World Cup-winning coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's behaviour against New Zealand in the World Cup final last Sunday and admitted Australia planned a "really aggressive" approach to the match.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' second-row stocks have taken a hit with damaging newcomer Sam Lousi ruled out for the rest of the season.
Mark Kenny The relationship between politics and hyperbole is uncannily like the one between chips and salt. The former seems pretty bland without the latter.
Andrew Webster After battling personal demons Grant Hackett is back in the pool for the first time in six years.
Proving he can shoot goals in more than one sport, Real Madrid and Wales winger Gareth Bale has aced the NBA's half-court challenge after the gauntlet was thrown down on Twitter.
Jesse Hogan Ian Holland's reputation rose another notch on Wednesday night as he took out the Jack Ryder Medal as player of the season.
Patrick Bartley Australian racing, already rocked by the widespread use of the outlawed cobalt chloride, have moved to head off the next worrying prohibited substance on the black market, xenon gas, by announcing a testing facility.
David Polkinghorne The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their Super Rugby fairytales are temporarily on hold due to injury and the return of flanker David Pocock.
Chris Roots Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.
Rupert Guinness The Australian Rugby Union is confident its new policy allowing select players to take overseas sabbaticals will help retain talent in the long term, but they are also concerned it could see some burn out as they pursue back-to-back seasons without enough rest in between.