Matildas get back to work ahead of qualifiers

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   The Matildas have put aside their pay dispute with Football Federation Australia and returned as a squad for the first time in four months with the goal of ending a 12-year Olympic Games drought.

Top stories

Cowboys' win was great – but not greatest

Peter FitzSimons dinkus.

Peter FitzSimons 6:46 PM   We know the 2015 grand final ran it close, and though the 1997 grand final woulda and shoulda been a contender, there remains just one grand final that is still the heavyweight champeen.

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Ponting to testify in Cairns perjury case

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns arrives at Southwark Crown Court .

Jon Pierik 3:25 PM   Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and umpire Steve Davis are among those who have been called to give evidence at the London trial of Chris Cairns.

Australians report suspicious approaches

Former Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt (centre), Mohammad Asif (right) and Mohammad Amir (left) were jailed for spot-fixing

Jon Pierik 3:46 PM   Australia's cricketers took advantage of an opportunity to provide information on suspicious approaches in a bid to help the sport rid itself of a potentially sinister underbelly.

Forget Steve and Mark, Austin one to watch

Austin Waugh plays square in the family way.

Jamie Marcuson 2:46 PM   What do you do when your father is a former Australian cricket captain, widely regarded as one of the greats of the game, In the case of Austin Waugh, it's simple.

White puts hand up for England job

Jake White

Chris Dutton 8:28 PM   Former ACT Brumbies coach and Wallabies candidate Jake White has declared his interest in "the biggest job in world rugby" as the sharks circle for Stuart Lancaster's England job.

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Wallabies won't be spooked by suspension

Big loss: Michael Hooper.

Chris Dutton 8:27 PM   The Wallabies won't tone down their defensive and breakdown aggression despite vice-captain Michael Hooper being hit with a one-match suspension for an illegal cleanout.

Wallabies can break consistency woes

Stitches: Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Chris Dutton 8:55 PM   The two-team rotation system was fraught with danger, but veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper says the unusual World Cup tactic can help break the Wallabies' yoyo hoodoo.

Roberts wants to channel Lions for Welsh win

Wales' Jamie Roberts, left, is tackled by England's Sam Burgess during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Chris Dutton 8:57 PM   LONDON: Wales is banking on World Cup hype to help the end a horror losing streak against the Wallabies and will draw on British and Irish Lions experience to break a seven-year drought.

Vaea relishing tackling Wallabies back rowers

Ita Vaea is ready to take on Wallabies Scott Higginbotham and Liam Gill.

David Polkinghorne 6:59 PM   Can the Vikings sew up the minor premiership against Brisbane City?

Meteors recruit stirring up all-rounder

New Zealand international Lea Tahuhu will debut for the ACT Meteors this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 4:14 PM   It took just one fiery net session where she troubled Southern Stars all-rounder Erin Osborne for New Zealand international Lea Tahuhu to make her impact at the ACT Meteors.

League HQ

NRL players to be tested for heart conditions for the first time

Proactive: NRL chief medico Paul Bloomfield.

Michael Carayannis 10:13 PM   For the first time in history all NRL players will undergo a heart scan before they take to the field next year.

Guineas hope Bassett to complete big week for Cowboys coach

Message: Cowboys coach Paul Green has urged his players to forget about the referees.

Chris Roots 6:56 PM   Only six days after becoming the first premiership-winning coach for the North Queensland Cowboys, Paul Green will look to lift one of the greatest prizes on the Australian turf as a part owner of Bassett in Saturday's Caulfield Guineas.



Starc to power through the pain

Soldiering on: Mitchell Starc will keep bowling, despite the pain.

Daniel Lane 8:59 PM   NSW fast bowler Mitchell Starc said he'll defy the pain of a broken spur in his ankle for as long as he possibly can before having surgery.

Australian cricketers report suspicious approaches

Former Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt (centre), Mohammad Asif (right) and Mohammad Amir (left) were jailed for spot-fixing

Jon Pierik 3:46 PM   Australia's cricketers took advantage of an opportunity to provide information on suspicious approaches in a bid to help the sport rid itself of a potentially sinister underbelly.


Fyfe mobbed by adoring locals on return home

Nat Fyfe signs for eager fans.

Staff writers 6:00 PM   Half of Australia - including Bruce McAvaney - seemed to fall in love with Fremantle gun Nat Fyfe on Brownlow Medal night.

Tigers 'tired' of missing grand finals

Tired of missing out: Richmond President Peggy O'Neal.

Daniel Cherny   Richmond president Peggy O'Neal says the Tigers are "tired of watching someone else play in the grand final," and labelled the conclusion to the club's season a "stinging disappointment."



Wanderers coach Tony Popovic: he can build, but can he renovate?

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster 9:49 PM   The Wanderers coach opens up on the eve of the A-League season.

Socceroos eager to secure high-profile friendly in Australia

Global outlook: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wants his side tested by the best.

Dominic Bossi 8:00 PM   Six years since the Dutch came to Australia, Socceroos fans have been crying out for a blockbuster friendly. Could they be set for one next year?


ACT Sport


Mixed bag for opening weekend of trout season

Rainbow trout.

Bryan Pratt 4:09 PM   Anglers reported a mixed bag for the opening week of the 2015-16 trout season but the general theme was that surprisingly few fish were seen or caught.

Paraplegic jockey sues over fall

Tye Angland is accused of doing "the most dangerous single manoeuvre on a race course" in a race which left another jockey paralysed.

Lloyd Jones 2:17 PM   An English jockey who became a paraplegic after a race fall in NSW was the victim of "the most dangerous single manoeuvre on a race course", a court has heard.


Horse Racing

Gold Ambition fires Asian interest in Spring Champion Stakes

Ready: Trainer Bjorn Baker is hoping Gold Ambition can get the job done at Randwick on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly 10:01 PM   His father Murray is plotting group 1 success for Mongolian interests in the Melbourne Cup, but Bjorn Baker is hoping to beat him to the punch in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Waller intends to bypass Caulfield Cup with Preferment

Who Shot Thebarman walks through the shallow waters during a trackwork session at Altona Beach on Monday.

Chris Roots 9:56 PM   Champion trainer Chris Waller has confirmed jockeys for four runners in next week's Caulfield Cup, but doesn't intend on running second favourite Preferment, which will be saved for the Cox Plate.


Cowboys win NRL grand final

After a last second try in regular time, North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston wins the NRL grand final with a field goal, beating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16.

NRL Grand final - Broncos v Cowboys

All the action as the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2015 NRL grand final.

Sekope Kepu's unreal World Cup pass

Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu sets up Bernard Foley's stunning first try with a ridiculous flick pass during Australia's defeat of England in the Rugby World Cup.

RWC 2015: Aussies to stay 'humble' after England win

Australia's coach Michael Cheika praises his side for successfully silencing a “tsunami of noise” at Twickenham.

Australia knock England out of their own World Cup

Bernard Foley stars for the Wallabies with two tries as England collapse at Twickenham.

Cyril Rioli best player in AFL grand final

Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal in the AFL grand final.

Luke Hodge's freakish grand final goal

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge kicks a contender for best goal of the 2015 grand final.

Hawthorn wins third consecutive premiership

Hawthorn seals the 2015 AFL premiership with an easy win over the West Coast Eagles.

Melbourne warms to Grand Final holiday

Perfect weather puts a smile on the faces of footy fans.

Wales beat Fiji

Wales over come a spirited Fiji to move to the top of RWC pool A.