Lionel Messi hails Clasico win as 'important step' in title race

Madrid (AFP) - Lionel Messi on Monday hailed Barcelona's dramatic 3-2 Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid as an "important step" in the race for the La Liga title.

State of Origin hate fires up Qld Reds

Queensland Reds are feeding off Karmichael Hunt's State of Origin hatred of NSW ahead of Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with Waratahs, Quade Cooper says.