Mind games as Blues keep up appearances with injured hooker Robbie Farah

Michael Carayannis 10:38 PM   Why did the Blues take the unusual step of allowing extended media coverage of their final training session?

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Meninga says Smith 'deserves respect'

Mal Meninga says Queensland skipper Cam Smith is "right up there in Origin legacy".

Beth Newman 4:57 PM   Queensland coach Mal Meninga backed captain Cameron Smith to put a couple of tough days behind him for Wednesday's State of Origin decider.

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You don't have to sledge to play tough cricket

"The environment I try and create around this group is I want players to play the way they feel they can play their best cricket": Clarke.

Clarke has laid down a marker ahead of the resuming of hostilities with England, declaring that Australia did not need to sledge "to play tough cricket".

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Worsfold's plan to help Crows out

John Worsfold says his role will be to support the Adelaide players and coaches.

Emma Quayle 6:45 PM   John Worsfold has joined Adelaide to support their players and coaches through a difficult time and has no plans to coach at Adelaide or anywhere else next year.

State of Origin: Three key Origin match ups

Talks:  Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson is speaking to Newcastle.

Michael Carayannis 10:39 PM   We dissect the three key match ups hearing into Origin three.

Hitman Papalii not scared of anyone: Shillo

In Papalii's sights: NSW hitman David  Klemmer.

Raiders teammate David Shillington has backed recalled Maroon Josh Papalii to live up to the hype of being Queensland's 'Klemmer Killer' in the Origin decider.

Cooper fit enough and fighting hard

Ready to roll:  Quade Cooper during an Australian Wallabies training session.

Phil Lutton 8:30 PM   Despite a season of injury, the Wallabies believe Quade Cooper can hold up to the physical test of a Rugby Championship and World Cup.

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Injured Watson out for rest of 2015 season

Jobe Watson

Jon Pierik 6:22 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious shoulder injury.

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Mayweather stripped of title

Floyd Mayweather Jr after the unanimous decision in early May.

6:46 PM   Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.

Moore named new Wallabies captain

Back as captain: Stephen Moore on Monday.

Phil Lutton   New Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has made it his mission to unite the squad.

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Vice-captaincy no No.7 guarantee for Hooper

Michael Hooper of the Waratahs (left) vs Brumbies flanker David Pocock.

David Polkinghorne   NSW Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper might be the Wallabies vice-captain, but that doesn't mean he's guaranteed to wear the gold No.7 jersey.

League HQ

Mum's the word: Jackson Hastings thanks mother for Roosters shot

Thanks, mum: Jackson Hastings is happy in his Roosters' role.

Adrian Proszenko 1:59 PM   Jackson Hastings believes he is ready to fulfil his twin dreams - of wearing the Roosters No.6 jersey and paying back his mother for giving him the opportunity to contend for it.

How Klemmer earned respect of Blues teammates

Man of the moment: NSW interchange prop David Klemmer has made an immediate impression on the Origin stage.

Brad Walter 1:59 PM   Some in the NSW camp aren't sure how to take David Klemmer.

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CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

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Genia mulling France backtrack

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  Will Genia passes the ball during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on July 6, 2015 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson 11:56 PM   The Australian Rugby Union is facing a $370,000 price tag to buy second row Kane Douglas out of his contract with Leinster, while it has emerged that Will Genia was having second thoughts about his move to France.

Rebels re-sign Pat Leafa, Tim Metcher for 2016 Super Rugby

Pat Leafa

Roy Ward 5:00 PM   Front-rowers Pat Leafa and Tim Metcher will both be back for season 2016 while Leafa is now signed until the end of season 2017.

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Cricket

Live cricket: England v Australia, first Test

Steve Smith of Australia pictured outside Cardiff Castle.

Jesse Hogan 2:22 PM   The Ashes are here once again. Join Jesse Hogan for live and interactive coverage of the first day's play in the first Test between England and Australia in Cardiff.

Ashes to Ashes, lust but no rust

Greg Baum

Greg Baum 2:14 PM   It's Ashes morning. It so often is nowadays. By early September, Australia and England will have played each other 15 times in Test matches in little more than two years.

