Australian Open 2016: Kerber says believing in herself helped her beat Williams

Angelique Kerber enjoys a joke with runner-up Serena Williams following her remarkable win.

Linda Pearce   Australian Open winner: Angelique Kerber.  Remarkable. What a match. What a result. "It sounds crazy, but I can say I'm a grand slam champion now," said the player whose name had just been engraved on the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following her 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of the great Serena Williams.

The Italian women football team that defied the mafia by playing on

Team spirit ... The women of Italian club Sporting Locri defied mafia-style threats and played on.

Tony Gentile   This seaside town in Italy's deep south has long been a hotbed for the Calabrian mafia, which uses threats and violence to extort virtually every businessman, from the pizzerias to the fishmongers.

Refugee team to participate in Rio Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach.

VICTOR MATHER   A small team of international refugee athletes will participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, confirmed.

Trans athletes

More transgender athletes could compete under new Olympic guidelines

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Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without underdoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

Sexism in sport

Chris Gayle is a symptom of a much larger problem in sport

A relaxed Chris Gayle talking to the media at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport.

Erin Riley   "Whether playing or reporting or even talking about sport, women's presence in the arena is closely monitored and policed."

Sexism in sport

'Don't blush baby': Cricket star Chris Gayle sleazily tells journalist Mel McLaughlin

Mel McLaughlin during her interview with Chris Gayle.

Matt Bungard and Adam Morton   McLaughlin tersely responding "I'm not blushing" as Gayle awkwardly laughed the comment off.

Reports of rape rise on college game days

Josh Doctson #9 of the TCU Horned Frogs comes down with the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Jeanna Smialek   College football game days may have a sinister side: They're associated with a higher incidence of sexual assault, according to a new study that explored links between campus party culture and rape.

LGBTI in sport

NBA referee comes out as gay after homophobic slurs

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Referee Bill Kennedy stands on the court during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston ...

"I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man."

Rousey fulfils marine's viral video wish by attending ball

Glammed up: Ronda Rousey was a surprise guest at the Marine Corps Ball.

Mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey lived up to her promise by attending a Marine Corps Ball with a marine who asked her to be his date in a social media post which went viral in August.

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Sexism in sport

'Sexist' German footballer made to referee girls game after insulting comment

Kerem Demirbay

The governing body banned Kerem Demirbay for five games, but his club came up with an unusual lesson of their own.

Rousey: I will be back

Stunned: Ronda Rousey after her first round loss to Holly Holm in November.

Ronda Rousey's trainer Mike Dolce has declared the defeated UFC world bantamweight champion will bounce back from her upset loss to Holly Holm, as she has done before.

Rousey knocked out in shock UFC loss

Failed defence: Favourite Ronda Rousey (right) had no answers for Holly Holm (left), losing her UFC world bantamweight ...

Matt Murnane   Holly Holm has caused a massive upset at UFC 193 by knocking out reigning bantamweight title holder Ronda Rousey early in the second round at Etihad Stadium.

Women in sport

The Australian women trailblazing in male-dominated sports

Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

Daisy Dumas   Her comments might have taken some of her male colleagues aback but Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne's now-famous "get stuffed" riposte came as little surprise to other elite athletes taking on the uneven playing ground of male-dominated sports.

Calling yourself a professional: women's sport has a long way to go

Cricketer Holly Ferling.

Holly Ferling   Sportswomen need to be united and be advocates for each other.

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PFA, FFA clinch new bargaining agreement

FFA chief David Gallop is pinning the future of the sport's development on a significantly increased broadcast deal.

Michael Lynch   Football Federation Australia and the players' union have finally signed off on a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Socceroos, A-League Players and Matildas.

Sexist coverage

#CoverTheAthlete: Video shows what would happen if media treated male athletes as they do women


Jenny Noyes   Would a male athlete ever be asked to show off his outfit with a twirl?

FFA rejects paid maternity leave for the Matildas

Not happy: Australian defender Laura Alleway has slammed the FFA's lack of support.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas have slammed the FFA's refusal to offer paid maternal leave or care as unfair.

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Matildas threaten to boycott tour over pay row with FFA

Taking a stand: The Matildas are largely united over the pay dispute.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas have made the extraordinary decision to withdraw from an upcoming training camp after claiming to have been disrespected during pay negotiations.

