Sezer won't be back-flipping like DCE: Raiders boss

Lee Gaskin 8:08 PM   Raiders chief executive Don Furner is adamant Gold Coast Titans recruit Aidan Sezer will honour his contract with Canberra despite Daly Cherry-Evans electing to stay at Manly.

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Russia and Qatar World Cups in doubt

On his way out: Sepp Blatter has announced that he will resign.

Gordon Rayner and Claire Newell 9:08 AM   Russia and Qatar's hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments were thrown into doubt after Sepp Blatter was finally forced to relinquish his iron grip on the sport.

'I'd walk out again': Stuart fuming at refs

Ricky Stuart says he doesn't regret sensationally walking out of last weekend's post-game press conference and would do it again.

Lee Gaskin 12:50 PM   Ricky Stuart says he doesn't regret sensationally walking out of last weekend's post-game press conference and would do it again.

Toomua not likely to play Force

Matt Toomua is likely to miss this week's clash against the Force in Perth.

David Polkinghorne   Christian Lealiifano and Robbie Coleman are starting to gel so well the expected absence of Matt Toomua will have minimal impact against the Western Force: Brumbies coach.

Raiders wait to see on new cooling-off period

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco signed with the Raiders last year before using the round 13 rule to get out of his contract.

Lee Gaskin   Raiders chief executive Don Furner agrees with the scrapping of the NRL's controversial round 13 rule, but wants to see the impact of the 10-day cooling-off period.

Titans back round 13 rule scrapping

Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko   Gold Coast welcomes the scrapping of the NRL's round 13 rule, but the change won't come quickly enough to prevent yet another week of speculation about Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Inside the NRL's video referee bunker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Video Referee, Bernard Sutton, uses the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Brad Walter   The NRL's high tech solution to help video referees make decisions faster and more accurately without even being at the game.

If Smith got a penalty, why didn't Farah?

Storm connection: Cameron Smith and Billy Slater during Wednesday's Origin match.

Michael Chammas   For years those south of the border have been holding on to a conspiracy that the Queensland and Storm captain Cameron Smith gets away with murder.

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NRL is killing the game's entertainers

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord   Comment: In Super League you can still have success with daring attack, in a way you can't in the NRL any more.

Chelsea win again, but Sydney hold heads high

Football - Sydney FC v Chelsea FC - Friendly Match - ANZ Stadium, Sydney - Australia - 2/6/15
Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Reuters / Steve Christo

Sebastian Hassett 10:57 PM   If Sydney FC fancy themselves as the Chelsea of the A-League, this marked a reasonable opportunity to measure up back-to-back with the real thing.

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Swans could use Tippett as trade bait: Carey

Kurt Tippett of the Swans.

Matt Murnane   North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey has urged Sydney to forget the lengths they went to secure Kurt Tippett and put the star forward up for trade at the end of the season.

League HQ

"This doesn't look honourable," says Cherry-Evans. We know.

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster 10:35 PM   What of the Manly fans, who are torn by the fact a champion half is staying and that the fact their champion fact was more than ready to leave them six weeks ago for a fat deal on the Goldie?

DCE faces tough road back to Origin

Daly Cherry-Evans.

Phil Lutton 9:16 PM   The ramifications of Daly Cherry-Evans' backing out of his deal with the Gold Coast Titans could stretch beyond his NRL club career, with fresh questions to be raised over his place in the Maroons Origin side for game two of the series.

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Rugby Heaven

Hodgson wants Brumbies deja vu all over again

Matt Hodgson says his side is already looking towards next season.

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson wants to repeat their 2013 home victory over the ACT Brumbies to give his cellar-dwelling Super Rugby province a springboard into next year.

Pocock 'stoked' about Goodes' indigenous war dance

David Pocock says Adam Goodes' war dance was 'great for sport'.

David Polkinghorne 6:20 PM   David Pocock says former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes' indigenous war dance is "great for sport and great for Australia" but he has no plans for any try celebrations of his own against his old Super Rugby club.

