Rio-bound trio farewelled in style

Olympic open water swimmer Chelsea Gubecka, coach Michael Sage and paralympian Liam Schluter are off to Rio.

Swimmers say sanctions won't make medals easier

STILL DIFFICULT: Matt Abood says the banning of top Russian sprinter won't make Australia's job in the pool any easier.

Aussie head coach keen to focus on job at hand.

Putin says Russian bans devalue Games

HITTING BACK: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'No concrete, evidence-based accusations' made, says leader.

Rio crime hits former Rocky man

The spectacular view from the Statue of Christ The Redeemer high above Rio.

The camera operator and a journalist were approached on the beach

Burton at 'home' in pre-Games team camp

PREPARING: Darling Downs rider Chris Burton.

Rider prepares for second Olympics

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM: Martin Marinov (left) will partner Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 1000m in Rio, as well as taking on the C1 1000m.

Aussie the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

GRATEFUL EIGHT: The Australian women's eight rowing team in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

FISA move applauded by Rowing Australia.

How this 69yo man will swim the English Channel

HE learned the art of swimming in the Toowoomba Municipal Baths and now he's about to take on epic challenge in England.

Three dead during Colombian soccer win celebrations

Colombia's celebration of victory has ended in death

Mallinder's Musings for round 19

RELENTLESS ENERGY: Giants skipper Callan Ward should lead his side to victory over the Tigers this weekend.

Terry Mallinder casts his eye over the weekend's AFL match-ups.

Bletchingly a springboard for big races

Bletchingly Stakes considered a good pointer for spring carnival.

Plenty of doors opening for Hayne

FUTURE UNDECIDED: Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne speaks to the media.

Manager says he's had talks with franchises in several codes.

Warriors finally bring back Lolohea

DANGER MAN: Tuimoala Lolohea of the Warriors will start at full back this weekend.

Panthers preparing to travel to face New Zealand.

Hurricanes give Coles time to beat rib injury

IN DOUBT: Dane Coles of the Hurricanes leaves the field injured during the quarter-final between the Hurricanes and the Sharks.

Skipper in doubt for clash with Chiefs.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Rod Davies rocketing to stardom

Former Queensland Reds speedster Rod Davies in flight.

A LOOK back on "Rockhampton Rocket" Rod Davies' remarkable journey.

Big Mal is the man to quell any disharmony

EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Former Queensland State of Origin coach and player Mal Meninga answers a question after being announced as the new Kangaroos coach in December.

Talk of division in Kangaroos team pure bunkum.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Blues got rub of the green from whistleblowers

UNDER PRESSURE: Matt Scott of the Maroons offloads the ball as he is tackled by Michael Jennings and Tyson Frizell during State of Origin game three.

NSW coach changed tune from games one to three.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

Durko’s Dissections for round 21

GONE MISSING: Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos has been out of sorts in recent weeks.

Tony Durkin takes a look at this weekend's NRL match-ups.

Jets no match for Bears

The Jets lost to the Burleigh Bears on the weekend.

Ipswich Jets v Burliegh Bears in Charleville on July 23.

Ennis 'one of the best I've coached': Bennett

CROWD FAVOURITE: Michael Ennis is greeted by Sharks fans last weekend.

Shark to retire at end of the season.

Brisbane pins hopes on inexperienced bench

BIG TALENT: Tevita Pangai jnr of the Broncos will start from the bench against the Roosters.

Gillett scratching adds to Broncos' woes.

Ipswich trio guides Queensland victory

NEW LEASE: Ipswich Jets star Lachlan Roe in action for the Queensland Rangers against the NSW Ron Massey Cup team at Pizzey Park, on the Gold Coast.

Jets players dominate scoreboard

Pavlich's 350th just what the Dockers ordered

GREAT SERVANT: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers will play his 350th game this weekend.

Swans wary of 16th-placed Fremantle.

Returning Cats give coach a selection headache

BACK ON DECK: Zac Smith of the Cats should be available for selection for the clash with the Bulldogs.

Embarrassment of riches for Geelong.

Suns boosted by missing girl’s safe return

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Steven May (left) joined his Suns teammates in searching for missing five-year-old Jocelyn Lewis.

Players joined efforts to find five-year-old.

Pride’s disappointing effort with extra man

Western Pride coach Graham Harvey

NPL team miss golden victory chance

Knights goal fest gives BPL side a welcome boost

Canale Cup win tests Ipswich depth

Westminster club supporting community

Westminster Warriors players Lauren Herring and Abbey Risson prepare for the club's annual Pink Day this weekend.

Pink focus on breast cancer

Bulls hosting special carnival for kids

Focus on helping disabled young people play football

Knights hope for better luck in Canale Cup

Coalstars supporters unite at the Ipswich Knights clubhouse to remember two great years in the club’s history.

Ipswich team switches focus

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Murali, Law give Aussies an inside edge over Sri Lanka

SPIN MAESTRO: Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan appeals for a wicket in a 2010 ODI clash against Australia.

Duo gives insight ahead of Australia's tour of island nation.

Heat secure world No.1 Badree for BBL

KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat.

West Indian joins McCullum as international signings.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand 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

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

'Exciting Games too far away' for Australian captain

Australian netball captain Laura Geitz encourages the next generation of players at the Ipswich clinic yesterday.

Geitz focuses on Firebirds and helping kids

Depleted Flyers display Ipswich tenacity

Netball

Netballers meet SEQ Challenge

Dittman rides double before sharing track concerns

LUKE Dittman rode the first two winners at Ipswich last Friday, both for female trainers.

Kenny keen to stay positive after brain bleed

Long-serving reinsman turns focus to Marburg

Road to Rio for our vet

TEAM MAN: WestVets owner doctor Nathan Anthony is Rio bound as team vet for the eventing equestrian team.

Marburg doctor’s vital Olympic role

Apprentice enjoys super thrill at Ipswich

Apprentice jockey Brooke Stower shows her delight after riding Love A Rose to victory at Ipswich last Friday.

Brooke Loves to win riding A Rose

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

BREAKING THROUGH: Wayne Lawsone-trained Nautile ridden by Alan Chau makes his move from the rails to claim back to back Maclean Cups by a neck over a fast finishing Con Karkatsanis-trained Bells of War on the 2016 Maclean Cup Day.

MACLEAN CUP: "This might be my last winner."

Kilkivan rider second in 80km endurance championship

ENDURING ENTHUSIASM: Fiona Fenech from Lower Wonga, in the Kilkivan district, placed second in the 80km event of the endurance championships.
Photo: contributed

Long-term Kilkivan district horse rider takes silver over the 80km.

Lachie's deserved milestone

Student working hard to develop exciting future

Day intent on winning, not defending

World No.1 Jason Day has been careful not to utter the words "back to back”, but is feeling confident ahead of his US PGA Championship defence.

Day upbeat about defending US PGA title

CONFIDENCE BOOST: Jason Day, of Australia, watches a tee shot at the Canadian Open golf tournament in Oakville, Ontario.

World No.1 desperate to secure a second major.

He is a corker of a golfer that 10-year-old Declan

UP AND COMER: Ten-year-old Declan Corke has made it into the state golf team.

Golfer, 10, qualifies for nationals in Murray Bridge

Scott coming home to compete for Australian titles

MASTERS WINNER: Adam Scott, from Australia, in action on the USPGA Tour.

World No.8 to compete at Gold Coast and Sydney.