayne lining up for the Gold Coast Titans.

We break down the main issues of a potential Parramatta comeback.

Emotional Kevvie was an inspirational vision

Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland State of Origin team training session in Brisbane.

Maroons coach typifies what that loyalty and passion is all about.

Winners and losers from Maroons squad announcement

Justin O'Neill

After a few shock omissions, form has counted for little

Numbers up for the AFL's most improved players

GETTING BETTER: Nic Newman gets a way from a flying Mav Weller on Saturday.

Time the AFL introduced its own 'most improved player' award

Schache needs an extended break from game

UNDECIDED: Josh Schache is not ready to commit to the Brisbane Lions.

Young Lion not 'fully comfortable'

Why Corey Norman is ready for the Maroons

Corey Norman of the Eels takes on the Tigers defence.

If JT isn't right, the selectors might have some sleepless nights.

In Short, deliberate out-of-bounds rule needs another look

Jayden Short attempts to gain possession near the boundary line.

The rule makers have perhaps gone too far.

Secret behind State of Origin controversy revealed

Former NSW forward Bryan Fletcher is credited with introducing one of State of Origin's most controversial moments.

Fletcher details teammate's roll in controversial moment

Lolohea arrives at struggling Tigers

NEW TIGER: Former Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea has trained with his new Wests Tigers teammates.

Wests Tigers recruit Tuimoala Lolohea could start against St George

Dragons could get stars back from injury

RETURN LOOMING: Gareth Widdop could be back from a knee injury for St George Illawarra

St George could be reinforced by Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan

Will Corby find herself in the middle of NSW’s Origin camp?

Schapelle Corby may prove a distraction for the Blues

Hodges says Hayne should be centre of attention

Jarryd Hayne (right) and James Tedesco jostle for position at Blues training.

Queensland great says Maroons must target Blues star

Bug forces Oates into isolated training

BUG: Maroons' winger Corey Oates has been hit with a stomach problem.

Maroons winger Corey Oates has been hit by a stomach bug

Young Lions fight hard, but Magpies too good

Steele Sidebottom starred for the Magpies

Steele Sidebottom was outstanding with 34 possessions

Bombers focus on Daniher over Martin

Joe Daniher of the Bombers.

The 21-year-old has slotted 10 goals from the past two games.

Crows to throw rookie in the deep end against Dockers

Hugh Greenwood of the Crows (left) celebrates with teammate Taylor Walker after kicking a goal against the Brisbane Lions.

Hugh Greenwood to play on Fremantle pair David Mundy and Nat Fyfe.

Finals-bound Magpies hold off Thunderbirds

TOO GOOD: Renae Ingles (left) competes with Madi Robinson.

Magpies survive Thunderbirds scare.

Aussie Rogic strikes winner as Celtic claims treble

Tom Rogic of Celtic lifts the trophy after the Scottish Cup Final over Aberdeen.

TOM Rogic scores winner in final.

Roar snares Tunisian playmaker from Victory

BRISBANE BOUND: Fahid Ben Khalfallah has signed with the Roar for next season.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah has signed with Brisbane Roar

England boss leaves Wayne Rooney out of squad

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

Striker will miss a World Cup qualifier in Scotland.

Recognition for Dunoon from soccer federation

Dunoon United FC has achieved Level 2 Accreditation.

It's the 12th club from 228-plus across region to reach milestone

WATCH: FFA disappointed with ABC2's coverage of friendly

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool competes for possession with Michael Zullo during the exhibition match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium.

Broadcaster slammed for Liverpool v Sydney FC antics.

German giant stars for Gunners in FA Cup success

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker celebrates with the trophy after winning the English FA Cup final.

Arsenal takes FA Cup final win.

Zampa wants to run hot in Champions Trophy

DREAM: Adam Zampa wants to be Australia's spinner in the Champions Trophy.

Zampa thinks England's heatwave could boost his chances

National team in crucial camp on Sunshine Coast

CAPTAIN: Meg Lanning of Australia bats during a women's T20 International between Australia and New Zealand in Geelong earlier this year.

