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Live AFL: Essendon v Collingwood

Essendon v Collingwood

Scott Spits 7:03 PM   Follow our live coverage of the iconic Essendon-Collingwood Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

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Live: Giants v Suns

Fitting in: New recruit Ryan Griffen dominated with 31 possessions.

4:58 PM   Live scores as the AFL's newest sides meet in Canberra.

Sport needs more than a minute's silence

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox 9:48 PM   After reading Les Carlyon's Gallipoli, or a sympathetic viewing of Peter Weir's Gallipoli or Sidney Nolan's Anzac paintings, who could honestly feel in the mood for sport?

Footy must always come second on Anzac Day

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 10:00 PM   Football codes are walking a fine line with Anzac Day. More than ever, they must be careful about hijacking an occasion when the game should come second.

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Cheika met with Giteau last month

Back in the game: Matt Giteau is back in Wallabies selection contention after an ARU rule change.

Georgina Robinson 10:19 PM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he met Matt Giteau when the 92-Test centre was in Australia last month. 

Soliola returns from England with fear factor 

Sia Soliola is building a reputation for his toughness.

Jon Tuxworth 8:33 PM   He's the Canberra Raiders hitman making ball runners think twice about heading in his direction. 

Giants want to become a fixture on Anzac Day

Sport 
 GWS player Phil Davis during training at Manuka oval
The Canberra Times  
Date:  24 April 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

David Polkinghorne 7:47 PM   Greater Western Sydney have renewed calls for their Anzac Day clash against Gold Coast to become a permanent AFL fixture.

Joyce moves on from Kewell with Giants

GWS head of Athletic Performance David Joyce.

David Polkinghorne 9:31 PM   He was "thick as thieves" with Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, worked with former English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers and has been part of two Olympic Games teams.

Finals will revive A-League interest: Gallop

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Sebastian Hassett   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop admits the finals series can't come quickly enough with the A-League battling to retain public interest.

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League HQ

Dragons beat Roosters and weather for NRL win

Reign of fire: Josh Dugan of the Dragons makes a break at Allianz Stadium.

Brad Walter 6:57 PM   St George Illawarra overcame a controversial disallowed try and a wild storm that caused a 30 minute stoppage to beat Roosters 14-12.

Teamwork, camaraderie the key messages for players

The Anzac coin which will be given to the Raiders player of the match after tomorrow's clash with South Sydney.

Jon Tuxworth 5:16 PM   Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker knows it's foolhardy to compare a soldier willingly putting himself in the line of enemy fire to anything on a football field. 

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Rugby Heaven

Force see red in rugby loss to Chiefs

Sonny Bill Williams charges forward during the match between the Chiefs and the Force.

Justin Chadwick 10:35 PM   By Justin Chadwick

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Cricket

Brathwaite ton for Windies frustrates England

Century maker Kraigg Brathwaite hits a shot past Ben Stokes

12:42 PM   Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for two at the close of the fourth day of the second test leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.

Cricket chiefs fear rebel split on horizon

Money man: Billionaire media baron Subhash Chandra.

Chris Barrett 1:02 AM   The mysterious registration of companies in Australia and other Test countries by Indian business giant Essel Group has left cricket authorities wary about what they believe could be plans for a new rebel league or even an extraordinary takeover bid of global cricket.

AFL

Carey questions whether Cloke is 'overrated'

Wayne Carey says Travis Cloke may be the most overrated big forward in the game.

Jon Pierik   Emerging midfielder Taylor Adams says the Magpies need to continue to ease the pressure on Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan, while AFL great Wayne Carey has questioned whether Travis Cloke is "overrated" as the Pies prepare for their Anzac Day blockbuster.

Murphy aims to lead Blues to their next flag

Carlton captain Marc Murphy says his team is focused on winning, not rebuilding.

Peter Hanlon   Carlton is under siege but its skipper is looking to a quick change of fortunes

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Soccer

Reinvented, wily pair have stood test of time

At the helm: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett 6:20 PM   In May 2007, Graham Arnold and Ernie Merrick were on top of the coaching world in Australia. 

Melbourne victory would be a sign of the times

Craig Foster dinkus Dinkus

Craig Foster 3:44 PM   Barring a cataclysm difficult to imagine, the title will tonight once again reside in Melbourne, thanks to a talented young coach and his impressive player and staff acquisitions.

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Hockey

Freak injury puts Turner out for six months

Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner will miss the next six months with a torn pectoral muscle.

Lee Gaskin 4:20 PM   A freak injury usually associated with rugby league has put an untimely bump in the road in front of Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

David Pocock and all that jazz

Jon Tuxworth dinkus

Jon Tuxworth 4:14 PM   Locker Room: The best of Canberra sport, from grassroots to gossip.

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Horse Racing

Purton looks for Menangle group 1 double

Driver Mark Purdon covered in mud after winning two group 1 races  at Alexandra Park.

Chris Roots 7:13 PM   Master New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon will be the punter's pal when Our Waikiki Beach starts an odds-on favourite in the Australian Pacing Gold Final but could become their nightmare behind Smolda at Menangle on Sunday.

Godolphin paint another pretty two-year-old picture at tail end of season

Promising: Painted Firetail scored for Godolphin at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 5:10 PM   The autumn carnival may be done and dusted, but Godolphin unearthed another potential black type two-year-old when Painted Firetail sailed to victory in the Randwick opener on Saturday.

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Brumbies vs Highlanders 

The ACT Brumbies take on the Highlanders at GIO Stadium in Bruce, Canberra.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott is proof of the power of Anzac Day combining with sport commercial opportunity.

Shinn gives field the bum steer

Blake Shinn tried his pants off on on Miss Royale. Literally.

Wests Tigers robbed of crucial sixth tackle 

It is the mistake that could have cost them the game.

Tigers and Raiders clash in thriller

Raiders produce epic comeback to stunt he Tigers 30-22.

Woden Valley Rams vs Queanbeyan Blues

Rams push Blues all the way in tight Canberra Raiders Cup battle.

Belconnen FC vs Canberra FC

Canberra FC nearly blew a three-goal lead against Belconnen.

Canberra Hockey: United vs UC

United take on UC at the Lyneham Hockey Fields.

Geelong opens account with narrow win

Injury-ravaged Geelong hang on for a nine-point win over Suns.

'We were lucky with keeper's mistake'

Arsenal have booked their place in their second straight FA Cup final.