Maroons edge out Blues in thriller

Michael Chammas 10:23 PM   The man who sunk the hopes of a state with a long-range field goal to deny NSW a series victory in 2012 has done it again.

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Cronk proves his worth to Maroons

Party time: Cooper Cronk celebrates with his team mates.

Chris Barrett 11:03 PM   There are many folks north of the border who would argue that Queensland's hopes of extending their interminable interstate reign went down the tube the moment Cooper Cronk broke his arm last year.

Bid to get ace Farah removed from fray

Crash landing: Robbie Farah recovered from a shoulder injury to top the tackle count for the Blues in a heroic effort.

Adrian Proszenko 1:37 PM   Robbie Farah pushed through the pain barrier in another hotly contested State of Origin encounter, but the Maroons believe he should never have got the chance.

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Stosur eyes Sharapova in Paris rendezvous

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Samantha Stosur of Australia celebrates a point during Women's Singles match against Madison Brengle of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

7:01 AM   Samantha Stosur has stormed into the third round of the French Open with a crushing straight-sets win over local qualifier Amandine Hesse.

Punishment no reason for benching: Luke

Ripping in: Souths hooker Issac Luke is determined to put his best foot froward.

Daniel Lane   Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke said his actions - and not his words to the media - would prove his immediate focus was to help the defending champions rediscover their groove.

Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

2018, 2022 bids targeted in Swiss soccer probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 6:41 AM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials.

Carlton trying not to be the Blues

Carlton jumpers lie on the ground outside Princes Park after an angry fan threw them away on Tuesday.

Jake Niall 8:51 PM   The Blues are trying to reinvent themselves into a club that is more like the rest, less like themselves.

League HQ

Pearce's effort should silence critics, say Roosters colleagues

Rose to the challenge:  Mitchell Pearce deserves praise, say Jake Friend and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Daniel Lane 5:13 PM   Sydney Roosters Jake Friend and Shaun Kenny Dowall said Mitchell Pearce's critics would be impossible to please if they did not acknowledge his performance for NSW in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin match in the unfamiliar role of five-eighth was outstanding.

Cam the man in Ultimate League

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Chris Boulous 5:05 PM   There is one sure fire way to determine if you have reached the pinnacle of your sport.

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Rugby Heaven

Precedent shows SANZAR gunning for the tip tackle

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson 5:00 PM   Tips for young players: say sorry and say it early. Super Rugby's governing body SANZAR are gunning for the tip tackle this season. Will Skelton and Tolu Latu have learnt that the hard way.

Rebels bring in veterans for attempt at South African win

Rugby union

Roy Ward 5:00 PM   Luke Burgess, Laurie Weeks, Colby Fainga'a and Sefa Naivalu all named to start for Rebels against the Sharks in Durban.

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Cricket

Hazlewood winning race for Test spot

Test debut: Josh Hazlewood.

Ed Jackson 3:49 PM   He is Australia's World Cup bowling hero, but Mitchell Starc could be about to lose his coveted Test spot once more.

Ahmed strikes in West Indies tour match

Fawad Ahmed

Ed Jackson 10:30 AM   A pair of wickets helped boost Fawad Ahmed's Test chances but Australia have been made to work hard on day one of their tour match. But the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI who finished the day stronger at 5-288.

AFL

Swallow has until Saturday to prove fitness

Andrew Swallow hurt his thumb against the Bombers.

Daniel Cherny 2:00 PM   North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow will be given until Saturday before it's decided whether his injured thumb gets the 'thumbs up' for AFL football.

Malthouse my biggest influence: Shaw

AFL . Collingwood training  at Gosh's Paddock as they  prepare for game against West Coast Eagles. Heath Shaw with coach Mick Malthouse .   Picture by Vince Caligiuri ,The Age . 9th  September  2011

Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw has hailed Mick Malthouse as his biggest AFL influence and said he was sad to see the under-fire coach sacked by Carlton.

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Soccer

FIFA corruption arrests: Australia's $500,000 payment to Jack Warner under scrutiny

Sepp Blatter.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 4:27 PM   Former top Australian football official Bonita Mersiades has referred to the Australian Federal Police the alleged theft by suspected corrupt former FIFA executive Jack Warner of $500,000 of Australian football funds.

Blatter must go, but will his replacement be any better?

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 3:45 PM   Sepp Blatter has to go. No question. The larger question is whether Prince Ali bin-Hussein is the right man to replace him.

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ACT Sport

Canberra athlete ready to book ticket to Beijing

Zoe Buckman believes she can book her world titles spot in this weekend's Diamond League event in America.

Jon Tuxworth 4:56 PM   Canberra athlete Zoe Buckman is confident she can put her national titles disappointment behind her and qualify for August's world championships at this weekend's Prefonatine Classic in Eugene, America this weekend. 

Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

Nick Kyrgios.

David Polkinghorne   But the young Canberran faces a tough second-round test before he can start matching it with the big guns.

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Horse Racing

Pierro and All Too Hard continue rivalry at the saleyards

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway 3:54 PM   Pierro and All Too Hard excited racegoers with three stirring battles on the track in 2012 and they continued the rivalry at the National Weanling Sale at the Magic Millions Sales complex on Sunday and Monday.

Rory Hutchings mulling permanent Sydney move in second Australian stint

Another bright hope: Rory Hutchings is weighing up whether to follow in the footsteps of a couple of recent Kiwi success stories.

Adam Pengilly 3:30 PM   With nothing left to achieve in New Zealand this season, apprentice title winner in waiting Rory Hutchings knew the time was right to head back to Sydney. And now he is deciding whether to make the stint permanent.

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Queensland's Cronk snatches victory

A Cooper Cronk field goal secured Queensland an 11-10 victory in the opening State of Origin match.

Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

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.