Kyrgios denies calling umpire dirty scum

Michael Chammas 1:37 AM   Nick Kyrgios could find himself in hot water after a fiery exchange with the chair umpire in his first-round victory against Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old insists he didn't call him "dirty scum".

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Sattler's message for 'hitman' Papalii

Recall: Josh Papalii in action against for Queensland in his debut State of Origin series in 2013.

Jon Tuxworth 6:57 PM   Scott Sattler believes Josh Papalii can provide the aggression the Maroons need after his Origin recall.

Edrick a surprise choice as Maroons' 18th

Raiders winger Edrick Lee is on stand-by for Origin III as Queensland's 18th man.

Jon Tuxworth 7:19 PM   Wendell Sailor has warned Queensland 18th man Edrick Lee to prepare like he will make his State of Origin debut.

Farah hopes to play despite broken hand

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28:  Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers looks dejected during the round 16 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval on June 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis 11:13 PM   Robbie Farah has answered an impassioned plea from NSW coach Laurie Daley to test out his broken hand with the Blues vice-captain holding out hope of playing in Origin III.

loophole could enable Ennis to play for Blues

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis 7:17 PM   On Monday afternoon, Laurie Daley was staring down the barrel of a hooking crisis. Then came the news that gives him an out.

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Cherry-Evans axed by Queensland

Cooper Cronk ran the show for Queensland in game one but will miss out in Melbourne due to a knee injury.

Beth Newman   Maroons coach Mal Meninga says it was versatility that got Michael Morgan over the line ahead of Daly Cherry-Evans.

Bulldogs bark long and loud at Belmore

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29:  Steam rises off David Klemmer of the Bulldogs as he watches on from the bench during the round 16 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Belmore Sports Ground on June 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 9:40 PM   The Bulldogs' back to Belmore party went off without a hitch as the home side hammered the Storm in front of a sell out crowd.

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It's getting harder to love Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios

Andrew Webster   The show surrounding Australia's main hope at Wimbledon is wearing thin.

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Suns players urged not to protect mates

Trouble in paradise: Coach Rodney Eade with Gold Coast players.

Jon Pierik 8:58 PM   AFL and Gold Coast Suns investigators are set to urge under-siege players to break their bond of mateship when interrogated over drug allegations.

Franklin, Tippett suspensions hit Swans

Lance Franklin

Andrew Wu 6:55 PM   Sydney faces a major overhaul of its forward line as it seeks to atone for last week's failure after Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett were suspended by the AFL's match review panel on Monday.

Lehmann offers clues to  first Test team

Nose in front: Shane Watson appears to be ahead of Mitchell Marsh in the selection pecking order.

Chris Barrett   The head coach says he has a rough idea of what the XI will be in Cardiff on Wednesday week and there were a few hints as Australia set off for Essex.

League HQ

Ennis set to join NSW Blues camp after judiciary

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter 6:38 PM   The Maroons poached Greg Inglis so they have no right to complain about NSW exploiting a loophole to use Michael Ennis, according to Blues captain Paul Gallen

Papa don't preach, but will let footy do the talking: Soliola

Big return: Josh Papalii of the Raiders may receive a call-up for game three.

David Polkinghorne 6:17 PM   Sia Soliola is making big hits a habit since pulling on the lime green jersey and he's backed fellow Canberra Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii to use his aggression to establish himself in the Queensland forward pack.

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Rugby Heaven

Hurricanes to give Savea every chance to play

Getting closer: Ardie Savea was unlucky not to win a spot in New Zealand's World Cup squad announced at the weekend.

Toby Robson   Ardie Savea has had scans on his injured knee, but regardless of results the Hurricanes plan to give their openside flanker until the last possible minute to be fit for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Highlanders.

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All-Kiwi final means nothing: Wallabies

"NSW is heading in the right direction and I'd like to see [the Wallabies] in a better place too": Wycliff Palu.

Georgina Robinson   Senior Test players say there is cause for optimism on the eve of the Wallabies' Rugby Championship campaign. 

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Cricket

Cricket's pink-ball Adelaide Test gets the green light

A pink ball used for day-night cricket.

Jon Pierik 2:24 PM   Australia and New Zealand will contest the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide in November, despite the "uncertainty and apprehension" of the Black Caps players.

Starc leads protests about pink-ball Test

No pink fan: Mitchell Starc catches the ball  during a training session in England.

Chris Barrett 6:00 PM   Australia's player of the World Cup might be the best bowler on the planet with the white ball and a rising star on the world stage with the red but he is no fan of the pink.

AFL

Mitchell jab-jibe issue closed: Hird

James Hird says the issue is closed.

4:11 PM   Essendon coach James Hird is keen to move on from the furore created by Sam Mitchell's mock injection gesture.

Inside St Kilda's coaching box

Inside the coaches' box.

Rohan Connolly 9:20 PM   An AFL coaching box is a veritable pressure cooker, the advice, the messages, the flow of statistical information all coming at a million miles an hour.

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Soccer

FFA, players' union no closer to resolution as CBA expires

A-League boss Damien de Bohun at a press conference.

Sebastian Hassett 6:27 PM   As of Wednesday morning, the collective bargaining agreement between Australia’s professional footballers and the game’s governing body has expired – and shows no signs of being renewed any time soon.

Vargas double as Chile sink Peru

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates his long-range goal.

1:11 PM   Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 on Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years.

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ACT Sport

Nancarrow doubles up in Serbia

Canberra's Alexandra Nancarrow has won the singles and doubles titles at a tournament in Serbia.

While the gaze of the tennis world is firmly fixed on Wimbledon and Canberra's great hop Nick Kyrgios, little-known Alexandra Nancarrow has made a clean sweep of a clay tournament in Serbia.

Belco exorcise their mental devils

From left, Belconnen United FC player Matt Grbesa and  Canberra Olympic FC player, Josh Calabria.

David Polkinghorne    Belconnen United returns to top of Canberra National Premier League ladder after 2-1 win over Olympic.

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Horse Racing

Equine vets under more scrutiny than ever before

Generic racing.

Patrick Bartley 5:58 PM   The cobalt crisis sweeping Australian racing has exposed deep rifts in the equine veterinary community.

Chad Schofield eager to be back where it all began in the Durban July

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  Chad Schofield riding De Little Engine after winning Race 5, during Melbourne racing at Sandown Hillside on December 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 5:14 PM   Chad Schofield's globetrotting ways will take him back to where it all began on Saturday, riding in his native South Africa's biggest race.

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Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.

Belconnen United v Canberra Olympic

Belconnen United FC strike late in 2-1 win over Canberra Olympic.

Hurricanes blow away the ACT Brumbies

The Brumbies' Super Rugby season is over after a 29-9 loss.

Warriors entertain in win over Raiders

The Warriors scored some eye-catching tries in their 30-8 win.