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  • Tommy Raudonikis blasts 'big nose' Laurie Daley over Origin snub

    4 February 2014 6:54 AM 41

    NSW State of Origin legend Tommy Raudonikis has launched a scathing personal attack on current Blues coach Laurie Daley and his assistant Trent Barrett. Raudonikis, who never won an Origin series as captain, is fuming after he was not invited to a Blues function last month that was restricted to former winning captains only. Angry that he was snubbed

  • North to lead Sixers against former team

    4 February 2014 6:44 AM 8

    Marcus North will take over as captain of the Sydney Sixers against his former team Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League T20 cricket semi-final at the SCG on Wednesday. Former Test batsman North, who has captained both WA and the Scorchers, was named on Tuesday to lead the Sixers in the absence of previous skippers Steve Smith and Moises Henriques

  • Collingwood's top draft pick Matthew Scharenberg ruled out until mid-season

    4 February 2014 5:26 AM 31

    Dane Swan is set to be a Magpie for life after re-signing with Collingwood. The 2011 Brownlow medallist ended speculation that he would retire early, signing on for two more years in the black and white - taking him until the end of 2016. COLLINGWOOD'S No.6 draft pick Matthew Scharenberg has been ruled out until mid-season. In a blow to the young gun's

  • Sam Gilbert to miss six weeks, in doubt for Round 1 as defender undergoes foot surgery

    4 February 2014 4:37 AM 34

    ST KILDA'S Sam Gilbert is the latest player to hit a pre-season speed bump, the defender in doubt for Round 1 after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot. Gilbert will be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing surgery where he had a screw inserted following the training mishap. He is likely to miss the start of the home and away season

  • 14yo named in Aust Paralympic team

    4 February 2014 3:56 AM 53

    When Australia's new generation of winter Paralympians fly into Sochi they will take with them the country's youngest ever competitor. Ben Tudhope - who turned 14 in December - has earned the right to skip the first few months of Year 9 at his Sydney school to compete with Australia's 10 other athletes at the Games, starting on March 7. The Australian

  • Ingall signs up for 2014

    4 February 2014 3:45 AM 10

    Former V8 Supercars champion Russell Ingall has agreed to a deal with Holden outfit Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to contest his 19th straight season. Ingall, known to all as The Enforcer, confirmed the move on Tuesday, ending speculation he could end one of motorsports's longest drives. Despite his 2013 campaign being badged "the last stand", Ingall withdrew

  • Injury forces Manly Sea Eagles forward Richie Fa'aoso to retire

    4 February 2014 2:47 AM 13

    It hasn't been the best start to 2014 for Manly forward Richie Fa'aoso who, after being placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond for drink driving, has now been forced into premature retirement due to his neck injury. MANLY prop Richie Fa'aoso has retired on the back of strong medical recommendations. Fa'aoso fractured his vertebrae against South Sydney

  • Fans, clubs, players challenged by new pre-season format

    4 February 2014 1:13 AM 9

    The NAB Cup, despite its status as a semi-serious lead-up to the home-and-away season, at least had a fraction of credibility and enough interest for fans thanks to its knock-out format. The AFL was fully entitled over the years to experiment with the pre-season competition, but clubs had one element of certainty: winning was usually the overriding aim to reach

  • Aust avoid US in basketball World Cup draw

    3 February 2014 10:45 PM 13

    Australia have avoided early-round clashes with the world's top three men's basketball teams - including Olympic champions the USA - for this year's FIBA World Cup in Spain. The Boomers on Monday were drawn in Group D for the 24-nation tournament beginning on August 30, pitting them against Slovenia (world No.13), Lithuania (No.4), Angola (No.15), Korea

  • Sth Africa ignoring Aust 'bull': Smith

    3 February 2014 7:20 PM 1

    Barbs continue to flow freely between the Australian and South African camps ahead of next week's opening Test in Centurion, with Proteas skipper Graeme Smith offering a pointed rebuke of the visitors' confidence. Australia have spruiked their bowling attack as the best in the world over the past month, while Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle have spoken