Nick Kyrgios beats childhood hero Roger Federer

Chris Dutton 11:00 AM   Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has claimed arguably the biggest scalp of his rising career, beating childhood hero and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer on Thursday morning.

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Mesmeric Messi nets brilliant double

Star of the show: Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal.

Tim Hanlon 7:51 AM   Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic break the resistance of Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-final first leg clash. The second is absolutely stunning.

Greg Bird to miss entire State of Origin series 

Greg Bird.

Adam Pengilly 8:15 PM   Greg Bird will will miss the entire State of Origin series after pleas for a downgrade to a dangerous throw charge stemming from Australia's Anzac Test defeat were dismissed.

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White 'prepared for worst' as Giteau returns

Nic White won't listen to speculation about his position in the Wallabies side with the impending return of Matt Giteau.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Halfback Nic White admits the ARU's eligibility backflip has put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy, but says he won't get bogged down in the pursuit of a Wallabies jersey.

Law change could put stars in limbo: Gregan

George Gregan.

Rupert Guinness 10:39 PM   Former Wallabies captain urges rugby against changing the three year residency rule, saying that extending it could limit opportunities of players to experience an international career.

Williams and Sezer preview positional battle

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 25:  Aidan Sezer of the Titans is tackled by Chad Townsend and Bodene Thompson of the Warriors during the round eight NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 6:57 PM   Raiders halfback Sam Williams says the "ball is in my court" to retain a starting position at the NRL club long term, but he insists Saturday's clash with the Gold Coast Titans isn't about proving himself.

Foran's get-out clause in deal with Eels

Sea Eagle to Eel: Kieran Foran.

Michael Chammas 1:24 AM   Kieran Foran has a get-out clause in his contract with the Parramatta Eels.

Comeback could put Reynolds into Origin mix

In the mix: South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds could come into Origin contention.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley says Adam Reynolds will come into consideration for the State of Origin opener if he is capable of making an earlier-than-expected return for South Sydney.

Valeri back to taste championship Victory

Carl Valeri.

Canberra's Carl Valeri said he returned to the A-League to taste success with the Melbourne Victory and the minor premiership isn't enough.

More Suns players caught up in alcohol row

Rodney Eade had plenty to ponder on Saturday night.

Caroline Wilson 7:04 PM   Harley Bennell, Brandon Matera and Trent McKenzie were not the only players drinking alcohol last weekend, yet were the only ones to receive suspensions.

Tennis ACT banks on Kyrgios factor

Time on Canberra's clay surfaces has enabled Nick Kyrgios to kick-start his European season.

Jon Tuxworth 8:14 PM   Tennis ACT is hopeful Nick Kyrgios' rapid rise will be the ace in its pack when it bids to host Davis Cup and Federation Cup ties early next year.

League HQ

Soward likely to return against Broncos

Not in the pink: Jamie Soward in action against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas 5:22 PM   Penrith Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward is in line to make a return against the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night despite originally being earmarked to make his comeback from back surgery in round ??.

Parramatta Eels elections heat up as police called on former club boss Denis Fitzgerald

Denis Fitzgerald

Adrian Proszenko 4:46 PM   Police have been called to Parramatta Leagues Club after former chief executive Denis Fitzgerald allegedly ignored requests to remain within designated electoral areas.

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Rugby Heaven

Waratahs gutted by loss of Potgieter

Leaving: Waratahs hard man Jacques Potgieter will return to South Africa at the end of the season.

Georgina Robinson 4:57 PM   The Waratahs have admitted their deep disappointment at losing abrasive loose forward Jacques Potgieter. 

Rebels not taking Blues lightly

Rebels co-captain Scott Higginbotham is preparing for a tough encounter with the Blues.

Roy Ward 5:00 PM   Rebels name side to take on Blues on Friday night.

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Cricket

Thunder sign Fawad Ahmed

Sydney-bound: Fawad Ahmed.

4:10 PM   Legspinning Ashes tourist Fawad Ahmed has signed a deal with Sydney Thunder for the next T20 Big Bash League season.

Essel Group confirms plan to set up rival Twenty20 cricket league

Recruiting targets David Warner and Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett 11:28 AM   The Indian conglomerate behind a mooted challenge to cricket's establishment have provided an insight into their intentions, confirming they plan to make a foray into the game by setting up a rival Twenty20 league.

AFL

Flying the flag is 'crap': Roos coach

Scott said Hodge 'offered an apology that was accepted. It was largely out of character.'

Larissa Nicholson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson 8:46 PM   To throw punches on the football field is cowardly, but to "fly the flag" for a teammate was "crap", North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Wednesday.

Lonergan reaches 150-game AFL milestone

The Cats see Tom Lonergan (right) as more of a 250-game player, according to coach Chris Scott.

3:36 PM   Tom Lonergan spends very little time these days pondering the life-threatening kidney injury which almost ended his AFL career before it had really begun back in 2006.

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Soccer

If pressure means success, bring it on: Muscat

Bring it on: Victory coach Kevin Muscat welcomes pressure ahead of Friday night.

Michael Lynch 5:16 PM   Kevin Muscat gives his trademark grin when reminded that his rival coach, John Van't Schip, has wasted no opportunity this week to suggest that the pressure is all on Melbourne Victory.

City and Victory square off in biggest A-League final ever

The crowd heads to Etihad Stadium.

Michael Lynch 5:15 PM   It's the biggest Melbourne derby of them all - a semi-final showdown - with a grand final berth at stake.

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ACT Sport

Soccer

Wilk hails Tigers' cup win over Canberra FC

Cooma Tigers FC have progressed to the last eight of FFA Cup qualifying after beating Canberra FC 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Lee Gaskin 3:50 PM   Cooma Tigers FC coach Gaby Wilk admits eliminating powerhouse club Canberra FC from the FFA Cup made his team's progression to the next stage all the sweeter.

United hammer home four extra-time goals to eliminate Woden-Weston

 Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory challenges for the ball.

Jon Tuxworth 8:15 PM   Tuggeranong United coach Steve Forshaw believes the FFA Cup is now nearly as coveted as winning the National Premier League grand final after defying their poor recent form with a 5-2 win over Woden-Weston on Tuesday night. 

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Horse Racing

No favourites at Team Hawkes, just good horses

Looking for win No.18: Our Boy Malachi will tackle the BTC Cup at Doomben on Saturday.

Chris Roots 4:12 PM   It is a big day for Team Hawkes, with a $1.5 million yearling having its first start at Rosehill while a home bred carrying the tag of the "Rockhampton Rocket" chases group 1 glory in the BTC Cup at Doomben on Saturday.

Moody looks for winners in three states

High hopes for Brisbane: Peter Moody will start Peron and Bring Me The Maid in Saturday's group 1 races.

Chris Roots 3:44 PM   Peter Moody has the loaded bases for a late rally on Brisbane with the talented Peron and Bring Me the Maid to launch their challenge on Saturday.

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Drunk lion mascot escorted from pitch

It appears no one told Austria Vienna's mascot to know his limits.

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.