Raiders hand Mitch Barnett NRL debut

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.

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Baptism of fire for Raiders hooker Baptiste

Sport
Kurt Baptiste, of the Carnberra Raiders
The Canberra Times
Date: 04 August 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   It's a scenario the Canberra Raiders are untested at this year - life without Josh Hodgson. 

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 1-0 loss to Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Tuesday night.

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.

Kids put debate in perspective

Adam Goodes return to Swans training today he is meet by Swans team mates after a week off .
Photography Brendan Esposito
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David Sygall 7:35 AM   Their visit was scheduled months ago and just happened to coincide with one of the more unusual Sydney Swans training sessions.

Clubs, AFL ready to fix 'ugly football'

Congestion around the ball is making the game of AFL ugly, according to many.

Jake Niall 8:00 PM   Congestion around the ball and high stoppage numbers - ugly football - will be a hot topic for a meeting of the18 clubs and the AFL on Wednesday.

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 at this month's world cup and usurp England as netball's third best side. 

Mbye opens up about Hasler contract clause

Pivotal role: Bulldogs youngster Moses Mbye is keen to keep working with coach Des Hasler.

Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   Moses Mbye is considering a "Dessie Clause".

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 terribly turbulent times, the one constant that has helped Israel Folau to stay on an upward trajectory in his career – and for the former NRL and AFL player to remain in union – has been his former Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Johnson now relishing English crowds    

Mitch Johnson.

Jesse Hogan 10:36 PM   In his early 20s Mitch Johnson was fragile in body, as evidenced by having to quit cricket and become a delivery driver while his back was crocked. In his late 20s he was fragile in mind, as evidenced by the way English crowds rattled him with their incessant barracking of him in 2009.

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, and Clarke could not help but intuit it. The perceived descent of a great sportsman is unavoidably a ghoulish business.

League HQ

Friend backs Kenny-Dowall's return

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake on June 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis 12:58 AM   Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend believes Shaun Kenny-Dowall is ready to return to the NRL after his teammate was named to play the Roosters on Sunday.

NRL needs clarity on shoulder charge

Phil Gould

Phil Gould 12:55 AM   What should we make of the shoulder charge no charge?

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

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.

Cipriani available for rugby World Cup

Danny Cipriani was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Tim Moynihan 12:59 PM   ​Danny Cipriani, who was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following an early-morning car crash, is due to be available for England's rugby World Cup campaign after he was re-bailed until November.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

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 from the Test team after the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. But he has not abandoned hope of playing for Australia again.

Australia confident Adam Voges will overcome neck niggle

Adam Voges has "twinged his neck again".

Jesse Hogan 4:41 AM   Australia are confident Adam Voges will be fully fit for their final training day before the Trent Bridge Ashes Test after a neck soreness curtailed his stint in the nets on Tuesday.

AFL

Bulldog forwards share the load

Pumped: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle 6:54 PM   How does Jake Stringer feel about kicking a goal? Well, he'll do it. If he really, really, really, really has to.

Indigenous commission rep a must

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson 8:14 PM   OPINION Publicly defiant but privately brooding, and not a little wounded, AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick must surely now resume in earnest his search for an Indigenous commissioner.

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Soccer

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City through to round of 16 in FFA Cup

On the scoresheet:  Besart Berisha opened the scoring for Melbourne Victory.

Pete Smith 11:10 PM    Melbourne's two A-League clubs avoided potential FFA Cup major upsets by recording away wins on Tuesday, albeit in vastly contrasting fashion.

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 1-0 loss to Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Tuesday night.

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ACT Sport

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 2:05 PM   Anglers seeking a fishing fix and a feed of fresh fish have been deserting inland freshwater locations.

YouTube hit could become FFA Cup hit

Gungahlin United's Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne   Could the FFA Cup lay the foundations for Canberra A-League team?

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Horse Racing

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.

Officials happy with quality spring noms

Caulfield Cup 2014 winner: Admire Rakti from Japan.

9:33 PM   The numbers of international nominations for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate ar down on last year but officials are confident the overseas challenge will be again be strong.

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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.