Sport News Update, what you need to know.

AFL – North Melbourne’s Brent Harvey might owe Joel Selwood a beer after evidence from the Geelong skipper helped the Kangaroos veteran beat a rough conduct charge which threatened to rub him out of Friday night’s preliminary final against Sydney.

RUGBY LEAGUE – The already strained relationship between the NRL and North Queensland has been tested again with the Cowboys copping a $10,000 fine after coach Paul Green claimed they had lost faith in the match review and judiciary process.

AFL – Gary Ablett’s record eighth-straight AFL All-Australian selection has heightened speculation the Gold Coast superstar can earn the rare honour of becoming a triple Brownlow Medallist.

SOCCER – Real Madrid put their La Liga woes behind as they got their Champions League defence off to a flying start with a 5-1 hammering of Basel, while there were mixed results for two of England’s big guns.

CRICKET – Australian captain Michael Clarke will miss next month’s one-day international series against Pakistan because of the hamstring injury which ruled him out of much of the recent tour to Zimbabwe.

RUGBY LEAGUE – Axed NRL star Todd Carney has been given a lifeline by English Super League outfit Catalan Dragons, who handed the former Dally M medal winner a three-year deal and the club captaincy.

SOCCER – Fairytales were in short supply in the FFA Cup round of 16 on Tuesday as A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners cruised to victory over lower league opposition.