Unlikely frontline spinner loving his role for Aussies

While the world's No.1 ODI wicket-taker in 2016 is sitting in the stands, Travis Head is happy to play the role of Australia's frontline spinner.

Gold medal-winning women out to impress at home

Australia's Chloe Dalton runs into score at the Rio Olympics.

Aussie women's sevens team hellbent on big performance in Sydney.

Mitchell Pearce dreaming of Origin recall

Mitchell Pearce in action for the Roosters.

Roosters halfback has a new outlook on both life and his career.

Victory still reeling from 'slap in the face'

Jai Ingham will be monitored by the Victory after returning from international duty with New Zealand.

Kevin Muscat's men are keen to return to the winner's circle.

Skipper says Sixers 'probably don't deserve' to play finals

Moises Henriques of the Sixers hits a shot during the Big Bash.

Team looking to rebound from an embarrassing batting display.

Past wins give Gavrilova a dash of confidence

Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action against Ana Konjuh of Croatia.

The 22-year-old Australian is set to take on Timea Bacsinszky.

Scrapping offside rule just pure lunacy

Former Dutch soccer star Marco van Basten, who is now a technical director at FIFA.

There must be something in the water at FIFA.

Your ultimate guide to the NRL pre-season

WORLD'S BEST: The North Queensland Cowboys celebrate after defeating the Leeds Rhinos 38-4 in last year's World Club Series.

We give you the full run-down in the lead-up to the season.

8 shocking first-round Australian Open defeats

World number One Lleyton Hewitt expresses frustration on his way to being defeated by Alberto Martin of Spain during their first round match at the 2002 Australian Open

20 years of Melbourne Park boilovers

Porte feeling positive about Tour success

Australia's Richie Porte rides during the 18th stage of the 2016 Tour de France.

Aussie has paid his dues and knows 2017 could be his time.

WATCH: Knowles talks hockey, family, career and the future

Mark Knowles in Rockhampton.

Knowles sets sights on Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in 2018

Year in review: Leicester shows fairytales can come true

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates with teammates after a win in the English Premier League.

Phil Dillon looks back at 2016 in the beautiful game.

Year in review: Rio gold shades Bledisloe wipeout

Kieran Read of New Zealand with the Bledisloe Cup after winning the Bledisloe Cup.

Rugby was about more than just rucks and mauls in 2016.

Video assistants must help our referees

POINTED CRITICISM: Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha gestures to the video screen after being shown a red card by referee Chris Beath against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The A-League will be trialling a video referee in round 25.

Gloves off as NRL stinks of double standards

Chris Sandow is to face court over his New Year's Day stoush.

Sandow is due to appear in court today

Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall

Alex Brosque of Sydney FC gestures after being sent off against Brisbane.

Sydney star could play for country for the first time since 2013.

Burning new year issues NRL coaches must resolve

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

These might be the resolutions of the 16 NRL coaches.

Dave looks Taylor-made for Green Machine role

David Taylor is the right man for Canberra, says Tony Durkin.

Ricky Stuart did outstanding job with Raiders.

Storm pencils in Slater for practice match return

Billy Slater during a Melbourne Storm training session at Gosch's Paddock

Fullback has been out for all but eight games over past two years.

Coal Train now has reduced carriage at Canberra

Dave Taylor during his days as a Gold Coast Titan.

Taylor has put in the hard yards this preseason.

Brown tells Knights to stick by Mullen

Jarrod Mullen, of the Knights, is facing a four-year ban.

Brown said the Knights' top priority was Mullen's welfare

Sharks want Barba on the training paddock

The Sharks say Ben Barba being allowed to train will be good for his rehab.

League is yet to register Barba's newly signed one-year deal

Knights forward recovering after car accident

Pauli Pauli in action for the Newcastle Knights

Newcastle prop was one of eight people injured

Sharks re-sign Barba to reduced deal

Ben Barba scores for the Cronulla Sharks.

Cronulla has sent fullback's contract to the NRL for approval.

You Betts Eddie's staying a Crow

Eddie Betts has signed a new deal to remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Betts is set to finish his AFL career in Adelaide

Sheedy says he'll reach out to Hird

Essendon coach James Hird (right) with former coach Kevin Sheedy in 2015.

Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird.

