Brumbies great on radar as Pocock talks continue

Chris Dutton, Phil Lutton, Tom Decent 9:30 PM   Australian rugby great George Smith looms as a potential recruiting target if David Pocock decides to take a 12-month sabbatical from the ACT Brumbies before returning in 2018 and 2019.

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Bird gets nod in Test selection shock

Bolter: Melbourne Stars' bowler Jackson Bird's Shield form has seen him get a surprise call-up.

Andrew Wu 11:25 AM   Australia have made a shock move at selection, recalling forgotten paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test at the expense of James Pattinson.

Cameron extends contract with Giants

Re-signed: GWS coach Leon Cameron.

Ronny Lerner 6:43 PM   Leon Cameron has signed a new two-year contract extension that will see him stay on as Greater Western Sydney coach until at least the end of 2018.

Toovey went to keep DCE, says Manly owner

Plans for the future: Manly owner Scott Penn.

Manly owner Scott Penn has opened up on the tumultuous year at the club, revealing star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans wouldn't have backflipped on the Titans had they not made significant changes in the football department.

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Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality TV program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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No-ball issues still worrying Pattinson

Ready for the Kiwis: James Pattinson worked up some lively pace in the nets at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu   James Pattinson is looming as a major weapon for Australia as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking in New Zealand, but he is yet to get on top of his no-ball issues.

Shades of England in Black Caps' green-top

Strip search: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and David Warner of Australia inspect the wicket at Basin Reserve.

Andrew Wu   Australia's batsmen must overcome a juicy-looking green-top made to order for New Zealand's high-class swingmen, in their toughest test since their Ashes defeat.

Car accident fails to halt Fardy's comeback 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

NPL teams to boycott Canberra academy 

Canberra's NPL clubs say Capital Football chairman Mark O'Neill hasn't delivered on promises he's made.

David Polkinghorne   Tuggeranong United's friendlies with academy planned for Sunday will be first games cancelled.

Zika virus won't stop Melissa Breen's dream

 The final of the Women's Open 100 metre event. Winner Melissa Breen.

Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will put her trust in Australian Olympic Games medical staff as she avoids the hype of the Zika virus to focus on her build up to Rio and clinching an A-qualifying time.

Kent gets first chance to deliver Thunder

Canberra Cavalry starting pitcher Steven Kent will start for Australia in game one of the World Baseball Classic ...

David Polkinghorne    Canberra Cavalry pitcher to start in game one of Australia's WBC campaign, against the Philippines.

Cricket

Pattinson setback ends Bird's long Test drought

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Jackson Bird of Australia warms up during an Australian nets session at Basin ...

Andrew Wu 6:22 PM   Jackson Bird has gone from being completely out of Australia's Test picture to becoming a key part in the team's quest to regain the No.1 ranking in New Zealand.

Little brother's big chance

Skippers: Brendon McCullum (left) and Steve Smith will go head to head from Friday.

Greg Baum 5:55 PM   Australia and New Zealand don't get around to playing one another at Test cricket very much, and when they do the Kiwis tend to promise more than they deliver. These meetings mean too much to them – their Ashes, former skipper Martin Crowe once said – which sometimes makes for a paralysing effect.

Soccer

Rebel league an option in Canberra NPL disagreement with Capital Football

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.

Wanderers unhappy, but 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 6:37 PM   While the Western Sydney Wanderers were disappointed to be hit with a suspended three-point deduction and $50,000 fine for fan misbehaviour in Melbourne last weekend, club chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble its efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

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League HQ

'They're all grown men now': 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.

Tapine tipped to make immediate transfer to Raiders

Off to Canberra:Joseph Lapine.

Adrian Proszenko 8:09 PM   Newcastle is poised to grant Joseph Tapine an immediate release after the back-rower signed with Canberra.

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Rugby Heaven

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.

Lighter Speight ready for Super Rugby 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.

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AFL

Vince says anything is possible in 2016

Happy Demon: Bernie Vince is feeling upbeat about the season ahead with Melbourne.

Matt Murnane 6:36 PM   The optimism at Melbourne is palpable. Almost to a man, the players are testifying to it.

Young Hawks battle for Roughead's spot

James Sicily

3:27 PM   Tim O'Brien and James Sicily are impressing Hawthorn veteran Josh Gibson as they eye Jarryd Roughead's spot in the line-up.

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ACT Sport

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.

Rebel league an option in Canberra NPL disagreement with Capital Football

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.

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Horse Racing

Drug free racing remains a priority in state

Signoff, who finished fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, returned to racing on Boxing Day and was successful but later ...

Patrick Bartley 8:29 PM     Following Thursday's Racing Victoria Board meeting it was announced that there would be "no change to the current drug policy".  

Racing Victoria stands firm on ibuprofen

Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley 7:54 PM   Racing Victoria has resisted making changes to its drug-free policy, despite calls for a relaxation in the rule over positive swabs for the anti-inflammatory substance ibuprofen.

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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?

ACT Premier Cricket: Wests-UC v Eastlake

Wests-UC take on Eastlake in the Douglas Cup competition.

ACT Athletics titles and IPC Grand Prix

ACT Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.