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'Straight back in!' Marshall could challenge for undisputed 168lb title next

Marshall could challenge Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title this year, says promoter Ben Shalom.


Abell and Ahmed included in England's ODI and T20 squad for Bangladesh tour

Uncapped duo Rehan Ahmed and Tom Abell have been selected for England's white-ball tour of Bangladesh.


United Rugby Championship: Eben Etzebeth enjoying life at the Sharks under Neil Powell’s coaching

Eben Etzebeth has praised Sharks director of rugby Neil Powell and said he is enjoying playing under the former Blitzboks coach's guidance.


Dave Rennie will not be the next All Blacks coach - report

Former Wallabies coach Dave Rennie will not be considered for the All Blacks top job after this year’s Rugby World Cup in France, according to a report out of New Zealand.


PGA Tour has new rule in latest bid to deter golfers from defecting to LIV

Aspiring golf talents who are tempted to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series might think again after the PGA Tour introduced a new rule in a bid to deter golfers from joining the franchise


GWS young guns impress as captaincy remains undecided

GWS young recruits Connor Idun and Tom Green have shown impressive leadership during a pre-season retreat as the captaincy remains vacant.


Gregor Townsend has named his Scotland team to face England

Gregor Townsend has named his Scotland team to face England this Saturday at Twickenham in the opening round of the Six Nations.


AFL Injury List 2023: Melbourne ruckman on the mend and eyeing off round one

Which players from your AFL club are currently out of action because of injury? Who in your AFL Supercoach and Fantasy teams is on the sidelines? When will the injured players return to match action? The Sporting News lists the injuries from every AFL club during the 2023 season. MORE: AFL 2023 pre-season news - Everything you need to know For all...


Six Nations key stars: Mercurial Johnny Sexton set for another strong campaign

In anticipation of the start of rugby’s greatest championship, Planet Rugby has a closer look at key players. Next up is Ireland captain Johnny Sexton.


Australian players’ union and LGBTQ+ advocates join criticism of Saudi sponsorship of Women’s World Cup

Australia’s professional footballers union and LGBTQ+ advocates have criticised Fifa for accepting sponsorship from the Saudi Arabian tourism authority for the Women’s World Cup later this year, with one group saying the event is now being sponsored by a country where many players and fans would be persecuted for being themselves. Fifa is expected to confirm that Visit Saudi will join international brands such as Adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa in...


Storm hooker Harry Grant set to evolve his game

Melbourne's Harry Grant will be the undisputed number one hooker at the NRL club for the first time in his career, and has been backed to embrace the challenge.


Rugby-Fiji coach Cotter quits seven months before World Cup

(Reuters) - Fiji coach Vern Cotter has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons, leaving the Fijian Rugby Union (FRU) scrambling to find a replacement seven months before the World Cup in France. "FRU has begun the process to recruit a new Flying Fijians coach that will take the team (to) 2023 Rugby World Cup in France," the FRU said in a statement. "FRU wishes Vern Cotter all the


Strauss urges 'softening' of men's cricket dressing-room banter

Sir Andrew Strauss has urged men's cricket to leave behind the "dressing room banter" that has severely hit the sport in recent years.


Cricket-'Box office' Archer ready to be patient after injury return

(Reuters) - Jofra Archer said it is a "surreal" feeling to be back playing cricket again after a lengthy injury lay-off and the England speedster knows he must be patient during his comeback in an important year for the team. Archer spent 17 months on the sidelines with back and elbow injuries before returning to international cricket in the one-day series in South Africa. His career-best 6-40


Breakers surge to second with comeback NBL win at Hawks

One more win for the New Zealand Breakers will cement a top-two NBL finish following a comeback 91-81 win over Illawarra on the road.


England's ODI form ahead of the World Cup assessed

After beating South Africa in the third ODI but losing the series 2-1, how are England shaping up nine months out from the World Cup?


Bombers hope Wright will be OK for pre-season hitouts

While Essendon forward Peter Wright's calf muscle problem is not thought to be serious, draftee Elijah Tsatas will miss the start of the AFL season.


'I'm disappointed': Fiji coach Vern Cotter delivers World Cup blow

New Zealand-born Vern Cotter has stepped down as Fiji national coach little more than eight months out from the Rugby World Cup in France.


