It's that one-and-only night on the AFL calendar. No, the Brownlow Medal count hasn't been delayed a couple of months. It's draft night. The big occasion when the 18 clubs make vital decisions about new personnel .... decisions that can eventually result in premierships.
A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards for the grand final replay against Manly.
Anyone holding on to the notion that the Australian conference is weak simply has not been watching Super Rugby.
Were St George Illawarra too good? Or were the understrength Wests Tigers very poor?
Australian Richie Porte understands Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme's anger over his late withdrawal from the Paris-Nice race he won last year and is owned by the same organisation, to replace injured Chris Froome in the Italian Tirreno-Adriatico event.
This was meant to be a yarn about William Hopoate. Or Brad Arthur. Or that penalty try or Sam Tomkins' first NRL game.
This was a debutant's ball. For Manu Ma'u it was his first game. For William Hopoate, his first for a very long time. For Corey Norman and Nathan Peats it was their first in blue and gold.
It has been a long, grueling journey, the road defeats against the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, the six-game trip that began with losses to the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets and ended with one to the Atlanta Hawks, and, now, these latest Texas stumbles against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.
Forward Blake Griffin scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on for the narrowest of wins over the Atlanta Hawks.
Former rugby league player Ian Roberts has predicted the ‘‘end of contact sport’’ after being diagnosed with brain damage he believes is the result of being knocked out up to a dozen times in his playing career.
A collection of photos from Fairfax websites across the Mid-North Coast this week .