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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Pup's hackles rise at claims style is redundant

"I think I'm doing all right. I think my record is pretty good up against anybody in the world. I think my record holds its place": Clarke.

Andrew Wu 9:28 PM   The later Michael Clarke has to walk to the crease in Sunday's World Cup final the better it will be for Australia but do not tell the skipper his team is better off without him.

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Croker holds no grudges as he faces Ferguson

Jarrod Croker and Blake Ferguson celebrate a try as Raiders teammates in 2011.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker would much prefer to watch Blake Ferguson wreak havoc for the Raiders this Sunday than be the man charged with stopping him. 

Raiders hitman keen to prove a point

Frank-Paul Nu'uausala during his days at the Roosters.

Jon Tuxworth   Frank-Paul Nu'uausala openly admits he never wanted to leave the Roosters, but wants to prove they made a mistake showing him the door when he faces his old teammates on Sunday. 

Kyrgios puts in body work to build career

Nick Kyrgios is ready to build a robust body to withstand the pressure of the professional tour.

Chris Dutton 10:45 PM   Nick Kyrgios admits he's still trying to "find the right load" for his body, but is confident he has laid the strength and fitness foundation to ensure he can push through growing pains.

Athletics

Breen relaxed chasing Australian title

Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen will go head to head in the women's 100m at the Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane.

Lee Gaskin   National record holder Melissa Breen must overcome sprint queen Sally Pearson and public expectations to win her first Australian title in three years.

Pocock the invisible man

Standing up: David Pocock made a strong, and entirely correct, stand for sport.

Chris Dutton   Imagine if David Pocock was invisible. He'd be able to pinch the ball the breakdown without being penalised and people would be able to see what the real issue was this week - a homophobic slur.

Howlett takes trifecta with Brazen Beau

Racehorse breeder Bernie Howlett has bred one of the world's best sprinters on his Hall property.

David Polkinghorne   A group 1 jockey, a group 1 trainer and now Bernie Howlett is a group 1 breeder. He could also have Australia's next sprinting star frolicking about in his paddocks soon.

Seb Ryall targets Socceroos call-up 

150 club: Sydney FC's Sebastian Ryall.

Dominic Bossi 5:43 PM   Sydney FC defender Seb Ryall will reach a career milestone on Sunday when he plays Wellington Phoenix in his 150th A-League game and says his next goal is to make his international debut. 

League HQ

Roberts intercept sinks winless Sharks

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

Michael Carayannis 8:07 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.

Knights claim biggest scalp of winning spree

Winning feeling: Chris Houston of the Knights scores at Hunter Stadium.

Robert Dillon 6:55 PM   Newcastle are the NRL's new outright leaders and only undefeated team after a 26-14 triumph against Penrith at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

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Rugby Heaven

Chiefs too good for Cheetahs

Destructive: Sonny Bill Williams on the charge on Saturday.

8:14 PM   The Chiefs have overcome some heavy pressure and poor discipline to grind out a 37-27 Super Rugby win over the Cheetahs in Hamilton, with Sonny Bill Williams looking in good touch on his return from concussion.

Rebels may lose Weeks for Good Friday game

Laurie Weeks reacts as he sustains an injury against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Roy Ward 7:25 PM   Laurie Weeks needs scans on a knee injury while the Rebels will address their try scoring problems.

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Cricket

High-voltage showdown looms in World Cup 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 7:04 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

David Warner gets a ride from Mitch Marsh during an Australian nets session.

Jesse Hogan 6:47 PM   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.

AFL

Are the Swans still true 'Bloods'?

Lance Franklin, Ted Richards and Adam Goodes walk off dejected after the grand final in 2014.

Garry Lyon 12:55 AM   Was last year's grand final the first sign that the trademark Sydney game style is on the wane and that the environment of inclusiveness and selflessness has altered?

Hocking returns to officially make Scarlett a legend

Garry Hocking.

Peter Hanlon 12:54 AM   Port Adelaide assistant comes home to welcome old teammate into the Cats' elite.

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Soccer

I have seen the future and it’s the A-League

Craig Foster

Craig Foster 7:17 PM   The A-League is developing beautifully from a tactical perspective, even if the lower tier is trailing, and is making an immense contribution to Australia's future.

Muscat wants improvement, Walmsley sees promise

The Mariners gather together after taking the lead against Melbourne Victory in Friday's match.

Michael Lynch 7:07 PM   Melbourne Victory might have gone home with the points after a hard-fought win over Central Coast Mariners, but it was the coach of the losers – interim boss Tony Walmsley – who sounded happier than his Victory counterpart, Kevin Muscat, when the game finished.

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Water polo

Civic pool closure could leave polo club treading water

David Polkinghorne 8:04 PM   Dual Olympian John Fox says Water Polo ACT could be homeless following the expected closure of the Civic pool.

Hockey

United rues missed chances in 12-goal draw

United player/coach Luke MacKinnon. United drew with Goulburn 6-all on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin 8:04 PM   United player/coach Luke MacKinnon is confident his side will be clinical with its finishing later in the season after missing two penalty strokes, including one after the full-time siren, in a 6-6 draw with Goulburn.

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Horse Racing

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.

Godolphin on top of the world

James McDonald rises in the saddle as he approaches the winning post on Hartnell in The BMW on Saturday.

Caryl Williamson 7:42 PM   Godolphin has come out on top in a clash between two of racing’s superpowers, with Hartnell a dominant winner over Japan’s To The World in the BMW at Rosehill.

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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.

Waratahs take on galloping Brumbies

Wallabies coaches go head-to-head in Sunday rugby blockbuster.

India cruise past Bangladesh into semis

A wonderful century from opener Rohit Sharma propels India to a strong total of 302.