Brown tells Knights to stick by Mullen

Brown said the Knights' top priority was Mullen's welfare

Brillante sure unbeaten run can go on at Sydney FC

Josh Brillante (right) says Sydney FC can stay unbeaten.

Sydney FC's Josh Brillante is confident the team can stay unbeaten

Murray tests out ankle at practice

Britain's Andy Murray, left, talks with his coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session at the Australian Open.

FANS of world No.1 Andy Murray would have breathed a sigh of relief.

Fans left outraged after Williams likened to gorilla

Venus Williams of the USA in action against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland

ESPN commentator in the firing line

O'Keefe backs young Aussie to shine in India

Matt Renshaw after making his hundred in the recent series against Pakistan.

Australian spinner Stephen O'Keefe backs Matt Renshaw in India.

Sharks want Barba on the training paddock

The Sharks say Ben Barba being allowed to train will be good for his rehab.

League is yet to register Barba's newly signed one-year deal

Brisbane Roar must battle for points, says coach

Jamie Maclaren could earn a recall against the Phoenix.

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi wants fight from his team.

8 shocking first-round Australian Open defeats

World number One Lleyton Hewitt expresses frustration on his way to being defeated by Alberto Martin of Spain during their first round match at the 2002 Australian Open

20 years of Melbourne Park boilovers

Porte feeling positive about Tour success

Australia's Richie Porte rides during the 18th stage of the 2016 Tour de France.

Aussie has paid his dues and knows 2017 could be his time.

WATCH: Knowles talks hockey, family, career and the future

Mark Knowles in Rockhampton.

Knowles sets sights on Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in 2018

Year in review: Leicester shows fairytales can come true

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates with teammates after a win in the English Premier League.

Phil Dillon looks back at 2016 in the beautiful game.

Year in review: Rio gold shades Bledisloe wipeout

Kieran Read of New Zealand with the Bledisloe Cup after winning the Bledisloe Cup.

Rugby was about more than just rucks and mauls in 2016.

Year in review: Palmer leaves a lasting legacy

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking a putt on the fourth hole of a play-off to win the Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.

One of golf's greats was farewelled in 2016, writes Phil Dillon.

Video assistants must help our referees

POINTED CRITICISM: Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha gestures to the video screen after being shown a red card by referee Chris Beath against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The A-League will be trialling a video referee in round 25.

Gloves off as NRL stinks of double standards

Chris Sandow is to face court over his New Year's Day stoush.

Sandow is due to appear in court today

Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall

Alex Brosque of Sydney FC gestures after being sent off against Brisbane.

Sydney star could play for country for the first time since 2013.

Burning new year issues NRL coaches must resolve

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

These might be the resolutions of the 16 NRL coaches.

Dave looks Taylor-made for Green Machine role

David Taylor is the right man for Canberra, says Tony Durkin.

Ricky Stuart did outstanding job with Raiders.

Tomic relieved to get through tough test

BERNARD Tomic admitted he could have gone the same way as Nick Kyrgios if he had allowed his match with Victor Estrella Burgos to go into a final set decider.

Kyrgios meltdown follows Aussie Open defeat

Nick Kyrgios of Australia departs Hisense arena after being defeated by Andreas Seppi of Italy in round 2.

NICK Kyrgios says he needs to take tennis "more seriously”.

Comment: Nick Kyrgios’ dirty little secret laid bare

Why tennis star passionately adored while also purely loathed

Nick Kyrgios implodes in 'black eye' moment for sport

Nick Kyrgios takes a breather against Andreas Seppi of Italy in round 2 of the Mens Singles on day three of the Australian Open in Melbourne. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

There were no signs of what was to come...

Bombers backing young Aussie in grand slam debut

Andrew Whittington of Australia in action against Adam Pavlasek of Czech Republic.

Dyson Heppell and co put their support behind Andrew Whittington.

Federer sets up showdown with No.10 seed

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his win over Noah Rubin of the United States.

Seventeen-time grand slam winner defeated Noah Rubin.

Australian Open birthday gift for Kerber

SAFELY THROUGH: Germany's Angelique Kerber on her way to a three-set victory over compatriot Carina Witthoeft at the Australian Open.

World No.1 struggles but advances to third round.

Sharks re-sign Barba to reduced deal

Ben Barba scores for the Cronulla Sharks.

Cronulla has sent fullback's contract to the NRL for approval.

How Jillaroos coach plans to avenge Nines defeats

Kezie Apps of the Jillaroos is tackled by Nora Maaka (left) and Teuila Fotu-Moala of the Kiwi Ferns last year's trans-Tasman Test in Newcastle.

Aussies hellbent on reversing the result from last year.

Powerhouse prop commits to Roosters

Dylan Napa of the Roosters is tackled by Paul Gallen (right) and Matt Prior of the Sharks last season.

Firebrand front-rower Dylan Napa agrees to a two-year extension.

Thurston confirms one more year of rep footy

A jubilant Johnathan Thurston after their win over the Blues in State of Origin Game I last year.

Champion halfback will then concentrate on final days with Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston to quit Origin, Test footy for Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston

Dally M Medal winner keen to show loyalty to North Queensland club

Jarrod Mullen tests positive to steroids

Jarrod Mullen of the Newcastle Knights.

