Scott Spits

Began his full-time career at The Age as an online sports reporter in 1999 before joining Sportal as the Deputy Editor of the AFL-Telstra online network in 2002. Rejoined the online desk at The Age in 2006 and was online sports editor between 2006 and 2016. Has covered two Olympics (Sydney 2000 and London 2012), numerous Australian Open tennis tournaments and several AFL grand finals. Reads the back page first. Hack golfer. Wannabe tennis star.

Over and out: Simona Halep was eliminated on day one.

World No. 4 crashes out again

For Simona Halep, Australia is not quite the destination is used to be. The Romanian world No.4 crashed out at Melbourne Park in the opening round for the second straight year.

A good headache to have: Kevin Pietersen's return means someone in the Stars lineup will be squeezed out.

Stars have to find the right spot for incoming KP

Fresh off a confidence-building run chase in their opening match of the new Big Bash League season, the Melbourne Stars now have to find the right place for Kevin Pietersen in their in-form top order.

Explosive: Rob Quiney made 75 for the Stars

No KP, no worries: Stars make winning start to BBL

The Melbourne Stars have begun their Big Bash League campaign in outstanding fashion, the team's top three batsmen playing vital roles that enabled them to chase down a daunting target set by the Hobart Hurricanes.