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 »

Nick Compton plans to be ruthless on his England second coming

Nick Compton’s England return begins for real on Boxing Day in Durban, the city of his birth and at the Kingsmead ground where he played cricket in the car park as a youngster.   Nick Compton is back in an England shirt for what he is calling his second coming; the resumption of an international career he once feared may ... Read More »

Dallas Cowboys finally done as owner Jerry Jones admits: ‘It’s very disappointing’

Dallas Cowboys receivers Lucky Whitehead (13), Dez Bryant (88), Terrance Williams (83) and Cole Beasley (11) look to the heavens. Sunday 20 December 2015 14.33 GMTLast modified on Sunday 20 December 201514.37 GMT No more maybe for the Dallas Cowboys. They are finally eliminated from the playoff chase. Maybe no more Matt Cassel, either. Kellen Moore replaced an ineffective Cassel and threw ... Read More »

Pressure builds on Louis van Gaal as José Mourinho waits in the wings

Louis van Gaal is under increasing pressure from fans after a third successive defeat for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal was subjected to jeers from home fans near the touchline as he left the pitch following a third successive Manchester United defeat, yet he was probably more concerned by the chant the Norwich supporters kept up throughout the game: “José ... Read More »

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez fire Barcelona to Club World Cup title

A goal from Lionel Messi and a double from Luis Suárez helped Barcelona to beat River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama and win the Club World Cup, the club’s fifth trophy of 2015. Messi opened the scoring 10 minutes before the end of a difficult first half forBarcelona, who were tested by River’s intensity, but the European champions struck again early ... Read More »