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   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   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

One perfect day: How South Sydney broke the drought

Winners are grinners: Michael Maguire celebrates winning the grand final.

Michael Maguire 7:37 PM   South Sydney coach Michael Maguire recalls the day the Rabbitohs won the NRL premiership for the first time since 1971.

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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.


Rugby Heaven

Super Rugby players should be shared or NRC runs risk of becoming two-tiered comp

Brumbies James Dargaville and Ita Vaea have played starring roles for the Vikings in the NRC this season.

David Polkinghorne 6:28 PM   Should the Vikings be allowed to use so many Brumbies players?

Rogers all praise for a 'calm and cool' 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.



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.


Ziebell signs five-year contract extension

Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik 8:18 PM   North Melbourne hardnut Jack Ziebell has pledged his loyalty to the Kangaroos, signing a new deal which will keep him at the club until at least 2021.

Pyke appointed Adelaide head coach

Don Pyke

Ashley Porter 6:44 PM   As widely predicted, Adelaide introduced Don Pyke as their 10th coach in 26 seasons on Friday and with him came the promise of striving harder to be better, a vision created by the late Phil Walsh.



Barcelona back Messi in tax fraud case

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on tax fraud charges.

8:36 PM   Barcelona have given their full backing to Lionel Messi in the Argentina forward's tax fraud case and vowed to fight "external decisions" they say are unfairly targeting the club.

Van 't Schip is not doubting Thomas

Banking on Thomas Sorensen's experience: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch 7:36 PM   When John van 't Schip carried out a performance review at the end of Melbourne City's 2014-15 campaign he knew an upgrade of the playing stock was necessary if they were going to improve on a 3-0 loss to eventual champions Melbourne Victory in the A-League semi-final.


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Meteors NZ duo waste no time in proving their worth

On fire: New Zealand imports Sara McGlashan, left, and Lea Tahuhu were in fine form against Tasmania.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 7:15 PM   The ACT Meteors two key summer signings have wasted no time in producing the goods.

Twins closer Thompson to Show for the Cavs

Pitching in: Minnesota Twins closer Aaron Thompson is the Canberra Cavalry's first Major League signing.

David Polkinghorne 7:12 PM   Can Canberra's major leaguer return them to the ABL championship series?


Horse Racing

Race day: the best five bets

Hugh Bowman on proven A-grader Press Statement.

Tim Habel 8:29 PM   Tips to guide the punter who is looking for a mild flutter at Saturday's races.

Bohemian Lily shoot for Caulfield Cup start

High hopes: Gai Waterhouse wants to see how Bohemian Lily goes over 2400m.

Chris Roots 8:13 PM   Gai Waterhouse has been waiting to get Bohemian Lily to 2400m since her Oaks campaign in Brisbane and Saturday's Herbert Power Stakes is the first option to test her.


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.