GHOSTS WANT OUT: Club requests to leave Group 2

Bellingen Valley-Dorrigo Magpies prop Edward Weldon struggles to keep a grip on Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Danny Wicks.

Ghosts want out of Group 2 after 'tiring' four years away from NRRRL

Solid front row props up Redmen scrum

GRUNT UP FRONT: Redmen front-rowers Daniel Blackman, Zac Mason-Gale and Luke Deleiuen show off their packing ability ahead of the clash with Hastings Valley Vikings.

Rugby front-rowers are a rare breed. They have a special bond.

Lucky Meteor's consistency hard to beat

METEORIC: Lucky Meteor sprints clear to win a recent start at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Shelton gelding eyes off open sprint at Ballina.

MASTERS OF DESTINY: Grafton women ready for State titles

STICKING TO IT: Cheryl Kinnane and  helpers before the start of the Women's Masters Half State titles in Grafton.

Grafton plays host to around 800 players and officials this weekend.

Woodford braces for Gravity Enduro lightning strike

SLIPSTREAM: James Creek mountain bike competitor Jake Mitchell is ready to show off his home track.

White Lightning and MTB Australia bring national series to valley.

Douglas fighting for second chance at Wallabies

Maclean-born lock Kane Douglas is aiming to earn his way back into the Australian Wallabies side for the Rugby Championship.

Yamba junior putting head down and bum up in Wallabies training camp

Lack of depth costing Tigers on the field

ist grade Ben Holder during the Grafton AFL Tigers versus the Port Magpies at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017.

Tigers attention turns to depth as finals footy looms.

Blues legend considers quitting Origin advisory role

Former NSW State of Origin NRL player Peter Sterling watches a training session in Sydney.

Peter Sterling could walk away from his role after just one series.

Woods fires back at Gould over criticism of Blues

Aaron Woods of the Blues during State of Origin game two.

More fuel has been poured on the State of Origin fire.

NSWRL hits back at claims of Blues Origin drama

New South Wales Blues players Blake Ferguson (left) and Josh Dugan.

Group has released a statement addressing a host of claims.

Mal's rebuke: 'They didn't come up when it mattered'

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga.

Australian coach's stinging criticism of NSW.

Hodges wants Blues' 'booze brothers' ban

NSW State of Origin players Blake Ferguson (left) and Josh Dugan at the Blues training camp.

Queensland great takes aim at NSW players

The Blues stars on the chopping block for 2018

NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley speaks to the media.

Heads will roll from within the player group.

Chaz Mostert not totally happy with lap record

First Supercar to lap Queensland Raceway in less than 69 seconds.

Maguire benches Farah in search for more attacking spark

MOVED UP FRONT: Cody Walker has been switched to five-eighth from fullback.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looking for attacking spark

Scott McLaughlin tops Practice 1 in Ipswich

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Tim Slade and David Reynolds rounded out the top three.

Bellamy won't risk Smith for sake of 350th match

WAIT AND SEE: Storm captain Cameron Smith might have to delay his 350th NRL game until his pectoral muscle injury has healed properly.

Smith's fitness is more important that playing his 350th game

AFL greats want to see Roos star pushed back

IN POSSESSION: Majak Daw takes control of the ball for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in their clash with the Western Bulldogs.

AFL greats propose Majak Daw

McGregor's selection headache over Aitken

INJURED: Euan Aitken will give the Dragons a headache when he returns from injury.

Where will Josh Dugan play when Euan Aitken returns from injury?

WATCH: Matildas make history by upsetting USA

US forward Mallory Pugh (second from left) moves the ball away from Australia's Lisa De Vanna, Tameka Butt and Elise Kellond-Knight.

Tameka Butt's clutch 67th-minute finish sealed a 1-0 win.

Magpies ready to fly under lights

FOR the first time this season the Lower Clarence Magpies will be playing a night clash at Yamba League Field tonight

Spirited fight for Magpies at home

COLLISION COURSE: Lower Clarence duo Mikee Randall and Eathan Kapeen combine in a strong tackle against Murwillumbah Mustangs at Yamba League Field.

Lower refuse to quit but go down to the Mustangs

Rebels wary of Magpies' commitment

IN FORM: Rebels' prop Karl Woodley has been in good form but hopes the side can string together game time leading into the finals.

Club has fingers crossed team makes the trip north

Ghosts full of running as finals loom on the horizon

LETHAL INJECTION: Grafton Ghosts fullback Mitch Lollback has continued a prolific season with the ball scoring another double at the weekend against Woolgoolga.

Grafton Ghosts roll on after 70-0 thrashing of Woolgoolga

Ex-Sea Eagles captain swoops in to Grafton junior league

STAR POWER: Ex-NRL player Jamie Lyon with Ghosts junior Grayson Reimer on Saturday.

Jamie Lyon a hit with all the kids at junior league day.

Magpies valiant as Mustangs show might at Yamba

SQUEEZING THROUGH: Lower Clarence Magpies centre Mikee Randall is met in a strong two-man tackle against Murwillumbah Mustangs at Yamba League Field.

