Smith holds Australia together

Chloe Saltau 7:13 PM   On a fiercely competitive Boxing Day at the MCG in front of 69,993 people, which will also be remembered as a day of missed opportunities for Australia's batsmen, Steve Smith was the glorious exception.

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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. 

Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats

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Rupert Guinness 7:54 PM   Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking. Look at that thing go … Woo!" within minutes of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starting under blazing summer sun on Friday afternoon.

Namadgi makes smooth start in Sydney

Yachts jostle for position at the start of the Sydney to Hobart on Friday afternoon.

Lee Gaskin 5:35 PM   Canberra yacht Namadgi made a smooth start to the Sydney to Hobart, but knows the big challenge is yet to come with predicted gale-force winds.

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.

Campese gets send-off at Queanbeyan races

Terry Campese enjoyed a send-off at Queanbeyan's Boxing Day races before moving to the UK.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   Former Raiders captain Terry Campese will be among familar faces in the English Super League when he joins Hull KR after getting a farewell at the Queanbeyan races.

Baseball

ABL weakening league: catcher Murphy

Jack Murphy is frustrated that his Cavalry side was stripped of a win over the Brisbane Bandits.

David Polkinghorne 5:19 PM   Jack Murphy says the Australian Baseball League's import rule weakens the standard of the league and could stop Major League teams from sending their developing talent Down Under.

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

Boxing Day another ripping yarn

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Greg Baum 8:20 PM   In the first over of the Boxing Day Test, Chris Rogers was struck an eye-watering blow. In the second over, so was Australia as David Warner was snapped up slips for a duck. Twenty minutes passed until Australia scored a run off the bat, 40 until they hit a four.

Smith shines again as batsmen raise more questions than answers

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Malcolm Knox 8:17 PM   So at 3.40pm on a teasing Melbourne day, hot in the sunshine but chilly in the shade, the moment arrived for Australian Test cricketer number 441, Joseph Anthony Burns.

Racing

Cassidy can ride Barbed to upset Ball Of Muscle

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Max Presnell 7:44 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.

Risk and reward for Danny O'Brien hoping to Witness the birth of another star

Danny O'Brien.

Adam Pengilly 8:00 PM   There are half a dozen horses in Danny O'Brien's yard from Nicconi, which the trainer jokes "couldn't win a race anywhere".

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.