Defender Bailey Wright and in-form Hibernian hitman Jamie Maclaren are the biggest names to be culled from Bert van Marwijk's Socceroos squad for the World Cup.
Adelaide United will chase evolution not revolution in the A-League off-season after seeing their flickering finals flame snuffed out by old enemy Melbourne Victory.
The man who denied Australia direct progression to the World Cup will take charge of the Socceroos in Russia.
A forecast 38-degree day doesn't scare Ashleigh Barty, who wants her second-round match to be scheduled during the afternoon as she looks to blaze a path through the Australian Open field.
Europe was calling but outgoing Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou's next coaching job will be in Japan.
A-League clubs have lobbed a grenade on the morning of a crucial meeting that will shape the future of Australian soccer, detailing a list of 13 potential conflicts of interest involving Football Federation Australia board members.