Watson says players feel vindicated 

Matt Murnane 7:05 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has described his freedom as a "surreal feeling", revealing he has forgotten what it's like to prepare for a game without the stress of the supplements saga.

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Your guide to Tuesday's AFL doping verdict

Essendon

Jon Pierik 10:05 AM   The AFL's anti-doping tribunal will release its verdict on the case involving Essendon, the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on Tuesday. The hearings began in December last year and concluded on February 17.

Pies sought ASADA assurances

Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Michael Gleeson 11:25 PM   Collingwood sought assurances from ASADA that more of their players had not failed drug tests after two of their players were found to have both tested positive to the same banned drug on the same day.

Don't listen to 'em, Warnie

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster   Australia were favourites to win the World Cup, but let's not forget what they went through to get there.

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Canberra Raiders defence on edge      

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. 

Canberra still a chance of four runners 

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.

Junior Brumbies break decade drought     

Brumbies under-17s captain Tom Ross and Ryan Lonergan with the Gold Cup trophy in Perth.

Chris Dutton   Brumbies under-17s coach Paul Simonsson has backed some of his star players to rise through the ranks to earn Australian representative honours after their drought-breaking national title triumph on Sunday.

League HQ

Rabbitohs hell-bent on erasing premiership from memory

Just forget it: Adam Reynolds and the Rabbitohs celebrate with fans at Town Hall.

Michael Chammas 8:13 PM   For three years under the Michael Maguire regime, South Sydney refused to look ahead - now they are hell-bent on not looking back.

Dogs are kings of clutch football

Builldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds celebrates a close win over the Roosters last year.

Brad Walter 8:05 PM   Canterbury players believe their ability to win close matches is evidence of the close bond within the team.

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Rugby Heaven

Six Nations should adopt bonus point system: Woodward

Exciting: Clive Woodward, backs bonus points in Six Nations.

Georgina Robinson 7:19 PM   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.

Rebels star Weeks out for six to eight weeks

Laurie Weeks will be a big loss for the Rebels.

Roy Ward 5:36 PM   A shin injury will see Laurie Weeks out for six to eight weeks.

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Cricket

New Zealand welcomed as heroes

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori listen to the speeches during a reception to welcome the team back home on Tuesday.

7:47 PM   New Zealand's cricketers have returned as heroes despite their dream run ending in tatters in the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Siddle sidelined but Smith, Starc in contract list

Peter Siddle

Jesse Hogan 7:38 PM   Given Steve Smith has moved up the order in the one-day team and is poised to replicate that in Tests, it is only fitting he has done the same in the contracts which reflect players' importance to the Australian cricket team.

AFL

Clearing players and club not the same thing

Essendon at a closed training session on Monday.

Michael Gleeson 11:17 PM   The Essendon players' drugs tribunal has become more a referendum on whether the club was guilty rather than a test of the players' guilt.

Players may be tempted to try their luck

Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Jon Pierik 10:51 AM   While four AFL players have tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs in recent times, the relatively small number of individual tests could mean players are tempted to try their luck.

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Soccer

Aspropotamitis the silver lining to Wanderers' injury clouds

Sebastian Hassett 6:08 PM   When the Western Sydney Wanderers began this ill-fated season, Jonathan Aspropotamitis was in the youth team at Sydney Olympic, still dreaming of one day turning his football aspirations into something tangible.

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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ACT Sport

Jack steeling himself to miss round one

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David Polkinghorne 8:32 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.