Hartnell ready to challenge Winx

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, goes through her paces in trackwork ahead of the Cox Plate.

Winx is worthy of her place as favourite.

Hartnell ready to challenge Winx

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, goes through her paces in trackwork ahead of the Cox Plate.

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, is worthy of her place as favourite.

Punters can't get enough of Winx

Hugh Bowman (centre) rides Winx to victory in the Caulfield Stakes earlier this month.

The five-year-old to start the shortest-price favourite since 2010.

Hawks finally get their man O'Meara

New Hawks recruit Jaeger O'Meara poses at Waverley Park.

Hawthorn and Gold Coast reach agreement after a tense stand-off.

Starc warning as quick prepares for comeback

Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc bowls in a practice session.

Bowler ready for his comeback in Sheffield Shield opener.

Whincup takes aim at Supercars boss over appeal 'debacle'

Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup.

Driver takes a swipe at James Warburton for "playing dirty”.

Indians into World Series by downing Blue Jays

Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt winds up against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cleveland will be aiming for its first World Series win since 1948.

All Blacks embracing their chance to create history

Coach Steve Hansen in no doubt as to how the potential prize would increase the motivation levels.

Messi hat-trick ruins Guardiola's return to Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group C match against Manchester City at the Camp Nou.

Argentine superstar capitalised on some Manchester City errors.

Yankee Rose bringing 'A-game' to Cox Plate, says trainer

Jockey Dean Yendall on Yankee Rose celebrates winning the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.

David Vandyke gives his dual Group 1 winner a chance.

Bullets bring fear factor to NBL rivals

Daniel Kickert of the Bullets drives to the basket during the round-two NBL match between Brisbane and the Adelaide 36ers.

Melbourne United set to face reformed Brisbane side.

Call for plebiscite on dolphin-killing shark nets

CAUGHT: This blacktip shark was caught in a shark net off Noosa.

Greens call for public vote on Queensland-style shark nets

Jockey Craig Newitt realising his hoop dreams

Craig Newitt celebrates after winning the Rosehill Guineas on Tarzino in March.

Jockey Craig Newitt says he was riding horses before he could walk.

Rockliff to stay with Lions under new coach

Tom Rockliff of the Brisbane Lions will be staying put.

Former skipper had been at the centre of trade speculation.

Chaz Mostert has another mountain to climb

Chaz Mostert is rapt to be back on the mountain.

Driver describes Mount Panorama as more akin to a roller-coaster.

Will Davison: Mountain high, history steep

FAMILY TRADITION: Will Davison will contest his 13th Bathurst 1000 this weekend on the track where he drove alongside the late great Peter Brock in 2004 and won with Garth Tander in 2009.

Bathurst holds a particularly special place in the heart of Davison

Meninga tackles his family's past

Rugby league great Mal Meninga traces his ancestry in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

League great keen to take on the challenge.

Bulldogs win helps drive Supercars star Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is heading to Bathurst in pursuit of a maiden win on the famous circuit.

Rising star looking to conquer own mountain

Who has the longest drought in Australian sport?

The Sydney Swans celebrate winning the 2005 AFL grand final against West Coast.

We look at the teams that have endured the longest waits for glory.

Greats salute Big Max

Former Test cricketer, VFL footballer, TV personality and author Max Walker.

Lovable larrikin should be remembered as not just a bit-part player.

Still some big 'ifs' over Postecoglou's Socceroos

Tomas Rogic of Australia and Genki Haraguchi of Japan contest possession during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Coach wants Australia to one day challenge for a World Cup.

Fans deserve better from superbrat Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios of Australia was warned by the umpire at the Shanghai Masters that he had to at least make out he was trying.

Aussie put in a bizarre display at the Shanghai Masters.

Good riddance Andrew, our game doesn't need you

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks celebrates following his team's win over the Storm in the NRL grand final.

Fifita was a controversial non-selection in the Kangaroos squad.

Underdog story had to be seen to be believed

Robert Murphy (left) and Easton Wood with the premiership trophy at Whitten Oval for the Western Bulldogs' reception after the 2016 AFL grand final.

So fairytales do exist. Dreams can come true.

'A larrikin who loved life and loved the game'

Former Australian rules footballer and Test cricketer Max Walker displays his trademark bowling action in the Long Room at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Melbourne.

Max Walker was the perfect foil for Lillee and Thomson.

Storm so boring they're enchanting

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith and coach Craig Bellamy attend a press conference at AAMI Park.

A lot of people don't like how Melbourne plays.

Kiwis rocked by Mannering injury blow

Simon Mannering of the Warriors will miss the Four Nations through injury.

Simon Mannering has been ruled out of the Four Nations.

Burgess to skipper England in Four Nations

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs will captain England in the Four Nations tournament, starting this month.

Coach Wayne Bennett says Rabbitohs star "leads from the front”.

Foran could force Lolohea move

Tui Lolohea will leave the Warriors if he can't play five-eighth next year.

Tui Lolohea could end up at St George

Exciting Test, but the plus was one referee

Kangaroos debutant Shannon Boyd runs at Kiwis Isaac Luke and Kevin Proctor during the trans-Tasman Test at nib Stadium in Perth.

The performance of referee Matt Cecchin was the highlight.

Meninga delighted as Inglis and Holmes star

Valentine Holmes of the Kangaroos evades a tackle to score a try against the Kiwis.

Inglis earned man-of-the-match honours thanks to a double.

Kidwell knows Kiwis must improve

Kiwi players perform the Haka ahead of the Test Match against the Kangaroos at nib Stadium in Perth.

Kiwis leave for their Four Nations campaign on Wednesday.

Former Pie the latest to join rapidly rebuilding Saints

Former Magpie Nathan Brown will join the Saints next season.

