Final thrills silence Manuka Oval bashers

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has rejected criticism of the decision to play the Big Bash final in Canberra after the most thrilling decider in the competition's four-year history.

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Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia

Football bosses: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. Salman said he was aware of dissatisfaction with Australia's membership of the AFC.

Sebastian Hassett 10:00 PM   On the eve of the Socceroos going in to battle for the Asian Cup title, Football Federation Australia could be about to face an even greater war.

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Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

Fight to be fit: Ivan Franjic training with the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett 11:27 PM   Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic won't be 100 per cent fit going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final but coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his right-back to recover sufficiently from a hip injury.

Fardy pinches himself on career re-birth

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies lock Scott Fardy declares his desire to stay in Australian rugby.

League

McCrone says he's still a half chance

Ready to rip: Raiders utility Josh McCrone at training.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Josh McCrone insists controversial rule changes to curb wrestling won't turn the game into touch football as the Raiders consider fielding two dummy half options to counteract faster ruck speed. 

Murray outlasts Berdych to reach final

Andy Murray

Greg Stutchbury 11:38 PM   Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final.

Sharapova up against a decade of dominance

Maria Sharapova.

Peter Hanlon 8:50 PM   Hostilities in the most titillating rivalry in tennis will be resumed on Saturday night. When Maria Sharapova says she will do "everything I can" to finally beat Serena Williams, the mind boggles.

Cricket

No restrictions on Clarke in comeback game

Michael Clarke.

Andrew Wu 7:17 PM   Michael Clarke has been given the green light to bat for as long he wants when he makes his return to competitive play in grade cricket on Saturday.

Australia go left field as Mitchell Johnson makes return for tri-series final

Starc fan: Mitchell Johnson looks forward to working with a fellow left-hander.

Chris Barrett 5:14 PM   Two Mitchs are better than one.

ACT Sport

Steele making an impact at Giants, says Coniglio

Greater Western Sydney midfielder Stephen Coniglio.

David Polkinghorne 7:14 PM   Greater Western Sydney draftee Jack Steele caught the eye of AFL recruiters, and now he is catching the eye of his new teammates.

Sponsors line up to get a slice of Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has signed on with management company IMG.

Chris Dutton 6:53 PM   Nick Kyrgios' Australian Open campaign is over, but his off-court stocks are about to hit dizzying highs.

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Tennis

Live: Djokovic v Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia at the net after winning their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Bobby Yip (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Daniel Cherny 7:41 PM   Live coverage of the second men's semi-final from Melbourne Park.

Sponsors line up to get a slice of Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has signed on with management company IMG.

Chris Dutton 6:53 PM   Nick Kyrgios' Australian Open campaign is over, but his off-court stocks are about to hit dizzying highs.

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Football

Asian Cup critical in delivering Socceroos' future

Massimo Luongo (right) has enjoyed a wonderful Asian Cup and his performances over the past few weeks have surely set him up for a move to bigger and better things when he returns to his League One club, Swindon Town.

Michael Lynch 7:23 PM   A player operating in the lowly third tier of English football has suddenly become one of the most crucial members of the Australian line-up.

South Korea yet to concede - can Australia breach their defences

Michael Lynch 6:59 PM   They have made the final despite two of their 23-man squad - Koo Ja Cheol and Lee Chung Yong - being missing through injury and their star player, Son Heung Min, affected by illness.

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League HQ

Nine questions about the Auckland Nines

Hard to stop: Tony Williams of the Bulldogs.

Michael Carayannis 5:06 PM   With more than $2 million worth of prize money on offer, and with some club's struggling financially, the Auckland Nines is worth the risk to star players.

Baby punching above weight puts Williams back in the ring

Fight time: Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter 4:21 PM   She may only be nine weeks old but Sonny Bill Williams daughter is the reason he is returning to the boxing ring on Saturday night and she will be a driving force in his bid to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup later this year.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Palu urges Waratahs to stay invested in the west

Western man: Wycliff Palu says rugby must not abandon western Sydney.

Georgina Robinson 7:10 PM   Waratahs player Wycliff Palu has urged his club not to desert western Sydney as the reigning Super Rugby champions lock in a deal to play all their games at Allianz Stadium from next year.

Moore to ease his way back in

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore is ready to make a comeback.

Chris Dutton 4:14 PM   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore won't rush back from a knee injury.

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T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.

Australian Open gets ready to commence

Last minute preparations for the Australian Open.

Watson's technique under the microscope

Dean Jones offers some batting advice for Shane Watson.

ABL: Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

Canberra Cavalry take on fierce rivals Perth at Narrabundah.