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Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos covers rugby league, rugby union, boxing, swimming and Australian Rules football for The Age. He has covered numerous major sporting events including the Sydney Olympic Games (boxing), the 2003 Rugby World Cup, state of origin contests and NRL finals, world title fights and national swimming championships. Stathi also covered boxing and aquatics at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Paralympic swimmer Monique Murphy (right) with teammate Ashleigh McConnell

Friendship drives Murphy from coma to Rio

When Monique Murphy awoke from a week-long coma in 2014, she was facing a vastly different life. Murphy had been at a university party when she fell from a fifth floor balcony and landed on a glass roof.

Police keep an eye on the crowd during the match between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.

Fans stay quiet as Adelaide defeats Victory

In the end it was all quiet on the northern front - or at least terrace - at AAMI Park. And for that, soccer fans, police and A-League and club officials breathed a sigh of relief.