Lucky reprieve after Voges clean-bowled in final over

New Zealand's plans to exploit Australia's frailties on a made-to-order green top spectacularly backfire.

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England player sacked over child sex 

Adam Johnson and girlfriend Stacey Flounders arrive at court in Bradford on Thursday.

7:34 AM   English Premier League strugglers Sunderland have sacked Adam Johnson in the wake of the midfielder pleading guilty to two child sex offences.

Pocock in 2016 can be best yet: Larkham

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton   ACT Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham says superstar flanker David Pocock can get even better.

Kyrgios 'huge' in Aussies winning Davis Cup

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11:  Nick Kyrgios (L)  and Lleyton Hewitt (R)  talk in between points during the FAST4Tennis ...

David Polkinghorne   Former Davis Cup captain sees Kyrgios' relationship with Lleyton Hewitt evolving to play a role in Canberran's future set-up.

Lighter Speight ready for Super comeback

Brumbies winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton   Henry Speight will tread the fine line of carrying a lighter frame for his journey to Rio without sacrificing power.

Papalii disappointed with youngsters

Josh Papalii was disappointed in the actions of Queensland's banned young brigade.

Zac Lowe   Josh Papalii believes Queensland Origin players have a right to feel let down by eight players who broke a curfew.

Wanderers demand rogue fans stay away

Stay away: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas tells troublesome fans they are not welcome at the club.

Sebastian Hassett   Wanderers  chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble its efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

FFA blow the opportunity of a lifetime

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill   If you stuff a marine flare down the legs of your jeans, or a railway detonator under your coat, and you go to the football, well you're not really going for the football are you?

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Rebel league an option in Canberra

FFA technical director Eric Abrams met with Canberra's NPL presidents to hear their concerns on Thursday.

David Polkinghorne   A rebel league is a possible last resort if the current impasse between Capital Football and the Canberra National Premier League clubs continues.

Clarke backs away from talk of Aussie return

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, right.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has poured cold water on speculation he is positioning himself for a return to the international arena.

Jackson to fight on to keep Rio dream alive

Lauren Jackson is desperate to win Olympic gold.

Chris Dutton   Lauren Jackson won't give up on her Rio dreams until doctors tell her it's physically impossible for her to play.

Cricket

Hazlewood pays tribute to reborn Siddle

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Andrew Wu 7:43 PM   Josh Hazlewood has paid tribute to Peter Siddle after the pair rocked New Zealand with the new ball to put Australia in a commanding position in the first Test.

No-ball howler final insult for Black Caps

No ball: Replays showed umpire  Richard Illingworth made the wrong call, but the hosts had no avenue to appeal.

Andrew Wu 7:14 PM   The no-ball blunder that spared Adam Voges and cost New Zealand a valuable wicket has highlighted the vexing problem cricket faces with the front-foot rule, in the latest umpiring controversy on Australia's tour of New Zealand.

Soccer

Why Keogh returned to Glory after salary cap scandal

Second time luckier:  Andy Keogh is back at the Perth Glory.

Dominic Bossi 8:48 PM   It wasn't easy being a Keogh in Perth last April.

FFA's high-risk play against the Wanderers

Malcolm Knox dincus

Malcolm Knox 8:23 PM   The FFA hopes it has done a kind of ju-jitsu move: using the strongest force in the game, the unity of a club and its supporters, against that club's worst internal elements.

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League HQ

Why All-Stars is most important game of season

Healing hands: Indigenous All Stars player Joel Thompson on Stradbroke Island.

Brad Walter 7:48 PM   It is hoped that the dance that Greg Inglis will lead before the All Stars match is adapted by the Kangaroos before the 2017 World Cup and becomes a symbol of unity for all Australians.

Set of Six: Will the All Stars be back?

Cameron McInnes of the Rabbitohs will start at hooker against St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis 7:27 PM   The talking points around this weekend's matches.

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Rugby Heaven

Anae has Wallabies in his sights as he chases Brumbies jersey

The Brumbies will host a meet the players day at the University of Canberra on Saturday.

Chris Dutton 8:54 PM   Albert Anae isn't horsing around when he says he wants to use his first ACT Brumbies season to help launch him back into Australian gold.

Taylor starts for Scotland against Wales

Going nowhere: Stuart Hogg of Scotland is tackled by Courtney Lawes (L) and Mike Brown (R) of England last weekend.

9:27 AM   Duncan Taylor will start at centre for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, the only change to coach Vern Cotter's starting line-up that lost their opener to England.

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AFL

Blues hope Kreuzer keeps form

Set to stay at Carlton: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik 2:51 PM   In the year of their "reset", Carlton has been buoyed by the fine off-season form of Matthew Kreuzer, a key piece in the Blues' bid to prove to the football world they won't be as bad as many have tipped.

Worsfold backs banned Bombers

Essendon coach John Worsfold says the appeal won't be a distraction.

Larissa Nicholson 12:45 PM   Essendon coach John Worsfold has admitted he did not know if suspended Bombers players have made the right call in appealing their doping convictions, but he said he supported their right to do so.

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Horse Racing

Orr's competitiveness heralds riveting carnival

Glenn Boss riding Lucky Hussler reacts after winning  the  William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last March.

Michael Lynch 6:27 PM   Champion racehorses are always an asset to the game.

Punters again the losers, on and off the track

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 5:19 PM   "We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take this anymore," ranted the television personality Howard Beale, portrayed by Peter Finch in the film Network, who was treated considerably better than Australian punters┬átoday.

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Wanderers fined, warned on points

Wanderers fans need to behave or their club will lose points.

Clarke gets back to cricket - in Sydney

Clarke to play for Wests against Randwick Petersham next week.

Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?