Smith holds Australia together

Chloe Saltau 7:13 PM   On a fiercely competitive Boxing Day, which will also be remembered as a day of missed opportunities for Australia's batsmen, Steve Smith was the glorious exception.

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Watson teases but triple figures prove elusive

Shane Watson.

Andrew Wu 7:10 PM   Shane Watson gave Australian cricket another glimpse of his talent on Boxing Day only to continue a frustrating career trend which has prevented him from stamping his authority on Test matches.

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2015 wishlist for Canberra's sporting folk

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Jon Tuxworth 7:32 PM   Another year is winding down and while 2014 has been generous to many Canberra athletes, they'll have their fingers crossed their New Year's Resolutions come true. 

Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats

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Rupert Guinness 7:54 PM   Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking. Look at that thing go … Woo!" within minutes of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starting.

Namadgi makes smooth start in Sydney

Yachts jostle for position at the start of the Sydney to Hobart on Friday afternoon.

Lee Gaskin 5:35 PM   Canberra yacht Namadgi made a smooth start to the Sydney to Hobart, but knows the big challenge is yet to come with predicted gale-force winds.

Campese gets send-off at Queanbeyan races

Terry Campese enjoyed a send-off at Queanbeyan's Boxing Day races before moving to the UK.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   Former Raiders captain Terry Campese will be among familar faces in the English Super League when he joins Hull KR after getting a farewell at the Queanbeyan races.

Baseball

ABL weakening league: catcher Murphy

Jack Murphy is frustrated that his Cavalry side was stripped of a win over the Brisbane Bandits.

David Polkinghorne 5:19 PM   Jack Murphy says the Australian Baseball League's import rule weakens the standard of the league and could stop Major League teams from sending their developing talent Down Under.

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Racing

Areyouok hangs on for first career victory

Are You OK wins the first race at Queanbeyan on Boxing Day.

Lee Gaskin 6:15 PM   After more than a year since his first career start, Areyouok broke through for his inaugural victory with a win in the Maiden Plate at the Queanbeyan Boxing Day races.

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Rugby Heaven

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

7:11 AM   South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

Rugby's year in review

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Stephen Samuelson   It was a season turmoil for Australian Rugby with financial problems and off-field behaviour overshadowing the poor performances on the field by the Wallabies.

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League HQ

Guerra extends Roosters NRL deal

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Australian and Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2017.

The top 10 rugby league stories of a drama-filled year

Michael Carayannis 11:00 AM   From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

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Football

Spoilt for choice in a summer of sport

Tim Cahill

Timna Jacks 11:55 PM   Sports fans across the state are biting their nails over the summer's smorgasbord of sport.

Kalmar released by City to join Western Sydney Wanderers

Party time: Melbourne City’s Nick Kalmar celebrates a goal against Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett 11:19 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers plan to fight their way back up the A-League table has been boosted by the signing of combative Melbourne City midfielder Nick Kalmar.

Cricket

Boxing Day another ripping yarn

Greg Baum

Greg Baum 12:47 AM   In the first over of the Boxing Day Test, Chris Rogers was struck an eye-watering blow. In the second over, so was Australia as David Warner was snapped up slips for a duck. Twenty minutes passed until Australia scored a run off the bat, 40 until they hit a four.

Skipper finds the gaps in impressive debut innings upstairs

New role: Injured skipper Michael Clarke with  Peter Siddle on Boxing Day at the MCG.

Rob Forsaith 11:58 PM   The debutant admitted to pre-match nerves, but delivered a classy performance on one of Australian sport’s grandest stages. It wasn’t Joe Burns batting at No.6, rather hamstrung captain Michael Clarke, who the Nine Network engaged to call the third Test at the MCG.

Racing

Reith has backing of big hitters on return

Christian Reith.

Adam Pengilly 11:03 PM   Waller, Snowden, O'Shea and Cummings - is it any wonder Christian Reith is so happy to have landed in Australia with a support cast like this on his first day back?

Sky in box seat for NSW rights as shareholder split leaves TVN on brink

Reaching for the Sky: Sydney meetings such as Friday's Summer Cup program at Randwick look likely to be shown on Sky Channel again.

Adam Pengilly 9:04 PM   Sky Channel is set to seize all rights to thoroughbred racing in NSW after a split of TVN's shareholders along state lines left the the racing broadcaster on the verge of collapse.

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Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.