Arrests at FIFA meeting as part of corruption probe

Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden 4:43 PM   Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation in Zurich on Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

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Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne 5:02 PM   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

Maroons bracing for 'hammering' from Blues

Ready to roll: Maroons centre Greg Inglis.

Laine Clark 2:11 PM   Surprised by Josh Reynolds' axing, Queensland still expect  a 'hammering' in tonight's State of Origin opener in Sydney.

Queensland's nigglers a triple threat

Wary of Queensland's tactics: NSW assistant Matt Parish and coach Laurie Daley.

Emma Kemp 6:48 PM   NSW ups the Origin ante by naming three key Queenslanders as on-field nigglers.

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Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Nick Kyrgios of Australia watches the Women's Singles match between Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Ajla Tomljanovic of Australi on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 9:05 PM   Scott Draper likens Nick Kyrgios to a young Boris Becker and believes Andy Murray will be "under the pump" if he face the Canberra star in the French Open third round.

Malthouse sacked by Carlton

Mick Malthouse.

Jake Niall   Carlton have sacked Mick Malthouse the day after the Blues said an announcement on the embattled coach's future would come after their next two games.

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Brumbies to blow the Bulls 'out of the park'

Ready to attack: Brumbies winger Joe Tomane.

David Polkinghorne 9:23 PM   But are expecting a tight encounter, with a loss ending their Super Rugby finals hopes.

Williams to breathe life back into Raiders

Sam Williams will return from a collapsed lung for the Raiders.

Chris Wilson 9:08 PM   The Raiders will welcome back half Sam Williams against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night.

Soliola 'fully understands' Milford's move

Former Raider Anthony Milford will return to Canberra this week for the first time since joining Brisbane Broncos.

Jon Tuxworth   Anthony Milford's move to the Brisbane Broncos made headlines throughout 2014. One man at the Raiders understands Milford's decision better than most. And he never even played with him.

'They hate me but that's fine ... I hate them'

Robbie Farah: It's the hate that spurs you along.

Michael Chammas 9:20 PM   NSW Blues captain Robbie Farah has embraced the Queensland hate that Paul Gallen has carried on his shoulders for the best part of a decade.

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Last year's dead rubber left a sour taste: Daley

Reflections: Losing game three last year cut deeply for Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas 8:53 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley admits his side's capitulation in game three last year left a sour taste in his mouth after leading the Blues to a long-awaited series victory.

League HQ

State of Origin 2015: Former Australian Idol Shannon Noll takes field for Origin entertainment

Shannon Noll performs before the State of Origin opener at ANZ Stadium.

Phil Lutton 8:30 PM   For a while, it looked like he would be Bound for the RSL Cicruit. Now Shannon Noll looks bound for glory once again, channelling Angry Anderson to cap off State of Origin's pre-game entertainment at ANZ Stadium.

Raiders can't afford slow start against Broncos

Kurt Baptiste has called on the Raiders to get off to a better start against his old side.

David Polkinghorne 8:03 PM    Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says the Raiders have the belief to come back from anywhere, but their focus is on ensuring they don't need to.

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Forget Origin, Tahs are back

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons 6:50 PM   After a slow start, the Waratahs are displaying the form that won them the Super Rugby title last season.

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Rebels look to local style to notch maiden South African win

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Roy Ward 5:33 PM   Melbourne Rebels told to play more of a South African style ahead of their clash with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday morning.

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Cricket

IPL winner Ricky Ponting won't coach NSW or Sydney Sixers

In demand: 'You never say never, as far as these bigger jobs are concerned': Ricky Ponting'.

Jesse Hogan 6:34 PM   Channel Ten has no fears the sudden availability of the NSW and Sydney Sixers coaching jobs will tempt Ricky Ponting, who has just won the IPL at his first attempt, to abandon his Big Bash League punditry for a deeper move into coaching.

Howzat: Four-day Test cricket sparks debate

A cricket ball

Jon Pierik 7:00 PM   Cricket's top playing committee had a "significant debate" about the possibility of introducing four-day Test cricket in a bid to preserve the primacy of the traditional format.

AFL

Swans expect fired-up Carlton on Friday

Ben McGlynn had the job on Sam Mitchell last week.

5:21 PM   Sydney star Ben McGlynn expects to confront a fired-up Carlton on Friday night after one of the most turbulent weeks in the Blues' proud AFL history.

Racism in the AFL: work still to be done

Nicky Winmar in 2013, next to the famous picture of him taken in 1993.

Jon Pierik   As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue".

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Soccer

Time to scrub the stench of sleaze from FIFA

FIFA headquarters in Zurich

Michael Lynch 7:30 PM   Enough is now surely enough. The stench of sleaze and corruption has hung over world soccer's governing body FIFA for so long, the organisation surely cannot continue in its current form.

Swiss authorities confirm FIFA arrests

FIFA

4:54 PM   Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early on Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.

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Tennis

Upgraded courts lead to Challenger tournament coming to Canberra

'We are certainly well placed for Davis Cup and Fed Cup': Ross Triffitt.

Lee Gaskin   Tennis ACT wants to use its first professional tournament in nine years as a springboard to showing it has the facility capable of hosting Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

Soccer

ANU FC aiming for FFA Cup upset

ANU FC takes on Belconnen United in the quarter-finals of FFA Cup qualifying.

Lee Gaskin   This is the type of David v Goliath encounter the FFA Cup was built for - the amateurs of ANU FC taking on the best team in Canberra.

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Horse Racing

Bowman unharmed after horse reacts badly to being hit with whip

All OK: Hugh Bowman survived a fall at Canterbury, walking away unharmed.

Adam Pengilly 6:22 PM   Hugh Bowman received a major scare at Canterbury on Wednesday before partnering Queensland Oaks favourite Winx later in the week.

Smerdon's big month to finish in top hat and tails

Regal pose: Robert Smerdon's sprinter Shamal Wind is bound for Royal Ascot.

Chris Roots 2:56 PM   Robert Smerdon would like to think of it as just another race, but getting fitted for a top hat and tails was a giveaway that Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind's next start is something special.

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Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.