Final thrills silence Manuka Oval bashers

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has rejected criticism of the decision to play the Big Bash final in Canberra after the most thrilling decider in the competition's four-year history.

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Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia

Football bosses: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. Salman said he was aware of dissatisfaction with Australia's membership of the AFC.

Sebastian Hassett 10:00 PM   On the eve of the Socceroos going in to battle for the Asian Cup title, Football Federation Australia could be about to face an even greater war.

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Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

Fight to be fit: Ivan Franjic training with the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett 11:27 PM   Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic won't be 100 per cent fit going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final but coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his right-back to recover sufficiently from a hip injury.

Fardy pinches himself on career re-birth

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies lock Scott Fardy declares his desire to stay in Australian rugby.

League

McCrone says he's still a half chance

Ready to rip: Raiders utility Josh McCrone at training.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Josh McCrone insists controversial rule changes to curb wrestling won't turn the game into touch football as the Raiders consider fielding two dummy half options to counteract faster ruck speed. 

Murray outlasts Berdych to reach final

Andy Murray

Greg Stutchbury 11:38 PM   Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final.

Sharapova up against a decade of dominance

Maria Sharapova.

Peter Hanlon 8:50 PM   Hostilities in the most titillating rivalry in tennis will be resumed on Saturday night. When Maria Sharapova says she will do "everything I can" to finally beat Serena Williams, the mind boggles.

Cricket

Moises Henriques cops ban for slow over rate

Moises Henriques will miss the opening game of next year's Big Bash League.

12:32 PM   Sydney Sixers captain will miss the opening game of next year's Big Bash League after being penalised for his side's slow over rate in Wednesday's final.

There's nothing in that Clarke story: heard that one before

Andrew Webster dinkus Dinkus

Andrew Webster 11:15 AM   Michael Clarke's fallout with officials and teammates is real. Now the WAGs are circling ...

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ACT Sport

Behrendorff savours dramatic BBL title at home

Expecting to fly: Jason Behrendorff of the Perth Scorchers whips on in with fellow ACT player Ryan Carters of the Sydney Sixers batting.

Lee Gaskin 9:08 AM   Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff savours thrilling Big Bash League title victory with the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval.

Bishop forging her own path

Abby Bishop scored a game-high 36 points, added 14 rebounds and a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Abby Bishop's sparkling WNBL form is set to lift the Canberra Capitals into the play-offs, but coach Carrie Graf says it's unfair to compare the skipper to Australia's greatest female basketballer, Lauren Jackson, despite career-best statistics.

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Tennis

Kim Sears' swearing embraced

Kim Sears' colourful support of her fiancee has gained her plenty of support on Twitter.

Larissa Nicholson 2:27 PM   Andy Murray's fiancee gets plenty of support after Australian Open tirade.

The women behind British no.1 Andy Murray

Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears watching the Scottish tennis star at the Australian Open.

Melanie Kembrey 1:40 PM   Behind one of the world's great tennis players, there stands three powerful women.

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Football

Five things you should know about Australia

Dominic Bossi 3:02 PM   Five things you should know about Australia before Saturday's Asian Cup final.

Winners and losers of the Asian Cup

Great tournament, great hair: UAE's Omar Abdulrahman.

Dominic Bossi 2:26 PM   It is the final Hairdryer of the tournament so a chance to review on the hits and misses of the Australia's Asian Cup. 

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League HQ

Burgess says rugby a lot tougher than you think

High-profile transition: Sam Burgess at Bath training.

Mick Cleary 1:03 PM   Sam Burgess, the Bath centre, believes he faces his sternest examination since switching from Australian rugby league when he lines up for England Saxons against a near Test-strength Ireland Wolfhounds team at Musgrave Park in Cork on Friday night.

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Johnson and Inglis launch NRL season

Front men: Greg Inglis and Shaun Johnson act as the new faces of the NRL in the season launch in Auckland.

Michael Chammas 11:34 PM   There's still another five weeks before the opening game of the year, but Shaun Johnson and Greg Inglis officially launched the start of the 2015 NRL season in Auckland on Thursday night.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Burgess says rugby a lot tougher than you think

High-profile transition: Sam Burgess at Bath training.

Mick Cleary 1:03 PM   Sam Burgess, the Bath centre, believes he faces his sternest examination since switching from Australian rugby league when he lines up for England Saxons against a near Test-strength Ireland Wolfhounds team at Musgrave Park in Cork on Friday night.

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Cheika buries rivalry to give Wallabies fitness edge

Fitness guru: Dean Benton will be working to keep the Wallabies in peak condition.

Georgina Robinson 11:53 PM   They traded barbs from opposite sides of the rugby trenches but are now working hand in glove to give the Wallabies a winning edge leading into the World Cup.

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T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.

Australian Open gets ready to commence

Last minute preparations for the Australian Open.

Watson's technique under the microscope

Dean Jones offers some batting advice for Shane Watson.

ABL: Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

Canberra Cavalry take on fierce rivals Perth at Narrabundah.