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Women in sport

The choices women make to pursue a coaching career

Queensland Firebirds Jenny Brazel had to make significant sacrifices to join the elite coaching ranks.

beth newman   The choices women make to pursue a coaching career

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Women in sport

Aussie women win the Ashes

Elyse Villani (right) celebrates with Jess Jonassen (left) after the Aussie's win.

Ian McCullough   Australia's women have regained the Ashes after beating England by 20 runs to win the second Twenty-20 international at Hove.

All-female team to race at Bathurst 1000

IndyCar and Formula E driver Simona De Silvestro will team up with Australian Renee Gracie for the Bathurst 1000.

Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro will team up with Australian rising star Renee Gracie in an all-female team for this year's Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars endurance race.

Shine bright

Aussie Diamonds cap off magnificent week for Netball to take home the World Cup

Renae Hallinan, Julie Corletto and Laura Geitz of the Diamonds celebrate victory.

Liz Ellis   It was the final we had waited four years for. It was tough, it was emotional and it was played in front of a world record crowd. And it was, in the end, the Diamonds' day.

Women's footy

AFL to launch women's league in 2017

Pearce is tackled during a Women's AFL exhibition match in May.

Samantha Lane   The AFL is launching an aggressive push to boost professional women's football, with plans for up to one-third of its 18 clubs to field teams by 2017.

Ashes within grasp as Southern Stars crush England

Australian players celebrate winning the Test with team mates.

Jesse Hogan   Australia are on the cusp of wrenching back the women's Ashes after crushing England in the one-off Test in Canterbury.

Offensive play

A no-girls-allowed rule got this kid's basketball team disqualified

Not only does Kymora want to play with her Cavs next year, she wants to send the message to girls everywhere that they ...

Petula Dvorak   No, this absurd bit of sexism did not happen in 1963. This happened last weekend.

Testosterone levels

Should female athletes have to prove they are women?

Indian athlete Dutee Chand was barred from competing against women due to a condition in which her body produces high ...

Alice Dreger   The intense scrutiny athletes with high testosterone levels are put under.

Sport sexism

Manchester United women's jersey sparks controversy

The different jerseys for men and women unveiled last week.

The new design has been branded "horrendous" and "sexist" by fans online.

Body shaming

UFC champ Ronda Rousey smacks down body shamers

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

"I think it's femininely badass as f--k because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose."

I stand with Adam

Adam Goodes' booing ordeal is a test of who we are

Adam Goodes' every action is subject to scrutiny, especially by those who resent that he used the platform of being ...

Michael Gordon   Suddenly, perversely, Australian Rules Football is no longer a showcase for reconciliation. How did it come to this?

The Arizona Cardinals hires Jen Welter as NFL's first female coach

Jen Welter at a press conference where she was named an intern coach for the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals were being hailed as groundbreakers on Tuesday after hiring the National Football League's first female coach.

Women's soccer

FIFA 16 video game puts woman on cover, male fans react with sexist jokes

Alex Morgan joins Lionel Messi on cover in the US, Canada captain Christine Sinclair gets Canadian cover

Bet you can't guess what their "jokes" were about.

Victorian sports clubs given $10m to build female-friendly changing rooms

Melbourne Vixens' captain Bianca Chatfield at the netball club at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

Sport Minister John Eren says women's changing rooms are often rundown or non-existent, which is unfair to women who play sport.

Victoria Azarenka doesn't have time for stupid questions about her grunting

Victoria Azarenka has dismissed grunting questions as not important.

Michael Chammas   "[It's] annoying because guys grunt. I was practicing next to Nadal, and he grunts louder than me, and nobody notice that."

Nadal grunts louder than me: Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka has dismissed grunting questions as not important.

Michael Chammas   The queen of scream, or perhaps the princess if you consider Maria Sharapova, has hit out at questions about her grunting during her Wimledon quarter final loss to Serena Williams on Tuesday.

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Sexist tweet shows how far women's soccer has to go


Ishaan Tharoor   You would hope American soccer authorities would never tweet what the official account of the English national team did.

Women's World Cup

Soccer player kissing her wife after World Cup victory wins photo of the day

Abby Wambach celebrates with her wife Sarah Huffman after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup.

