Illness forces Payne to miss key ride

MICHELLE Payne remains likely to partner Kaspersky this spring despite forfeiting the prized Toorak Handicap ride on the import because of illness.

Raceday focus: Best bets for Wyong

GARY Moore will saddle-up Takedown in a $500,000 race at Royal Randwick on Saturday but first it’s off to Wyong on Thursday where he is upbeat All Too Huiying can break his duck.

WNBL: Teams to fear, players to cheer

MEET the teams, the players and the young guns to watch out for in the 2017/2018 WNBL.

WNBL wrap: Rd 1 winners and grinners

ONE round into the WNBL season and only two teams are undefeated — and the might not be the sides you expected.

Rebels plan to tap into Storm success

INCOMING Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels plans on tapping into the expertise and success of NRL champions Melbourne Storm ahead of the Super Rugby season.

Coach’s blunt warning to England bad boy

ENGLAND assistant rugby league coach Denis Betts says disgraced former Man of Steel Zak Hardaker needs to reform his lifestyle.

Hunt out of UFC Sydney

MARK Hunt has been sensationally withdrawn from next month’s UFC Sydney event after confessing to now slurring his words and “forgetting something I did yesterday” in a recent article with website, Players Voice.

Ring girl furore turns extremely ugly

BRITISH world champion boxer Chris Eubank Jnr has slammed Lily Allen after the former pop singer mocked him for being adopted as a youngster.

Who will the Socceroos face next?

PANAMA or Honduras loom as the most likely opponents for Australia after Tim Cahill ensured the Socceroos would feature in the next stage of the World Cup play-offs.