ASADA tells Bombers: This isn't over yet

Samantha Lane 8:29 PM   Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt says he is confident Essendon players received banned drugs and is eagerly awaiting the AFL information on Stephen Dank.

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Watson's done 'shuttle runs to hell and back'

Tim Watson says he is no longer angry at Bombers coach James Hird.

Stathi Paxinos and Daniel Cherny 3:03 PM   Essendon great Tim Watson no longer feels anger towards James Hird and believes he should coach as long as his players are "prepared to stand up and play for him".

Tilse granted mid-season release from Raiders

Dane Tilse.

Chris Wilson 4:12 PM   The Raiders will release Dane Tilse to join the UK Super League this month, but only after the veteran helps them ride through an injury crisis.

Turner on track for amazing comeback

Kytle Turner

Adrian Proszenko 6:56 PM   After copping five head knocks last year and then undergoing spinal surgery in the first game of this one, Kyle Turner had every reason to be pessimistic about his playing future.

Malthouse wants 40 goals from Jones

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Daniel Cherny 3:09 PM   Thirty-one. That’s how many years Mick Malthouse will have coached in by the end of Thursday night.

David Pocock returns to starting XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: David Pocock of the Brumbies talks to team mates during the round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 7:07 PM   The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their fairytales are temporarily on hold due to David Pocock.

Glory issued second show cause notice 

Centre of investigation: Perth Glory player Andy Keogh.

Dominic Bossi 9:09 PM   Perth Glory’s hopes of a first A-League title may be dashed, after Football Federation Australia was set to hand the club a second show cause notice for a serious breach of the salary cap.

Lankan Rupee makes Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee

Chris Roots 6:43 PM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Track partners Dryden and Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne 4:09 PM   After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

League HQ

Snubbed by Eels, Taylor plotting his revenge

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor.

Adrian Proszenko 8:37 PM   Parramatta was so far down the track in negotiations to appoint Jason Taylor as head coach that the club's media department interviewed him on video about his plans for the blue and golds.

Parramatta's Reece Robinson and Manly's Jake Trbojevic free to play after judiciary hearings

Great start to the season: Parramatta's Reece Robinson.

Ian McCullough 8:33 PM   Parramatta winger Reece Robinson and Manly prop Jake Trbojevic are free to play this weekend after successful hearings at the NRL judiciary.

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Rugby Heaven

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 6:43 PM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

Pulver on sabbaticals: "We ha™ve got to balance carefully ... player burnout"

Rupert Guinness 6:15 PM   The Australian Rugby Union is confident its new policy allowing select players to take overseas sabbaticals will help retain talent in the long term, but they are also concerned it could see some burn out as they pursue back-to-back seasons without enough rest in between.

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Cricket

Knee strain sidelines Starc for IPL start

On ice: Mitchell Starc.

12:24 PM   World Cup hero Mitchell Starc will reportedly miss the first three weeks of the Indian Premier League due to injury.

Nevill's blessings in disguise lead to tour spot

The upcoming Frank Worrell Trophy and Ashes tours will be Peter Nevill's first for the national team since 2012.

David Sygall 11:56 AM   While Australia's top wicketkeepers were playing slog-a-six in the Big Bash League over December and January, Peter Nevill kept his head down and worked on his long-form game.

AFL

The bluffer's guide to modern footy lingo

Hawk stalker: Paul Puopolo.

Peter Hanlon 8:37 PM   Making sense of the fat, the skinny and the saw-toothed.

Blues, Tigers put faith in youngsters

New Tiger: Kamdyn McIntosh

Matt Murnane 8:27 PM   Both Richmond and Carlton will throw a debutant into the furnace for the traditional season-opener at the MCG, with Clem Smith set to be the first player from last year's draft class to start his career.

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Soccer

Netherlands too strong for Spain

Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) takes a free kick near Netherlands' players (L-2nd R) Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Stefan de Vrij, Ron Vlaar and Bruno Martins Indi during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.

9:42 PM   The Netherlands once again proved too good for an under-par Spain as goals from Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaasen handed the hosts a 2-0 friendly win in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Fellaini gives Belgium edge over Israel

Equaliser: Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates his goal.

9:38 PM   Marouane Fellaini's early goal proved sufficient to give 10-man Belgium a 1-0 win over hosts Israel in their Euro 2016 qualifier and see them leapfrog both their opponents and Wales to top Group B.

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ACT Sport

New golf series hits Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan fairways

Golf.

7:17 PM   The region will attract more than 80 PGA Australia professionals this month, with Canberra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan to host a pro-am series over nine days.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Champs path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne 3:02 PM   Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

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Horse Racing

Lankan Rupee and Ready For Victory make Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee

Chris Roots 6:43 PM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Clipperton and Boss remain focused on emergencies after wasting game

Life in the fast lane: Sam Clipperton.

Adam Pengilly 6:31 PM   They have been on the outside looking in to the Doncaster picture all week - and featherweight jockeys Sam Clipperton and Glen Boss are still preparing themselves to ride star three-year-olds not guaranteed a run despite confirmation their wasting won't be in vain.

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Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Raiders vs Rooster

The Canberra Raiders clash with the Sydney Rooster in Sydney in round four of the NRL

Mont 24 hour race

Pictures from the Month 24 hour mountain bike race, held at Kowen Forest.

Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.