Skipper spares selectors tough call

Andrew Wu 6:49 PM   Michael Clarke’s decision to retire from one-day cricket after Sunday’s World Cup final has spared Australian cricket officials from making the tough call on the departing captain’s future.

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High-voltage showdown looms in final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Brendon McCullum of New Zealand speaks to the media during a New Zealand nets session at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu 11:33 PM   Australia's standing as the world's best one-day team is on the line against a bold New Zealand side which has vowed to maintain the high voltage style which has taken them to within one victory of a fairytale World Cup triumph.

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Warner tipped to upstage McCullum

Countdown to the final: David Warner gets a ride from Mitch Marsh during an Australian nets session.

Jesse Hogan 12:44 AM   David Warner has been backed to emerge from the shadows created by Brendon McCullum's dazzling form and show he, not the New Zealand captain, is the pivotal batsman of the World Cup final.

Injury forces changes for Raiders

Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls is in for his first NRL game in two years.

Jon Tuxworth 5:08 PM   The Raiders have been forced to make two changes to their team to play the Roosters.

Canberra urge NRL to drip-feed bench rules

Canberra CEO Don Furner urged the league to drip-feed the interchange initiative.

Jon Tuxworth 9:21 PM   The Canberra Raiders insist the NRL would be "crazy" to reduce the number of interchanges to six next season, adamant teams need more time to alter playing rosters to suit such a drastic change. 

McDonald urges Hartnell to BMW victory

What a day: James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell.

Chris Roots 7:37 PM   It was a war that Godolphin's jockey James McDonald thought might have been off before it started.

Former stars sing Pocock praises

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A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore. 
 

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David Polkinghorne 8:33 PM   Former Wallabies prop Richard Harry says ACT Brumbies flanker David Pocock is the "bloke you want to go to war with", while Canberra Raiders great Bradley Clyde believes the former Wallabies captain was part of a "milestone case" that has changed the Australian sporting landscape.

League HQ

Croker and McGrath injured in Raiders' under-20 loss to Roosters

Jon Tuxworth 3:46 PM   The Canberra Raiders' heavy under-20 loss to Sydney Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday was compounded by injuries to key personnel, with halfback Lachlan Croker and hooker Dylan McGrath both failing to finish the match. 

Broncos withstand late Warriors fightback

Looking to pass: Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford looks to pass against the New Zealand Warriors.

Robert Lowe 2:33 PM   The Brisbane Broncos spoilt the party two decades ago and they've done it again, holding off a big Warriors' fightback for a 24-16 NRL victory in Auckland.

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Rugby Heaven

Canberra fortress to play crucial role in Super Rugby campaign: Larkham

David Polkinghorne 3:42 PM   Can Brumbies continue their home ground dominance?

Waratahs growing scrum strength a good sign for Wallabies: Kepu

Georgina Robinson 3:24 PM   It was a project marked by twice-daily scrummaging sessions in the midsummer heat but the Waratahs are starting to reap the benefits and the Wallabies could be next.

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Cricket

Live ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia v New Zealand

Australia's Mitchell Starc.

Ronny Lerner 3:49 PM   The tournament's co-hosts line-up for arguably the biggest one-day international ever seen on Australian soil.

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Fans soak up the sun as World Cup cricket final heats up

It was a friendly rivalry between Australian and New Zealand fans.

3:45 PM   The sea of gold and black was unmissable as throngs of fans descended upon Birrangma to watch Australia take on arch rivals New Zealand for the Cricket World Cup.

AFL

Reasons for Dons verdict to be in-house

The seemingly never-ending supplements saga has spread into the 2015 NAB Challenge.

Jake Niall 11:10 PM   The AFL's doping tribunal will not release to the public the reasons for its judgment in the Essendon case when it hands down a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Why the game needs the Tigers roaring

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall 9:30 PM   The game didn't particularly need Richmond to succeed in 1987, 1997, or 2007.

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Soccer

Lengthy injury list has killed any chance of Wanderers fightback: Popovic

Sebastian Hassett 3:36 PM   Dismayed Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has never lost faith in his players but admits their crippling injury list is making it almost impossible to put together successive wins.

Socceroos out to stay on a roll against Macedonia

Liam FitzGibbon, Skopje 3:26 PM   Eager to keep the in-form Socceroos flying, Ange Postecoglou won't risk disrupting their rhythm by making sweeping changes for the friendly against Macedonia.

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Athletics

Pearson pulls out as brilliant Breen claims fifth national title

Melissa Breen won her fifth national title with victory in the women's 100m in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Lee Gaskin 9:16 PM   Canberra athlete Melissa Breen shrugged off the distraction of Sally Pearson's late scratching to punch her ticket to the world championships.

Dargaville puts together solid audition in race for Brumbies No.13 jersey

James Dargaville put together a solid audition for the vacant ACT Brumbies No.13 jersey.

Jon Tuxworth 8:46 PM   James Dargaville doesn't expect to fill Tevita Kuridrani's giant shoes, but he put together a solid audition for the vacant ACT Brumbies no.13 jersey in Gungahlin's 35-31 loss to Easts on Saturday. 

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Horse Racing

Darren Beadman's joy as James McDonald triumphs on Hartnell

Max Presnell 3:48 PM   Darren Beadman, in a surprising rush of unbridled joy, went into a hugging frenzy following Hartnell's BMW success at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday but he missed the vital contributor. Now on ground level with the Godolphin outfit, the former champion jockey had experienced personal triumphs in majors such as the Melbourne Cup, the Golden Slipper and an epic BMW, when he carried Freemason over the line to beat the outstanding Northerly in 2003.

Gary Moore ready to pour the Champagne

Champagne Stakes hope: Takedown scored in The Schweppervescence at Rosehill on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 12:12 AM   A decision to turn down offers from Hong Kong paid divideds when Takedown stamped himself as a Champagne Stakes contender at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.