Barca’s worrying comments over Messi future

LIONEL Messi has not yet extended his deal at Barcelona and these statements from Barcelona’s CEO is a clear message to their captain. [Read entire story]

Man City charged over anti-doping breach

MANCHESTER City have been charged by the Football Association with breaching its anti-doping procedures, the governing body said on Wednesday. [Read entire story]

Dugan gives Dragons contract deadline

ST GEORGE Illawarra star Josh Dugan has revealed his manager has begun contract negotiations with the Dragons. The off-contract fullback explains why he wants to fast-track talks. [Read entire story]

Pearce, Napa headline $5m Roosters fight

MITCHELL Pearce is one of 16 players in the Roosters’ top squad off contract in 2017 and has joined Dylan Napa in kicking off talks for a new deal. [Read entire story]

Roar paying the price for success

PLAYERS’ union boss John Didulica believes the Roar are being punished for their success following FFA’s refusal to reschedule their clash against Melbourne City. [Read entire story]

The unluckiest driver in Formula 1

WITH Mercedes suddenly hunting for a new driver, Nico Hulkenberg should have been the only one on their list. Instead, it just built his case as the unluckiest driver on the F1 grid. [Read entire story]

Champion Price makes solid Dakar start

AUSTRALIA’S defending champion Toby Price made a steady start to the 2017 Dakar Rally as the event got underway in South America. [Read entire story]

Al Attiyah blazes to victory as Dakar kicks off

TWO-time winner Nasser Al Attiyah has gotten off to a fine start in the 2017 Dakar Rally, overcoming a fire to win the opening stage. [Read entire story]

Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by six wickets in Big Bash League clash

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Sydney to Hobart: Perpetual LOYAL expected to smash blue water classic race record

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The classy record that shows up Australia

ASAD Shafiq notched up his tenth Test ton at the Gabba. But more significantly, it was his ninth century batting at number six. And that’s a new record. [Read entire story]

Rumour Mill: van Gaal set for hilarious reunion

LOUIS van Gaal could be set for an unhappy reunion, while Chelsea is preparing to reward Diego Costa for his good form. All that and more in Tuesday’s Rumour Mill! [Read entire story]

The most stat-friendly grounds in the BBL

PHIL Prior’s done some ground work ahead of the BBL06 season opener. He looks at how each venue fares statistically … and whether batsmen or bowlers should be favoured in your lineups. [Read entire story]

Big boppers to spin NRL contract carousel

TRANSFER CENTRE: Last season, James Roberts caused a domino effect in NRL backlines. This season, look for a number of significant moves in clubs’ forward packs. [Read entire story]

What Klopp finally achieved in Reds’ ugliest win

ONLY one other game has seen less goalmouth action than in the first-half of the Merseyside derby. But this 1-0 win could be one of Liverpool’s most crucial. [Read entire story]

Titan Hurrell suffers pre-season setback

GOLD Coast Titans centre Konrad Hurrell has suffered a setback in his preparations for the 2017 season after injuring himself at pre-season training. [Read entire story]

Studs Up: A-League salary cap could be scrapped

THE A-League’s $2.65 million-dollar salary cap could be abolished, potentially paving the way for big pay hikes for local players and an influx of overseas stars. [Read entire story]

Roar happy under the radar

BRISBANE defender Jack Hingert says the Roar are happy to avoid the hype as they quietly go about their business of winning a fourth A-League championship. [Read entire story]

Renegades snare Windes spin-king Narine

THE Melbourne Renegades have announced they’ve replaced Chris Gayle with fellow West Indian Sunil Narine as their second import player. [Read entire story]

Smith to ‘stamp authority on his team’

AUSTRALIAN skipper Steve Smith says the unprecedented rebuild now in front of him is his chance to make a name for himself as captain. [Read entire story]

‘Lollygate’: Faf du Plessis charged by ICC

SOUTH African captain Faf du Plessis is facing suspension from the third Test match in Adelaide after being charged with ball tampering by the ICC. [Read entire story]

Faf Du Plessis charged by ICC after minty scandal

South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis has been charged by the ICC after footage appeared to show him using a mint to help shine the ball in the second innings of the Proteas’ commanding win over Australia [Read entire story]

South Africa captain charged for ball tampering

THE ICC has confirmed it has charged South Africa captain Faf du Plessis after video footage showed him shining the ball with the aid of a lolly. [Read entire story]

New Zealand Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks: NBL live scores, blog

Kirk Penney plays his first game against his old club in Friday night NBL when the in-form New Zealand Breakers host the inconsistent Illawarra Hawks at the North Shore Events Centre. Join The Roar for live scores and [Read entire story]

Coaching greats on Cheika’s ‘gutsy’ call

ON the surface it looks like Michael Cheika has prioritised winning the grand slam over Sunday’s Test against France, but two World Cup-winning coaches have backed the decision. [Read entire story]

NBA Wrap: Towns wins battle of budding bigs

KARL-Anthony Towns won the battle of the budding big-men, while James Harden dropped a triple-double in a Rockets win. [Read entire story]

Ultimate guide to the Four Nations final

THE biggest rugby league international match of the year is upon us — the final of the 2016 Four Nations tournament. Here’s your ultimate guide to the clash. [Read entire story]

Boyd backs golden run to continue

DARIUS Boyd’s unbeaten streak has stretched to 21 matches and he’s keen to add to it yet again in the Four Nations final. [Read entire story]

Casualty Ward: Reds, Gunners dealt huge blows

EPL fans have a habit of sweating whenever an international break takes over, and there are some major injury concerns as stars return from playing for their country. [Read entire story]

Maroon moan: What is Brisbane Roar thinking?

QUEENSLAND proudly wears maroon when battling NSW in State of Origin. But does this jersey have a place in the A-League? [Read entire story]

How Reds star was scouted, signed via video game

PAPER TALK: He’s one of the players setting the Premier League alight, but if it wasn’t for Football Manager we might not have heard of him. [Read entire story]

Injury curse: Striker’s record breaking return bid

A-LEAGUE Insider: Melbourne City striker Corey Gameiro explains the dark places he’s had to rise from after three knee reconstructions, at 23 years of age. [Read entire story]

The brave call Popa needs to make to save season

WESTERN Sydney already sit 12 points behind city rivals Sydney FC and have clear problems to fix. There’s a call MARK BOSNICH feels can turn the tide immediately. [Read entire story]

The innovation to fasttrack A-League youth

THERE’S been a cry for more youth to get a chance in Australian football, and this innovative idea is a way one A-League boss feels it could happen. [Read entire story]