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Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach

Mike Bresnahan The Los Angeles Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers.

Cricket

Kevin Pietersen draws big money, regardless of results

Kevin Pietersen in action for Surrey during a T20 match.

Chloe Saltau Kevin Pietersen will put bums on seats, dollars in the bank and nightclubbers with smartphones at the ready. He might even win the Melbourne Stars a few games of cricket; that will be a bonus.

Racing

Blake Shinn picks up plum Winter Challenge ride on Scream Machine

Blake Shinn returns from suspension this weekend.

Warwick Barr Blake Shinn has wasted no time securing important rides for his first week back in the saddle after an end-of-season suspension and overseas holiday.

Horseracing

Weir's the champ, but stats reveal unsung duo scores highly

Darren Weir has done something few thought possible in the modern era, winning both the metropolitan and country training premierships without having a city base.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.

Cricket

Phil Hughes scores 202 not out in one-dayer

Double trouble: Australia A's Phil Hughes.

Phillip Hughes smacked an incredible double century in Australia A's one-day clash with South Africa A in Darwin.

Motorsport

Ricciardo's mates help celebrate F1 win

Daniel Ricciardo with his winner's trophy.

A few of Daniel Ricciardo's mates from Australia picked a "bloody good weekend" to visit him on a Formula One track.

Tennis

Sam Stosur humbled by 16-year-old qualifier Naomi Osaka

Iinconsistent: Australia's Sam Stosur.

Ben McKay After a terrific month on tour for Australian tennis, Sam Stosur has suffered a shocking loss to a teenage qualifier.

Cricket

Phil Hughes smashes double ton in quest for Australian one-day recall

Double trouble: Australia A's Phil Hughes.

Chloe Saltau with AAP On the day Australian cricket marked 200 days until the World Cup, Phil Hughes laid down a marker of his own. 

Horseracing

John O'Shea key to James McDonald's title bid

James McDonald.

Warwick Barr The trainer who lured James McDonald to Australia could fittingly hold the key to the young jockey's bid to claim sole ownership of the 2013-2014 the Sydney riders' championship.

Basketball

Australian veteran Jenni Screen retires from Opals

Sudden retirement: Jenni Screen.

Roy Ward Two-time Olympic medallist surprises teammates by retiring before the world championships.

Soccer

Nikolai Topor-Stanley returns to Canberra with Western Sydney Wanderers for pre-season match

Western Sydney Wanderers player Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Jon Tuxworth Wanderers defender admits the "what ifs" of last season's A-League grand final loss still haunt him. 

Soccer

Canberra youngsters Tom Milicevic and Ross Costanzo get call-up with Western Sydney Wanderers

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Kyle Papworth With two Canberra players to hit the park for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the preseason, Canberra football has a bright future, according to Capital Football technical director Warren Grieve.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios escapes Australian bubble to focus on US Open

Nick Kyrgios will head to the US to prepare for the US Open.

Chris Dutton Canberra tennis ace Nick Kyrgios says he doesn't feel the pressure to prove himself to anyone and is keen to escape the popularity bubble of Australia to relaunch his career overseas.

Soccer

Singapore arrests 14 people in fixing case

Singapore Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday.

Horseracing

Man of his people finally gets his due

Andrew Webster dinkus

Andrew Webster History squares the ledger with itself eventually. It might have taken exactly four decades, but it will finally be squared for Frank Reys on Tuesday.

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Craig Foster

Engaging the people makes the game even more beautiful

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Craig Foster Recent FFA fan forums showed how far this great game has come in a very short space of time.

Horseracing

Autumn carnival could be so much better, if people would see reason

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Chris Roots The Sydney autumn carnival has potential, but at the moment it's like a colt that flies in morning trackwork then flops on raceday.

Horseracing

People's trainer survived on instinct

Henry Cecil

Paul Hayward Sir Henry Cecil was the character Evelyn Waugh forgot to write: a blue-blooded wild child whose dissolute early life offered no hint of his brilliant talent.

Rookie's aggression impresses the right people on first tour

Nic Maddinson

Chris Barrett A young Australian's first trip to England more often than not included a couple of nights in a hostel, a loop or two of the London Eye and a few lagers. For

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Racing

The people's favourite

Michael Lynch Eight people hold legal title to the great mare, but thousands have accepted her as their own.