Tilse granted mid-season release from Raiders

Chris Wilson 12:39 PM   The Raiders will release Dane Tilse to join the UK Super League this month, but only after the veteran helps them ride through an injury crisis.

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Welcome relief for players

Bombers captain Jobe Watson flanked by teammates including Michael Hurley (left), Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers (right) leave after speaking to the media.

Mark Thompson 9:25 PM   Surprise. I have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that the Essendon players had been found not guilty.

Caro reacts to ASADA defeat

Caroline Wilson says today's verdict is "fantastic" for the players.

7:43 PM   Caroline Wilson has shared her thoughts following the anti-doping tribunal's decision to clear the Essendon 34.

Austin pledges to take greater load

Mitch Cornish has been dumped to reserve grade.

Jon Tuxworth 6:29 PM   Blake Austin has put the blowtorch on himself to accept more responsibility marshalling their misfiring attack, conceding he needs to take more pressure off rookie halfback Mitch Cornish.

Cherry-Evans frustrated to be dragged off 

Frustrated: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans believes being forced from the field without a head knock is proof the NRL's concussion crackdown has gone too far and fears it could cost teams a vital victory.

Pocock on track for World Cup role: Cheika

Taking a stand: players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out.

Chris Dutton 1:04 AM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time.

Vaea, Arnold re-sign with Brumbies

Ita Vaea will of the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton 11:30 AM   Ita Vaea will cap a remarkable comeback from life-threatening blood clots, while Rory Arnold will continue his meteoric rise in a double signing coup for the  ACT Brumbies on Wednesday. 

Form dictated call-up for Voges, Ahmed

Fawad Ahmed in action with the bat for Victoria.

Jesse Hogan 5:54 PM   Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed demanded selection for winter tour through the dominance of this summer's Sheffield Shield runs and wickets tallies, Rod Marsh says.

Godolphin chase Blue Riband with Hauraki

Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.

Chris Roots 7:10 PM   After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

Socceroos ready for road to Russia

Ange Postecoglou got what he wanted from the Socceroos' European swing.

5:35 PM   Ange Postecoglou says Australia is ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers after recent friendlies in Europe.

League HQ

Why the salary cap is vital for NRL

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord 12:51 PM   Success must absolutely be punished. Let's just start from right there.

Grand final nightmare motivates Bulldogs to make amends

Bad memories: Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai has not watched a replay of last year's grand final.

Brad Walter 11:41 AM   The memory of defeat in last year's grand final is being used by Bulldogs players as motivation to go one better this season but most say they have never watched a replay of the 30-6 loss to South Sydney.

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Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 2:49 PM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

Six Nations should adopt bonus point system: Woodward

Exciting: Clive Woodward backs bonus points in Six Nations.

Georgina Robinson 12:03 AM   The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.

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Cricket

Knee strain sidelines Starc for IPL start

On ice: Mitchell Starc.

12:24 PM   World Cup hero Mitchell Starc will reportedly miss the first three weeks of the Indian Premier League due to injury.

Nevill's blessings in disguise lead to tour spot

The upcoming Frank Worrell Trophy and Ashes tours will be Peter Nevill's first for the national team since 2012.

David Sygall 11:56 AM   While Australia's top wicketkeepers were playing slog-a-six in the Big Bash League over December and January, Peter Nevill kept his head down and worked on his long-form game.

AFL

Bombers suddenly not so listless

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly 12:32 AM   Relief. Joy. Vindication. You could throw in another half-dozen descriptions of the emotions swirling around the Essendon Football Club and their playing list on Tuesday afternoon.

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Low-profile staffers the real victims: lawyer

Essendon coach James Hird last October.

Caroline Wilson 9:22 PM   Lawyer who represented 24 assistant coaches, trainers and staffers has described his clients as the true "collateral damage" of the club's dangerous 2012 drugs program.

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Soccer

Olyroos cruise but Aurelio Vidmar knows Rio test still to come

Vidmar

Sebastian Hassett 1:37 PM   Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar admits his side "still has some work to do" to qualify for the 2016 Olympics despite cruising through their pre-qualification group.

England's Townsend earns late draw against Italy

Italy's Graziano Pelle celebrates his goal.

10:15 AM   England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday.

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ACT Sport

Jack steeling himself to miss round one

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David Polkinghorne 8:45 PM   When will Canberra's young guns make their AFL debuts?

Rogic finally back after months of injury pain

Tom Rogic ended months of injury frustration by playing for Celtic's development side on Tuesday.

5:53 PM   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic is finally back in action, ending almost a year of injury frustration by returning to the field for Celtic's development squad on Tuesday.

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Horse Racing

No grey areas with Chautauqua's return to Sydney, says Hawkes

Grey matter: Chautauqua is well fancied in the T.J. Smith stakes.

Adam Pengilly 7:15 PM   Straight-track specialist Chautauqua has not raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey's return to Sydney hasn't fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.

Betting unshaken despite favourites drawing wide

Set for the extreme outside: Hallowed Crown.

Adam Pengilly 7:11 PM   Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.

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Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Raiders vs Rooster

The Canberra Raiders clash with the Sydney Rooster in Sydney in round four of the NRL

Mont 24 hour race

Pictures from the Month 24 hour mountain bike race, held at Kowen Forest.

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.