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Cricket

Australia expect England to play with more freedom under Trevor Bayliss

Nathan Lyon.

Chris Barrett 9:54 PM   The Australians are still digesting the appointment of Trevor Bayliss as England coach.

England can still regain Ashes: Cook

Remaining confident: England skipper Alastair Cook.

9:53 PM   England captain Alastair Cook insists his side can regain the Ashes but says it must improve quickly after being held to a 1-1 Test series draw by New Zealand.

AFL

Freeze the frees - Scott demands less charity

Big decisions: Cats coach Chris Scott has a great deal on his mind.

Peter Hanlon 8:19 PM   Geelong coach bemoans his team's status as the worst free kick offender in the AFL.

Dixon confesses regular match-eve drinking

Charlie Dixon's use of alcohol generally is now a concern for the club.

Samantha Lane 10:07 PM   Since Jack Martin and Charlie Dixon's breach of a Gold Coast Suns' pact to a period of sobriety, concerns have emerged over a separate confession from the club's top goalkicker.

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Soccer

Australia hopes Sepp Blatter's resignation triggers "dawn of a new era"

FFA president Frank Lowy speaks after the FIFA vote saw Sepp Blatter remain as president of the organisation.

Sebastian Hassett 10:24 PM   The resignation of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president was met with euphoria across Australia - none more so than by FFA chairman Frank Lowy, who hailed the news as a "watershed" moment.

Clut scores twice in 3-0 win over Villarreal

Impressive: Devante Clut scored twice as Brisbane Roar beat Villarreal 3-0.

Vince Rugari 9:09 PM   Brisbane Roar wunderkind Devante Clut scored twice as the A-League club scored a 3-0 upset win over Spanish outfit Villarreal in Wednesday night's LFP World Challenge clash.

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ACT Sport

Blue Devils knock gallant Tuggeranong out of FFA Cup

Goran Mukevski got on the score sheet for Belconnen United.

Lee Gaskin 9:04 PM    Belconnen United is the first team through to the Capital Football final of FFA Cup qualifying.

Former Cricket ACT CEO helps league in battle against AFL

Chairman of Canberra Region Rugby League Noel Bissett, general  manager Canberra Region and Community Rugby League Mark Vergano and Raiders CEO Don Furner.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   Former Cricket ACT chief Mark Vergano will now be helping rugby league in the battle for grassroots supremacy.

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Horse Racing

Triple crown hopeful American Pharoah settles into Belmont Park stables ahead of shot at history

Shot at history: Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah is led around the stable by trainer Bob Baffert after arriving at Belmont Park.

Melissa Hoppert 9:42 PM   The more the rain pelted the grounds outside the refurbished Barn 1 at Belmont Park on Tuesday, the more the crowd grew.

All horses for major spring races to be tested out of season

National testing approach: Victorian chief steward Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley 8:55 PM   Potential Melbourne Cup and spring hopefuls stabled out of Victoria for the first time will come under a national out of competition testing regime.

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Capital Football NPL: Olympic v Cooma

Canberra Olympic take on Tigers Football Club at O'Connor.

Sharapova falls to Safarova

Defending champion was the only major casualty of the fourth-round stage at the French Open.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Warriors

The Woden Rams take on the West Belconnen Warriors.

Capital League: Goulburn v United

United takes on Goulburn at the National Hockey Centre.

Arsenal coach reflects on FA Cup win

Arsenal romped to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa to lift the FA Cup.

Lions register historic victory over the Tahs

The Lions beat the Waratahs 27-22 in Johannesburg.

Broncos too good for Raiders in Canberra

Brisbane provisionally move to the top of the ladder after 24-12 win.

Raiders go down against Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos took on the Raiders at Canberra Stadium.

Cowboys escape against Manly

North Queensland Cowboys engineer a great escape.

Inglis concussion sours Souths' win 

Head knock to Souths captain sours uninspiring 22-16 win.