Brisbane gets world's best for darts showdown

Rob Cross and world No.1 Michael van Gerwen will be the headline acts

NRL penalty count hits staggering 14-year high

The referees have been told to strictly police certain areas of the game.

Todd Greenberg backs referees over the ballooning NRL penalty count.

All Blacks legend to hang up the boots

Conrad Smith of the All Blacks poses for a portrait in Chicago.

All Blacks star Conrad Smith has confirmed his impending retirement

Jamaican sprint star Powell out of Games

Asafa Powell won’t be running on the Gold Coast.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Asafa Powell withdraws with mystery injury

Milestone man Slipper is Reds’ sleepy giant

James Slipper will play his 100th game for the Reds against the Stormers on Sunday.

Queensland Reds prop James Slipper to bring up 100th game

Bowman rebounds with renewed hope in Slipper

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Hugh Bowman backs Performer to handle the pressure in wide open Golden Slipper

Ping-pong ding-dongs shed light on success

Johnathan Thurston (right) with fellow Cowboys great Matty Bowen.

Johnathan Thurston's competitive nature spreads beyond footy field

JP Smith's journey ends up at home at Reds

RED MAN: JP Smith says he has found his home with the Queensland Reds.

South African-born JP Smith has come home to the Queensland Reds

Sad skier is ‘funniest thing ever’

Elizabeth Swaney embarks on a completely underwhelming run down the half-pipe. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

This skier was so ‘average’ commentators didn’t know what to do

Gift Scotty wants to give Australia is white, not gold

Scotty James of Australia.

Australian snowboarder throws down gauntlet to superstar rival

Backyard wrestles and PS4 forging Red V’s next big thing

Luciano Leilua during St George Illawarra Dragons training at WIN Stadium.

Backyard wrestles and PS4 battles forging Red V’s next big thing

Back off Melbourne — Simmons belongs to Newcastle

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Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is a Novocastrian

PREDICTION: NRL season is hard to pick

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Newcastle Knights will be the big movers in a tough NRL season.

Can Cowboys do it for JT?

Johnathan Thurston is set to retire at the end of the 2018 season.

Pressure mounts as Cowboys look to send Thurston out a winner

OPINION: What do female athletes have to do to earn respect?

Maryborough Bears vBay Power at Port City Park, Maryborough.

Enough is enough: respect female athletes.

Trial times reflection of generous selection criteria

The Aussies are sending a huge swimming squad to the Gold Coast.

Australia’s top swimmers likely saving up best for main Games event

Drew Mitchell: It's time to get Super excited

Australian Super Rugby captains (from left) Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Scott Higginbotham (Reds), Michael Hooper (Waratahs) and Adam Coleman (Rebels) are hoping for better results in 2018.

Aussies have cause for optimism, writes former Wallaby Drew Mitchell

‘Disrespectful’: Roos great’s fury over torn-up pitch

Coopers Stadium. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

John Kosmina slams the decision to play AFLX at Coopers Stadium

BEHIND THE SPORTS DESK: Did the NRL make a mistake?

BURNING ISSUE: The ressurection of the career of Matt Lodge has been a serious talking point so far this season.

Pottsy and Moose analyse the burning issues in sport.

‘Don’t blame the refs, blame me’: Greenberg

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Todd Greenberg launches defence of referees over excessive penalties

‘Too much talk not enough action’: Green savages Cowboys

The Cowboys reflect on their loss to the Storm.

Paul Green tells Cowboys to stop believing press after Storm loss

Biloela Panthers deliver opening round blitz

MOMENTUM: Emeil Tea training in readiness for this weekend's home game.

Entertaining away win sets up exciting home game for Biloela fans

The hottest topics in NRRRL

BIG LOSS: Ballina five-eighth Alex Grant has gone back to play with Tweed Seagulls in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup this season.

Teams return while others recruit heavily

Hipwood determined to lift for Lions

LIVELY: Eric Hipwood during the round 18 AFL game between the Brisbane Lions and the Carlton Blues in Brisbane last season.

Brisbane Lions forward itching to get into the season.

