Australia captain Tim Paine and England counterpart Joe Root expect Steve Smith to be fit for the third Ashes Test, but the reality is that's highly unlikely.
Five teams are left to battle it out for the final two spots of the NRL's top eight, with Brisbane sitting safest and the Wests Tigers with it all to do.
German stimulus hopes boosted the US bond market from three-year lows, allowing all three indexes to end sharply higher after a turbulent and chaotic week.
A thrilling race for the NRL's all important top four is on the cards with Manly, South Sydney and Parramatta all level on points with three rounds to play.
Germany's finance minister says the country's low debt level has put it in a strong position and it has up to 50 billion euros to deal with any economic crisis.
The chancellor of the University of Queensland wants the government to specify in which areas Australian institutions are free to work with Chinese researchers.
A 25-year-old motorcyclist will face court charged with assaulting an off-duty police officer after a near collision in national parkland in Sydney's south.
Concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne and vice-captain Travis Head have helped Australia salvage a draw on a dramatic final day of the second Ashes Test.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has put the financial services sector on notice as he unveils the road map for implementing the royal commission's recommendations.