Drama now abounds in Cox Plate

Max Presnell 11:50 AM   "More suitable for greyhounds" was my first thought of Moonee Valley back in 1977 after which its Cox Plate became the battleground of champions, including Kingston Town and Makybe Diva.

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Saturday Serve

Should referees be seen but not heard?

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David Polkinghorne 8:19 PM   Does the  Football Federation Australia think referees are like children and should be seen, but not heard?

Union

Larkham made 'great decision' to stay: Roff

Roff said Larkham was destined to be Wallabies coach at some stage, but said White had "undermined" his own good work at the ACT Brumbies by quitting the Canberra club to pursue international ambitions.

David Polkinghorne   World Cup-winning winger Joe Roff has commended ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham for turning down an assistant coaching role with the Wallabies, while also backing the Australian Rugby Union's decision to ignore Jake White as a candidate.

Players' lawyer hits back at ASADA boss

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson   Players lawyer Tony Hargreaves has accused ASADA boss Ben McDevitt of being "disingenuous" and slammed the ongoing delays in the case of the 34 past and present Essendon players as "inexcusable".

Fletcher eager to start stint against Victory

Kendall Fletcher makes her long-awaited return to the W-League on Saturday with Canberra United.

Lee Gaskin   Spanish World Cup winner David Villa won't be the only guest player looking to make an impact at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Canberra United's American midfielder Kendall Fletcher returning to the W-League.

Capitals forward bides her time for WNBA

Stephanie Talbot is able to make an impact on games even when she makes mistakes.

Jon Tuxworth   The bright lights of the WNBA are calling but Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has one sage piece of advice for Stephanie Talbot - "don't go until you're ready''.

League

Mago playing for ill father

Patrick Mago and Sam Mataora running at Raiders pre-season training.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders youngster Patrick Mago was front and centre when the Junior Kangaroos taunted the Kiwi haka, but he nearly didn't play at all over concerns for his ill father.

ACT Sport

Sykes strikes winning goal to help Canberra return to top four

Lee Gaskin 7:54 PM   Canberra United is back in the top four of the W-League after a vital 1-0 win on the road against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Meteors end losing streak after beating Spirit

New Zealand international Sara McGlashan scored a half-century to help the ACT Meteors beat Victoria.

Lee Gaskin 6:51 PM   ACT batter Sara McGlashan credits an honesty session for providing the spark for the Meteors' breakthrough win of the season.

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Rugby Heaven

Common sense prevails in Kurtley Beale saga

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Peter FitzSimons 7:47 PM   Controversial, yes, outrageous for many, but on balance the best possible ending on the whole damaging Kurtley Beale saga.

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Wallabies not desperate for Beale in spring tour, says Cheika

Cheika will speak to Beale in the coming days to tell him to return to training, but says there are no plans to fly him to Europe for a five-game tour.

Chris Dutton 7:46 PM   New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says "there are no winners" from the Kurtley Beale texting saga, adding there's no "desperation" to include Beale for the spring tour of Europe despite the star avoiding suspension on Friday.

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League HQ

Live Four Nations blog: Australia v New Zealand

Daly Cherry-Evans will hope to capitalise on his first-team selection for the Kangaroos.

Phil Lutton 8:05 PM   Australia tackle New Zealand in front of a parochial crowd at Suncorp Stadium in the Four Nations grudge match.

Sam Burgess in clear, George being investigated

Sam Burgess is attended to during the grand final.

Adrian Proszenko 7:46 PM   The NRL is set to rule that Sam Burgess didn’t sustain a concussion during his grand final heroics as the spotlight shifts towards South Sydney’s handling of the head knock to younger brother George.

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Football

Live ACL: Wanderers v Al Hilal

Brendon Santalab is back in the squad after his hamstring scare in the Sydney derby.

Ashley Gray 8:04 PM   It's Asian football's grand stage, the Wanderers tackle Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the final's first leg at Pirtek Stadium.

A-League: Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City

The Melbourne derby

Daniel Cherny 8:05 PM   The two clubs have met 12 times previously in the A-League but it's the first Melbourne derby since the Melbourne Heart outfit was re-badged.

Cricket

Blues likely to unleash pace hell against WA

Aggressive: NSW quick Josh Hazlewood.

Daniel Lane 7:59 PM   NSW are expected to fly in the face of the Sydney Cricket Ground’s reputation as a spin bowler’s paradise.

Australia look for a miracle as Pakistan extend lead

Younis Khan sets off after finding a gap.

Andrew Wu 7:19 PM   Brad Haddin denies Australia's batsmen have trouble against spin, and says they will get the chance to prove it during an imposing fourth-innings run chase on Sunday.

Racing

Ryan Moore politely proves a worldly point

Adelaide (Ryan Moore up) leads the field home in the Cox Plate on Saturday.

Peter Hanlon 7:59 PM   Local attitudes to the world's best jockeys when they pop by during spring haven't always shown us in the best light.

Call to run Adelaide in Cox Plate and not top European race a triomphe

Last to first: Adelaide and Ryan Moore take out the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 7:41 PM   You have bought a horse specifically for the spring majors in Melbourne, but Europe's most prestigious race is calling. The horse is already there. No quarantine, no exhausting travel and no worries. Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe, anyone?

Netball: Australian Diamonds vs England

The Australian Diamonds took on England at the AIS Arena for the International Test Series.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.