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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Soliola made to drive home from Townsville

Sia Soliola was forced to drive home from far north Queensland after breaking his cheekbone.

Jon Tuxworth   Most of the Raiders were happy to be on a flight home on Sunday. One player's return took a little longer.

Titans overwhelm Eels on Gold Coast

All smiles: Nene MacDonald and the Titans celebrate a try against the Eels.

Ed Jackson 11:13 PM   Gold Coast's NRL losing streak has come to an end with a 24-14 victory over Parramatta on Monday night.

NRL funds Turner's concussion specialist

Dazed and confused: Souths forward Kyle Turner is assisted from the field during the clash with the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   Kyle Turner met with the same professor who recommended Liam Fulton should retire.

Brumbies linked with Pumas scrumhalf 

Tomas Cubelli playing for the Barbarians against England in June 2014.

David Polkinghorne 9:39 PM   The ACT Brumbies are in discussions to bring Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli to the club next season.

Brumbies tapping into the NFL market

American Chris Coyle has been invited to train with the ACT Brumbies.

Emma Stoney   The ACT Brumbies are setting up a rugby program at Arizona State to lure untapped NFL talent.

Horwill up for Wallabies' lineout job 

Getting ready: Wallabies lock James Horwill watches on during training ahead of their encounter with the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness   James Horwill has no qualms about being the Wallabies' lineout caller for Saturday's Test against the All Blacks.

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Goodes set to return against Cats

Red and white love: Adam Goodes has been a fan favourite at the Swans for years.

Andrew Wu   Sydney are optimistic Adam Goodes will be given a respectful reception at Geelong on Saturday after the club announced the dual Brownlow Medallist would return to training on Tuesday.

GWS still a chance for finals: Cameron

Giants coach Leon Cameron has finals footy in his sights.

Brad Elborough   Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron believes finals football is still a realistic chance for his young side this year.

YouTube hit could become FFA Cup smash

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

David Polkinghorne 10:03 PM   Could the FFA Cup lay the foundations for Canberra A-League team?

Business as usual for keeper Nevill

Australia?s Peter Nevill watches the ball during day three of the third Ashes Test cricket match, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Chris Barrett   The team's new wicketkeeper did not ask to be thrust into the midst of one of the most controversial and emotion-charged selection furores in recent history.

League HQ

Sonny Bill Williams supports ban on shoulder charge

For good reason: League and union star Sonny Bill Williams doesn't support calls for a lifting of the shoulder charge ban.

Brad Walter 8:13 PM   The death of James Ackerman has convinced Sonny Bill Williams the shoulder charge should stay banned

NRL referees to wear Indigenous jersey in support of Indigenous round

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Michael Carayannis 7:54 PM   NRL referees will wear an Indigenous jersey for the first time as part of the game's Indigenous round of celebrations.

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Rugby Heaven

Wallabies scrum tracking well for World Cup, says Slipper

Top prop: Wallabies and Reds front-rower James Slipper.

Rupert Guinness 6:58 PM   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.

After turbulent times clarity prevails within Wallabies, says Folau

Israel Folau says the Wallabies camp has a settled feel.

Rupert Guinness 6:16 PM   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.

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Cricket

The Ashes: Clarke doing what he does, 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.

Confident Johnson now relishing English crowds, not rattled by them

Mitch Johnson.

Jesse Hogan 6:00 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.

AFL

Goodes felt 'loved' and 'humbled' on return

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David Sygall 2:23 PM   Adam Goodes says he felt loved over the weekend that he took off from football in the wake of the booing controversy and is looking forward to playing this weekend against Geelong.

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North, Tigers to open AFL's round 23

Sherrin has dumped its Victorian supplier.

Ronny Lerner 11:40 AM   Richmond will play North Melbourne on the Friday night to start the last AFL round before the finals.

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Soccer

Dud deal that cost Man United $57 million

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Mark Ogden 6:00 PM   Argentine winger was never truly at home from the moment he arrived at Old Trafford.

Arsenal ace unloads on out-of-touch Keane

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, right, scores a goal past Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Jim White 5:33 PM   Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is adamant Arsenal's competitiveness is not being undermined by an obsession with selfies and washboard stomachs. Speaking after scoring the winning goal in Sunday's Community Shield, the England winger dismissed Roy Keane's criticism that this was as vain a bunch of players as he can remember.

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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.

Belconnen product Chris Jansen hoping to make leap from SANFL to AFL

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Jon Tuxworth   Belconnen junior Chris Jansen has been selected in South Australia's state AFL combine.

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Horse Racing

Extra Zero back for another campaign

Enthusiasm: Extra Zero (left) edged out by stablemate Spillway in the Australian Cup.

One of last season's most consistent gallopers is set to make a reappearance at Flemington.

Kavanagh launches a defence claiming cobalt doesn't affect blood system

Accused: Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots   Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.

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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.

NEAFL: Sydney University v Ainslie

A scoreless first term proved too tough for Ainslie to overcome.

Port beat wasteful Saints in Adelaide

Port Adelaide too good for St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.