Lucky reprieve after Voges clean-bowled in final over

New Zealand's plans to exploit Australia's frailties on a made-to-order green top spectacularly backfire.

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England player sacked over child sex 

Adam Johnson and girlfriend Stacey Flounders arrive at court in Bradford on Thursday.

7:34 AM   English Premier League strugglers Sunderland have sacked Adam Johnson in the wake of the midfielder pleading guilty to two child sex offences.

Pocock in 2016 can be best yet: Larkham

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton 8:03 PM   ACT Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham says superstar flanker David Pocock can get even better.

Kyrgios 'huge' in Aussies winning Davis Cup

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11:  Nick Kyrgios (L)  and Lleyton Hewitt (R)  talk in between points during the FAST4Tennis ...

David Polkinghorne   Former Davis Cup captain sees Kyrgios' relationship with Lleyton Hewitt evolving to play a role in Canberran's future set-up.

Lighter Speight ready for Super comeback

Brumbies winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton 8:00 PM   Henry Speight will tread the fine line of carrying a lighter frame for his journey to Rio without sacrificing power.

Papalii disappointed with youngsters

Josh Papalii was disappointed in the actions of Queensland's banned young brigade.

Zac Lowe 8:10 PM   Josh Papalii believes Queensland Origin players have a right to feel let down by eight players who broke a curfew.

Wanderers demand rogue fans stay away

Stay away: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas tells troublesome fans they are not welcome at the club.

Sebastian Hassett   Wanderers  chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble its efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

FFA blow the opportunity of a lifetime

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill   If you stuff a marine flare down the legs of your jeans, or a railway detonator under your coat, and you go to the football, well you're not really going for the football are you?

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Rebel league an option in Canberra

FFA technical director Eric Abrams met with Canberra's NPL presidents to hear their concerns on Thursday.

David Polkinghorne 8:11 PM   A rebel league is a possible last resort if the current impasse between Capital Football and the Canberra National Premier League clubs continues.

Clarke backs away from talk of Aussie return

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, right.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has poured cold water on speculation he is positioning himself for a return to the international arena.

Jackson to fight on to keep Rio dream alive

Lauren Jackson is desperate to win Olympic gold.

Chris Dutton 8:12 PM   Lauren Jackson won't give up on her Rio dreams until doctors tell her it's physically impossible for her to play.

Cricket

No-ball howler final insult for Black Caps

No ball: Replays showed umpire  Richard Illingworth made the wrong call, but the hosts had no avenue to appeal.

Andrew Wu 7:14 PM   The no-ball blunder that spared Adam Voges and cost New Zealand a valuable wicket has highlighted the vexing problem cricket faces with the front-foot rule, in the latest umpiring controversy on Australia's tour of New Zealand.

Behrendorff will be top of the tree: Lawson

Jason Behrendorff

David Polkinghorne 6:44 PM   Former Aussie Test quick expects Canberra product to put stress fractures behind him.

Soccer

Why Keogh returned to Glory after salad cap scandal

Second time luckier:  Andy Keogh is back at the Perth Glory.

Dominic Bossi 5:37 PM   It wasn't easy being a Keogh in Perth last April.

Canberra striker plays for love, not glory

Ashleigh Sykes will probably miss the Olympic Games.

David Polkinghorne 5:19 PM   Japan-bound Canberra United striker will not return to the Matildas fold for Rio campaign.

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League HQ

Set of Six: Will the All Stars be back?

Cameron McInnes of the Rabbitohs will start at hooker against St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis 7:27 PM   The talking points around this weekend's matches.

Bennett, Smith urge fans not to expect perfection from bunker refs

Supporter:  Cameron Smith is hoping for more consistency from the new referee system.

Phil Lutton 6:01 PM   The NRL enters a new era of refereeing on Saturday night but the coaching great and Australian captain have advised against expecting miracles.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Anae has Wallabies in his sights as he chases Brumbies jersey

Albert Anae, right, isn't horsing around when he says playing for the Wallabies is one of his goals.

Chris Dutton 2:41 PM   Albert Anae isn't horsing around when he says he wants to use his first ACT Brumbies season to help launch him back into Australian gold.

Taylor starts for Scotland against Wales

Going nowhere: Stuart Hogg of Scotland is tackled by Courtney Lawes (L) and Mike Brown (R) of England last weekend.

9:27 AM   Duncan Taylor will start at centre for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, the only change to coach Vern Cotter's starting line-up that lost their opener to England.

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AFL

Bombers get support from rival coach

Even the young Bulldogs, the skinny kids, play to the utterly audacious plan Luke Beveridge (above) brought to the club ...

Staff reporters 9:07 PM   Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has come out in strong support of the Essendon 34 and in particular Dyson Heppell, describing him as the player he most feels for.

Four Rs as pre-season kicks into gear

Ultimate Footy

Alex Paull, Footy Prophet 6:10 PM   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous of the AFL world on the eve of the NAB Challenge.

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ACT Sport

Tett notches a century, but it means nothing without a win

Eastlake Adam Tett.

Zac Lowe 6:24 PM   Adam Tett will take the field against Weston Creek this weekend for his 100th match, but he is adamant that his only focus is winning the match.

Jackson deserves to leave on her terms

Setbacks: Lauren Jackson has been fighting injuries for years.

Chris Dutton 5:52 PM   Saturday Serve: Lauren Jackson deserves a chance to go out on her terms.

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Horse Racing

Orr's competitiveness heralds riveting carnival

Glenn Boss riding Lucky Hussler reacts after winning  the  William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last March.

Michael Lynch 6:27 PM   Champion racehorses are always an asset to the game.

Punters again the losers, on and off the track

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 5:19 PM   "We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take this anymore," ranted the television personality Howard Beale, portrayed by Peter Finch in the film Network, who was treated considerably better than Australian punters┬átoday.

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Wanderers fined, warned on points

Wanderers fans need to behave or their club will lose points.

Clarke gets back to cricket - in Sydney

Clarke to play for Wests against Randwick Petersham next week.

Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?