Hunt suspended, fined – but he survives

Georgina Robinson 8:52 AM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Racing

Black Opal strongest in years: Waterhouse

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is all smiles after her runner Greatwood won race 7, The Pacific Hoists Parramatta Cup, ridden by Tommy Berry, during Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth   Queen of the track Gai Waterhouse rates Sunday's Black Opal Stakes field the strongest she has seen in years.

Souths crush Bennett's Broncos return

South Sydney celebrate their victory over the Broncos.

Phil Lutton 7:16 AM   Wayne Bennett's new era of prosperity for the Brisbane Broncos must begin another week after a 36-6 thrashing in the season opener at Suncorp Stadium.

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Toovey sidelined during Manly's DCE talks 

In the spotlight: Daly Cherry-Evans and Geoff Toovey.

Michael Carayannis   Geoff Toovey's tense relationship with Sea Eagles management has taken another dramatic turn after the coach revealed he is not involved in negotiations to keep star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brumbies roll into battle against Force

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore returns to the starting line up for the match against the Rebels.

Chris Dutton 6:39 PM   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore says disengaging tactics against the rolling maul are not in the "spirit of the game" but concedes teams will try new things in an attempt to it shut down.

Watson accepts he had plenty of chances

Unusual position: Shane Watson (right) and fellow unused squad members Pat Cummins, George Bailey and Xavier Doherty sing the national anthem before the World Cup match against Afghanistan.

Andrew Wu 12:44 AM   Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run which resulted in him being dropped from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years.

A-League stars will get shot at champions

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 6:18 PM   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to reward some of the A-League's most in-form players with a call-up to the national team for their European friendly against Germany.

Cricket

Live: India v West Indies

Chris Gayle.

5:20 PM   The West Indies bat first against India in Perth.

Sri Lanka deny they are scared of Johnson

Andrew Wu 4:35 PM   Sri Lanka say they have exorcised the demons raised by Mitchell Johnson from their last tour of Australia, but the bone-breaking speedster looms large in Sunday's crucial World Cup encounter at the SCG.

Rugby Heaven

Hunt searches for answers as rugby bosses warn drugs issue is complex

Ruffled: Karmichael Hunt leaves a press conference in Brisbane on Friday.

Georgina Robinson 5:28 PM   Queensland rugby bosses have defended their treatment of disgraced code-hopper Karmichael Hunt, warning it is "unreasonable" to expect that elite athletes will not be tripped up by illicit drugs.

Despite a fine and ban, the consequences may still continue for Hunt

Wallaby prospects in doubt: Karmichael Hunt at a press conference on Friday.

Rupert Guinness 4:22 PM   The Australian Rugby Union may have formally handed down its punishment to fallen Reds star Karmichael Hunt after he pleaded guilty in court to possession of cocaine before he switched to rugby this year – that being a $30,000 fine and a six-week suspension.

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League HQ

Raiders weight watchers

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Chris Wilson 4:34 PM   The Canberra Raiders have given a new meaning to weight-watchers, players sending photos of their nightly meals to staff.

Melbourne Storm to prove doubters wrong as NRL season opens

Roy Ward 4:29 PM   Melbourne Storm have been widely tipped to miss this year's finals but the players and their coach believe they will still be in the premiership race in 2015.

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BMX

Rose blossoming ahead of showdown with BMX idol

BMX rider Mikayla Rose, 14, will be taking on Caroline Buchanan at the ACT BMX Championships on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin 3:36 PM   Numerous knee dislocations, a torn ACL and ankle surgery – all before the age of 15 – have not stopped Canberra teenager Mikayla Rose from becoming one of the most exciting BMX prospects in Australia.

Cricket

Finals berth on the line in dramatic last day

Weston Creek Molonglo spinner Mark Akeroyd scored 75 to help his side to 288 against ANU.

Lee Gaskin 12:42 PM   Weston Creek Molonglo captain Michael Delaney✓ has implored his bowlers to capitalise on a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership for his side to squeeze into the Douglas Cup finals.

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Soccer

Football to support Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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Dominic Bossi 5:09 PM   Footballers will be among the athletes showing support for the gay and lesbian community at Saturday's Mardi Gras.

Mariners facing huge payout for sacked coach Moss

Sacked: Phil Moss and captain John Hutchinson in December. Hutchinson will take over some coaching duties at the Mariners after Moss' axing.

Sebastian Hassett 3:41 PM   The cash-strapped Central Coast Mariners could be facing payouts of close to $500,000 after sacking coach Phil Moss on Friday and removing Wayne O'Sullivan as assistant coach.

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Tennis

Rios wants Korda 1998 tennis doping check

Accused: Petr Korda with the Australian Open trophy after his victory in the 1998 final.

1:54 PM   Chilean officials say they will back a request by former world No.1 Marcelo Rios to have the International Tennis Federation investigate whether Petr Korda committed a doping violation in the 1998 Australian Open.

Davis Cup draws plaudits, brickbats

Linda Pearce 5:00 PM   After Roger Federer extended to 20-17 his career advantage over Novak Djokovic in the recent Dubai final, the world's top two players went very separate ways: Federer for a break; Djokovic to the central Serbian city of Kraljevo, to prepare for national duty against Croatia.

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NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive lowdown on each of the 16 teams.

Jordan Smiler

Brumbies big man Jordan Smiler opens up on his aspirations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa take on Ireland at Manuka Oval for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.