Gap year program baits fresh Cod

GET IN THE GAME: The Condamine Cods are hoping to attract young school leavers to the club and to town with a new gap year program.

Condamine Cods kickstart new initiative to attract school leavers.

Rider and horse on a high with success

Alisha Griffiths at the Dressage Queensland Awards evening on Saturday night.

Alisha Griffiths selected for 2017 Queensland Young Rider Squad.

Hybrid union-league team to contest 7s tournaments

BRING IT ON: Chinchilla River Rats coach Lindsay Ashby, president and River Rats rugby sevens sponsor Neal Stevenson and Chinchilla Bulldogs president Lee Irwin.

Rats and Bulldogs team up for 7s

Touch footballer racks up impressive sporting feats

TOUCH DOWN: Georgina Rackemann representing Australia at the 2016 World University Games in Wales.

Touch footballer selected in 2017 Queensland Titans Elite Eight.

Old Westerns go down to Toowomba in tennis grand final

NEXT TIME: Old Westerns tennis team's Majella Bathurst-Sullivan, Steve Gordon, Glen Gray, Charmaine Nixon, Paula O'Rourke and Brad Hubbard lost to Toowoomba.

Western Downs' tennis team takes fifth grand final defeat in a row

Never underestimate an underdog

DIDN'T SEE THEM COMING: 2016 State Pennants runners-up Bruce McGuire, Des Obst, Gerard Bellgrove, David Jones, Billy Reid, John Gray, Dean Gesler, Andrew Raguse, Peter Jones, Geoff Lyson, Brian Turner, Peter Bellgrove and (in front) manager Harold Waldron.

Never underestimate an underdog

Goffin happy being in the shadows in Melbourne

11th seed became the first Belgian male to reach the Melbourne Park quarter-finals

Raonic, Dimitrov power into Open quarter-finals

Milos Raonic of Canada faces off against Robert Bautista Agut of Spain during an Australian Open fourth-round match in Melbourne

Canadian third seed relieved to get through

Nadal step closer to dream Federer clash

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the fourth round match against Gael Monfils

Spanish great eliminates sixth-seeded French entertainer Monfils

Apprentice ready to take on master in BBL final

New Zealand's Colin Munro carries the two pieces of his bat after it broke while playing Australia

Munro says McCullum encouraged him to always be aggressive

Hunt's officially the $6 million man

DRAGONS SIGNING: Ben Hunt will leave the Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2017 season to join St George Illawarra on a lucrative contract.

Broncos' Ben Hunt signs $6m contract with St George Illawarra

Cordner shares Roosters captaincy with Friend

LEADER: Boyd Cordner has been named co-captain of the Sydney Roosters for 2017.

Roosters name Boyd Cordner as co-captain with Jake Friend for 2017

Higginbotham eyes return to Wallabies

BACK FROM JAPAN: Scott Higginbotham is hoping he can be part of the Wallabies squad this season.

Former Wallaby Scott Higginbotham is hoping for a recall this year.

Women loving the chance to work in AFL environment

Brisbane Lions women's AFL player Sharni Webb.

Players embarking on quest to become a part of a watershed year.

Your ultimate guide to the NRL pre-season

WORLD'S BEST: The North Queensland Cowboys celebrate after defeating the Leeds Rhinos 38-4 in last year's World Club Series.

We give you the full run-down in the lead-up to the season.

8 shocking first-round Australian Open defeats

World number One Lleyton Hewitt expresses frustration on his way to being defeated by Alberto Martin of Spain during their first round match at the 2002 Australian Open

20 years of Melbourne Park boilovers

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.

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.

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.

Coast rallies for popular footballer set for brain surgery

Local rugby league minor semi-final between Maroochydore and Kawana at Maroochydore:
Kawana captain, Paul Cohen.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Thousands of dollars pouring in for popular playmaker

What Ben Hunt's deal with the Dragons means

Ben Hunt at Broncos training.

Ben Hunt has just scored one of the richest contracts in NRL history

Sims takes huge pay cut to join Broncos

Korbin Sims in action for the Newcastle Knights.

