Canberra sport year in review: Rags to riches

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   We all love a rags to riches story.

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'Spoilt brat' Kohli fights fire with fire 

It was Virat Kohli and rising star Ajinkya Rahane who walked the walk by compiling authoritive centuries.

Andrew Wu 9:36 PM   Virat Kohli is waging war against Australia on and off the field after a fiery day where the century-maker accused the hosts of labelling him a "spoilt brat" and disrespecting him.

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Tempers flare between India and Australia 

Brad Haddin took an incredible catch to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane orchestrated one of the great MCG partnerships as Australian frustrations mounted in the Boxing Day Test, before the old stager Ryan Harris barged into India's suspect lower order.

Canberra sport year in review: Controversies

Terry Campese was squeezed out of the Raiders' set-up.

Jon Tuxworth 8:30 PM   It's no surprise most of Canberra's controversial 2014 stories centre around the Raiders.

Cycling

Bling can win Milan-San Remo: White

Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews.

David Polkinghorne 9:22 PM   And form lethal Tour de France sprinting tag-team with Simon Gerrans.

Kuwait using Canberra memories 

Kuwait midfielder Aziz Mashaan in good spirits with his teammates at a training camp at the AIS on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 5:15 PM   Canberra holds fond memories for the Kuwait national team as it looks to stun the Socceroos for a second time and crash Australia's party in the opening game of the Asian Cup.

Baseball

Cavalry's sloppy defence gifts Bite win

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Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins says his team's defence was not up to Australian Baseball League standard after sloppy errors gifted the Adelaide Bite a 6-3 win at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday night.

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Racing

Paul Jones faces tough decision on Just A Blur

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 2:46 PM   Canberra trainer Paul Jones faces a conundrum with Just A Blur - target the inaugural $300,000 NSW Country Championships or look for the black-type win he thinks she's capable of.

Cricket

Weston Creek eliminated from SCG Country Cup

Weston Creek Molonglo captain Michael Delaney took 2-23 in Sunday's seven-wicket loss to Dubbo in the quarter-finals of the SCG Country Cup.

Lee Gaskin 9:10 PM   Michael Delaney says Weston Creek's Country Cup exit isn't a reflection on the standard of Canberra cricket.

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Rugby Heaven

Waratah Phipps commits till end of 2017

Staying put: Nick Phipps has committed his future to the Wallabies.

10:07 AM   Wallabies and Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps will play on in Australia well beyond next year's Rugby World Cup after signing a two-year contract extension.

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

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League HQ

NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord 7:04 PM   As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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League's highs and lows in 2014

Cloud nine: James Tamou and Trent Merrin after NSW broke the Maroons' eight-year strangehold on the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas   It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the grand final capping off a remarkable year for Michael Maguire's men

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Football

Pardew favoured over Poppa for Palace job

Alan Pardew chose not to conduct any interviews after Newcastle's win on Sunday.

2:17 PM   Tony Popovic's chances of becoming a Premier League manager appear to have slipped with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew strongly linked to the vacant Crystal Palace job.

Mourinho fumes after Chelsea denied 'Big Ben' penalty

No way, Jose: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho complains about a decision.

1:53 PM   Chelsea manager left seething after his team were denied what he described as a 'Big Ben' penalty during 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Cricket

Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day four

David Warner's busy innings of 40 off 42 balls, with six fours, helped Australia make a bright start to their second innings on day four of the Boxing Day Test after finishing with a first-innings lead over India of 65.

Jesse Hogan 4:28 PM   Join Jesse Hogan for all the day-four action from the MCG as Australia looks to put themselves in a strong position to pursue victory ahead of the final day.

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Pattinson named for Renegades in BBL

James Pattinson.

3:40 PM   Australian quick James Pattinson will take a major step in his return from a serious back injury when he plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the T20BBL on Tuesday night.

Racing

Paul Jones faces tough decision on Just A Blur

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 2:46 PM   Canberra trainer Paul Jones faces a conundrum with Just A Blur - target the inaugural $300,000 NSW Country Championships or look for the black-type win he thinks she's capable of.

Foxtel, Sky asked to waive fee for extra channels in bid for NSW rights

TVN presenter Jason Richardson interviews jockey Harry Coffey at Moonee Valley.

Adam Pengilly and Patrick Bartley 9:00 PM   Sky Channel will be asked to shelve a $5 a month subscription for its extra two channels when it seizes the rights to racing in NSW in a move designed to mirror the free premium content structure offered by beleaguered broadcaster TVN.

Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.