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MotoGP: Jack Miller 16th in Valencia testing for 2016 but enjoys time on new bike, Marc Marquez fastest

NEW tyres, new electronics packages and a new team for Jack Miller — but it was still a mid-pack finish for the Aussie in MotoGP testing at Valencia for 2016. Miller was 16th after two days of testing with riders trying to accustom themselves to the new Michelin tyres, as well as gathering data for next year. After moving with ... Read More »

Casey Stoner will return to help Ducati but he’s not interested in a MotoGP comeback

Casey Stoner will be back at Ducati. CASEY Stoner will rejoin Ducati as a brand ambassador and test rider for 2016 but has put the brakes on speculation that the deal signals a comeback to MotoGP. Ducati has swooped to regain the services of Stoner as the double world champion ends his five year association with HRC Honda. Stoner remains ... Read More »

Socceroos commit to full throttle attack against Kyrgyzstan in Canberra

A DEFIANT Ange Postecoglou will tell the Socceroos to refuel the aggressive style that won the Asian Cup and pin back opponents Kyrgyzstan in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier. Aware of the importance of a win after losing 2-0 to Jordan last month, Postecoglou will insist on a “relentless” commitment to attack at Canberra’s GIO Stadium. Expressing anger at the state ... Read More »

FIFA corruption scandal: Sepp Blatter’s role in bribery case examined by FBI investigation

SEPP Blatter is at risk again from the World Cup bribery scandal that tainted much of his FIFA presidency. Switzerland’s justice ministry confirmed on Monday that American authorities formally asked for files in the ISL kickbacks case to aid their sprawling investigation of alleged racketeering by international soccer leaders. The ISL marketing agency was found to have routinely bribed top ... Read More »

European clubs block Olyroos from Rio 2016 qualifying tournament

THE Olyroos’ preparations are in disarray with a host of European clubs set to block their players from January’s Rio 2016 qualifying tournament. Gun midfielder Jackson Irvine (Ross County) and defender Milos Degenek (1860 Munich) are understood to have been ruled out by their clubs, while Liverpool is expected to thwart Brad Smith from playing having recently broke into the ... Read More »

Arina Rodionova to play Australian Open wildcard semi-final before wedding to Richmond forward Ty Vickery

Arina Rodionova will play a wildcard semi-final just hours before her wedding to Richmond player Ty Vickery. Picture: Getty Images RICHMOND big man Ty Vickery has more reasons than normal to urge his tennis-player girlfriend Arina Rodionova to victory on Saturday. The quicker the semi-final win at Melbourne Park, the more time for the pair to get to their wedding ... Read More »

Lleyton Hewitt admits Davis Cup duties are distracting his Australian Open preparations

Lleyton Hewitt will contest his final Australian Open in January LLEYTON HEWITT admits his mind hasn’t exactly been on the job at hand ahead of his final Australian Open. Hewitt, 34, said he has been preoccupied with Davis Cup plans as he settles in as captain of the Australian team. He played an exhibition match against Sam Groth in Hobart ... Read More »

Peter Siddle says there will be no mercy for the West Indies on Boxing Day

AUSSIE paceman Peter Siddle has no sympathy for the struggling West Indies ahead of the Boxing Day Test, vowing the home team will keep their foot on the throat of the tourists. Siddle is set to link up with fellow Victorian James Pattinson on Boxing Day for the first time since 2011, and said “making (the West Indies) perform badly” ... Read More »

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja out to terrorise West Indies with his Brian Lara-inspired batting

THE ghost of Brian Lara is back to haunt the West Indies this Boxing Day. It was only a few days ago that Shane Warne was calling for the Windies to urgently call Lara back into camp for the MCG after the first Test embarrassment in Hobart. But as if the fallen Caribbean kings’ nightmare tour couldn’t get any worse, ... Read More »

New Zealand close in on Test series win after dramatic Sri Lankan collapse

Kane Williamson (78 not out) will hold the key for New Zealand on day four at Hamilton, where the Black Caps need 47 more runs to reach a 2-0 series win.   An unbeaten half-century from Kane Williamson has carried New Zealand to within sight of victory against Sri Lanka in a topsy-turvy second cricket Test in Hamilton. The Black ... Read More »