'Fifteen players...capable of leading Australia to victory.'

Smith says it's time to dial back tempo from T20s

NEW FOCUS: Australia's captain Steve Smith is using trial games to get his side used to 50-overs cricket after the IPL season.

Practice matches will get Aussies ready for Champions Trophy

All the squads for the Champions Trophy

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.

Eight teams will line up for the one-day tournament in England.

England to play Ashes warm-up in Townsville

New England captain Joe Root.

It'll be the first time England has played at Tony Ireland Stadium.

Lightning set to hit stride in finals after edging Giants

Caitlin Bassett (39 goals from 41 attempts) and Stephanie Wood (17/22) produced strong performance amid stifling defence.

Firebirds aiming for a strong end to season

Laura Clemesha (left) of the Firebirds puts pressure on Cody Lange of the Magpies.

Queenslanders to face the NSW Swifts in last game of year.

Firebirds feeling disappointment after missing finals

Gabi Simpson cops one in the face during the clash with Giants.

"There's been a lot of soul-searching”

Lightning urged to lift their game as finals close in

MIDCOURTER. Lightning's Laura Scherian in action during a win over the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Ratio of turnovers to goals not as high as coach would like.

Lightning success sets up winner-takes-all clash

Samantha Wallace of the Swifts (left) and Geva Mentor of the Lightning compete for the ball.

THE Sunshine Coast had a 63-49 victory over the NSW Swifts.

Thwaites' radar almost perfect for Magpies

ON FIRE: Caitlin Thwaites (left) was in superb form for Collingwood. Fever defender Stacey Francis couldn't stop her run of goals.

Caitlin Thwaites has led Collingwood to the Super Netball finals

Firebirds hold off Giants to keep finals hopes alive

Jo Harten of the Giants and Kate Shimmin of the Firebirds compete for the ball.

GWS nearly pulled off an unbelievable comeback.

Honest mare wins Beef Week Cup

VETERAN Casino trainer celebrates a big day with She Tells Lies

Lightning to strike twice for Kilner's surprise

BIT OF LUCK: Hunter Kilner's big boy Steve's Surprise is ready to go back-to-back at Beef Week.

Paget ready to do all he can to clinch back-to-back Beef Week Cups.

Hunter sets his sights on Casino double

Grafton trainer Hunter Kilner with Steve's Surprise, which will be striving to win a second consecutive Beef Week Cup today.

Grafton trainer aiming for second consecutive Beef Week Cup

Trainer found wanting, appeals 15-month ban

Grafton horse trainer appeals 15 month racing ban.

Grafton trainer Dan Want has lodged an appeal with Racing NSW

Racing community raises $165,000 for paraplegic jockeys

A fundraising night was held at Clifford Park next Saturday for injured trackwork riders Ben Saunders (left) and Wade Clasohm.

The region’s racing community rallied for two Toowoomba jockeys

All roads lead to Ballina meeting

Neurum Road jumps out of the gates in the Higer Bus & Coach Handicap 1700m at the Bundamba Race track on Friday, December 14.
Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Ballina trainer a big chance with Neurum Road

Health issues force champion apprentice to retire at 22

Dylan Dunn riding Zunbaqa at Flemington in 2016.

Dylan Dunn suffered with glandular fever earlier this year.

Day misses out in sudden-death playoff

AUSTRALIAN Jason Day has missed out on winning his first US PGA title in more than a year after defeat in a playoff at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament.

Birdie streak puts Jason Day in contention in Texas

Jason Day celebrates with fans after he sunk a 60-foot putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament.

Jason Day has round of seven-under 63 to move up leaderboard.

From Players Championship winner to cattle class

Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, during the third round of The Players Championship.

Si Woo Kim won tournament with a flawless bogey-free final round.

Scott gets confidence boost ahead of US Open

Adam Scott reacts to a missed eagle putt on the second hole during the final round of the Players Championship.

Scott has good finish at Players Championship.