Australian Open: Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios aiming high

Nick Kyrgios of Australia during a practice session at Melbourne park ahead of Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne

“Well, top 10 is my goal,” said Tomic

Daly's cherry is back on top of Eagles' cake

Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

No doubt there are still critics of Cherry-Evans.

Tough starts for top seeds in Melbourne

Angelique Kerber of Germany on court during a practice session at Melbourne Park.

Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray wary heading into the first round.

Daria Gavrilova walking in Hewitt's shoes

Australia's Daria Gavrilova in action at the Sydney International.

"Dasha” in many respects has taken up Hewitt's mantle.

Nadal still believes he can win the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain during a practice session at Melbourne park ahead of Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 15 January 2017.

Nadal isn't at home playing golf or fishing for one reason

Video assistants must help our referees

POINTED CRITICISM: Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha gestures to the video screen after being shown a red card by referee Chris Beath against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The A-League will be trialling a video referee in round 25.

Court fears for Stosur's playing future

Samantha Stosur in action during the first round at the Sydney International.

Legend fears Aussie's days of contending for majors could be over.

How park cricket helped Maxwell find his mojo

All-rounder a likely insertion as the new Test No.6 batsman.

American's buzzer-beater seals win for Breakers

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15:  Kevin Dillard of the Breakers celebrates winning the round 15 NBL match between the Brisbane Bullets and the New Zealand Breakers at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on January 15, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

New Zealand overcame the Bullets 84-82 in Brisbane.

Raiders disappointed by Papalii drink-driving charge

Josh Papalii of the Canberra Raiders.

The 24-year-old back-rower was pulled over in Canberra.

Winners and losers from the squad to tour India

Australia's Shaun Marsh (left) with brother Mitchell in the first Test against South Africa in November.

Australia has named the 16 men it hopes can defeat the mighty India.

Federer 'super pleased' to be back in Melbourne

Switzerland's Roger Federer watches the ball during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open.

Four-time champ has only once failed to reach the semis since 2003.

Aussie NBA star hit by hamstring injury

Dallas Mavericks centre Andrew Bogut looks to pass.

Andrew Bogut's season is on hold again.

Shock defeat leaves Heat searching for wins

Rachel Priest plays a shot for the Melbourne Renegades.

Brisbane needs to win at least one of its final two games.

Porte feeling positive about Tour success

Australia's Richie Porte rides during the 18th stage of the 2016 Tour de France.

Aussie has paid his dues and knows 2017 could be his time.

WATCH: Knowles talks hockey, family, career and the future

Mark Knowles in Rockhampton.

Knowles sets sights on Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in 2018

Year in review: Leicester shows fairytales can come true

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates with teammates after a win in the English Premier League.

Phil Dillon looks back at 2016 in the beautiful game.

Year in review: Rio gold shades Bledisloe wipeout

Kieran Read of New Zealand with the Bledisloe Cup after winning the Bledisloe Cup.

Rugby was about more than just rucks and mauls in 2016.

Year in review: Palmer leaves a lasting legacy

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking a putt on the fourth hole of a play-off to win the Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.

One of golf's greats was farewelled in 2016, writes Phil Dillon.

Year in review: Triumph trumps tragedy in AFL

Bulldogs players pose with the Premiership Cup after winning the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final

Bulldogs proved fairytales can come true in 2016

Gloves off as NRL stinks of double standards

Chris Sandow is to face court over his New Year's Day stoush.

Sandow is due to appear in court today

Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall

Alex Brosque of Sydney FC gestures after being sent off against Brisbane.

Sydney star could play for country for the first time since 2013.

Burning new year issues NRL coaches must resolve

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

These might be the resolutions of the 16 NRL coaches.

Dave looks Taylor-made for Green Machine role

David Taylor is the right man for Canberra, says Tony Durkin.

Ricky Stuart did outstanding job with Raiders.

A football Christmas wishlist for Santa

Santa watching West Brom play Swansea at the Hawthorns.

Phil Dillon shares his hopes this festive season.

Has Ryan Hoffman solved the Warriors' conundrum?

Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors.

Team missing mental toughness, mental strength and mental training.

Titans want Hayne to strip off wasted NFL weight

NEW LOOK: Titans coach Neil Henry wants Jarryd Hayne to lose the weight he put on while playing NFL.

Titans coach Neil Henry wants a leaner Jarryd Hayne in 2017

Sandow fined, to become anti-violence spokesman

FINED: Former NRL player Chris Sandow outside Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Chris Sandow fined $300 over New Year's Day brawl

Big Sam isn't so big any more

HARD WORK: Big Sam Kasiano terrorised defences with his immense size, but now he's trimmed down so he can get more game time.

A trimmed-down Bulldogs' giant Sam Kasiano barely recognisable

Thaiday wants to do the hard yards

LET ME TRAIN: Sam Thaiday wants to spend more time on the training paddock than in matches during the pre-season.

Sam Thaiday wants to do more work on his fitness in the pre-season

Gillett backs Boyd to lead Broncos

Darius Boyd during a Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill.

Fullback is one of several players who could be handed the role.

