'They deserved it': Haddin defends sledging

2:43 PM   Australia's World Cup winning wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has defended his sledging in the World Cup final against New Zealand, saying the Kiwis "deserved it".

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Ferguson out for four months

Blake Ferguson (R) of the Roosters celebrates with Aidan Guerra (L) after scoring a try

Michael Carayannis 2:38 PM   Blake Ferguson says the injury which threatens to end his season will be a "test" to see where he is at mentally.

Raiders get insight into the task ahead

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Edrick Lee of the Raiders looks on during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 10:21 PM   For the Canberra Raiders, this was a reminder of the chasm which still exists between them and the NRL's best. 

Clarke passes baton on final triumphant note

Local heroes: Michael Clarke and Steve Smith arm in arm after guiding Australia to victory.

Malcolm Knox 11:04 PM   In Michael Clarke and Steven Smith, two generations of Australian cricket steered their team through the final leg of their long trek to a fifth World Cup.

Larkham demands Canberra fortress

NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Coach Stephen Larkham of the Brumbies looks on during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Brumbies at Yarrow Stadium on February 20, 2015 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 10:13 PM   Stephen Larkham says the next five weeks will play a crucial role in the Brumbies' Super Rugby finals hopes, culminating in a rematch against reigning champions NSW Waratahs.

Wells wins record eighth national title

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Lauren Wells competes in the final of the Women's 400m Hurdle Open event during the Australian Athletics Championships at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre on March 29, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin 10:03 PM   Canberra athlete Lauren Wells almost fell at the final hurdle, but recovered to win a record eighth national title to book her ticket for the world championships.

Powell claims back-to-back world crowns

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David Polkinghorne 10:01 PM   Evergreen Sue Powell is once again champion of the world, but the Canberra para-cyclist knows her competition is "coming to get her".

League HQ

Kasiano re-signs with Canterbury

Three-year deal: Sam Kasiano.

3:10 PM   Giant prop Sam Kasiano has signed a new three-year contract with Canterbury that will keep him at the NRL club until the end of 2018.

Merrin rules out Panthers mid-season switch

Staying put: Trent Merrin tries to breach the Manly defence at WIN Stadium on Saturday.

Simon Brunsdon 12:45 AM   Trent Merrin has dismissed the possibility of a stunning mid-season move to Penrith, declaring his commitment to St George Illawarra as the Dragons found their fire on Saturday night.

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Tahs, Brumbies dominate Wallabies group

Bragging rights: The Waratahs and Brumbies meet again as teammates after their epic clash in Sydney.

Georgina Robinson 8:33 AM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's first big test of man management has begun with 15 Waratahs and 12 Brumbies players converging on Brisbane for the first formal gathering of the Test squad in a World Cup year.

Tahs scrum strength a good sign: Kepu

Powerhouse: Sekope Kepu says the Waratahs are starting to reap the rewards of a focus on scrummaging.

Georgina Robinson 8:33 AM   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

Cricket World Cup: Australian player rankings

Andrew Wu and Jesse Hogan 3:23 PM   How Australia's squad of 15 rated in the World Cup.

Three Aussies, no Indians in ICC's World Cup XI

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum swings lustily during his 26-ball knock of 59.

3:20 PM   Champions Australia have only three players included in the ICC's team of the World Cup, which contains five New Zealanders.

AFL

Thymosin beta 4 not on banned list: Dank

Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik 5:09 PM   As calls come for a "root and branch" review of how the national anti-doping body completes its investigations, the man at the centre of the Essendon saga insists his supplements program was known at the highest levels of the club.

Cats have high hopes for classy Cockatoo

Standout: Nakia Cockatoo runs the ball during the NAB Challenge match against the Gold Coast Suns earlier this month.

Matt Murnane 10:42 PM   Cats are re-generating into a more complete team like the reigning premier Hawks.

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Soccer

Live: Macedonia v Socceroos

Austarlia's scorer Mile Jedinak.

Richard Shute 3:37 PM   Fresh from a draw against world champions Germany, the Socceroos finish their European trip against the 108th ranked Macedonia.

Five things we learned - A-League round 23

Sebastian Hassett dinkus Dinkus

Sebastian Hassett 1:52 PM   Five things we learned - A-League round 23

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ACT Sport

Silver cloud in O'Connor's worlds

3:22 PM   Brandie O'Connor's world championships silver medal means more than a quarter of Australia's para-cycling track medal haul came  from Canberra cyclists, continuing the ACT's ability to punch above its weight on the world cycling stage.

Baseball

Smokey Bandits upset Bears

SPORT: These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Tim Beard and Hayden Beard who play for the Bandits and Lee Mills, Reece Mills and Trent Mills who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final. 26th March 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne 10:09 PM   Is the minor premiership a poisoned chalice?

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Horse Racing

Rhapsody in blue as Beadman savours triumph

Hart of the action: Jockey James McDonald celebrates after seeing off the heavily backed Japanese import To The World in a blistering edition of The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

Max Presnell 10:31 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.

The Slipper fits, now Gai Waterhouse eyes Doncaster history with lightweight trio

Gai Waterhouse.

Adam Pengilly 9:35 PM   A fortnight after equalling her late father Tommy Smith's Golden Slipper record, Gai Waterhouse will rely on three lightweight chances to surpass the champion trainer's Doncaster feats when she shoots for an eighth win in the famed Randwick mile.

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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.