Socceroos take Asian Cup with extra-time winner

Sebastian Hassett 10:52 PM   The Socceroos have survived a spirited South Korean comeback to claim the biggest prize in the history of Australian football with a 2-1 extra-time victory in the Asian Cup final.

Top stories

Serena Williams wins record sixth Australian title

NUMBER NINETEEN: Serena Williams hugs the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her sixth Australian Open title and 19th grand slam overall.

Greg Stutchbury 9:49 PM   Serena Williams fought off a barking cough to clinch her 19th grand slam singles title in Melbourne.

Adversity steeled Serb for grand slam rivalries

Battle-hardened: Novak Djokovic playing against Stan Wawrinka.

Darren Walton 8:54 PM   His aura of invincibility shattered, Novak Djokovic concedes he can no longer rely on his "slight mental edge" over Andy Murray to prevail in the pair's eagerly awaited Australian Open final trequel.

Clarke's World Cup dream gets a boost

Michael Clarke

David Sygall   Michael Clarke's bid to meet a Cricket Australia-imposed deadline to be fit for the World Cup received a massive boost on Saturday when he made a successful return to batting in a Sydney grade cricket.

Brumbies aim high despite defeats

Tevita Kuridani showed glimpses of brilliance in a pre-season trial against Otago Highlanders at Wagga.

Pic by Laura Hardwick

Chris Dutton 4:03 PM   The Brumbies insist confidence will be high when they start the Super Rugby season, despite losing their two trial matches.

League

Papalii wants to be Raiders player 'for life'

Josh Papalii is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England, November 2, 2014.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   His best mate Anthony Milford may have donned the Brisbane Broncos jersey on Saturday, but Josh Papalii insists he won't desert the Green Machine and wants to be a "Raider for life".

Cricket

Dean shooting for one-day title

Adelaide Strikers batsman Jono Dean is back to bolster Weston Creek Molonglo for the Canberra one-day final against Wests/UC on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra batsman Jono Dean aiming to win the one-day title with Weston Creek Molonglo having had mixed success with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash.

Cricket

Live: Australia v England, ODI final, Perth

On fire: Australian batsman Steve Smith.

1:56 PM   Australia faces England in the Tri-Series final at the WACA.

Lehmann anoints Langer as his successor

Tactical nous: Justin Langer poses for the Legends XI team photo during the Twenty20 match between the Perth Scorchers and Australian Legends in Perth.

Chris Barrett 1:55 PM   Darren Lehmann has singled out Justin Langer as the next Australian head coach, believing the success he has achieved already in Western Australia proves he would be a perfect fit in the top job.

ACT Sport

Cricket

Queanbeyan in control against Ginninderra in Douglas Cup clash

Sport.
January 31 2015.

Canberra first-grade two-day Douglas Cup action. Eastlake first slip Vele Dukoski dives to save four runs on the boundary.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

David Polkinghorne 8:50 PM   Queanbeyan captain Sam Taylor is confident they can cover the impending loss of opening bowler Ed Barnard, despite the England under-19 representative giving them the upper hand against Ginninderra at Freebody Oval on Saturday.

Cricket

Plans for Meteors to flare again in Women's Big Bash League

 ACT Meteors batter Jenny Taffs leaves the field after being caught out.

David Polkinghorne 6:36 PM   The ACT Meteors could get big bashed off the national women's Twenty20 landscape, but coach Andrew Dawson believes a Women's Big Bash League would help expand women's cricket in Canberra.

MORE ACT SPORT NEWS

Tennis

Kyrgios out for a month with bone stress injury, Davis Cup in doubt

Australia's Nick Kyrgios played through the pain in the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce 3:03 PM   Nick Kyrgios will be sidelined for at least a month, and possibly also for Australia's first round Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in early March, after an MRI scan revealed bone stress in the teenager's back.

How players gets pampered at the Australian Open

Gidget Ricca's signature creation this year was the sculpted mini-Mohawk with a ‘‘Z’’ cut into the side that she styled for Nick Kyrgios. She also styled the notches in his eyebrows.

Gardiner Harris and John Martin 1:53 PM   For decades, professional tennis players struggled with tournament organizers to get more money and better services, and while that battle is far from over, the level of player pampering at the Australian Open suggests a historic victory.

MORE TENNIS NEWS

Football

Socceroos, Ange and the game rid themselves of inferiority complex

Michael Lynch 3:25 PM   The status that comes with being the champions of Asia is immense in one of the world's most populous regions, so Australia's triumph in the Asian Cup is a huge boost for the game in this country. 

Balboa double stuns Tunisia as hosts go through

Javier Balboa of Equatorial Guinea celebrates after scoring the winner.

2:54 PM   Javier Balboa struck twice as tiny Equatorial Guinea produced one of the greatest African Nations Cup shocks by eliminating Tunisia 2-1 after extra time in a quarter-final marred by violent scenes, with the referee attacked at the end of the game.

MORE FOOTBALL NEWS

League HQ

Gallen unlikely to be ready to fight SBW for two years: Mundine

On the way up: Paul Gallen  subdues Randell Ray on Saturday night.

Brad Walter 1:42 PM   Anthony Mundine has cast doubt on a fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Paul Gallen at the end of next season by suggesting the NSW Origin captain would not be ready for such a match-up for two years.

SBW scores convincing win against Chauncy Welliver

Sonny Bill Williams throws a left at Chauncy Welliver.

Brad Walter 1:08 AM   Sonny Bill Williams put the controversy over his last fight against Frans Botha behind him by easily accounting for Chauncy Welliver in a performance that had the American heavyweight predicting he had a big future in the ring and set the scene for a bout with Paul Gallen.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Moore backs sabbaticals to help Wallabies

Stephen Moore says the ARU should consider all options to help the Wallabies improve.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore says it is time for the ARU to consider all sabbatical options, backing any moves to help keep Australia's best players in Super Rugby.

Crusaders go down despite Carter cameo

Dan Carter made a return for the Crusaders.

Toby Robson 5:30 PM   Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Asian Cup Final

Pictures from the Asian Cup Final between Australia and the South Korea.

Day one action from the Auckland Nines

All the action from the opening pool games from the Auckland Nines.

WNBL: Capitals vs Adelaide Lightning

The Canberra Capitals take on the Adelaide Lightning at the AIS Arena.

T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.