Maroons edge out Blues in thriller

Michael Chammas 10:23 PM   The man who sunk the hopes of a state with a long-range field goal to deny NSW a series victory in 2012 has done it again.

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Cronk proves his worth to Maroons

Party time: Cooper Cronk celebrates with his team mates.

Chris Barrett 11:03 PM   There are many folks north of the border who would argue that Queensland's hopes of extending their interminable interstate reign went down the tube the moment Cooper Cronk broke his arm last year.

Bid to get ace Farah removed from fray

Crash landing: Robbie Farah recovered from a shoulder injury to top the tackle count for the Blues in a heroic effort.

Adrian Proszenko 1:37 PM   Robbie Farah pushed through the pain barrier in another hotly contested State of Origin encounter, but the Maroons believe he should never have got the chance.

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Stosur eyes Sharapova in Paris rendezvous

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Samantha Stosur of Australia celebrates a point during Women's Singles match against Madison Brengle of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

7:01 AM   Samantha Stosur has stormed into the third round of the French Open with a crushing straight-sets win over local qualifier Amandine Hesse.

Raiders can't afford slow start against Broncos

Kurt Baptiste has called on the Raiders to get off to a better start against his old side.

David Polkinghorne 8:03 PM    Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says the Raiders have the belief to come back from anywhere, but their focus is on ensuring they don't need to.

Punishment no reason for benching: Luke

Ripping in: Souths hooker Issac Luke is determined to put his best foot froward.

Daniel Lane   Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke said his actions - and not his words to the media - would prove his immediate focus was to help the defending champions rediscover their groove.

Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

2018, 2022 bids targeted in Swiss soccer probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 6:41 AM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials.

Carlton trying not to be the Blues

Carlton jumpers lie on the ground outside Princes Park after an angry fan threw them away on Tuesday.

Jake Niall 9:48 PM   The Blues are trying to reinvent themselves into a club that is more like the rest, less like themselves.

League HQ

Morris opens up on great Origin Moment

Another gear: Josh Morris was one of New South Wales' best.

Adrian Proszenko 7:21 PM   Last year he climbed off the canvas to stop a rampaging Greg Inglis, but this time Josh Morris reckons his Great Origin Moment was as much about luck as persistence.

Daley unconcerned about Hodkinson

Needs to be more involved: Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson.

Brad Walter 6:01 PM   The NSW hierarchy believe Trent Hodkinson's steadying influence contributed to Mitchell Pearce's best Origin

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Rugby Heaven

Brumbies scrumhalf search continues

The Brumbies are prepared to back Michael Dowsett at scrumhalf in 2016.

David Polkinghorne 6:03 PM   ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is continuing his world-wide search for a replacement for scrumhalf Nic White, but he will be happy taking Michael Dowsett and Joe Powell into the 2016 season if necessary.

Toomua out, but Brumbies confident in Coleman

ACT Brumbies player Robbie Coleman will line up at inside centre on Friday night.

David Polkinghorne 6:00 PM   Sio returns to bolster scrum against Bulls.

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Cricket

Chris Gayle expected to play BBL over Boxing Day

Cricket

Jesse Hogan 6:34 PM   The absence of Chris Gayle from the West Indies' looming series with Australia is set to be replicated for Australia's home summer, with his Big Bash League duties expected to take precedence over the Boxing Day and New Year's Tests.

Keath open to AFL talks at the end of the season

In demand: Former Victorian cricketer Alex Keath may be open to AFL offers.

Emma Quayle 5:32 PM   Alex Keath has not closed the door on a possible return to football, with clubs told he is open to talking with them at the end of the season.

AFL

Bad behaviour needs to held to account: Che

Cockatoo-Collins said he always saw parallels between the struggles of Indigenous players when minority groups were targeted.

Larissa Nicholson 7:16 PM   Che Cockatoo-Collins saw echoes of how Indigenous players were treated in a racial vilification controversy earlier this year.

Swallow has until Saturday to prove fitness

Andrew Swallow hurt his thumb against the Bombers.

Daniel Cherny 2:00 PM   North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow will be given until Saturday before it's decided whether his injured thumb gets the 'thumbs up' for AFL football.

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Soccer

Drogba rules out move to A-League

Didier Drogba celebrates his goal.

Dominic Bossi 6:26 PM   The hopes of football fans seeing Didier Drogba play in Australia are all but dashed after the star Chelsea striker is understood not to be travelling with the squad to Sydney and turned down a permanent move to the A-League. 

Too early to consider fresh World Cup bid, says Ley

Sport  Minister Sussan Ley said it was ''inappropriate to be talking about putting more taxpayers' funds into a rebid when we have serious allegations about corruption unfolding''.

Dan Harrison 5:40 PM   Federal Sport Minister Sussan Ley said it was too early to consider Australia making another World Cup bid while corruption allegations cast a shadow over the sport's governing body.

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ACT Sport

Slipper fits for Black Opal Stakes

Takedown wins the Black Opal Stakes earlier this year.

David Polkinghorne 7:14 PM   Canberra Racing will move Black Opal Stakes off the Canberra Day long weekend to continue to establish the $275,000 group 3 race as a genuine lead-up race for the world's richest race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Tuggeranong look to rebound in ACT netball grand final qualifier

Generic netball.

Matthew Elder 6:18 PM   Tuggeranong coach Nicole Bowles has downplayed her team's only loss of the ACT netball season last weekend with the minor premiers to welcome back some of their winning cobinations for Friday night's grand final qualifier.

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Horse Racing

Slipper fits for Black Opal Stakes

Takedown wins the Black Opal Stakes earlier this year.

David Polkinghorne 7:14 PM   Canberra Racing will move Black Opal Stakes off the Canberra Day long weekend to continue to establish the $275,000 group 3 race as a genuine lead-up race for the world's richest race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Pierro and All Too Hard continue rivalry at the saleyards

John Holloway, Bloodlines

John Holloway 3:54 PM   Pierro and All Too Hard excited racegoers with three stirring battles on the track in 2012 and they continued the rivalry at the National Weanling Sale at the Magic Millions Sales complex on Sunday and Monday.

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Queensland's Cronk snatches victory

A Cooper Cronk field goal secured Queensland an 11-10 victory in the opening State of Origin match.

Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.