Alexander on outer before Rugby World Cup

Lee Gaskin 9:22 AM   Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander is on the outer before the World Cup after he was left out of a 40-man squad for the Rugby Championship.

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'Does it feel strong to be up there?' 

Fiery temper ... Nick Kyrgios holds his necklace in his mouth during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Nick Kyrgios has continued his Wimbledon feud with the chair umpires on his way to the third round.

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Kyrgios in danger of relying on 'blow-ups'

Sports psychologist Jeff Bond helped Pat Cash channel his aggression positively.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Just before winning Wimbledon Pat Cash uttered three words to sports psychologist Jeff Bond that kickstarted his career - "I hate tennis".

Kyrgios and Raonic at opposite ends 

Speaking out: Nick Kyrgios celebrates a shot on his way to beating Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Michael Chammas 5:53 PM   The fiery, hot-headed Australian up against the composed and articulate Canadian.

Tomic believes his best can knock off Djokovic

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the men's singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Michael Chammas   Bernard Tomic knows he's up against it. He knows it will take something special to upset Novak Djokovic. But he believes he has that something special.

Klemmer's rise to Blues enforcer

David Klemmer

Brad Walter 8:24 PM   David Klemmer was playing halfback in a lowly team before being scouted by the Bulldogs

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Maroons 'must stick up for themselves'

'I think we were a bit too nice in the ruck': Matt Scott says the Maroons need to be stronger in the middle in the Origin decider.

Phil Lutton 6:39 PM   Matt Scott says Queensland let themselves be pushed around in game two.

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Foran deal scuppers Manly's bid for Reynolds

Kieran Foran

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Kieran Foran's decision to join Parramatta on a revised deal has scuppered a bold proposal that could have delivered Josh Reynolds to Manly had the Kiwi international opted to join Canterbury instead.

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Turner sets sights on Olympic hockey gold

Australia's Glenn Turner celebrates a score against Netherlands during their men's final match at the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT FIELD HOCKEY)

Jon Tuxworth   Injured Kookaburra Glenn Turner has set his sights on winning Olympic gold next year, admitting the team's sustained dominance will feel hollow if it fails to win the ultimate prize. 

Rogic praised as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch overnight.

League HQ

''I wasn't offering anything'' - Papalii's honest truth

Queensland enforcer: Josh Papalii credits Raiders coach Ricky Stuart for helping him turn his season around.

Lee Gaskin 3:08 PM   Revitalised Queensland enforcer Josh Papalii credits some tough love from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around ahead of his State of Origin return.

Sharks consider moving Barba to hooker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31:  Ben Barba of the Sharks looks dejected during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Steve Zemek 2:34 PM   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is toying with a surprise selection and using Ben Barba at hooker against Manly on Sunday.

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Rugby Heaven

Nasi Manu, the one-eyed Highlanders captain

Nasi Manu speaks to the media on Friday.

Richard Knowler 3:07 PM   A bung eye won't knock inspirational Highlanders No.8 Nasi Manu out of the Super Rugby final.

Muliaina charged with sexual assault

Mils Muliaina during the 2011 World Cup.

2:38 PM   Former All Black Mils Muliaina has been charged with sexual assault, according to a report.

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Cricket

Siddle plugs away as Thommo calls his selection 'a backward step'

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett 6:28 AM   Sometimes Peter Siddle must feel like checking his passport, just to see that he's got his date of birth right.

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Smith 'up to it' as Test No.3 in England, says Bayliss

"Up for it": Steve Smith hits out against Kent last week.

Chris Barrett 8:43 PM   Stuart Broad believes the world's top-ranked batsman is a potential weak link for Australia but England's new head coach was glowing in his praise of his former charge.

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AFL

Magpies need to start toppling the best sides

Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey 6:58 PM   There is such a thing as an honourable loss in footy and while the Magpies had one against Fremantle last week, they can ill afford to repeat the act.

Duryea investigated over prank 'drug' photo

Taylor Duryea.

7:36 PM   Hawthorn's Taylor Duryea was investigated by the AFL's integrity unit last year over a photo showing the player and what looked like an illicit substance.

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Soccer

Tsunami survivor completes dream of playing professional football

Martunis, aged eight, a year after the tsunami struck on Boxing Day in 2004.

7:37 AM   An Indonesian tsunami survivor, found wearing a Portugal shirt nearly three weeks after his home was destroyed in the 2004 disaster, has joined Sporting Lisbon's academy, the club said on Thursday.

Racing Deaths: Gender not an issue say jockey leaders

Friederike Ruhle came out of the saddle during a 5.30am gallop on Wednesday.

Michael Lynch 9:10 PM   Racing industry officials and experts say gender is not a key factor in why what seems a disproportionate number of female jockeys and trackwork riders are suffering fatal injuries.

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Union

Two Canberrans nominated for coaching award

Sport. Two local rugby union coaches nominated for this year's
Community Coach of the Year Award. Pictured at Phillip Oval are Tom
Beinke, Canberra Royals coach, left and Glen Croker (correct spelling)
Uni Norths and Australian Deaf Rugby team coach. July 3rd 2015 The
Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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Tom Kazias 5:24 PM   Most people would question a coach's ability if they openly admitted to not being able to communicate their game plans with players.

Tour debutants Matthews and Haas 'grew up on the bikes together'

Tour debut: Despite success in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, Michael Matthews still hasn't ridden in a Tour de France.

David Polkinghorne 3:29 PM   Canberra cyclist Nathan Haas says it's "pretty cool" to be making his Tour de France debut alongside young gun Michael Matthews after the pair "grew up together on the bikes".

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Horse Racing

Dothraki to run in Sydney as Snowdens skip Grafton's Ramornie Handicap

Trainer Peter Snowden

Adam Pengilly 5:30 PM   The prospect of a moderate tempo in the Civic Stakes has convinced the father and son training team of Peter and Paul Snowden to consign Dothraki to Sydney, forgoing a trip to Wednesday's Ramornie Handicap at Grafton.

Monash favourite is beatable, warns rival rider

Joe Bowditch

Adam Pengilly 5:23 PM   Joe Bowditch has joined the roll-call of rivals claiming favourite Lord Of The Sky will be vulnerable in the group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.