Viking sets sail for World Cup call up

Lee Gaskin 3:44 PM   Forgotten Wallabies prop Ben Alexander and former Brumbies winger Francis Fainifo are among a strong 37-man Canberra Vikings squad for the National Rugby Championship.

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Raiders celebrate milestones against Tigers

Sport. Raiders training at their HQ in Bruce. Josh Papalii will be playing his 100th game this weekend. 
August 5th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   He's celebrating his 200th NRL game this week against Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington has vowed to redeem himself for his key errors in last week's 32-24 loss to North Queensland. 

Raiders divided on shoulder charge ban

'It was time to stamp it out when they did and it's got to stay that way': David Shillington.

Jon Tuxworth 4:00 PM   David Shillington insists the shoulder charge can't make a return. One of his teammates wants it back.


Drug body finds new evidence

Thymosin Beta 4, the substance in question.

Jake Niall 10:17 PM   The World Anti-Doping Agency claims it has found abnormally high amounts of thymosin beta 4 – the substance Essendon players are accused of taking – in the frozen urine samples of two players from the Dons' 2012 list.

Clarke puts his future in hands of selectors

 Michael Clarke

Jesse Hogan 6:00 PM   Michael Clarke is forcing the selectors to make a call about his future after the Ashes by making it clear he won't walk away from international cricket.

The Ashes: And the winner is ...

Greg Baum

Greg Baum 5:04 PM   So, what's the next number out in Ashes lotto as we head into the crucial fourth Test in Trent Bridge?

Swans, Cats unite in support for Goodes

Welcome return: Adam Goodes back at Swans training.

Andrew Wu 6:38 PM   Geelong and the AFL Players Association have urged Cats fans to report those who continue to boo Adam Goodes when the Sydney champion makes his return to football on Saturday night.

Brumby prevented from New Zealand

Brumbies lock Tom Staniforth, playing for Royals in the John I Dent Cup, has been prevented from playing in New Zealand's ITM Cup.

Lee Gaskin 3:04 PM   The ACT Brumbies have accepted the Australian Rugby Union's decision to stop loose forward Tom Staniforth playing in New Zealand's ITM Cup.

Giteau uses wise head against All Blacks

Wary of All Blacks: Matt Giteau.

Rupert Guinness 6:07 PM   Wallabies inside centre Matt Giteau is wise enough in both age and experience to understand the dangers of saying there are weaknesses in the All Blacks game that can be taken advantage of.

Netball World Cup 2015: beyond the big four

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Liz Ellis 4:07 PM   The Malawi and Uganda netball teams are shining examples of resilience and persistence.

Diamonds not forever, but good for now

Lisa Alexander

Linda Pearce 7:17 PM   While Lisa Alexander knows her team's 19-game winning streak will not continue indefinitely, the Diamonds' coach is confident in the champions' ability to respond when it ends. As it must. Eventually.

League HQ

Eastwood to miss Dogs' Brisbane NRL game

Out: Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood.

9:14 PM   Canterbury forward Greg Eastwood will miss the Bulldogs' vital Friday night clash with Brisbane after being found guilty of a dangerous contact charge by the NRL match review committee.

Indigenous All Stars match takes on added meaning after Goodes saga

All star: Greg Inglis features in the Indigenous war dance before the 2015 All Stars match.

Phil Lutton 6:22 PM   Rugby league's Indigenous Round could scarcely have arrived at a better time


Rugby Heaven

Wallabies offer support to Diamonds as they prepare to take on Kiwi foe

Behind the Diamonds: Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore and his teammates will be cheering for Australia's netball team.

Rupert Guinness 10:03 PM   Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has sent a letter of support to the Diamonds as Australia's rugby and netball teams prepare to face arch rivals New Zealand at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.

Skelton ready to stand tall and strong against All Blacks

Take that, big guy: Wallabies giant Will Skelton answers to jockey Sam Clipperton at Randwick.

Rupert Guinness 8:45 PM   Wallabies second rower Will Skelton has only played the All Blacks twice, but however far his Test career takes him he is hardly ever likely to forget that first time.



Faulkner given $22k fine, two-year UK driving ban for alcohol offence

Sanctioned: James Faulkner will miss the one-day series in England.

Jesse Hogan 10:33 PM   James Faulkner has been fined almost $22,000 and banned from driving in the UK for two years as punishment for the drink-driving incident that triggered his expulsion from Australia's post-Ashes limited-overs series against England.

Not a disaster but our sporting pride on the line with Bledisloe and Ashes

Peter FitzSimons.

Peter FitzSimons 6:04 PM   A "disaster," if we lose this fourth Test, and the Ashes with it? No, a disaster was what happened at Gallipoli's Lone Pine, 100 years ago on Thursday, to the day, when in the course of that battle, we suffered 2200 Australian casualties, a quarter of them killed.


Cats and Swans to start as one 

Aboriginal activist and Australian Rules Football legend Adam Goodes walks out of the player's tunnel as he arrives for a team training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia, August 4, 2015. Adam Goodes has returned to the Sydney Swans and put his hand up for selection after taking leave from the Australian Rules club under stress from the incessant booing he faced during matches. One of the most decorated players in the popular indigenous game, Aboriginal Goodes was jeered relentlessly and racially abused in Perth last week, triggering a heated debate over racism in a country which regards itself a beacon of tolerance. REUTERS/David Gray

Peter Hanlon 6:23 PM   AFL Players to run through one banner in Goodes' return game.

Hawk Puopolo was target of racism

Paul Puopolo.

Larissa Nicholson 9:08 PM   Hawthorn's Paul Puopolo was the target of racism during his time in junior football, he told AFL 360 on Wednesday.



Unreal Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo disguises himself as a homeless man and pranks locals

Dazzling: Cristiano Ronaldo at the MCG last week.

12:05 PM   Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to prank Madrid town centre and in doing so made one young Real fan the happiest boy in Spain.

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From Brisbane to Bangkok for former Roar captain Matt Smith

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Jason Dasey 11:44 AM   If former Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith ever gets carried away with his lucrative lifestyle at high-flying Bangkok Glass FC in the Thai Premier League, there is a sobering reminder nearby of what he came from along the grimy roads from Bangkok's Don Muang airport.


ACT Sport


Winter weather drives anglers to coastal waters

An amnesy on fishing from shore in the state's marine parks has come to an end.

Bryan Pratt   Anglers seeking a fishing fix and a feed of fresh fish have been deserting inland freshwater locations.

YouTube hit could become FFA Cup hit

Gungahlin United's Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne   Could the FFA Cup lay the foundations for Canberra A-League team?


Horse Racing

Claims a Melbourne Cup winner was on 'cobalt and EPO' denied

Under investigation: Trainer Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 7:38 PM   Self-confessed liar and big-noter John Camilleri was quizzed about a text message he sent claiming he knew of a Melbourne Cup winner that was "on cobalt and EPO" when cross-examined by Sam Kavanagh's lawyer, Tony Hartnell, during an inquiry at Racing NSW headquarters on Wednesday.

John Camilleri admits lying to cobalt inquiry

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4:16 PM   Having pleaded guilty to lying to stewards over his involvement with Sam Kavanagh-trained horses, John Camilleri has continued to discount his own evidence at an inquiry in Sydney.


Gungahlin United v Sydney Olympic

Scenes as Gungahlin United take on Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval as part of the FFA Cup.

Jamaica v Darters

Scenes as the Jamaican national team takes on the Canberra Darters at the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham.

Ashes: Trent Bridge Test awaits Aussies

Australia head to Trent Bridge for the fourth Test starting Thursday.

Ramsey confident of more Arsenal success

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield final.

Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.