Pocock hat-trick ends ACT Brumbies form slump

Chris Dutton 10:48 PM   A first-half David Pocock hat-trick has reignited the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby season as they overpowered the Otago Highlanders to end their mid-season rut.

Top stories

Sport needs more than a minute's silence

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox 9:48 PM   After reading Les Carlyon's Gallipoli, or a sympathetic viewing of Peter Weir's Gallipoli or Sidney Nolan's Anzac paintings, who could honestly feel in the mood for sport?

Footy must always come second on Anzac Day

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 10:00 PM   Football codes are walking a fine line with Anzac Day. More than ever, they must be careful about hijacking an occasion when the game should come second.

Comments 1

Cheika met with Giteau last month

Back in the game: Matt Giteau is back in Wallabies selection contention after an ARU rule change.

Georgina Robinson 10:19 PM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he met Matt Giteau when the 92-Test centre was in Australia last month. 

Soliola returns from England with fear factor 

Sia Soliola is building a reputation for his toughness.

Jon Tuxworth 8:33 PM   He's the Canberra Raiders hitman making ball runners think twice about heading in his direction. 

Giants want to become a fixture on Anzac Day

Sport 
 GWS player Phil Davis during training at Manuka oval
The Canberra Times  
Date:  24 April 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

David Polkinghorne 7:47 PM   Greater Western Sydney have renewed calls for their Anzac Day clash against Gold Coast to become a permanent AFL fixture.

Joyce moves on from Kewell with Giants

GWS head of Athletic Performance David Joyce.

David Polkinghorne 9:31 PM   He was "thick as thieves" with Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, worked with former English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers and has been part of two Olympic Games teams.

Tinkler's tirade didn't faze me one bit

Robert Dillon dinkus, headshot, sportsdink

Robert Dillon 9:00 PM   Newcastle Herald journalist Robert Dillon got the full hairdryer treatment from the Newcastle Jets owner last week. Here's his reply.

Finals will revive A-League interest: Gallop

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Sebastian Hassett   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop admits the finals series can't come quickly enough with the A-League battling to retain public interest.

Comments 1

Ice Hockey

Red-hot Brave chasing national title

Canberra Brave players Stephen Blunden, Aaron Clayworth, Kai Miettinen and Mark Rummukainen will begin their Australian Ice Hockey League season against the Sydney Bears on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Not content with last year's fairytale first season, the Canberra Brave have their sights set on winning the Australian Ice Hockey League championship.

League HQ

Thurston masterclass sinks Newcastle Knights

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Knights  during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brett Keeble 4:39 PM   North Queensland overcame the loss of two key players in the opening minutes to outlast Newcastle 26-24 in a topsy-turvy ANZAC Day battle at Hunter Stadium.

Warriors beaten in clash with Titans

Josh Hoffman of the Titans competes with Ryan Hoffman.

David Long 3:40 PM   Warriors coach Andrew McFadden criticised his side for lacking energy in their 32-28 loss to the Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Hooper welcomes Smith challenge for Wallabies spot

Wallabies George Smith, right, and Michael Hooper in 2013.

Darren Walton, Jake Havebond 12:45 PM   Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has welcomed the prospect of the great George Smith challenging him for Australia's No.7 jumper at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Burgess named man of the match for Bath

George Ford (L) celebrates with Sam Burgess during Bath's win over London Irish.

12:26 PM   Sam Burgess confessed his surprise at being named man of the match in only his second Aviva Premiership game in the blindside flanker role after scoring one of five tries in English rugby club Bath's 43-18 win against London Irish.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

Brathwaite ton for Windies frustrates England

Century maker Kraigg Brathwaite hits a shot past Ben Stokes

12:42 PM   Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for two at the close of the fourth day of the second test leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.

Cricket chiefs fear rebel split on horizon

Money man: Billionaire media baron Subhash Chandra.

Chris Barrett 1:02 AM   The mysterious registration of companies in Australia and other Test countries by Indian business giant Essel Group has left cricket authorities wary about what they believe could be plans for a new rebel league or even an extraordinary takeover bid of global cricket.

AFL

Carey questions whether Cloke is 'overrated'

Wayne Carey says Travis Cloke may be the most overrated big forward in the game.

Jon Pierik 6:13 PM   Emerging midfielder Taylor Adams says the Magpies need to continue to ease the pressure on Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan, while AFL great Wayne Carey has questioned whether Travis Cloke is "overrated" as the Pies prepare for their Anzac Day blockbuster.

Murphy aims to lead Blues to their next flag

Carlton captain Marc Murphy says his team is focused on winning, not rebuilding.

Peter Hanlon 7:10 PM   Carlton is under siege but its skipper is looking to a quick change of fortunes

MORE AFL NEWS

Soccer

Melbourne victory would be a sign of the times

Craig Foster dinkus Dinkus

Craig Foster 3:44 PM   Barring a cataclysm difficult to imagine, the title will tonight once again reside in Melbourne, thanks to a talented young coach and his impressive player and staff acquisitions.

Mourinho mocks Wenger

Best all season: Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho has praised his team.

Jeremy Wilson 1:45 PM   Jose Mourinho has bluntly dismissed Arsene Wenger's claim that it is "easy to defend" and asked how, if that were true, his Arsenal team were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco.

MORE SOCCER NEWS

ACT Sport

Hockey

Freak injury puts Turner out for six months

Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner will miss the next six months with a torn pectoral muscle.

Lee Gaskin 4:20 PM   A freak injury usually associated with rugby league has put an untimely bump in the road in front of Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

David Pocock and all that jazz

Jon Tuxworth dinkus

Jon Tuxworth 4:14 PM   Locker Room: The best of Canberra sport, from grassroots to gossip.

MORE ACT SPORT NEWS

Horse Racing

The Cummings team ready for St Leger

James Cummings

Patrick Bartley 12:47 AM   Just two weeks ago legendary trainer Bart Cummings told his grandson and partner James that the stable had a three-year-old that had achieved enough to start in Saturday's $200,000 St Leger.

Bill The Bastard and the horses of war

Max Presnell

Max Presnell   A better stayer than Phar Lap, and if you want to quibble even superior to Peter Pan, considered the more powerful two miler.

MORE RACING NEWS

Brumbies vs Highlanders 

The ACT Brumbies take on the Highlanders at GIO Stadium in Bruce, Canberra.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott is proof of the power of Anzac Day combining with sport commercial opportunity.

Shinn gives field the bum steer

Blake Shinn tried his pants off on on Miss Royale. Literally.

Wests Tigers robbed of crucial sixth tackle 

It is the mistake that could have cost them the game.

Tigers and Raiders clash in thriller

Raiders produce epic comeback to stunt he Tigers 30-22.

Woden Valley Rams vs Queanbeyan Blues

Rams push Blues all the way in tight Canberra Raiders Cup battle.

Belconnen FC vs Canberra FC

Canberra FC nearly blew a three-goal lead against Belconnen.

Canberra Hockey: United vs UC

United take on UC at the Lyneham Hockey Fields.

Geelong opens account with narrow win

Injury-ravaged Geelong hang on for a nine-point win over Suns.

'We were lucky with keeper's mistake'

Arsenal have booked their place in their second straight FA Cup final.