AFL teams: Danger, Dees skipper out

Melbourne captain Jack Viney will be watching from the sidelines for a significant period. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Danger out; Dees struck by injury bug; Nic Nat ready to roll

Let the 2018 season begin

EVEN: If Richmond is a little bit off this coming Saturday and Carlton brings its A game, they will have every chance to knock off the best team of last season.

Premiership cup is up for grabs.

Ling sings praise for Hodge as Cats buzz about Ablett return

LION UP: Luke Hodge provides the Brisbane Lions with an injection of experience.

IT'S surely the biggest ever trade-off in Queensland footy

Full-time on pay debate in AFL Wide Bay

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AFL Wide Bay and umpires come to an agreement ahead of new season

Humble beginnings celebrated as football hits milestone

HUMBLE START: The 1968 Caloundra football team. Third from right in the back row is SCF life member Clive Fenn.

SUNSHINE Coast Football is gearing up for its 50th anniversary

Magpies Crusaders look back to look forward

LET'S GET PHYSICAL: Magpies Crusaders' Kyle Markham wants his side to be physical against Gold Coast United.

"We want to show the attitude we showed in the first week”

Australia v Norway: Travel-weary Socceroos embrace Euro base

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak isn't complaining about the European games.

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak happy to be home away from home

Football's finest flock to Coffs

Most of the best young footballers in the Northern NSW zone will be in Coffs Harbour this weekend for the Telstra Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) Country Gala Day.

Country Gala Day bring more than 400 young football stars to Coffs.

Merrison set to make senior starting debut for Buccaneers

STEP UP: KSS Jets goalkeeper Chris Merrison in action for the KSS Jets.

The Buccaneers will host Sunshine Coast Wanderers on Sunday.

In-form Aussies start T20 series with a bang

Meg Lanning hits out on her way to an unbeaten 35.

Batters impress as Aussies chase down big India score to win

Cummins inspires dramatic Aussie fightback

Pat Cummins put Australia in a commanding position at the end of the first day’s play in Cape Town. Picture: AP/Halden Krog

PAT Cummins has put Australia into a commanding position in Cape Town.

NSW wins Origin battle for veterans cricket state pride

Members of the Coffs Harbour Senior Cricket Association who represented NSW in Coffs Harbour earlier this week with Lew Cooper.

NSW cricket vets beat Queensland in Coffs Harbour.

Rangers, Snakes in edgy decider

ON THE ATTACK: Glasshouse batsman Daniel Cahill during the opening weekend of the grand final.

Glasshouse has a chance.

‘Unbelievable’: Pitiful Poms self-destruct

Not a good day for England cricket.

England collapses to humiliating total against New Zealand


JOINING FORCES: Blazers captain Jaizdon Corrigan said the merge was heartbreaking but necessary.

'The support just wasn't there'

GALLERY: Junior netballers test new courts

Mackay Netball Association juniors in action on grading day on Saturday.

New courts get a tick of approval after first major hit-out

Sharks unleash a new bite

TOWER OF MISA: Souths Whitsunday Sharks goal shooter Dannielle Misa impressed against the Capricorn Claws at Pioneer High School, Andergrove on Saturday, March 17.

"I thought she was asking me to trial for a (local) team”

Souths Whitsunday Sharks bite Capricorn Claws

STANDING TALL: Souths Whitsunday Sharks goal attack Danica Szepanowski was dominant in the third quarter of her side's second pre-season victory over the Capricorn Claws on Saturday.

"I want to be able to put any line-up out there”

Diamonds’ Commonwealth Games gold may take time

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

Diamonds prepared to go the distance to claim gold

King of Spin sinks hole-in-one at Augusta

Shane Warne has added yet another feather to his already crowded sporting cap. The cricketing great pulled off every golfer’s dream at iconic course

Tiger, Ernie to line up for Australia showdown

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will captain the US and Internationals teams.

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to face off in Melbourne in Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods nailed with ‘cold’ sledge

Tiger Woods on his way to a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship.

TIGER Woods is back — and just in time for the Masters.

‘This is the America I want’: Tiger stunning in PGA near-miss

Tiger Woods came close to a PGA Tour win.

Vintage Tiger Woods performance secures second-placed finish.