Do big contracts affect performance? Andrew McMahon

Matthew Gillett of the Maroons is closing in on a new long-term deal with the Brisbane Broncos.

Matt Gillett is a loyal Maroon and Broncos player

Brothers teams take each other on in big game at Marley Brown Oval

STOP RIGHT THERE: Gladstone Brothers' captain Josh Bateman thwarts a tackle.

Josh Bateman will be a key in Saturday's game

Ryan riding wave of confidence

Ryan Bebendorf heads down for a paddle.

Ryan Bebendorf is this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior star

Top of the table soccer clash adds to bitter rival theme

ALL SMILES: Clinton captain Chris Hill (right) hopes he will be all smiles on Saturday night.

Battle of the soccer heavyweights on this Saturday night

Duff was moved by Maroon magic

TRIPLE TREAT: Dane Gagai of the Maroons celebrates after he scored one of his three tries with Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and Justin O'Neill.

Rugby identity Richard Duff said the Maroons were always to win

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Blues must blood the next generation

FUTURE STAR: Tyson Frizell of the Blues scores a try during game two of the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium.

Game three a chance to look at future stars.

NSW may look to untried option to replace Reynolds

STEP UP: Cronulla utility Jack Bird has been backed to play in the halves in Origin III.

Halfback's absence could open door for Jack Bird.

Thaiday unsure if he’ll challenge dangerous tackle charge

UNDER SCRUTINY: NSW captain Paul Gallen is tackled head-first into the turf by Queensland's Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker during State of Origin II.

Maroons forward cited for tackle on NSW skipper.

Smith among the greatest, says Walters

TEAM MAN: Maroons captain Cameron Smith gets into space as Blues player Robbie Farah (right) looks on during the State of Origin II.

Maroons coach heaps praise on skipper

State of Origin 2016: Maroons reign again

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Queensland players celebrate.

Gagai scores a treble in series clincher

Queensland player ratings

TOUGH STUFF: James Tamou of the NSW Blues (right) grabs Corey Parker of the Queensland Maroons.

Who stood out for the Origin series winners?

England manager Hodgson won’t beg to keep position

England boss Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson not desperate to deal for his job.

Wimbledon’s greatest matches

HRD SLOG: John Isner of the USA won a Wimbledon marathon against Nicholas Mahut.

We take a look at some classic clashes on the hallowed grass.

Emotions run high as Raiders run away with win

NOT HAPPY: Gold Coast’s Greg Bird and Canberra’s Joseph Tapine at the centre of hostilities at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Emotions run high as Raiders run away with win.

Questions raised about Eagle Farm track

The new track at Eagle Farm has come under fire.

Track comes under fire at Eagle Farm.

Kyrgios friend now foe

TOUGH START: Nick Kyrgios plays Radek Stepanek tomorrow night in London.

Aussie faces mentor in first round.

New Racing Queensland board announced

Three new appointments have been made to the Racing Queensland board

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.

Sam Thaiday, the NRL’s gentle giant

TYPICAL POSE: Sam Thaiday in action for the Broncos.

The many sides of Sam Thaiday

Solomon Haumono's redemption in the ring

Solomon Haumono in action against Manuel Pucheta.

Solomon Haumono is finding redemption in the ring

Legendary commentator picks boxing favourites

SPEAKING OUT: Bob Sheridan during the welterweight bout between Jeff Horn and Randall Bailey.

Colonel Bob Sheridan loves boxing so much he would die for it.

This Origin hero backs Kevvie

FRENCH SORTIE: Adam Mogg during his stint with Catalan Dragons in the English Super League.

This Origin hero backs Kevvie

Father Time took his toll on Parker

MUCH IMPROVED: Bronco Corey Parker will retire at the end of the season.

Retiring Broncos forward has matured with age, writes Tony Durkin.

Just for starters, Origin needs an earlier timeslot

Action from State of Origin. Monday Magistrate Tony Durkin says the games should start earlier.

Just for starters, Origin needs an earlier timeslot.

The umpires strike back after ‘doubting’ Thomas

Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos has been in the spotlight.

The umpires strike back after 'doubting' Thomas.

