Phillip Hughes dies 

Staff reporters 6:14 PM   Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital, two days after he was struck in the head by a cricket ball while playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Test return was a matter of when, not if

Great talent: Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring his second Test century at Durban in 2009.

Jesse Hogan 4:36 PM   Cricket is but a minor issue when compared to the loss felt by Phillip Hughes' family, teammates and friends.

How will cricket bounce back?

Concerned: Brad Haddin (left), Steve Smith and Moises Henriques outside Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Peter Hanlon   In the MCG nets on Wednesday morning, Test fast bowler Peter Siddle told his Victorian teammate Marcus Stoinis to step aside so he could send down a bouncer.

Phillip Hughes death: Leave your tributes

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4:38 PM   Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital. Leave your tributes.

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Players turn to each other for support 

Phil Hughes.

Andrew Wu 10:18 PM   NSW players gathered at the SCG as they struggled to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' injury.

McCartin tipped to be Saints' No.1 pick

Patrick McCartin has strong claims to being the best in the pool.

Emma Quayle 12:39 AM   St Kilda is expected to add a strong marking forward to its already underway rebuild, with Paddy McCartin set to join the club as the No. 1 pick in Thursday's AFL draft.

Carter channels dad for hard yakka

Sam Carter wants to increase his physicality with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies lock Sam Carter has swapped family farm chores for the chance to chase a World Cup dream, vowing to increase his physicality to fit into Michael Cheika's game plan.

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Racing

Canberra considers prize money boost

David Polkinghorne 6:24 PM   What Racing NSW does irrelevant to Canberra Racing.

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Capitals primed for Lightning to strike twice

Former Canberra Capitals centre Alex Bunton (left) will be in opposition colours for the Adelaide Lightning on Saturday night.

Lee Gaskin 5:56 PM   The Canberra Capitals expect former players Alex Bunton and Carley Mijovic to come out firing in rematch with Adelaide Lightning on Saturday night.

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Rugby Heaven

Slow on paperwork, but Brumbies recruit sets sizzling pace

Lift-off: Lausii Taliauli is delighted to have been given a chance at a career with the Brumbies.

Chris Wilson 7:04 PM   He was slow with his citizenship paperwork, so Lausii Taliauli is now the fastest ACT Brumby.

Horne recalled to Wallabies wing

Rob Horne scoring the match-winning try for the Wallabies over South Africa.

Chris Dutton 3:00 PM   The Wallabies will persist with an experimentation plan to remove any guess work from their World Cup bid next year, with Rob Horne getting his opportunity to shine against England.

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League HQ

Sydney clubs quitting NRL would do Dave Smith a favour

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord 12:21 PM   If a group of recalcitrant Sydney clubs was to refuse to sign NRL franchise agreements next year, they'd be doing the League Central administration a favour.

Newcastle Knights rookie Joseph Tapine charged with assault

Charged: Knights rookie Joseph Tapine.

Sam Rigney, Robert Dillon and Brett Keeble 12:44 AM   The Newcastle Knights are facing another assault scandal after rookie forward Joseph Tapine was charged over an incident that left a man with a broken jaw.

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Football

This weekend's A-League games

Michael Lynch 6:24 PM   MELBOURNE VICTORY v ADELAIDE UNITED

Adelaide out to spoil Victory party

Michael Lynch 6:06 PM   Adelaide United will be intent _ as they so often are _ on playing the role of party poopers when they travel to Melbourne for Friday night's milestone clash with Victory in what is, rightly, being labelled an A-League blockbuster.

Cricket

A good life in this game of ours

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 due to severe head injuries sustained by a bouncer delivery on Mondays Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02:  Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin

Malcolm Knox 8:59 PM   On June 25, 2013, the Australian cricket team had its first training session under its new coach Darren Lehmann in Taunton, Somerset. Mickey Arthur had been sacked, Michael Clarke had stood down as a selector, and an Ashes series was two weeks away. Turmoil? Disarray? Nobody had told Phillip Hughes.

A quiet, humble and generous man

Chloe Saltau 8:54 PM   Chloe Saltau interviewed Phillip Hughes four months ago about what made him the cricketer and man he was.

Racing

Bushie's boy reaches for the Starlight

From Rocky to Rosehill: Jay Ford and Our Boy Malachi score.

Chris Roots 8:34 PM   Have a chat to owner-breeder Colin Donovan about Our Boy Malachi and it is raw and can become a bit blue, but then again he is living the dream.

Freshman sires inject thrill factor

Smart Missile: 58 yearlings catalogued.

John Holloway 8:32 PM   The make-up of three of Australia’s big yearling sales has been decided and exciting times are ahead.

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival

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T20 Cricket: ANU v Ginninderra

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ODI Series: Australia v South Africa

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Footballer faces court over brutal tackle

FC Zurich has launched legal action after midfielder is seriously injured in a horror tackle.

Batsman's skull fractured by bouncer

Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad's career-best Test innings brought to a dramatic end.

Cheika insists there's more to come

Coach believes his Wallabies side can get better and still have quality to add to their squad.

Canberra Capitals v West Coast Waves

The West Coast Waves take on the Canberra Capitals at AIS Arena, November 9.

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Canberra United v Sydney FC

Canberra United defeat Sydney FC 3-0 at McKellar Park.