It was a joyous moment for a country still celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

When pregnancy spells the end of a career

Cricketer Sarah Elliott made an Ashes century, feeding her son Sam during the breaks

Linda Pearce   Many sportswomen's career prospects evaporate when their waters break.

Football final

Watch this Women's World Cup final preview and get pumped for the game

USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

This fan-made video will get your blood running for today's final.

Dress code

This professional tennis player was reprimanded for wearing a black sports bra

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a ball to Ying-Ying Duan of China during the singles first round match at the All ...

Owen Roberts   Wimbledon has been rocked by a scandal so disgraceful, so shocking, it would certainly place staunch fanatics into a raving furore.

Norway's national soccer team hilariously parody sexist stereotypes about women in sport

One of Norway's national soccer players "confessing".

"If I run first and then receive the ball... That's offside, isn't it?"

Go Matildas

Five reasons why you should be watching the Matildas in the FIFA Women’s World Cup

The Matildas had to cancel their US tour due to a pay dispute with the FFA.

Lucy Zelic   SBS soccer expert Lucy Zelic on why you should already be screaming "Go Matildas!" at your TV screens.

Australian women's rugby player goes viral after big tackle

Georgia Page broken nose

She took a nasty blow to the face before getting up and dishing out a big hit of her own.

Clem Ford

Why some sports should remain a women's game

Sydney Goal Shooter Caitlin Thwaites on the attack during the NSW Swifts and the Mainland Tactix Netball match at Sydney ...

Clementine Ford   Women have built sports like netball and roller derby from the ground up. So shouldn't we be given some credit?

Women's cycling team pushes past roadblocks in Afghanistan


Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni   "Nothing will stop us."


Why this image of netballer with a black eye screams toughness, not violence

Diamonds star: Sharni Layton.

Liz Ellis   I look forward to a time a woman with a black eye is not routinely asked "who did this to you?" but "so, did you get the ball?"

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Matildas players faced sexist abuse from British soldiers during match

Innocent victim: Australia defender Servet Uzunlar was the primary target of alleged sexist abuse from British soldiers.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas' friendly football match against England in Cyprus has been overshadowed by claims that players were the targets of sexist abuse. 


Sports girls

What it's like to be a top-level sportswoman

On the up: Andrea Hah challenges preconceptions with her prodigious climbing abilities.

"Women are constantly reminded what their bodies look like, but can easily forget what it is their bodies can do. Sport can change that."

Watch Mo'ne Davis pull a wicked spin basketball move on Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart and Mo'ne Davis after the game.

"Just leaving Kevin Hart in the dark, embarassing him. Oh man, what a move."

Women in sport

Five minutes with Australian netball captain Laura Geitz

Laura Geitz.

We chat to Laura Geitz about life as captain of Australia’s most successful women’s sporting team.

Saudi Arabia wants to host a men-only Olympics

Claire Cohen   The International Olympic Committee has slapped down any suggestion of Saudi Arabia making a joint bid with Bahrain and holding men and women's events in different territories

Williams sisters

Serena Williams and her sister Venus deserve more respect and we should cherish them while we can

IN A SPIN: American tennis superstar Serena Williams has reluctantly waded into the "twirling" debate at the Australian Open.

Charlie Eccleshare   The Williams sisters are both in the Australian Open quarter-finals and are tennis greats, yet while their contemporary Roger Federer is fawned over, the sisters' achievements are met with relative indifference.

Eugenie Bouchard deserves better than sexist 'twirl' request

Eugenie Bouchard

Clem Bastow   Why are female stars still subjected to sexist requests from journalists?

Sporting taboo: 'I have nightmares about getting my period at Wimbledon'

Heather Watson

Radhika Sanghani   Heather Watson has attributed her Australian Open loss to her period and other sportswomen have spoken out in support.

Teenage tennis player hit by coach after loss says she 'deserved' it

Sixteen-year-old Andrada Surdeanu was seen by a doctor during a tournament.

Matthew Day   Andrada Surdeanu, 16, comes to her father's defence after a violent altercation when she lost a match left her with a bloody nose.

Running truths

The pros and cons of running for exercise

Sportswoman tying her shoelaces before the training.

Rachel Clun   New research suggests running may slow down the ageing process, but one Sydney academic urges caution.