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Iran fail in bid to oust Iraq

Nothing to see here: Alaa Abdulzehra reacts during Iraq's clash with Japan. A complaint about his appearance in the Asian Cup has been dismissed.

Sebastian Hassett 10:07 PM   Just 48 hours after being eliminated from the Asian Cup, Iran claimed that Iraq must be banned from the tournament for fielding an ineligible player. However, at 7.30pm their complaint was dismissed, meaning Iraq will face South Korea as planned with Abdul-Zahra taking the field.

Brumbies get innovative with contracts   

Brumbies flyhalf Nic White will play in France after the World Cup.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies find new ways to overhaul contract system to keep Australia's top talent in the capital.

Berdych shows Bernie who's boss

Tomas Berdych in action against Bernard Tomic.

Greg Baum 9:38 PM   Bernard Tomic did up his laces and then aced Tomas Berdych to win the first game of their fourth round match, and began to saunter towards his courtside seat, and the sell-out Margaret Court arena crowd nestled further into theirs. Project Bernie and the mission to establish an Australian man in the quarter-finals of the eponymous Open for the first time in 10 years was on track.

Baseball

Disallowed win costs Cavalry playoff berth

Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins.

Lee Gaskin 6:42 PM   Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins insists the Australian Baseball League's decision to strip it of a win for breaching import rules wasn't the reason it missed the playoffs.

Binga roars into Canberra chasing fairytale  

Going out on a high note: Brett Lee will head to Canberra trying to win the Big Bash League title in his final ever game.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   The Sydney Sixers are aiming to send champion fast bowler Brett Lee off with the Big Bash League title after booking their spot in Wednesday night's final in Canberra.

Socceroos fighting fit thanks to Ange

Taskmaster: Ange Postecoglou looks on during Socceroos training.

Sebastian Hassett 5:29 PM   They might be enduring a brutally short turnaround between their Asian Cup matches but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is confident he's successfully staved off squad burn-out before their semi-final with the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday night.

Cricket

Perth Scorchers get the better of Melbourne Stars

Nathan Coulter-Nile of the Scorchers celebrates after dismissing Kevin Pietersen of the Stars.

Brad Elborough 10:32 PM   Nathan Coulter-Nile has announced his return to cricket by leading the Perth Scorchers to its fourth consecutive Big Bash League final.

Maddinson proves coming of age

Headed for the boundary: Nic Maddinson of the Sydney Sixers hoists the ball during the semi-final against the Adelaide Strikers.

Daniel Lane 8:59 PM    Immaturity – and not the pressure to live up to his reputation as a big-hitter – was the reason behind Sydney Sixers batsman Nic Maddinson failing to build on a series of promising starts in the Big Bash League before Saturday night's explosive innings, which propelled his team into Wednesday's final in Canberra.

ACT Sport

Williams on track for World Cup

A word of advice: Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is hoping to speak with Wallabies flanker David Pocock about his return from a torn ACL.

Chris Dutton 8:00 PM   Matildas and Canberra United goalkeeper Lydia Williams is drawing inspiration from David Pocock's comeback.

Totally addicted to bass

Jake Stylis with a 40cm bass from the Shoalhaven River.

Anthony Stokman   The bass are well and truly on, and it doesn't matter where you're at – it's a bass fest.

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Tennis

Live: Murray v Dimitrov

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal.

Daniel Cherny 11:45 PM   Live coverage of day seven of the 2015 Australian Open from Melbourne Park.

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Simona Halep makes quarter-finals

Hard work: Simona Halep mops her brow after a point.

11:23 PM   Romania's Simona Halep has set up an Australian Open quarter-final with Ekaterina Makarova after disposing of Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.

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Football

Glory salvage draw against Victory

Perth Glory's Andy Keogh remonstrates with Victory players during the round 16 A-League match in Perth on Sunday.

11:16 PM   A-League leaders Perth Glory score two goals in the last 12 minutes to salvage an entertaining 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory

Ryan confident of Asian Cup glory

Mat Ryan

Sebastian Hassett 11:11 PM   With the exception of their group stage defeat against South Korea, goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes the Socceroos have ticked every other box in this Asian Cup and are perfectly placed to take the next step in Tuesday night's semi-final against the United Arab Emirates.

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League HQ

Speedier Marshall sheds a few kilos

Reaping rewards: Benji Marshall during a team golf day in Kogarah in November.

Michael Carayannis 9:49 PM   Benji Marshall says he is feeling quicker than ever having shed four kilograms to be at his lightest playing weight since 2008 while revealing his high pressured mid-season to a struggling Dragons side was the toughes period of his career.

NRL to explore Koukash's bold English-based bid

Bold plan: Marwan Koukash wants to introduce an English club into the NRL.

Michael Carayannis 8:00 PM   One of Shane Richardson's opening tasks in his new role as the NRL's head of game strategy and development could be to meet with Marwan Koukash who is behind an daring bid to introduce an English club into the NRL after the game's governing body confirmed it would explore all expansion proposals

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Rugby Heaven

Super Rugby faces foreign recruiting blitz

Man mountain: Hurricanes winger Julian Savea may opt to play sevens.

Liam Napier 3:00 AM   Super Rugby faces its greatest credibility test next year as a World Cup walkout and aggressive European club recruitment blitz continues to pillage Southern Hemisphere nations.

Ita Vaea close to 'impossible' Brumbies contract after blood clots

Ita Vaea is close to making his Brumbies dream.

Chris Dutton   Ita Vaea on the verge of remarkable Super Rugby comeback after overcoming life-threatening blood clots.

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Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.

Australian Open gets ready to commence

Last minute preparations for the Australian Open.

Watson's technique under the microscope

Dean Jones offers some batting advice for Shane Watson.

ABL: Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

Canberra Cavalry take on fierce rivals Perth at Narrabundah.

Cricket: PM's XI no match for England

The Prime Minister's XI take on England at Manuka Oval.