Costa the key to stopping Chelsea

Former England international Stuart Pearce says Manchester City must stop Chelsea striker Diego Costa if it is to win their English Premier League clash.

Jones says rivalry with Cheika is just friendly banter

England head coach Eddie Jones.

England coach has claimed barbs are all a bit of fun.

Wanderers hitting their straps, says Popovic

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

Coach confident his team is ready for a move up the A-League ladder.

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Roar won't be bullied by City, says Aloisi

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.

War of words continues between coaches.

Early start no problem for clubhouse leader

Australian golfer Ashley Hall plays a fairway shot during the second round of the Australian PGA at Royal Pines.

Ashley Hall on target to achieve his dream of a European Tour card.

Baird bunny-hops on bicycle ID plan

New laws for passing cyclists are now in place.

NSW Government puts brakes on plan to force cyclists to carry ID

Young gun Matt Renshaw fires up nerves of mum and dad

NEW BOY IN TOWN: Matt Renshaw poses at the Adelaide Oval this week.

Baby-faced son prepares to face up to a red-hot South Africa.

Johnson joins list of freak sporting injuries

Steve Johnson in action for the GWS Giants this season.

In wake of Giant's injury, we look at 10 other unlucky incidents.

Dark times made Johnson wish he was injured

Australia's Mitchell Johnson bowls to England's Ian Bell on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in 2015.

Bowler didn't want to play the game, let alone bowl for his country.

Ireland's win caps remarkable year of upsets

Ireland's CJ Stander celebrates after his side's win over New Zealand in Chicago.

Has there ever been a year like this?

Play it again, Sam: young Bull keen to keep impressing

Sam Heazlett of Queensland bats against Victoria at the Gabba last season.

Left-hander is fit and raring to go after an injury lay-off.

Camaraderie 'broke down' in Test team, reveals Ian Healy

Ian Healy will be back in the Channel Nine commentary box this summer.

Former keeper can't get his head around claims of in-fighting.

Buck stops with Kidwell after disappointing Four Nations

Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Kiwis failed to repay his coach's faith in him.

If David Kidwell is to continue as Kiwis coach he'll need some help.

Kiwis flop on game's biggest stage

Australia's Josh Dugan looks to offload during the Four Nations final.

This felt like the bad old days against the Kangaroos.

Reformed Kangaroos give Barba a positive vibe

Josh Dugan in action for the Kangaroos.

Watching the Four Nations final should prove a door is still ajar.

Postecoglou must stick with those getting game time

Robbie Kruse of Australia and Pratum Chuthong of Thailand battle for the ball.

Where does Australia go now after poor showing in Thailand?

Flying Bird makes the Titans so much better

Former Titans player Greg Bird.

Bird the fourth most suspended player since the NRL was formed.

Heat on Dragons over alarming slide

Gareth Widdop in action for the Dragons.

Gareth Widdop has faded to become a shadow of his former self.

OPINION: NRL pay dispute a disaster

Ashley Robinson at Alexandra Headland Surf Club.

OPINION: Tugboat gives his take on the NRL pay dispute

Eels insist Radradra will be with club in 2017

Semi Radradra of the Eels.

Confusion reigned after French outfit said it had signed winger.

NRL showdown talks on hold

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant.

Discussions over funding postponed indefinitely.

Why Nat Neale will fire for Jets in 2017

SLEEK EFFORT: Jets forward Nathaniel Neale (in action against Wynnum last season) has turned up to pre-season training looking trim, taut and terrific.

Former Rabbitoh starts pre-season training with a bang

Hayne backs NRL duo to succeed in NFL

NRL players Valentine Holmes and Jason Taumalolo (right) speak to reporters in Los Angeles.

Ex-49er says youth will help Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes.

Daley impressed with Ferguson's form

Australia's Blake Ferguson is caught by New Zealand's Jason Taumalolo (left) and Adam Blair.

Winger was named Australia's best player in the Four Nations.

Suns say talk of Ablett trade a 'beat-up'

Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett.

Gold Coast has dismissed talk Gary Ablett could be traded.

Gary Ablett to hand over Suns captaincy

Gary Ablett walks out to warm up prior to the round-one clash with Essendon this year.

Lynch, May set to lead the club

Queensland's rise in draft costs Tasmania

The top 10 draft picks presented during the AFL draft in Sydney.

Tasmania failed to have a player picked in draft.

