Australia might have a reasonable claim to collectively be home to the best group of jockeys regularly riding against each other in the world.
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.
Steven Lowy, the under-pressure chairman of the FFA, would do well to heed the advice of the soothsayer in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, who warned the emperor to beware the Ides of March.
Big games demand big performances from big players.
Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou will stick to the tried and tested rather than throw in any wildcards as he looks to guide his team through a series of difficult tests over the next five months.
Victorian taxpayers will see little change out of $10 million for the privilege of watching the SuperClasico between Argentina and Brazil at the MCG on June 9 and the match between the Socceroos and the Brazilians at the same ground on June 13.
Victoria's racing eyes may be firmly set on Caulfield for a huge afternoon of Group 1 action on Blue Diamond Day this Saturday, but trainers, owners and breeders will cast their gaze north to Oaklands Junction 24 hours later when sales house Inglis hopes to auction the first ever $1 million yearling sold in Melbourne.
It might be thought that an Australian goalkeeper who is still in his late 20s with two German League titles and a German Cup to his name might have played more than six times for his country.
The Australian soccer players union on Tuesday unveiled a pathway for development of womens soccer which targets a minimum earnings package of $60,000 a year for the top 60 players in the W-League.
What if they held a big money group 1 race and it turned into a Darren Weir benefit?
It wasn't the best weekend for top Sydney-based jockey Hugh Bowman, the man known Australia-wide as the regular partner of racing's glamour girl, Winx.