AFL 2023 preseason news: Brisbane forward Daniher undergoes secret surgery

With preseason well and truly underway, clubs and players are starting to ramp up their preparations for a big 2023 AFL season. Coaches have planned heaps of running, ball drills and new game plans to implement over the next few months leading into the March start of the next campaign. However, some players will have limited production during the s...


Cowboys prop to build on 2022 breakout season

The pain of a preliminary final loss has North Queensland prop Reuben Cotter hungry for more in 2023, as the prop looks to string together a full NRL season.


Rafael Leao or Khvicha Kvaratskhelia? Kaoru Mitoma is just as good and can break the mould for Japanese football

Kaoru Mitoma has taken the Premier League by storm over recent months. It comes as no surprise to Jay Bothroyd, who was dazzled by the winger's raw talent in the J-League.


Smith: Golf rankings 'becoming obsolete' without LIV points

Open champion Cameron Smith says the world ranking system is becoming "obsolete" as a result of points not being awarded to events on the LIV Golf series.


Sheens tells Brooks to embrace the '05 vibe

Tim Sheens wants to take Wests Tigers back to the future with an unorthodox style of play, one his halves pairing says will shock a few NRL rivals.


World Cup of Darts star Momo Zhou dies aged 31 as Paul Nicholson leads tributes

Tributes have been paid to Chinese darts player Momo Zhou, who in 2018 became the second female to play at the World Cup of Darts, after she died at the age of 31


A gulf has always existed between the NRL and Super League but is it about to become worse?

Brian McDermott knows a thing or two about what it takes to win within the incessant grind of rugby league, getting his hands on multiple trophies during his decade-long playing career at Bradford before going on to become the most successful coach in Super League history. He was the man in charge when Leeds Rhinos were in their pomp, rolling their...


Six Nations: Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones handed starts against England

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his 23-man squad to take on England in the Six Nations Championship on Saturday.


AFLW 2023: When does AFLW season eight start?

Details about AFLW season eight have yet to be released as fans ponder when the start date might be. Following a successful seventh edition of the women's league - which was played from August to November in 2022 - it would be the assumption that the competition would follow the same format and dates. All 18 clubs participated during the Winter/Spr...


Soccer-World Cup ambassador says Saudi sponsorship would be 'disempowering' for women

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Former New Zealand international Maia Jackman said Saudi sponsorship of the Women's World Cup would be in "complete opposition" to female empowerment and set back her work as an ambassador for the tournament. Australia and New Zealand, co-hosts of this year's World Cup, wrote to global soccer governing body FIFA on Wednesday seeking urgent clarification after


Fiji: Vern Cotter steps down as head coach with immediate effect

Fiji head coach Vern Cotter has resigned from his position just over eight months out from the Rugby World Cup in France citing personal reasons.


Ian Botham urges England to give Australia "what they deserve" in pointed Ashes warning

The iconic Ian Botham is currently Down Under, and he spoke to Mirror Sport about The Ashes this summer, the international schedule, and England's 'Bazball' turnaround


World Cup Challenge 2023: When is it, how to watch, who is playing, preview

The World Club Challenge has returned for the first time in three years and features back-to-back NRL premiers Penrith squaring off against Super League giants St Helens. The English side have won four consecutive titles and will be making their eighth appearance in the showpiece event against Ivan Cleary’s men who will be aiming to claim their fir...


White starts at scrum-half for Scotland in Six Nations clash against England

Ben White was a notable inclusion in Scotland's starting side to face England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday after coach Gregor Townsend left regular scrum-half Ali Price out of his matchday 23. - 'Inspire our nation' - Former Scotland fly-half Townsend, asked what winning in front of a full house at Twickenham -- where the Scots have recorded just five victories over England -- would mean to his side, replied: "It would be massive.


Tanah Boyd in Titans' seven heaven thanks to Foran

Gold Coast playmaker Tanah Boyd has revealed why he is ready to put his stamp on the halfback role for the NRL club in 2023.


Neser stars as Heat upset Sixers, storm into BBL final

Michael Neser's batting under pressure has sealed an upset four-wicket win for the Brisbane Heat, who defeated the Sydney Sixers to qualify for the BBL final.


