'They deserved it': Haddin defends sledging

9:52 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   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   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   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   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

Canberra Raiders defence on edge before clash with wounded Manly

Roosters centre Blake Ferguson beats Edrick Lee to score a try during Sunday's match.

Jon Tuxworth 10:22 PM   Canberra Raiders youngster Edrick Lee has revealed the club's outside backs discussed their defensive deficiencies immediately after they were ruthlessly exposed by the Sydney Roosters on Sunday. 

Cowboys down Storm in golden-point thriller

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys celebrates after kicking the winning field goal against the Storm on Monday night.

Roy Ward 10:03 PM   Johnathan Thurston's field goal steals a win from the Storm in extra time.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Waratahs face a non-stop journey to finals

Hard yards: Stephen Hoiles says the pressure will be on the trainers.

Rupert Guinness 10:33 PM   It is probably a good thing for the Waratahs if their playing ranks are "brain washed to try and think week-to-week".

Brumbies chase fans with half-price admission

Fan zone: The Brumbies are hoping to get more fans to the clash against the Cheetahs.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   The ACT Brumbies will halve ticket prices to try to lure fans back to Canberra Stadium.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

Agar favoured to join winter Test tours

Ashton Agar, 21, has remained on the selectors' radar since he was a shock elevation to the Test team for the start of the 2013 series in England.

Jesse Hogan 8:53 PM   Ashton Agar is favoured to be unveiled as Nathan Lyon's spin deputy, ahead of Fawad Ahmed and Steve O'Keefe, when Australia announce their winter Test squads for the West Indies and the Ashes.

Cricket's alcohol-drenched culture needs to change

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Michael Thorn 8:13 PM   The mix of alcohol, sports, and TV advertising is detrimental to the nation's health.

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AFL

Pies audit their supplements

The Magpies will meet with players this week to look at whether they remain with the club and train through the process.

Jon Pierik 7:47 PM   Collingwood say they are certain that the positive drugs tests returned by two of their AFL players have nothing to do with the club.

Port to seek compo if players suspended

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas: "We will wait for the outcome but in the worse-case scenario we would look at applying to the AFL for compensation by potentially upgrading a rookie."

Caroline Wilson 8:00 PM   Port Adelaide will push for compensation should they lose two of their key players to anti-doping suspensions as a result of the Essendon drugs program of 2012.

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Soccer

Magnificent seven to become six

Chase to the top: Roy Krishna of the Phoenix evades Sebastian Ryall, left, and Jacques Faty of Sydney FC during the A-League match on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 6:53 PM   A comprehensive review of the run home for the seven A-League teams still fighting for the finals.

Smeltz cops three-match ban

Shane Smeltz exchanges words with Andrew Durante after being shown a red card against the Phoenix.

6:10 PM   Sydney FC's hopes of securing the Premier's Plate have been dealt a blow with striker Shane Smeltz banned for the next three matches.

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ACT Sport

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

David Polkinghorne 10:26 PM   Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000 Canberra Racing paid to be included.

Silver cloud in O'Connor's worlds

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10:21 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.

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Horse Racing

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

David Polkinghorne 10:26 PM   Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000 Canberra Racing paid to be included.

Waller-Zabeel combination to help Preferment to Derby double

Chris Roots 6:34 PM   A couple of the biggest influences on racing from across the ditch will combine as Preferment attempts to win the Australian Derby at Randwick 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.