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Crows coach Phil Walsh found dead in home

Tragedy: Phil Walsh and his son, Cy Walsh.

Marissa Calligeros 9:06 PM   Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home. His son has been charged with his murder.

'It's a call that you never want to get'

Toughest of days: Daniel Talia and Rory Laird leave the Adelaide club rooms as tributes are left for coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle 9:06 PM   For Adelaide, everything changed at 3.30am. For the people who knew, loved and worked with Phil Walsh, football both meant nothing and was the one thing keeping them together.

'I wasn't offering anything': Papalii's truth

Queensland enforcer: Josh Papalii credits Raiders coach Ricky Stuart for helping him turn his season around.

Lee Gaskin   Revitalised Queensland enforcer Josh Papalii credits some tough love from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around ahead of his State of Origin return.

The young stars the Raiders must re-sign

Jack Wighton is one of Canberra's priorities to lock up long term.

Jon Tuxworth 10:00 PM   Canberra steps up talks to lock up key players long-term over the next few weeks.

Union

Canberrans nominated for coaching award

Sport. Two local rugby union coaches nominated for this year's
Community Coach of the Year Award. Pictured at Phillip Oval are Tom
Beinke, Canberra Royals coach, left and Glen Croker (correct spelling)
Uni Norths and Australian Deaf Rugby team coach. July 3rd 2015 The
Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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Tom Kazias 7:06 PM   Community coach of the year nominee Glen Croker admits to not being able to communicate his game plans with players.

Saturday Serve

Time to walk the talk over female athletes' pay

Canberra Capitals WNBL captain Abby Bishop says pay disparity between players is too great.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   People stamp their feet about the gross inequities our female athletes face. But not consistently.

Semi-finals a minimum for Brumbies: White

Brumbies halfback Nic White hopes to get picked for the World Cup before joining Montpellier.

Lee Gaskin 7:23 PM   Nic White leaves door open to possible Brumbies return after French stint.

League HQ

McKinnon lifts Blues with appearance at training

Surprise visit: Alex McKinnon was at the Blues' camp in Coffs Harbour.

Brad Walter 4:05 PM   NSW players stood and applauded as Alex McKinnon wheeled himself into the meeting room where they were preparing for training at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Odds still against Farah playing for Blues

Pain: Robbie Farah

Brad Walter 3:58 PM   Robbie Farah was able to pass and catch the ball with ease but he sat out contact training.

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Rugby Heaven

SARU axes referees' chief Watson

High profile: Andre Watson shoots the breeze with George Gregan during the 2003 World Cup final.

11:55 PM   The contract of South Africa's head of referees Andre Watson has been terminated with immediate effect, the South African Rugby Union have said.

Highlanders' kicking game key in final

On form: Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has tormented opponents with his short kicking game.

Toby Robson 8:57 PM   It's often said defence wins titles, but for the Hurricanes the old cliche may apply as much to catching kicks as it does making tackles during Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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Cricket

McCullum hits second-highest T20 score of all time

Innovator:  Bears batsman Brendon McCullum plays a paddle shot to the boundary.

7:42 AM   New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed the second-highest Twenty20 score of all time when he hit a typically belligerent 158 not out in 64 balls for Birmingham against Derbyshire on Friday.

Harris has more scans as Essex take it to Australian batsmen

Tour in doubt: Ryan Harris needs more scans on his sore knee.

Chris Barrett 7:28 AM   As the Australians awaited news about the state of Ryan Harris's knee their batsmen endured a challenging afternoon against Essex.

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AFL

Hawks and Pies join as one to mourn Walsh

Hawthorn and Collingwood players stand in a circle after the game to pay tribute to Phil Walsh.

Michael Lynch 1:20 AM   It was a unique sight on the hallowed MCG turf, as befitted an unprecedented day in Australian Rules football history.

Adam Saad a shining light for the Suns

Adam Saad of the Suns.

Garry Lyon 7:57 PM   He's being described as being, if not the best, then in the top handful of Rising Star nominees since the award began back in 1993. He is ...

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Soccer

Wambach: 2011 loss to Japan constant reminder 'that fuels our fire'

Top class: Abby Wambach  is an incredible goalscorer.

Michael Lewis 3:39 PM   Abby Wambach couldn't tell you the date when she broke the international goal-scoring record, the dates when the Americans won their Olympic gold medals or any other red-letter day in her illustrious soccer career.

Wanderers swoop for Nichols

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Sebastian Hassett 10:48 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers have made their biggest signing of the off-season, landing former Brisbane Roar star Mitch Nichols on a two-year contract.

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League

Rams aim to end Blues winning streak

Can Woden knock over the table-topping Blues?

Tom Kazias 7:08 PM   Woden Valley insists it can do what no team has done this year: beat the Queanbeyan Blues.

Soccer

Father-son combo works well for Belconnen

Jason Ugrinic has scored 14 goals in as many games under his father, Dean's, coaching at Belconnen FC.

Tom Kazias 7:07 PM   Father-son working relationships can be challenging. But Dean and Jason Ugrinic make it work.

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Horse Racing

Patience pays off as stayer pops Laurie Daley's Queensland Cup dream

First Sydney winner:  Hard To Hold scored well at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 5:09 PM   Mister Impatience continued the domination of overseas-bred horses in Australian staying races when he won the listed Queensland Cup on Saturday, denying Blues coach Laurie Daley an early win in enemy territory.

John O'Shea pauses to reflect as Haussmann storms home in Civic Stakes

Impressive: Christian Reith rides Haussmann to a strong win in the Civic Stakes at Rosehill.

Adam Pengilly 4:51 PM   Rarely do trainers allow themselves to look back. The relentless pursuit of the next champion means there is always another day, another race, another potential winner. John O'Shea took a moment to pause before the Civic Stakes.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.