Watson says players feel vindicated 

Matt Murnane 11:28 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has described his freedom as a "surreal feeling", revealing he has forgotten what it's like to prepare for a game without the stress of the supplements saga.

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Welcome relief for players

Bombers captain Jobe Watson flanked by teammates including Michael Hurley (left), Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers (right) leave after speaking to the media.

Mark Thompson 9:25 PM   Surprise. I have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that the Essendon players had been found not guilty.

Caro reacts to ASADA defeat

Caroline Wilson says today's verdict is "fantastic" for the players.

7:43 PM   Caroline Wilson has shared her thoughts following the anti-doping tribunal's decision to clear the Essendon 34.

Austin pledges to take greater load

Mitch Cornish has been dumped to reserve grade.

Jon Tuxworth 6:29 PM   Blake Austin has put the blowtorch on himself to accept more responsibility marshalling their misfiring attack, conceding he needs to take more pressure off rookie halfback Mitch Cornish.

Cherry-Evans frustrated to be dragged off 

Frustrated: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans believes being forced from the field without a head knock is proof the NRL's concussion crackdown has gone too far and fears it could cost teams a vital victory.

Pocock on track for World Cup role: Cheika

Taking a stand: players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time.

Form dictated call-up for Voges, Ahmed

Fawad Ahmed in action with the bat for Victoria.

Jesse Hogan 5:54 PM   Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed demanded selection for winter tour through the dominance of this summer's Sheffield Shield runs and wickets tallies, Rod Marsh says.

Godolphin chase Blue Riband with Hauraki

Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.

Chris Roots 7:10 PM   After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

Socceroos ready for road to Russia

Ange Postecoglou got what he wanted from the Socceroos' European swing.

5:35 PM   Ange Postecoglou says Australia is ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers after recent friendlies in Europe.

League HQ

If the salary cap fits: Roosters spent years building the roster

Young talent time: The Roosters ability to identify and develop talent has been a key to the club's rise.

Phil Gould 10:00 PM   I'm always astounded at newspaper articles speculating about the state of a club's salary cap, based purely on estimated valuations of players in today's marketplace.

Cronulla Sharks players left bewildered by Essendon verdict

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Brad Walter 10:00 PM   Frustrated Cronulla players are questioning why they didn’t receive the same support and advice from the Sharks to fight doping allegations as their Essendon AFL counterparts after 34 current and former Bombers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Rugby Heaven

Six Nations should adopt bonus point system: Woodward

Exciting: Clive Woodward, backs bonus points in Six Nations.

Georgina Robinson 7:19 PM   The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.

Rebels star Weeks out for six to eight weeks

Laurie Weeks will be a big loss for the Rebels.

Roy Ward 5:36 PM   A shin injury will see Laurie Weeks out for six to eight weeks.

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Cricket

New Zealand welcomed as heroes

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori listen to the speeches during a reception to welcome the team back home on Tuesday.

7:47 PM   New Zealand's cricketers have returned as heroes despite their dream run ending in tatters in the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Siddle sidelined but Smith, Starc in contract list

Peter Siddle

Jesse Hogan 7:38 PM   Given Steve Smith has moved up the order in the one-day team and is poised to replicate that in Tests, it is only fitting he has done the same in the contracts which reflect players' importance to the Australian cricket team.

AFL

Bombers suddenly not so listless

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly 9:17 PM   Relief. Joy. Vindication. You could throw in another half-dozen descriptions of the emotions swirling around the Essendon Football Club and their playing list on Tuesday afternoon.

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Suits exit stage as players have their day

David Grace, the lawyer representing the Essendon players, arrives at AFL House on Tuesday.

Peter Hanlon 9:25 PM   It had been 19 months since the fake turf mounds outside AFL House had hosted the media in such numbers. Not to mention a lone fan in black and red making a public display of loyalty, a mandatory heckler, and a woman cradling a poodle.

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Soccer

Perth Glory's Risdon wants more wonder goals

Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers controls the ball against Josh Risdon of the Glory

10:30 PM   Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon hopes his recent wonder strike caught the attention of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou

Aspropotamitis the silver lining to Wanderers' injury clouds

Teen on the rise:  Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

Sebastian Hassett 9:27 PM   When the Western Sydney Wanderers began this ill-fated season, Jonathan Aspropotamitis was in the youth team at Sydney Olympic, still dreaming of one day turning his football aspirations into something tangible.

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ACT Sport

Jack steeling himself to miss round one

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 Jack Steele during the GWS training session at Ainslie oval in Canberra 
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David Polkinghorne 8:45 PM   When will Canberra's young guns make their AFL debuts?

Rogic finally back after months of injury pain

Tom Rogic ended months of injury frustration by playing for Celtic's development side on Tuesday.

5:53 PM   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic is finally back in action, ending almost a year of injury frustration by returning to the field for Celtic's development squad on Tuesday.

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Horse Racing

No grey areas with Chautauqua's return to Sydney, says Hawkes

Grey matter: Chautauqua is well fancied in the T.J. Smith stakes.

Adam Pengilly 7:15 PM   Straight-track specialist Chautauqua has not raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey's return to Sydney hasn't fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.

Betting unshaken despite favourites drawing wide

Set for the extreme outside: Hallowed Crown.

Adam Pengilly 7:11 PM   Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.

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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.