The battle between Channel Nine and Channel Ten over cricket ratings is heating up.
Mickey Arthur remembers the selection meeting vividly because it would be his last. Five minutes after adding Steve Smith to the 2013 Ashes squad, he was sacked.
India dared to play Australia at its own game, and lost. It is an aggressive, aggravated game, teetering on the brink of unseemly, but stimulating to all the senses, too.
Steve Smith has given Brad Haddin a ringing endorsement, saying the veteran wicketkeeper is not under any pressure at all to hold his position in the Test side.
Steve Smith dispelled doubts he was not ready for the top job with a century on debut as Test captain to swing the second Test firmly in Australia's favour on Friday.
The destructive batsman in Mitchell Johnson was unleashed but India have mounted yet another fightback in the second Test.
When tailenders come out to bat, the cricket often becomes a step removed from the lunch-time entertainment. A bit of cheek, a touch of the carnivalesque, even some slapstick accidental shots before the real contest resumes.
A decimated Sydney Sixers line up overcame the loss of several star players to beat the Melbourne Renegades to kick start their Big Bash League campaign at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Basketball Australia will meet free-to-air broadcasters next month as the search to find the WNBL a new television home intensifies, with offers already fielded to live stream matches.
Last month he was standing on the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in minus 25 degrees, but cyclist Michael Rogers has returned home to Canberra for his first competitive Australian summer in three years.