Spieth splutters during testing first round

Adam Pengilly 1:37 PM   Defending Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth had a "brain fart" to finish a lacklustre opening round in Sydney. He's just praying it doesn't come back to haunt him.

Top stories

Beach volleyball facility cost blows out

Emily Larkin dives for the ball on to the sand at the Lyneham Beach Sports Facility.

Lee Gaskin 9:48 PM   It's the $1 million sand pit in the northern suburbs of Canberra that continues to divide opinions.

Curry laughs off Messi comparison

Thirsty for Olympic success: Steph Curry.

Roy Ward 11:10 AM   Stephen Curry held court with the world's media on Thursday and spoke openly on a wide range of topics.

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Cricketer takes head blow with pink ball

Australia players and staff surround an Adelaide club cricketer after he was struck on the head by a ball hit by all-rounder Mitch Marsh during a training session under floodlights at Adelaide Oval, in preparation for the pink-ball Test.

Jesse Hogan 7:44 AM   An Adelaide club cricketer was struck in the back of the head while bowling to the Australian team in their training session under floodlights on Wednesday.

Calls for more safety action after death

Devastating loss: Phillip Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game last year.

Tom Decent 11:02 PM   Phillip Hughes' long-time coach and mentor has questioned whether cricket administrators are doing "everything humanly possible" to ensure player safety.

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Meteors bowler kicks goals with Sixers

ACT Meteors bowler Jodie Hicks, has signed with the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League.

Lee Gaskin 6:53 PM   ACT Meteors bowler Jodie Hicks has signed with the Sydney Sixers for the Women's Big Bash League after playing for the Melbourne Demons in the women's AFL this year.

Rugby league

World Cup hopefuls could call Canberra home

Rugby League World Cup boss Michael Brown says Canberra is the ideal base for teams.

David Polkinghorne 8:07 PM   Chief executive backs Canberra as ideal venue for teams to prepare for World Cup.


Canberra clubs voice concerns about NPL

Keen debate: Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid said some club presidents are against the idea of representative teams playing in the National Premier League.

Lee Gaskin 4:29 PM   Canberra National Premier League clubs are fighting Capital Football's desire to have a Canberra United Academy team in the first division competition next season.


Cavalry the answer to Thompson's prayers

Pitcher Aaron Thompson says the Canberra Cavalry are the answer to his prayers.

David Polkinghorne 7:55 PM   Canberra recruit says the joke's on anyone who doesn't take the opportunity to do what he's doing.

Australian football

Eastlake looking for next Himmelberg

GWS draftee Harrison Himmelberg might be the first of a few 2015 Eastlake players who make it onto an AFL list.

David Polkinghorne 7:57 PM    Demons' tough 2015 could reap rewards at next year's AFL draft.


Treffers chases down Larkin for Rio  spot

Ben Treffers will chase gold in the 50m backstroke final.

Lee Gaskin 6:24 PM   Canberra backstroker Ben Treffers is hunting down world champion Mitch Larkin on his way to forcing his way in to the Australian team for next year's Olympic Games.

League HQ

Rabbitohs fine pair over drug overdose

Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray speak to the media following their overdose in September.

Tom Decent 2:22 PM   An investigation by the South Sydney Rabbitohs into players Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray found the pair sourced additional pain-killing medication from their own GP's on the day they overdosed.

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Fox Sports pay TV deal takes NRL rights to more than $2 billion

Roy Masters

Roy Masters 1:00 PM   A $1.9 billion broadcasting deal, together with sponsorship -taking the NRL's rights fees to more than $2 billion - is expected to be revealed on Thursday afternoon.

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Rugby Heaven

Williams ready to lead women's sevens team at World Series

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

11:52 AM   Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.

Graphic SBW picture provokes mixed reaction

Sonny Bill Williams.

David Sygall 11:10 AM   Many of SBW's half a million Twitter followers were stunned when the rugby star posted a picture of himself receiving an age-old traditional detox treatment.

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Langer calls for an end to Test draws

The WACA Test ended in a draw last week.

3:11 PM   Former Australian opening batsman Justin Langer has called for an end to draws in Test cricket, saying a system should be put in place where a winner is decided.

O'Keefe exits squad as both teams ponder selections for pink-ball Test

Steve Smith will stay at No.3 but no final decision on the bowling lineup has been made yet.

Jesse Hogan 2:46 PM   Australia and New Zealand are still mulling over the composition of their bowling attacks, but the hosts' team will definitely not include Steve O'Keefe.


Ex-Crow Wright signs at Carlton

Matthew Wright has joined the Blues.

Daniel Cherny 2:54 PM   Carlton have added further recycled talent to their list, signing former Adelaide utility Matthew Wright as a delisted free agent.

How Dons players were called up to hearing

The world body is challenging the AFL anti-doping tribunal's March verdict that cleared the 34 current and past Essendon players.

Jake Niall 5:43 PM   A random selection of Essendon players who gave evidence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal were called to the hearing by the CAS panel, not the World Anti-Doping Agency.



Franjic back and Melling experiment to continue as City ready forPerth

Defensive role: Jacob Melling is set to again be used as a central defender for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 2:41 PM   Centre halves. Big, tall, strong, imposing players in the middle of the back four, aren't they. Great in the air, often less good on the ground.

Blatter says only FIFA Congress can bar him

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

12:19 PM   Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday he believes that only the Congress of soccer's governing body, and not its Ethics Committee, can bar him from office.


Horse Racing

Newnham's labour of love

Recognition: Mark Newnham speaks with trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Chris Roots 3:13 PM   Mark Newnham likes to be known as part of the team at Gai Waterhouse stables but being singled out as the inaugural winner of the excellence award at the Godolphin stud and stable awards put him in the spotlight.

Tinto running in memory of regular jockey Tim Bell

Diamond day: Tim Bell celebrates his Queensland Oaks triumph on Tinto in May.

Chris Roots 2:01 PM   Tinto was always going to be the curtain call on Darling Downs horseman Rex Lipp's career but loss of Tim Bell, the Queensland Oaks winner's regular raceday partner, has added a some sadness to the remainder her career.


Djokovic reflects on 'incredible' season

Novak Djokovic says he couldn't have asked for a better finish.

Kane dominates in London derby

Harry Kane scored twice for Spurs in their 4-1 win over West Ham.

Rory McIlroy elated with Dubai double

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the DP World Tour Championship.

Queanbeyan Gift 2015 men's, women's finals

Scenes from the Queanbeyan Gift finals at Queanbeyan Park.

Keeper uses her head in classic catch assist

Alyssa Healy unwittingly uses her head to set-up an unlikely catch.

W-League: Canberra United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC take on Canberra United in round six of the W-League.

ABL: Canberra v Melbourne Aces

The Melbourne Aces fight back to split the series with the Cavalry.

WNBL: Canberra v Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals suffered their ninth loss in a row on Sunday.

Legend sings anthem through hiccups

Ethan Hall defies hiccups to sing the national anthem at the baseball.

Jamie Vardy makes history in the EPL

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scores for the 10th game in a row.