Skipper spares selectors tough call

Andrew Wu 6:49 PM   Michael Clarke’s decision to retire from one-day cricket after Sunday’s World Cup final has spared Australian cricket officials from making the tough call on the departing captain’s future.

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High-voltage showdown looms in final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Brendon McCullum of New Zealand speaks to the media during a New Zealand nets session at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu 11:33 PM   Australia's standing as the world's best one-day team is on the line against a bold New Zealand side which has vowed to maintain the high voltage style which has taken them to within one victory of a fairytale World Cup triumph.

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Warner tipped to upstage McCullum

Countdown to the final: David Warner gets a ride from Mitch Marsh during an Australian nets session.

Jesse Hogan 12:44 AM   David Warner has been backed to emerge from the shadows created by Brendon McCullum's dazzling form and show he, not the New Zealand captain, is the pivotal batsman of the World Cup final.

Injury forces changes for Raiders

Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls is in for his first NRL game in two years.

Jon Tuxworth 5:08 PM   The Raiders have been forced to make two changes to their team to play the Roosters.

Canberra urge NRL to drip-feed bench rules

Canberra CEO Don Furner urged the league to drip-feed the interchange initiative.

Jon Tuxworth 9:21 PM   The Canberra Raiders insist the NRL would be "crazy" to reduce the number of interchanges to six next season, adamant teams need more time to alter playing rosters to suit such a drastic change. 

McDonald urges Hartnell to BMW victory

What a day: James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell.

Chris Roots 7:37 PM   It was a war that Godolphin's jockey James McDonald thought might have been off before it started.

Former stars sing Pocock praises

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A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore. 
 

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David Polkinghorne 8:33 PM   Former Wallabies prop Richard Harry says ACT Brumbies flanker David Pocock is the "bloke you want to go to war with", while Canberra Raiders great Bradley Clyde believes the former Wallabies captain was part of a "milestone case" that has changed the Australian sporting landscape.

League HQ

Experts believe NRL players are 'sandbagging' concussion tests to rort the system

Concussion fear: The Eels are being investigated for sending Nathan Peats back onto the field after a head knock against the Warriors.

Adrian Proszenko 1:26 AM   There are fears players are deliberately underperforming on baseline neuropsychological testing in a bid to return to NRL duty from concussions before they are fit to do so.

Roberts intercept sinks winless Sharks

Saloon passage: Agnatius Paasi of the Titans scores in the tackle of Michael Ennis.

Michael Carayannis 11:42 PM   Cronulla's torment at home continued when they slumped to their 10th consecutive defeat at Remondis Stadium on Saturday after squandering an eight-point half-time lead to lose 24-22 to the Titans.

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Rugby Heaven

Disallowed tries cost Force against Sharks

Powerplay: Steve Mafi of the Western Force charges into the Sharks defence.

Chris Pike 7:45 AM   Two disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour fruitless on Saturday, with the Sharks winning their Super Rugby match 15-9 at Kings Park in Durban.

NZ beat Australia in Hong Kong Sevens group

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7:41 AM   Defending champions New Zealand beat Australia in the most anticipated second-day clash of the Hong Kong Sevens Saturday, as the arch-rivals prepare to take each other on in the cricket World Cup.

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Cricket

What you need to know about the final between Australia and New Zealand

Trump card:  Mitchell Starc of Australia may prove the difference between the two teams.

Stephen Samuelson 11:12 AM   Everything you need to know about the Cricket World Cup final but were afraid - or didn't think - to ask.

World Cup 2015: Australian cricketers up for $340K pay day if victorious

Australia's Shane Watson (R) and Mitchell Johnson .

Luke Malpass 11:10 AM   It will be bonuses all around should the Australian cricket team beat the Kiwis at the MCG on Sunday night: the players will be in for an almost $340,000 pay day.

AFL

Reasons for Dons verdict to be in-house

The seemingly never-ending supplements saga has spread into the 2015 NAB Challenge.

Jake Niall 11:10 PM   The AFL's doping tribunal will not release to the public the reasons for its judgment in the Essendon case when it hands down a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Game faces threats and the league must respond

Essendon fans hold banners referring to the problems the club has gone through, during a match against Melbourne last season.

Matthew Lloyd 6:00 PM   How many times over the years have you heard somebody say ''AFL football is the greatest game in the world.''?

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Soccer

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is inspired by All Blacks

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY - MARCH 25: Head coach Ange Postecoglou of Australia seen prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Australia at Fritz-Walter-Stadion on March 25, 2015 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Liam FitzGibbon 8:23 AM   Ange Postecoglou is taking inspiration from the all-conquering All Blacks rugby side in his bid to turn the Socceroos into world beaters.

Game abandoned after flare hits keeper

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is taken away on a stretcher after being hit in the head with a flare.

7:56 AM   Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by flare in the first minute of a Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro.

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Athletics

Pearson pulls out as brilliant Breen claims fifth national title

Melissa Breen won her fifth national title with victory in the women's 100m in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Lee Gaskin 9:16 PM   Canberra athlete Melissa Breen shrugged off the distraction of Sally Pearson's late scratching to punch her ticket to the world championships.

Dargaville puts together solid audition in race for Brumbies No.13 jersey

James Dargaville put together a solid audition for the vacant ACT Brumbies No.13 jersey.

Jon Tuxworth 8:46 PM   James Dargaville doesn't expect to fill Tevita Kuridrani's giant shoes, but he put together a solid audition for the vacant ACT Brumbies no.13 jersey in Gungahlin's 35-31 loss to Easts on Saturday. 

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Horse Racing

Gary Moore ready to pour the Champagne

Champagne Stakes hope: Takedown scored in The Schweppervescence at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 12:12 AM   A decision to turn down offers from Hong Kong paid divideds when Takedown stamped himself as a Champagne Stakes contender at Rosehill on Saturday.

Pornichet headed for Doncaster Mile but Excess Knowledge remains an unknown quantity

Unlikely to back up: Kerrin McEvoy riding Excess Knowledge (right) wins the Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Chris Roots 7:43 PM   Gai Waterhouse believes Excess Knowledge is too close to group 1 winners in the weights to be a chance in next weekend's Doncaster Mile.

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Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.