Ponting wary of Smith's workload

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is worried Steve Smith's leadership duties in all three formats of the game may take its toll.

Marsh slams Aussies' 'ridiculous' schedule

Chief selector Rod Marsh has slammed the "ridiculous" schedule that leaves Australia with two days to prepare for the First Test.

Boyce unlucky as Agar makes World Cup squad

Chief selector Rod Marsh admits legspinner Cameron Boyce was unlucky to miss selection for T20 World Cup.

Marshall leaves door open for Tigers return

Off-contract Benji Marshall says he wants to stay at the Dragons but has left the door open for a return to Wests Tigers.

Bellamy implores Cronk to re-sign

Coach Craig Bellamy remains coy on future but says off-contract star Cooper Cronk should finish his career at Melbourne.

Parcell puts his hand up for Manly No.9

Manly's Matt Parcell has been given a clear run to stake his claim for the hooker spot after injuries to his rivals.

Wade calls NZ allrounder a 'f---ing coward'

Australian keeper Matthew Wade called New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott a coward as tensions boiled over during the deciding ODI in Hamilton.
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Smith to lead Aussies' T20 tilt in India

Steve Smith feels ready for the responsibility of leading Australia in all three formats, having been named captain of a 15-man Twenty20 World Cup squad.
Tom Burgess. (AAP)

Tom Burgess resisting lure of NFL, for now

South Sydney's Tom Burgess says he remains committed to the NRL despite working out with five NFL teams over the summer.
Cooper Cronk. (AAP)

Green urges Cronk to stay at Storm

Melbourne Storm five-eighth Blake Green says he's desperate to see halves partner Cooper Cronk remain at the NRL club.

Disrespectful to withdraw ODI appeal: NZ

Brendon McCullum says it would have been 'disrespectful' to withdraw a controversial appeal in NZ's win over Australia.
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Riewoldt revved up to skipper Saints again

Nick Riewoldt says he's excited about leading St Kilda for the 11th season and is feeling mentally and physically fresh.
Kevin Pietersen. (AAP)

Door is shut on KP, says skipper Morgan

Despite recent good form, exiled England star Kevin Pietersen has no way back into the team according to captain Eoin Morgan.

Controversy as Aussies lose one-day series

NZ have retained the Chappell-Hadlee trophy by defeating Australia, with Steve Smith booed after Brendon McCullum's ODI swansong.
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US athletes to 'think' no Rio due to Zika

The US Olympic Committee has told sports bodies that athletes with health concerns over the Zika virus should consider not going to Rio.
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Swans avoid Magpies in Goodes farewell

The Swans will pay homage to retired legend Adam Goodes in round three, rather than honouring him in front of Collingwood supporters.

Wanderers may pay for fan behaviour

Wanderers fans who let off flares in the crowd against Victory could cost their club points or money under an FFA sanction.

Hayne refuses to rule out return to NRL

Jarryd Hayne has refused to rule out a return to the NRL to finish his code-hopping career.

Legend Manning leads Broncos to Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos have almost certainly sent legendary quarterback Peyton Manning off a winner after snuffing out the challenge of the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.