James Hird loses bid for insurer to cover legal costs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: James Hird, coach of the Essendon Bombers looks on during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

James Hird has lost a bid to have insurer pay his legal bills

Parramatta Eels' punishment: 12 points and $1m fine

Anthony Watmough of the Eels watches from the stand during the round 1 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos.  (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

Five officials stood down, club won't win points until within cap

NRL statement on Paramatta Eels' salary cap breaches

National Rugby League's new logo was unveiled on Monday at the launch of the NRL five-year strategic plan, at Rugby League Central in Sydney, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The plan includes a new game wide brand and logo. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

Parramatta Eels docked all competition points from this season

Leicester City in 5000-1 Premier League victory

Leicester City supporters celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, in Leicester, Britain.

The two sides drew 2-2, giving a remarkable victory to the Foxes

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Try controversy sours Warriors win over Dragons

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 01:  Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors makes a run against Kalifa Faifai Loa of the Dragons the round nine NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Mt Smart Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Warriors break a 3213-day winless hoodoo against the Dragons.

Aussie goalkeeper dies after being hit by lightning

Former Sydney Olympic player dies after being hit by lightning

New ‘boys’ making a Giant statement

Giants' Rory Lobb celebrates scoring a goal with his teammates. Photo: AAP Image/David Moir.

Looks like we'll see an all-NSW grand final before all-WA one.

Kearney must be applauded for backing McFadden stance

Stephen Kearney

Kearney from displaying an honourable strength of character.

Magpies flying closer to safety in EPL

Rafa Benitez

Benitez says there is still plenty of work to be done.

Waratahs back on track as Brumbies, Rebels stumble

IN GOOD FORM: Michael Hooper makes a run against the Stormers.

The Tahs beat the Stormers in Cape Town.

This Origin hero backs Kevvie

FRENCH SORTIE: Adam Mogg during his stint with Catalan Dragons in the English Super League.

This Origin hero backs Kevvie

Brad Thorn's cross-code success all down to his dad

FLASHBACK: Brad Thorn in action for the Broncos in 2007.

Brad Thorn's success is due to some tough love from his late father.

Ced’s the all-round good guy

RAISING THE BAR: Australia’s first Olympic decathlete in 16 years, Cedric Dubler, is off to Rio after qualifying last week.

HOW does one decide to take up decathlon?

Kevvy the Origin gatecrasher

New Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters. Photo: AAP Image.

Walters still gets a buzz when he recalls going to his very first State of Origin...

Willing and able: Change of course brings more success

Kate Doughty has her sights set on gold at this year's Paralympics in Rio. Photo: Arnaud Domange.

Kate Doughty has never been one to let life’s obstacles stand in her way.

Experiencing cricket’s crazy/beautiful

The Australian cricket team practices ahead of its match against New Zealand during the ICC World Twenty20 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

JOSH SPASARO is a crazy cricket fan, but he’s got nothing on Indian supporters

Giant decisions await AFL’s rising force

ON THE OUTER: Will Hoskin-Elliott is having to bide his time in the reserves.

IT’S like the ultimate fantasy football league.

Time for a change with the bunker

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was left frustrated by the bunker’s decision.

Time for a change with the bunker

Age shall not weary older Kangaroos

North Melbourne veteran Jarrad Waite celebrates a goal against the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

They are often the unheralded members of a football club.

Don’t panic, this lot will do the job for Australia

Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote. Photo: AAP Image

New coach Mal Meninga will announce his team tomorrow.

In-form rookies deserve Kangaroos consideration

COUNTRY CALLING? James Tedesco has made an oustanding start to the season for the Tigers.

Meninga needs to take leaf out of own book.

The buck always stops with the coaches

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley is feeling the heat.

Bucks is the $3 fav in our ‘who’s feeling the most heat’ market.

Thaiday backing Meninga to unite Kangaroos

CLOSE TIES: Former Maroons coach Mal Meninga watches Sam Thaiday in training for last year’s Origin series.

Thaiday believes the esteem in which Mal Meninga is held by players from both sides...

OPINION: Winning Origin may mean forgetting about ethics

Anthony Milford in action for the Broncos last Thursday night. Photo: AAP Image.

Surely what needs to be done to win the series, must be done.

Semi-trailer should be left in the Fijian garage

Man of the moment ... Semi Radradra celebrates with teammates. Photo: AAP Image.

LIKE most rugby league fans, I love watching big Semi Radradra in action.

Moylan playing Origin catch-up

Matt Moylan is back for Penrith. Photo: AAP Image.

The Penrith captain needs an explosive return from injury.

Walters preparing for Origin baptism by fire

Queensland captain Cameron Smith pose for photographs during the State of Origin series launch at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.

