The wet weather played its part on betting turnover. Picture: Alex Coppel

Chaos as bookies crash an hour before Melbourne Cup

THE race that stops a nation was also responsible for bringing down three of Australia’s betting giants in the final crucial hours before Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. Punters were left frustrated when they were unable to place bets as the websites and apps of Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and Betfair crashed less than an hour before the great […]


The Punt: Hawks can keep you in the contest

UNDERDOG status spells success in recent years when fierce modern-day combatants Hawthorn and Sydney have faced off, with the outsider always successful. If you follow that formline, the Hawks — $2.35 outsiders with TAB — could be just the roughie for those trailing in tipping competitions as they attempt to reel in their rivals. The […]

Matthew Ebden fought hard but came up short against Kohlschreiber. Picture: AFP

Demon sizzles, Aussies claim huge scalps

UNLIKE Nick Kyrgios, fellow Australian Alex de Minaur has made a fuss-free entry to the third round of the US Open in New York – while John Millman scored one of the biggest wins of his career to join them. Teenage ace de Minaur could hardly have been more impressive in taking out highly rated […]

Shaun Johnson’s signing has gone some way to making up for the loss of Valentine Holmes.

Gallen bites back over Johnson accusation

Sharks captain Paul Gallen was critical of Valentine Holmes’ decision to leave the club mid-contract.Source:AAP Paul Gallen reignited the Valentine Holmes debate in welcoming former Warriors’ halfback Shaun Johnson to the club. The Sharks signing of Johnson on a three-year-deal went some way towards covering for the loss of Holmes, who is chasing a career […]

Johnathan Thurston at training ahead of his last home game in Townsville. Picture: Zak Simmonds

NRL almost lost Thurston to rival code

Johnathan Thurston has revealed he nearly made the switch to rugby in 2010.Source:AAP RETIREMENT-BOUND NRL superstar Johnathan Thurston has revealed how close he came to signing a lucrative overseas rugby union deal. Ahead of his final home game for his beloved North Queensland, Thurston admitted he was tempted by big money deals from rugby clubs […]

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Sydney’s $7.5m Melbourne Cup rival

The Golden Eagle, a new and unique race with prizemoney second only to The Everest in Australian racing, is the centrepiece of an expansion of the Sydney spring carnival. Racing NSW and Australian Turf Club this morning announced a series of significant spring carnival race programming chances including the introduction of the $7.5 million Golden […]

It’s been a wild ride for Tiger Tara en route to the final.

The Punt: Is this man the key to a Test collect?

AUSTRALIA should go to pace-friendly Perth full of confidence after almost causing a boilover in Adelaide against India. The Aussies rallied on the final day behind the Tim Paine-led lower order to fall 31 runs short, giving the tourists a first series-opening Test success on Australian soil. AUSTRALIA ($1.95) V INDIA ($2.40), SECOND TEST, PERTH, […]


Favourite to replace Slater revealed

  Melbourne youngster Scott Drinkwater has his nose in front of teammate Jahrome Hughes as the race to claim the fullback spot vacated by club legend Billy Slater heats up.     Storm skipper Cameron Smith has been impressed with Drinkwater since he joined his teammates for a two-week training camp in Geelong.   A […]