The New South Wales Waratahs have ruled out lock forward Will Caldwell for the 2011 season, allowing him to spend time recovering from Crohn's disease.
Only victory against Wellington will put Gold Coast United in the position that coach Miron Bleiberg wants them.
Roosters coach Brian Smith doesn't believe grand finals can be decided in the week leading up to the biggest match of the season - but he knows from painful first-hand experience they can be lost.
Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh admits he was strongly opposed to the club's decision to sack coach Daniel Anderson at an extraordinary board meeting on Sunday night.
It took seven-year-old Taylor Murray to sum up the thoughts and wishes of most rugby league fans ahead of Sunday's decider between a methodical St George Illawarra outfit and the ad-lib Sydney Roosters.
St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has categorically denied reports that tagger Clinton Jones has been playing with a broken foot for the past six weeks.
Alberto Contador is in danger of losing his 2010 Tour de France title after he reportedly tested positive for clenbuterol.
Rookie goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will be keen to continue his outstanding run between the sticks when the Mariners host North Queensland at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday night.
VENUE & TIME: Carisbrook, Dunedin, Saturday October 2, 17.30 NZT.
Apart from a brief spell in the blood bin against Manawatu, blindside flanker Matt Todd has played every minute of Canterbury's nine ITM Cup matches to date and he remains eager to tally up more time against Otago in their clash in Dunedin on Saturday.
A Samuel Eto'o hat-trick and Barcelona's draw in Russia were highlights of the second half of Champions League matchday two.
Tottenham claimed joint leadership of Group A with Inter Milan in the Champions League after a superb 4-1 win over Dutch side FC Twente.
A frustrated Vitezslav Lavicka concedes his future as coach of Sydney FC may be on shaky ground as a result of the club's disastrous start to the A-League season.
VENUE & TIME: Eden Park, Auckland, Friday October 1, 19.35 NZT.
Collingwood's Ben Reid believes the Magpies have room to accommodate three tall defenders in the line-up for Saturday's grand final replay against St Kilda.
Seeds Jurgen Melzer and Ernests Gulbis advanced to the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open following contrasting matches.
Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva moved safely into the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Lowly Cronulla – the only team to have twice tamed the rampant Roosters this year - have opened up their game book to show despised rivals St George Illawarra the simple blueprint to grand final success at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson expects to learn more about his players when they face the world's best in November.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has withdrawn his allegations that England players deliberately lost the third one-day international against Pakistan earlier this month in return for money.