Game-ending injuries to key players a factor in Magpies' downfall.

Exciting half gets start for injury-ravaged Ghosts

Jacob Cameron-Clarke (left) in action for the Grafton Ghosts reserve grade side the last time they played Woolgoolga Seahorses.

Grafton Ghosts hit minor speedhump on road to Group 2 finals.

Pakistan women have come a long way from death threats

Pakistani cricketers celebrate the dismissal of India's Harmanpreet Kaur during the ICC Women's World Cup.

Two decades since debuting they come up against Australia again.

Anasta spills on the off-field dramas at Roosters, Tigers

Roosters player Braith Anasta questions referee Alan Shortall in 2012.

Retired star players 288 games across three clubs.

'I did not think this would ever happen in my wildest dreams'

Giants defender Bec Bulley. Photo: Getty Images

Bulley prepares for Super Netball premliminary final with Giants

Cathy Freeman finds her love for athletics again

Former track and field athlete Cathy Freeman is a 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ambassador.

Golden girl is an ambassador for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

What's happened to the great Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic of Serbia during his game against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at Indian Wells.

Former world No.1 has gone from being tennis's king to its joker.

Firebirds legend has no regrets about retirement

Former players Clare McMeniman (left) and Laura Geitz celebrate a Firebirds win.

Clare McMeniman is loving the new Super Netball competition.

Young playmakers give a glimpse of possible future Origins

Nathan Cleary of the Panthers beats the tackle of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors.

Nathan Cleary and Ash Taylor are able to handle the big stage.

Rocket can't take a trick with Gold Coast Suns

Rodney Eade may only have six games left in charge of the Suns.

Does veteran coach deserve one last chance to make Suns a success

Origin victory answers an NRL premiership question

Cameron Munster proved his worth for the Maroons during State of Origin game three.

Can any team seriously pose a threat to Melbourne?

Blues need to discover Maroons' killer attitude

Jarryd Hayne  is tackled by Josh McGuire.

It was a good old-fashioned rugby league ambush.

Michael Ennis: Blues must learn from loss

UNDER PRESSURE: Jarryd Hayne (pictured right with Nathan Peats) must step up for NSW at Suncorp Stadium.

NSW can feel confident for series-decider, writes ex-Origin star.

Justin Hodges: Maroons inspired to win for JT

Ben Hunt makes a break during a Maroons State of Origin training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane.

Players want to honour a Maroons legend in Johnathan Thurston.

Can't bear the Titans being rebranded again

NAME CHANGE: North Sydney Bears forward Billy Moore is tackled by Parramatta Eels players Jason Smith during a NRL Final Series in 1998. Moore wants to see the Bears move to the Gold Coast and takeover the Titans.

North Sydney Bears eye off Gold Coast Titans

From wheelchair horror to brink of the NRL

TOUGH TIMES: South Sydney's Tom (pictured during the Charity Shield game against the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2016) admits his struggle with arthritis has taken a massive toll on him mentally and physically.

Young Rabbitohs star still fighting for career

Dane Gagai reveals the dark times that defined his rise

ROLLERCOASTER CAREER: Knights winger Dane Gagai is tackled by Latrell Mitchell of the Roosters. Gagai's career is one of highs and lows - Gagai was homeless after being sacked by the Broncos to winning the Wally Lewis medal during this year's State of Origin medal.

Dane Gagai talks about rollercoaster career

'There are some that are really struggling with life'

Billy Slater of the Storm is carried off after being knocked out against the Raiders.

Matthew Johns sees the treatment of head knocks as a serious issue.

Bennett reveals Roberts' drug use at star's re-signing

James Roberts of the Broncos during a training session in Brisbane.

Wayne Bennett reveals extent of James Roberts' problems at signing

Boyd hints at coaching move as Broncos deal beckons

Darius Boyd (centre) barks orders at a Broncos training session as coach Wayne Bennett (left) watches on.

Broncos skipper reveals desire to join coaching ranks

Former Brownlow-winning Eagle to retire

Matt Priddis of the Eagles gets a handpass away during the round 21 match against the Giants.

Matt Priddis is calling time on his 12-year career.

Brisbane Lions open to trading top pick

OPTIONS OPEN: Brisbane Lions midfielder Tom Rockliff pushes away Carlton's Levi Casboult. The Lions have said they will consider trading Pick 1 if presented with a valuable alternative.

Brisbane Lions open to trading Pick 1

James Troisi coy on stunning Victory backflip

James Troisi of the Victory during round 27 of the A-League in April.

Star almost signed for rivals before agreeing to Victory deal.

FFA Cup wrap: A-League hopefuls leave it late

Milos Lujic of South Melbourne celebrates after scoring against Edgeworth.

South Melbourne's Milos Lujic headed home the latest of winners.

Bobcats purring toward Boambee

ON TOP: Bobcats midfielder Emily Loy jostles for possession during their win against Coffs Coast Tigers.

Women's green machine on a five-game winning streak

Maclean High among top four soccer sides in NSW

ON A HIGH: Maclean High School's open girls football team are through to the final four in the NSW Combined High School's knockout competition.

