Alexander on outer before Rugby World Cup

Lee Gaskin 6:47 PM   Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander is on the outer before the World Cup after he was left out of a 40-man squad for the Rugby Championship.

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'Does it feel strong to be up there?' 

Fiery temper ... Nick Kyrgios holds his necklace in his mouth during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Nick Kyrgios has continued his Wimbledon feud with the chair umpires on his way to the third round.

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Kyrgios in danger of relying on 'blow-ups'

Sports psychologist Jeff Bond helped Pat Cash channel his aggression positively.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Just before winning Wimbledon Pat Cash uttered three words to sports psychologist Jeff Bond that kickstarted his career - "I hate tennis".

Kyrgios and Raonic at opposite ends 

Speaking out: Nick Kyrgios celebrates a shot on his way to beating Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Michael Chammas 5:53 PM   The fiery, hot-headed Australian up against the composed and articulate Canadian.

Tomic believes his best can knock off Djokovic

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the men's singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Michael Chammas 2:30 PM   Bernard Tomic knows he's up against it. He knows it will take something special to upset Novak Djokovic. But he believes he has that something special.

Klemmer's rise to Blues enforcer

David Klemmer

Brad Walter 8:24 PM   David Klemmer was playing halfback in a lowly team before being scouted by the Bulldogs

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Maroons 'must stick up for themselves'

'I think we were a bit too nice in the ruck': Matt Scott says the Maroons need to be stronger in the middle in the Origin decider.

Phil Lutton 6:39 PM   Matt Scott says Queensland let themselves be pushed around in game two.

Foran deal scuppers Manly's bid for Reynolds

Kieran Foran

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Kieran Foran's decision to join Parramatta on a revised deal has scuppered a bold proposal that could have delivered Josh Reynolds to Manly had the Kiwi international opted to join Canterbury instead.

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Turner sets sights on Olympic hockey gold

Australia's Glenn Turner celebrates a score against Netherlands during their men's final match at the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT FIELD HOCKEY)

Jon Tuxworth 3:46 PM   Injured Kookaburra Glenn Turner has set his sights on winning Olympic gold next year, admitting the team's sustained dominance will feel hollow if it fails to win the ultimate prize. 

Rogic praised as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin 4:17 PM   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch overnight.

League HQ

Raiders support premiership game at Seiffert Oval

More than 7000 fans turned out at Seiffert Oval for the Canberra Raiders' trial game against Newcastle in February.

Lee Gaskin 11:15 PM   The Raiders have thrown their support behind bringing an NRL premiership game to Seiffert Oval as early as next year.

NRL previews and betting round 17

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27:  Semi Radradra of the Eels celebrates scoring a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 8:40 PM   Adam Pengilly previews round 17 of the NRL.

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Rugby Heaven

Where Cheika will make biggest difference

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson 11:03 PM   Forget Benn Robinson and James O'Connor. The biggest shake-up Michael Cheika can give the Wallabies is between their ears.

Cheika's men on the inside in Europe

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02:  Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies talks to media during the Australian Wallabies squad announcement at ANZ Stadium on July 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Mitchell has 63 caps for Australia and has been playing for Toulon in France since 2013.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson 8:17 PM   Two years after leaving behind the gold jersey, recalled winger Drew Mitchell has put his hand up to be the Wallabies' inside man in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup. 

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Cricket

Siddle plugs away as Thommo calls his selection 'a backward step'

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett 6:28 AM   Sometimes Peter Siddle must feel like checking his passport, just to see that he's got his date of birth right.

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Smith 'up to it' as Test No.3 in England, says Bayliss

"Up for it": Steve Smith hits out against Kent last week.

Chris Barrett 8:43 PM   Stuart Broad believes the world's top-ranked batsman is a potential weak link for Australia but England's new head coach was glowing in his praise of his former charge.

AFL

Pies pick Moore, Rioli back for Hawks

Darcy Moore, seen here with Travis Cloke, was on the cusp of making his AFL debut before sustaining a hamstring injury five weeks ago.

Daniel Cherny 8:15 PM   Showtime has finally arrived for Darcy Moore, with the Collingwood father-son pick one of two debutants named by the Magpies to face Hawthorn on Friday night.

Micro-doping next challenge for AFL: agent

Chiming in: Retired player Chris Judd recently raised the issue.

Jon Pierik 7:57 PM   Veteran player agent Peter Jess, who has long warned of illicit drug use among AFL players, says the league's next "big challenge" is dealing with micro-doping.

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Soccer

Tsunami survivor completes dream of playing professional football

Martunis, aged eight, a year after the tsunami struck on Boxing Day in 2004.

7:37 AM   An Indonesian tsunami survivor, found wearing a Portugal shirt nearly three weeks after his home was destroyed in the 2004 disaster, has joined Sporting Lisbon's academy, the club said on Thursday.

Racing Deaths: Gender not an issue say jockey leaders

Friederike Ruhle came out of the saddle during a 5.30am gallop on Wednesday.

Michael Lynch 9:10 PM   Racing industry officials and experts say gender is not a key factor in why what seems a disproportionate number of female jockeys and trackwork riders are suffering fatal injuries.

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ACT Sport

Gungahlin turns attention to NPL challenge

Gungahlin's Alex Moscaritolo and Belconnen's Jason Ugrinic fight for possession during the FFA Cup final.

Lee Gaskin 6:27 PM   Gungahlin United will put its upcoming FFA Cup encounter to one side to focus on Friday night's National Premier League clash with Woden-Weston FC at Woden Park.

Fishing

Golden perch don't realise it's winter

Golden perch are still biting, despite usually going quiet in the colder months.

Bryan Pratt 4:38 PM   Golden perch in Canberra's urban lakes and Burrinjuck Reservoir normally become very quiet in winter.

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Horse Racing

Cobalt case vet stands down from industry body

Trainer Sam Kavanagh will front an inquiry later this month after Midsummer Sun returned illegal levels of cobalt and caffeine after winning the Gosford Cup in January.

Adam Pengilly 6:32 PM   Besieged veterinarian Tom Brennan has voluntarily stood down from a special focus group designed to represent thoroughbred racing practitioners.

Tall timber Koby Jennings riding crest of a wave

Riding tall: Former Northern Territory jockey Koby Jennings.

Adam Pengilly 4:19 PM   Koby Jennings doesn't know or care how tall he is. And if one more person marvels at his height for a jockey the kid schooled at Darwin might not know how to react.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.