ACT hosts shoot-out between Cup's fastest scorers

David Polkinghorne   Big hitters to light up Manuka Oval and records may be broken again.

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Bird's in a lonely place, says Gallen

Long break: Paul Gallen at Cronulla training on Monday.

Michael Carayannis 10:49 PM   Greg Bird "wasn't the best" when news of his drug charges broke, according to close friend Paul Gallen.

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Canberra Guineas could move to group level

Canberra based horse trainer, Matthew
Dale with Fell Swoop.

David Polkinghorne   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks the listed Canberra Guineas has become strong enough to follow the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes to group status.

Faulkner set for World Cup return   

James Faulkner.

Andrew Wu 9:50 AM   James Faulkner is confident he has lost none of the batting prowess which made him Australia's master finisher before his injury as he prepares for a likely return to international cricket on Wednesday.

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South Africa keen to avoid Australia

Shaun Pollock talks to the media during a South Africa nets session at Manuka Oval on Monday.

David Polkinghorne   Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock believes both Australia and South Africa will want to avoid each other in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

Ennis puts Raiders on Sharks alert

Rugby League round 15, Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium, Bulldogs Michael Ennis , Friday, 19th June 2009. Pictures STEVE CHRISTO, SMH SPORT/NEWS. DIGICAM 00001

Chris Dutton   Michael Ennis says the Sharks have found new life in 2015 and he's ready for a fresh start after turning down a massive deal from the Raiders.

Butler rejects talk of rotation

Jarrad Butler wants to hold onto his starting position for as long as possible.

Chris Dutton   Reigning ACT Brumbies player of the year Jarrad Butler has rebuffed the notion of a rotation policy after a brutal start to the Super Rugby season, declaring he wants to hold on to his starting spot for as long as possible.

Cricket

Amla shines as South Africa thrash Ireland

South Africa's Hashim Amla

10:08 PM   South Africa put one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals by batting past the 400-run mark for the second successive match to hand Ireland a thumping defeat by 201 runs with five overs to spare at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

Clarke BBL stint worthwhile if it spares him from one-dayers

Michael Clarke during a nets session in Perth on Tuesday.

Jesse Hogan 7:47 PM   The only rationale for Melbourne Stars to be chasing Michael Clarke is if the World Cup is his swansong for limited-overs internationals.

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Cooper helps sharpen O'Connor for Tahs clash

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 27: James O'Connor of the Reds keeps an eye on the action during the round three Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton 5:48 PM   Quade Cooper may not be able to run out against the Waratahs but could yet play an influential role in the Reds' match against their arch-rivals on Saturday.

Reds get not-so-gentle reminders about Waratahs

Derby dual: Queenland Reds coach Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton   Waratahs week at Ballymore has started with a flood of ex-players sending messages to coach Richard Graham, reminding him of how vital it is to give the Old Enemy a decent whack.

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League HQ

From Kangaroos to 18th man for Knights

Missing out: Sione Mata'utia of the Newcastle Knights.

Brett Keeble 8:59 PM   Knights coach Rick Stone has named Dane Gagai and Joey Leilua in the centres and teenager Sione Mata'utia on the bench in an 18-man squad for Newcastle's NRL season-opener against New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Teams for round one of the NRL

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8:52 PM   Teams named for round one of the NRL (all times local):

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Motorsport

Taylor out to prove racing stripes in the Australian Rally Championship

Taking the wheel: Canberra driver Molly Taylor will be competing in the National Capital Rally.

Lee Gaskin 9:32 PM   Her mother is the long-time navigator for Australian rallying great Neal Bates. Now Molly Taylor has returned from Europe to make her assault on the Australian Rally Championship.

Asian Cup beats World Cup

Ireland wicket keeper, Gary Wilson celebrates Ireland's first wicket against South Africa at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne 6:57 PM   Disappointing Manuka Oval crowd gives soccer the edge over cricket.

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Soccer

Western Sydney Wanderers issue open letter to members condemning fan violence

Warning: Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Dominic Bossi 6:53 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers have issued a statement to their members condemning the violent action by a minority of their fans and vowed to stop troublemakers attending matches.¬†

City sign French winger as Duff replacement

Damien Duff.

Michael Lynch 6:52 PM   Melbourne City FC has signed French winger Harry Novillo¬†on an injury-replacement contract to cover for Irish international Damien Duff, whose season, if not career, has been ended by injury.

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Tennis

Kyrigos rocking the rim for Indian Wells return

A different court: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios helping launch the Westside precinct at Acton Park with a celebrity basketball game on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin 5:33 PM   Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will make his return from a back injury at next week's ATP 1000 Masters tournament at Indian Wells in the US.

Nishikori into world's top four, Murray out

the age

11:36 PM   Japan's Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings on Monday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men's tennis.

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Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

League HQ's NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive on every NRL team.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.

Afghanistan meets Bangladesh in ACT

Afghanistan and Bangladesh draw a crowd at Manuka Oval.

Australia pummels England at the MCG

Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia v England at the MCG.