Drama now abounds in Cox Plate

Max Presnell 11:50 AM   "More suitable for greyhounds" was my first thought of Moonee Valley back in 1977 after which its Cox Plate became the battleground of champions, including Kingston Town and Makybe Diva.

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Saturday Serve

Should referees be seen but not heard?

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David Polkinghorne 8:19 PM   Does the  Football Federation Australia think referees are like children and should be seen, but not heard?

Union

Larkham made 'great decision' to stay: Roff

Roff said Larkham was destined to be Wallabies coach at some stage, but said White had "undermined" his own good work at the ACT Brumbies by quitting the Canberra club to pursue international ambitions.

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   World Cup-winning winger Joe Roff has commended ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham for turning down an assistant coaching role with the Wallabies, while also backing the Australian Rugby Union's decision to ignore Jake White as a candidate.

Players' lawyer hits back at ASADA boss

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson 1:25 PM   Players lawyer Tony Hargreaves has accused ASADA boss Ben McDevitt of being "disingenuous" and slammed the ongoing delays in the case of the 34 past and present Essendon players as "inexcusable".

Fletcher eager to start stint against Victory

Kendall Fletcher makes her long-awaited return to the W-League on Saturday with Canberra United.

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Spanish World Cup winner David Villa won't be the only guest player looking to make an impact at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Canberra United's American midfielder Kendall Fletcher returning to the W-League.

Capitals forward bides her time for WNBA

Stephanie Talbot is able to make an impact on games even when she makes mistakes.

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 PM   The bright lights of the WNBA are calling but Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has one sage piece of advice for Stephanie Talbot - "don't go until you're ready''.

League

Mago playing for ill father

Patrick Mago and Sam Mataora running at Raiders pre-season training.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders youngster Patrick Mago was front and centre when the Junior Kangaroos taunted the Kiwi haka, but he nearly didn't play at all over concerns for his ill father.

ACT Sport

Lanning stars while Meteors fall

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Chris Wilson 9:54 PM   ACT coach Andrew Dawson compared his team's batting performance to ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' as the Meteors spluttered to their fourth successive defeat to start the Women's National Cricket League season.

Racing

Dryden lands double with Ainzali and Shahdaroba

Dryden said Shahdaroba still had a lot to learn, but he's hoping to take Ainzali to Sydney for her next run if he can find a suitable race for the three-year-old filly.

David Polkinghorne 9:47 PM   A long-time friendship from his Ainslie  rugby union days  has paid off two-fold for Canberra trainer Keith Dryden at Thoroughbred Park on Friday, with the name of one of his winners even derived from his old footy club.

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Rugby Heaven

Common sense prevails in Kurtley Beale saga

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Peter FitzSimons 9:30 AM   Controversial, yes, outrageous for many, but on balance the best possible ending on the whole damaging Kurtley Beale saga.

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Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 by tribunal

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Rupert Guinness 11:55 PM   Wallaby back Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 by an independent tribunal, but has avoided suspension and having his contract terminated.

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League HQ

Leapai urges cousin Papalii to focus on family

Raiders forward Josh Papalii will line up for the Kangaroos in Saturday night's Four Nations game against New Zealand.

Lee Gaskin 9:34 PM   Australian boxing powerhouse Alex Leapai has told his cousin, Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii, to use his young family as motivation to become the ''wrecking machine'' he knows he can be.

New Manly owners axe general manager Perry

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Adrian Proszenko 9:21 PM   Manly general manager David Perry is the first casualty of the new club’s new ownership regime after he was told on Friday his services would not be required.

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Football

Josh Kennedy to join A-League club Melbourne City: reports

Josh Kennedy

11:44 AM   Melbourne City have reportedly signed Socceroo star Josh Kennedy to replace departing star David Villa.

FIFA ordered to respond to female players' demand for grass fields

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Kevin Baxter 9:01 AM   A group of top international women's soccer players won a victory in a Canadian court this week when the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario asked FIFA to respond to their complaints over the planned use of artificial-turf fields for next summer's World Cup in Canada.

Cricket

Young spinner Shah inspired by 'idol' Warne

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Andrew Wu 7:17 AM   Yasir Shah, the Pakistan debutant who put Australia's Test plans in a spin on Friday, says he was inspired by former spin great Shane Warne.

Warner shines but Pakistan turn screw

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Andrew Wu 12:58 AM   Sixth-placed Pakistan have defied the odds and placed Australia in a position they have seldom been in during the past 12 months.

Racing

Cox Plate 2014: Race Day Live

Tommy Berry

Scott Spits 12:39 PM   Welcome to our rolling Cox Plate 2014 coverage. Stay with us for tips, whispers, odds and updates from our trackside experts, plus our roving eye on all the fashion, glamour and fun.

Racing Results for Friday, October 24

11:37 PM   Racing Results for Friday, October 24

Netball: Australian Diamonds vs England

The Australian Diamonds took on England at the AIS Arena for the International Test Series.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.