Why a Raiders player drove home from Townsville

Most of the Raiders were on a flight home on Sunday morning. One player isn't even back yet.

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Good and bad news for Raiders

Blake Austin of the Raiders was charged with a dangerous throw, but with an early guilty plea will avoid suspension.

Jon Tuxworth 1:30 PM   Two Raiders were put on report during Saturday's match. Only one will play this weekend.

Finals hopes hanging on Hodgson's ankle

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson.

Lee Gaskin 11:48 PM   Alan Tongue says the possible absence of Josh Hodgson will put a severe dent in Canberra's finals aspirations.

Raiders taking positives from collapse

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NRL Round 12 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos at Canberra GIO stadium. Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

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Date: 30 May 2015
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Lee Gaskin 11:49 PM   Raiders coach Ricky Stuart insists it is not all "doom and gloom" and wants his team to learn from their mistakes.

Austin voted NRL's best No.6 by peers

Blake Austin

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 AM   Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has been crowned the game's best five-eighth by his peers.

Canberra league refs lay down law on abuse

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Jon Tuxworth 11:51 PM   Canberra Region Rugby League has used the Fifita referee saga to reinforce its zero-tolerance policy on abuse.

Turner injury 'brought a tear' to Inglis eye

Dangerous: Kyle Turner suffered a string of concussions last season.

Michael Carayannis 10:46 AM   Concussion-prone Souths forward suffers another concussion on return from serious neck injury but describes comeback as 'successful'.

Toomua's tackling needs tinkering

Matt Toomua needs to improve his tackling technique.

David Polkinghorne 11:57 PM   Stephen Larkham says Matt Toomua needs to work on his tackling technique to ensure he doesn't keep getting knocked out.

Is this England's 'McGrath moment?

Umpire Aleem Dar looks on as England fast-bowler Jimmy Anderson grimaces due to an injury that forced him to leave the field mid-way through an over on day two of the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.

Jesse Hogan 11:22 PM   Australia believes the injury to swing bowler Jimmy Anderson will be as much of a blow to England's chances as the loss of Glenn McGrath was to theirs in 2005.

Tuggies war for Woden Weston coach

Robbie Deeley of Canberra FC in action.

David Polkinghorne   The finals race has tightened up in the ACT National Premier League.

Support for Goodes lifted us, says Tippett

Red and white love: Adam Goodes has been a fan favourite at the Swans for years.

Tom Decent   Sydney forward Kurt Tippett said the hairs on the back of his neck stood up when he heard the roar of the 38,690-strong crowd in the third quarter against Adelaide Crows at the SCG on Saturday.

League HQ

Who will win the NRL minor premiership?

The four-horse race for the NRL minor premiership: Brisbane, North Queensland, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney.

8:34 PM   The NRL minor premiership is a four-horse race between the Broncos, Cowboys, Rabbitohs or Roosters with five rounds remaining.

Knights will have solid foundation, says Quayle

Fresh approach: John Quayle said recruitment would be in keeping with building a solid foundation.

Daniel Lane 6:36 PM   As Newcastle start their review into each position in the Knights' football operations this week, board member John Quayle said the club would refer to long-term principles and substance – not gimmicks – to turn the club's fortunes around.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Foley happy to be apprentice to master Giteau

Passing through: Bernard Foley during the Wallabies training session at Kippax Lake on Monday.

Rupert Guinness 7:03 PM   When Bernard Foley speaks of Matt Giteau and his enthusiasm in the Wallabies camp, he speaks seemingly not of a player seasoned by 32 years and 93 Test matches.

Tigers recruit turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter 5:56 PM   Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

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Cricket

Aussie quicks were 'underdone': Healy

CARDIFF, WALES - JULY 08:  Channel Nine commentators Ian Healy and Mark Taylor during day one of the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at SWALEC Stadium on July 8, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

6:55 PM   Ian Healy believes Australia's pace attack were "underdone" in the third Ashes Test.

Nevill goes about his business amid storm over Haddin dumping

Playing a straight bat: Peter Nevill is digging in for the long haul after turning in a gutsy batting performance at Edgbaston.

Chris Barrett 6:32 PM   The team's new wicketkeeper did not ask to be thrust into the midst of one of the most controversial and emotion-charged selection furores in recent history but he is doing his utmost to show just why he deserves his place.

AFL

Hird sues insurance firm over $640k legal bill

James Hird

Mark Russell, Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson 1:13 PM   AFL Essendon coach James Hird is suing his insurance company for refusing to pay his legal bill of more than $640,000 over the supplements saga.

GWS still a chance for finals says coach

Giants coach Leon Cameron has finals footy in his sights.

Brad Elborough 3:41 PM   Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron believes finals football is still a realistic chance for his young side this year.

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Soccer

YouTube hit could become FFA Cup hit

Gungahlin United's Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 7:19 PM   Could the FFA Cup lay the foundations for Canberra A-League team?

Five times Roy Keane nailed it

Ipswich Town's new manager Roy Keane watches his team's Coca Cola Championship soccer match against Cardiff City at the Ninian stadium in Cardiff, Wales April 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN SPORT SOCCER)

James Morrison 6:29 PM   The former Man United hardman has already written off Arsenal's Premier League chances. Here are five other times he got it spot-on.

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Horse Racing

Extra Zero back for another campaign

Enthusiasm: Extra Zero (left) edged out by stablemate Spillway in the Australian Cup.

8:31 PM   One of last season's most consistent gallopers is set to make a reappearance at Flemington.

Kavanagh launches a defence claiming cobalt doesn't affect blood system

Accused: Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 7:04 PM   Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.

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Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.

NEAFL: Sydney University v Ainslie

A scoreless first term proved too tough for Ainslie to overcome.

Port beat wasteful Saints in Adelaide

Port Adelaide too good for St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.

Sydney Swans win it for Adam Goodes

Swans prove too strong for Crows on an emotional day at the SCG.

Lehmann backs under fire Michael Clarke

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed his under-fire skipper.