Rugby league powerhouse ceases trading after 110 years

NRL league ball

Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Bradford Bulls will cease trading after 110 years.

Tania Hird pleas for privacy for husband James

Tania Hird leaves the family Toorak home with her children while James Hird is recovering at a facility after a suspected drug overdose.

James Hird's wife has asked for privacy in the wake of the incident

Returning Fyfe impresses in Dockers' time trial

Fremantle Dockers superstar Nat Fyfe.

On-baller produced a strong result in year's first training session.

Taylor: 'It's just about wins for me'

Lewis Taylor of the Brisbane Lions.

Brisbane midfielder is hoping to return to top form.

Costa absence no problem for Chelsea

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (centre) celebrates scoring his second goal during the English Premier League match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Blues recorded a 3-0 win at Leicester City.

Pochettino hopes Spurs learn well

Tottenham's Dele Alli (right) celebrates with teammate Eric Dier after scoring a goal against Chelsea.

Tottenham preparing to face a stubborn West Brom at White Hart Lane.

Phoenix faces big week to save season

Andrew Durante of the Wellington Phoenix clears the ball.

Eight-day stretch could make or break Wellington's season.

Wanderers ready to end Sydney's run

FULL FLIGHT: Western Sydney midfielder Mitch Nichols says his team can knock over Sydney.

Sky Blues are 22 points clear of their city rivals.

Amor has time to plan for future

Adelaide United head coach Guillermo Amor.

Adelaide coach has been under pressure, but you would not know it.

Real lucky with injury-time deflected goal by Benzema

RECORD GOAL: Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring to give his club a 3-all draw and a record 40 games without defeat.

Benzema's late goal hands Madrid a record

'I still haven't met Warnie but I am really hoping to'

Mitchell Swepson playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Mitchell Swepson hopes to meet man who campaigned for his call-up.

Aussies name spin bolter for Indian Test tour

Mitchell Swepson bowls for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson is on the way to India.

Streakers interrupt play at Sixers vs Thunder derby

A couple of streakers broke up play at the Sixers vs Thunder match

Beth's birthday knock enough to earn Big Bash win

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 02:  Beth Mooney of the Heat keeps wicket during the WBBL match between Heat and Thunder at Blacktown International Sportspark on January 2, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Beth Mooney's 45 leads Brisbane Heat to WBBL win.

England mates to square off as Big Bash rivals

Michael Lumb of the Sixers in action during the Big Bash League.

Sixers' Michael Lumb and Thunder's James Vince set for showdown.

Incredible McDermott knock helps Canes to thrilling win

Ben McDermott of the Hurricanes (right) plays a shot during the Big Bash League match against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium.

Hobart batsman narrowly missed out on creating history.

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Former Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances and is set to play for England in next month's quad netball series.

Army training pushes Firebirds to their limits

Queensland Firebirds leader Gabi Simpson.

Military-style training camp has team steeled.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

The Queensland Firebirds, including Caitlyn Nevins (second from left), have signed Lorna Jane as their major sponsor.

Wing attack Caitlyn Nevins heaps the pressure on new rival.

Netball competition gets a name

Caitlin Bassett, right, will be one of the stars of the newly named Super Netball competition.

Australia's new-look netball league will be called Super Netball.

Pettitt to return to Diamonds after three-year absence

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during the Constellation Cup netball series last month.

Coach names squad of 12 for Quad Series in South Africa and England.

Lightning to face acid test first up

PRIMED: Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

First round of National Netball League has been revealed

Tough defence helps Diamonds finish series with a win

Australia celebrates its series defeat of New Zealand during game four of the Constellation Cup netball series.

Aussies edge Silver Ferns 49-45 in Invercargill.

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen has rocketed to the top of Golden Slipper betting charts.

German galloper makes it four from from

Trainer Darren Weir.

Plein Ciel could be Hobart Cup-bound.

Easy win lifts Houtzen to Millions favouritism

Trainer Chris Waller.

Stage is set for an intriguing showdown next week.

Payne hoping to find Cup winner for women's syndicate

Michelle Payne after riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey will train for a women-only syndicate.

McDonald's ban costs him $1m-a-year job

James McDonald reacts after riding Hartnell to victory in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in October.

Kiwi was disqualified for 18 months for illegal betting.

Jockey banned for 18 months for illegal betting

Jockey James McDonald has copped an 18-month ban.

James McDonald pleaded guilty to placing a bet on one of his mounts.

Year in review: All eyes turned to Winx

Hugh Bowman celebrates after riding Winx to victory in the Cox Plate.

Wonder mare tops racing's highlights reel.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

American Justin Thomas becomes the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

LISTEN: 'I was ready to win at that point'

IN ACTION: Charlie Dann at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

Charlie Dann wins biggest title of his golfing career.

Woods says Trump can belt a golf ball

Tiger Woods lines up a putt.

Duo played at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida.

Spieth hoping Down Under form continues

America's Jordan Spieth celebrates making a birdie in a playoff on the18th hole to win the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

Australian Open winner to begin his 2017 PGA Tour campaign.