Australia are staring at a heavy loss in the first Test against Pakistan after the re-emergence of their woes against spin.
A sell-out crowd at Etihad for the first of the "new" Melbourne derbies deserved a blockbuster to celebrate the occasion. And what they got was a match to savour.
Victory on Prince of Penzance in the Moonee Valley Cup was bitter-sweet for Michelle Payne.
The undeniable message that reverberated around the racing world on Saturday night after Irish three-year-old Adelaide was successful in the $3 million Cox Plate was that the Victorian spring carnival was now truly international.
Kurtley Beale’s return to the Wallabies jersey will take longer than anticipated, despite his rugby union career being saved once more on Friday night.
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt insists the Essendon players involved in the club's supplements program "have a case to answer", with the anti-doping body confident it has produced "sufficient evidence" of a possible drugs breach.
Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien became the first European raider to win the Cox Plate when Adelaide flashed home to claim glory.
The two clubs have met 12 times previously in the A-League but it's the first Melbourne derby since the Melbourne Heart outfit was re-badged.
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Pakistan leads by 189 with all second-innings wickets intact.