Look for the Saints to go marching back into the finals next season.

Trade gambit could blow up in Hawks' face

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks takes a mark against the Blues.

Hawthorn risks treading a path laid out by Lions seven years ago.

Lions and Giants in draft pick trade frenzy

Darcy Gardiner has re-signed with the Brisbane Lions.

Head-scratching "transaction” in trade period action

Napoli with chance to set Champions League record

Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Italian side could qualify from its group after only three games.

Canberra Olympic facing huge test against Sydney FC

Angelo Konstantinou of Canberra Olympic celebrates kicking the winning goal from the spot during the FFA Cup quarter-final match against Green Gully at Deakin Stadium.

Minnows from the nation's capital taking on the A-League leaders.

Ranieri defends struggling Leicester players

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri watches over a training session.

"They are human, not machines,” says coach.

Roar's promise to rebound from thrashing by Jets

Jade North (right) promises the Roar will fight back from thrashing.

Brisbane Roar's Jade North says team must fight back after loss

Holman says Roar must get better

Brisbane Roar's Brett Holman takes a shot at goal against the Newcastle Jets.

Brett Holman says things must improve at Brisbane Roar.

Best yet to come from Sky Blues, says Grant

Sydney FC's Filip Holosko celebrates scoring a goal during the round two A-League match against the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Sky Blues had their second straight 4-0 success.

There's no ducking the issue for Kiwis

New Zealand's Ross Taylor leaves the ground after being dismissed by India's Umesh Yadav in the first ODI.

New Zealand has now recorded 17 ducks in India.

Test spots on the line, says Taylor

Australian batsman Joe Burns returns to the pavilion after being dismissed against Sri Lanka.

Former skipper says at least six spots are up for grabs.

Warner shifts attention to longer forms of game

Australian cricketer David Warner during a net session.

Batsman's form one of few positives from series defeat to Proteas.

Warner heroics not enough to avoid series whitewash

Australia's David Warner makes a run during the fifth ODI against South Africa in Cape Town.

Australia slumped to a 31-run defeat in the fifth ODI.

NSW bowler Abbott recounts the day Hughes was felled

INQUEST: A coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes will be held in Sydney this week.

A coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes starts today

OPINION: Phil Hughes' death inquest damaging

TRAGEDY: Phil Hughes' death was a tragedy that sparked a massive outpouring of emotion.

My heart goes out to those being grilled over the freak accident

Ferns preparing to unleash new tactic in series finale

New Zealand defender Anna Harrison is preparing to unleash a bold new defensive tactic in the Constellation Cup finale in Invercargill.

Diamonds coach slams Channel Nine

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander speaks to her players.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander slams push for two-point shot.

Diamonds coach concerned by burn-out despite Test win

Gabi Simpson of Australia challenges Grace Rasmussen of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series.

Lisa Alexander believes the Constellation Cup schedule poses a risk.

Silver Ferns ready to host Diamonds

Gretel Tippett of the Diamonds looks to pass during game two of the Constellation Cup series in Launceston.

Third clash in series may be a survival of the fittest.

Silver Ferns shock Diamonds to level series

Laura Langman of the Silver Ferns is surrounded by Diamonds players during game two of the Constellation Cup series.

New Zealand stunned the world champions with a ferocious fightback.

Silver Ferns out to take shine off Diamonds

Madison Robinson of the Diamonds and Anna Harrison of the Silver Ferns compete for the ball during game one of the Constellation Cup series at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

New Zealand coach wants her team to play for the full four quarters.

Bassett flawless as Diamonds outshine Silver Ferns

Caitlin Bassett of the Diamonds takes a shot at goal during game one of the Constellation Cup netball Test series between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.

Australia claimed a convincing 68-56 win.

Favourites satisfied with Cox Plate barrier draw

Connections of the two favourites for Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate emerged from the barrier draw at Moonee Valley with confidence unabated.

Oliver loses appeal against reckless riding ban

Jockey Damien Oliver leaves the appeal hearing in Melbourne.

Champion jockey ruled out of Cox Plate and Derby Day.

Caulfield Cup will again be hard to call

Trainer Ciaron Maher (left) and jockey Damien Oliver celebrate after Jameka won the Crown Oaks at Flemington Racecouse last November.

Jameka favourite but northern raiders waiting in wings.

Jameka v Europeans in 2016 Caulfield Cup

Damien Oliver pats Jameka after winning the Group 1 Oaks on Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse last November.

Talented mare Jameka has been a dominant favourite.

How a spider bite made a jockey's Caulfield Cup dream

Jockey Chad Schofield rides De Little Engine to victory in the J.B. Cummings AM Tribute Plate on Melbourne Cup day last year.

First emergency De Little Engine is into the Caulfield Cup.

Hong Kong's best hoop bound for Melbourne Cup

Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira at Flemington Racecourse last year.

Third Melbourne Cup ride for Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira.

Pike has found special Elixir

HARD TO BEAT: Jockey Zac Purton rides Sacred Elixir to win the JJ Atkins on Stradbroke Day at Eagle Farm in June.

New Zealand's Sacred Elixir has picked up his game in the past week.

Scott hoping to go one better in Kuala Lumpur

Adam Scott missed his first cut in more than a year at the Japan Open last week but will be looking for something a lot better at the CIMB Classic.

Ko gives caddie the boot

Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.

World No.1 has split with Australian Jason Hamilton.

Woods 'can't push it' on road to recovery, says Day

Tiger Woods laughs with Jason Day before at last year's British Open at St Andrews in Scotland.

Jason Day says Tiger Woods will not be back on tour until next year.

Johnson claims top tour award

Dustin Johnson reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the US Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club in June.

American named the PGA Tour's player of the year.