No excuses as Roar slips to shock defeat

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi refused to be critical of his team after their shock 2-1 home loss to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

Giants living up to name in Super Netball

Kimberlee Green of the Giants passes  at Qudos Bank Arena

They've only all been together less than a dozen times

Sexton's boot helps Irish beat France

TRY TIME: Ireland's Conor Murray on his way to scoring his side's try during the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France in Dublin.

Irish beat France in tough Six Nations clash

Racing star Winx continues unbeaten run

Jockey Hugh Bowman on Winx gestures to the crowd as they return to scale after winning the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes.

IS there anything Winx can't do?

Chelsea 11 clear after win over Swans

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates after he scores a goal in the win over Swansea City.

Chelsea has strengthened its grip on the EPL title.

Swifts have Wright to celebrate

Sam Wallace of the Swifts takes a pass  at Qudos Bank Arena

It was netball's first ever battle of the blokes

The headlines your club doesn't want to see this season

Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm.

These are the humdingers fans will be praying they don't see.

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.

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.

Inglis to stay at fullback despite Reynolds' absence

STAYING AT FULLBACK: The Rabbitohs won't be shifting Greg Inglis to the halves to cover for Adam Reynolds.

Greg Inglis won't be shifted to the halves in Adam Reynolds' absence

Slater, Harris injuries cloud Storm start to season

NO READY: Storm fullback Billy Slater isn't ready for a return to action.

Slater and Harris ruled out for weeks with injuries

Souths lose Reynolds for start of season

Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs scores a try.

Halfback ruled out for up to four weeks with appendicitis.

Secret documents reveal $53.4m loss by NRL teams

NRL Captains at the launch of the new season.

Only two teams made a profit last year

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

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

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.

AFL chief denies lying to bombers after secret tape leaks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: James Hird, coach of the Essendon Bombers looks on during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Recording reveals allegations the AFL recanted over punishments

Ranieri's sacking sullies the beautiful game

WHAT LOYALTY: Leicester City has sacked manager Claudio Ranieri less than a year after he took the club to the top of English football.

Claudio Ranieri's sacking shows loyalty means nothing in football

A-League needs international breaks recognised

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat wants the A-League to recognised international breaks.

Kevin Muscat wants international breaks recognised in the A-League

Learning McGree gets lesson from Endo

Riley McGree (left) of Adelaide United on the ball.

Adelaide rookie says Japanese great gave a "next-level” education.

Wanderers coach praises ban on fans

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has applauded moves to stamp out anti-social behaviour at A-League games.

Tony Popovic has broken his silence on anti-social behaviour.

Aloisi expects ailing Phoenix to be tough

Jade North of the Brisbane Roar.

Roar coach is expecting a tough encounter against Wellington.

Alli sees red as Spurs crash out of Europe

Tottenham's Dele Alli (left) reacts after being given a red card against Gent.

Harry Redknapp has condemned player for a shocking tackle.

Zampa wants his turn as first picked for Australia

MY TURN: Adam Zampa responded to his demotion from the Australian T20 team with a man-of-the-match performance on his return.

Adam Zampa sends message to the Australian Test selectors

Not the type of runs that pleased Border

RUNS: Illness crept up on Australia's Matthew Renshaw on day one of the First Test against India in Pune.

Allan Border was fuming that a sick Matt Renshaw left the field

Late Starc flurry saves Aussies' blushes

Australia's Mitchell Starc bats during the first day of the first Test against India in Pune.

Australia reached 9-256 at stumps on day one against India in Pune.

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.

Firebirds not about to start panicking

Powerhouse being winless after two rounds of Suncorp Super Netball

Ravaillion's warning to Super Netball rivals

Kim Ravaillion (left) of the Magpies makes a pass during round one of Super Netball.

Midcourt star says the Magpies will be "unbreakable”.

Firebirds send order for Burger with the lot

Erin Burger (left) in action for South Africa

94-Test veteran has answered the powerhouse's SOS

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”

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.

Winner surprises by going distance

WINNING FEELING: Carla Dougherty, who rode Neurum Road to a second straight win at Ballina yesterday.

Ballina trainer lost for words

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.

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.