Socceroos' World Cup hopes suffer a blow

Dominic Bossi 6:36 AM   The more things change, the more they stay the same at least that's what Australia discovered after slumping to a lacklustre defeat away to Jordan, a nation emerging as their bogey team.

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Canberra boosts attack for title defence

England international Jodie Taylor has joined Canberra United for the 2015-16 W-League season.

Lee Gaskin 9:45 PM   Canberra United has ditched talk of defending its W-League title, instead adding English international Jodie Taylor to become a more lethal attacking force.

McMahon in Wallabies team   

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 05: Sean McMahon #7 of the Australia Wallabies is tackled against the United States Eagles during a match at Soldier Field on September 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 11:07 PM   Sean McMahon will go from medical hero to the World Cup cauldron when the Wallabies unleash their raging bull on Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

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Lean Beale ready for World Cup challenge

Kurtley Beale

Chris Dutton 11:00 PM   A "lean and hungry" Kurtley Beale has the spark to ensure the Wallabies inflict more pain on Wales when the teams battle for a smoother run to the World Cup final.

Goodes' dance preserved on canvas

Jamie Cooper's portrait of Adam Goodes.

Greg Baum 7:22 AM   Even when the Adam Goodes booing saga was at its most hysterical, driving him off the field for a week and crystallising his intention to retire, he did not hesitate in co-operating for an oil portrait of his memorable war dance earlier in the season.

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Himmelberg's AFL draft camp nerves

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is off to the AFL national draft combine.

David Polkinghorne 8:29 PM   Will the Eastlake forward get drafted?

NRC on a par with Currie Cup: Arnold

Canberra Vikings lock Rory Arnold says the NRC is on a par with South Africa's Currie Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:40 PM   How does the NRC compare to South Africa's Currie Cup?

Brumbies back Iona after conviction

The Brumbies will ignore Rodney Iona's drink-driving conviction when deciding his future.

David Polkinghorne 9:07 PM   The Brumbies will disregard Rodney Iona's drink-driving conviction when deciding whether to re-sign him.

Wallabies in World Cup form: Williams

Shane Williams.

Chris Dutton   LONDON: Wales great Shane Williams has declared Australia the most in-form team at the World Cup.

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Wales haunted by Wallabies record

Warren Gatland's men will have to overcome their hoodoo if they want to secure top spot in pool A.

Chris Dutton 2:03 AM   The Wallabies' World Cup squad record holds a remarkable 117-6 win-loss record in matches against Wales, with only five of the 31 players ever experiencing a defeat at the hands of the Red Dragons.

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Meteors coach slams Cricket Australia

ACT Meteors captain Kris Britt.

Lee Gaskin 12:03 AM   ACT Meteors coach Andrew Dawson says Cricket Australia "made a genuine mistake" leaving Canberra out of the inaugural women's Big Bash League

League HQ

NRL claim new bunker system will mean zero errors by video referees

Video bunker gets green light: NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

Michael Carayannis 4:24 PM   Could the NRL finish next season without a video referee error? Todd Greenberg thinks so.

PNG to host three Rugby League World Cup matches

Warm welcome: James Segeyaro received plenty of cheers on his arrival in Port Moresby with the Prime Minister's XIII.

Tom Decent 2:29 PM   Papua New Guinea will host three matches at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. 


Rugby Heaven

Mat Rogers all praise for a 'calm and cool' Bernard Foley

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness 4:10 PM   Former Wallabies and NRL playmaker Mat Rogers has given the thumbs up to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika for picking the "calm head' of Waratah Bernard Foley for the No. 10 jersey.

Wales make wholesale changes for Wallabies blockbuster

Back in the centre: George North will add experience to the Welsh midfield.

Steve James 3:59 PM   Wales coach Warren Gatland was in chipper mood as he announced a surprising but exciting-looking side to play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday morning AEST).



Sandhu ready to do Blacktown proud in Matador Cup

Westie to face the Western Warriors: Blues paceman Gurinder Sandhu bowls during the Matador BBQs match between New South Wales and South Australia at North Sydney Oval.

