'Phillip would want them to bat on'

Andrew Wu 10:41 PM   Playing the first Test is likely to hinge on the welfare of Australia's grieving players.

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Dean pays tribute to Hughes

Not forgotten: Phillip Hughes.

Lee Gaskin 7:17 PM   Canberra batsman Jono Dean pays tribute to Phillip Hughes, posting a photo of the former Australian batsman holding his son.


Meteors pay tribute to fallen hero Hughes

 SA Scorpions players

Lee Gaskin 7:37 PM   The ACT Meteors and SA Scorpions pay tribute to Phillip Hughes before today's WT20 match in Adelaide. Wrap of the game as well.


Capitals honour Hughes before vital clash

Lauren Jackson said the Capitals would honour Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

Steve Smith   Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson says the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has hit the Capitals hard and the team plans on honouring him before Saturday night's must-win match against Adelaide in her home town Albury. 

Wallabies are on the right track  

The ambassadors: Wallabies forward Michael Hooper, the newest Test captain, gets some tips from retired halfback George Gregan, the most-capped leader of the national team.

Chris Dutton 12:40 AM   Wallabies great George Gregan and captain Michael Hooper are united in the belief Australia can win the World Cup in England next year.


Asian Cup fever hits Canberra

Jon Tuxworth   The Socceroos may have dropped out of the world's top 100 for the first time, but it didn't stop Canberra fans getting immersed in Asian Cup fever at the opening of the Fan Park tour in Canberra on Friday. 

Lake Ginninderra shooting for title

Lake Ginninderra College's Billy Muir, left and Mitch Brown are preparing for the Australian Schools Championships next week.

Jon Tuxworth 7:00 PM   Lake Ginninderra College captain Mitch Brown had a front row seat to the "pretty crazy" Dante Exum show as their NBA-bound teammate led them to last year's Australian Schools Championships title. 

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Cleary toasts fallen 'betting buddy' Hughes

Jon Tuxworth 6:56 PM   Queanbeyan horse trainer Frank Cleary fondly remembers Phillip Hughes brandishing a Best Bets more than a cricket bat. 


Meteors go down to South Australia

Meteors captain Kris Britt.

Lee Gaskin 6:27 PM   The ACT Meteors paid the price for no-one in their top six going on and getting a big score in a 40-run loss to the South Australia Scorpions on Saturday.


Rugby Heaven

Burgess makes rugby debut for Bath

Sam Burgess played in the centres for Bath.

Julian Drape 9:09 AM   Former rugby league star Sam Burgess has made his much-anticipated rugby debut for English side Bath less than two months after helping South Sydney win the NRL grand final.

Pair banned for homophobic referee abuse

Rugby referee Nigel Owens.

8:07 AM   Two people have been banned from Twickenham for two years after being found to have aimed homophobic abuse at referee Nigel Owens, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Friday.


League HQ

Burgess makes rugby debut for Bath

Sam Burgess played in the centres for Bath.

Julian Drape 9:09 AM   Former rugby league star Sam Burgess has made his much-anticipated rugby debut for English side Bath less than two months after helping South Sydney win the NRL grand final.

Manly's Tetevano admits to bashing former girlfriend

Zane Tetevano

Adrian Proszenko and Gabriel Wingate-Pearse   Former Knights player Zane Tetevano’s future with the Manly Sea Eagles has been put on ice after he admitted in court on Friday to bashing his former girlfriend on four separate occasions.



Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory

Phil Lutton 6:53 PM   Follow our live coverage from Brisbane.

City seek to recapture past glory in return to Cake Tin

Michael Lynch 5:08 PM   Given Melbourne City's poor run of recent results _ they have only won once in seven matches this season and spent the back end of last campaign failing to trouble the judge as well _ they will probably look fondly at the prospect of a trip to Wellington.


Michael Clarke breaks down while addressing media

Emotional: Clarke struggled to read the statement that lasted two minutes and seven seconds.

Adrian Proszenko 6:57 PM   A distraught Michael Clarke delivered a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes, saying the Australian dressing room will never be the same without him.

