Top 10 Sports Headlines for 2018

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There are always a few news stories which capture our headlines throughout a given year. With 2018 underway, we decided to come up with 10 fun stories that we would love to see happen in the coming year.

Socceroos Progresses to World Cup Knockout Phase

For the first time since 2006, Socceroos fans have a World Cup draw that won’t make them want to bang their head against a wall.

There are still plenty of questions surrounding the team, not least of which involve who is actually going to coach them, but getting through this group is certainly possible.

Obviously the opener against France will be tough, however as long as they do not receive a battering like Germany dished out in 2010, then the next two games against Denmark and Peru can provide enough points to get by.

A-League Expansion Plans Revealed

2017 was by and large not a great year for Australian football and the domestic competition has suffered.

The general consensus is that the A-League needs a breath of fresh air to bring some life back into the competition and the announcement of expansion is just the way to do that.

New teams for 2018/2019 might be a bit optimistic but if we could find out where the next homes for teams are going to be in the next few months that would be a great start.

Aussie Wins Home Grand Slam

Something with the potential for a very quick return, it would be fantastic to see an Australian holding one of the singles trophies on Rod Laver Arena in a couple of weeks.

The best hope for a local triumph appear to be in the women’s draw with both Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova both seeded, but of course they have to overcome a tough field including defending champion Serena Williams making her Grand Slam return.

On the men’s side of the draw, Nick Kyrgios is always an amusing entity to watch and will be seeded 22nd for the main draw, which gives him the chance to make a deep run in a tournament that may be lacking depth at the top-end.

Wallabies Claim Bledisloe Cup Back

Seriously, it has been 15 years now, surely it is time to take the Bledisloe Cup back even just for one year.

Aside from the first half of the Sydney test in 2017 where they were thoroughly outclassed, the Wallabies showed they were able to match the All Blacks in patches.

It will require an almost perfect run of form for the Wallabies and phenomenal luck staying healthy but winning back the Bledisloe (and claiming their first Rugby Championship in the process) would go a long way to building confidence and hope heading into a World Cup year.

Knights Complete Worst to First Turnaround

Everyone loves a worst to first story and last year’s NRL wooden spooners the Knights are the side that can fulfill that story in 2018.

Winners of just five games last year, they have worked to improve their playing roster including talented Cowboys youngster Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce.

Obviously such a big turnaround is a massive long shot, but if it does happen it will make for an excellent ride.

Good Teams Forced to Miss AFL Finals

The AFL has had as good a two year run in terms of Premiers storylines as any league could hope for with the Bulldogs and Richmond ending their title droughts.

For 2018 however, we want to see a close finals race where there are more than ten teams in the mix in late August.

While seeing St Kilda end their finals drought would be another great story, the intrigue of the final month of the season seeing teams see-sawing in and out of contention would be phenomenal entertainment, unless of course you are a fan of one of those teams in which case you might find it a touch stressful.

Australia’s Tour Win in South Africa

The Aussies have done their job on home soil claiming the Ashes, but they face a tricky tour of South Africa with a four-Test series throughout March.

There is still plenty of competition for positions in the long-term, but anybody that wants to make a name for themselves would be well served standing up on this tour.

Winx Wins Another Ladbrokes Cox Plate

22 straight race wins for Winx heading into 2018 and all eyes will be on the great mare no matter what path she goes down this year.

This may be a bit selfish on our part, but seeing her back at The Valley for a fourth Ladbrokes Cox Plate win would make for a simply outstanding Spring Racing Carnival.

The NBA Dynasties Go Down

For the last three seasons, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have contested the NBA Finals and while it has provided plenty of entertainment and memorable moments, it is time for some fresh blood.

LeBron James has been a part of the Eastern Conference representative for the last seven seasons with mixed results, but there are a couple of teams that could potentially knock them off in Boston and Toronto.

In the West, it has been all Golden State for the last three years but Houston and San Antonio are currently the best positioned sides to knock them off.

A Totally Scandal Free 2018

Most of all for 2017 we want 2018 to be free of any scandals, which might ruin our enjoyment of sport.

Our final hope for this year is that when we go to our next New Years Eve party we have gone 12 months without seeing a salary cap scandal, a PED suspension or some sort of arrest which is always disappointing.

Surely that is not too much to ask for?