CAMERON Smith believes Queensland has the right man to replace record-breaking...

Maroons needing crew cut for Origin

Darren Lockyer says Queensland needs to start planning for the future. Photo: AAP Image.

Queensland is close to another major overhaul to continue it’s dominance over...

Cowboys coach chases Bennett and greatness

Cowboys coach Paul Green.

There’s no denying there is some amazing similarities.

Rugby League: Fury spreads after big night out

Manu Vatuvei of the New Zealand Warriors grimaces in pain as he is taken off the field injured during their Round 2 NRL game against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Friday, March 11, 2016.

Warriors legend slams 6 players suspended for breaching protocol

Rebels fan banned for 12 months after brawl

Rebels Luke Welch during the first grade rugby league match between the South Grafton Rebels and the Sawtell Panthers at McKittrick Park South Grafton on Sunday, 10th April, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Instigator of post-match brawl not welcome at Group 2 fixtures

Salary cap cloud hangs over Eels

TALKING POINT: The selection of Semi Radradra of the Eels has been a bone of contention this week.

The Eels are bracing for a decision by the NRL.

Foran given leave of absence from Parramatta Eels

Parramatta Eels have granted captain Kieran Foran a leave of absence to deal with...

WATCH: Ben Hunt wary of young Sharks halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt says opposite No.7 will present a significant challenge.

Wanderers win thriller to send Roar packing

Dimitri Petratos (centre) celebrates with Roar teammates after scoring a goal during the A-League semi-final against the Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.

The Wanderers have broken Brisbane Roar hearts.

Newcastle steals vital point against Liverpool

Rafael Benitez’ return to Anfield was a pretty happy one.

James Donachie says Roar daring to dream at Wanderland

HOLD OVER THE WANDERERS: Defender James Donachie believes the Roar's superior record over Western Sydney will hold the team in good stead in the grand-final qualifier today. Photo: Bradley Kanaris - Getty Images.

JAMES Donachie believes his team can qualify for another grand final

North ready to let the football do the talking

KEY MAN: Jade North (right) does battle with Guilherme Finkler in the A-League elimination final.

Jade North says the Roar are ready to let their football do talking.

Victory a chance to make last 16 of ACL

Dario Conca scored for Shanghai SIPG against Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory a chance to make last 16 of ACL.

OUR SAY: 20 overs all too much for Aussies

India's Virat Kohli, left, and teammate MS Dhoni, right, are congratulated by Australia's James Faulkner after winning their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match by six wickets in Mohali, India, Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

National team still not taking shorter form of game seriously

Selections not to blame for exit, says skipper

Steve Smith said he could have scored more runs at World T20.

Selections not to blame for exit, says skipper

Experiencing cricket’s crazy/beautiful

The Australian cricket team practices ahead of its match against New Zealand during the ICC World Twenty20 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

JOSH SPASARO is a crazy cricket fan, but he’s got nothing on Indian supporters

Aussies find it tough on turning pitches

At a loss ... Australian captain Steve Smith after being dismissed. Photo: AAP Image.

Smith surprised by how much turn the wickets have provided.

Now for the T20 title

Shane Watson will open the batting for Australia. Photo: AAP Image.

Australia has Twenty20 vision

By George, he’s doing it

BENDING HIS BACK: Peter George will look to help bowl the Bulls into the Shield final.

George doing all he can to help adopted state reach Shield final.

Firebirds star Kim Ravaillion has point to prove

FIREBIRDS star Kim Ravaillion might be seen as shy by her teammates, but the centre’s ruthless streak will be on show against the Swifts in Brisbane today.

Swifts’ win sets up a netball cracker

Under a cloud ... Firebirds sharpshooter Romela Aiken may be in doubt however. Photo: Getty Images.

It's all set up for a Firebirds and Swifts blockbuster rematch.

Flock of Firebirds fans to cheer Caitlyn Nevins in Melbourne

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FIREBIRD Caitlyn Nevins won’t lack crowd support against the Vixens.

Firebirds ready to go again

CHAMPION: Firebirds captain Laura Geitz (captain) intercepts a pass in last year’s grand final win over the Swifts.

The hunter will be the hunted.

Firebirds of prey now the hunted

Firebirds Gretel Tippett passes the ball in the grand final between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts in Brisbane. Photo: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

No team has gone back-to-back in the ANZ Championship.

Diamonds versus Silver Ferns

Australia squared the ledger against New Zealand in the Constellation Cup with a...

Firebirds complete dream season with GF win

Photo: Finish Line Images

The Queensland Firebirds capped the perfect season by beating the Northern Mystics...