Pocock, Arnold recognised at John Eales Medal

Kyle Mackey-Laws 10:09 PM   David Pocock and Rory Arnold claim awards at John Eales Medal in Sydney.

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Folau wins back-to-back John Eales Medals

Standout: Israel Folau with the John Eales Medal - his second in as many years.

Rupert Guinness 10:21 PM   Israel Folau received the John Eales Medal for the second consecutive year on Thursday night.

Lealiifano finds new focus after Cup snub

Brumby Christian Lealiifano is ready to answer any SOS from the Wallabies during the World Cup.

Chris Dutton 6:18 PM   Christian Lealiifano is ready to answer any SOS from the Wallabies during the World Cup.

Alexander benched for Vikings opener

Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander will start on the bench in the Canberra Vikings' first NRC match.

Fleta Page 5:33 PM   After being overlooked for the Wallabies World Cup squad, the Brumbies prop will start on the bench in the Vikings' first NRC match.

Hodgson hoping Hull KR can break drought

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson hopes his old club Hull KR can win the Challenge Cup in England this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 6:38 PM   Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will have one eye on the Challenge Cup as his old club Hull KR attempts to win it.

Rabbitohs' title defence in disarray

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Justin Hodges of the Broncos congratulates team mate Jordan Kahu after he scored during the round 25 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis 11:06 PM   On a horror night for the premiers, John Sutton suffered a suspected broken leg and Issac Luke was again put on report for a shoulder charge.

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I'd pick Farah from NSW Cup: Daley

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26:  Robbie Farah addresses the media Wests Tigers training on August 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Robbie Farah

Adrian Proszenko 9:22 PM   Blues coach Laurie Daley says he'd have no qualms about selecting Robbie Farah for State of Origin duty from the NSW Cup.

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Andrew Johns poised to defect to Fox 

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Andrew Webster 7:35 PM   Fox Sports going nowhere as they move to sign up Immortal.

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Is there any more like Jarryd?

Jarryd Hayne at training in Denver.

Michael Chammas 1:00 AM   Jarryd Hayne's US agent is looking for the next NFL convert.

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Buntine returns after second concussion

Backing himself: Greater Western Sydney's Matt Buntine.

Andrew Wu 11:44 PM   Matt Buntine was reading news of North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams' retirement from concussion four weeks ago.

Aussies take different paths to finals

Eleanor Patterson clears the bar in Beijing

Michael Gleeson 5:04 PM   The contrast could scarcely have been more dramatic, but Australians Michelle Jenneke and Eleanor Patterson both advanced to finals in Beijing.

League HQ

'Not acceptable': Maguire blasts soft Bunnies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Dylan Walker of the Rabbitohs offloads during the round 25 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis 10:56 AM   Michael Maguire labelled some of his team's play in the 47-12 defeat to the Broncos as "soft".

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Burgess call left England coach in tears

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Danielle Rendina 11:05 AM   England head coach Stuart Lancaster revealed he broke down while telling the eight squad members that they had missed the cut.

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Cricket

Southern Stars eager to guarantee women's Ashes victory before decider

The Southern Stars hope to wrap up the Ashes in the second Twenty20 match.

Jesse Hogan 11:39 AM   Southern Stars veteran Alex Blackwell is not daunted by England's strong start to the Twenty20 component of the women's Ashes, because they did exactly the same in the one-dayers and Australia struck back hard. Their next chance to win the series will come on Friday night in Hove.

Smith unfazed by tense ODI win

Mixed day: Steve Smith watches the ball off the bat.

7:01 AM   ​Australia have avoided the embarrassment of a loss to world No.10 Ireland in Steve Smith's full captaincy debut following a tense, rain-affected one-day clash in Belfast.

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AFL

Joy of debut shot down by 'disgusting' robbery

Highs and lows: Jonathon Marsh's hard work paid off when he made Collingwood's team four weeks ago. But his parents being robbed took some of the shine off.

Emma Quayle 3:22 PM   It was the best weekend ever when Jonathon Marsh made the Collingwood team for the first time, but for his parents, there was good – and there was bad.

Hawks flag would be one from the heart

Testing times: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks after facial surgery last month.

Rohan Connolly 8:57 PM   A third premiership in a row for Hawthorn would break new ground for the club. But given the unforeseen circumstances the Hawks have dealt with, an amazing achievement on a different level.

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Soccer

Champions League takes on unpredictable look

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has thrills awaiting him in the Champions League.

8:04 AM   The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday's draw, helped by UEFA's decision to tweak the seeding system.

Some hope for Matildas as pay negotiations continue

The Matildas' 22 contracted players share a pay pool of $750,000 a year.

Larissa Nicholson 12:56 AM   Australia's women soccer players may be edging towards a bump in pay, as negotiations with Football Federation Australia continue.

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ACT Sport

Dale out to ride hot streak for all it's worth

Canberra-based trainer Matthew Dale.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 6:30 PM   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale will be out to continue his red-hot form at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Geria desperate to help Olyroos reach Olympics

Canberra product Jason Geria has been named in the Olyroos squad for upcoming friendlies against Turkey and Macedonia.

Lee Gaskin 5:02 PM   Playing in the biggest sporting event on the planet is something Canberra's Jason Geria is desperate to experience.

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Horse Racing

Happy Costin looks to continue good run for Snowdens

Winona Costin.

Chris Roots 11:14 PM   Sydney's champion apprentice Winona Costin has had a slow start to the new term but a win at Gosford on Tuesday, which had been four months coming, has kicked started  her season.

Dale out to ride hot streak for all it's worth

Canberra-based trainer Matthew Dale.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 6:30 PM   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale will be out to continue his red-hot form at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

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Is Hayne the real deal?

Jarryd Hayne isn't just impressing Australian sports fans.

Fremantle Dockers star gets stuck in lift

Fremantle Docker regular on Heidi Will and Woody, Lachie Neale is trying to leave the station but he's stuck in the lift!

Gus and Webby: Farah's soap opera

Robbie Farah deals with the Tigers' contract issues.

Canberra Raiders Cup presentation night

Glitz and glamour from local league's night of nights.

Knights beat Storm

The Newcastle Knights have upset the Melbourne Storm on their home turf, beating the southerners 20-6.

Brilliant Bolt blitzes Beijing in 100m final

Usain Bolt wins gold and denies two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin.

AFL finals race gets blown wide open

Rohan Connolly reviews round 21 of the AFL competition.

Nat Fyfe Brownlow chances still alive

Nat Fyfe's Brownlow medal chances are still alive.

Gold Coast Titans down woeful Raiders

The Titans' 28-12 win moves them away from wooden spoon.

Cooma Tigers v Canberra FC

Canberra FC secured another league table in a top-two battle.