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Injured Watson out for rest of 2015 season

Jobe Watson

Jon Pierik 6:22 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious shoulder injury.

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Pies expecting powerful Port effort

Nathan Buckley says the Power will be 'galvanised' once they get to the ground on Thursday night.

2:05 PM   Collingwood are expecting Port Adelaide's very best football in Thursday night's AFL clash, the Power's first game since the shock death of Phil Walsh.

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Soccer

Former Socceroo Robbie Cornthwaite brings scoring boots to Selangor in Malaysia

Jason Dasey dinkus

Jason Dasey 2:07 PM   No matter where he goes, Australian centre-back Robbie Cornthwaite manages to score crucial goals. From the A-League, to the K-League and now in Malaysia's top flight, the beanpole defender continues to defy expectations to regularly find the back of the net.

Sterling to skip Liverpool tour: reports

Raheem Sterling doesn't want to travel to Australia, according to reports.

12:49 PM   Liverpool wantaway Raheem Sterling has informed the English Premier League club he wishes to be left out of the Reds' Asian and Australian tour this month, according to UK reports.

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ACT Sport

Costigan puts his scarf out for Tara and Walsh

Tuggeranong coach Nathan Costigan, cousin of Tara, pays tribute to Phil Walsh.

David Polkinghorne   All Nathan Costigan could think about during the minute's silence was his two-year-old son and how important it was for him to be a good father.

Brave tame Mustangs to keep finals hopes alive

Canberra Brave logo

Lee Gaskin   Canberra Brave completed a successful weekend road trip to keep its Australian Ice Hockey League finals hopes alive.

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Horse Racing

ATC official allegedly tried to sway cobalt evidence

Under scrutiny: the ATC's Executive Manager of Racing Matt Rudolph has been issued with a show-cause notice.

Adam Pengilly   The explosive cobalt inquiry involving Sam Kavanagh has taken another twist with high-ranking Australian Turf Club official Matt Rudolph issued a show cause notice for allegedly trying to persuade the embattled trainer to give change evidence he had given to stewards.

Clinic missed warnings about swab holding time

David Vandyke and Arabian Gold at his Warwick Farm Stables last year.

Adam Pengilly   Randwick Equine Centre staff conceded they gave wrong veterinary advice to Segenhoe employees as David Vandyke copped a $12,000 fine from Racing NSW stewards on Monday.

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Moore to lead Wallabies in World Cup

Hooker receives the nod ahead of incumbent skipper Michael Hooper, who has been named vice-captain along with Adam Ashley-Cooper.

USA triumph in World Cup final goal fest

USA claim the 2015 Women's World Cup with an emphatic 5-2 win over reigning champions Japan, including a brilliant long-range strike from Carli Lloyd to secure a first-half hat-trick.

Sydney loses Gary Rohan to injury

Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett will be back for round 15, but the Swans have lost Gary Rohan to a hamstring strain.

Canberra Raiders Cup: West Belconnen v Gungahlin

The West Belconnen Warriors take on the Gungahlin Bulls on a frosty Canberra day in local first grade rugby league.

Canberra NPL: Monaro v Tuggeranong

The Monaro Panthers take on Tuggeranong United at Riverside Stadium in the Canberra National Premier League.

Thousands attend Phil Walsh tribute

Sporting events across Australia pause to pay tribute to Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, as fans gather at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Saints thrash Bombers

The Saints pull off a stunning 110-point thrashing of Essendon in Jobe Watson's 200th game.

Taufua treble ends Cronulla's hot streak

Steve Matai and Jorge Taufua form a lethal left edge combination for the Sea Eagles, while Daly Cherry-Evans bags a try just days after being dropped from Origin.

Ryan Harris reflects on career

After announcing his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket, Ryan Harris insists he has no regrets from his career.

Japan look to speed to retain World Cup

Coach Norio Sasaki believes Japan’s pace and skill will give them the upper hand over the United States in the FIFA Women's World Cup final in Vancouver.