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21 June 2018 11:05 PM Australia leave Denmark on the ropes after frustrating draw

Australia's strong finish made up for a meek opening that put them on the back foot after just seven minutes. A weak clearance was intercepted by Denmark's defensive midfielder Lasse Schone, who put Australia back under immediate pressure with a quick through ball to Nicolai Jorgensen. The towering centre forward intelligently held up two challengers 5

19 June 2018 2:55 PM Australia's million-dollar World Cup question: Who will score goals?

''It's the million-dollar question. It's something that a lot of teams struggle with. A lot of the time it's just about finding rhythm. Maybe if we get one goal from open play then it will start flowing after that. Defensive stalwart Trent Sainsbury is focused on shutting down Danish danger man Christian Eriksen. "Obviously they have got Christian Eriksen 3

19 June 2018 10:00 AM Wanted man: Sainsbury attracted big offers after half hour against France

The 26-year-old has attracted preliminary offers from two clubs in England and three on the European continent, one of which is bound to play in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, according to his agent Tony Rallis. One club that has been in discussions with Sainsbury and his representative for several weeks announced they would be interested in signing 7

18 June 2018 1:54 AM 'I got the ball': Risdon slams costly VAR penalty

"My understanding is that, obviously, if it's a clear-cut wrong decision then it can get overturned but I felt like I definitely got the ball, so therefore I don’t think it was a clear-cut wrong decision. I don’t know ... it seems to be a bit of a grey area. At the end of the day, you can’t do much about it," Risdon said. Griezmann disagreed on the ruling

14 June 2018 7:39 AM Nabbout in the box seat to spearhead Australia's attack against France

However, it's not just the Dutchman who has publicly recognised the threat of Nabbout, but France coach Didier Deschamps. The former World Cup-winning captain singled out the strength and aggression of Nabbout as one of Australia's main attacking weapons, despite likely not knowing anything about the forward just three months ago. "To be recognised by him is pretty 14

13 June 2018 10:18 AM Why France first up could be a blessing in disguise for Socceroos

Their other two victories came when they beat England 2-1 at the 2004 Euros, with both of France's goals coming in added time. Zinedine Zidane leveled in the 91st minute before scoring a penalty for the winner in the 93rd. France also beat Romania 2-1 at the 2016 Euros on home soil after Dimitri Payet scored an 89th-minute winner. France failed to score 13

13 June 2018 12:23 AM Skye Nicolson walking into the Hornet's nest

"The Olympics have always been the big goal for me, so Tokyo 2020 is my next big goal," Nicolson said. "Then we’ll sit down and look at what I want to do next after that. Definitely not [turning professional] in the next year and a half to two years, but after that it’s definitely something we’ll be looking into. "I’ve still got plenty on, I’m boxing 16

11 June 2018 11:18 PM Belgium play down Hazard injury fears

The injury to Hazard overshadowed what was a positive evening for Belgium before heading off to Russia. Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show, highlighting what a threat he will be to England when they meet in what should be a Group G decider on June 28. The Manchester United man scored two and made one as Belgium came from behind to beat their Central 13

11 June 2018 1:45 PM Greenberg's diplomacy disguises battle for eyeballs with AFL

After all, the two codes were on a war footing when the NRL scheduled the 2018 Origin series. The NRL couldn’t trust the AFL not to schedule blockbuster matches in Melbourne over the June 22-24 weekend, leading to the Sunday night Origin match. Instead, the second match will be played at Homebush and the NRL has made it a standalone fixture, with no club games 9

9 June 2018 3:00 AM HRNSW reveal rising stars for Nick Dewar memorial series

The future of the sport will once again be on show in the Nick Dewar Memorial Rising Stars series in the week leading up to Breeders’ Challenge day on July 1. Harness Racing NSW announced 10 drivers, led by last year’s winner Ellen Rixon, to complete in the series, which will have heats in Young, Bathurst, Bankstown and Newcastle at the end of the month 11