Brayshaw eyes round one after elbow passes first big test

Melbourne star Angus Brayshaw is on track for selection in round one after getting through his first competitive hit-out for the year unscathed in a practice match against North Melbourne at Arden Street on Friday. Brayshaw’s pre-season hit a snag a month ago when he damaged a ligament in his elbow at training, which has restricted him to mainly running duties since then. Angus Brayshaw is hopeful of being ready

Mile temptation could be too hard to resist

David Hayes and Gerry Ryan will face an enviable dilemma if Fifty Stars joins a select group of horses to notch successive Group 3 Blamey Stakes (1600m) victories. With a $5 million All-Star Mile carrot wildcard on offer to the winner, the Blamey Stakes is notionally an inviting option for Fifty Stars’ connections – but there are other considerations at play, including the pursuit of more black type. The Irish

Liverpool tipped to show ‘stuff of champions’ once more on visit to Watford

Liverpool will show their metal once more this weekend as they look to maintain their brilliant run in the Premier League when they visit Watford . That is the view of former Reds striker Michael Owen, who has praised the table-toppers for being able to grind out results even when they are not playing well. The Reds have dropped only two points in the top flight all season and lead

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta slammed for Gabriel Martinelli decision in Olympiakos loss

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been slammed for failing to bring on Gabriel Martinelli early enough in the Gunners’ Europa League exit against Olympiacos. Arsenal lost 2-1 at the Emirates thanks to a last-gasp Youssef El-Arabi goal. Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the Round of 32 stage after a poor display at the Emirates. Having taken a 1-0 lead into the game from the first-leg, Arsenal were

Arsenal offered Aubameyang and Lacazette contract hope because pair are 'very, very happy'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette appear “very, very happy” at Arsenal and the friendship between the pair could be crucial to the club’s hopes of keeping them long term. That’s the belief of former Arsenal striker John Hartson, who thinks the club should pay however much it takes to tie them down to new deals. Aubameyang has less than 18 months left on his contract in north London but the

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Bournemouth – Pulisic injury confusion

Chelsea have a number of injury concerns as they prepare to return to Premier League action against Bournemouth this weekend. Frank Lampard is expected to make a number of changes after the humiliating 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in midweek. However, the Chelsea manager’s options are limited with Tammy Abraham still struggling to reach full fitness. The Blues’ top scorer has been sidelined with an ankle injury in recent weeks

Tyson Fury: What happened in the final hours of the mission to bring home the belt?

Tyson Fury’s flight home was delayed by a thunderstorm leading to a boozy wait in a random airport – it was the only thing to go wrong in an otherwise perfect assault on Las Vegas. The 48-hour stretch from before to after his destruction of Deontay Wilder veered from a calculated calm to wild celebration and ended with Fury’s inner-circle sat in an airport pub wondering when they could go

Jack Grealish on how he shed bad-boy image to become Aston Villa's shining star

Jack Grealish goes into Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City as Aston Villa’s captain and golden boy. But it has not always been that way. No-one would ever question the 24-year-old’s talent, but, while showing flashes of his mercurial talent in his breakthrough days at Villa Park, it was far from guaranteed he would go on to become the player he is today. Grealish was still a teenager when

Deontay Wilder told not to be 'selfish' and let Tyson Fury face Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has been told he could land his biggest ever payday if he lets Tyson Fury fight Anthony Joshua instead of insisting on a rematch. The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC heavyweight title to a dominant Fury on Saturday, and is set to refuse an offer from the Gypsy King to skip the trilogy fight he is entitled to under his contract. But Wilder has been warned it would

'Cyborg' Barlow a key player as United look to upset Kings

Sydney Kings great Jason Smith still remembers a teenage David Barlow as a 'cyborg'. Smith was the grand final MVP and one of Barlow's mentors in the Sydney club's last championship win in 2004-2005 and as an established Australian Boomers and NBL leader, Smith knew Barlow was set for a long career based on his two-way play and his dedication to his craft. Few times were more telling than when