OFTEN-maligned Aussie NBA centre Andrew Bogut received some long overdue praise after a huge game for the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

RUSSIAN powerpuncher Alex Povetkin took just 91 seconds to destroy Mike Perez and earn a shot at the world heavyweight championship.

CONTROVERSIAL Reds star James O’Connor didn’t just make the blooper of the season on Friday - he also had a dressing room blow-up with a teammate.

KANE Williamson’s unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day’s work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord’s overnight.

IF Australia is unlikely to host football’s World Cup in the foreseeable future, then maybe 2015 will be looked back on as the year that brought the next best thing

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Calendar of Events

AFL Rd 8 - Hawthorn v Sydney Swans

AFL Rd 8 - Hawthorn v Sydney Swans

May 23, 2015

The grand final rematch between Hawthorn and Sydney Swans will take place on a Saturday night at the MCG at 7.20pm.

AFL Rd 8 - Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

AFL Rd 8 - Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

May 24, 2015

The Demons and Bulldogs go toe-to-toe on a Sunday afternoon at the MCG at 3.20pm.

AFL Rd 9 - Richmond v Essendon

AFL Rd 9 - Richmond v Essendon

May 30, 2015

The annual Dreamtime at the 'G event between Richmond and Essendon will be held at the MCG on a Saturday night at 7.20pm.

AFL Rd 9 - Collingwood v North Melbourne

AFL Rd 9 - Collingwood v North Melbourne

May 31, 2015

The Pies and Roos will meet at the MCG on a Sunday afternoon at 3.20pm.

AFL Rd 10 - Carlton v Adelaide Crows

AFL Rd 10 - Carlton v Adelaide Crows

Jun 06, 2015

The Blues host the Crows at the MCG on a Saturday afternoon at 1.40pm.