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2015 NRL grand final day live blog

Live 2015 NRL grand final: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys

Steve Mascord   Who will win the NRL's biggest prize when the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys?

Hanson turns off TV to chase dream

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  James Hanson of the Reds attempts to break away from the defence during the round 4 Super Rugby match between the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on March 7, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 8:45 PM   James Hanson had settled in for a World Cup television marathon when Wallabies coach Michael Cheika called to tell him to pack his bags and jump on a plane to London.

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Don't count out Ireland, Wales as winners

Flying: Wales have impressed in their outings so far.

Matthew Burke 8:27 PM   As we dive deeper in this rugby World Cup, still the burning question is who are the favourites?

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Jones backs Asia to break new ground

'I haven't got a great voice': Japan coach Eddie Jones.

Chris Dutton 8:51 PM   Eddie Jones says a Japanese-born player will be picked ina future Wallabies squad.

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Kyrgios falls short of second ATP Tour final

Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand in his tight loss to Feliciano Lopez.

7:22 PM   Canberra's Nick Kyrgios has fallen short of qualifying for his second ATP final.

Rugby league

Grand final losses as Raider benefit Milford

Portrait of The Canberra Raiders' Anthony Milford
Filed: Thursday, 30 January 2014 6:25:48 pm 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


Jon Tuxworth 7:40 PM   Anthony Milford already knows the pain of grand final defeat after copping it twice in one year at Canberra. 

Bradley Clyde tips backs to dominate medal

Glory days: Bradley Clyde, right, with Laurie Daley and Mal Meninga after Canberra's 1994 grand final triumph.

Daniel Lane 7:22 PM   Bradley Clyde, the only player to have won the Clive Churchill Medal as the best player in the grand final on two occasions, says backs will dominate the award in years to come.

Sheens quits Kangaroos to take up Salford role

Change:  Tim Sheens has resigned as coach.

8:55 PM   Tim Sheens has resigned as coach of Australia's national rugby league team, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) confirmed on Saturday.

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Why the Broncos will win the grand final

All smiles: Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges.

Phil Gould   When the result is in the balance with 20 minutes left to play, I just have this feeling the Broncos will be fresher in mind, body and soul.

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Bowlers pilot Weston Creek Molonglo to win

Wests-UC batsman Sam Carters plays forcefully down the ground.

Jon Tuxworth   A superb batting and bowling performance has put Weston Creek Molonglo in poll position to make the Konica Minolta Twenty20 Cup semi finals in a low-scoring win over Wests-UC on Saturday. 

League HQ

Jets shoot down Knights to win NRL State Championship Final

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04:  Chris Walker, Ben Walker, Shane Walker of the Jets hold aloft the winners trophy after the 2015 State Championship Grand Final match between Ipswich Jets and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Brett Keeble 6:32 PM   The Ipswich Jets won NRL State Championship final 26-12 against Newcastle.

Nine dumps Johns from grand final broadcast

Stood down: Andrew Johns.

Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas 6:18 PM   Channel Nine have stood down Andrew Johns from Sunday's grand final broadcast following the intoxicated incident at Toowoomba airport on Friday night.


Rugby Heaven

England facing fine on top of elimination humiliation

Tough loss:  Tom Wood was one of only two England players to talk to media.

1:44 PM   England's misery over their calamitous World Cup exit may be compounded by a possible fine for their failure to meet World Rugby regulations for post-match media requirements.

'Gutted' England come to grips with RWC exit

Exit right: England's captain Chris Robshaw leaves the field after his team's big loss.

Chris Dutton 12:46 PM   England coach Stuart Lancaster has apologised to a crushed nation, conceding it's "not up to me" whether he remains in charge of the first host team in World Cup history to be knocked out of the tournament in the group stages.



Dean brothers run riot as Weston Creek, Queanbeyan make final

Chris Nicolaidis is stumped by ANU wicketkeeper Max Wakefield during ANU's four-run win on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth 7:12 PM   Queanbeyan and Weston Creek will square off in the Konica Minolta Cup final after they won their respective pools by going through the preliminary games unbeaten on the weekend. 

NSW on high alert against unknown team, says Peter Nevill

Wary: Peter Nevill says the Blues would take the Cricket Australia XI lightly at their peril.

Daniel Lane 6:08 PM   Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill described the Cricket Australia [CA] XI that NSW will face in their opening Matador Cup match at Bankstown Oval on Monday as an "unknown quantity" but added the star-stacked Blues were aware complacency could come at an embarrassing cost.


AFL needs the voices of many women

Dorothy Hisgrove.

Samantha Lane 7:30 PM   There was surprise, and some dismay, when word broke in August that the AFL's lone female executive had resigned.

Worsfold: No 'tray of medicines' at West Coast

Lied to: But John Worsfold did not do enough early enough.

Ronny Lerner   Former West Coast coach John Worsfold has expressed disappointment in "unsubstantiated claims" made by Daniel Chick this week about the Eagles' infamous drug-taking culture from the mid-2000s.



Mourinho to Chelsea: You'll have to sack me

Special One: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tries to change things up against Southampton.

Clare Lovell 5:27 PM   A grim-faced Jose Mourinho said he would not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches.

Sevilla stun Spainsh champions Barcelona

Bad day: Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts to his team's loss to Sevilla.

2:40 PM   Champions Barcelona suffered their second defeat in three matches in La Liga on Saturday with Michael Krohn-Dehli scoring and setting up another goal in a 2-1 victory for Sevilla.


ACT Sport

Dean brothers run riot as Weston Creek, Queanbeyan make final

Chris Nicolaidis is stumped by ANU wicketkeeper Max Wakefield during ANU's four-run win on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth 7:12 PM   Queanbeyan and Weston Creek will square off in the Konica Minolta Cup final after they won their respective pools by going through the preliminary games unbeaten on the weekend. 

Shane Rose eyes Olympic return after dominating Canberra event

Canberra???s 2015 international horse trials.
Merran Wallis riding Superclass
The Canberra Times
Date: 04 October 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth 5:20 PM   He's an Olympic medallist and one of the best equestrian riders Australia has produced, but Shane Rose is surely due a change of luck. 


Horse Racing

Can Preferment defy the odds?

Hugh Bowman returns on Preferment after winning the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday.

Michael Lynch 6:49 PM   Its seemingly an axiom of modern racing life that the Victoria  Derby is a dreadful anachronism, a staying test run far too early in the season for immature three year olds; a race that breaks far more horses than it makes.

Let's Make Adeal wins first running of The Bart Cummings

Let's Make Adeal (left), Dwayne Dunn up, races into the first turn of The Bart Cummings at Flemington on Sunday.

Peter Hanlon 6:38 PM   James Cummings was on the front of the Turnbull Stakes Day racebook on Sunday, but his grandfather was everywhere else. A tone has been set for the first spring carnival AB: After Bart.


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.

Grand Final - Hawks take a run in the sun

Hawthorn fans turn out at a sunny Waverley Park.

McLachlan responds to Eagles drug claims

Daniel Chick's claims contain "a lot of unsubstantiated stuff".