GOLF: Playoff determines Mixed Foursomes Championship

Courtney Fuller watches her tee shot down the 12th hole in the second round of the Grafton Ladies May Tournament.

Langford and Fuller combine for third successive title

Bears out of the woods and sharpening claws for Majos clash

Travis Armstrong scored a hattrick in Yuragir United's come from behind 4-1 win over Grafton United in the North Coast Football 2nd Division North match played at Wooli Sports Ground on Saturday, 23rd of July, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Second spot up for grabs after seven-match unbeaten run

Bobcats on verge of top four after narrow escape

ON A MISSION: Luke Hanlon shoots for Maclean Bobcats in the North Coast Football Mens Premier League roundd 14 local derby against Westlawn Tigers at Barnier Park, Junction Hill on Saturday.

Late double saw Maclean out of trouble in derby at Barnier Park

International Olympic Committee takes easy way out

'IOC has let down athletes by decision not to ban Russia'

Grafton to be represented in five divisions at Masters

GREAT TIMES: Grafton Hockey Association women's masters team had a great time away last year at Bathurst, and most will be back away again this weekend at Taree.

Strong contingent heading to Women’s Masters State Championships

NRL WATCH: Clarence products excel as top eight beckons

Titans player Anthony Don crosses over to score during the Round 20 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Anthony Don continues try-scoring rampage for finals-bound Titans

Tip off time for brand new basketball competition

POINT MAN: Grafton Vikings' co-captain and point guard Sam Wicks will be fit and firing for this weekend’s opening clash in the Sunshine Basketball Conference at the Lismore Basketball Stadium.

Vikings ready to plunder Lismore in Sunshine Conference opener

No-nonsense enforcer joins Rebel ranks

NO NONSENSE: Rebels’ new enforcer Cameron Willcox.

New dread for opposition as leaders bolster front rower stocks

HOCKEY: Bears scrape into inter-district finals

CHALLENGE: Mitchell Lollback   after the ball in the Grafton City Bears 1-0 loss to East Lismore.

Tough job ahead for fourth-placed Bears

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

Martin Marinov will do everything he can to not embarrass himself as the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

GRATEFUL EIGHT: The Australian women's eight rowing team in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

FISA move applauded by Rowing Australia.

Women outnumber men in Olympic team for first time

TEAM BOSS: Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller is proud of the number of women representing Australia in Rio.

Team numbers 212 women and 207 men.

Women's Eight in Olympic rowing after Russian ban

The boats of the Netherlands, Romania, Germany, China and Australia (at top), start for the Women's Eight race at the Rowing Olympic Qualification on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, Sunday, May 22, 2016.

There are now more women than men in the Australian Olympic Team

Swimmers fine-tuning for Rio relays

MEDAL MASTERMIND: Swimming coach Michael Bohl knows the importance of good relay changeovers.

US camp aiming to build team spirit.

'Cops who kidnapped my boyfriend are downstairs'

Kiwi athlete and journalist partner live-tweeting kidnapping attempt

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM: Martin Marinov (left) will partner Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 1000m in Rio, as well as taking on the C1 1000m.

Aussie the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

Broncos must soon start their charge to the finals

FALLING FLAT: Josh McGuire of the Brisbane Broncos is suspended for tonight's clash with the Roosters.

Team three points adrift of a vital top-four berth.

Durko’s Dissections for round 21

GONE MISSING: Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos has been out of sorts in recent weeks.

Tony Durkin takes a look at this weekend's NRL match-ups.

Ennis 'one of the best I've coached': Bennett

CROWD FAVOURITE: Michael Ennis is greeted by Sharks fans last weekend.

Shark to retire at end of the season.

Brisbane pins hopes on inexperienced bench

BIG TALENT: Tevita Pangai jnr of the Broncos will start from the bench against the Roosters.

Gillett scratching adds to Broncos' woes.

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

GRATEFUL EIGHT: The Australian women's eight rowing team in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

FISA move applauded by Rowing Australia.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Rod Davies rocketing to stardom

Former Queensland Reds speedster Rod Davies in flight.

A LOOK back on "Rockhampton Rocket" Rod Davies' remarkable journey.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Blues got rub of the green from whistleblowers

UNDER PRESSURE: Matt Scott of the Maroons offloads the ball as he is tackled by Michael Jennings and Tyson Frizell during State of Origin game three.

NSW coach changed tune from games one to three.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

D-Day approaching for Maroon changes

2020 VISION: Darius Boyd (left) and Corey Oates may be the leaders of the Queensland team in 2020.

Queensland team not getting any younger.

Gillett back to boost struggling Broncos

TIMELY RETURN: Matt Gillett of the Broncos will be back on deck to play the Roosters.

Broncos desperate to get back to winning ways.

Green tight-lipped over Thurston injury

INJURY CLOUD: Johnathan Thurston (left), with his leg iced, watches from the bench during the clash between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last weekend.

Superstar halfback under injury cloud.

Ennis to pull the pin at season’s end

LAST HURRAH: Michael Ennis of the Sharks will call it quits at the end of the 2016 season.

Shark hoping to retire with a premiership.

