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3 March 2018 4:35 PM Australia in box seat to win first Test after extending big lead

The standout for Australia on Saturday was opener Cameron Bancroft, whose first half-century since his Test debut in Brisbane last November served to ease the pressure on his place in the Test side. He believes Starc and Lyon who claimed five and three wickets respectively in the first innings, will be crucial to the outcome on the final two days. "(Lyon) 35

27 February 2018 9:23 AM Crack Me Up to switch stables after Birchley ban from racing in NSW

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel has decided to refuse entries of horses trained by Queensland trainer Liam Birchley because of his alleged involvement in the Aquanita doping circle. Stewards came to the decision after a review of the brief of evidence in the Aquanita case and also after considering written submission from Birchley's lawyer Travis 25

26 February 2018 5:43 AM Racing NSW serve trainer Birchley with show cause notice

Racing NSW have served Queensland trainer Liam Birchley with a show cause notice which throws into doubt whether will be allowed to train his Villiers Stakes winner Crack Me Up for April's $3 million Doncaster Mile during The Championships. The notice came after stewards were provided with a brief of evidence on the Lovani inquiry on Friday, and issued 23

21 February 2018 8:08 AM A-League clubs ask FIFA to overhaul governance of FFA and Australian football

A-League clubs have called for FIFA's assistance with a large-scale overhaul of the administration of football in Australia and requested Football Federation Australia's board be "disqualified" from any future role in the formation of the expanded congress. A joint mission of representatives from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation met with several 29

20 February 2018 7:50 AM FIFA given clear view of fractures in Australian football after first day of joint mission

A three person delegation from FIFA, world football's governing body, and the Asian Football Confederation met several stakeholder groups in Sydney on Tuesday in the first of three-days of meetings to help break the impasse over Football Federation Australia's failed attempts to expand its congress. In their talks one-on-one with groups representing 29

11 February 2018 9:56 AM Neil Finn and Liam Finn review: son almost steals dad's show

A moment in Better to Be, where the whole band freezes for about 20 seconds before Liam comes back in with soaring guitar, was this gig's biggest surprise. The disco funk of Where's My Room, from a forthcoming joint album with Neil, was its most innovative, and Liam's theremin solo in Better Be Home Soon one of its most memorable. Those old songs, of course 20

9 February 2018 2:32 PM Jim Molan backs down from threat to sue MP after forcing second apology

Newly minted Senator Jim Molan, who has been at the centre of a week-long row over Britain First Facebook posts, has retreated from this threat to hit fellow MP Adam Bandt with a lawsuit, but only after he forced two apologies from the Greens representative. The member for Melbourne said Senator Molan, a retired major general who was chief of operations 29

7 February 2018 1:04 PM Thousands of houses in Victoria without power

Almost 7000 Victorian homes have been left without power as the network buckled again under scorching heat. Thousands of homes have been left without electricity and air-conditioning in Melbourne's northern suburbs, with 3200 power outages recorded in Coburg alone by energy provider Jemena at 10pm on Wednesday. The provider also recorded outages in Strathmore 24

7 February 2018 6:44 AM The War On Drugs review: welcome to ambient rock

A gig by the War On Drugs is like a two-hour game of "spot the influence". Here are the bright keyboards and saxophone flourishes of the E Street Band. There are the meticulously programmed synthesiser washes of '80s indie heroes Talk Talk, giving way to the steady beat and busy bass of kraut-rockers Neu! And always the guitar of Adam Granduciel, the leader 25

25 January 2018 4:55 AM Glenn Maxwell on standby after Aaron Finch sidelined for Australia Day one-day international v England at Adelaide Oval

Rather than relying solely on Maxwell's diminished ODI numbers to explain his axing, Australia captain Steve Smith said Maxwell needed to train "a little bit smarter". The pair caught up in Melbourne to clear the air over the comments, although neither was willing to open up about the meeting. Maxwell was this week named in Australia's Twenty20 squad 21