Nick hits the right note with big pitches

GOOD ARM: Woolgoolga Blue Sox pitcher Nick Dollin.

Nick Dollin proved he had an arm few could reckon with

Melbourne City set up for do-or-die clash against Newcastle Jets after crushing Brisbane Roar

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22:  Rebekah Stott of Melbourne City celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 13 W-League match between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar at C.B. Smith Reserve on January 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Melbourne City set up winner-takes-all mini final against Newcastle

Is alcohol advertising in sport influencing our children?

There are calls today for a national conversation on the impact of alcohol advertising in sports like cricket.

Royal College of Physicians opposes alcohol advertising

Metre long beauty wins Fish of the Week

NICE CATCH: Hayden Elks caught this metre-long flathead at Anchors Wharf on 15lb line and a live mullet. Hayden said the fish lived to swim another day.

The Advocate's Fish of the Week competition

Win an A-League experience

Win a coach's perspective of Coffs' first ever A-League match

Targeting a better year in 2017

GOOD CATCH: Mark Kallman's blue-bar parrotfish.

COFFS Harbour Bluewater Freedivers revisits 2016

Fans invited to meet Jets at training session

FLYING IN: Catch the Newcastle Jets at the free training session at the international stadium on Thursday.

Catch up with the Newcastle Jets at the free training session

Ball in Kyrgios's court over coach, says Philippoussis

"He's got to get the phone and say 'Hi, I'd love to have the conversation, I'd love to work with you, I'm ready to work'.”

'Better get some toilet paper', Coco tells coach

Coco Vandeweghe  celebrates her win over Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open

Vandeweghe will play Venus Williams for a place in the women's final

From courts to courtships: Dimitrov learning to focus

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during his win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during round four of the Australian Open.

Bulgarian has dated Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Planets align as Venus creates Open history

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

The 36-year-old has reached the final four of the Australian Open.

Roar players fighting fit for busy schedule

Tommy Oar of the Brisbane Roar attempts a shot on goal.

Tommy Oar says Brisbane will take it one game at a time.

'We're going to chase a premiership'

(From left) Ben Hunt, Wayne Bennett and Anthony Milford during a Broncos training session in Brisbane.

Ben Hunt aiming for glory in his last year with Broncos.

Arsenal boss charged for pushing official

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger slapped with a misconduct charge.

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.

Your ultimate guide to the NRL pre-season

WORLD'S BEST: The North Queensland Cowboys celebrate after defeating the Leeds Rhinos 38-4 in last year's World Club Series.

We give you the full run-down in the lead-up to the season.

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.

Daly's cherry is back on top of Eagles' cake

Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

No doubt there are still critics of Cherry-Evans.

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.

Goffin happy being in the shadows in Melbourne

11th seed became the first Belgian male to reach the Melbourne Park quarter-finals

Raonic, Dimitrov power into Open quarter-finals

Milos Raonic of Canada faces off against Robert Bautista Agut of Spain during an Australian Open fourth-round match in Melbourne

Canadian third seed relieved to get through

Nadal step closer to dream Federer clash

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the fourth round match against Gael Monfils

Spanish great eliminates sixth-seeded French entertainer Monfils

Tsonga receives 'thank-you' note from ball girl

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after defeating Britain's Daniel Evans during their fourth round match at the Australian Open

French tennis star posts the letter on Twitter

Viviani out of Oz Open for hitting ballkid

SORRY: Maria Viviani apologises for accidentally hitting a ballkid in the chest, but she was automatically outed from the Australian Open

Italian kicked out of Australian Open for hitting a ballkid.

CoCo sends another world No.1 packing

Coco Vandeweghe celebrates with a dab after winning her  fourth round match against Angelique Kerber

American firebrand blasts Kerber from back-to-back title contention

Australian Open: Disqualified for hitting ball into ball kid

Italian junior player Maria Vittoria Viviani has been disqualified

Soward slams transfer system after Hunt's Dragons deal

Former Dragons half Jamie Soward.

Premiership winner has declared the NRL's contract system a "joke”.

NRL mean machine now a lean machine

Former Panthers centre Jamal Idris.

Jamal Idris has dropped 11kg over the summer.

Hunt's officially the $6 million man

DRAGONS SIGNING: Ben Hunt will leave the Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2017 season to join St George Illawarra on a lucrative contract.