Hughes tragedy should give other sports pause

Jake Niall 6:29 PM   To see a helmetless Viv Richards hook a ball two inches from his face, and send it to the pickets created the same kind of awe as the sight of Jonathan Brown or Nick Riewoldt running with the flight of the ball and leaping recklessly to mark. We're enthralled by athletes who risk their head and shin, but there is an acceptable level of risk for particular sports and activities. Cricketers aren't supposed to die on the field in a terrible accident. Kids aren't supposed to die at their violent father's hand at junior cricket training with other parents surrounding them. Our shock is in proportion to what is considered "safe". Kids should be safe at cricket practice, a first class batsman should be okay if he's wearing a helmet. That the death of Phillip Hughes was a tragic accident - without any violence, or murderous intent, unlike the aforementioned homocide - doesn't make it much easier to comprehend. We simply aren't conditioned to deal with the death of a young man playing cricket. On the other hand, the collective threshold for accepting the death of jockeys is far greater - two female riders died within two months in Queensland and South Australia respectively this year, and there have been a troubling 311 jockey fatalities in Australia. Horse racing - which involves large, high speed animals running and bumping each other, with a small person clinging to their backs - has a culture in which jockeys have been asked to take appalling risks, much like firefighters. Motor sports also accept higher risks. When Hughes was felled, our first reaction was disbelief, then grief. The next step is an examination of how this happened, whether it could have been avoided. Inevitably, it follows that cricket is forced - almost immediately - to consider reforms such as different helmets, or prohibitions on bouncers (unlikely). As with many major tragic events - Port Arthur comes to mind - any public appetite for reform is virtually instantaneous. If John Howard had waited 12 months after the Port Arthur massacre, would we have had the gun laws that ensued?    Cricket's first question must be the extent to which Hughes' death was a freak accident and 100,000,000 to one to be repeated, or if the real surprise is that this hasn't happened before in first class cricket over the last 80 years (post Bodyline). Many of us who saw Jeff Thomson bowl at 160 kmph in the mid'70s - to batsman without helmets, including a 42-year-old Colin Cowdrey - have wondered about the fear those men felt at the crease and the danger they faced. Did cricket dodge a red leather bullet in the mid'70s, or later when the Windies subsequently upped the ante with their fearsome four pacemen? Local cricket identities I've consulted with have made the logical observation that players didn't hook much when Dennis Lillee and particularly Thommo were terrorising batsman; they took evasive action. Keith Stackpole was a rare happy hooker of the '70s. Over time, helmets created a safety net and batsmen became hook-happy. Cricket, on the whole, permits only one significant risk - which is that a batsman will be hit in the head, or upper neck - by a bouncer. Fielding at silly mid-on can be scary, but the odds of injury are far lower than for the man at the crease receiving chin music from Mitchell Johnson. Cricket poses less danger, overall, than footy or rugby. "I must say I'm a stickler for the courage factor to be maintained," said Brendan McCardle, the Victorian cricket stalwart. His view is likely to be the prevaling one among cricket folk. It is too soon for other sports to speak openly about the impact of Hughes' death on their own competitions and rules. The AFL and NRL must wait for their summer cousin to grieve and to deal with the tragedy's immediate implications before examining their position. But the ripples will be felt, and those sports, too, should ask themselves how serious injury or death can be averted. The most frightening scene I've witnessed in sport lately was a collision between Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis and then Bulldog Jarrod Harbrow in 2010. Lewis was running with the flight, eyes trained only on the Sherrin when he was creamed in a hip-to-head bump that you could feel from the press box on level three at Etihad Stadium. On impact, Lewis was motionless. Whenever that happens, I'm anxious to see the player wave his arms or - more particularly - his legs. Lewis, remarkably, came back on. Those extraordinary with-the-flight marks by Brown (2002) and Riewoldt (2004) wore the stamp of champions, in the tradition of Wayne Carey and Dermott Brereton. Like Viv Richards, these players were impervious in the face of danger to the point that they could still execute their skills. The AFL, on the whole, has been pretty vigilant in seeking to keep the game - with ever-faster and more powerful athletes - from becoming lethal. The rule that protected the player with head over the ball from head on contact was timely - without it, some within the game reckon quadreplegics were on the cards. The NRL, too, has been commendable in taking safety measures over the past decade. Concussion remains a vexed issue for contact codes. In the ultra-gladiatorial National Football League, there is much talk about brain injury, and potential long-term damage, even from sub-concussive hits. One would hope that science overrides the win-at-all-costs pysche of Australian football clubs, and that medical research - on which club doctors depend - is wholly independent of the sporting bodies. The death of Hughes should prompt other sports to consider what risks they are - and are not - willing to wear for safety's sake. It is moment for philosophical reflection. A contact sport cannot eshew risk, no matter what measures the match review panel, laws committee and doctors devise. In the AFL, a tackle became dangerous once players learned how to pin the arms and drive the opponent groundward. Hitherto, tackles weren't unsafe. Today, most danger lies in collisions that involve little or no malice. It must also be acknowledged that the elemental danger in some sports - oval football codes in particular - is intrinsic to their appeal. The NFL is far ahead of every other American competition in terms of spectator interest and television ratings, its choreographed violence distinguishing it from the competitors it has left behind. But the primal instinct that prompts us to draw breath when Viv hooks, or Riewoldt marks with the flight, has an ominous twin: Parents, usually mothers, who want their son to be safe.


Rockhampton Rocket's Rosehill romp a welcome tonic for recovering owner

Chris Roots

Chris Roots and Matt Jones 7:00 PM   Our Boy Malachi continued to build on his sensational record when taking the Starlight Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, as Rockhampton owner Col Donovan watched on at home after a health scare.

Cleary toasts fallen 'betting buddy' Hughes

Jon Tuxworth 6:56 PM   Queanbeyan horse trainer Frank Cleary fondly remembers Phillip Hughes brandishing a Best Bets more than a cricket bat. 

Tributes roll in for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends for Phillip Hughes.

Hughes family: 'We are devastated'

Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke reads a statement on behalf of the Hughes family.

Phillip Hughes' life in pictures

A look back at the short but remarkable life of Phillip Hughes.

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival at Queanbeyan Park.

T20 Cricket: ANU v Ginninderra

Ginninderra take on the ANU in a Twenty20 match at ANU.

ODI Series: Australia v South Africa

Australia take on South Africa in game three of the one day series at Manuka Oval.

Footballer faces court over brutal tackle

FC Zurich has launched legal action after midfielder is seriously injured in a horror tackle.

Batsman's skull fractured by bouncer

Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad's career-best Test innings brought to a dramatic end.

Cheika insists there's more to come

Coach believes his Wallabies side can get better and still have quality to add to their squad.

Canberra Capitals v West Coast Waves

The West Coast Waves take on the Canberra Capitals at AIS Arena, November 9.