Sombre day for Hughes' family, mates

Australian players will carry heavy hearts into the Third Test as they pause to reflect on the anniversary of Phiilip Hughes' death.

Aussie's pink experience irrelevant: Kiwis

Brendon McCullum says Australia's greater experience with pink balls will be irrelevant when the historic day-night Test starts.
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Indians seize control of Third Test

India have snatched control of the third Test against South Africa in Nagpur, with 12 wickets falling on day three.
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NRL blocks Burgess' Rabbitohs return: report

Sam Burgess' deal with South Sydney has hit a road block with reports the NRL has refused to register his contract because of salary cap issues.

Sea Eagles tackle terrorism threat

Manly have moved to counter potential terrorism attacks at NRL matches in the event of a Paris-style assault.

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Reds coach Thorn still has 'urge' to play

Brad Thorn has kept the door ajar for a possible playing stint for the Queensland Reds next season.
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Scott shows heart to stay in Open mix

Adam Scott says he's proud to have battled back from two double-bogeys to remain in contention for a second Australian Open title.
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Little-known Tighe has Aust Open golf lead

Little-known Lincoln Tighe is the surprise leader after surviving sweltering conditions at the Australian Open.
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Warne no help to Spieth at Australian Open

Defending champion Jordan Spieth has struggled to get to grips with the sweltering conditions that hit the Australian Open.
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Steve Smith rattled by net-bowler blow

Steve Smith admitted he was left shaken by the sight of a net bowler being struck on the head, one year after Phillip Hughes was felled.

Rogers' helmet call met with opposition

Former Aussie opener Chris Rogers' plea to make helmet neck guards compulsory has been opposed by current players.
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O'Keefe out as Aussies prepare for pace battle

Steve O'Keefe has been released from Australia's Third Test squad for what's expected to be a pink ball pace battle.
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Rabbitohs release Dylan Walker

Souths have released Dylan Walker with the Test centre expected to sign Manly for 2016.

Langer calls for an end to drawn Tests

Justin Langer says drawn Test matches are boring and wants a new system where a winnner can be named.
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We're back in the fight, says McCullum

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says he's encouraged by the improvement in his camp ahead of the Third Test.
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Man United made to wait after PSV stalemate

Manchester United squandered a chance to reach the Champions League last 16 after being held to a draw by PSV.
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'Roos will retain Daw in AFL rookie draft

North Melbourne will follow through with their plan to keep Majak Daw on their list as a rookie-listed player.

Lions young gun charged over vandalism spree

AFL young gun Lewis Taylor is facing several criminal damage charges after an alleged vandalism spree in Victoria.

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Ronaldo stars as Real rally while Man United held

Real Madrid survive Shakhtar ECL onslaught

Cristiano Ronaldo starred as Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk to take top spot in their Champions League group.
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The Cowboys celebrate their historic 2015 Grand Final win. (AAP)

NRL set to rubber stamp $1.8 billion TV deal

The NRL is reported to have agreed a deal with Fox Sports to show Saturday night matches in a deal worth an extra $175 million to the code.
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Big guns to roll out in Brisbane

Swiss maestro Roger Federer will head a star-studded list that features seven grand slam champions at the Brisbane International in January.
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Relaxed, fit, bowler Pattinson ready to go

James Pattinson says he's found balance in his life after spending the better part of two years on the sidelines.
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Lyon to step up as leader post-Johnson

Mitchell Johnson's retirement means Australia needs a new spiritual leader, with Nathan Lyon vowing to step up.
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Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann watch on at Australia training. (AAP)

Bowler struck on head at Aussie training

Australia's only training session under lights before the day-night Test was temporarily stopped after a net bowler suffered a blow to the head.

Blatter claims he is a FIFA target

Sepp Blatter maintains he is a good Christian who is being unfairly targeted by FIFA's ethics committee.
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Bosnich to FFA: listen to the fans

Football Australia is not in denial over violence and will ban whoever they see fit from the A-League, David Gallop says.
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Talias cleared by AFL leak investigation

The AFL has found Michael and Daniel Talia did nothing wrong after an investigation into alleged leaks of game-sensitive information.

Seebohm breaks Commonwealth swim record

Cate Campbell has laid down a challenge to sister Bronte by blitzing her heat rivals at the Australian short course swimming titles.
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Dangerfield trains with new Cats teammates

Prized recruit Patrick Dangerfield has buoyed spirits at Geelong after finally hitting the track with the Cats.
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Bogut inspires Warriors to NBA record

The Los Angeles Lakers have been no match in stopping the Golden State Warriors achieving their record 16th NBA victory of the season.