Alexander on outer before Rugby World Cup

Lee Gaskin 9:22 AM   Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander is on the outer before the World Cup after he was left out of a 40-man squad for the Rugby Championship.

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'Does it feel strong to be up there?' 

Fiery temper ... Nick Kyrgios holds his necklace in his mouth during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Nick Kyrgios has continued his Wimbledon feud with the chair umpires on his way to the third round.

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Kyrgios in danger of relying on 'blow-ups'

Sports psychologist Jeff Bond helped Pat Cash channel his aggression positively.

Jon Tuxworth   Just before winning Wimbledon Pat Cash uttered three words to sports psychologist Jeff Bond that kickstarted his career - "I hate tennis".

Kyrgios and Raonic at opposite ends 

Speaking out: Nick Kyrgios celebrates a shot on his way to beating Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Michael Chammas   The fiery, hot-headed Australian up against the composed and articulate Canadian.

Tomic believes his best can knock off Djokovic

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the men's singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Michael Chammas   Bernard Tomic knows he's up against it. He knows it will take something special to upset Novak Djokovic. But he believes he has that something special.

Klemmer's rise to Blues enforcer

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Brad Walter   David Klemmer was playing halfback in a lowly team before being scouted by the Bulldogs

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Maroons 'must stick up for themselves'

'I think we were a bit too nice in the ruck': Matt Scott says the Maroons need to be stronger in the middle in the Origin decider.

Phil Lutton   Matt Scott says Queensland let themselves be pushed around in game two.

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Foran deal scuppers Manly's bid for Reynolds

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Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Kieran Foran's decision to join Parramatta on a revised deal has scuppered a bold proposal that could have delivered Josh Reynolds to Manly had the Kiwi international opted to join Canterbury instead.

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Turner sets sights on Olympic hockey gold

Australia's Glenn Turner celebrates a score against Netherlands during their men's final match at the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT FIELD HOCKEY)

Jon Tuxworth   Injured Kookaburra Glenn Turner has set his sights on winning Olympic gold next year, admitting the team's sustained dominance will feel hollow if it fails to win the ultimate prize. 

Rogic praised as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch overnight.

League HQ

Smith wants return to days of brain over brawn

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Phil Lutton 8:25 PM   The Queensland captain says power players, rather than creators, are taking over the code.

I'm captaincy material, says Blues fullback Dugan

Having a ball: Josh Dugan sees himself as a leader in the Blues camp.

Adrian Proszenko 8:21 PM   Josh Dugan has revealed his ambition to captain St George Illawarra in a frank admission which highlights how far he has come as a player and person.

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Rugby Heaven

Highlanders' kicking game key in final

On form: Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has tormented opponents with his short kicking game.

Toby Robson 8:57 PM   It's often said defence wins titles, but for the Hurricanes the old cliche may apply as much to catching kicks as it does making tackles during Saturday's Super Rugby final.

Semi-finals an absolute minimum for Brumbies: White

Brumbies halfback Nic White hopes to get picked for the World Cup before joining Montpellier.

Lee Gaskin 7:23 PM   Nic White leaves door open to possible Brumbies return after French stint.

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Cricket

Johnson thunderbolt leaves Shaun Marsh with split fingernail

Friendly fire: Though not playing against Essex, Mitchell Johnson has been steaming in during practice sessions at Chelmsford.

Chris Barrett 8:55 PM   The Australian left-armer gave England another sign of what they can expect next week with some friendly fire on Friday.

Hookes' Vics show 'legacy' can be honoured

The Bushrangers celebrate after winning the 2004 Pura Cup final.

Daniel Cherny 7:57 PM   A member of the Victorian cricket team at the time of David Hookes' death says some Adelaide players will be questioning their football future, believing they may feel like they're 'never going to get out there again.'"

AFL

Adam Saad a shining light for the Suns

Adam Saad of the Suns.

Garry Lyon 7:57 PM   He's being described as being, if not the best, then in the top handful of Rising Star nominees since the award began back in 1993. He is ...

Barry Mitchell follows the write path

Writer, father and former footy star: Many of Barry Mitchell’s characters will ring some bells.

Rohan Connolly 6:53 PM   In more than 30 years involvement with league football, former Sydney star Barry Mitchell has seen a lot of highs and lows. Now, as an aspiring writer, he's bringing a different perspective to stories about the game. And they're not always pretty.

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Soccer

Japan, US have revenge on their minds in World Cup final

Japan's players celebrate after a 2-1 semi-final win over England.

7:30 PM   Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other.

Big names hold key in A-League bid to grow

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Sebastian Hassett 6:20 PM   Here's a short list of just some of the football superstars who all moved to emerging markets during the past 18 months - so why didn't one of them come to Australia?

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ACT Sport

Tour debutants Matthews and Haas 'grew up on the bikes together'

Tour debut: Despite success in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, Michael Matthews still hasn't ridden in a Tour de France.

David Polkinghorne 7:29 PM   Canberra's Nathan Haas and Michael Matthews 'grew up together on the bikes'.

League

Rams aim to end Blues winning streak

Can Woden knock over the table-topping Blues?

Tom Kazias 7:08 PM   Woden Valley insists it can do what no team has done this year: beat the Queanbeyan Blues.

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Horse Racing

Trackwork assessor shattered by Ruhle's death

Vital job: Lisa Coffey has to assess whether a rider is up to scratch.

Patrick Bartley 6:43 PM   Irish-born Lisa Coffey woke on Thursday morning shattered at the tragic death of a German-born track rider at Caulfield.

Tearaways add welcome spice and excitement

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Max Presnell 6:27 PM   Scotch And Dry went down well depending on the chaser, a dilemma with front-runners in staying events and a situation with Lovethebeaches and Mr Steal in their respective engagements today.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.