Skinner nets a double as open side books semi-finals berth.

Socceroos kick off hunt for new coach

JOB CANDIDATE: Former Albanian national team coach Gianni De Biasi (pictured during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Albania and Switzerland) has been interviewed for the Socceroos head coaching position.

Socceroos begin search for new coach

ACA labels CA 'adversarial' as pay debate rolls on

PAY PROBLEMS: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland addresses the media outside of the Cricket Australia head office earlier this week.

No end in sight for Australian cricket pay debacle

Gilchrist shares insight into on-field sledging

South African batsman Neil McKenzie on the hop against against Australia in 2009.

Gilchrist reveals cheeky way Australia rattled South African rival

Loss to Australia inspires England's World Cup win

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: England players celebrate winning the women's World Cup 2017 final against India at Lord's.

Pace bowler Anya Shrubsole has led England to the Women's World Cup

Taylor-made night for celebration as Harwood ring in 150

MILESTONE MAN: Former Australian captain Mark Taylor celebrates scoring a triple century against Pakistan in 1998. He will be the special guest at Harwood Cricket Club's 150-year celebrations alongside (INSET) former umpire Peter Parker.

Special guests Taylor and Parker to light up festivities.

Fact from fiction: the truth behind cricket's great sledges

West Indies great Viv Richards.

Some cricket yarns are so good they'll never die.

Finding a president is everybody's business: Goodger

ON THE DRIVE: CRCA patron Darren Goodger said cricket in the Clarence is at a great place with more than 33 at the AGM this week.

CRCA patron believes cricket is in a good place on the Clarence.

National netball team to be called Samsung Diamonds

THE national netball team will be named the Samsung Diamonds as part of a naming rights deal announced by the electronics giant.

Champion outfit will have time on its side next time around

FORCEFUL: Geva Mentor of the Lightning competes for the ball during a Super Netball match against the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Captain was a stifling presence as goal keeper

Geitz 'missed being part of the Firebirds family'

Laura Geitz celebrates with Firebirds team mates after winning the grand final match of the 2016 ANZ Championship

Australian great will return to action next Super Netball season.

Diamonds shine for Grafton juniors

STAR POWER: Australian Diamonds players Gretel Tippett (centre) and Kim Ravaillion with Grafton juniors at the Bacon Street netball courts.

Tippett and Ravaillion bring clinic to Bacon Street netball courts.

Laura Geitz to return to netball for 2018

Laura Geitz will make her comeback for the Queensland Firebirds in next year’s Suncorp Super Netball season.

Laura Geitz is returning to netball to give back to the sport

Lightning star struck out of Commonwealth Games team

Laura Langman in action for the Sunshine Coast Lightning during the Super Netball grand final.

Alexander disappointed Langman ruled out of Commonwealth Games team

Title-winning Lightning stars will be back to defend crown

Lightning players celebrate their win in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final.

All 10 players will be returning for 2018.

EXPRESS LANE: Veteran and debutant clinch Carnival crowns

On his first trip up to the July Racing Carnival Wyong trainer Damien Lane has left with all the cookies.

Shelton's Cash Spinner a Maclean Cup winner

TIGHT TUSSLE: Cash Spinner (black cap)pokes his head in front to win a tight Maclean Bowling Club Cup finish from Present Sense (white cap).

Matthew Paget and John Shelton combine to win feature by a nose

Jockey club celebrates winning run of race days

ALL SMILES: Josh Parr is presented with the jockey's trophy from lady of the carnival Lauretta Lewis after winning the Grafton Cup on board Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Supply and Demand.

Numbers officially down but atmosphere up over carnival.

A combination that just clicks

GOOD COMBINATION: Helen Commerford with horse Madam Kate which is racing on Maclean Cup day.

Madam Kate steps up on Sunday

Patience breeds improving Gypsy

David Campbell trained GYPSY ARIA, with part owner Pat Hagan, is racing on Maclean Cup Day.

Gypsy Aria takes maiden on in strides

Top Sydney stable primed for raid on Queensland Cup

HARD TO BEAT: Soviet Courage, centre, looms as a danger runner in the Queensland Cup.

He's got a two-pronged assault on the Queensland Cup.

CRJC veterans still loving it after more than 30 years

ALL SMILES: Clarence River Jockey Club directors Brian Ferrie and John Kenny between them have almost 80 years combined experience on the jockey club committee.

CRJC veteran directors still in love with July Carnival.

Sergio Garcia to headline Australian PGA Championship

Reigning US Masters champion to play on the Gold Coast.

Aussie golfer faces third cancer battle

Jarrod Lyle is taking an indefinite break from golf.

Victorian back in hospital for specialist medical care

Spieth's Open win has him in rarefied company

AMAZING COMEBACK: Jordan Spieth hoists the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Jordan Spieth wins British Open to land in golden company

Day fires back after ice cream and movie

Australia's Jason Day prepares to putt on the 4th green  at Royal Birkdale

Aussie back in contention at British Open