Sydney FC's championship defence has already been hit by the loss of its first choice goalkeeper, Danny Vukovic.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Racing is a fashion game as much as a form game. On the track, not just in the grandstands and cocktail bars at carnival time.
Breeding champion gallopers has become an obsession for the Victorian studmaster over the past 20 years.
Mark Milligan is hoping to finally seal a move to England.
An Australian broodmare has hit the headlines as the matron of honour for two of her progeny at the best carnival in the world, Royal Ascot in England.
Mornington trainer Peter Healey could not remember the last time he had a runner, never mind a winner, at Flemington.
Twenty years ago it was quite easy to dismiss winter two-year-old form.
The Socceroos will die on their feet rather than live on their knees under Ange Postecoglou.
This year's Melbourne Cup winner is unlikely to be seen on an Australian racetrack over the next two months as the topliners spell and winter horses take centre stage.
The Association of Australian Football Clubs, with 110 NPL members, is moving to the next phase in its battle to establish a national second division for the A-League and a promotion and relegation structure in Australian soccer.