Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO has suddenly cancelled the passports of 20 men from across western Sydney, accusing them of being prepared to ''engage in politically motivated violence'' if they were allowed to travel overseas or of having a ''jihadi mentality'' making them a threat to national security.
For the first time since claiming their first ever professional win, the Western Sydney Wanderers have failed to win in three attempts and are in danger of losing touch with A-League pacesetters Brisbane Roar after being held to a 1-1 draw by cellar dwellers Melbourne Heart.
Battle to be Brad Haddin's successor has widened.
England's shambolic showing in Adelaide has been slammed by former players, with Geoffrey Boycott declaring the Ashes ''gone'' and Michael Vaughan forecasting a 5-0 annihilation by Michael Clarke's team.
Exciting young talent Jordan Silk will have a homecoming of sorts when he pads up for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.
No point to prove, no rage fuelling an inferno in his belly, no wound unhealed, Doug Bollinger has instead attributed his resurgence as a pace ace to old-fashioned enjoyment rather than any old anger at being dumped from Test cricket three years ago when he was dismissed as unfit.
Given the number of injuries he has already suffered, Jacob Loko's NRL career is a blank canvas.
The foreign coaches experiment appears to have come to an end.
Manly supporters have been warned they risk becoming a Parramatta-esque shambles if the incumbent board isn't re-elected at the coming elections.
As the 2014 Tour Down Under fast approaches, Fairfax Media's cycling writer recalls some of the moments that have helped cement the race's part on the Australian sporting calendar.