Mental health battle ongoing for Franklin

David Sygall 4:31 PM   Lance Franklin returned to training. And, right on cue, the circus was back in swing.

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Injury strikes again to deny Behrendorff debut

Jason Behrendorff of the Prime Minister's XI prepares to bowl with the pink ball during the tour match against New Zealand.

Lee Gaskin 4:56 PM   The immediate playing future of Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is up in the air, ruling him out of a dream Test debut.

Rod Marsh lets one slip, praising Peter Nevill

Hot shot: Peter Nevill shows his style on the way to top-scoring in Australia’s first innings.

Andrew Wu 6:30 PM   It was a throwaway line by Rod Marsh but the fact that he said it at all reveals the growing status Peter Nevill holds in the Australian team.

Windies look to break away trend

Keeping cool: West Indies manager Richie Richardson is backing his inexperienced side against Australia.

Laine Clark 6:09 PM   West Indies team manager Richie Richardson reckons there are no question marks hanging over his inexperienced side ahead of the first Test against Australia in Hobart.

Serena, Bouchard confirm Open bids

Crowd-pleaser: Serena Williams will play in Melbourne.

Larissa Nicholson 6:22 PM   Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Juan Martin Del Potro will play at next year’s Australian Open, organisers confirmed.

Rugby union

McGrath one of three running or presidency

Brumbies logo.

Chris Dutton 9:30 PM   Former ARU chairman Peter McGrath has thrown his hand up to be the new ACT Brumbies president after accepting a nomination to join a three-way tussle for the role.

Rugby union

Brumbies break with two decades of tradition

Jarrad Butler and Allan Alaalatoa show off the Brumbies' new jersey.

Chris Dutton 6:55 PM   The ACT Brumbies are taking a bold step into the future, scrapping the strip they've worn for most of their Super Rugby history.

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Butler has eyes on gold after work with Cheika

Sport.  ACT Brumbies player Jarrad Butler during training at Brumbies HQ at the University of Canberra.  3 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton 7:00 PM   It looms as a back-row mission impossible, but Jarrad Butler has his sights set on Wallabies gold after getting a chance to work with Test coach Michael Cheika.

Speed kills Bird's hopes of call-up 

In the squad: Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been selected for the Australian Test team.

Jesse Hogan 2:30 PM   Australian selectors' desire for bowlers fast enough to rattle opposition players has been reflected in their decision to select uncapped Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Cairns breaks down after not guilty verdict

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns arrives for his perjury trial at Southwark Crown Court in London, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Cairns is accused of lying during a libel action against Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi, and is facing charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

6:33 AM   Chris Cairns has been moved to tears, speaking of his relief at being found not guilty after an eight-week London trial over match-fixing allegations.

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CA to consider Starc surgery 

 Mitchell Starc of Australia.

Jesse Hogan 3:40 PM   Mitch Starc's wish to postpone surgery on his troublesome ankle could be challenged by Cricket Australia, as selectors brace for him to miss February's Test series in New Zealand due to a separate foot injury.

League HQ

How the impasse between Farah and Tigers was resolved

Locked in: Robbie Farah has now committed to playing out his NRL career at the Tigers.

Brad Walter 7:15 PM   Former leading AFL official Shane McCurry is credited with playing a key role in negotiating the truce between Robbie Farah and Wests Tigers

NRL clubs to seek equal funding at showdown with ARLC chairman John Grant

Facing the music: ARLC chairman John Grant will meet club chairmen on Wednesday.

Brad Walter 6:35 PM   John Grant's role in the NRL's new broadcast deal is expected to save him from a vote of no confidence



Proteas hope Delhi Test will go more than three days

Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra (second from left), seen celebrating after taking a wicket during the third Test in Nagpur, says South Africa's batsmen will have to improve their technique against spin to avoid another defeat in Delhi.

10:50 PM   The wicket at Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium filled the beleaguered South African team with optimism on Tuesday that the fourth and final Test against India would buck the trend and last more than three days.

ICC admits crucial DRS decision was wrong

''Terrible'' call: Nathan Lyon plays a delivery from Mitchell Santner and was caught in the slips. He was given not out and the decison was upheld after New Zealand took recourse to the decision review system.

7:45 PM   The International Cricket Council has admitted third umpire Nigel Llong's crucial decision in the day-night Test was wrong.


Dinosaurs finally learn to evolve

Looking back: No clubs have better exemplified the dangers of being shackled to a successful past than Carlton and Essendon.

Rohan Connolly 5:49 PM   Carlton and Essendon have been talking the talk about change for a long time. The difference now is they actually seem to mean it.

New Cats united under the one noisy roof

Geelong recruits (from left): James Parsons, Jock Cornell, Tom Ruggles, Wylie Buzza, Matthew Hayball, Sam Menegola, Ryan Gardner.

Peter Hanlon 5:28 PM   Geelong's draftees revisit that first day of school feeling together.



Fans threaten boycott after Gallop response

Digging in: David Gallop called on fans to act positively and move on from recent issues.

Dominic Bossi 10:08 PM   Football Federation Australia is at risk of alienating A-League supporters after fans reacted with fury to comments by chief executive David Gallop on Tuesday.

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Premier League smashes spending record, but not on the players

Liverpool's massive expenditure on agents' fees highlighted Brendan Rodgers' bungled attempts to fill the void created by Luis Suarez.

Ben Rumsby 7:45 PM   Neither players nor fans will be happy with the record $260 million football clubs have splurged.


ACT Sport

Canberra's triple sporting treat as codes combine

The Raiders, Brumbies and Black Opal race day are all on the same weekend next March.

Chris Dutton 3:44 PM   Canberra's sporting codes are set to unite for a "triple whammy" of events next year which could open the door for a golden ticket to the ACT Brumbies, Raiders and Black Opal race day.

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Himmelberg taps into Stevie J's premiership knowledge

GWS Giants recruits Jacob Hopper, Harrison Himmelberg, Matthew Flynn, Matthew Kennedy arrive for pre-season AFL training.

Chris Dutton   GWS Giants recruit Harrison Himmelberg will work with three-time premiership player Steve Johnson to fast-track his AFL development.


Horse Racing

Queensland trip on the line for Tried And Tired

Leon Corstens says Tried And Tired would benefit from Saturday's run despite having two trials under his belt.

8:33 PM   Tried And Tired will be racing for a possible summer trip to Queensland when he returns to racing at Sandown.

Vet says he was conduit for cash

Mark Kavanagh.

Patrick Bartley 8:00 PM   Damian Sheales, senior counsel for trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien, has failed in his application to cross examine members of the Racing Victoria stewards panel.


Thousands pay tribute to Jonah Lomu

Family, friends and fans crowd Auckland's Eden Park stadium.

Smith: day-night Test 'a great spectacle'

Steve Smith says the first-ever day-night Test was a success.

 Bryant announces retirement from NBA

Kobe Bryant announces he will retire at end of NBA season.

Costa benched in Spurs stalemate

Tottenham and Chelsea play out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

Rosberg secures victory in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg completes a hat-trick of formula one victories.

Thrilling finish as aussies win series

Shaun Marsh sets up a historic day-night victory for Australia.

ABL: Cavalry puts    the bite on Adelaide

The Cavs' offence again came up trumps as Canberra went to 16-8.

Gallop Cup semis: Wests-UC v Weston Ck

Wests-UC and Weston Creek clash at Jamison Oval.

W-League: Canberra United v  Wanderers

Canberra United put four past Western Sydney in a 4-1 win.