The recruiting window for netball's new national league will not be opening on Monday as scheduled, as negotiations continue over a new collective bargaining agreement that officials hope will be finalised within two weeks.
Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.
ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINAL: QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS v NSW SWIFTS
One of the ANZ Championship's foundation imports will on Sunday end the competition in a far different place than she started, in all but a geographical sense. Queensland Firebirds' spearhead Romelda Aiken has evolved and flourished as a player and person, one did not know what traffic lights or steak were when she arrived in Australia nine years ago and cried daily with homesickness as she marked the days off her calendar before she could return to Jamaica.
Maddy Turner watched last year's famous Queensland-NSW grand final from the family couch in suburban Adelaide, as a teenager with a dream but not, yet, an ANZ Championship team. Her debut season will end on Sunday, in the rematch, Turner having succeeded the great Julie Corletto as the Swifts' first-choice goal defence, and exceeded all expectations.
Just six days after Roger Federer confirmed he would be starting 2017 at Perth's Hopman Cup, the Swiss great announced that his current season is over, almost four months early. At almost 35, is it also the end?
No team has won back-to-back premierships in the first eight years of the ANZ Championship, and only the Queensland Firebirds can succeed where they and four other clubs have failed before the trans-Tasman curtain is permanently drawn next week.
Dual Queensland Firebirds premiership coach Roselee Jencke is preaching the Shaun Burgoyne message as the five existing and three new Australian teams prepare for the frenzied recruiting season tipped to follow next weekend's ANZ Championship grand final: play for team success, not for the money.
It's the end of a marriage as the nine-year-old ANZ Championship draws to a close, but is there a better union just around the corner?
For the first time since a young Roger Federer teamed with his then-girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec back in 2002, the Swiss champion will be returning to the Hopman Cup.
Having just succeeded Novak Djokovic as the Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray was not about to follow the Serbian's 2015 lead by dancing with Serena Williams at the Champions' Ball.