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 7:26 PM   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

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. 

NRL interchange shake-up signals return of the little man

Brad Walter 5:06 PM   The NRL makes no secret of the fact that anticipated changes to the interchange and the composition of the bench are aimed at encouraging the return of the little man as a key attacking weapon in the game.

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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

New feat for Dharmasena as chosen as umpire for World Cup final

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Jesse Hogan 6:50 PM   Kumar Dharmasena's involvement in an umpiring blunder on the first day of the World Cup has not stopped him from being selection to officiate on the final day - and in the process become the first player feature in a World Cup final as both an umpire and player.

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 6:33 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.

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

Finals loom for City, but much more expected next season

Michael Lynch 5:57 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.

Northern NSW Football committed to development, growth and promotion

Northern NSW Football chief executive officer David Eland and chairman Bill Walker.

David Eland 4:00 PM   Michael Cockerill's column "Newcastle Jets need to show they are truly united with their key communities" started as a critique of the Newcastle Jets and quickly became a broad-brush swipe at Northern NSW Football, the governing body of football in the region, of which I'm proud to be the CEO.

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ACT Sport

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.

Ultimate frisbee takes flight in Canberra

ACT women's team co-captain Adelaide Dennis with Phil Swan from men's team Fyshwick United ready for the Brisbane-Canberra invitational ultimate frisbee tournament being held in Canberra this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 5:08 PM   Some of the best ultimate frisbee competitiors from across the country will converge on the national capital this weekend for the annual Brisbane-Canberra Invitational.

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Horse Racing

Jockey hurt in race fall

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Patrick Bartley 6:32 PM   Jockey Jack Hill was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital on Friday afternoon after a heavy fall at a meeting at Donald.

Doncaster plan on the line for Leebaz

Big two weeks: A good run in Saturday's Doncaster Prelude will see Leebaz back up in the famous mile next weekend.

Chris Roots 6:00 PM   Talented galloper Leebaz will be out to right two wrongs in the next fortnight and fulfil his group 1 potential.

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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.