Cubs pay a visit to White House

President Barack Obama has welcomed the World Series champions to the White House, four days before handing over the presidency to Donald Trump.

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot.

Northern Irishman out of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Bottas ready to work with British star Hamilton

Former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, who is joining Mercedes.

Finn replaces Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Man United manager has called time on his coaching days.

Roberts in nightclub hair-pulling allegations

James Roberts during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

NRL officials and Brisbane are investigating claims against Bronco.

Kyrgios overcomes bloody nose to advance

Australia's Nick Kyrgios is attended to by a trainer during his match against Portugal's Gasto Elias in the first round at the Australian Open.

The 14th seed has declared he can win the Australian Open.

Freak bat accident rules Nevill out of BBL

Jono Dean of the Adelaide Strikers checks on Peter Nevill of the Melbourne Renegades after he was hit in the head by a loose bat.

The dumped Test player was felled by a bat while wicketkeeping.

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

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.

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.

Rusty Federer through to second round

Swiss maestro blew off his grand slam cobwebs to eventually breeze into the Australian Open's next round after a surprising early battle.

Wawrinka jeered after painful shot to the crotch

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts after a five-set victory over Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 16, 2017. Wawrinka won 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Stan Wawrinka was expected to cruise past Martin Klizan

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

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

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.

Cronk not motivated by grand final defeat

Cooper Cronk of the Storm during the NRL grand final against Cronulla.

Storm star says there's no point dwelling on the past.

Penrith denies it's on the hunt for Bronco

The Brisbane Broncos' Ben Hunt is reportedly chasing $850,000 a season.

The Panthers' boss is adamant the club is not chasing Ben Hunt.

Eels go with eight-man leadership group

Beau Scott will share the captaincy duties at the Parramatta Eels this year.

Parramatta has named Tim Mannah and Beau Scott as co-captains.

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

New structure a welcome challenge for Cats

Gympie Cats player Kimba Rowlands in action last season. The Cats will form part of the new look Wide Bay competition in 2017.

New year, new look competition

Community support a must in dark times

SCANDAL: AFL player Jobe Watson wins the 2012 Brownlow Medal at the Crown in Melbourne. Watson was forced to forfeit his Brownlow in the wake of the Essendon drug scandal.

It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

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

Popovic slams officials after derby draw

Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic dives on the ball ahead of Sydney's David Carney.

The 14th Sydney derby was one that neither side deserved to win.

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.

How park cricket helped Maxwell find his mojo

Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell during the one-day international against Pakistan at the Gabba.

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

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.

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.

'I was trying to bat like someone I am not'

Mitchell Marsh bats in the nets during an Australian team training session.

Former Aussie No.6 says he now knows how to get the runs.

'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.

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.

Netball Ladies Fixtures

Netball, Mary Irwin (Ball) Wendy's Team, Sam Harris (Defense) Mayhem, Seniors

Netball ladies fixtures in Gympie.

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

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

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

Birchley hoping for some magic at Gold Coast

Pepperano, a chance in Saturday's Magic Millions QTIS Open event, returns to scale after winning the Off The Track Subzero Handicap on Oaks Day at Flemington on November 3 last year.

Trainer Liam Birchley is seeking Magic Millions glory.

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.

Bayliss continues a superior run of form

IN FORM: Corey Bayliss after winning the Diggers Cup in Gympie last meet. Bayliss rode three winners last Saturday.

Apprentice jockey in purple patch of form

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.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

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

Gympie's Dann secures prestigious amateur golf title

IN FORM: Charlie Dann at Royal Melbourne on Thursday.

Gympie golfer on track for pro debut

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.