THE cream has risen to the top midway through the third round of the Australian Open in Sydney.

    A DEEPLY emotional Michael Clarke broke down as he delivered a touching but agonising tribute to his friend and former teammate Phillip Hughes.

    CRICKET Australia has promised a review into player safety in light of the Hughes’ tragedy, with particular emphasis on helmet regulations.

    AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

    CRICKET Australia have handled the awful task that befell them after Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident with exemplary calm and dignity.

    AFL confirms Round 23 schedule

    Aug 07, 2012

    Pies-Cats actionThe AFL has released its fixture for Round 23, with Hawthorn and West Coast to open the round on Friday August 31 at the MCG.

    The MCG will host the following matches:

    • Friday August 31 - Hawthorn v West Coast (7.50pm)
    • Saturday September 1 - Essendon v Collingwood (7.40pm)
    • Sunday September 2 - Richmond v Port Adelaide (3.15pm)

    MCC members can purchase visitor tickets and reserved seats from Wednesday August 8 at 12.00pm.