Victory enjoying time out of limelight

Marco Rojas of the Melbourne Victory celebrates after scoring against the Jets.

Kevin Muscat says he is happy for his team to fly under the radar.

Knee injury to keep Holman out for six weeks

Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar.

The 32-year-old was set for minor surgery on a torn meniscus.

Arsenal boss concedes Southampton were too good for his side

Southampton's Jordy Clasie (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Football League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal at the Emirates in London.

Arsene Wenger has bemoaned Arsenal's "lack of urgency”.

Southgate targeting home success as England manager

New England coach Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate is seeking redemption for his own Euros heartbreak.

United sees off West Ham to book spot in cup semis

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against West Ham.

Jose Mourinho's men will now play Hull City in the last four.

Cahill reveals boos spurred him on

Melbourne City player Tim Cahill during the FFA Cup against Sydney FC at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Tim Cahill scored the winning goal in the FFA Cup final.

Siddle hoping age won't count against him with selectors

Australian bowler Peter Siddle.

Veteran paceman Peter Siddle admits to feeling the nerves.

Finch hoping to carry Shield form to ODIs

Aaron Finch bats for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG.

Batsman says runs in any form of the game are a confidence boost.

Slater backs Marsh for recall in Gabba Test

Shaun Marsh raises his bat after hitting a half-century for Australia against South Africa in Perth.

Former opener says the veteran should take place of Matt Renshaw.

Inexperienced Black Caps chasing No.1 ranking

Martin Guptill is one of the Black Caps' most experienced campaigners.

New Zealanders preparing for defence of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Chappell 'put a line through Marsh's name a while ago'

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh raises his bat after reaching a half century on day two of the first Test against South Africa at the WACA.

Injury-prone 33-year-old batsman is edging closer to full fitness.

Patience pays off as Black Caps defeat Pakistan

It was a nail-biting finale to the series with Pakistan for New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

New Zealand's series win breaks a 31-year drought.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

Queensland Firebirds wing attack Caitlyn Nevins has heaped the pressure on new rival Collingwood ahead of the 2017 Super Netball season.

Ipswich netball honours high achievers

Tara Bramwell returned from an ankle injury to claim the Flyers player of the year award for 2016.

Ipswich Flyers' time to celebrate 2016 success

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.

Lightning to face acid test first up

PRIMED: Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

First round of National Netball League has been revealed

Tough defence helps Diamonds finish series with a win

Australia celebrates its series defeat of New Zealand during game four of the Constellation Cup netball series.

Aussies edge Silver Ferns 49-45 in Invercargill.

Ferns preparing to unleash new tactic in series finale

Caitlin Bassett of Australia and Anna Harrison of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series.

New Zealand has trialled the new move in training this week.

Magic ride to retain his lead

FORMER South African jockey Robbie Fradd had to wait until the final race on Friday at the Ipswich meeting to collect a win.

Brisbane Valley team with high standards

Family bred for trotting success

Top English jockey to ride for Godolphin down under

Jockey James Doyle at Warwick Farm in 2015.

James Doyle has ridden 17 Group 1 winners in four countries.

Veteran race caller Greg Miles set to retire

Racer caller Greg Miles in the broadcast box at Moonee Valley last year.

The voice of Victorian racing has called the most Melbourne Cups.

Smart tip to follow Bottarga

FAVOURITE HOME: Jockey Nozi Tomizawa guides Bottarga into the Ipswich Turf Club enclosure after his win last Friday.

Ipswich winner looks set for more race riches

Future Albion Park prospect wins at Marburg

Trainer's success points to bigger honours

Oliver's hometown hopes rest on Mackintosh

Jockey Damien Oliver will ride Mackintosh in the Railway Handicap in Perth.

Race win has eluded jockey despite his annual visits to Perth.

Tiger shows glimpses of brilliance in return to action

Former world No.1 has made a roller-coaster return to competitive action at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Mind over matter as Dodt takes lead at PGA

Australian Andrew Dodt during round one of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

Golfer thought of quitting tour before seeing a sports psychologist.

Woods eyeing victory in comeback tournament

Tiger Woods will return to action in the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods hasn't played on the US PGA Tour for 15 months.

Day won't rush back from back injury

Jason Day of Australia at the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September. Day withdrew from the tournament due to a back injury after playing eight holes.

World No.1 does not want to be in the same situation as Tiger Woods.