Why a Raiders player drove home from Townsville

Most of the Raiders were on a flight home on Sunday morning. One player isn't even back yet.

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Good and bad news for Raiders

Blake Austin of the Raiders was charged with a dangerous throw, but with an early guilty plea will avoid suspension.

Jon Tuxworth 1:30 PM   Two Raiders were put on report during Saturday's match. Only one will play this weekend.

Finals hopes hanging on Hodgson's ankle

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson.

Lee Gaskin 11:48 PM   Alan Tongue says the possible absence of Josh Hodgson will put a severe dent in Canberra's finals aspirations.

Raiders taking positives from collapse

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NRL Round 12 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos at Canberra GIO stadium. Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

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Date: 30 May 2015
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Lee Gaskin 11:49 PM   Raiders coach Ricky Stuart insists it is not all "doom and gloom" and wants his team to learn from their mistakes.

Austin voted NRL's best No.6 by peers

Blake Austin

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 AM   Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has been crowned the game's best five-eighth by his peers.

Canberra league refs lay down law on abuse

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Jon Tuxworth 11:51 PM   Canberra Region Rugby League has used the Fifita referee saga to reinforce its zero-tolerance policy on abuse.

Turner injury 'brought a tear' to Inglis eye

Dangerous: Kyle Turner suffered a string of concussions last season.

Michael Carayannis 10:46 AM   Concussion-prone Souths forward suffers another concussion on return from serious neck injury but describes comeback as 'successful'.

Toomua's tackling needs tinkering

Matt Toomua needs to improve his tackling technique.

David Polkinghorne 11:57 PM   Stephen Larkham says Matt Toomua needs to work on his tackling technique to ensure he doesn't keep getting knocked out.

Is this England's 'McGrath moment?

Umpire Aleem Dar looks on as England fast-bowler Jimmy Anderson grimaces due to an injury that forced him to leave the field mid-way through an over on day two of the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.

Jesse Hogan 11:22 PM   Australia believes the injury to swing bowler Jimmy Anderson will be as much of a blow to England's chances as the loss of Glenn McGrath was to theirs in 2005.

Tuggies war for Woden Weston coach

Robbie Deeley of Canberra FC in action.

David Polkinghorne 7:15 PM   The finals race has tightened up in the ACT National Premier League.

Support for Goodes lifted us, says Tippett

Red and white love: Adam Goodes has been a fan favourite at the Swans for years.

Tom Decent   Sydney forward Kurt Tippett said the hairs on the back of his neck stood up when he heard the roar of the 38,690-strong crowd in the third quarter against Adelaide Crows at the SCG on Saturday.

League HQ

Knights will have solid foundation, says Quayle

Fresh approach: John Quayle said recruitment would be in keeping with building a solid foundation.

Daniel Lane 6:36 PM   As Newcastle start their review into each position in the Knights' football operations this week, board member John Quayle said the club would refer to long-term principles and substance – not gimmicks – to turn the club's fortunes around.

Tigers recruit turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter 5:56 PM   Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

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Rugby Heaven

Tigers recruit turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter 5:56 PM   Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

Carter says showdown with Wallabies will never lose its lustre

Preparing for the Bledisloe: Dan Carter during a New Zealand All Blacks gym session in Auckland on Monday.

Marc Hinto 3:42 PM   New Zealand have held the Bledisloe Cup for more than a decade but it's still as important as ever, according to veteran star Dan Carter.

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Cricket

Nevill goes about his business amid storm over Haddin dumping

Playing a straight bat: Peter Nevill is digging in for the long haul after turning in a gutsy batting performance at Edgbaston.

Chris Barrett 6:32 PM   The team's new wicketkeeper did not ask to be thrust into the midst of one of the most controversial and emotion-charged selection furores in recent history but he is doing his utmost to show just why he deserves his place.

The end is near for Michael Clarke – it's written all over his face

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Andrew Webster 2:04 PM   The Australian captain has the choice to end his Test career with dignity, on his terms.

AFL

Dayne Beams done for 2015 

Dayne Beams will not play again this season.

Beth Newman 4:48 PM   Another dose of bad news was delivered to Brisbane this week, with Lions' star recruit Dayne Beams scheduled for season-ending shoulder surgery.

No unlocked Hawks secret: Mitchell

Sam Mitchell doesn't think Richmond have unlocked the secret formula to beating Hawthorn.

Daniel Cherny 2:58 PM   Hawks veteran Sam Mitchell doesn't think the Tigers "unlocked some sort of secret" in how to beat Hawthorn, while joking that his coach wasn't a man to 'rub up the wrong way.'

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Soccer

Five times Roy Keane nailed it

Ipswich Town's new manager Roy Keane watches his team's Coca Cola Championship soccer match against Cardiff City at the Ninian stadium in Cardiff, Wales April 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN SPORT SOCCER)

James Morrison 6:29 PM   The former Man United hardman has already written off Arsenal's Premier League chances. Here are five other times he got it spot-on.

Sydney FC sign Simon

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10:  Matt Simon of the Mariners celebrates scoring a goal during the round 10 A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium on December 10, 2011 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

6:17 PM   Sydney FC have bolstered their attacking options with the signature of former Central Coast striker Matt Simon.

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ACT Sport

Keely Rodrigo prepares for Romelda Aiken clash

Romelda Aiken

Jon Tuxworth 6:17 PM   She'd give away 12cm in height but Canberra Darters' Keely Rodrigo is ready to take on Jamaican star Romelda Aiken.

Goulburn snaps Queanbeyan Roos win streak with 30-4 thrashing

The Bulldogs' Michael Bani was impressive on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth 12:50 AM   The cavalry's back, and so are the Goulburn Bulldogs. 

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Horse Racing

Leading trainers consider appeals

Winnings frozen: Peter Moody.

Patrick Bartley 6:17 PM   At least three of the five trainers caught up in the current cobalt crises are now considering appealing a decision by stewards to freeze their prizemoney percentages if earned in Group or listed races.

Kavanagh launches a defence claiming cobalt doesn't affect blood system

Accused: Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 3:23 PM   Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.

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Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.

NEAFL: Sydney University v Ainslie

A scoreless first term proved too tough for Ainslie to overcome.

Port beat wasteful Saints in Adelaide

Port Adelaide too good for St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.

Sydney Swans win it for Adam Goodes

Swans prove too strong for Crows on an emotional day at the SCG.

Lehmann backs under fire Michael Clarke

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed his under-fire skipper.