Reserve Grade

Ghosts Reserve Grade during the Group 2 rugby league match against Sawtell Panthers at Frank McGuren Park Grafton on Sunday, 24th July, 2016.

Grafton Ghosts defeated Sawtell Panthers 26 to 12 in the Group 2 Rugby League...

Grafton Ghosts v Sawtell

Ghosts Jay Olsen and Khan Williams during the Group 2 rugby league match against Sawtell Panthers at Frank McGuren Park Grafton on Sunday, 24th July, 2016.

Grafton Ghosts defeated Sawtell Panthers 40 to 10 in the Group 2 Rugby League First...

Dragons duo in hot water over alleged drunken brawl

INFRINGEMENT NOTICE: Tim Lafai in action for the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Latest piece of bad news for the club.

Harvey settles spat with Carey ahead of record game

TIRELESS VETERAN: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos will play his 427th AFL match this weekend, breaking the record of Michael Tuck.

Kangaroos veteran to play his 427th match.

Unimpressive Eagles look for Naitanui spark

MISSING SPARK: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles is a chance to return next week.

Eagles clash with Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday.

Hands up if you want to see Timmy playing in Coffs

POSSIBLE VISITOR: Socceroo Tim Cahill could be headed to Coffs Harbour in January.

Put your hand up if you want to see a legendary Socceroo

Cahill reportedly considering $4m Melbourne City move

IN DEMAND: Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal against Jordan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in March.

FFA boss has met with Socceroos striker's management.

Portugal overcomes loss of Ronaldo to claim Euro crown

ON TARGET: Eder celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Country claims first European Championship.

Portugal win Euro Cup despite Ronaldo heartbreak

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, celebrates with team mates winning the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

So the one-man team become European champions

VIDEO: Iceland's stunning welcome for national heroes

Football team celebrates with fans.

TO vikings, this was a time to honour victory, not to mourn defeat.

Griezmann double confirms status as new French hero

FRENCH HERO: France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans at the end of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany in Marseille.

France downs Germany to book spot in final.

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Cricketers adapt to the times at AGM

CRCA premier league cricket match between Harwood and Coutts Crossing at Ellem Oval at Grafton on Saturday, 23rd January, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

CRCA implements sweeping changes ahead of 2016/17 season

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

Cricketers to vote on changes at AGM

Umpire Jeff Hackett signals a boundary during the GDSC Premier League match between Tucabia Copmanhurst and South Services at Ellem Oval on Sunday, 20th of December, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner

Several proposed changes for Clarence River Cricket in 2016/17

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

Firebirds chasing right to host final

Firebirds captain Laura Geitz takes a rebound against the NSW Swiftrs in last year’s frand Final between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts in Brisbane, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Queenslanders have a game to go before the finals.

Tough test for Vixens’ title hopes

STRONG FINISH: Melbourne Vixens centre Liz Watson (right).

Southern Steel present tough challenge.

Where will 2016 sit in July Carnival history?

DEX sports desk looks back at the memorable moments of the 2016 July Racing Carnival at Clarence River Jockey Club.

Rednav hoop wins Jockey of the Carnival

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Jockey Peter Graham salutes after winning the 2016 McKimms Grafton Cup at Clarence River Jockey Club on July 14.

Grafton Cup win simply icing on the cake for 48-year-old jockey

The Complete A to Z of the July Carnival

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The 'A to Z' of the best country racing carnival in Australia

Highlights from 2016 Grafton Cup Day

With their specially made hats, connections of the 2016 Grafton Cup winner Rednav pose with trainer Sally Taylor.

Rolling coverage of Grafton Cup including results, fashions, photos

ROLLING COVERAGE: 2016 Ramornie Day at Grafton

(front) Jockey Tye Angland looks across to see if he has beaten out topweight Big Money (right in yellow) in the 2016 Ramornie Handicap.

Live updates, photos, race results and all the July Carnival action

Veterinarian has last laugh of the July Racing Carnival

Veterinarian Alan Giles, of Grafton Veterinary Clinic, on official vet duties at the Clarence River Jockey Club. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner

What started as a hobby ended up being a big win for Giles.

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

BREAKING THROUGH: Wayne Lawsone-trained Nautile ridden by Alan Chau makes his move from the rails to claim back to back Maclean Cups by a neck over a fast finishing Con Karkatsanis-trained Bells of War on the 2016 Maclean Cup Day.

MACLEAN CUP: "This might be my last winner."

Day upbeat about defending US PGA title

A bogey-free final round of 67 in the Canadian Open has world No.1 Jason Day feeling better about his chances of defending his PGA Championship title.

He is a corker of a golfer that 10-year-old Declan

UP AND COMER: Ten-year-old Declan Corke has made it into the state golf team.

Golfer, 10, qualifies for nationals in Murray Bridge

Scott coming home to compete for Australian titles

MASTERS WINNER: Adam Scott, from Australia, in action on the USPGA Tour.

World No.8 to compete at Gold Coast and Sydney.

Influx of visiting golfers a boost for Maclean economy

Geoff Grayson of Maclean holds the flag on the 9th hole as the Veterans Week of golf starts at Maclean Golf Club.

Veterans Week of Golf brings more than golf clubs to Lower Clarence