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10 March 2016 4:18 AM Rafael Nadal has reacted angrily when asked about doping rumours

RAFAEL Nadal made a strong statement against doping in tennis — and then had much stronger words when challenged about his own position on prohibited substance use. Speaking in his pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Indian Wells Open, Nadal spoke openly when asked about former women’s No. 1 Maria Sharapova’s shock positive drugs test at the Australian 42

9 March 2016 1:24 PM Rio-bound Matildas claim top spot after sharing spoils with China

It looked as though the Matildas, who booked their place in Rio 2016 after Monday's 2-1 win over North Korea, would be made to pay for a slightly lethargic start to the clash, which decided the winner of the AFC Women's Olympic qualifying zone. But Australia continued to push in the second-half and van Egmond's stunning long-range strike ensured the Matildas 24

8 March 2016 9:42 PM Bold plan for Melbourne sport hub involves building one new stadium, demolishing another

MELBOURNE is changing and Eddie McGuire wants to be the chief architect. McGuire, the television presenter and president of AFL club Collingwood, wants to see a brand new $1 billion stadium built adjacent to the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground. The plan to build “Victoria Stadium”, complete with 60,000 seats and a retractable roof, would include demolishing 18

8 March 2016 1:11 PM Rio Olympics: Matildas target gold after qualifying success

The Matildas don’t just want to claim Australia’s first Olympic soccer medal, they are targeting the gold medal after charging through qualifying. The Australian women clinched their spot in Rio when they beat North Korea 2-1 on Monday night in Osaka for their fourth win in as many matches in the notoriously tough Asian qualifying region. It ended a 12-year 21

8 March 2016 5:00 AM International Women’s Day: Women’s sport pushing for parity and societal change, Swoop

Rugby Sevens: Australia's women have maintained their perfect record in the Sevens World Series after winning the Cup final in Sao Paulo. INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievement of women, but fittingly this year, for sport anyway, there is also a call to continue the push for gender parity. While in some spaces of society, this fight 21

6 March 2016 2:03 PM Meth use increases by five times since 2009: study

Use of methamphetamine is on the increase in Queensland and scientists have the data to prove it. Professor Wayne Hall from the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland has lead a study into wastewater at two cities in Queensland over the past six years that has shown levels of methamphetamine residue has increased nearly 27 1

6 March 2016 7:37 AM Three in three balls

Western Australia quick Joel Paris has pulled off a hat-trick that wasn't, taking three wickets in three consecutive balls across two matches. The left-armer, who made his international debut earlier this year, continued his bright recent form by taking a wicket with his first ball in WA's Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at the WACA Ground 9

5 March 2016 8:33 AM Reds reach summit after putting four past Phoenix

Adelaide players celebrate opening the scoring against Wellington at Westpac Stadium. Two first-half goals at Westpac Stadium did the damage with Dylan McGowan adding his name to the long list of Reds’ scorers this season and Stefan Mauk calmly slotting a second for his hometown club. Bruce Djite registered his fifth strike of the campaign at the start 16

5 March 2016 6:56 AM Paul Couch dies: Malcolm Blight says the 'jovial' player was one of the best midfielders of his time

Former Geelong coach Malcolm Blight says Paul Couch will be remembered as a "jovial character" and one of the best midfielders of his time. Couch, 51, had a fatal heart attack while riding his bike along the Great Ocean Road, near Apollo Bay, on Saturday. Spurned by Fitzroy, he played 259 matches and booted 203 goals for the Cats from 1985 until knee issues 14

5 March 2016 2:22 AM Paul Couch dies: 1989 Brownlow Medal winner had a heart attack

Former Geelong champion Paul Couch, the 1989 Brownlow Medallist, has died from a heart attack. Couch was riding his bike with friends along the Great Ocean Rd, near Apollo Bay, when he fell from his bike. It's understood he went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. Couch, 51, played 259 matches and booted 203 goals for the Cats from 1985 to 1997, claiming 16