Nadal proves there's life in old champ yet

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Alexander Zverev of Germany

Nadal ultimately prevailed in four hours, six minutes over Zverev

Focussed Gavrilova fights back to advance at Open

Australia's Daria Gavrilova celebrates after defeating Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in their third round match at the Australian Open

A more mature Gavrilova took to the court last night

Dimitrov claims third-round win at 2am

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates after winning his third round match against Richard Gasquet of France

The Bulgarian world No. 15 defied the 11.58pm start

Unlikely frontline spinner loving his role for Aussies

Travis Head of Australia bowls during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA.

Travis Head is happy to play role of Australia's frontline spinner.

Gold medal-winning women out to impress at home

Australia's Chloe Dalton runs into score at the Rio Olympics.

Aussie women's sevens team hellbent on big performance in Sydney.

Mitchell Pearce dreaming of Origin recall

Mitchell Pearce in action for the Roosters.

Roosters halfback has a new outlook on both life and his career.

Victory still reeling from 'slap in the face'

Jai Ingham will be monitored by the Victory after returning from international duty with New Zealand.

Kevin Muscat's men are keen to return to the winner's circle.

Skipper says Sixers 'probably don't deserve' to play finals

The Sydney Sixers are looking to rebound from their embarrassing batting display against the Sydney Thunder last week.

Past wins give Gavrilova a dash of confidence

Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action against Ana Konjuh of Croatia.

The 22-year-old Australian is set to take on Timea Bacsinszky.

Scrapping offside rule just pure lunacy

Former Dutch soccer star Marco van Basten, who is now a technical director at FIFA.

There must be something in the water at FIFA.

Women loving the chance to work in AFL environment

Brisbane Lions women's AFL player Sharni Webb.

Players embarking on quest to become a part of a watershed year.

Murray, Wawrinka and Tsonga all safely through

Britain's Sir Andy Murray makes a backhand return to Sam Querrey of the USA during their third-round match at the Australian Open.

World No.1 claimed a straight-sets victory over Sam Querrey.

Ewan sprints to second stage victory of Tour Down Under

Australian rider Caleb Ewan of team Orica-Scott (centre) celebrates winning stage four of the Tour Down Under in Campbelltown near Adelaide.

Orica-Scott rider has again hit the afterburners when it mattered.

Three-set epic gives Kuznetsova sense of deja vu

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates after defeating Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

Russian is no stranger to marathon major matches.

8 shocking first-round Australian Open defeats

World number One Lleyton Hewitt expresses frustration on his way to being defeated by Alberto Martin of Spain during their first round match at the 2002 Australian Open

20 years of Melbourne Park boilovers

Porte feeling positive about Tour success

Australia's Richie Porte rides during the 18th stage of the 2016 Tour de France.

Aussie has paid his dues and knows 2017 could be his time.

WATCH: Knowles talks hockey, family, career and the future

Mark Knowles in Rockhampton.

Knowles sets sights on Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in 2018

Year in review: Leicester shows fairytales can come true

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates with teammates after a win in the English Premier League.

Phil Dillon looks back at 2016 in the beautiful game.

Year in review: Rio gold shades Bledisloe wipeout

Kieran Read of New Zealand with the Bledisloe Cup after winning the Bledisloe Cup.

Rugby was about more than just rucks and mauls in 2016.

Year in review: Palmer leaves a lasting legacy

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking a putt on the fourth hole of a play-off to win the Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.

One of golf's greats was farewelled in 2016, writes Phil Dillon.

Video assistants must help our referees

POINTED CRITICISM: Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha gestures to the video screen after being shown a red card by referee Chris Beath against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The A-League will be trialling a video referee in round 25.

Gloves off as NRL stinks of double standards

Chris Sandow is to face court over his New Year's Day stoush.

Sandow is due to appear in court today

Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall

Alex Brosque of Sydney FC gestures after being sent off against Brisbane.

Sydney star could play for country for the first time since 2013.

Burning new year issues NRL coaches must resolve

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

These might be the resolutions of the 16 NRL coaches.

Dave looks Taylor-made for Green Machine role

David Taylor is the right man for Canberra, says Tony Durkin.

Ricky Stuart did outstanding job with Raiders.

Storm pencils in Slater for practice match return

Billy Slater during a Melbourne Storm training session at Gosch's Paddock

Fullback has been out for all but eight games over past two years.

Coal Train now has reduced carriage at Canberra

Dave Taylor during his days as a Gold Coast Titan.

Taylor has put in the hard yards this preseason.

Brown tells Knights to stick by Mullen

Jarrod Mullen, of the Knights, is facing a four-year ban.

Brown said the Knights' top priority was Mullen's welfare

Sharks want Barba on the training paddock

The Sharks say Ben Barba being allowed to train will be good for his rehab.

League is yet to register Barba's newly signed one-year deal

Knights forward recovering after car accident

Pauli Pauli in action for the Newcastle Knights

Newcastle prop was one of eight people injured

Sharks re-sign Barba to reduced deal

Ben Barba scores for the Cronulla Sharks.

Cronulla has sent fullback's contract to the NRL for approval.

You Betts Eddie's staying a Crow

Eddie Betts has signed a new deal to remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Betts is set to finish his AFL career in Adelaide

Sheedy says he'll reach out to Hird

Essendon coach James Hird (right) with former coach Kevin Sheedy in 2015.

Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird.

Tania Hird pleas for privacy for husband James

Tania Hird leaves the family Toorak home with her children while James Hird is recovering at a facility after a suspected drug overdose.

James Hird's wife has asked for privacy in the wake of the incident

Brillante sure unbeaten run can go on at Sydney FC

Josh Brillante (right) says Sydney FC can stay unbeaten.

Sydney FC's Josh Brillante is confident the team can stay unbeaten

Brisbane Roar must battle for points, says coach

Jamie Maclaren could earn a recall against the Phoenix.

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi wants fight from his team.

Adelaide to face new champions league opponents

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors players celebrating after winning against Melbourne Victory last season. The club has been banned from the AFC Champions League this campaign.

ADELAIDE United will not face Jeonbuk Motors.

Lucas goal helps Liverpool scrape through in FA Cup clash

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, centre, celebrates scoring against Plymouth Argyle in the Reds' 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win.

STAND-IN captain Lucas Leiva's goal gives Reds a Cup win.

Roar star keen to turn tide after three straight losses

Thomas Kristensen of the Brisbane Roar heads the ball.

Thomas Kristensen is still optimistic about the rest of the season.

Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Man United manager has called time on his coaching days.

Dhoni cracks ton - and spidercam - in England defeat

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats against England during the second one-day international cricket at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, India.

Indian legend was denied a milestone six by TV camera.

Aussie skipper leads by example in win over Pakistan

Steve Smith of Australia raises his bat after reaching 50 runs during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA.

Steve Smith made history during the third one-dayer.

O'Keefe backs young Aussie to shine in India

Matt Renshaw after making his hundred in the recent series against Pakistan.

Australian spinner Stephen O'Keefe backs Matt Renshaw in India.

How your team is placed in the Big Bash League

Mark Steketee of the Heat (centre)

Heat are still clear atop the ladder on 10 points

Swepson gets the backing of spin rival

Mitch Swepson was the bolter for Australia's Test squad.

Swepson gets call from spin rival.

Did Channel 10 Big Bash commentary cross the line?

Jake Lehmann (centre) of the Strikers is congratulated after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of the Thunder

It was not a great look for the Big Bash League

Firebirds flying out for Diamonds mission

Queensland left in safe hands ahead of Super netball start

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Chelsea Locke playing for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship in 2016.

Ex-Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances.

Army training pushes Firebirds to their limits

Queensland Firebirds leader Gabi Simpson.

Military-style training camp has team steeled.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

The Queensland Firebirds, including Caitlyn Nevins (second from left), have signed Lorna Jane as their major sponsor.

Wing attack Caitlyn Nevins heaps the pressure on new rival.

Netball competition gets a name

Caitlin Bassett, right, will be one of the stars of the newly named Super Netball competition.

Australia's new-look netball league will be called Super Netball.

Pettitt to return to Diamonds after three-year absence

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during the Constellation Cup netball series last month.

Coach names squad of 12 for Quad Series in South Africa and England.

Lightning to face acid test first up

PRIMED: Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

First round of National Netball League has been revealed

McMullen team prepare to take on NSW talent

McMullen duo Peter and Chantal will be looking for two sought-after pacing victories in Sydney next month.

Esk Campfraft to be made safer for workers

IN THE RING: Esk Campdraft former president Jim Kruger with current president Darren Fisher, look over the areana which will undergo upgrades this year.

Esk Campdraft Association secures funding

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen, ridden by Jeff Lloyd, wins the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

Houtzen has rocketed to the top of Golden Slipper betting charts.

German galloper makes it four from from

Trainer Darren Weir.

Plein Ciel could be Hobart Cup-bound.

Easy win lifts Houtzen to Millions favouritism

Trainer Chris Waller.

Stage is set for an intriguing showdown next week.

Origin series within reach for Queensland jockeys

FOR QUEENSLAND: Jockey Jimmy Orman says a Queensland victory is within reach.

Queensland, lead by Jimmy Orman, could still win series

Payne hoping to find Cup winner for women's syndicate

Michelle Payne after riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey will train for a women-only syndicate.

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Northern Irishman out of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Justin Thomas became the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

American Justin Thomas breaks 60 in Hawaii

LISTEN: 'I was ready to win at that point'

IN ACTION: Charlie Dann at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

Charlie Dann wins biggest title of his golfing career.

Woods says Trump can belt a golf ball

Tiger Woods lines up a putt.

Duo played at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida.