One hundred and 17 days after the curtain came down on the 2016 campaign at Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 is back as the new season gets under way in Australia this weekend. With new rules and new era cars, it is a step into the unknown. Mercedes might be the favourites once again, but they could well have a real fight on their hands this time. There will always be excitement about the start of a new season - the anticipation, the element of the unknown and the hope that this one will be even better than the last - but there is something about having Melbourne as the setting for the opener that makes it even more special. With the city's shiny skyscrapers on one side and sailboats and surfers at St Kilda beach on the other, the Albert Park circuit offers a unique setting, winding its way around a glistening lake in idyllic parkland.
England "sent a message" on the opening day of the Ashes that they will compete with Australia, says former captain Michael Vaughan. The tourists recovered from 2-1 to reach 196-4 in Brisbane, thanks to James Vince's 83, Mark Stoneman's 53 and an unbeaten 28 from Dawid Malan. "I was concerned that England might get blown away," Vaughan, who captained England to an Ashes series in 2005, told the BBC's Test Match Special. England are widely expected to struggle in Australia, where they have won only once in the past seven tours dating back to 1990-91. Vince, Stoneman and Malan - who had a combined 15 Test caps between them before this series - are making their Ashes debuts.
Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock says she is concerned for her safety because of Hurricane Irma. The Seattle Reign player, 30, is preparing for Thursday's match at Orlando Pride, which was brought forward because of the deadly storm. Wales boss Jayne Ludlow is worried about Fishlock, who wrote on Twitter that being in Orlando was "scary". Ludlow said: "She is looking forward to getting over here, hopefully safe and well." Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least nine people dead.