Pickers prove there's more to life than football

Jon Tuxworth 10:00 PM   Just south of the tiny town of Bigga is a rustic shearing shed where former Raider Joe Picker would prefer to be each September than playing in the NRL finals.

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Raiders play the numbers game

Raiders halfback Sam Williams crosses for a try in his side's win against Penrith last Monday night.

Lee Gaskin 7:40 PM   Here are the stats which prove the Canberra Raiders are a far improved team from last year.

The Who Cares? Cup: Raiders and Eels face off


Kyle Mackey-Laws 8:01 PM   There's one game this round that trumps the rest. There's even a trophy on offer: The Who Cares? Cup.

Frank the tank slimming down for comeback

Former Brumbies winger Frankie Fainifo has returned to Canberra with the Vikings.

Lee Gaskin 7:47 PM   Former ACT Brumbies winger Frankie Fainifo knows he will have to shed some bulk to keep his Super Rugby comeback alive.

Carter to make Wallabies return

Sam Carter will make his return to the Wallabies this weekend against the US Eagles.

Fleta Page 7:52 PM   Sam Carter will make a triumphant return to the Wallabies this weekend and still has an eye on the Rugby World Cup

Men of Steele showcase Canberra's AFL talent

Logan Austin has had an injury-interrupted season with Port Adelaide.

Lee Gaskin 7:54 PM   Canberra's strongest AFL contingent for many years have left their mark on the competition.

Hayne proves league players are best athletes

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster 3:40 AM   The former Eels fullback is living proof the NRL creates players who can make it in other codes.

Wade reiterates Test recall ambitions

On song: Matthew Wade sweeps for four.

Jesse Hogan   The most decisive early move in the friendly battle to succeed Brad Haddin as Australia's preferred wicketkeeper has come at the start of their one-day series against England, from Matthew Wade.

Plenty of positives for the Socceroos

Tim Cahill of Australia.

Michael Lynch   So you stick five goals past one of the weakest sides in world soccer in a game that was easier than an average training session.

Tomic ends Hewitt's US Open career

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during their Men's Singles Second Round match on Day Four of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic has saved two match points to end Lleyton Hewitt's US Open career in an epic all-Australian second-round encounter at Flushing Meadows.

'Sam Stososova' frustrated by US Open snub

Samantha Stosur of Australia ponders her next move during her second-round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.

12:57 AM   The toast of the Big Apple just four years ago, Stosur has not exactly received a royal welcome back to New York.

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League HQ

Hayne shows off his stunning body transformation

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Jarryd Hayne #38 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL preseason game at Levi's Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas 6:09 PM   It was the photo that convinced most of Australia that Jarryd Hayne would be out of his depth in his quest to conquer the NFL.

Queanbeyan Blues, Goulburn retirees prepare for grand final swansong

Retiring: Queanbeyan's Michael Dodson is another Blues veteran preparing to hang up his boots.

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 PM   Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling will retire from the game content he's squeezed every bit of potential out of himself after Sunday's grand final against Goulburn at Seiffert Oval. 


Rugby Heaven

Hayne's San Francisco adventure proves there is life beyond the NRL

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox 7:07 PM   Rugby league is the greatest game of all - but it's under threat from within and without.

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Race row threatens Springboks' campaign

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

Daniel Schofield   Old wounds reopened as squad are deemed 'too white' and legal challenge is mounted, writes Daniel Schofield.



World Cup absence spurs Coulter-Nile to new levels of professionalism

Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Jesse Hogan 6:00 PM   The toughest blow to Nathan Coulter-Nile in his career so far, losing a likely World Cup berth due to a serious hamstring injury, could serve as the jolt he needed to cement his position among Australia's elite fast-bowlers.

Nathan Coulter-Nile 'hates' WACA decline

Not happy: Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Joe Barton 10:43 AM   Nathan Coulter-Nile is no fan of the modern trend to embrace drop-in wickets.


Richmond overcome North Melbourne Lite

Brad McKenzie of the Kangaroos handballs as he is tackled by Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers.

Jake Niall 11:43 PM   For a time, it appeared that the scandalous part of this game wouldn't be North's selections, but Richmond's inability to take advantage of the mass withdrawals.

Hodge caught drink-driving

Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik 10:50 PM   Remorseful Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says he feels like an "idiot" after he made a "stupid" decision to drive home on Thursday night and was caught drink-driving.

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FFA monitoring Dushanbe situation after 17 killed

Police officers secure an area in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, where several Interior Ministry special forces officers and a traffic policeman were reportedly shot dead.

10:14 AM   Football Federation Australia say they are monitoring the security situation in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe ahead of the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier there on Tuesday.

Wanderers expected membership surge with new stadium

Show of support: Wanderers fans cheer on their team.

Dominic Bossi   Wanderers could become NSW's biggest sporting franchise with new stadium in Parramatta after new stadium announcement.


ACT Sport

Vikings prove title credentials with thumping victory

Vikings winger Lausii Taliauli lunges at the try line, but falls just short.

Lee Gaskin 6:45 PM   The Canberra Vikings showed they will be a force in the National Rugby Championship with a 58-26 thumping of the Greater Sydney Rams at Viking Park on Saturday.

Queanbeyan Blues, Goulburn retirees prepare for grand final swansong

Retiring: Queanbeyan's Michael Dodson is another Blues veteran preparing to hang up his boots.

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 PM   Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling will retire from the game content he's squeezed every bit of potential out of himself after Sunday's grand final against Goulburn at Seiffert Oval. 


Horse Racing

John Thompson captures Bart Cummings glow in winning Tramway Stakes with Hooked

''There's plenty of Bart Cummings in that horse'': Hooked trainer John Thompson

Adam Pengilly 6:21 PM   The Bart Cummings glow. John Thompson has seen it, learned it and had an inkling Hooked had captured just a bit of it as a new spring dawns.

Complacent catches rivals on the hop as comeback stayer returns with a bang

John O'Shea

Adam Pengilly 5:20 PM   Cynics say the Victoria Derby can end careers as quickly as they start. Complacent is bucking the trend after a near two-year layoff from the staying classic.


Sheep shearing brothers to play in local league finals

The Picker brothers, Joe, Mick, and Ben are all playing for Goulburn this weekend against Queanbeyan in the local league finals. Photographed at their farm near Bigga in NSW.

Jarryd Hayne talks about that shoulder charge

Jarryd Hayne speaks about his “rugby-esque moves”, offensive runs and the shoulder-drop in the final pre-season game that's become a viral hit.

Kenny-Dowall likely to face Souths

Shaun Kenny-Dowall could make his return to the Sydney Roosters side on Friday night against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Robredo halts Groth charge

Veteran Spaniard Tommy Robredo continues his run of knocking over Australians at the US Open, beating Sam Groth in straight sets.

Jarryd Hayne stars in Madden 16

He has been making waves on field as he fights for a spot in the San Francisco 49-ers but in the meantime fans can get their Jarryd Hayne fix by playing the Madden NFL 16 video game.

Epic tennis racquet smashes

Where does Coco Vandeweghe's destruction of her tennis racquet during her US Open tie rank amongst other notorious racquet abusers?

NRL: Raiders v Panthers

The Canberra Raiders take on the Penrith Panthers at home in the second-to-last round of the NRL.

Raiders get points against Panthers

Canberra Raiders post 34-18 win over Penrith Panthers to round out an otherwise disappointing home season.

Sydney look forward to finals

After a big win over St Kilda on the weekend, the Swans are quietly confident as the finals loom.

Swans stun Man United

Swansea inflict Manchester United first loss of season while Southampton record first win of season.