Johnson and Smith lead way to final

Chris Barrett 10:52 AM   Australia's World Cup dream is alive and well, and with it a mouthwatering trans-Tasman final is in store on Sunday.

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The showdown: Wighton v Tuivasa-Sheck

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton will take on fellow young gun Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin   Former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello breaks down the match-up between his protege Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Raiders custodian Jack Wighton.

Kuridrani intent on chasing Cup dream

Tevita Kuridrani says an eight-week stint on the sideline won't ruin his World Cup hopes.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Tevita Kuridrani has vowed to comeback from injury bigger and stronger to ensure his World Cup dream remains intact as he braces for an eight-week stint on the sideline.

Australia's self belief shines through in draw

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal.

Michael Lynch   Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Former cop embraces United challenge

Sport.  Former assistant coach Rae Dower has been announced as new head coach of Canberra United.  26 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Lee Gaskin 9:20 PM   New Canberra United coach Rae Dower believes her background in the police force has given her the grounding to handle the pressure of winning back-to-back W-League titles.

Roberts sets sights high at national titles

Canberra athlete Kelsey-Lee Roberts will be among the favourites in the women's javelin at the Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts is aiming to topple her experienced rivals and claim her first national title as another stepping stone to next year's Olympics.

Captains call for shorter AFL season

Geelong captain Joel Selwood are among a clutch of player leaders who agree the entire AFL industry would benefit from a radical shift to a "less is more" approach.

Matt Murnane 9:11 AM   A group of the AFL's best players have renewed calls for a shorter football season.

League HQ

Bellamy asks players to rise to Cowboys challenge

 Matt Duffie of the Storm.

Roy Ward 7:09 PM   Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has put the onus squarely on his players to beat North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

Croker holds no grudges as he faces Ferguson

Jarrod Croker and Blake Ferguson celebrate a try as Raiders teammates in 2011.

Jon Tuxworth 5:42 PM   Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker would much prefer to watch Blake Ferguson wreak havoc for the Raiders this Sunday than be the man charged with stopping him. 

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Rugby Heaven

Pocock the invisible man

Standing up: David Pocock of the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton 6:27 PM   Imagine if David Pocock was invisible. He'd be able to pinch the ball the breakdown without being penalised and people would be able to see what the real issue was this week - a homophobic slur.

Royals and Whites put off-field dramas aside for grudge match

Soakai Tai in action for Royals in 2013.

Chris Dutton 6:14 PM   Royals will delay a decision on whether to pursue action against Soakai Tai until after their clash against the club's former club in a local rugby grudge match against the Queanbeyan Whites on Saturday.

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Cricket

Pup raises hackles at claims style is redundant

"I think I'm doing all right. I think my record is pretty good up against anybody in the world. I think my record holds its place": Clarke.

Andrew Wu 8:00 PM   The later Michael Clarke has to walk to the crease in Sunday's World Cup final the better it will be for Australia but do not tell the skipper his team is better off without him.

Who is ready to rule the one-day world?

Dean Jones dinkus Dinkus

Dean Jones 7:24 PM   Finally we are about to find out who is the best one-day international team in the world. Australia and New Zealand are about to fight it out like brothers in their own backyard. When you play hard backyard cricket against your brothers it can get nasty.

AFL

Dramas overshadow new AFL season

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan: "We all share that hope ... that maybe, just maybe, this is our year."

1:24 PM   A slew of unwanted headlines has overshadowed the lead-up to the start of the 2015 AFL season.

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Richmond defender to miss season opener

David Astbury has been stung by a stingray.

10:20 AM   Richmond defender David Astbury will probably miss next Thursday's AFL season opener against Carlton after he was stung by a stingray.

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Soccer

Mourinho resuscitates Terry's Chelsea career

John Terry.

7:42 PM   Two years after it looked like his Stamford Bridge career was on its last legs, John Terry has been given the vote of confidence he craved.

Finals loom for City, more expected next season

City man; Big things are expected of Robert Koren at Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 7:34 PM   Of the five foreign players on Melbourne City's books at present, only one _  marquee player Robert Koren _ is likely to be with the Manchester City owned subsidiary next season.

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ACT Sport

Stamina to be put to test at Mont 24-hour mountain bike race

Zac Barber in action during the mountain bike leg of the Nelson Tri Club event at Rabbit Island, Nelson.

Jon Tuxworth 6:53 PM   Stamina and endurance will be put to the test when competitors compete in the Mont 24-hour Mountain Bike Race at Kowen Forest, the largest even of its kind in the country. 

Royals and Whites put off-field dramas aside for grudge match

Soakai Tai in action for Royals in 2013.

Chris Dutton 6:14 PM   Royals will delay a decision on whether to pursue action against Soakai Tai until after their clash against the club's former club in a local rugby grudge match against the Queanbeyan Whites on Saturday.

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Horse Racing

Japanese star in a world of his own

James McDonald rides Hartnell to win the Sky High Stakes on March 14. He will ride the same horse in the $1.5 million BMW.

7:30 PM   James McDonald concedes he will be doing well to continue a winning streak in Sydney's group one weight-for-age races despite riding one of the favourites in the $1.5 million BMW.

Trakus out to win new racegoers

Clock watcher: Form guru Des Spain times the gallops, 1960s style.

Patrick Bartley 7:24 PM   In the late 1960s one of Australia's most astute track watchers Des Spain would assemble with six fellow fanatical racing enthusiasts each Saturday prior to the first race at a metropolitan meeting.

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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.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.

Waratahs take on galloping Brumbies

Wallabies coaches go head-to-head in Sunday rugby blockbuster.

India cruise past Bangladesh into semis

A wonderful century from opener Rohit Sharma propels India to a strong total of 302.