G Deron Williams (14.1 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.5 ppg), F Harrison Barnes (11.7 ppg), F Dirk Nowitzki, (18.3 ppg), C Andrew Bogut (5.4 ppg). PLAYER TO WATCH: Barnes will play under the expectations of a max deal after Golden State had to turn him loose in free agency to add Kevin Durant, which is also why the Mavericks ended up with Bogut in a trade.
Moonee Valley's bold decision to have two Group 1 meetings within 24 hours may end badly for the club, with Saturday's Cox Plate facing the prospect of being run on an inferior track. In 2011, Moonee Valley split the two meetings, moving the Manikato Stakes and seven races to the night before the Cox Plate.
However, given the extent of the Roar's recent off-field struggles, it is a market for football that needs to be handled with care. Aloisi, who coached Melbourne Heart in five derbies and also spent time as an assistant at Melbourne Victory, can see the benefits of an extra team in Brisbane.
No sooner had the Australians touched down in Manchester on Thursday night than their coach Mal Meninga had declared Bennett "wants my job" - a reference to the Broncos coach unsuccessfully applying for the post after Bennett refused to make himself available full-time. "We always had a bit of a winning edge but I think what Mal's brought into this team and the structures that he wants to bring in; we'll be a a team that's remembered and a force to be reckoned with."
For what seems like years we've been hearing how the world No.14 doesn't like tennis, was pushed into by his parents, will retire by the time he's 27 and would rather play basketball. It could be a positive outcome from the furore surrounding that effort against Zverev in Shanghai as the Canberra tennis star faces an eight-week ban - which could be reduced to three if he agrees to certain conditions imposed by the ATP.
Victory come into the Coopers Stadium clash fresh off a 4-0 loss to Melbourne City, just as the Wanderers had been thrashed 4-0 by Sydney FC the week before they beat Adelaide 2-1 in the last round. "Victory will be hurting after that big loss and they'll come out firing, just like Western Sydney," Elrich told The World Game.
Last January, three Court of Arbitration for Sport judges determined that 34 AFL players, contracted to the Essendon Football Club during season 2012, violated clause 11.2 of the AFL's 2010 Anti-Doping Policy, and were significantly at fault in doing so (actually, one CAS arbitrator decided the exact opposite in relation to a number of, still unidentified, players).
Melbourne United star Chris Goulding has been ruled out of Sunday's home clash with Perth Wildcats but is hopeful of a quick return from his ankle injury. The Rio Olympian went over on his left ankle in the final quarter of the 78-70 win over Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena on Thursday night and was carried from the court.
In an indication Cook is considered the long-term hooker at the Rabbitohs, the club has upgraded and extended his deal to ensure he stay put for three more years, which is a season longer than the contract of NSW rake Robbie Farah. The acquisition of Farah, who was released from the final year of his Wests Tigers contract, raised question marks over the future of Cook.
Queanbeyan junior Robbie Coleman has been released from the final year of his ACT Brumbies contract to move across the country to join the Western Force. The Brumbies are already without Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano for the 2017 Super Rugby season and Coleman was expected to be a contender to fill the flyhalf void.
Ryan Channing, 26, inadvertently revealed why former swim champion Ian Thorpe, 34, is so smitten with him, while showing off his washboard abs in a pair of speedos on Thursday With his biceps bulging and his tanned skin glowing in the sun, the young model is pictured flashing his pearly whites as he gazes directly at the camera lens.
Michael Cheika has recalled Bernard Foley to the coveted Wallabies No.10 spot at the expense of Quade Cooper, who will drop to the bench for this weekend's final Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park. Cheika has made four changes to the starting XV that lined up against Argentina at Twickenham, with Reece Hodge starting at inside-centre for the first time, Brumbies speedster Henry Speight taking his spot on the wing and Nick Phipps assuming the halfback duties given Will Genia has returned to club commitments in France.