Raiders start strong, but Cowboys power home

Lee Gaskin 9:49 AM   The Raiders had the NRL's hottest team on the ropes before the North Queensland Cowboys stormed back to extend Canberra's Townsville misery.

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Pocock cleans up at Brumbies awards

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David Polkinghorne 10:34 PM    ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says David Pocock is the "best in the world at what he does".

Larkham wants Brumbies dream team

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David Polkinghorne 10:33 PM   ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham jokes becoming the next dream team coach isn't on his "bucket list".

Mills throws support behind Adam Goodes

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David Polkinghorne 9:13 PM   Canberra NBA star and proud Indigenous athlete Patrick Mills has thrown his support behind Adam Goodes.

Haddin no certainty for fourth Test 

Darren Lehmann said it was very hard to change the side that won at Lord's

Chris Barrett 9:02 AM   Darren Lehmann has launched a stirring defence of selectors' actions in effectively ending the Test career of Brad Haddin after he had sat out the previous Test to be with his sick daughter.

Rams bow out of Canberra Raiders Cup finals

Rams captain Josh Burns offloads the ball against the Warriors.

Jon Tuxworth 8:30 PM   Woden Valley halfback Josh Burns joked his clash Howie Brown confirmed his retirement call was the right one.

Giants determined to overcome hoodoo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11:  Phil Davis speaks to the media after his announcement as Giants co-captains during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media session at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on February 11, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

David Sygall 12:35 PM   It's the scene where so much debate was sparked last round. But for Greater Western Sydney, playing at Domain Stadium in Perth against Fremantle holds a purely football-related challenge.

Slow start costs Ainslie in NEAFL loss

Jed Turner comes under pressure from Jake Hiep, left and Jeremy Hirst, who gets a squashed nose.

Liam Warren 6:41 PM   A goalless first term proved too big a hurdle for Ainslie to overcome against Sydney University on Saturday.

Royal point of difference can end Vikings reign

Royals player Ben Johnston.

David Polkinghorne 9:02 PM   Queanbeyan coach Adam Fahey says Royals have a "point of difference" and can end the Tuggeranong Viking's John I Dent Cup reign.

Cooma, Belconnen seal PL victories

Cooma Tigers continued their winning ways on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth 7:14 PM   Cooma Tigers cruised to 2-0 shutout win over Gungahlin United at the AIS on Saturday.

ACT Rockets win national men's title

Vinesh Bennett was outstanding for ACT in the decider.

5:39 PM   ACT has taken out the men's indoor cricket national crown in Brisbane on Saturday.

League HQ

Crunch time for Jarryd Hayne

Crunch time:  Jarryd Hayne has little more than a month to make the grade at the 49ers.

9:17 AM   Jarryd Hayne's NFL dream will soon face its toughest test when practice becomes full contact and 140kg defensive linemen in helmets and pads are launching themselves at him.

Manly shock NRL ladder leaders Brisbane

Job well done: Manly's Jake Trbojevic celebrates with teammates after his team's win over Brisbane.

Russell Jackson 9:04 AM   Manly have put a week of turmoil behind them, producing a magnificent performance to destroy NRL competition leaders Brisbane 44-14.

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Rugby Heaven

Flanker Hooper named top NSW Waratah

Top man: Michael Hooper was a key man for the Tahs again in 2015.

11:00 PM   NSW Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper has set a club record to be named the Players' Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.

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Cricket

Lehmann prepared to endorse Clarke demoting himself to No.5

Struggling: Michael Clarke is battling to overcome a form slump with the bat.

Jesse Hogan 9:03 AM   Michael Clarke could make a symbolic shift away from No.4 for the first time in Darren Lehmann's two and a bit years at the helm of a Australia after the coach said he would not object to the beleaguered captain moving down a rung.

Darren Lehmann defends Brad Haddin axing

Darren Lehmann said it was very hard to change the side that won at Lord's

Chris Barrett 9:02 AM   Darren Lehmann has launched a stirring defence of selectors' actions in effectively ending the Test career of Brad Haddin after he had sat out the previous Test to be with his sick daughter, describing it as "the hardest decision as a coach or even as a player" and insisting the team's "family first" policy was still in place.

AFL

Tigers genuine contenders after win 

Dustin Martin fends off Hawk Ben Stratton.

Michael Gleeson   The Tigers are in the top four after hunting then beating the Hawks at the MCG.

Finals dreaming at Whitten Oval

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge during a press conference at Whitten Oval on July 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media)

Larissa Nicholson 2:02 PM   When Western Bulldog's coach Luke Beveridge asked his players if they were thinking about the finals after their win over Collingwood last week, no-one dared speak up.

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Soccer

Celtic kick-off Scottish season with easy win

On target: Celtic's Leigh Griffiths, left, celebrates scoring with Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.

1:01 AM   Scottish champions Celtic began the defence of their Premier League crown with a straightforward 2-0 home win over Ross County.

Could sponsor pressure for Asian tour help push United to Australia?

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch 12:06 AM   Liverpool pulled 96,000 plus to the MCG when they played Melbourne Victory at the cavernous stadium in 2013.

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Horse Racing

Japonisme ready for black-type races after completing hat-trick

Nash Rawiller

Chris Roots 1:50 AM   There might be a good race in Japonisme during spring, which continued on his winning way making three in a row at Rosehill on Saturday, but trainer Chris Waller isn't sure where it may come.

Qatari challenger a possible Cups first for Australian racing

Horse Racing generic.

Michael Lynch 11:59 PM   There have been Irish, French, Japanese and German trained winners of the Melbourne Cup, and both the English and the fabulously wealthy Godolphin operation from Dubai have knocked up trying, without success, to win Australia's greatest race.

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Is this the biggest hit of the year?

Kane Evans was put on report for flattening Sam Kasiano.

Roosters edge out Bulldogs in a thriller

The Roosters beat the Bulldogs in a remarkable game of football.

West Tigers upset Storm

James Tedesco turned in a man of the match performance.

Richmond upset Hawks at the MCG

Brett Deledio starred with four goals as Richmond impressed.

Beijing wins 2022 Winter Olympic bid

Beijing has been named to host the 2022 winter Olympics.

Ashes: Voges' no-look catch stumps Cook

Adam Voges provides a rare highlight for Australia.

Goodes' Australian of Year award speech

Adam Goodes' Australian of the Year" speech from January 2014.

Tigers support Goodes in Dreamtime jersey

The Tigers will wear their Dreamtime jersey on Friday night.

Jetta: 'Fans need to show more respect'

Lewis Jetta, Adam Goodes speak on war dance goal celebration.

Cambage dropped after dodging training

The Basketball star opted to go to music festival Splendour.