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7 September 2018 6:12 AM School visit from two Roosters got my old spark back for rugby league

And gone were the days of commuting from Lake Macquarie, to the south of Newcastle, down to Kogarah Jubilee Oval on a Sunday to continue my infatuation with the Dragons deep into the 1990s. Competing interests, relationships, travelling, careers, births and deaths of children and family, endless rugby league atrocities, player disloyalty and a little 15

4 August 2018 8:10 AM Uni-Norths lock Nick Jones still helping Owls after early retirement

Rugby has made moves to protect player's heads across all levels of the games in recent years and Uni-Norths coach Tony Doherty said safety was paramount. "Unfortunately it's an injury that has cost Nick his rugby career," Doherty said. "It is a cruel game sometimes, especially when you're young, your career ending is always a bad thing but someone at Nick's 25

24 July 2018 1:31 PM The world-famous horse whisperer who says he can save Chautauqua's career

Racing NSW stewards have told trainer John Hawkes and his sons, Michael and Wayne, that Chautauqua will need to complete a series of trials if he’s to take his place in The Everest (1200 metres) at Randwick on October 13. The notoriously prickly Hawkes clan aren’t saying much at the moment. Privately, many in the racing industry believe we will never 25

11 July 2018 2:00 PM Diamonds and Giants star calls time on career

Veteran Giants shooter Susan Pettitt will retire from netball at the end of the season, becoming the third Diamonds player this week to draw the curtain on their international careers. But unlike Queensland's Laura Geitz and Collingwood's Madi Robinson who plan to continue on in Super Netball, Pettitt has also closed the door on a distinguished club career 20

19 June 2018 8:06 AM Australian Defence Force and police women's rugby teams clash

"Every single girl here is so proud to be a part of this team and we just want to go out there and give it our best. "We definitely want to put one over the Defence because we are the cops and we think we are tougher. I'm sure they think they’re tougher but we will see who wins on the match." Both players agreed it was important to develop pathways for women 14

27 March 2018 9:58 AM Players turn on David Warner as ball-tampering crisis rips team apart

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is mobbed by cameras as the team travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Warner's version of events has prompted an angry reaction from others in the team who were enraged with the opening batsman. Senior fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, as well as the team's most capped player, Nathan Lyon, had distanced 33

26 January 2018 1:52 AM Australia Day Honours 2018: The full list

Indigenous tennis star Evonne Goolagong-Cawley is among those to receive Australia Day honours this year. Pioneering physicist Michelle Yvonne Simmons is hopeful being named Australian of the Year will help challenge gender expectations and encourage more girls to pursue careers in science. Protesters have started marching through the streets of Redfern 43 1

18 January 2018 11:49 PM Dave Taylor, Fuifui Moimoi released by Toronto Wolfpack

Promoted Toronto Wolfpack have released three of their high-profile players, including new signing Dave Taylor, with the new Championship season just around the corner. Taylor, a former Kangaroos forward who was signed from the Raiders, has left without playing a game for the club, along with ex-Eels prop Fuifui Moimoi and Ryan Bailey. The bombshell 31

21 December 2017 6:12 AM NRL 2018: South Sydney Rabbitohs star Angus Crichton amputates finger

South Sydney star Angus Crichton has had a finger amputated to ensure he's ready for the 2018 NRL season. Crichton's manager David Rawlings confirmed the back-rower had had the middle finger on his left hand amputated, Fox Sports is reporting. Crichton earlier this week confirmed he had signed a three-year deal to join the Sydney Roosters from 2019. The 21-year-old 74

21 November 2017 8:51 AM Former AFL player manager Angie Papadopoulos pleads not guilty to $1 million drug charge

A former high-flying player manager of several West Coast premiership stars has faced the District Court on trial over a seizure of almost 1kg of methamphetamine. Angelos Papadopoulos, 58, along with Anthony La Bianca, 62, have pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply after police stopped their vehicle on the Mitchell 83