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'Salary cap speculation will motivate Cowboys'

Paul Vaughan and Sia Soliola celebrate a try during the 34-24 win over the Panthers in round 20.

Lee Gaskin 12:49 PM   Raiders forward Sia Soliola says public scrutiny of the Cowboys will only bring the team closer together.

Hayden, Ponting bat for axed Haddin

Unfamiliar role: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin in the outfield.

11:11 AM   Matthew Hayden has labelled Brad Haddin's axing from the Australian cricket team as "outrageous", given the circumstances that led to him standing down.

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Hurley's biggest challenge as dad goes missing

Billy Hurley is playing the Quicken Loans National this week in hopes of raising notice of his missing father.

Thomas Boswell 2:13 PM   Billy Hurley is tough, but the ex-naval officer and PGA pro was in tears as he told the media his father took clothes, cash and drove away 10 days ago, and no one has heard from him since.

Nathan Fyfe to miss game against GWS

Richmond v Fremantle

1:49 PM   Fremantle star and raging Brownlow Medal favourite Nathan Fyfe will miss Sunday's clash with Greater Western Sydney due to an ongoing thigh problem.

Moody fronts Racing Victoria hearing

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29:  Horse trainer Peter Moody speaks to media after the Racing Victoria hearing at Racing Victoria HQ on July 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Racing Victoria issued show cause notices to trainers for alleged breaching of Australian Rules of Racing after horses were found with excess levels of cobalt.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Trainer Peter Moody has told Racing Victoria stewards that he could not afford to have his prize money percentages frozen until the outcome of his cobalt case later in the year.

Clarke secures new helmet

Helmet talk: Australia's Chris Rogers (right) wears the new-look helmet skipper Michael Clarke is set to adopt.

Chris Barrett 8:22 PM   The Test captain has been moving towards changing helmets since the death of Phillip Hughes and the ball that struck Rogers at Lord's was the final straw. 

Smith motors up with Toyota switch

Brumbies prop Ruan Smith has joined Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.

Lee Gaskin   Brumbies prop Ruan Smith admits he is getting frustrated with a lack of game time and wants to use a stint in Japanese club rugby to reinvigorate his career.

Raiders ready to rope in Cowboys  

Josh Papalii models 'The Hulk' jersey the Raiders will wear against the Cowboys at media on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth 5:02 PM   Joey Leilua may be the fresh face in the Canberra Raiders squad but he's already got one over his teammates - a win in Townsville.

Talbot lifts Rio hopes  

Stephanie Talbot is the "prototype athlete", says Opals coach Brendan Joyce.

Jon Tuxworth 7:13 PM   Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce says Canberra Capitals youngster Steph Talbot is "absolutely" in the mix to feature at next year's Olympics, branding her "the prototype athlete".  

Retaining referees still a major issue     

Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale.

Jon Tuxworth 7:04 PM   Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale says the alleged incident where Cronulla players Andrew and David Fifita abused a junior referee is a "wake up call", and it's up to clubs to to send a strong message it isn't acceptable. 

League HQ

Sione and Chanel Mata'utia take on brother when Dragons meet Knights

Sibling rivalry: Peter Mata'utia takes on two of his brothers on Sunday.

Mitch Jennings 4:41 PM   The Mata'utia clan are as close as brothers can be, but oldest brother Peter has given his siblings a wide berth this week ahead of the Dragons' must-win clash with the Knights at Jubilee Oval.

Fifita's welfare crucial, says Sharks boss

In strife: Andrew Fifita.

Darren Walton 3:14 PM   Andrew Fifita's mental welfare is a major consideration as Cronulla and the NRL continue to investigate allegations that the representative star and twin brother David threatened match officials last weekend.

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Guildford in Waratahs' sights

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11:  Zac Guildford of the Crusaders makes a break during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at Alpine Energy Stadium on June 11, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

2:39 PM   Hawke's Bay rugby boss Mike Bishop is backing troubled former All Black Zac Guildford to make an impact in Super Rugby again if he signs with the NSW Waratahs.

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Cheika hits back at Toulon ad Boudjellal over Quade Cooper situation

Centre of a storm: Wallabie scoach Michael Cheika has hit back at Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal's comments regarding Quade Cooper's playing future

9:46 PM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has taken exception to the trash-talking of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal as Quade Cooper's contract saga turns nasty.

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Cricket

Snob v Yob: a Pom and Aussie do battle ahead of Ashes third Test

David Baker v Brendan Foster

David Baker and Brendan Foster 3:05 PM   Can England lift itself after a comprehensive defeat at Lord's? Will they alter the pitch before realising it hasn't helped in any way? Will Stuart Broad get caught with his trousers down...literally, and can an England top order score more than a whopping 40 runs, collectively?

Coach adamant Ferling can regain form in time for women's Ashes Test

Big appeal: Holly Ferling of Australia.

Jesse Hogan 4:30 PM   Southern Stars coach Matthew Mott is adamant precocious fast-bowler Holly Ferling can regain form quickly enough to earn selection in the looming women's Ashes Test against England.

AFL

Emotional McIntosh bows to body and retires

Injury has forced Hamish McIntosh to retire.

Peter Hanlon 4:07 PM   Recurrence of ankle injury brings former Kangaroo's career to an end.

Boomer urges Scott to 'keep foot on his throat'

Putting foot down: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik 3:59 PM   Having enjoyed arguably his best game of the season, Brent Harvey has urged North coach Brad Scott to "keep the foot on his throat" as the veteran star looks to maintain his reinvigorated form.

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Soccer

Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

Bid for the job: Michel Platini.

2:50 PM   Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week.

Roxburgh excited about England showdown

Jason Dasey dinkus

Jason Dasey 1:45 PM   England drawing Scotland in 2018 World Cup qualifying this week generated excitement all over the globe, including in the city of Kuala Lumpur, which Scottish football icon Andy Roxburgh now calls home.

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ACT Sport

World championships preparation going Wells

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells has run her season best time just weeks before the world championships in Beijing.

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells is peaking for the world championships at the right time.

Canberra's Nancarrow the tennis queen of Serbia

Canberra's Alexandra Nancarrow in action.

Canberra tennis player Alexandra Nancarrow has won her third ITF $10,000 tournament in Serbia in a month.

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Horse Racing

Moody fronts Racing Victoria hearing

Trainer Peter Moody speaks to the media after his hearing.

Patrick Bartley 1:50 PM   Trainer Peter Moody has told Racing Victoria stewards that he could not afford to have his prize money percentages frozen until the outcome of his cobalt case later in the year.

Cobalt cases put racing industry's image in the spotlight

Under fire: Trainer Peter Moody.

Patrick Bartley 9:43 PM   Racing's show-cause hearing puts lawyers and five key trainers squarely in the spotlight.

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Jetta: 'Fans need to show more respect'

Lewis Jetta, Adam Goodes speak on war dance goal celebration.

Cambage dropped after dodging training

The Basketball star opted to go to music festival Splendour.

Le Tour wraps up on a 'wild and wacky' day

Highlights from the final stage of the Tour de France.

Papalii reported after knocking out Plum

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii is put on report.

NRL: Canberra v Penrith Panthers

The Raiders secured a vital 34-24 win against the Panthers.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Wests

Royals and Wests clash at Viking Park in the minor semi-final.

Canberra AFL: Gungahlin v Eastlake

Gungahlin and Eastlake clash at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT NPL: Canberra FC v Gungahlin 

Canberra FC take on Gungahlin United at Deakin Stadium.

Reynolds on report for charge down

Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds is penalised and put on report.

Dogs see off a fast finishing Collingwood

The Western Bulldogs withstand a late charge by Collingwood.