Smith misses training with stiff back

Australian selectors have been thrown a curveball before the must-win third Ashes Test with Steve Smith missing training because of a stiff back.

Christchurch hosts World Cup opener

Christchurch's Hagley Oval will officially begin the 2015 World Cup jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

Retallick thanks outgoing mentor

Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick has praised locking partner and outgoing co-captain Craig Clarke, saying he has had a big impact on his sharp rise through the rugby ranks.

Dev: India won't fear conditions

The Indian cricket team's growing belief that they can win regularly outside their own borders could hold them in good stead to defend their World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand, according to legend Kapil Dev.

NRL Teams - Round 21 selections

Check out all the teams for Round 21 of the NRL season.

Henry fumes at Cowboys leaks

Dumped North Queensland coach Neil Henry is not about to go quietly, accusing the club of leaking information that hastened his departure.

White's experience key for Brumbies

Jake White will impart all of his World Cup winning experience on the Brumbies in order to complete the club's fairytale transformation in Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs.

Stephens crashes out in Washington

World number 15 Sloane Stephens has been humbled 7-5 6-3 by Russia's Olga Puchkova in the first round of the Washington-based Citi Open.

Gallen: Cullen's departure no surprise

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen believes former CEO Bruno Cullen's heart wasn't really in the job but says the return of head trainer Mark Noakes is a major positive for the Sharks.

Williams accepts two-game ban

Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams will miss the club's next two matches after copping the early guilty plea for his high shot on Newcastle veteran Willie Mason.

Tall Blacks pour on the points

The New Zealand men's basketball team has accounted for the Toronto-based all-star outfit, the Mississauga Power in style with a 92-65 humbling at the four-team tournament in China.

McNabb to retire an Eagle

NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb will officially end his career on Monday as a Philadelphia Eagles player after signing a one-day contract.

Donnelly back in Otago blue

Former All Black lock Tom Donnelly has returned to the Otago rugby squad for this season's ITM Cup campaign.

Taylor happy to be called on by England

James Taylor says he is better prepared for Test cricket should he win an England recall against Australia at Old Trafford this week.

Messi not focused on awards

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has insisted winning honours for his club is more important to him than picking up individual awards.

Tributes pour in for Benitez

FIFA president Sepp Blatter led the tributes to Christian Benitez as the world of football mourned his death.

Willie Mason out for a month

Newcastle Knights forward Willie Mason faces a month on the sidelines after scans on Monday confirmed the 33-year-old has a fractured cheekbone and a torn calf muscle.

Smith talks up Walters for Cowboys job

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith has no doubt Kevin Walters has the runs on the board to be a success as an NRL coach, with the Storm assistant in line for the vacant North Queensland job.

Nationals thrash Mets

Wilson Ramos hit his maiden grand slam as the Washington Nationals routed the New Yorks Mets 14-1 in MLB on Sunday.

Folau's next move unclear

Sought-after code-hopper Israel Folau insists he is happy to wait on making a decision on where his future lies beyond this season as he focuses on the huge challenge of facing the All Blacks.
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