How Matildas debutant Mackenzie Hawkesby rose from obscurity to become one of Australia’s best footballers

Mackenzie Hawkesby still can’t quite believe she’s here. We’re sitting at the headquarters of Football Australia in Sydney on a clear, crisp morning in early June. The 22-year-old is wearing a sky blue Matildas polo, still with its fold marks and fresh-from-the-box smell. The bright green logo of “Australia” catches the light as she looks … Read more

Daley Thompson’s son wins British decathlon title

It cannot be easy following in the footsteps of arguably the greatest all-round athlete Britain has ever produced, but Elliot Thompson proved himself worthy of his father Daley’s name by claiming his first national decathlon title in Manchester on Saturday. A late convert to the sport after focusing on rugby in his youth, Elliot only … Read more

Kvitova wins Eastbourne in Wimbledon boost

Petra Kvitova has clinched the Eastbourne International singles title for the first time with a dominant straight-sets victory over defending champion Jelena Ostapenko. Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova, who lost the 2011 final to Marion Bartoli, controlled a one-sided encounter from the outset en route to triumphing 6-3 6-2 in just an hour and 17 minutes … Read more

AOC president Ian Chesterman says transgender athlete policies are up to individual sports

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) says it will leave policies around transgender athletes up to individual sports, in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) guidelines. Key points: AOC boss Ian Chesterman has reiterated the IOC’s stance that individual sports are responsible for setting their own policies regarding trans and gender-diverse athletes He says the … Read more

Former All Black Carl Hayman opens up about dementia struggle

The partner of Carl Hayman, the former All Blacks prop who went public last year with his dementia diagnosis, has described in devastating detail how he now asks her: “What’s the point in living?” Describing the couple’s turmoil at being part of rugby’s deepening brain injury crisis, Kiko Matthews and Hayman explained how his diagnosis … Read more