Cleary predicts Opal-Slipper will happen again

David Polkinghorne 6:54 PM   Frank Cleary feels it's just a matter of time before someone else replicates Catbird's success  - although he admits  it's going to be "hard, very hard".

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Cloud over Watson as Warner belts 178

Australia's David Warner

Andrew Wu 6:37 AM   Shane Watson's World Cup axing robbed him of a golden opportunity in Perth, as records tumbled in Australia's trouncing of Afghanistan..

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League

Cornish ready to 'make his mark' 

Mitch Cornish

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish insists proving he deserves a new contract is the furthest thing from his mind, adamant he'd always pinpointed this year as the time to "make his mark".

League

Waqa backs Wighton for higher honours

Jack Wighton can be as good as Billy Slater.

Jon Tuxworth 4:58 PM   Jack Wighton is still learning the craft and is yet to lock down Canberra's fullback jersey, but Sisa Waqa believes Wighton is capable of replacing Waqa's former teammate Billy Slater as Australia's No.1.

Honey Badger back in business with the Force

Nick Cummins makes his Super Rugby return for the Western Force against the ACT Brumbies on Friday.

Lee Gaskin 5:36 PM   The ACT Brumbies are wary of the impact Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins will make in his return to Australian rugby in Friday night's Super Rugby clash against the Western Force at Canberra Stadium.

Pele calls for World Cup to come to Australia

"I have no doubt Australia could host the World Cup": Pele.

Adrian Proszenko 1:24 AM   Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, believes Australia should be given the opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup.

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Bombers' top-ups make up the numbers

Paul Chapman will skipper the Dons.

Daniel Cherny 7:53 PM   While they will be captained by a man wearing No.3, the Essendon team that takes on St Kilda on Saturday will feature players donning numbers in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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Cricket

Watson accepts he had plenty of opportunities to avoid World Cup axing

Unusual position: Shane Watson with fellow unused squad members Pat Cummins, George Bailey and Xavier Doherty sing the Australian national anthem before the World Cup match against Afghanistan.

Andrew Wu 3:22 PM   Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run which resulted in him being dropped from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years.

Vic's Handscomb signs county deal

2:24 PM   Rising wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb has joined fellow Australian Michael Klinger at English county side Gloucestershire.

Rugby Heaven

Hunt fined $30,000 and banned six weeks

In strife: Karmichael Hunt arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Phil Lutton 3:48 PM   Karmichael Hunt has been given a sporting lifeline and won't be sacked after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine possession.

Honey Badger to spark the Force in Australian return

Nick Cummins, AKA The Honey Badger.

Chris Dutton 4:00 PM   The Western Force are banking on some Honey Badger aggression to spark their Super Rugby season, with coach Michael Foley declaring star winger Nick Cummins will "tear in" and ignite the team's physicality.

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League HQ

Toovey sidelined during Manly talks with Cherry-Evans

In the spotlight: Daly Cherry-Evans and Geoff Toovey.

Michael Carayannis 4:16 PM   Geoff Toovey's tense relationship with Sea Eagles management has taken another dramatic turn after the coach revealed he is not involved in negotiations to keep star Daly Cherry-Evans at the club.

Manly won't target Watmough, says Arthur

Target: Eels forward Anthony Watmough.

Ian McCullough 2:38 PM   Parramatta coach Brad Arthur claims Manly are too smart a team to try and target former teammate Anthony Watmough in Friday's round one opener at Pirtek Stadium.

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Australian football

Giants pick Steele to feel some Suns heat

Ready to go: Canberra's Jack Steele has been picked in the GWS Giants squad for Saturday's AFL NAB Challenge game against the Gold Coast Suns.

Lee Gaskin 3:22 PM   Canberra young gun Jack Steele is a step closer to making his AFL debut after earning selection for the GWS Giants for their opening NAB Challenge match.

Turf war erupts over Black Opal Stakes entries

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 3:17 PM   A turf war has erupted over two-year-olds with the Australian Turf Club admitting they call trainers to lure horses if their nominations are low.

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Soccer

Matildas beat Dutch 1-0 in Cyprus Cup

Lisa De Vanna.

2:35 PM   Teenager Larissa Crummer has scored her first international goal to give the World Cup-bound Matildas a 1-0 win over The Netherlands in their Cyprus Cup tournament opener in Larnaca.

Merrick extends Phoenix stay

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick.

1:09 PM   Wellington coach Ernie Merrick has signed a new deal to remain at the helm of the A-League club for another three years.

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Tennis

Kyrigos rocking the rim for Indian Wells return

A different court: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios helps launch the Westside precinct at Acton Park with a celebrity basketball game on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin   Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will make his return from a back injury at next week's ATP 1000 Masters tournament at Indian Wells in the US.

Nishikori into world's top four, Murray out

the age

Japan's Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings on Monday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men's tennis.

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NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive lowdown on each of the 16 teams.

Jordan Smiler

Brumbies big man Jordan Smiler opens up on his aspirations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa take on Ireland at Manuka Oval for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.