Croker humbled by Bennett's Origin call

Phil Lutton 6:04 PM   The Raiders centre has a huge fan in Wayne Bennett, who said he would be one of the first men picked if he was putting together a Blues outfit in 2016.

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Bird moves closer to securing No.1 jersey

Jesse Sene-Lefao of the Sharks is tackled short of the tryline.

Brad Walter 8:24 PM   Jack Bird moved a step closer to securing the Cronulla No.1 jersey but it was much travelled former NRL bad boy, Arana Taumata, who helped save the Sharks from a disappointing trial loss.

All Stars set to stay after a strong support

Brad Walter dinkus Dinkus

Brad Walter 8:07 PM   The 2017 All Stars match is set to be played two weeks after the NRL Nines and may be moved to Townsville or another city but they are likely to be the only real changes.

Australia closing in on victory in New Zealand

Soearhead: Josh Hazlewood has the figures of 1/42 off 17 overs this innings.

Andrew Wu 7:13 PM   Josh Hazlewood has risen to the challenge of Australia's pace spearhead but the weight on his shoulders could be about to grow after an injury scare to Peter Siddle.

Magic number to take Voges past the Don

Carrying on where he left off: Voges runs between the wickets on day three.

Andrew Wu 6:17 PM   If Adam Voges reaches a modest total without losing his wicket in his next innings, he can pass the great Don Bradman in the record books.

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Wanderers' woes deepen as Powell fires

Blake Powell scored five goals for the Phoenix.

Dominic Bossi 8:50 PM   Blake Powell was playing state league football this team last year. On Sunday he scored four goals to stun the title favourites.

Muscat fumes over 'ghost goal'

Protest: Gui Finkler of the Victory argues with referee Chris Beath after his free-kick went over the goal line but the ...

Michael Lynch 2:44 PM   Melbourne Victory have every right to feel aggrieved they didn't reignite their championship defence with a win in the final Melbourne derby of the season.

FFA to crack down on Victory supporters

A flare is ignited in the Melbourne Victory supporters area of the crowd.

Michael Lynch 5:54 PM   Melbourne Victory face a crack down from the FFA after fans ripped flares and caused disturbances both inside and outside AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Coleman confident he will be fit for round one

Sport. 20th November 2015. Brumbie's players train in Canberra's 36 degree heat.
Brumbies player Robbie Coleman.

The ...

Chris Dutton 5:05 PM   ACT Brumbies full-back Robbie Coleman will return to training this week hoping to claim the No.15 jersey.

'The Missile' hopes to fire in Rio

Australian swimmer James Magnussen.

Chris Dutton 9:08 PM   The pain of sitting on the couch while someone else claimed his world title has ignited the fire inside James Magnussen as he targets Olympic Games gold in Rio.

Cricket

Voges and co, runs over the counter, victories by order

Another one: Adam Voges celebrates his double century in Wellington.

Greg Baum 9:08 PM   Hapless Kiwi bowlers have no answers as Adam Voges completed the epic innings that set this Test match on a course that will lead inexorably to Australian victory.

Five things we learnt from day three of the first Test

Setting the pace: New Zealand's Corey Anderson took an incredible catch to dismiss Nathan Lyon.

Ronny Lerner 8:20 PM   Five things we learnt from day three of the first Test between New Zealand and Australia at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Soccer

Wanderers' woes deepen as Powell delivers for Phoenix

Blake Powell scored five goals for the Phoenix.

Dominic Bossi 8:50 PM   Blake Powell was playing state league football this team last year. On Sunday he scored four goals to stun the title favourites.

FFA to crack down on Victory supporters over flares

A flare is ignited in the Melbourne Victory supporters area of the crowd.

Michael Lynch 5:54 PM   Melbourne Victory face a crack down from the FFA after fans ripped flares and caused disturbances both inside and outside AAMI Park on Saturday night before the derby match against Melbourne City.

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League HQ

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg defends bunker and shot clock

In the running for the top job: Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter 7:00 PM   NRL head of football Todd Greenberg expects video referee decisions to be faster than they appeared in Saturday night's All Stars match once the broadcasters gets used to the new bunker system.

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Rugby Heaven

Ireland battered and bruised by France

Ireland's Andrew Trimble, center is tackled by France's Maxime Mermoz, left, and Wenceslas Lauret.

7:01 AM   Ireland were left battered and bruised after losing 10-9 to France in the Six Nations on Saturday, their first defeat by Les Bleus for five years.

Wales find spark to subdue Scotland

Jamie Roberts is congratulated by teammate Taulupe Faletau  after scoring his team's second try.

7:01 AM   Wales extended Scotland's losing Six Nations championship run to nine matches with second-half tries from Jamie Roberts and George North securing a 27-23 victory on Saturday.

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AFL

Ablett ruled out of NAB Challenge opener

Gary Ablett: Injury concerns.

Jon Pierik   Gary Ablett has been ruled out of the Gold Coast Suns' opening NAB Challenge clash, having withdrawn from Saturday's intra-club match at Carrara because of a foot injury.

ASADA chief ready to front full inquiry

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt.

Jon Pierik   The head of Australia's anti-doping authority says he would ready to appear before a Senate inquiry into the handling of the Essendon supplements saga - should one be called.

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ACT Sport

Mbonzi-Geach proof Canberra TRYathlon is worth it

Aussie swimming sensation James Magnussen hands out medals to competitors.

9:08 PM   Canberra teenager Mikaela Mbonzi-Geach says the TRYathlon event has kickstarted her ambition to chase an Olympic Games dream in the coming years.

Weston Creek well on top in battle for second spot against Eastlake

Weston Creek batter Harry Medhurst hits a six on his way to a quickfire century against Eastlake.

Jon Tuxworth   Weston Creek Molonglo's batsmen sent a clear message they're not willing to give up a top two spot.

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Horse Racing

Victorian racing weighs continuing 30-minute trial

Rounding the bend:  Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse , 2015.

Patrick Bartley 6:59 PM   Victorian racing considers continuing the 30-minute trial into the autumn racing carnival.    

Damien Oliver to ride on Flying Artie in Blue Diamond Stakes

Impressive display: Damien Oliver gets the best out of Flying Artie in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley 6:41 PM   Champion jockey Damien Oliver has decided to take the ride on high class two-year-old Flying Artie in Saturday week's Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

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Wanderers fizzle as Powell blasts four

Blake Powell scored four crackers as the Wanderers lost 5-2.

Australia tightens its grip on first Test

The wickets fell for NZ in second innings of the first Test.

LVG in doubt as Man United lose again

The Red Devils' top four charge is now all but over after a 2-1 loss.

Gayle repeats 'Don't blush baby' comment

Watch the former West Indies star mocking his infamous pick-up line.

World All Stars upset Indigenous All Stars

The World All Stars have upset the Indigenous All Stars.

ACT cricket: Weston Creek v Eastlake

Weston Creek Molonglo and Eastlake face off at Stirling Oval.

Referee doesn't award clear match-winner

Gui Finkler's free kick went over the goal line but was disallowed.

Goalkeeper blunder costs Sky Blues

Vedran Janjetovic had a night to forget as Perth won 2-1.

Brisbane Roar share points with Newcastle 

But the Roar stay one point clear on top of the A-League ladder.

Capitals win first game of season

It's been the season from hell but it won't end winless for the Caps.