Billy's in the running

CLEAR WINNER: Trainer Bevan 'Billy' Johnson wants this to happen again as Montanus crosses the line, and he has five other horses running today.

Big day at the races in store


Karen Delpopolo at the 4BBB Championships, Gladstone golf course. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Week night sports results

Season towards business end

Basketball grand finals date will be confirmed after this weekend.

Final set for early December

Silat students learn so much

Ashtyn Brookes, Luke Lipscombe, Abbey Lipscombe, Tobi Arandale, Audra Atkinson and Maddison Brookes in training

Indonesian experience worth it for martial artists

Melody in tune

REPEAT EFFORT? Charcoal Melody is a hot favourite to win tomorrow's 850-metre Xport Plumbing Open Handicap in race three at Ferguson Park

Perfect weather to enjoy the races on Saturday

Top spot wanted

ALL ABOARD: Drew Bebendorf, Tanna Hayward-Gill, Maxi Grosskreutz, Taj Andrews, Jorja Grundy, Georgia Bell, Meg Larson and Mia Bell are all competing in the Northern Australian Championships from this Friday and the weekend at Mackay's Harbour Beach.

It's time for revenge for the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club

Missing out on 'lucrative contract' over fraud charge

Derek Rucker leaves the Gladstone Courthouse. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer

Rucker accused of committing a $20,000 fraud

Spurs boss wants to keep Alli's wild side

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he does not want to totally tame "wild child” Dele Alli as his Spurs side goes for a spot at the top of the EPL.

Alarming facts about the Wallabies' Eden Park drought

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw with the Bledisloe Cup in 2015.

Much has happened since the Wallabies beat the All Blacks in 1986.

Reds' former Victory star to face old side

Jesse Makarounas of Adelaide competes for the ball with Dimas Delgado of the Wanderers.

Jesse Makarounas played 36 times for the Victory.

Kiwis plan easy run for Pentathlon in Gold Cup

CHANGE OF PLAN: Connections hope new riding tactics will help Pentathlon (No.9) in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup.

Connections hoping change in tactics will put Pentathlon in the mix.

Roar looking to come back from thrashing

BAN SERVED: Brisbane will be looking to captain Matt McKay for inspiration.

John Aloisi expects a tough contest from the Central Coast Mariners.

Broncos hand lifeline to Benji with one-year deal


Benji Marshall has signed a one-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.

SVG shows the way on Gold Coast

Scott McLaughlin led the way in the opening practice round on the Gold Coast.

Shane van Gisbergen had a great practice day in the Gold Coast 600.

Jeff Horn goes from bully fighter to world beater

Welterweight boxer Jeff Horn goes through some training moves after a press conference in Brisbane.

Aussie at No.3 in the WBO rankings and can go higher this month.

Chaz Mostert has another mountain to climb

Chaz Mostert is rapt to be back on the mountain.

Driver describes Mount Panorama as more akin to a roller-coaster.

Will Davison: Mountain high, history steep

FAMILY TRADITION: Will Davison will contest his 13th Bathurst 1000 this weekend on the track where he drove alongside the late great Peter Brock in 2004 and won with Garth Tander in 2009.

Bathurst holds a particularly special place in the heart of Davison

Meninga tackles his family's past

Rugby league great Mal Meninga traces his ancestry in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

League great keen to take on the challenge.

Bulldogs win helps drive Supercars star Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin is heading to Bathurst in pursuit of a maiden win on the famous circuit.

Rising star looking to conquer own mountain

Who has the longest drought in Australian sport?

The Sydney Swans celebrate winning the 2005 AFL grand final against West Coast.

We look at the teams that have endured the longest waits for glory.

Cahill sets the benchmark for nation's athletes

Tim Cahill of Melbourne City celebrates after scoring against the Victory.

In every respect Tim Cahill delivered on his A-League debut.

Still some big 'ifs' over Postecoglou's Socceroos

Tomas Rogic of Australia and Genki Haraguchi of Japan contest possession during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Coach wants Australia to one day challenge for a World Cup.

Fans deserve better from superbrat Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios of Australia was warned by the umpire at the Shanghai Masters that he had to at least make out he was trying.

Aussie put in a bizarre display at the Shanghai Masters.

Good riddance Andrew, our game doesn't need you

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks celebrates following his team's win over the Storm in the NRL grand final.

Fifita was a controversial non-selection in the Kangaroos squad.

Underdog story had to be seen to be believed

Robert Murphy (left) and Easton Wood with the premiership trophy at Whitten Oval for the Western Bulldogs' reception after the 2016 AFL grand final.

So fairytales do exist. Dreams can come true.

'A larrikin who loved life and loved the game'

Former Australian rules footballer and Test cricketer Max Walker displays his trademark bowling action in the Long Room at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Melbourne.

Max Walker was the perfect foil for Lillee and Thomson.

Bennett wants my job, says Meninga

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga answers questions at a press conference.

Kangaroos boss turns up the heat on England rival.

Police raids linked to Eels salary cap dramas

NRL player manager Wayne Beavis leaves his home in Sydney on Thursday.

NSW police searched the homes and offices of prominent agents.

Raiders offer to help get Coal Train back on tracks

Dave Taylor during a Gold Coast Titans training session last year.

Canberra has thrown Dave Taylor a train-and-trial lifeline.

Kiwis rocked by Mannering injury blow

Simon Mannering of the Warriors will miss the Four Nations through injury.

Simon Mannering has been ruled out of the Four Nations.

Burgess to skipper England in Four Nations

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs will captain England in the Four Nations tournament, starting this month.

Coach Wayne Bennett says Rabbitohs star "leads from the front”.