Amanda Serrano vs. Erika Cruz predictions, odds, best bets for 2023 boxing fight

In April 2022, Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor made history by main eventing Madison Square Garden, a first for women's boxing. Serrano will look to make history again when she faces Erika Cruz for undisputed featherweight gold on February 4. The fight between Serrano and Cruz takes place inside MSG’s Hulu Theater. If Serrano, the WBC, WBO, IBO, IB...


Soccer-NZ says FIFA should factor 'empowering women' in commercial arrangements

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -New Zealand sports minister Grant Robertson said FIFA should consider the "empowerment of women and girls" when making commercial arrangements amid reports Saudi Arabia's tourism arm is set to sponsor the Women's World Cup. Australia and New Zealand, co-hosts of this year's World Cup, wrote to global soccer governing body FIFA on Wednesday seeking urgent clarification after


Powell-Pepper signs on at Port until 2025

Sam Powell-Pepper's excellent AFL campaign last season has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension at Port Adelaide.


Tatum leads Celtic rout of Nets, Sixers bounce back

Jayson Tatum scored 31 points as the Boston Celtics put the depleted Brooklyn Nets firmly in their place with a brutal 139-96 mauling on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving led the Brooklyn Nets scoring with 20 points.


Six Nations: Ellis Genge raring to with new England coaching staff ahead of Calcutta Cup clash

England prop Ellis Genge is raring to go with coaching duo Steve Borthwick and Kevin Sinfield after having worked with the pair at Leicester Tigers.


Athletics-Yehualaw, Kosgei headline stellar women's London Marathon field

(Reuters) - Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw will defend her London Marathon title in April, with world record holder Brigid Kosgei and Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya also set to run, organisers said on Thursday. Reigning Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands will make her marathon debut at the age of 30, with 1,500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, 2016


Cricket-Women's cricket awaits birth of a superpower with game set to take off in India

By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Women's cricket looks poised to step out of the imposing shadow of the men's game in India, and the rest of the world is bracing for the birth of a superpower in the sport. While male players have long enjoyed rock star status in the cricket-mad country, their female counterparts have had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Their struggle has finally


Defender Sicily leading the way for more physical Hawks

Hawthorn had intense match simulation training at Morwell on Thursday, with potential captain James Sicily leading the way.


United Rugby Championship: Seabelo Senatla’s return set to boost the Stormers

Stormers wing Seabelo Senatla is excited by the prospect of returning to action after being sidelined since September with a pectoral muscle injury.


What channel is the East-West Shrine Bowl 2023 on today? Time, rosters & top NFL Draft prospects to know

The 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl is not lacking for talent as one of the premier college football all-star games. Among the players who will attend and participate in practices at this year's events: UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, TCU defensive back, Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Boston College receiver Zay Flowers and more. How they perform...


Golf-World rankings becoming 'obsolete', says Open champion Smith

(Reuters) - British Open champion and LIV golfer Cameron Smith said the world ranking system is becoming "obsolete" as a result of points not being awarded to events on the Saudi-backed series. The 29-year-old won his first major at St Andrews in July and also claimed the Players Championship to rise to world number two, before becoming the highest-ranked player to switch to the lucrative circuit


'We don't have an emphasis on health culture' | RL stars discuss concussion

James Graham believes a change of culture in rugby league is needed if the sport is to get to grips with the issues around concussion.


Fiji head coach Cotter quits seven months before Rugby World Cup

Fiji are looking for a new head coach seven months before the Rugby World Cup after New Zealander Vern Cotter resigned on Thursday because of "personal reasons". "Fiji Rugby was blessed to have Vern Cotter come on board, but the call (to resign) came directly from him due to personal reasons," Tuiloa told a press conference in Suva.


Kruse completes Roar ALM return, Tates re-signs for WSW

Robbie Kruse is set for one last stint in the A-League Men after sealing a deal with the Brisbane Roar, while Tate Russell has re-signed for Western Sydney.


Sports minister urges FIFA to consider 'empowerment of women'

Sports minister Grant Robertson believes FIFA needs to consider the "empowerment of women and girls" when making commercial arrangements amid reports Saudi Arabia's tourism arm is set to sponsor the Women's World Cup.


Reds prop Zane Nonggorr aims to replace world's best

Queensland Reds are preparing for their opening Super Rugby Pacific trial against Western Force with an intense battle for one key position looming.