Cleary predicts Opal-Slipper will happen again

David Polkinghorne 6:54 PM   Frank Cleary feels it's just a matter of time before someone else replicates Catbird's success  - although he admits  it's going to be "hard, very hard".

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League

Cornish ready to 'make his mark' 

Mitch Cornish

Jon Tuxworth 3:23 PM   Canberra Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish insists proving he deserves a new contract is the furthest thing from his mind, adamant he'd always pinpointed this year as the time to "make his mark".

League

Waqa backs Wighton for higher honours

Jack Wighton can be as good as Billy Slater.

Jon Tuxworth 4:58 PM   Jack Wighton is still learning the craft and is yet to lock down Canberra's fullback jersey, but Sisa Waqa believes Wighton is capable of replacing Waqa's former teammate Billy Slater as Australia's No.1.

Honey Badger back in business with the Force

Nick Cummins makes his Super Rugby return for the Western Force against the ACT Brumbies on Friday.

Lee Gaskin 5:36 PM   The ACT Brumbies are wary of the impact Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins will make in his return to Australian rugby in Friday night's Super Rugby clash against the Western Force at Canberra Stadium.

Cloud hangs over Watson's future after axing

Shane Watson

Andrew Wu 9:51 PM   Shane Watson will need an injury to a teammate to regain his place in Australia's World Cup team after his sensational axing on Wednesday left a cloud hanging over his international future.

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Pele calls for World Cup to come to Australia

"I have no doubt Australia could host the World Cup": Pele

Adrian Proszenko 8:00 PM   Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, believes Australia should be given the opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup.

Bombers' top-ups make up the numbers

Paul Chapman will skipper the Dons.

Daniel Cherny 7:53 PM   While they will be captained by a man wearing No.3, the Essendon team that takes on St Kilda on Saturday will feature players donning numbers in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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Cricket

Live Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia v Afghanistan

Afghanistan's bowler Samiullah Shinwari dives for the ball off Australia's  David Warner, as wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai watches on.

David Sygall 12:23 AM   Full, live coverage as Afghanistan look to pull off a shock against the world's No.1 ODI side in Perth.

Australia's mauling of Afghanistan not batting so much as drag racing

Malcolm Knox dinkus Dinkus

Malcolm Knox 12:18 AM   The 417 runs Australia tore out of Afghanistan's bowlers in Perth on Wednesday chewed up landmarks as it rumbled along.

Rugby Heaven

O'Connor best served out wide and not in playmaker's role: Dwyer

James O'Connor

Rupert Guinness 8:24 PM   Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer is not surprised when told the win rate of Reds star James O'Connor when starting at five-eighth in Super Rugby is only six per cent.

Genia prepares to topple "enemy" Cheika's Waratahs

Will Genia

Georgina Robinson 8:10 PM   Michael Cheika will arrive in Brisbane on Friday a marked man and Will Genia is in no mood to apologise for the fact.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

League HQ

Cherry-Evans' contract withdrawn by Manly

In demand: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 11:56 PM   Manly have withdrawn their offer to Daly Cherry-Evans after the Kangaroos halfback failed to meet a Monday deadline to commit to the club.

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Origin footage convinced US agent that Hayne can make it in NFL

Jarryd Hayne

Michael Chammas 8:47 PM   Footage of Jarryd Hayne's State of Origin heroics helped convince US agent Jack Bechta that the former Parramatta Eels fullback "can make it in the NFL and play for a long time".

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Cricket

Huge scores dominate Canberra's World Cup contribution

Chris Gayle's double century was one of the highlights of the cricket World Cup games at Manuka Oval.

Lee Gaskin 4:30 PM   Record scores, monster sixes and a historic double century were among the highlights of Canberra's involvement in the Cricket World Cup.

Cricket

Torn ACL puts Meteors spinner on Australian path

ACT Meteors bowler Sam Bates has been picked in the Shooting Stars team to tour Dubai.

Lee Gaskin 2:54 PM   A torn anterior cruciate ligament is every athlete's worse nightmare, but ACT Meteors spinner Sam Bates may not have been selected for her first international tour without it.

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Soccer

Victim of fan violence says he was lucky not to be killed in post-derby attack

Two-goal return: Wanderer Kerem Bulut celebrates one of his goals in a pulsating Sydney derby on Saturday night.

Dominic Bossi 11:57 PM   An alleged victim of the attack on four football fans after the A-League Sydney derby that hospitalised two men has spoken out for the first time, saying the group were lucky not to have suffered worse injuries due to the severity of the bashing. 

Guangzhou Evergrande see off gallant Wanderers in ACL thriller

Iacopo La Rocca

Sebastian Hassett 10:04 PM   In the relentless, slightly unnerving quest of Guangzhou Evergrande to conquer Asian football, completely and irrefutably, the figure of the Western Sydney Wanderers marked a hurdle that needed leaping.

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Tennis

Kyrigos rocking the rim for Indian Wells return

A different court: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios helps launch the Westside precinct at Acton Park with a celebrity basketball game on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin 1:11 AM   Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will make his return from a back injury at next week's ATP 1000 Masters tournament at Indian Wells in the US.

Nishikori into world's top four, Murray out

the age

Japan's Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings on Monday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men's tennis.

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NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive lowdown on each of the 16 teams.

Jordan Smiler

Brumbies big man Jordan Smiler opens up on his aspirations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa take on Ireland at Manuka Oval for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.