Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

Massimo Luongo says Socceroos must forget about pitch dramas for Asian Cup quarter-final

Phil Lutton Massimo Luongo says it’s time to move on from the pitch debate as the Socceroos prepare to face China in an Asian Cup quarter-final in Brisbane on Thursday.

Floyd Mayweather may be banned from promotional tour of Australia

Troubled past: Floyd Mayweather.

Phil Lutton Moves to bring Floyd Mayweather to Australia for a promotional tour in January hinge on the boxing champion being granted an entry visa, with his extensive criminal history a substantial stumbling...

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Asian Cup 2015: Honda gives Japan hard-fought win over Iraq

Keisuke Honda of Japan coverts a penalty against Iraq in Brisbane on Friday.

Phil Lutton AC Milan star Keisuke Honda has guided Japan to a 1-0 win over a gritty Iraq side in Brisbane to help put his side a step closer to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

We can handle great expectations: Spiranovic

Phil Lutton Socceroo defender Matthew Spiranovic has backed the Socceroos to deal with the increasing expectations of their Asian Cup campaign, saying the ambitions of the players are loftier than those of...

Socceroos more than a one-man Tim Cahill band, says Mathew Leckie

Mathew Leckie hasn't appeared on the scoresheet yet, but it's not due to lack of form.

Phil Lutton It’s been raining goals for the Socceroos in the Asian Cup. Just not for Mathew Leckie, who has enjoyed watching the storm without managing to throw down some lightning of his own.

China coach Alain Perrin hopes to avoid Socceroos in Asian Cup semi-final

Alain Perrin

Phil Lutton At the press conference after his side's 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in Brisbane, China coach Alain Perrin wouldn't play favourites when asked who he would rather play in the quarter-finals of the Asian...

China defeats Uzbekistan 2-1 in Asian Cup to seal place in quarter-finals

Sun Ke.

Phil Lutton China has surged into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup with a stirring 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in Brisbane, sealed with an early candidate for goal of the tournament.

Matt McKay says Socceroos have a fitness edge on Asian Cup rivals

Matt McKay

Phil Lutton Midfield bulldog Matt McKay believes the Socceroos have a distinct fitness edge on their Asian Cup rivals and can ‘grind teams into the ground’ as they head towards the business end of...

Asian Cup 2015: Iraq take points against Jordan in lacklustre game

Iraq's Yaser Kasim is mobbed by his teammates after scoring what turned out to be the lone goal of the match.

Phil Lutton Before they met in their Asian Cup opener in Brisbane on Monday night, Jordan and Iraq hadn't managed to win a game in a combined 20 matches.

Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell masterminds boilover in Magic Millions Guineas with Deiheros

Phil Lutton Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell masterminded a boilover in the Magic Millions Guineas on the Gold Coast with outsider Deiheros taking out the million-dollar race. 

Battler Darryl Hansen cooks up stunning win with Le Chef in Magic Millions

Delight: Apprentice Luke Tarrant drives Le Chef to a surprise victory in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

Phil Lutton Lenore Saunders would not have seen a fairytale like it in the Mount Isa cinema that she runs, with her gelding Le Chef taking out a blockbuster Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

Scratched would-be favourite no barrier to Tony Newing success

A better run: Samantha Clenton rides Timeless Prince to win at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly and Phil Lutton Gosford trainer Tony Newing scratched the would-be favourite - and then ended up with the winner anyway - as Timeless Prince preserved his amazing record when backing up at Randwick on Saturday.

Maria Sharapova sets up Brisbane International final showdown with Ana Ivanovic

Phil Lutton Top seed Maria Sharapova has blasted her way into the final of the Brisbane International with a 6-1 6-3 defeat of the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

Roger Federer romps to victory over James Duckworth at Brisbane International

Roger Federer.

Phil Lutton If Thursday night was Roger Federer unpacking the 2015 attire and ironing out a few wrinkles, Friday night was Roger Federer slipping into the tuxedo and looking sharp as a razor.

Roger Federer pushed all the way by Australia's John Millman

Roger Federer.

Phil Lutton World No.2 Roger Federer has survived a spirited surge from Australian underdog John Millman to fight his way into the quarter finals of the Brisbane International.

James Duckworth fights back to defeat veteran Finn Jarkko Nieminen

Phil Lutton Australia's James Duckworth has set up a potential quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer at the Brisbane International after fighting back from a set down against veteran Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

Nishikori's star on the rise

Kei Nishikori has been in impressive form after his breakout year.

Phil Lutton You know you’ve made it when you get ferried on a boat into New York City, dress up as a samurai and start smashing mid-air backhands with a wooden sword (wittled lovingly from an oar) to...

John Millman back from brink of retirement to take on Roger Federer

John Millman.

Phil Lutton There was a fleeting moment when John Millman, otherwise known as the lowly ranked guy that gets to be Roger Federer’s first opponent of 2015, thought about giving the game away.

Millmania rides again as clash with Federer looms

Phil Lutton In 2013, John Millman became an unlikely cult hero of the Brisbane International, battling his way through three qualifying matches before giving Andy Murray an almighty fright in the second round of...

Bernard Tomic wins through to second round of Brisbane International

Straight-sets winner: Bernard Tomic plays a forehand against American Sam Querrey during day two of the 2015 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena.

Phil Lutton Bernard Tomic has set up an all-Australian second round clash at the Brisbane International after defeating American Sam Querry in straight sets on Monday night.