National News

Pangai NRL ban 'unfair': Ofahengaue

Over the top. Unfair. Excessive.NRL players have not held back over Tevita Pangai's five match crusher tackle ban, with Brisbane teammate Joe Ofahengaue even admitting he wasn't sure what constituted a dangerous contact charge any more.

Smith targets return in Ashes tour game

Steve Smith hopes to return from concussion in next week's low-key tour game against Derbyshire, having run out of time in his bid to be fit for the third Ashes Test.

Walters baulks at Knights' NRL coach terms

While Kevin Walters might not be interested in replacing Nathan Brown at Newcastle, the Queensland mentor admits he would have baulked at the NRL club's unique coach contract terms.

PNG treasurer disputes $1.5b loan figure

Australia is speaking with Papua New Guinea about giving the nation financial support, but PNG's treasurer has hosed down reports his government wants a $1.5 billion loan.