Drama now abounds in Cox Plate

Max Presnell 11:50 AM   "More suitable for greyhounds" was my first thought of Moonee Valley back in 1977 after which its Cox Plate became the battleground of champions, including Kingston Town and Makybe Diva.

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Saturday Serve

Should referees be seen but not heard?

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David Polkinghorne 8:19 PM   Does the  Football Federation Australia think referees are like children and should be seen, but not heard?

Union

Larkham made 'great decision' to stay: Roff

Roff said Larkham was destined to be Wallabies coach at some stage, but said White had "undermined" his own good work at the ACT Brumbies by quitting the Canberra club to pursue international ambitions.

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   World Cup-winning winger Joe Roff has commended ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham for turning down an assistant coaching role with the Wallabies, while also backing the Australian Rugby Union's decision to ignore Jake White as a candidate.

Players' lawyer hits back at ASADA boss

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson   Players lawyer Tony Hargreaves has accused ASADA boss Ben McDevitt of being "disingenuous" and slammed the ongoing delays in the case of the 34 past and present Essendon players as "inexcusable".

Fletcher eager to start stint against Victory

Kendall Fletcher makes her long-awaited return to the W-League on Saturday with Canberra United.

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Spanish World Cup winner David Villa won't be the only guest player looking to make an impact at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Canberra United's American midfielder Kendall Fletcher returning to the W-League.

Capitals forward bides her time for WNBA

Stephanie Talbot is able to make an impact on games even when she makes mistakes.

Jon Tuxworth   The bright lights of the WNBA are calling but Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has one sage piece of advice for Stephanie Talbot - "don't go until you're ready''.

League

Mago playing for ill father

Patrick Mago and Sam Mataora running at Raiders pre-season training.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders youngster Patrick Mago was front and centre when the Junior Kangaroos taunted the Kiwi haka, but he nearly didn't play at all over concerns for his ill father.

ACT Sport

Dryden and Sweeney revive old times with winning double

Jared Dorrington.

Jared Dorrington 4:14 PM   Keith Dryden and Kevin Sweeney ended a 19 month drought at Canberra on Friday to score their first winning double together since 24 February, 2013.

Lanning stars while Meteors fall

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Chris Wilson 9:54 PM   ACT coach Andrew Dawson compared his team's batting performance to ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' as the Meteors spluttered to their fourth successive defeat to start the Women's National Cricket League season.

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Rugby Heaven

Perth stun Rising to reach decider

Dane Haylett-Petty of the Spirit looks to offload.

6:22 PM   Perth Spirit have stunned minor premiers Melbourne Rising 45-29 in the second semi-final of the inaugural National Rugby Championship.

Ruling fails to clear Beale for take-off

Kurtley Beale

Rupert Guinness 6:03 PM   Kurtley Beale’s return to the Wallabies jersey will take longer than anticipated, despite his rugby union career being saved once more on Friday night.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

League HQ

Leapai urges cousin Papalii to focus on family

Raiders forward Josh Papalii will line up for the Kangaroos in Saturday night's Four Nations game against New Zealand.

Lee Gaskin 9:34 PM   Australian boxing powerhouse Alex Leapai has told his cousin, Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii, to use his young family as motivation to become the ''wrecking machine'' he knows he can be.

New Manly owners axe general manager Perry

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Adrian Proszenko 9:21 PM   Manly general manager David Perry is the first casualty of the new club’s new ownership regime after he was told on Friday his services would not be required.

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Football

Security a priority for Asian Cup organisers

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Michael Lynch 6:18 PM   The head of the organising committee for the Asian Cup has acknowledged that the event posers many security challenges, but the risk of terrorism or disruption should not be over-estimated.  

Suarez seeks help to end biting habit

5:04 PM   Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he has sought help to end his habit of biting opponents ahead of making his debut for the Catalans against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Cricket

Warriors' Paris, Coulter-Nile to face NSW

Nathan Coulter-Nile will return to the Warriors team for Sunday's Matador One-Day Cup final

Brad Elborough 6:06 PM   Joel Paris and Nathan Coulter-Nile will return to the Warriors team for Sunday's Matador One-Day Cup final against NSW at the SCG.

Bevan gives Carters closure

David Polkinghorne 6:00 PM   As Canberran moves from opener to the middle order.

Racing

Brilliant Adelaide triumphs in Cox Plate for Irishman O'Brien

Jockey Ryan Moore poses with his mini-Cox Plate after  riding Adelaide to victory.

Michael Lynch 6:37 PM   Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien became the first European raider to win the Cox Plate when Adelaide flashed home to claim glory.

Cox Plate 2014: Race Day Live

Tommy Berry

Scott Spits 6:31 PM   Welcome to our rolling Cox Plate 2014 coverage. Stay with us for tips, whispers, odds and updates from our trackside experts, plus our roving eye on all the fashion, glamour and fun.

Netball: Australian Diamonds vs England

The Australian Diamonds took on England at the AIS Arena for the International Test Series.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.