Dellacqua urges patience with comeback kid Barty

The 20-year-old made the round of 32 at the Australian Open, eventually losing in three sets to German Mona Barthel.

Johnson torches Stars as Scorchers progress to BBL final

Mitchell Johnson (centre) celebrates dismissing Rob Quiney at the WACA.

Scorchers are into their fifth Big Bash final in six years

Move it or lose it, coach tells Serena

Serena Williams of USA in action against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during round four at the Australian Open.

The world No.2 will take on Australian-born Brit Johanna Konta.

Who tops NRL's rich list?

Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans has the biggest contract in NRL history.

We look at the most lucrative contracts in the game.

Former teen prodigy putting dark past behind her

Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni celebrates her win over American Jennifer Brady in their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni says her "soul is at peace”.

Black Caps coach fumes over run-out rule

New Zealand's Neil Wagner is run out by Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan.

Mike Hesson wants cricket lawmakers to change run-outs law.

Ball in Kyrgios's court over coach, says Philippoussis

Nick Kyrgios of Australia during play against Andreas Seppi of Italy at the Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios has admitted it was time he hired a coach.

Women loving the chance to work in AFL environment

Brisbane Lions women's AFL player Sharni Webb.

Players embarking on quest to become a part of a watershed year.

Your ultimate guide to the NRL pre-season

WORLD'S BEST: The North Queensland Cowboys celebrate after defeating the Leeds Rhinos 38-4 in last year's World Club Series.

We give you the full run-down in the lead-up to the season.

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.

Daly's cherry is back on top of Eagles' cake

Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

No doubt there are still critics of Cherry-Evans.

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.

'Better get some toilet paper', Coco tells coach

Vandeweghe will play Venus Williams for a place in the women's final

From courts to courtships: Dimitrov learning to focus

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during his win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during round four of the Australian Open.

Bulgarian has dated Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Planets align as Venus creates Open history

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

The 36-year-old has reached the final four of the Australian Open.

Goffin happy being in the shadows in Melbourne

David Goffin reacts after winning against Dominic Thiem of Austria during round four

11th seed became first Belgian male to reach Melbourne Park quarters

Raonic, Dimitrov power into Open quarter-finals

Milos Raonic of Canada faces off against Robert Bautista Agut of Spain during an Australian Open fourth-round match in Melbourne

Canadian third seed relieved to get through

Nadal step closer to dream Federer clash

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the fourth round match against Gael Monfils

Spanish great eliminates sixth-seeded French entertainer Monfils

Class gets struggling Williams through

Serena Williams celebrates after downing Barbora Strycova at Melbourne Park.

Serena Williams is into her 47th quarter-final in major tournaments.

Cowboys coach hits back over calls to release Ponga

Cowboys coach Paul Green.

Paul Green wants NRL to stop players making early transfers.

Soward slams transfer system after Hunt's Dragons deal

Former Dragons half Jamie Soward.

Premiership winner has declared the NRL's contract system a "joke”.

NRL mean machine now a lean machine

Former Panthers centre Jamal Idris.

Jamal Idris has dropped 11kg over the summer.

Hunt's officially the $6 million man

DRAGONS SIGNING: Ben Hunt will leave the Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2017 season to join St George Illawarra on a lucrative contract.

Broncos' Ben Hunt signs $6m contract with St George Illawarra

Cordner shares Roosters captaincy with Friend

LEADER: Boyd Cordner has been named co-captain of the Sydney Roosters for 2017.

Roosters name Boyd Cordner as co-captain with Jake Friend for 2017

Kostjasyn faces throat surgery

AWAITING SURGERY: Knights recruit Rory Kostjasyn has a throat injury.

Rory Kostjasyn is waiting on surgery on a throat injury

Tigers hit the Sunshine Coast for training camp

Richmond Tigers AFL players at the Maroochydore Multisports Complex for the start of the club's pre-season training camp.

Players go through their paces at Maroochydore

Hunt's winning start with Brisbane Lions

OPTIONS: Megan Hunt played in Saturday's 16-point win against GWS Giants.

Local makes impressive Lions debut

Roughead to lead Hawks in season 2017

Jarryd Roughead during a recent Hawks training session at Waverley.

After beating cancer, forward take captaincy reins from Luke Hodge

Arsenal boss charged for pushing official

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger slapped with a misconduct charge.

Hull player talking after sickening head clash

Chelsea's Gary Cahill, left, and Hull City's Ryan Mason during their clash of heads at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old midfielder suffered a fractured skull

Socceroos greats push for A-League expansion

Australia's Mark Bresciano

Key to unlocking senior bottleneck and fast-tracking next generation

Asian Cup squad for A-League players

NEW SQUAD: Australian under-23 coach Josep Gombau.

Australian under-23 coach Josep Gombau has named a training squad

Mason suffers skull fracture in sickening clash

SKULL FRACTURE: Hull City's Ryan Mason (centre) suffered a sickening injury after a collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill (left).

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has had surgery on a skull fracture

Wenger's clash with official could prove costly

OFF YOU GO: Referee Jonathan Moss sends Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after a clash with the fourth official.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a sideline ban

Retired Watson claims T20 gong on awards night

T20 Player of the Year Shane Watson poses for a photograph with his award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in Sydney

Perhaps the most headscratching moment of the night

Apprentice ready to take on master in BBL final

New Zealand's Colin Munro carries the two pieces of his bat after it broke while playing Australia

Munro says McCullum encouraged him to always be aggressive

Finch back in ODI squad after firing in BBL

BACK IN SQUAD: Aaron Finch has been recalled to the Australian ODI team after a strong BBL season.

Finch is back in the Australian ODI determined to calm his batting

Pakistan fielding "unacceptableā€¯, says angry coach Arthur

Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan misfields a ball hit by Steve Smith of Australia

Pakistan turned in one of the worst displays seen on Australian soil

Warner, Khawaja to miss ODI tour of New Zealand

RESTED: David Warner will miss Australia's one-day international tour of New Zealand.

Warner and Khawaja out of ODI team for NZ

Netball needs help as volunteer numbers drop

A sport which is the fabric of Australian sporting culture is on the brink in Gladstone and urgent assistance is needed

Firebirds flying out for Diamonds mission

Nevins is excited to be part of the Diamonds squad.

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

Trainer eyeing his race options after weekend four-peat

After a standard big day out at Moonee Valley on Saturday, mercurial Darren Weir is scanning the map for options.

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

Swafford wins first PGA Tour event with birdie blast

World No.204 Hudson Swafford breaks through to win his first PGA Tour event by a shot.

Canadian golfer breaks 60 with stunning round

Adam Hadwin poses after shooting a 59 to take the third round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club

29-year-old becomes eighth player to achieve mark on US PGA Tour

Cody on par to challenge in Open

INTO THE SWING: Cody Anderson prepares follows through with his drive ahead of Thursday's US Kids Golf Australia Junior Open in Sydney.

Golf prodigy to play against best in Australia

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.