The tears from Josh Dugan nobody saw

Andrew Webster 1:35 AM   The NSW Origin fullback nearly blew it all with a stupid Instagram pic

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Kyrgios draws Istomin in French Open draw

Clay court giant killer: Nick Kyrgios

8:57 PM   The draw for the French Open has produced some unkind scenarios for the Australians.

Croker backs concussion decision

Jarrod Croker.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker insists Canterbury had no option but to sideline James Graham after his serious concussion.

Girdler surprised by Wighton's omission

Overlooked: Raiders fullback Jack Wighton was in the mix for the NSW team for the first game of State of Origin.

Lee Gaskin 9:00 PM   Former NSW centre Ryan Girdler believes Raiders fullback Jack Wighton should have been picked on the wing ahead of Will Hopoate for the opening game of the State of Origin series.

'Moneyball' Raiders using Origin snub 

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart.

Jon Tuxworth 9:00 PM   "Unless I get Origin players or international players in here, it ain't going to change."

David Pocock meets 'incredible human'

ACT Brumbies and Wallabies flanker David Pocock meets South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Chris Dutton 8:00 PM   When David Pocock meets one of his heroes in South Africa made him weak at the knees.

Soccer

Tokich bouncing with Joeys to World Cup

Canberra soccer player Marc Tokich is aiming for a spot in Australia's under-17 World Cup squad.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   Canberra midfielder Marc Tokich is using experience gained from playing in the Capital Football National Premier League to stake his claim in the Joeys squad for this year's under-17 FIFA World Cup.

Olive draws bookend barriers for Stakes

Canberra trainer Nick Olive believes Single Gaze is capable of group 1 glory in Brisbane.

Jon Tuxworth 5:55 PM   One's a proven performer on the big stage, the other a green rookie "getting by on raw ability."

Mixed Martial Arts

UFC cage fighter comes to Canberra

UFC fighter Daniel Hooker recently became the first person to knock out Japan's Hatsu Hioki.

Lee Gaskin 9:00 PM   Rising UFC star Daniel "The Hangman" Hooker wants to "earn his spot" on the big stage in Las Vegas and will do whatever it takes to reach his goal of becoming the world champion.

League HQ

Get serious on lifting tackles: Thurston

Concerned: Marrons five-eighth Johnathan Thurston passes the ball during training at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane.

Phil Lutton 2:03 AM   Nearly 12 months after former Maroons teammate Brent Tate was dumped on his head in the most frightening moment of his career, Johnathan Thurston believes send-offs shape as the only genuine deterrent to the continued issue of dangerous lifting tackles.

Bird brought in to NSW camp for opposed session

Picking Bird's brain: Greg Bird with NSW coach Laurie Daley in camp at Coffs Harbour.

Michael Chammas 2:02 AM   From bash brother to brother bash: suspended NSW enforcer Greg Bird will put his body on the line this weekend as he helps his teammates prepare.

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Rugby Heaven

Australia's women qualify for Olympics

Ellia Green sprints away as Australia swept aside their opposition in the pool stages.

8:08 AM   Australia's Women's Sevens team have accumulated enough points to qualify directly for the the Rio 2016 Olympics rugby tournament.

Reds cough up golden opportunity

James O'Connor finds a gap between Sharks players but had nowhere to hide later in the game.

Beth Newman 7:26 AM   Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham summed proceedings up pretty succinctly after his side's 21-14 loss to the Sharks.

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Cricket

Pakistan celebrate on international home return

Zimbabwe opener Hamilton Masakadza faces the first over from Pakistan's Anwar Ali as international cricket retruned to Pakistan after six years on Friday.

11:15 AM   Pakistan celebrated international cricket's return after six years with a five-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international at a packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

New Zealand make toothless England toil

Alastair Cook falls over trying to stop a Ross Taylor shot.

10:48 AM   Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to lift New Zealand to 303 for two at the close on the second day of the first test at Lord's on Friday.

AFL

Why Essendon 34 ended up on journey to CAS

Roy Masters

Roy Masters 6:29 PM   As a purely national code, why did the AFL come under the umbrella of WADA and its rules?

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Emerging team behind an emerging team

Leon Cameron flanked by (from left) Dean Brogan, Luke Power, Chad Cornes, Mark McVeigh and Brett Hand.

Caroline Wilson 8:13 PM   AFL No one was more dismayed than Leon Cameron when, roughly this time last season, his fledgling team was on the wrong end of a series of thrashings and the spotlight shone not upon him or his players but upon the young coaches working around him.

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Soccer

Heyman says Matildas can win World Cup

Michelle Heyman scored a hat-trick of goals in 18 minutes against Vietnam on Thursday.

Matthew Elder 2:06 AM   Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman says the Matildas can win next month's World Cup in Canada, the 26-year-old determined to prove herself on the international stage.

Top Victory award for Ben Khalfallah

Raised in France, Ben Khalfallah knew little about Australian soccer before he was recruited to Melbourne Victory.

Larissa Nicholson 11:00 PM   Fahid Ben Khalfallah made an extraordinary impact in his first A-League season.

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ACT Sport

Sio back from injury to push his World Cup claims

Brumbies prop Scott Sio will shave his 'rehab beard' when he makes his comeback from injury on Saturday.

Chris Dutton 5:31 PM   The World Cup and Super Rugby finals are the ultimate goal, but ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio says he has to clear the injury hurdle first to prove he deserves his spot in the team.

Import happy in Canberra, home of Brave

Canberra Brave import Stephen Blunden.

Matthew Elder 4:50 PM   Canadian import Stephen Blunden reckons Canberra doesn't get the recognition it deserves - neither does Australia's ice hockey league.

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Horse Racing

Bankstown Paceway wins $1.1 million windfall in court

Trainer John McCarthy with trotter Washakie.

Chris Roots 1:31 PM   Bankstown Paceway will use a $1.1 million court victory to return the Treuer Memorial to group 1 status but it will be reinvented as a three-year-old classic.

Bring Me The Maid up to group 1 quality

Soft touch: Luke Nolen aboard Bring Me The Maid at Randwick last year.

Chris Roots 2:09 AM   Kerrin McEvoy sat in Sydney on Friday hoping that similar weather conditions might find its way north as he prepared to ride Bring Me The Maid in the Doomben 10,000.

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AFL teams: round eight

All the ins and outs for round eight of the 2015 premiership season.

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.