AFL season 2015: The right stuff

Rohan Connolly 3:19 PM   You need a lot of things going right to win an AFL premiership. Or rather, you used to. Because in light of Hawthorn's second consecutive premiership last year, that's another football maxim that might need some re-writing.

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Footy needs a new approach on illicit drugs

Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey 5:16 PM   For all the debate that has raged about drugs in footy this week, the one thing everyone seems to agree on is the AFL's drugs policies need to be reviewed.

Play it again Sam

Sam Williams during Raiders training this week.

Chris Wilson 3:39 PM   He's a blast from the past, but Sam Williams says he's ready to take the Canberra Raiders into the future.

Brumbies call in new troops for Cheetahs

James Dargaville will get his first Brumbies start on the wing.

Injuries have forced the ACT Brumbies into the biggest line-up re-shuffle this year, coach Stephen Larkham implementing sweeping changes for the clash against the Free State Cheetahs.

Punish Glory if they've breached cap: Arnold

Salary cap cheats must be punished if found guilty: Graham Arnold has weighed into the Perth Glory debate.

Sebastian Hassett 3:33 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes Football Federation Australia has every right to punish Perth Glory over their alleged salary cap abuses.

Players received downgraded suspensions

Two Gungahlin United players and one Cooma Tigers player have been suspended out of a pre-season incident.

Lee Gaskin 3:59 PM   Capital Football competitions manager Chris Doyle is adamant suspended sentences will act as a deterrent for on-field incidents after three  players had proposed bans significantly downgraded.

Lehmann defends Haddin's World Cup actions

Brad Haddin has a word to Martin Guptill.

10:05 AM   World Cup-winning coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's behaviour against New Zealand in the World Cup final, admitting Australia planned to be "really agressive".

Galic and Matthews back to chase dreams

Canberra duo Brandan Galic and Brendan Matthews will race in the Stawell Gift this weekend after overcoming their injury woes.

Chris Dutton 4:23 PM   Coach Matt Beckenham describes them as the "ultimate story of persistence", but Brandan Galic and Brendan Matthews were prepared to walk away from the sport they love because of injuries.

Goddard and Dal Santo urge AFL for revamp 

Brendon Goddard

11:21 AM   AFL players would be open to revamping the sport's controversial three-strike policy to make it more transparent, Essendon veteram Brendon Goddard said.

League HQ

Dragons considering privatisation

Passionate fan base: Dragons fans at WIN Stadium.

Brad Walter 8:00 PM   St George Illawarra have received interest from private investors wanting to buy into the famous club but Dragons officials will not consider any offers until they finalise a review of the joint venture's governance model that may pave the way for members to gain voting rights

Tyler Randell enjoying perfect start

Dream start: Tyler Randell.

Brett Keeble 6:43 PM   Even when he does not play, Knights all-rounder Tyler Randell is still a lucky charm.

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Rugby Heaven

Tahs will never be 'arrogant' again: Gibson

Tahs man:  Daryl Gibson will take over as head coach of the Waratahs from 2016.

Georgina Robinson 8:18 PM   Daryl Gibson has vowed never to let the Waratahs drift back to the "arrogance" of years gone by after helping Michael Cheika re-build Australian rugby's underachievers from the ground up. 

Melbourne Rebels out to attack in battle with Queensland Reds

Roy Ward 6:25 PM   Melbourne Rebels desperate for a win as Queensland Reds come to town.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

Adam Voges scoops the pool at WA cricket awards night

Adam Voges hits out for WA in the Sheffield Shield final.

Brad Elborough 2:46 PM   The celebrations continue for Western Warriors captain Adam Voges this week.

India's power over cricket politics laid bare

Did not present Australia trophy ... Mustafa Kamal resigned as ICC president on Wednesday, claiming he was snubbed at the presentation ceremony after Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.

Tom Cowie 1:20 PM   When it comes to the influence of politics in sport, FIFA is the gold standard for questionable backroom manoeuvres. But the ICC isn't far behind.

AFL

Bombers confident of controlling emotions

Brent Stanton is confident the Essendon players will be able keep a lid on their emotions on Saturday.

Ronny Lerner 1:36 PM   Essendon midfielder Brent Stanton was confident that, following Tuesday's anti-doping not guilty verdict, his team would safely negotiate an emotional tightrope on Saturday when they face Sydney.

Hogan keeps nerves at bay before debut

Hype: Melbourne youngster Jesse Hogan.

Ronny Lerner 8:03 PM   Jesse Hogan's long-awaited AFL debut is now less than 48 hours away, and the boom Melbourne youngster admits it has not sunk in yet.

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Soccer

A-League Live: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners

Brisbane Roar coach Frans Thijssen has been cited by the FFA.

Beth Newman 8:56 PM   Can the Roar keep their slim finals hopes alive when they host the Central Coast Mariners on Holy Thursday?

Wanderers still capable of upsetting contenders

Back in action: Mateo Poljak will suit up for Western Sydney Wanderers after overcoming a calf problem.

Angela Habashy 8:43 PM   Any A-League title contenders who take battling Western Sydney lightly do so at their own peril, coach Tony Popovic says.

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ACT Sport

Soccer kicking goals with 1000 new juniors in Canberra

Woden Valley FC U8 team the Rooneys, from left, Reece Harrigan 7, Lucas Carey 7, Hendrix Stanier 8, Ziggy Kewetin- Smith 7, Michael Smith 7, Marc Papandrea 6, Isaac Palywoda 7, Max Mcardle 7 and Jack Davidson 7.  Soccer has had an increase of more than 1000 kids this season with Woden Valley FC having the biggest increase.

Lee Gaskin 3:58 PM   Soccer is the king of the kids in the ACT, with an extra 54 teams and an estimated new 1000 players set to take to the pitch this year.

New golf series hits Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan fairways

Golf.

The region will attract more than 80 PGA Australia professionals this month, with Canberra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan to host a pro-am series over nine days.

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Horse Racing

Preferment could provide super sire a win

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway 8:56 PM   It could be the dream ending for Sir Patrick Hogan's immortal Zabeel if the Chris Waller three-year-old Preferment can gain a Derby double in the $2 million Australian Derby at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Purton back from Hong Kong for history bid

Zac Purton

Chris Roots 8:49 PM   Everyone is talking about a certain Hong Kong-based hoop arriving for The Championships and it is not the racing mecca's champion jockey Zac Purton.

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Jockey walks away from spectacular fall

Lewis Ferguson amazingly walked away after flipping twice from his mount as it attempted a hurdle.

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.