TONIGHT IN THE NRL....BRISBANE BRONCOS GO INTO TONIGHT'S MATCH AGAINST MANLY SEA EAGLES AS OVERWHELMING FAVOURITES.

MANLY ENTER THE SEASON PROPER WITHOUT A WIN, DEFEATED 24-12 BY THE SHARKS AND 20-4 BY THE SYDNEY ROOSTERS.

AND THEY'LL BE MISSING GLENN STEWART THROUGH INJURY

ANTHONY WATMOUGH WILL PLAY DESPITE BEING HINDERED BY A RIB COMPLAINT.

MANLY COACH GEOFF TOOVEY SAYS THERE ISNT AN EASY TIME TO PLAY THE BRONCOS.

COLLINGWOOD HAS REPORTEDLY FINED BROWNLOW MEDALLIST DANE SWAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AFTER HE TOOK PART IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITHOUT PERMISSION.

IN THE INTERVIEW...WHICH WENT TO AIR LAST NIGHT...SWAN DISMISSED RUMOURS THAT HE HAD A WILD OFF-SEASON AND HAS A DRUG PROBLEM.

GOLF'S WORLD NUMBER TWO, TIGER WOODS, HAS SHOT AN IMPRESSIVE SIX-UNDER-PAR 66 FOR A SHARE OF THE EARLY CLUBHOUSE LEAD IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.

WOODS MADE NINE BIRDIES TO SHARE THE LEAD WITH SWEDEN'S FREDDIE YACKOBSON, SERGIO GARCIA, GRAEME MCDOWELL AND BUBBA WATSON.

THE BEST PLACED AUSTRALIANS ARE JOHN SENDEN AND GEOFF OGILVY WHO ARE TIED IN 16TH ON THREE UNDER PAR.

WOODS SAYS HE'S CONTENT WITH THE WAY HE STARTED.

AND NEWCASTLE AND PERTH GLORY PLAY IN THE A-LEAGUE TONIGHT.

PERTH ARE THREE POINTS ADRIFT OF SIXTH PLACE AND MUST DEFEAT THE JETS TO BE A REALISTIC CHANCE OF MAKING THE FINALS.

IN A MAJOR BONUS FOR PERTH, STAR JETS STRIKER EMILE HESKEY HAS BEEN RULED OUT WITH A CALF INJURY.