TURKISH club Besiktas knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League via a dramatic penalty shootout today, while Tottenham was bundled out by Fiorentina.

SRI Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 92 runs in their World Cup Pool A match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

JOSH Hazlewood is struggling to hold his cherished place in Australia’s starting World Cup XI following a strong push for Pat Cummins.

FERNANDO Alonso was “devoid of injury” following his crash in Formula One preseason testing, said McLaren chairman Ron Dennis.

EVERYONE from the president to the players joined in the euphoric celebrations after Afghanistan’s historic World Cup victory in New Zealand.

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About the Melbourne Cricket Club

The Melbourne Cricket Club is a unique organisation.  It is a private club, incorporated under the Melbourne Cricket Club Act 1974, boasting by far the biggest membership of any sporting club in Australia.

The MCC also has the public responsibility of managing one of the largest and the most successful stadiums in Australia and the world – the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Assuming occupancy of the MCG’s present site (its fourth) in 1853, the MCC has 103,400 members (comprising 62,400 Full members and 41,000 Restricted members).   There are more than 236,000 people on the waiting list. Between 10,000 and 15,000 people are nominated for membership each year.*

Along with the playing of cricket, today's MCC is an umbrella organisation for hundreds of participants in 12 sporting sections - baseball, bowls, croquet, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, real tennis, target shooting, squash and tennis.

The club's principal public role, however, remains the progressive management and development of the MCG - a stadium which shares a unique relationship with its local community and boasts a rare magnetism in attracting visitors from all corners of the globe.

Management of the ground is vested in the MCC by the government-appointed MCG Trust and an Act of Parliament guarantees the club's occupation of about 20 per cent of the stadium for its Members Reserve.

The keenness of Melburnians to belong to their cricket club and retain membership, usually for life, has been a major factor in enabling the club to develop the stadium, until the early nineties, almost exclusively through the use of members' funds.

*Figures as at August 31, 2014.