Foran could force Lolohea move

Tui Lolohea will leave the Warriors if he can't play five-eighth next year.

Tui Lolohea could end up at St George

Hawks finally get their man O'Meara

New Hawks recruit Jaeger O'Meara poses at Waverley Park.

Hawthorn and Gold Coast reach agreement after a tense stand-off.

Rockliff to stay with Lions under new coach

Tom Rockliff of the Brisbane Lions will be staying put.

Former skipper had been at the centre of trade speculation.

Suns add Hanley to midfield ranks

Former Brisbane Lion Pearce Hanley has been traded to the Gold Coast Suns.

Gold Coast "rapt” to have Pearce Hanley on board.

Melbourne City sweating on fitness of star man

Nicolas Colazo of Melbourne City FC is in doubt to face the Glory because of an ear problem.

Marquee player Nicolas Colazo battling an ear infection.

Messi hat-trick ruins Guardiola's return to Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Group C match against Manchester City at the Camp Nou.

Argentine superstar capitalised on some Manchester City errors.

Foxes on brink of Champions League knockout stage

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez scores against FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Robin Olsen during their UEFA Champions League Group G match.

Leicester City records 1-0 home win over FC Copenhagen.

Napoli with chance to set Champions League record

Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Italian side could qualify from its group after only three games.

Canberra Olympic facing huge test against Sydney FC

Angelo Konstantinou of Canberra Olympic celebrates kicking the winning goal from the spot during the FFA Cup quarter-final match against Green Gully at Deakin Stadium.

Minnows from the nation's capital taking on the A-League leaders.

Ranieri defends struggling Leicester players

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri watches over a training session.

"They are human, not machines,” says coach.

Starc warning as quick prepares for comeback

Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc bowls in a practice session.

Bowler ready for his comeback in Sheffield Shield opener.

Proteas on Starc watch

HOMEWORK TIME: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is preparing to take on Mitchell Starc.

Proteas will have do their homework on star bowler Mitchell Starc

There's no ducking the issue for Kiwis

New Zealand's Ross Taylor leaves the ground after being dismissed by India's Umesh Yadav in the first ODI.

New Zealand has now recorded 17 ducks in India.

Test spots on the line, says Taylor

Australian batsman Joe Burns returns to the pavilion after being dismissed against Sri Lanka.

Former skipper says at least six spots are up for grabs.

Warner shifts attention to longer forms of game

Australian cricketer David Warner during a net session.

Batsman's form one of few positives from series defeat to Proteas.

Warner heroics not enough to avoid series whitewash

Australia's David Warner makes a run during the fifth ODI against South Africa in Cape Town.

Australia slumped to a 31-run defeat in the fifth ODI.

Tough defence helps Diamonds finish series with a win

The Australian Diamonds have taken out the Constellation Cup for the fourth straight year, edging the Silver Ferns 49-45 in a heated finale 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.

Diamonds coach slams Channel Nine

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander speaks to her players.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander slams push for two-point shot.

Diamonds coach concerned by burn-out despite Test win

Gabi Simpson of Australia challenges Grace Rasmussen of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series.

Lisa Alexander believes the Constellation Cup schedule poses a risk.

Silver Ferns ready to host Diamonds

Gretel Tippett of the Diamonds looks to pass during game two of the Constellation Cup series in Launceston.

Third clash in series may be a survival of the fittest.

Silver Ferns shock Diamonds to level series

Laura Langman of the Silver Ferns is surrounded by Diamonds players during game two of the Constellation Cup series.

New Zealand stunned the world champions with a ferocious fightback.

Silver Ferns out to take shine off Diamonds

Madison Robinson of the Diamonds and Anna Harrison of the Silver Ferns compete for the ball during game one of the Constellation Cup series at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

New Zealand coach wants her team to play for the full four quarters.

Hartnell ready to challenge Winx

It is the discussion that has dominated the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival and the issue will finally be sorted in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Hartnell ready to challenge Winx

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, goes through her paces in trackwork ahead of the Cox Plate.

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, is worthy of her place as favourite.

Punters can't get enough of Winx

Hugh Bowman (centre) rides Winx to victory in the Caulfield Stakes earlier this month.

The five-year-old to start the shortest-price favourite since 2010.

Yankee Rose bringing 'A-game' to Cox Plate, says trainer

Jockey Dean Yendall on Yankee Rose celebrates winning the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.

David Vandyke gives his dual Group 1 winner a chance.

Favourites satisfied with Cox Plate barrier draw

James McDonald rides Hartnell to the barrier for the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington earlier this month.

Winx to jump from No.3 and Hartnell in No.7.

Oliver loses appeal against reckless riding ban

Jockey Damien Oliver leaves the appeal hearing in Melbourne.

Champion jockey ruled out of Cox Plate and Derby Day.

Caulfield Cup will again be hard to call

Trainer Ciaron Maher (left) and jockey Damien Oliver celebrate after Jameka won the Crown Oaks at Flemington Racecouse last November.

Jameka favourite but northern raiders waiting in wings.

Scott hoping to go one better in Kuala Lumpur

Adam Scott missed his first cut in more than a year at the Japan Open last week but will be looking for something a lot better at the CIMB Classic.

Ko gives caddie the boot

Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.

World No.1 has split with Australian Jason Hamilton.

Woods 'can't push it' on road to recovery, says Day

Tiger Woods laughs with Jason Day before at last year's British Open at St Andrews in Scotland.

Jason Day says Tiger Woods will not be back on tour until next year.

Johnson claims top tour award

Dustin Johnson reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the US Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club in June.

American named the PGA Tour's player of the year.