Even before its inaugural edition, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been described as worthy of World Tour status; the highest international classification for a cycling event.
Linda Pearce Since Maria Sharapova last beat Serena Williams, Australia has had five changes of prime minister, Melbourne seven different coaches, the Socceroos have played in three World Cups, 90s neon has made a comeback and Mariah Carey has made way for Taylor Swift. More than a decade. Fifteen consecutive defeats. Nothing is impossible, but history would suggest that a Sharapova win in Saturday's Australian Open final seems improbable, at best.
Declan Rurenga, Latika Bourke Surely there's an Australian who's deserving of an award locals say.
Tom Decent Less than a week after assuming the throne, Saudi Arabia's new king has given all state employees a bonus two months salary and reshuffled top government jobs while firing two sons of the late Addullah in the process.
Jessica Sier New research has found first-borns consider themselves more successful and organised, while youngest siblings think they're funnier and more relaxed.
Andrew Wu Michael Clarke has been given the green light to bat for as long he wants when he makes his return to competitive play in grade cricket on Saturday.
Georgina Robinson Waratahs player Wycliff Palu has urged his club not to desert western Sydney as the reigning Super Rugby champions lock in a deal to play all their games at Allianz Stadium from next year.
Jason Koutsoukis Nine Sri Lankans repatriated by Australian authorities last year after their boat was intercepted off Christmas Island have been recognised as refugees by the United Nations in Nepal.
Sean Nicholls When the push to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the Emblems bugging scandal first emerged last year, Premier Mike Baird was vehemently opposed.
Sean Nicholls The highest levels of the NSW Police have been plunged into controversy after an inquiry heard evidence of potentially illegal bugging of corruption suspects and deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas launched an extraordinary attack on the Ombudsman charged with investigating.