His parents believed it was the rapes and beheadings by Islamic State fighters that prompted Reece Harding to die fighting for the Kurdish peshmerga in Syria.
Chris Barrett Ryan Harris's chances of featuring in the first two Tests of the Ashes series have nosedived after he was scratched from the Australians' final pre-series hit-out against Essex with knee soreness.
Georgina Robinson Israel Folau says he considers himself a rugby player now after inking a lucrative new deal that snuffs out hopes of a return to rugby league and could see him earn almost $2 million per season over three years.
Michael Chammas Bernard Tomic has set up a likely date with world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Michael Chammas The decision to head back to her Florida home after the French Open to refresh seems to have paid dividends for Sam Stosur, who has reached the third round at Wimbledon for just the third time in her career.
Peter Hannam The status of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided being downgraded by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee but the future of the ecological treasure remains uncertain.
Jon Tuxworth Nick Kyrgios' mother believes her son would be "upset a lot" by stinging criticism of his on-court antics, but asked for patience as he learns the fine line between passion and respect as he grows up in the public eye.
Gareth Hutchens Australia's most respected public policy institute has savaged the Abbott government's approach to crafting federal budgets, warning Australia's economic future is being based on "hope" instead of real policy reform.
Eryk Bagshaw Brock Sheehan was expelled from three different schools before he came to Lomandra, where some of his classmates still can't read and they are in year 9. Now their last chance may have been taken away.
James Massola, Stephanie Peatling Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down a cross-party attempt to legalise same-sex marriage, but faces six weeks of potentially divisive debate over the issue, with conservative MPs mobilising to block any move to legislate the land mark social reform.
Angelica Sheerin, 8, is chopping off her long shiny locks for kids with cancer.