'They deserved it': Haddin defends sledging

6:27 PM   Australia's World Cup winning wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has defended his sledging in the World Cup final against New Zealand, saying the Kiwis "deserved it".

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Ferguson out for four months

Blake Ferguson (R) of the Roosters celebrates with Aidan Guerra (L) after scoring a try

Michael Carayannis 2:38 PM   Blake Ferguson says the injury which threatens to end his season will be a "test" to see where he is at mentally.

Raiders get insight into the task ahead

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Edrick Lee of the Raiders looks on during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 10:21 PM   For the Canberra Raiders, this was a reminder of the chasm which still exists between them and the NRL's best. 

Clarke passes baton on final triumphant note

Local heroes: Michael Clarke and Steve Smith arm in arm after guiding Australia to victory.

Malcolm Knox 11:04 PM   In Michael Clarke and Steven Smith, two generations of Australian cricket steered their team through the final leg of their long trek to a fifth World Cup.

Larkham demands Canberra fortress

NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Coach Stephen Larkham of the Brumbies looks on during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Brumbies at Yarrow Stadium on February 20, 2015 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 10:13 PM   Stephen Larkham says the next five weeks will play a crucial role in the Brumbies' Super Rugby finals hopes, culminating in a rematch against reigning champions NSW Waratahs.

Wells wins record eighth national title

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Lauren Wells competes in the final of the Women's 400m Hurdle Open event during the Australian Athletics Championships at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre on March 29, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin 10:03 PM   Canberra athlete Lauren Wells almost fell at the final hurdle, but recovered to win a record eighth national title to book her ticket for the world championships.

Powell claims back-to-back world crowns

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David Polkinghorne 10:01 PM   Evergreen Sue Powell is once again champion of the world, but the Canberra para-cyclist knows her competition is "coming to get her".

League HQ

Was Super League just ahead of its time?

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Brad Walter 6:30 PM   On the 10th anniversary of the Super League war, then NRL chief executive David Gallop told Fairfax Media: " In 10 years' time, we'll look back and say it wasn't such a bad thing".

NRL continue dangerous throw crackdown with six charges

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Eels player Reece Robinson trains at Old Saleyards Reserve, Parramata on March 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

Michael Carayannis 6:08 PM   The NRL's blitz on dangerous throws has continued with six of nine players charged by the match review commitee were for lifting tackles. 

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Rugby Heaven

Waratahs face a non-stop journey to finals

Hard yards: Stephen Hoiles says the pressure will be on the trainers.

Rupert Guinness 5:36 PM   It is probably a good thing for the Waratahs if their playing ranks are "brain washed to try and think week-to-week".

Tahs, Brumbies dominate Wallabies group

Bragging rights: The Waratahs and Brumbies meet again as teammates after their epic clash in Sydney.

Georgina Robinson 8:33 AM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's first big test of man management has begun with 15 Waratahs and 12 Brumbies players converging on Brisbane for the first formal gathering of the Test squad in a World Cup year.

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Cricket

Agar favoured to join winter Test tours

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Jesse Hogan 8:19 PM   Ashton Agar is favoured to be unveiled as Nathan Lyon's spin deputy, ahead of Fawad Ahmed and Steve O'Keefe, when Australia announce their winter Test squads for the West Indies and the Ashes.

Cricket's alcohol-drenched culture needs to change

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Michael Thorn 8:13 PM   The mix of alcohol, sports, and TV advertising is detrimental to the nation's health.

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AFL

Thymosin beta 4 not on banned list: Dank

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Jon Pierik   As calls come for a "root and branch" review of how the national anti-doping body completes its investigations, the man at the centre of the Essendon saga insists his supplements program was known at the highest levels of the club.

Cats have high hopes for classy Cockatoo

Standout: Nakia Cockatoo runs the ball during the NAB Challenge match against the Gold Coast Suns earlier this month.

Matt Murnane 10:42 PM   Cats are re-generating into a more complete team like the reigning premier Hawks.

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Soccer

Magnificent seven to become six

Chase to the top: Roy Krishna of the Phoenix evades Sebastian Ryall, left, and Jacques Faty of Sydney FC during the A-League match on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 6:53 PM   A comprehensive review of the run home for the seven A-League teams still fighting for the finals.

Smeltz cops three-match ban

Shane Smeltz exchanges words with Andrew Durante after being shown a red card against the Phoenix.

6:10 PM   Sydney FC's hopes of securing the Premier's Plate have been dealt a blow with striker Shane Smeltz banned for the next three matches.

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ACT Sport

Junior Brumbies break decade drought in Gold Cup

Brumbies under-17s captain Tom Ross and Ryan Lonergan with the Gold Cup trophy in Perth.

Chris Dutton 6:03 PM   Brumbies under-17s coach Paul Simonsson has backed some of his star players to rise through the ranks to earn Australian representative honours after their drought-breaking national title triumph on Sunday.

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

David Polkinghorne 4:20 PM   Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000 Canberra Racing paid to be included.

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Horse Racing

Waller-Zabeel combination to help Preferment to Derby double

Chris Roots 6:34 PM   A couple of the biggest influences on racing from across the ditch will combine as Preferment attempts to win the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

Stewards adjourn first NSW inquiry into alleged live baiting offences

Adam Pengilly 6:11 PM   Greyhound Racing NSW stewards are considering whether charges should be laid against Zeke Kadir, the man whose outer Sydney property is at the centre of the live baiting scandal in NSW, after his brief hearing on Monday kicked off a week-long list of inquiries.

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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.