Ex-Swan admits he wrote side off too soon

The two-time premiership Swan had doubts over whether his old side could maintain its status as a genuine contender in 2016.

Can Dogs finally end their premiership drought?

Jarrad McVeigh (Swans) and Easton Wood (Bulldogs) hold aloft the premiership cup in Melbourne.

Many wnat to see the long-suffering side taste glory.

Bellamy and Flanagan to settle on line-ups after training run

Sharks forward Sam Tagataese during a training session at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Cronulla.

Rival coaches keeping their final 17 close to their chests.

Spinner hones his skill watching YouTube

Arjun Nair bats for the NSW Blues in the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at Traeger Park in Alice Springs in March.

Arjun Nair is the youngest player in the CAXI squad.

NBA rookie Maker says injury 'happened for a reason'

Thon Maker answers questions after being selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA draft in June.

Australian sprained his right wrist in pre-season practice.

Competition heats up - literally - in Malaysian F1 practice

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the best time in Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix practice.

Renault driven by Kevin Magnussen goes up in flames.

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.

Icon Norm finally returning to grand final week

GRAND STAGE: Norm Provan will be back where he belongs.

Decision to 'retire' from public appearances has been reversed.

Team of the future brimming with talent

Latrell Mitchell of the Roosters.

We select ARM's team of future representative stars.

Breaking up is hard to do ... just ask these NRL personalities

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah, who will move to the Rabbitohs next season.

We look at the biggest NRL break-ups of 2016.

Chris Bond steeled for more Games gold in Rio

FIRED UP: Chris Bond takes the ball upfield during Australia's win over Great Britain.

Chris Bond takes pride in being a "big-game player”.

Curtis McGrath: Soldiering on at Rio Paralympics

Curtis McGrath celebrates after qualifying for the Paralympics earlier this year.

Soldier became world champion in para-canoe in just two years.

Torita Isaac fit and ready to fire in Rio

Australian Paralympic team member Torita Isaac.

The 21-year-old is among the favourites to win the Paralympics 400m.

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.

A Prickly Ricky gives his Raiders the edge

Raiders Ricky Stuart has turned some of his players from outcasts to stars.

What coach has done this season is nothing short of amazing.

Paralympic performance we can all be proud of

Team Australia celebrates after winning the match against the United States in the men's wheelchair rugby gold medal match at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Australia finished fifth on the medal tally.

Extra time wins out against golden point

Cowboy Coen Hess is congratulated by treammates on his try during the NRL elimination final against the Broncos at 1300 SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Time to get rid of golden point during the regular rounds.

AFL-created 'monster' gobbling up its rivals

GROWING FORCE: Tom Scully (centre) celebrates with his Giants teammates after kicking a goal against the Swans on Saturday.

GWS has blossomed into a great team with great players.

Two hesitant referees are botching the game

NO PENALTY: Bronco James Roberts kicks out at Titan Ryan Simpkins.

Commentators scathing of match officials.

Former Gladstone junior stars in Storm squad for final

Christian Welch Melbourne Storm training at Gosch's Paddock, Rugby League. Picture: Jason Edwards

22-year-old goes from skinny fullback to Storm front rower

Rogers says Sharks win will make his dad proud

Former Sharks winger Mat Rogers.

Former Shark doesn't think players will suffer stage fright.

Titans' Douglas moving to England

Luke Douglas during a Gold Coast Titans training session.

Forward has signed for English Super League club St Helens.

Dally M winner Cronk has no plans to retire any time soon

Melbourne's Cooper Cronk and North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo with their Dally M Medals.

Storm halfback shared medal with Cowboy Jason Taumalolo.

Which team does the fan base most dislike?

Cronulla Sharks players Michael Ennis and Paul Gallen take part in a training session at Southern Cross Stadium in Sydney.

The decider is not a simple question of which team is more popular.

Durko's Dissections for the grand final

Jesse Bromwich of the Storm on the charge in the NRL preliminary final against the Raiders at AAMI Park.

Tony Durkin looks at who will win out of the Sharks and Storm.

Mitchell gives growing praise of Lions coaching hopeful

Sam Mitchell of the Hawks has backed Chris Fagan to be the new Lions coach.

Chris Fagan the front-runner for Lions job.

Former Dogs ready to support club's shot at glory

Current Suns coach Rodney Eade, who was in charge of the Bulldogs from 2005-11.

Bulldogs have lost seven preliminary finals since 1961.

Bulldogs won't be overawed in decider, says Swan

Sydney Swans player Josh Kennedy takes to the field during a training session at the SCG.

Sydney has the edge in grand final experience.

Celtic holds Man City to thrilling Champions League draw

Celtic's Moussa Dembele cores his side's third goal during the Champions League Group C soccer match against Manchester City at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Sides share spoils 3-3 in in Glasgow.

A-League going from strength to strength

Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar, Tim Cahill of Melbourne City and Bobo of Sydney FC pose for photographs during an A-League pre-season media conference.

Brett Holman and Tim Cahill cannot wait for the new season to start.

England boss Allardyce quits after being caught in scandal

Sam Allardyce after being appointed England manager.

Manager quits post after one match and 67 days in charge.

Manchester City wary of wounded Celtic

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring.

English side heading to Glasgow for Champions League clash.

Victory players out to impress in FFA Cup

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Kevin Muscat's men to visit NPL side Bentleigh Greens.

Coach delighted with form of young Roos

Australian player Steve Kuzmanovski (left) celebrates with Joshua Andrew Hope after scoring against Thailand in Hanoi.

Australia records 5-1 win over Thailand in tournament final.

Max Walker dies aged 68

Australian cricket legend Max Walker has died aged 68.

Max Walker dies aged 68.

Floros honoured to assume Bulls captaincy

Jason Floros of the Bulls prepares to bowl.

All-rounder taken aback when asked to take over as skipper.

Worrall keen to get in the swing of things in South Africa

Dan Worrall of the Stars celebrates dismissing David Willey of the Scorchers during a Big Bash League.

Swing bowler has been warned not to expect much movement.

Tremain ready to take his chances for Australia

ON THE RISE: Chris Tremain will be hoping for more celebrations like this.

Chris Tremain is determined to take his chances.

Elbow injury could force AB out of Tests

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers could miss the one-day series against Australia and maybe the tour to Australia.

AB de Villiers could miss the one-day series against Australia

Fringe players have chance to shine, says Lehmann

Melbourne Stars player Daniel Worrall bowls against the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League match at the WACA in January.

Aussies set play Ireland and South Africa.

Diamonds shooter shines in Quad Series win

A record goal haul from Caitlin Bassett has helped the Diamonds win the Netball Quad Series.

Diamonds know they must lift game against New Zealand

SHARPSHOOTER: Australia's Caitlin Bassett will be a handful for New Zealand to contain when they clash this weekend.

Silver Ferns set to turn on the defensive pressure.

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

A feast of Group 1 racing

This weekend of racing is right up there with the best on the Australian calendar.

Ladbrokes: Underwood Stakes seemingly a two-horse race

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrates as he rides Lucia Valentina to victory in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick in April.

Favourites have struggled somewhat in the race.

Winx in a class of her own in George Main Stakes

Chris Waller has won three of the past four editions.

Weir chases first Makybe Diva Stakes win

Victorian trainer saddling up three runners.

Racing Queensland snub turf club and dogs... again

NO SHOW: Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching is perplexed by the lack of Ipswich representation within the Racing Queensland advisory panels.

False start for Ipswich: Turf club left to run own race

Cult hero hoping to clean up again

The Cleaner aiming to win event for a historic third time.

Can Winx make it 10 straight in the Warwick Stakes?

Winx will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite

Winx the star attraction at Royal Randwick.

McIlroy inspired by Clarke's Ryder Cup leadership

FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy will be wanting to add another Ryder Cup to his collection when it gets under way in Minnesota.

Palmer to inspire US in Ryder Cup

Jimmy Walker will join the US Ryder Cup team in paying tribute to the late Arnold Palmer.

USA's Ryder Cup team will be moved by the memory of Arnold Palmer.

Nicklaus leads tributes to golfing great Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer, left, with Australian Jason Day. Palmer has died aged 87.

Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer has died in Pittsburgh.

McIlroy ends season with huge pay day

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy win secures FedEx Cup and $10m bonus.