Knights prop has secured a release from final year of his contract.

Storm pencils in Slater for practice match return

Billy Slater during a Melbourne Storm training session at Gosch's Paddock

Fullback has been out for all but eight games over past two years.

Coal Train now has reduced carriage at Canberra

Dave Taylor during his days as a Gold Coast Titan.

Taylor has put in the hard yards this preseason.

Brown tells Knights to stick by Mullen

Jarrod Mullen, of the Knights, is facing a four-year ban.

Brown said the Knights' top priority was Mullen's welfare

Roughead to lead Hawks in season 2017

Jarryd Roughead during a recent Hawks training session at Waverley.

After beating cancer, forward take captaincy reins from Luke Hodge

You Betts Eddie's staying a Crow

Eddie Betts has signed a new deal to remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Betts is set to finish his AFL career in Adelaide

Sheedy says he'll reach out to Hird

Essendon coach James Hird (right) with former coach Kevin Sheedy in 2015.

Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird.

Mason suffers skull fracture in sickening clash

SKULL FRACTURE: Hull City's Ryan Mason (centre) suffered a sickening injury after a collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill (left).

Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has had surgery on a skull fracture

Wenger's clash with official could prove costly

OFF YOU GO: Referee Jonathan Moss sends Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after a clash with the fourth official.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a sideline ban

Loss puts dampener on Brisbane Roar W-League season

Nina Frausing-Pederson of Brisbane Roar stands under a sprinkler after it was switched on at C.B. Smith Reserve

City set up a winner-takes-all mini W-League final against Newcastle

Victory keep the faith ahead of Big Blue

Melbourne Victory's head coach Kevin Muscat during the A-League match between the Perth Glory and the  Victory

Muscat refusing to give up on his side's chase of undefeated Sydney

VIDEO: Final chapter of Angela's beautiful life

Harper, Maddie, Blair, Milla, Angela and Luca Grice.

Hundreds pack out Elizabeth Park in celebration

Victory pays price for failing to close out game

Nebojsa Marinkovic of the Glory and Rashid Mahazi of the Victory.

Late collapse highlights the difference between the top two.

Pakistan fielding "unacceptableā€¯, says angry coach Arthur

Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan misfields a ball hit by Steve Smith of Australia

Pakistan turned in one of the worst displays seen on Australian soil

Warner, Khawaja to miss ODI tour of New Zealand

RESTED: David Warner will miss Australia's one-day international tour of New Zealand.

Warner and Khawaja out of ODI team for NZ

Heat in with a shot at Big Bash double

Heat bowler Deandra Dottin during the WBBL match against the Adelaide Strikers.

Brisbane's men's and women's teams have both qualified for finals.

Ponting calls for Dunk to play against Sri Lanka

Ben Dunk of the Strikers plays a shot during the Big Bash League.

Dunk blasted a Big Bash League-high 364 runs this season.

Stage set for Big Bash League finals

Luke Wright in action for the Stars during their last clash with the Brisbane Heat.

The WACA and the Gabba hosting semi-finals this week

Is alcohol advertising in sport influencing our children?

There are calls today for a national conversation on the impact of alcohol advertising in sports like cricket.

Royal College of Physicians opposes alcohol advertising

Firebirds flying out for Diamonds mission

Queensland left in safe hands ahead of Super netball start

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Chelsea Locke playing for the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship in 2016.

Ex-Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances.

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.

Trainer eyeing his race options after weekend four-peat

After a standard big day out at Moonee Valley on Saturday, mercurial Darren Weir is scanning the map for options.

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen, ridden by Jeff Lloyd, wins the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

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.

Swafford wins first PGA Tour event with birdie blast

World No.204 Hudson Swafford breaks through to win his first PGA Tour event by a shot.

Canadian golfer breaks 60 with stunning round

Adam Hadwin poses after shooting a 59 to take the third round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club

29-year-old becomes eighth player to achieve mark on US PGA Tour

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.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Justin Thomas became the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

American Justin Thomas breaks 60 in Hawaii