People in Carli Lloyd's hometown of Delran, New Jersey, say they are so proud of the World Cup star. Bars and restaurants were packed on Sunday night, and on Monday a local Chick-fil-A offered free milk shakes to anyone who mentioned her name. (July 6)

Carli Lloyd gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title. The game broadcast had record ratings and Lloyd is poised to become one of the bigger athlete endorsers, says AP sports writer Ron Blum. (July 6)

FIRST ON 7: With 1000 days to go until the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, organisers say the competition venues will be ready well before 2018. Max Futcher reports.

Under fire coach James Hird has called on the Essendon board to hold its nerve, after yesterday's historic loss to St Kilda. Mark Stevens reports.

Essendon coach James Hird says his job isn't under threat despite the Bombers 110 point thrashing to St Kilda.