FORMULA 1 - The 64th Formula 1 season will start off with the Grand Prix of Australia. It is the 16th time that this GP serves as the season opener, overtaking the GP of Argentina which had hosted the first race on 15 previous occasions. Our Infographic shows where the season has started in championships from 1950 to 2013.
HOCKEY - Sunday’s 2012 Men’s Champions Trophy final between Netherlands and Australia is in many ways linked with the number five. The host Kookaburras are hoping to win a record extending fifth successive Champions Trophy and are poised to collect a record equalling fifth consecutive clean sheet.
HOCKEY - On Saturday, 1 December, Australia’s men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, will embark on a mission to win their fifth successive trophy. One of the players involved in winning their last four campaigns is star player Jamie Dwyer, who is attempting to win the competition for the sixth time in his career. That would mean Dwyer would join a club of record holders.
OLYMPICS - Australia have targeted six medals in athletics at London 2012, something they haven’t done for 44 years. Our Virtual Medal Table projects them to win only three. Who’s right?
49 - Seconds it took (49.11) for Cathy Freeman to win Australia’s most famous Olympic gold - 400m at Sydney 2000. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
CRICKET - It is Day Two of the First Test of the 1993 Ashes Series. The venue: Old Trafford, Manchester. The batsman: England’s Mike Gatting. The bowler: Australia’s Shane Warne. The outcome: something that is referred to as “The Ball Of The Century” or simpler even “That Ball”. Today, 19 years ago.
CYCLING - Matthew Goss has become only the third Australia rider to win multiple Giro d’Italia stages. The rider for Team Orica was also the last Australian to win a Giro stage in 2010. The only other Australians to win more than one Gio stage are Robbie McEwen (12) and Phil Anderson (2).
FOOTBALL - On this day, precisely 11 years ago, Australia destroyed American Samoa in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Archie Thompson set a world record by netting 13 times in the match as his team registered a world record international victory. Click here for a brief summary of the onslaught.
FORMULA 1 - Jenson Button took the chequered flag in the GP of Australia on Sunday. The Briton surged ahead of defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Button gained an important advantage, because the winner of the opening race has won the drivers’ championship in seven of the previous 10 seasons (70%) and in 17 of the previous 22 (77%).
CYCLING - Simon Gerrans emerged victorious in cycling’s first major Classic of the season, Milano - Sanremo. Last year, ‘La Primavera’ was also won by an Australian rider - Matthew Goss. Before 2011, no Australian had won it in the -then- 103-year history of the race.
HOCKEY - Today is Jamie Dwyer’s 33rd birthday. One of the finest hockey players in the world, Dwyer scored the golden goal in the 2004 Olympic final against Holland. He has also won the World Cup, the Champions Trophy five times and he has been voted the FIH’s Player Of The Year on a record five occasions. Click here for a tribute.
Shares birthday with: Kemal Atatürk, Herb Kelleher, Dave Eggers
CRICKET - Precisely 91 years ago, Australia completed the first 5-0 Ashes Series whitewash in the history of the competition that pits the England and Australia cricket teams in their epic battles for supremacy. And it took the Australians another 86 years to repeat that performance. Click here for images from the 2007 Ashes series.