Hunt suspended, fined – but he survives

Georgina Robinson 8:52 AM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Racing

Black Opal strongest in years: Waterhouse

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is all smiles after her runner Greatwood won race 7, The Pacific Hoists Parramatta Cup, ridden by Tommy Berry, during Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 4:48 PM   Queen of the track Gai Waterhouse rates Sunday's Black Opal Stakes field the strongest she has seen in years.

Souths crush Bennett's Broncos return

South Sydney celebrate their victory over the Broncos.

Phil Lutton 7:16 AM   Wayne Bennett's new era of prosperity for the Brisbane Broncos must begin another week after a 36-6 thrashing in the season opener at Suncorp Stadium.

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Toovey sidelined during Manly's DCE talks 

In the spotlight: Daly Cherry-Evans and Geoff Toovey.

Michael Carayannis 4:16 PM   Geoff Toovey's tense relationship with Sea Eagles management has taken another dramatic turn after the coach revealed he is not involved in negotiations to keep star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brumbies roll into battle against Force

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore returns to the starting line up for the match against the Rebels.

Chris Dutton 6:39 PM   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore says disengaging tactics against the rolling maul are not in the "spirit of the game" but concedes teams will try new things in an attempt to it shut down.

Watson accepts he had plenty of chances

Unusual position: Shane Watson (right) and fellow unused squad members Pat Cummins, George Bailey and Xavier Doherty sing the national anthem before the World Cup match against Afghanistan.

Andrew Wu 12:44 AM   Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run which resulted in him being dropped from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years.

A-League stars will get shot at champions

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 6:18 PM   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to reward some of the A-League's most in-form players with a call-up to the national team for their European friendly against Germany.

Cricket

Clarke misses batting practice

Not in the plan: Australia face a potentially treacherous route to the Cricket World Cup final now.

Chris Barrett 12:51 PM   Michael Clarke will enter Sunday's must-win match against Sri Lanka at the SCG with only 37 minutes of batting under his belt since his return for Australia in the World Cup, after missing a golden opportunity for more time in the middle against Afghanistan.

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Viv Richards and INXS' Jon Farriss release soul collaboration

West Indian cricketer Viv Richards during his 48 ball century at Taunton, May 1986

Eryk Bagshaw 11:18 AM   Love of music, love of Viv, go together like jerky and Mahi-mahi.

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Rugby Heaven

Hunt fined $30,000 and banned six weeks

In strife: Karmichael Hunt arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Georgina Robinson 1:38 PM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that will may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life, but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Skipper Slipper says Reds will welcome back Hunt

Facing the music: Reds five-eighth Karmichael Hunt speaks to the media during a press conference at Rugby House in Brisbane on Friday.

Vince Rugari 12:27 PM   Queensland Reds captain James Slipper says his team is "comfortable" with the sanctions handed down to Karmichael Hunt and will welcome back the cocaine-tainted star when he returns from suspension.

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League HQ

Set of six: What to watch out for in the NRL this weekend

New Dog: Brett Morris will make his NRL debut for the Bulldogs.

Michael Carayannis 2:24 PM   The big issues heading into the NRL's weekend matches.

Papalii and Gallen no longer sparring

Old sparring partners: Paul Gallen tackles Josh Papalii during the 2012 NRL finals.

Chris Wilson 2:21 PM   Raiders forward Josh Papalii wants the Raiders pack to be feared.

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BMX

Rose blossoming ahead of showdown with BMX idol

BMX rider Mikayla Rose, 14, will be taking on Caroline Buchanan at the ACT BMX Championships on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin 2:56 PM   Numerous knee dislocations, a torn ACL and ankle surgery – all before the age of 15 – have not stopped Canberra teenager Mikayla Rose from becoming one of the most exciting BMX prospects in Australia.

Cricket

Finals berth on the line in dramatic last day

Weston Creek Molonglo spinner Mark Akeroyd scored 75 to help his side to 288 against ANU.

Lee Gaskin 12:42 PM   Weston Creek Molonglo captain Michael Delaney✓ has implored his bowlers to capitalise on a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership for his side to squeeze into the Douglas Cup finals.

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Soccer

Evans, Cisse charged with spitting

Spitting furore: Papiss Cisse, right, accuses Jonny Evans.

Tom Williams 1:55 PM   Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations they spat at each other, the English Football Association announced on Thursday.

Victory need to stay switched on to see off Perth, says Muscat

Michael Lynch 1:49 PM   Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go to the top of the A-League ladder itself, coach Kevin Muscat has told his players.

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Tennis

Rios wants Korda 1998 tennis doping check

Accused: Petr Korda with the Australian Open trophy after his victory in the 1998 final.

1:54 PM   Chilean officials say they will back a request by former world No.1 Marcelo Rios to have the International Tennis Federation investigate whether Petr Korda committed a doping violation in the 1998 Australian Open.

Tomic key to Aussie Cup hopes v Czech

An in-form Tomic looms as Australia's key man as he looks to build on one of his most consistent starts to a season.

9:12 PM   Flourishing in Nick Kyrgios' shadow of late, Bernard Tomic will step squarely back into the spotlight in Australia's bid for a drought-breaking Davis Cup win in the Czech Republic.

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NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive lowdown on each of the 16 teams.

Jordan Smiler

Brumbies big man Jordan Smiler opens up on his aspirations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa take on Ireland at Manuka Oval for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

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