De Villiers magic destroys Windies

9:59 PM   AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a unbeaten 162 off 66 to drive South Africa to a record win.

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Captain Croker's naked ambition for Raiders  

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Portrait of Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker
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Chris Wilson 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker says he's ready to lead a changed club in the 2015 NRL season.

Harrison charged with supplying drugs

CHARGED: Gold Coast Titans player Ashley Harrison.

Phil Lutton 12:39 AM   Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission says no further arrests of footballers are on the radar after former Titans Ash Harrison and Steve Michaels were the latest to be caught up in the cocaine crisis.

Racing

ACT trainers try to defend turf   

Trainer Gratz Vella, foreperson Libby Snowden, jockey Kevin Sweeney, trainer Barbara Joseph, trainer Nick Olive and trainer Paul Jones at Thoroughbred Park ahead of the 2015 Black Opal Stakes Day.

Jon Tuxworth 7:40 PM   Veteran Canberra jockey Kevin Sweeney believes the days when a local horse is a strong hope in the Black Opal Stakes are "just about gone" as top Sydney and Melbourne jockeys target it as a Golden Slipper warm-up.

Cummins gets nod ahead of Hazlewood

Ripping in: Pat Cummins.

Chris Barrett 11:57 PM   Pat Cummins will make his World Cup debut in the trans-Tasman World Cup showdown at Eden Park on Saturday, with Australia banking on express pace to get them across the line.

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Larkham says no bias in Wallabies selections

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says there will be no bias in Wallabies selection.

Chris Dutton 7:18 PM   World Cup ring-in Stephen Larkham is adamant Super Rugby allegiances will be abandoned in a bid to lift the Wallabies to international glory after agreeing to become Australia's new attack coach.

No change, no cash, report tells athletics body

Sweet success: Sally Pearson celebrates her gold medal at the London Olympic Games.

Michael Gleeson 12:03 AM   Athletics Australia should have 40 per cent of its funding withheld while on probation until it can prove it has implemented the widespread changes recommended in a damning independent report for the Australian Sports Commission has recommended.

Cricket

De Villiers smashes quickest century on Australian soil

Majestic knock: AB de Villiers hits a six.

Andrew Wu 12:55 AM   There is still another month left in the World Cup but it will take a mighty effort to top this entry from A.B. de Villiers for the innings of the tournament.

Cummins gets nod ahead of Hazlewood

Ripping in: Pat Cummins.

Chris Barrett 11:57 PM   Pat Cummins will make his World Cup debut in the trans-Tasman World Cup showdown at Eden Park on Saturday, with Australia banking on express pace to get them across the line.

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Hurricanes thump Western Force in Perth

Eye-catching: Julian Savea goes over for a try that was later disallowed.

12:33 AM   All Blacks winger Julian Savea scored a brilliant solo try to inspire the Hurricanes to a 42-13 bonus-point victory over the Western Force in Friday night's Super Rugby clash in Perth.

Mistakes cost Reds over Highlanders

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders touches down for a try.

11:05 PM   The Queensland Reds were left to rue sloppy errors and poor execution after falling 20-13 to the Highlanders in Friday's Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.

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League HQ

NRL to consider more teams, fewer games

Pointing in the right direction: NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Brad Walter 12:39 AM   NRL chief executive Dave Smith has confirmed that a decision would be made this year on whether to expand the competition in 2018 and revealed that consideration would also be given to reducing the number of premiership rounds to accommodate more events and representative fixtures such as the expanded World Club Series.

Keary refuses to splash cash despite new deal

"Three or four years ago I had nothing": Keary.

Michael Carayannis 11:38 PM   The ink has barely dried on Luke Keary's richest contract but the South Sydney five-eighth isn't getting carried away, still proud to drive his more than decade old Honda Accord to training.

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ACT Sport

Basketball ACT insist no need for panic despite $218,000 loss

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Jon Tuxworth 8:58 PM   Basketball ACT are confident of being back in the black next financial year and have assured members there is no need for concern after recording a loss of nearly $218,000 for 2014-15. 

Cricket

Weston Creek Molonglo's Brown unsure of swansong as he prepares for 200th match

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Jon Tuxworth 7:35 PM   Add the age of teenage Weston Creek Molonglo teammates Mac Wright and Joe Slater, and Cade Brown still has six years on them. 

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Soccer

City coach says win will boost morale

Josh Kennedy and Robert Koren of Melbourne City FC celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch 12:11 AM   Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip believes that his side's 3-1 win over high-riding Adelaide United on Friday night could ignite their push for a finals berth in the closing weeks of the A-League season.

Wanderers backyard proving hardest battle

Domestic chores: The Wanderers train at Sydney Olympic Park yesterday.

Sebastian Hassett 11:51 PM   They say ladder position doesn't matter going into a derby, and while that's usually true, it is the defining talking point going into Saturday night's Sydney derby.

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Tennis

Kyrgios out of Davis Cup

Nick Kyrgios said he was totally gutted to have to pull out of Australia's Davis Cup tie.

Chris Dutton 1:21 AM   Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from Australia's Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic, conceding his back isn't ready to handle the workload.

Another Woodbridge eyes sporting career

Matt Murnane   Zara Woodbridge, the daughter of Australian tennis doubles champion Todd, has taken another step towards forging her own career as a professional sportsperson.

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Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

League HQ's NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive on every NRL team.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.

Afghanistan meets Bangladesh in ACT

Afghanistan and Bangladesh draw a crowd at Manuka Oval.

Australia pummels England at the MCG

Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia v England at the MCG.