North may rue long injury list

Shaun Atley of the Kangaroos injures his ankle at Etihad Stadium.

North Melbourne may rue long injury list.

Monday night epic not a grand final precursor

Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston.

Monday night game set to be a classic.

Bank on accounts to keep players honest

Manly has been caught up in alleged match-fixing.

Bank on accounts to keep players honest

Dogs’ Blues brothers pose threat to Broncos

AGGRESSIVE FORCE: Bulldogs forward David Klemmer (centre).

Klemmer and Jackson out for revenge.

Sharks wary of Warriors’ offloads

BREAKOUT YEAR: Chad Townsend of the Sharks is tackled during the round 4 NRL match between Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and Melbourne Storm.

Second-phase play presents challenge for rivals.

NRL faces financial hit from dead rubber

‘NO DEAD RUBBERS’: NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg.

Queensland series win a worst-case scenario for NRL.

Blues must blood the next generation

FUTURE STAR: Tyson Frizell of the Blues scores a try during game two of the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium.

Game three a chance to look at future stars.

Thaiday accepts ban over tackle

RUBBED OUT: NSW’s Paul Gallen is tackled head-first into the turf by Queensland’s Sam Thaiday (left) and Corey Parker during State of Origin II.

Broncos forward to miss two games.

Wales can win Euros, claims Bale

TOP SCORER: Gareth Bales in action for Wales against Russia at Euro 2016.

Real Madrid star says side not just making up numbers.

Late goal puts Irish through at Euros

PURE JOY: James McClean, Robbie Brady (centre) and Stephen Ward of Ireland celebrate after winning the Euro 2016 group E preliminary round match against Italy.

Last 16 of European Championships confirmed.

Footballer given brown...I mean, red card for farting

Swedish soccer player Adam Lindin Ljungkvist was given a red card for breaking wind deliberately

‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’

Croatia defeat Spain at Euro 2016

PURE JOY: Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France.

Croatians take top spot in Euros group.

Football For Children returns to Boyne Island and Tannum

The pitch yougsters will play on

Holiday action for youngsters who want to develop their soccer skill

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe re-signs for two more years

NEW DEAL: Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe shouts instructions to his side.

Glory coach Lowe signs on for two more years

BITS Oval to light up on Thursday night

Judy Mountjoy stands alongside one of the lights

The new lights at BITS Oval will be used for the first time Thursday

WATCH: As the Queensland Bulls celebrate their All-Star win

Bulls Masters Batsman Joe Burns salutes the crowd at Harrup Park after scoring a century.

Australian cricket greats give Mackay a thumbs up after game

Samuels guides West Indies to upset win over Aussies

TOP KNOCK: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels scored 92 as his side downed Australia.

Samuels shines as Windies down Aussies

Warner injury mars win over South Africa

BAD BREAK: David Warner (left) has a broken finger.

Broken finger puts Warner out of action

Warner whacks Proteas in Aussie win

David Warner hits his first ODI century on foreign soil.

Warner whacks Proteas in victory for Australia.

FEATURE: Michael Kasprowicz goes from bowling to business

Michael Kasprowicz has made a successful switch from bowling to the business world.

Michael Kasprowicz mastering business

Tough test for Vixens’ title hopes

The Melbourne Vixens are determined to show their ANZ Championship title credentials when they travel to Invercargill to play the Southern Steel.

Sport codes kick off commitment to tackle domestic violence

Footy, Netball, AFL and Union are all fighting domestic violence

Gladstone netball carnival 2016

Pam Moore Gladstone netball carnival 2016.

Pam Moore Gladstone netball carnival 2016.

Quartz girls turn it on

Plenty of juniors at the Pam Moore carnival

They did it the hard way and they prevailed

Netball attracts huge turnout

Pam Moore Gladstone netball carnival 2016.

Netball attracts huge turnout

Netball set go

Shelby Whitla and her older sister Olivia Shelby will be competing against each other in this weekend's Gladstone Netball Pam Moore Carnival.

The Gladstone Netball Association courts will be abuzz

Honest Firebirds on the rebound

Romelda Aiken in action.

Honest Firebirds on the rebound after losing first game.