Arrests at FIFA meeting as part of corruption probe

Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden 4:43 PM   Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation in Zurich on Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

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Stosur eyes Sharapova in Paris rendez vous

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Samantha Stosur of Australia celebrates a point during Women's Singles match against Madison Brengle of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

10:00 PM   Samantha Stosur has stormed into the third round of the French Open with a crushing straight-sets win over local qualifier Amandine Hesse.

Raiders can't afford slow start against Broncos

Kurt Baptiste has called on the Raiders to get off to a better start against his old side.

David Polkinghorne 8:03 PM    Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says the Raiders have the belief to come back from anywhere, but their focus is on ensuring they don't need to.

Punishment no reason for benching: Luke

Ripping in: Souths hooker Issac Luke is determined to put his best foot froward.

Daniel Lane 3:27 PM   Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke said his actions - and not his words to the media - would prove his immediate focus was to help the defending champions rediscover their groove.

Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne 5:02 PM   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

2018, 2022 bids targeted in Swiss soccer probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 10:12 PM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials.

Carlton trying not to be the Blues

Carlton jumpers lie on the ground outside Princes Park after an angry fan threw them away on Tuesday.

Jake Niall 9:48 PM   The Blues are trying to reinvent themselves into a club that is more like the rest, less like themselves.

League HQ

Hayne watching on as Dugan shows up

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Andrew Webster 10:33 PM   The best thing NSW apparently had going for it wasn't at ANZ Stadium for Origin I. He was on the other side of the world in a San Francisco hotel room, watching on an iPad in his jammy jams.

State of Origin 2015: Former Australian Idol Shannon Noll takes field for Origin entertainment

Shannon Noll performs before the State of Origin opener at ANZ Stadium.

Phil Lutton 9:47 PM   For a while, it looked like he would be Bound for the RSL Cicruit. Now Shannon Noll looks bound for glory once again, channelling Angry Anderson to cap off State of Origin's pre-game entertainment at ANZ Stadium.

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Rugby Heaven

Forget Origin, Tahs are back

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons 6:50 PM   After a slow start, the Waratahs are displaying the form that won them the Super Rugby title last season.

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Rebels look to local style to notch maiden South African win

Rugby union

Roy Ward 5:33 PM   Melbourne Rebels told to play more of a South African style ahead of their clash with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday morning.

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Cricket

Howzat: Four-day Test cricket sparks debate

The likes of current coach Darren Lehmann broadly discussed whether five days had become too long to retain the interest of supporters, sponsors and broadcasters.

Jon Pierik 9:27 PM   Cricket's top playing committee had a 'significant debate' about the possibility of introducing four-day Test cricket in a bid to preserve the primacy of the traditional format.

IPL winner Ricky Ponting won't coach NSW or Sydney Sixers

In demand: 'You never say never, as far as these bigger jobs are concerned': Ricky Ponting'.

Jesse Hogan 6:34 PM   Channel Ten has no fears the sudden availability of the NSW and Sydney Sixers coaching jobs will tempt Ricky Ponting, who has just won the IPL at his first attempt, to abandon his Big Bash League punditry for a deeper move into coaching.

AFL

Malthouse my biggest influence: Shaw

AFL . Collingwood training  at Gosh's Paddock as they  prepare for game against West Coast Eagles. Heath Shaw with coach Mick Malthouse .   Picture by Vince Caligiuri ,The Age . 9th  September  2011

4:21 PM   Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw has hailed Mick Malthouse as his biggest AFL influence and said he was sad to see the under-fire coach sacked by Carlton.

Swans expect fired-up Carlton on Friday

Ben McGlynn had the job on Sam Mitchell last week.

5:21 PM   Sydney star Ben McGlynn expects to confront a fired-up Carlton on Friday night after one of the most turbulent weeks in the Blues' proud AFL history.

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Soccer

FIFA corruption: 2018, 2022 bids targeted in Swiss soccer probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 10:12 PM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the US on federal corruption charges.

Time to scrub the stench of sleaze from FIFA

FIFA headquarters in Zurich

Michael Lynch 7:30 PM   Enough is now surely enough. The stench of sleaze and corruption has hung over world soccer's governing body FIFA for so long, the organisation surely cannot continue in its current form.

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ACT Sport

Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

Nick Kyrgios.

David Polkinghorne   But the young Canberran faces a tough second-round test before he can start matching it with the big guns.

Tennis

Upgraded courts lead to Challenger tournament coming to Canberra

'We are certainly well placed for Davis Cup and Fed Cup': Ross Triffitt.

Lee Gaskin   Tennis ACT wants to use its first professional tournament in nine years as a springboard to showing it has the facility capable of hosting Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

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Horse Racing

Bowman unharmed after horse reacts badly to being hit with whip

All OK: Hugh Bowman survived a fall at Canterbury, walking away unharmed.

Adam Pengilly 6:22 PM   Hugh Bowman received a major scare at Canterbury on Wednesday before partnering Queensland Oaks favourite Winx later in the week.

Smerdon's big month to finish in top hat and tails

Regal pose: Robert Smerdon's sprinter Shamal Wind is bound for Royal Ascot.

Chris Roots 2:56 PM   Robert Smerdon would like to think of it as just another race, but getting fitted for a top hat and tails was a giveaway that Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind's next start is something special.

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Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.