Watson says players feel vindicated 

Matt Murnane 11:28 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has described his freedom as a "surreal feeling", revealing he has forgotten what it's like to prepare for a game without the stress of the supplements saga.

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Welcome relief for players

Bombers captain Jobe Watson flanked by teammates including Michael Hurley (left), Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers (right) leave after speaking to the media.

Mark Thompson 9:25 PM   Surprise. I have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that the Essendon players had been found not guilty.

Caro reacts to ASADA defeat

Caroline Wilson says today's verdict is "fantastic" for the players.

7:43 PM   Caroline Wilson has shared her thoughts following the anti-doping tribunal's decision to clear the Essendon 34.

Austin pledges to take greater load

Mitch Cornish has been dumped to reserve grade.

Jon Tuxworth 6:29 PM   Blake Austin has put the blowtorch on himself to accept more responsibility marshalling their misfiring attack, conceding he needs to take more pressure off rookie halfback Mitch Cornish.

Cherry-Evans frustrated to be dragged off 

Frustrated: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans believes being forced from the field without a head knock is proof the NRL's concussion crackdown has gone too far and fears it could cost teams a vital victory.

Pocock on track for World Cup role: Cheika

Taking a stand: players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out.

Chris Dutton 1:04 AM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time.

Vaea, Arnold re-sign with Brumbies

Ita Vaea will of the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton 5:00 AM   Ita Vaea will cap a remarkable comeback from life-threatening blood clots when he signs a new ACT Brumbies contract on Wednesday.

Form dictated call-up for Voges, Ahmed

Fawad Ahmed in action with the bat for Victoria.

Jesse Hogan 5:54 PM   Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed demanded selection for winter tour through the dominance of this summer's Sheffield Shield runs and wickets tallies, Rod Marsh says.

Godolphin chase Blue Riband with Hauraki

Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.

Chris Roots 7:10 PM   After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

Socceroos ready for road to Russia

Ange Postecoglou got what he wanted from the Socceroos' European swing.

5:35 PM   Ange Postecoglou says Australia is ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers after recent friendlies in Europe.

League HQ

Dogs are kings of clutch football

Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds celebrates a close win over the Roosters last year.

Brad Walter 12:58 AM   Canterbury players believe their ability to win close matches is evidence of the close bond within the team.

Grand final nightmare motivates Bulldogs to make amends

Bad memories: Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai has not watched a replay of last year's grand final.

Brad Walter 11:38 PM   The memory of defeat in last year's grand final is being used by Bulldogs players as motivation to go one better this season but most say they have never watched a replay of the 30-6 loss to South Sydney.

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Rugby Heaven

Six Nations should adopt bonus point system: Woodward

Exciting: Clive Woodward backs bonus points in Six Nations.

Georgina Robinson 12:03 AM   The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.

Rebels star Weeks out for six to eight weeks

Laurie Weeks will be a big loss for the Rebels.

Roy Ward 12:02 AM   A shin injury will see Laurie Weeks out for six to eight weeks.

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Cricket

Stewart queries Pietersen's England hopes

Optimistic about a return: Kevin Pietersen.

1:00 AM   Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen shouldn't expect an international recall despite his return to county cricket, according to his Surrey coach Alec Stewart.

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Joe Burns not discouraged by Test omission

Queensland opener Joe Burns won't be dwelling on the decision.

Beth Newman 1:00 AM   Queensland opener Joe Burns isn't down about Test squad omission.

AFL

Bombers suddenly not so listless

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly 12:32 AM   Relief. Joy. Vindication. You could throw in another half-dozen descriptions of the emotions swirling around the Essendon Football Club and their playing list on Tuesday afternoon.

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Suits exit stage as players have their day

David Grace, the lawyer representing the Essendon players, arrives at AFL House on Tuesday.

Peter Hanlon 9:25 PM   It had been 19 months since the fake turf mounds outside AFL House had hosted the media in such numbers. Not to mention a lone fan in black and red making a public display of loyalty, a mandatory heckler, and a woman cradling a poodle.

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Soccer

Perth Glory's Risdon wants more wonder goals

Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers controls the ball against Josh Risdon of the Glory

10:30 PM   Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon hopes his recent wonder strike caught the attention of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou

Aspropotamitis the silver lining to Wanderers' injury clouds

Teen on the rise:  Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

Sebastian Hassett 9:27 PM   When the Western Sydney Wanderers began this ill-fated season, Jonathan Aspropotamitis was in the youth team at Sydney Olympic, still dreaming of one day turning his football aspirations into something tangible.

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ACT Sport

Jack steeling himself to miss round one

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David Polkinghorne 8:45 PM   When will Canberra's young guns make their AFL debuts?

Rogic finally back after months of injury pain

Tom Rogic ended months of injury frustration by playing for Celtic's development side on Tuesday.

5:53 PM   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic is finally back in action, ending almost a year of injury frustration by returning to the field for Celtic's development squad on Tuesday.

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Horse Racing

No grey areas with Chautauqua's return to Sydney, says Hawkes

Grey matter: Chautauqua is well fancied in the T.J. Smith stakes.

Adam Pengilly 7:15 PM   Straight-track specialist Chautauqua has not raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey's return to Sydney hasn't fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.

Betting unshaken despite favourites drawing wide

Set for the extreme outside: Hallowed Crown.

Adam Pengilly 7:11 PM   Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.

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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.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.