IRELAND threatened to rain on new captain Steve Smith’s parade in Belfast, but Australia escaped embarrassment with a narrow victory.

    VIDEO: AFTER taking down drug cheat Justin Gatlin in the epic 200m final, Usain Bolt suffered a tumble of his own.

    NICK Kyrgios has been handed a nightmare opening round draw at the US Open, while his fellow Aussies are on a collision course.

    JOE Burns has put his hand up to be David Warner’s long-term opening partner with an impressive debut that set up Australia’s win over Ireland in Belfast.

    NBA star Derrick Rose strenuously denies “meritless” claims that he raped an ex-girlfriend, saying the accusation was just an attempt to make money.

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