Smith stars again, Australia 5-259 at stumps

5:53 PM   Steve Smith personified leadership as Australia reached 5-259 on day one of the Boxing Day Test.

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Harris back as Aussies relish whingeing

Ryan Harris looks on during an Australian nets session.

Jesse Hogan   Ryan Harris is a confirmed starter for Australia in the Boxing Day Test, along with debutant Joe Burns at number six.

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Melbourne Christmas suits Joe Burns just fine

Joe Burns is ready for his first Test hit out.

Ronny Lerner   Ordinarily, Joe Burns would be spending Christmas Day with his family back in his hometown of Brisbane.

Sydney to sign local talent if imports fall short

Sydney FC's Graham Arnold had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory

Sebastian Hassett 9:24 PM   It may put the club's title aspirations at risk but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says he is prepared to forego star foreign players for young Australians.

Bell set to gamble to beat Wild Oats XI

Ready to race: Perpetual Loyal skipper Anthony Bell.

Rupert Guinness 10:00 PM   So strong is Anthony Bell's resolve, he is willing to push his Perpetual Loyal as hard as he can on the first night of the Sydney to Hobart.

Sailing

Namadgi battles big seas for Sydney to Hobart

Generic Yacht and Yachting shot, Sydney to Hobart.

Lee Gaskin   Sacrificing sleep, battling 100kmh winds and six-metre seas are all par for the course for the Canberra Ocean Racing Club's long-serving Sydney to Hobart entrant.

Blackout cloud looms over Queanbeyan coffers

Queanbeyan Racing could cop a financial hit during the broadcast blackout.

David Polkinghorne   The Queanbeyan Racing Club's coffers could be hit hard by the TVN-Sky Channel feud if it continues into the New Year.

ACT Sport

2015 wishlist for Canberra's sporting folk

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Jon Tuxworth 7:32 PM   Another year is winding down and while 2014 has been generous to many Canberra athletes, they'll have their fingers crossed their New Year's Resolutions come true. 

Racing

Areyouok hangs on for first career victory

Are You OK wins the first race at Queanbeyan on Boxing Day.

Lee Gaskin 6:15 PM   After more than a year since his first career start, Areyouok broke through for his inaugural victory with a win in the Maiden Plate at the Queanbeyan Boxing Day races.

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Rugby Heaven

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

7:11 AM   South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

Rugby's year in review

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Stephen Samuelson   It was a season turmoil for Australian Rugby with financial problems and off-field behaviour overshadowing the poor performances on the field by the Wallabies.

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League HQ

Guerra extends Roosters NRL deal

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Australian and Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2017.

The top 10 rugby league stories of a drama-filled year

Michael Carayannis 11:00 AM   From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

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Football

Live A-League scores: Melbourne City v Perth Glory

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5:04 PM   It's a daunting assignment as Melbourne City host top-of-the-table Perth Glory. Follow live scores and statistics.

Coach Muscat keen to rebound against Jets

2:20 PM   Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is keen to ensure last weekend's derby loss is consigned to history with a strong showing against Newcastle Jets.

Cricket

Rogers tips bright Test future for Burns

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Andrew Wu 7:36 PM   As Chris Rogers plays what is likely to be his last Boxing Day Test, the veteran has tipped a long and fruitful Test career for first-gamer Joe Burns.

Wright 'surprised' by Cook sacking

Luke Wright is now restricted to batting.

Daniel Cherny 7:35 PM   Melbourne Stars batsman Luke Wright says the sacking of his former England one-day captain Alastair Cook was a surprise.

Racing

I'm Imposing's time in the sun as Summer Cup winner headlines Waller's mixed bag

Golden oldie: Tye Angland cruises home on  I’m Imposing  at Royal Randwick.

Adam Pengilly 5:42 PM   Chris Waller's day started with an early double, included a $1000 fine for initially applying the wrong saddle to a pair of runners in the same race and ended with a piece of Summer Cup history 85 years in the making.

Cassidy can ride Barbed to upset Ball Of Muscle

Max Presnell 5:09 PM   The masterful hands of Jim Cassidy on Saturday should play a vital role at Canterbury, a happy hunting ground for him. Currently riding at a 22.2 per cent strike rate on the circuit, Cassidy will be out to improve at least three mounts, particularly Barbed in the feature event, the Canterbury Classic.

Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.