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12 April 2016 11:43 AM Socceroos World Cup draw: Japan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Thailand guide

THE ‘Road to Russia’ is tough but a fair examination of the Socceroos in the country’s quest to make a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup. There are some logistical challenges ahead, particularly with double headers that will involve trips to the Middle East and back in the space of five days, but as champions of Asia, it’s a group Ange Postecoglou will be confident 74 1

12 April 2016 9:28 AM FIFA World Cup: Socceroos to face Japan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Thailand in qualifiers for 2018

Australia faces a World Cup qualifying showdown with arch-rivals Japan as they seek to progress to the 2018 tournament in Russia. The Socceroos were drawn against their adversaries along with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand in Group B in the draw conducted on Tuesday afternoon in Malaysia. Group A consists of South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan 16

12 April 2016 4:31 AM Greg Bird to seek downgrade on high-tackle charge at NRL judiciary

Greg Bird will head to the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night in an effort to avoid a one-week suspension for a careless high-tackle charge. Bird was slapped with a grade-two charge for a hit that left Cronulla five-eighth James Maloney concussed in Gold Coast's five-point loss on Sunday. He will attempt to have the charge downgraded, which would leave 8

9 April 2016 9:24 AM Live A-League: Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

BRISBANE ROAR is battling Melbourne Victory for the A-League Premiers’ Plate at AAMI Park. If John Aloisi’s side beat Victory then they will finish the season in first place, otherwise Adelaide will finish first. NEWCASTLE JETS defeated Central Coast Mariners in a thrilling F3 derby at Central Coast Stadium. The Mariners became the first team in the A-League 11

9 April 2016 8:10 AM Search for 15-month toddler missing from Olympic Park, Heidelberg West

LATEST: POLICE now say the disappearance of a 15-month-old girl is being treated as suspicious after her mystery disappearance from a park in Melbourne’s northeast. A search continues today, as the mother family claimed her daughter had been snatched from her pram at a popular park in Melbourne’s northeast. Inspector Paul Tymms confirmed this evening 37

8 April 2016 1:41 PM Heartbreak for Force as Crusaders snatch late victory

Western Force’s Angus Cottrell makes a determined run against the Cruasders. Picture: Daniel Wilkins. It was no surprise the Crusaders beat the Western Force at NIB Stadium, but it took the Super Rugby powerhouses until the 78th minute to find the matchwinning try. The Crusaders threatened to blow last night’s game open in the first half with the only two tries 12

8 April 2016 12:00 PM Melbourne City vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores, blog, highlights

The final round of the regular A-League season sees title aspirants Melbourne City and Adelaide United do battle in what should be one of the matches of the season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST). Adelaide are currently in second position on the A-League ladder, following City’s costly 3-2 away defeat to Perth last week. Following 13 2

8 April 2016 9:04 AM Melbourne Metro Rail: Federal Government gives Victoria spending list for East West Link funds

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has given Victoria a list of road and rail projects to be paid for with $1.5 billion earmarked for Melbourne's dumped East West Link, demanding a "dollar for dollar" contribution from the State Government. Mr Turnbull has also left $3 billion on the table for the first Victorian government prepared to build the controversial 10

8 April 2016 1:29 AM Victorian transport package: the key questions for Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has attempted to seize the agenda on Victorian transport, offering up $1.5 billion for state road and rail projects before the May 3 federal budget. But there are strings attached. To get the cash, Victoria must dance to the PM's tune, with a demand that the federal funding is matched "dollar for dollar" by the state on key projects 8

7 April 2016 3:00 PM Rebecca Maddern on The Footy Show: All smiles as first female host earns a nickname

Well, the sky didn't fall in and the TV world as we know it didn't implode. But there was certainly a tremor as blonde and beaming Rebecca Maddern took her seat at the hosts' desk on The Footy Show. Perched between co-host James Bradshaw and notorious stirrer Sam Newman, Maddern became the first woman to attain a prominent position on the show in its 23 years 10