Daniel Lane 4:05 PM   NSW fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu said he'll be charged by locals' pride when he takes the new ball against defending Matador Cup champions Western Australia at the Blacktown International Sportspark during Saturday's day-nighter.

Warne offers to mentor England's Rashid

Former cricketer Shane Warne has been asked by England to work with their leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Nick Hoult 10:18 AM   Shane Warne has offered to work with England and help leg-spinner Adil Rashid build an international career.


Twins have recruiters doing a double take

Two of a kind: Twins Harry and Ben McKay from Warragul are hoping to hear their names called at the national draft.

Emma Quayle 7:21 PM   Ben and Harry McKay are mirror image twins. It makes sense they come to this week's draft combine from slightly different directions.

Crowley delisted from Fremantle

Ryan Crowley shows his disappointment after Fremantle was beaten by Port Adelaide in the first semi-final in 2014.

Brad Elborough 6:09 PM   Ryan Crowley's ambitious bid to return to Fremantle's senior side after a 12-month drug-related ban is over.



New Sydney FC marquee Holosko ready to go

Game-changer: Filip Holosko is settling into Sydney nicely.

Sebastian Hassett 5:08 PM   The marquee shoes at Sydney FC are arguably the most important of any player in the A-League and Filip Holosko insists he's ready to fill them ahead of Saturday night's season opening clash against Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium.

No Janko but we're more potent than ever: Smeltz

Hoping for more game time: With Marc Janko now gone, Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz wants an expanded role this season.

Sebastian Hassett 5:04 PM   The departure of Golden Boot winner Marc Janko - who scored of almost a third of Sydney FC's goals last season - looms an enormous hole on paper but the man set to take his starting role, Shane Smeltz, couldn't be less worried.


ACT Sport

Eastlake considering NEAFL name change

Eastlake coach Ben Waite says he's not going anywhere.

David Polkinghorne 4:15 PM   Would a name change get Canberra behind Eastlake?


ANU set their sights on top-four finish

Wests-UC batsman  Blake MacDonald.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 3:34 PM   ANU all-rounder Scott Murn has set the bar high for his side this season.


Horse Racing

China Horse Club aiming to unlock final frontier as Statement beckons in Guineas

Teo Ah King helped design the grandstand at Meydan Racecourse in 2010.

Adam Pengilly 3:51 PM   Former Sydney university student Teo Ah King is perhaps the man with the keys to the final frontier for global racing. And a 10th group 1 win for the China Horse Club will be a huge milestone after his days designing Dubai's Meydan Racecourse grandstand.

European summer has Criterion fresh for spring challenge

Freak: Trainer David Hayes has high praise for his Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion.

Chris Roots 2:57 PM   Globetrotter Criterion returns to Australia fresh, and ready to fight for the title of the best horse in the country starting in Saturday's Caulfield Stakes.


Cowboys win NRL grand final

After a last second try in regular time, North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston wins the NRL grand final with a field goal, beating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16.

NRL Grand final - Broncos v Cowboys

All the action as the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2015 NRL grand final.

Sekope Kepu's unreal World Cup pass

Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu sets up Bernard Foley's stunning first try with a ridiculous flick pass during Australia's defeat of England in the Rugby World Cup.

RWC 2015: Aussies to stay 'humble' after England win

Australia's coach Michael Cheika praises his side for successfully silencing a “tsunami of noise” at Twickenham.

Australia knock England out of their own World Cup

Bernard Foley stars for the Wallabies with two tries as England collapse at Twickenham.

Cyril Rioli best player in AFL grand final

Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal in the AFL grand final.

Luke Hodge's freakish grand final goal

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge kicks a contender for best goal of the 2015 grand final.

Hawthorn wins third consecutive premiership

Hawthorn seals the 2015 AFL premiership with an easy win over the West Coast Eagles.

Melbourne warms to Grand Final holiday

Perfect weather puts a smile on the faces of footy fans.

Wales beat Fiji

Wales over come a spirited Fiji to move to the top of RWC pool A.