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Jon Tuxworth 1:30 PM   Two Raiders were put on report during Saturday's match. Only one will play this weekend.

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Finals hopes hanging on Hodgson's ankle

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson.

Lee Gaskin 11:48 PM   Alan Tongue says the possible absence of Josh Hodgson will put a severe dent in Canberra's finals aspirations.

Raiders taking positives from collapse

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NRL Round 12 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos at Canberra GIO stadium. Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

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Lee Gaskin 11:49 PM   Raiders coach Ricky Stuart insists it is not all "doom and gloom" and wants his team to learn from their mistakes.

Austin voted NRL's best No.6 by peers

Blake Austin

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 AM   Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has been crowned the game's best five-eighth by his peers.

Canberra league refs lay down law on abuse

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Jon Tuxworth 11:51 PM   Canberra Region Rugby League has used the Fifita referee saga to reinforce its zero-tolerance policy on abuse.

Turner injury 'brought a tear' to Inglis eye

Dangerous: Kyle Turner suffered a string of concussions last season.

Michael Carayannis 10:46 AM   Concussion-prone Souths forward suffers another concussion on return from serious neck injury but describes comeback as 'successful'.

Toomua's tackling needs tinkering

Matt Toomua needs to improve his tackling technique.

David Polkinghorne 11:57 PM   Stephen Larkham says Matt Toomua needs to work on his tackling technique to ensure he doesn't keep getting knocked out.

Is this England's 'McGrath moment?

Umpire Aleem Dar looks on as England fast-bowler Jimmy Anderson grimaces due to an injury that forced him to leave the field mid-way through an over on day two of the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.

Jesse Hogan 11:22 PM   Australia believes the injury to swing bowler Jimmy Anderson will be as much of a blow to England's chances as the loss of Glenn McGrath was to theirs in 2005.

Tuggies war for Woden Weston coach

Robbie Deeley of Canberra FC in action.

David Polkinghorne 7:15 PM   The finals race has tightened up in the ACT National Premier League.

Support for Goodes lifted us, says Tippett

Red and white love: Adam Goodes has been a fan favourite at the Swans for years.

Tom Decent 6:41 PM   Sydney forward Kurt Tippett said the hairs on the back of his neck stood up when he heard the roar of the 38,690-strong crowd in the third quarter against Adelaide Crows at the SCG on Saturday.

Dockers secure top-two spot

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 2: David Mundy of the Fremantle Dockers is tackled from the clearance during the 2015 AFL round 18 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the GWS Giants at Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia on August 2, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Brad Elborough 8:30 PM   Fremantle secure a top-two spot on the ladder after overcoming a gallant GWS.

League HQ

Raiders player made to drive home from Townsville

Sia Soliola was forced to drive home from far north Queensland after breaking his cheekbone.

Jon Tuxworth 3:17 PM   Most of the Raiders were happy to be on a flight home on Sunday. One player's return took a little longer.

Evans escapes ban for shoulder charge

Cleared: Roosters forward Kane Evans.

Michael Carayannis 1:40 PM   Kane Evans cleared but two players face one-game bans.

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Simmons out of Bledisloe Cup

Rob Simmons is out of the Bledisloe Cup matches.

Tom Decent 10:46 AM   The Wallabies have lost premier lineout jumper Rob Simmons for Saturday's Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand as he is to undergo wrist surgery.

How the Brumbies are tapping into the NFL market

Chris Coyle.

Emma Stoney 9:03 AM   After Chris Coyle had a successful college career as a tight end for Arizona State, his dreams of playing in the NFL seemed about to be realised when he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans.

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Cricket

The end is near for Michael Clarke – it's written all over his face

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Andrew Webster 2:04 PM   The Australian captain has the choice to end his Test career with dignity, on his terms.

England Ashes precedent could trigger swap of Hazlewood for Siddle

Ready to go: Peter Siddle during an Ashes training session

Jesse Hogan 2:30 PM   Australia could drop the leading wicket-taker in this Ashes series, Josh Hazlewood, so Trent Bridge specialist Peter Siddle can stiffen their attack for the fourth Test.

AFL

No unlocked Hawks secret: Mitchell

Sam Mitchell doesn't think Richmond have unlocked the secret formula to beating Hawthorn.

Daniel Cherny 2:58 PM   Hawks veteran Sam Mitchell doesn't think the Tigers "unlocked some sort of secret" in how to beat Hawthorn, while joking that his coach wasn't a man to 'rub up the wrong way.'

Hawks can take a lesson from history

Nic Naitanui and Luke Lowden

Rohan Connolly 11:33 PM   Hawthorn may be sentenced to a final in Perth should they lose to West Coast this week.

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Soccer

Wenger hails rugged Arsenal, Mourinho impressed

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Arsenal.

William Schomberg 7:32 AM   Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team's uncharacteristically rugged display after they beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Arsenal obsessed with 'selfies and six-packs'

Forthright: Roy Keane in his Manchester United days.

Ciaran O Raghallaigh 10:17 PM   Former Manchester United midfielder launches withering attack on Wenger's side - and takes a shot at Man City too

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ACT Sport

Goulburn snaps Queanbeyan Roos win streak with 30-4 thrashing

The Bulldogs' Michael Bani was impressive on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth 12:50 AM   The cavalry's back, and so are the Goulburn Bulldogs. 

Rams bow out of Canberra Raiders Cup finals contention with loss

Rams captain Josh Burns offloads the ball against the Warriors.

Jon Tuxworth 6:43 PM   Woden Valley halfback Josh Burns joked his clash Howie Brown confirmed his retirement call was the right one.

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Horse Racing

Trainers not stood down by Racing Victoria

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Patrick Bartley 3:29 PM   Racing Victoria stewards will not enforce stand down notices on the five leading trainers with cobalt positives, but the trainers will be asked to forfeit their winning percentages from Group and listed races until after their hearings.

Kavanagh launches a defence claiming cobalt doesn't affect blood system

Accused: Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 3:23 PM   Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.

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Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.

NEAFL: Sydney University v Ainslie

A scoreless first term proved too tough for Ainslie to overcome.

Port beat wasteful Saints in Adelaide

Port Adelaide too good for St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.

Sydney Swans win it for Adam Goodes

Swans prove too strong for Crows on an emotional day at the SCG.

Lehmann backs under fire Michael Clarke

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed his under-fire skipper.