Raiders divided on shoulder charge ban

David Shillington insists the shoulder charge can't make a return. One of his teammates wants it back.

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Raiders player Mitch Barnett will debut for the Raiders on Monday.

Jon Tuxworth 8:03 PM   Forward Mitch Barnett has been rewarded for his strong NSW Cup form after being called up to make his NRL debut.

Exum injures knee, will miss NZ series

Hobbled: Dante Exum.

Roy Ward 8:55 AM   Dante Exum went down with a knee injury but the Boomers won their last tour game 66-51 over Slovenia.

I deserved to be dropped: Shane Watson

Shane Watson was dropped after the first Test.

Greg Baum 8:29 AM   With typical candour, much-studied all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that he deserved to be dropped after the first Ashes Test. But he has not abandoned hope of playing for Australia again.

Gungahlin concedes late goal to exit Cup

Harris Gaitatzis of Sydney Olympic FC and Shane Murray of Gungahlin United FC in action.

Lee Gaskin 10:19 PM   Canberra's involvement in the FFA Cup is over after Gungahlin United suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Tuesday night.

Jamaica's class too much for Canberra Darters

Centre Romelda Aiken of Jamaica in action.

Jon Tuxworth 8:08 PM   Jamaica goal-shooting ace Romelda Aiken believes they're primed to prove their Commonwealth Games bronze medal wasn't a fluke.

Baptism of fire for Raiders hooker Baptiste

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Kurt Baptiste, of the Carnberra Raiders
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Date: 04 August 2015
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Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   It's a scenario the Canberra Raiders are untested at this year - life without Josh Hodgson. 

Folau talks up the Wallabies

Israel Folau says the Wallabies camp has a settled feel.

Rupert Guinness 12:59 AM   As Australian rugby has ducked and weaved its way through some turbulent times, the one constant that has helped Israel Folau has been his former Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Clarke hits the nets, but will it be enough?

Michael Clarke

Greg Baum 6:50 PM   Although few were watching Michael Clarke's net session at Trent Bridge, everyone was on his case. The perceived descent of a great sportsman is unavoidably a ghoulish business.

Seebohm, Larkin make it a double

KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04:  Gold medallist Emily Seebohm (R) of Australia poses with silver medallist Madison Wilson of Australia during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke Final on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Laine Clark 6:28 AM   Eight years after her debut, Emily Seebohm has finally sealed individual gold after a stunning 100m backstroke triumph on day three of the world swimming championships in Russia.

Goodes gets back on track for game 366

Joy of footy: Adam Goodes celebrates his return to Swans training on Tuesday.

David Sygall 5:44 PM   For someone who has played 18 years of top-flight football, Adam Goodes looked very happy to be kicking a ball around at training on Tuesday.

League HQ

Matt Ballin stuck with Manly; now he wants Manly to stick by him

On the outer: Manly hooker Matt Ballin (second from left) has a contract with the Sea Eagles but has been told to look elsewhere.

Adrian Proszenko 4:05 PM   When things weren't going so well, Matt Ballin committed to Manly. Now the veteran hooker wants Manly to commit to him.

NRL previews: round 22 - Are the Eagles bound for the finals?

Back: Steve Matai's return is a boost for the Eagles.

Chris Boulous 2:04 PM   Chris Boulous runs his eye over round 22 of the NRL.

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Skelton ready to stand tall and strong against All Blacks

Take that, big guy: Wallabies giant Will Skelton answers to jockey Sam Clipperton at Randwick.

Rupert Guinness 4:22 PM   Wallabies second rower Will Skelton has only played the All Blacks twice, but however far his Test career takes him he is hardly ever likely to forget that first time.

Wallabies scrum tracking well for World Cup, says Slipper

Top prop: Wallabies and Reds front-rower James Slipper.

Rupert Guinness 1:01 AM   They are not there yet, but Wallabies prop James Slipper believes the Australian scrum will be ready to show that they can take on the best in the World Cup.

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Cricket

Australia need Lyon to deliver in fourth Test

Nathan Lyon

Brendan McArdle 4:11 PM       Nathan Lyon is back at the venue where his career was briefly derailed in spectacular fashion by Ashton Agar two years ago. How ironic it would be if he is able to bowl Australia back into this wildly fluctuating series at Nottingham over the next five days.

Johnson targets Lee and Lillee Test milestones

300 club: Mitchell Johnson.

Jesse Hogan 11:58 AM   Mitch Johnson is generally not one for statistics. But reaching 300 Test wickets has whet his appetite for them and for matching the feats of two of his fast-bowling idols, Brett Lee and Dennis Lillee.

AFL

A tale of smoking guns: inside the MRP

Steve Johnson grapples with Allen Christensen

Rohan Connolly 7:38 PM   A bit of previously unseen footage was the "smoking gun" which led to the suspension of Geelong's Steve Johnson when Fairfax Media was given rare access into the MRP's weekly deliberations.

AFL announces full round 23 fixture

Fremantle's David Mundy. All the top four teams on the ladder will play on Saturday in round 23.

Larissa Nicholson 4:24 PM   The AFL has announced the fixture for round 23, the last week of the home and away season.

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Soccer

Unreal Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo disguises himself as a homeless man and pranks locals

Dazzling: Cristiano Ronaldo at the MCG last week.

12:05 PM   Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to prank Madrid town centre and in doing so made one young Real fan the happiest boy in Spain.

From Brisbane to Bangkok for former Roar captain Matt Smith

Jason Dasey dinkus

Jason Dasey 11:44 AM   If former Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith ever gets carried away with his lucrative lifestyle at high-flying Bangkok Glass FC in the Thai Premier League, there is a sobering reminder nearby of what he came from along the grimy roads from Bangkok's Don Muang airport.

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Rugby Union

Alexander using Vikings to push for World Cup selection

Former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander will be playing for the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship.

Lee Gaskin 3:44 PM   Forgotten Wallabies prop Ben Alexander and former Brumbies winger Francis Fainifo are among a strong 37-man Canberra Vikings squad for the National Rugby Championship.

Fishing

Winter weather drives anglers to coastal waters

An amnesy on fishing from shore in the state's marine parks has come to an end.

Bryan Pratt   Anglers seeking a fishing fix and a feed of fresh fish have been deserting inland freshwater locations.

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Horse Racing

John Camilleri admits lying to cobalt inquiry

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4:16 PM   Having pleaded guilty to lying to stewards over his involvement with Sam Kavanagh-trained horses, John Camilleri has continued to discount his own evidence at an inquiry in Sydney.

Stewards left to find the truth in cobalt inquiry

Under investigation: Trainer Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 12:08 AM   The first casualty of the Sam Kavanagh cobalt inquiry has been truth as the trainer and vet Tom Brennan tried to protect themselves and distance themselves from the bottle of vitamin complex.

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Gungahlin United v Sydney Olympic

Scenes as Gungahlin United take on Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval as part of the FFA Cup.

Jamaica v Darters

Scenes as the Jamaican national team takes on the Canberra Darters at the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham.

Ashes: Trent Bridge Test awaits Aussies

Australia head to Trent Bridge for the fourth Test starting Thursday.

Ramsey confident of more Arsenal success

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield final.

Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.