Broncos' Ben Hunt signs $6m contract with St George Illawarra

Cordner shares Roosters captaincy with Friend

LEADER: Boyd Cordner has been named co-captain of the Sydney Roosters for 2017.

Roosters name Boyd Cordner as co-captain with Jake Friend for 2017

Kostjasyn faces throat surgery

AWAITING SURGERY: Knights recruit Rory Kostjasyn has a throat injury.

Rory Kostjasyn is waiting on surgery on a throat injury

What Ben Hunt's deal with the Dragons means

Ben Hunt at Broncos training.

Ben Hunt has just scored one of the richest contracts in NRL history

Tigers hit the Sunshine Coast for training camp

Richmond Tigers AFL players at the Maroochydore Multisports Complex for the start of the club's pre-season training camp.

Players go through their paces at Maroochydore

Roughead to lead Hawks in season 2017

Jarryd Roughead during a recent Hawks training session at Waverley.

After beating cancer, forward take captaincy reins from Luke Hodge

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

Socceroos greats push for A-League expansion

Australia's Mark Bresciano

Key to unlocking senior bottleneck and fast-tracking next generation

Asian Cup squad for A-League players

NEW SQUAD: Australian under-23 coach Josep Gombau.

Australian under-23 coach Josep Gombau has named a training squad

Mason suffers skull fracture in sickening clash

SKULL FRACTURE: Hull City's Ryan Mason (centre) suffered a sickening injury after a collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill (left).

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has had surgery on a skull fracture

Wenger's clash with official could prove costly

OFF YOU GO: Referee Jonathan Moss sends Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after a clash with the fourth official.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a sideline ban

Loss puts dampener on Brisbane Roar W-League season

Nina Frausing-Pederson of Brisbane Roar stands under a sprinkler after it was switched on at C.B. Smith Reserve

City set up a winner-takes-all mini W-League final against Newcastle

Victory keep the faith ahead of Big Blue

Melbourne Victory's head coach Kevin Muscat during the A-League match between the Perth Glory and the  Victory

Muscat refusing to give up on his side's chase of undefeated Sydney

Retired Watson claims T20 gong on awards night

T20 Player of the Year Shane Watson poses for a photograph with his award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in Sydney

Perhaps the most headscratching moment of the night

Apprentice ready to take on master in BBL final

New Zealand's Colin Munro carries the two pieces of his bat after it broke while playing Australia

Munro says McCullum encouraged him to always be aggressive

Finch back in ODI squad after firing in BBL

BACK IN SQUAD: Aaron Finch has been recalled to the Australian ODI team after a strong BBL season.

Finch is back in the Australian ODI determined to calm his batting

Pakistan fielding "unacceptable”, says angry coach Arthur

Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan misfields a ball hit by Steve Smith of Australia

Pakistan turned in one of the worst displays seen on Australian soil

Warner, Khawaja to miss ODI tour of New Zealand

RESTED: David Warner will miss Australia's one-day international tour of New Zealand.

Warner and Khawaja out of ODI team for NZ

Heat in with a shot at Big Bash double

Heat bowler Deandra Dottin during the WBBL match against the Adelaide Strikers.

Brisbane's men's and women's teams have both qualified for finals.

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.

Diamonds versus Silver Ferns

Australia squared the ledger against New Zealand in the Constellation Cup with a...

Trainer eyeing his race options after weekend four-peat

After a standard big day out at Moonee Valley on Saturday, mercurial Darren Weir is scanning the map for options.

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.

Ekibuuka defies odds to claim Pink Slips Cup

LOCAL LUCK: Ekibuuka, trained by Brett Dodson and ridden by Alison Threadwell, won the T.G Jung Quarries Wayne Glenn Pink Silks Cup.

Local wins Pink Slips Cup despite long odds

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.

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.

McDonald's ban costs him $1m-a-year job

James McDonald reacts after riding Hartnell to victory in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in October.

Kiwi was disqualified for 18 months for illegal betting.

Swafford wins first PGA Tour event with birdie blast

World No.204 Hudson Swafford breaks through to win his first PGA Tour event by a shot.

Canadian golfer breaks 60 with stunning round

Adam Hadwin poses after shooting a 59 to take the third round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club

29-year-old becomes eighth player to achieve mark on US PGA Tour

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot.

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