Tania Hird pleas for privacy for husband James

Tania Hird leaves the family Toorak home with her children while James Hird is recovering at a facility after a suspected drug overdose.

James Hird's wife has asked for privacy in the wake of the incident

Brillante sure unbeaten run can go on at Sydney FC

Josh Brillante (right) says Sydney FC can stay unbeaten.

Sydney FC's Josh Brillante is confident the team can stay unbeaten

Brisbane Roar must battle for points, says coach

Jamie Maclaren could earn a recall against the Phoenix.

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi wants fight from his team.

Adelaide to face new champions league opponents

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors players celebrating after winning against Melbourne Victory last season. The club has been banned from the AFC Champions League this campaign.

ADELAIDE United will not face Jeonbuk Motors.

Lucas goal helps Liverpool scrape through in FA Cup clash

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, centre, celebrates scoring against Plymouth Argyle in the Reds' 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win.

STAND-IN captain Lucas Leiva's goal gives Reds a Cup win.

Roar star keen to turn tide after three straight losses

Thomas Kristensen of the Brisbane Roar heads the ball.

Thomas Kristensen is still optimistic about the rest of the season.

Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Man United manager has called time on his coaching days.

Dhoni cracks ton - and spidercam - in England defeat

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats against England during the second one-day international cricket at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, India.

Indian legend was denied a milestone six by TV camera.

Aussie skipper leads by example in win over Pakistan

Steve Smith of Australia raises his bat after reaching 50 runs during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA.

Steve Smith made history during the third one-dayer.

O'Keefe backs young Aussie to shine in India

Matt Renshaw after making his hundred in the recent series against Pakistan.

Australian spinner Stephen O'Keefe backs Matt Renshaw in India.

How your team is placed in the Big Bash League

Mark Steketee of the Heat (centre)

Heat are still clear atop the ladder on 10 points

Swepson gets the backing of spin rival

Mitch Swepson was the bolter for Australia's Test squad.

Swepson gets call from spin rival.

Did Channel 10 Big Bash commentary cross the line?

Jake Lehmann (centre) of the Strikers is congratulated after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of the Thunder

It was not a great look for the Big Bash League

Firebirds flying out for Diamonds mission

Queensland left in safe hands ahead of Super netball start

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Chelsea Locke playing for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship in 2016.

Ex-Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances.

Army training pushes Firebirds to their limits

Queensland Firebirds leader Gabi Simpson.

Military-style training camp has team steeled.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

The Queensland Firebirds, including Caitlyn Nevins (second from left), have signed Lorna Jane as their major sponsor.

Wing attack Caitlyn Nevins heaps the pressure on new rival.

Bombers out-shoot Stars in OT thriller

A strong contest below the hoop.

Two matches were decided by one point in the KNA deciders on Monday.

Netball competition gets a name

Caitlin Bassett, right, will be one of the stars of the newly named Super Netball competition.

Australia's new-look netball league will be called Super Netball.

Pettitt to return to Diamonds after three-year absence

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during the Constellation Cup netball series last month.

Coach names squad of 12 for Quad Series in South Africa and England.

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen has rocketed to the top of Golden Slipper betting charts.

German galloper makes it four from from

Trainer Darren Weir.

Plein Ciel could be Hobart Cup-bound.

Easy win lifts Houtzen to Millions favouritism

Trainer Chris Waller.

Stage is set for an intriguing showdown next week.

Payne hoping to find Cup winner for women's syndicate

Michelle Payne after riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey will train for a women-only syndicate.

McDonald's ban costs him $1m-a-year job

James McDonald reacts after riding Hartnell to victory in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in October.

Kiwi was disqualified for 18 months for illegal betting.

Jockey banned for 18 months for illegal betting

Jockey James McDonald has copped an 18-month ban.

James McDonald pleaded guilty to placing a bet on one of his mounts.

Year in review: All eyes turned to Winx

Hugh Bowman celebrates after riding Winx to victory in the Cox Plate.

Wonder mare tops racing's highlights reel.

Last man standing at Australian Amateur

MAROOCHY River talent is locked in a fight for survival at Yarra Yarra.

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot.

Northern Irishman out of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Justin Thomas became the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

American Justin Thomas breaks 60 in Hawaii

LISTEN: 'I was ready to win at that point'

IN ACTION: Charlie Dann at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

Charlie Dann wins biggest title of his golfing career.