Knights star is facing a ban of up to four years.

Ablett's house move will get tongues wagging

Gary Ablett battles for possession with the Lions' Reuben Williams at Carrara on July 9 last year.

Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett has put his house on the market.

Lions sign up with global sports brand

Dayne Beams is among the frontrunners to be awarded the captaincy at the Brisbane Lions.

The Brisbane Lions have made an important signing.

Sheedy says he'll reach out to Hird

Essendon coach James Hird (right) with former coach Kevin Sheedy in 2015.

Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird.

Lucas goal helps Liverpool scrape through in FA Cup clash

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, centre, celebrates scoring against Plymouth Argyle in the Reds' 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win.

STAND-IN captain Lucas Leiva's goal gives Reds a Cup win.

Sport in brief

AUSSIE PRIDE: Local rugby league players Chelsea Baker (left) and Kody House will represent the Harvey Norman Australian Jillaroos in the Auckland Nines against New Zealand on February 6 and 7 at Eden Park. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer

All your sports in a nut shell

Roar star keen to turn tide after three straight losses

Thomas Kristensen of the Brisbane Roar heads the ball.

Thomas Kristensen is still optimistic about the rest of the season.

Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Man United manager has called time on his coaching days.

FAMILY HEARTACHE: Community rallies as Angela faces final days

Rockhampton's Blair and Angela Grice and their young family.

Football clubs come together in harshest of times

Popovic slams officials after derby draw

Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic dives on the ball ahead of Sydney's David Carney.

The 14th Sydney derby was one that neither side deserved to win.

Swepson gets the backing of spin rival

Mitch Swepson was the bolter for Australia's Test squad.

Swepson gets call from spin rival.

Did Channel 10 Big Bash commentary cross the line?

Jake Lehmann (centre) of the Strikers is congratulated after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of the Thunder

It was not a great look for the Big Bash League

Sodhi's 6-11 powers Strikers to upset win

Ish Sodhi (centre) of the Strikers is congratulated after taking the wicket of Chris Green of the Thunder

The Thunder lost 8-22 to be all out for 101

Lynn out, Handscomb in for third one-dayer

Peter Handscomb of Australia hits a four during the third Test against Pakistan.

Peter Handscomb will make his one-day international.

Forgotten spinner disappointed by selectors' snub

Australian cricketer Jon Holland delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last August.

Jon Holland has taken a swipe for "no communication”.

Clarke, Spartan Sports going into bat for grassroots

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke.

Ground-breaking partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation

Firebirds flying out for Diamonds mission

Queensland left in safe hands ahead of Super netball start

Netballer makes it to Sydney

Kaniesha Sailor at Sydney Olympic Park.

Rising netball star arrives at Australian Indigenous Championships

Kaniesha needs help to represent her heritage

RISING STAR: Gladstone's Kaniesha Sailor is trying to get to the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Championships later this month.

Gladstone netballer sets up Go Fund Me page

Representative squad the pathway to elite netball

STARS: Abbi Cooper, Lilly Peachey, Sharnie Small defending Keeley Dillon. The girls have made a netball representative squad.

Four Gladstone netballers in the Capricorn Netball Academy

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Chelsea Locke playing for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship in 2016.

Ex-Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances.

Gladstone netballer to captain the U19 Claws team

TALENTED: Capricorn Claws player Yasmin Ramsay during a coaching clinic.

A young leader emerges from the pack

Dylan's US soccer scholarship is just the start

CAREER MOVE: Dylan Clark hopes his experience in the US will enhance his soccer.

Young star looks to professional pathway

Golden success follows trainer at the Calliope track

Darryl Johnston made every post a winner when the Rockhampton trainer enjoyed watching his horse first to the line in Calliope.

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen, ridden by Jeff Lloyd, wins the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

Houtzen has rocketed to the top of Golden Slipper betting charts.

Birchley hoping for some magic at Gold Coast

Pepperano, a chance in Saturday's Magic Millions QTIS Open event, returns to scale after winning the Off The Track Subzero Handicap on Oaks Day at Flemington on November 3 last year.

Trainer Liam Birchley is seeking Magic Millions glory.

German galloper makes it four from from

Trainer Darren Weir.

Plein Ciel could be Hobart Cup-bound.

Easy win lifts Houtzen to Millions favouritism

Trainer Chris Waller.

Stage is set for an intriguing showdown next week.

Vandals trash our pony club

Gladstone Horse Club Photo Sarah Barnham / The Observer

Vandals trashing local pony club

Payne hoping to find Cup winner for women's syndicate

Michelle Payne after riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey will train for a women-only syndicate.

Cody on par to challenge in Open

Cody Anderson will hit off in the big lights of Sydney at the US Kids Golf Australian Open at Sydney's Moore Park starting Thursday

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot.

Northern Irishman out of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Justin Thomas became the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

American Justin Thomas breaks 60 in Hawaii

LISTEN: 'I was ready to win at that point'

IN ACTION: Charlie Dann at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

Charlie Dann wins biggest title of his golfing career.