Kyrgios sets up Federer showdown in Madrid

8:31 AM   Rising Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios will get a crack at world No.2 Roger Federer after breezing into the second round of the Madrid Masters.

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NSW Origin talk flattering: Austin

Focused: Blake Austin is determined to do his best for the Raiders.

Roje Adaimy 1:57 PM   Blake Austin says talk of a possible NSW State of Origin call-up is flattering, but his mind is solely on delivering the goods for Canberra in the NRL.

Soccer

Canberra in contention to host Socceroos

The Socceroos' Josh Kennedy in action against Malaysia at Canberra Stadium in 2011. The Socceroos could be returning to Canberra for their World Cup qualifiers.

Lee Gaskin 6:28 PM   Canberra is in the mix to host the Socceroos in a World Cup qualifying match within the next 18 months as a reward for strong crowds at the Asian Cup.

Vaughan plays down Origin hopes 

Paul Vaughan says he's happy with his form this season.

Jon Tuxworth 5:15 PM   Australia's ageing forwards have been put on notice but Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes he's still "a bit far away" from breaking into the NSW State of Origin side.

Bird to fight judiciary charge

Greg Bird, Greg Inglis, Sam Thaiday and Cameron Smith of Australia.

Brad Walter 7:42 PM   Greg Bird will risk being rubbed out of entire Origin series in a bid to play in opening game.

Hodge banned for three games for strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan 9:14 PM   Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.

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Biting, stabbing part of Arnold's experience

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold.

Chris Dutton 2:54 PM   Rory Arnold says being accused of biting and one of his teammates being stabbed at a nightclub may have helped launch his career.

Dargaville locks in Brumbies future

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Brumbies player James Dargaville answers questions from the media.

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The Canberra Times.
2 April 2015

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   ACT Brumbies rookie James Dargaville admits he has "no idea" where he fits into the positional puzzle, but will embrace his versatility after signing a new two-year deal in Canberra.

Opals' star signs with Canberra Capitals

Kathleen Macleod in action for Dandenong last year.

Jon Tuxworth 3:49 PM   Canberra Capitals continue rebuild for next season by signing Dandenong Rangers point guard Kathleen MacLeod. 

Hewitt out of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt has played his last French Open after confirming he'll skip this month's claycourt grand slam to focus on Wimbledon and Davis Cup.

League HQ

NRL Previews: Round nine - Rabbitohs, Roosters to get back on track

 Benji Marshall

Chris Boulous 11:13 AM   All you need to know about this weekend's NRL fixtures as the competition returns after the representative break.

Keary needs surgery that would sideline him for 12 months

Playing hurt: South Sydney halfback Luke Keary  is battling a foot injury.

Michael Carayannis 10:22 PM   Luke Keary needs surgey, John Sutton hopeful of returning for the Rabbitohs.

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Rugby Heaven

Why we'll never know the full story around the Di Patston case

Georgina Robinson dinkus Dinkus

Georgina Robinson 11:14 PM   We will never know the real story of the Di Patston saga. 

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ARU, Patston settle out of court

Settlement: Di Patston is "happy to move on with her life", her lawyer said.

Phil Lutton 9:00 PM   One of the most tumultuous periods in the history of Australian rugby has played out its final chapter, with the ARU reaching an out-of-court settlement with former Wallaby manager Di Patston.

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Cricket

England to pick Strauss as director

Incoming: Andrew Strauss.

Nick Hoult 9:33 AM   Strauss became the favourite for the director-of-cricket role as soon as Michael Vaughan told the ECB last week that he was no longer interested.

Revealed: Ambrose wanted to 'knock out' Waugh

West Indies captain Richie Richardson, right, pulls Curtly Ambrose away after Ambrose was involved in an altercation with Steve Waugh, left, during the third Test in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1995.

Jon Pierik 11:48 PM   West Indian great Curtly Ambrose has opened up about one of the defining moments of Australia's rise to world domination when he threatened to "knock out" Steve Waugh during a heated on-field exchange in Trinidad.

AFL

Docherty a bright spot for Blues

Carlton footballer Sam Docherty.

Emma Quayle 8:18 PM   Sam Docherty's first few months as a Carlton player were emotionally challenging. He feels like they have made him a stronger, more confident person.

Hodge banned for three games for strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan 9:14 PM   AFL Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.

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Soccer

Victory backing keeper Thomas to thwart City

Victory players have plenty of confidence in keeper Lawrence Thomas.

Jesse Hogan 12:36 PM   Melbourne Victory players have no nerves about playing Friday night's semi-final against Melbourne City with their reserve goalkeeper behind them.

Juventus dismantle Real with record-breaker

Teamwork: Alvaro Morata is congratulated by Carlos Tevez after applying the finish to the extraordinary move.

Dominic Bossi 11:39 AM   Juventus were uninterrupted in possession for exactly one minute as they tore through Real Madrid's defence.

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Grassroots football in Canberra to benefit from FFA's 20-year plan

Football Australia CEO David Gallop with Chairman Frank Lowy.

Lee Gaskin 6:30 PM   Grassroots football in Canberra is set to benefit from Football Federation Australia's ambitious goals to become the No 1 sport in the country.

Vikings set to name Harris as coach

Tuggeranong coach Brad Harris.

David Polkinghorne   The Canberra Vikings will announce Brad Harris as senior coach on Tuesday for the second season of the National Rugby Championship.

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Horse Racing

Nikolic's partner investigated over bets

Horse Racing

Patrick Bartley 10:00 PM   The partner of suspended jockey, Danny Nikolic is being investigated over wagering significant amounts of money on horses to lose with Australia's major betting exchange BetFair.

Musgrove thanks Waller after Brierly win

Trainer Eric Musgrove and jockey Martin Kelly pose with the trophy after Thubiaan  won the Brierly Steeplechase at Warrnambool on Tuesday.

Tim Habel 6:35 PM   Eric Musgrove admits he once feared the worst for his beloved sport of jumps racing, but thanks to champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller now has a rising star in Tuesday's Brierly Steeplechase winner Thubiaan.

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Is this the worst dive in soccer history?

It appears Hull's players are willing to try anything for a goal.

Mills, Baynes party hard after Spurs loss

San Antonio may have been knocked out, but players didn't let it spoil their end of season party.

Kangaroos vs Kiwis - Anzac Test 2015

A selection of images from this year's Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

New Zealand down Australia in Test

New Zealand claims third straight win over Australia in rain-delayed trans-Tasman Test.

City v Country

All the action from the traditional Origin lead-up in Wagga Wagga.

Mayweather wins 'Fight of the Century'

Floyd Mayweather has beaten Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in their world welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

The sporting world's focus is on Las Vegas for the "Fight of the Century".

Soccer: Gungahlin United vs Woden Weston FC

Gungahlin United take on Woden Weston FC in their Capital Football National Premier League match at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT State Speedway Titles

ACT State Speedway Titles at the ACT Speedway on Sunday, May 3.

Canberra Hockey: United vs North Canberra

United take on North Canberra in the Women's Capital League game at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham.