'He's putting the pads on and I'm taking them off'

Chris Dutton 9:32 PM   Chris Coyle could have been catching passes from quarterbacks Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but has decided to chase a rugby union long-shot with the Brumbies.

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Cornish future hinges on Cherry-Evans

Canberra Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish is preparing for the biggest test of his career against Shaun Johnson on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth 10:09 AM   Mitch Cornish won't be at the Canberra Raiders next season, and his management is eagerly awaiting the final decision of Daly Cherry-Evans, which could have a significant impact on his future.

Matildas thrash Vietnam in warm up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21:  Michelle Heyman (L) of the Matildas celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the international women's friendly match between the Australian Matildas and Vietnam at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Tom Decent 7:31 AM   It was a start no one could have predicted. An opener after seven minutes. Four goals in the first 15 minutes. Seven within 22 minutes. Eight by the half hour mark - and Michelle Heyman had a hat-trick.

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Eels claim they can still afford Foran

Optimistic: Parramatta CEO Scott Seward says the club will retain its big-name signings despite the salary cap dramas.

Chris Barrett 10:23 PM    Parramatta are insistent that their salary cap drama will not stand between them acquiring star signings Kieran Foran and Beau Scott next year.

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Bash brothers herald 'decade of dominance'

Pack animals: NSW's Trent Merrin, Aaron Woods, David Klemmer, Boyd Cordner, Andrew Fifita, James Tamou and Josh Jackson.

Michael Chammas 8:00 PM   They are the baby bash brothers Blues captain Robbie Farah believes will lead NSW through a decade of dominance in the State of Origin arena.

Swans poised for midfield-led response 

Grand final loss no longer on radar: Sydney's Kieren Jack heads out to training with the Swans at the SCG.

David Sygall 9:54 AM   The Sydney Swans' acclaimed engine room will be perfectly set to deliver redemption when they take on Hawthorn in their first opportunity since they were swamped in the 2014 grand final.

Big Cat is the exception not the rule

Emerging star: Mark Blicavs of the Cats.

Wayne Carey   Unearthing champion footballers can be like finding that proverbial needle in a haystack. It takes more than just talent to make it at the highest level, which is why Mark Blicavs' journey is truly extraordinary.

Folau sidesteps 'hype and chat'

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 09:  Israel Folau of the Waratahs is tackled during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Force and the Waratahs at nib Stadium on May 9, 2015 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness   To help prepare for big games, Waratahs fullback Israel Folau¬†gets as far away from rugby as he can.

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Dundee Utd confirm Jets project

Jettisoned: Controversial Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler has lost his Newcastle A-League licence.

6:51 PM   Scottish Premier League club Dundee United have confirmed club chairman Stephen Thompson has been in talks with the Newcastle Jets after the A-League club had its licence revoked.

Kyrgios retires hurt from Nice Open

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios in a race against the clock, having withdrawn injured from the Nice Open, just days before the French Open.

League HQ

Slater completes training, will play in Origin I

Cleared for action: Maroons fullback Billy Slater.

Phil Lutton 6:29 PM   Billy Slater has come through an opposed training session unscathed and will line up for Queensland in the Origin opener

Get serious on lifting tackles: Thurston

Concerned: Marrons five-eighth Johnathan Thurston passes the ball during training at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane.

Phil Lutton 6:00 PM   Nearly 12 months after former Maroons teammate Brent Tate was dumped on his head in the most frightening moment of his career, Johnathan Thurston believes send-offs shape as the only genuine deterrent to the continued issue of dangerous lifting tackles.

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Rugby Heaven

Sio back from injury to push his World Cup claims

Brumbies prop Scott Sio will shave his 'rehab beard' when he makes his comeback from injury on Saturday.

Chris Dutton 5:31 PM   The World Cup and Super Rugby finals are the ultimate goal, but ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio says he has to clear the injury hurdle first to prove he deserves his spot in the team.

TMOs have too much influence in rugby

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos 12:57 PM   TMO means Too Much Officiousness in rugby rulings

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Cricket

No contract yet, but Dizzy deal almost done

Ashes braintrust? Jason Gillespie with England captain Alastair Cook in March.

Nick Hoult 9:30 AM   Jason Gillespie will accept the England coach's job if offered the position after positive talks with Andrew Strauss on Thursday brought the Australian a step closer to replacing Peter Moores.

Stokes stars in England fight back

Ben Stokes.

7:04 AM   New Zealand-born Ben Stokes took charge of England's recovery before falling agonisingly short of a hundred on the first day of the first Test at Lord's on Thursday.

AFL

New bidding system looks fairer for all

In demand: Isaac Heeney of the Swans.

Emma Quayle 8:57 PM   ANALYSIS The new bidding system is highly complicated. But it is infinitely fairer than the current set-up, looks fairly bulletproof, guards against bluffing and opens the door to future trading.

Murphy to play on next year

Robert Murphy has extended his career by another year.

7:50 AM   Veteran Western Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy will extend his AFL career into a 17th season after signing a new one-year contract.

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Soccer

Lowy legend enhanced - but will succession process cloud it?

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Michael Lynch 3:38 PM   Frank Lowy only¬†enhanced his legend when he bounced back up with the sprightliness of a man half his age on Sunday after he fell from the presentation dais before presenting Melbourne Victory with the A_League trophy following its comprehensive Grand Final rout of Sydney.

Heyman says Matildas can win World Cup

Michelle Heyman scored a hat-trick of goals in 18 minutes against Vietnam on Thursday.

Matthew Elder 5:00 PM   Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman says the Matildas can win next month's World Cup in Canada, the 26-year-old determined to prove herself on the international stage.

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ACT Sport

Sio back from injury to push his World Cup claims

Brumbies prop Scott Sio will shave his 'rehab beard' when he makes his comeback from injury on Saturday.

Chris Dutton 5:31 PM   The World Cup and Super Rugby finals are the ultimate goal, but ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio says he has to clear the injury hurdle first to prove he deserves his spot in the team.

Import happy in Canberra, home of Brave

Canberra Brave import Stephen Blunden.

Matthew Elder 4:50 PM   Canadian import Stephen Blunden reckons Canberra doesn't get the recognition it deserves - neither does Australia's ice hockey league.

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Horse Racing

Olive draws bookend barriers for Saturday's group 2 Champagne Stakes

Canberra trainer Nick Olive believes Single Gaze is capable of group 1 glory in Brisbane.

Jon Tuxworth 5:55 PM   One's a proven performer on the big stage, the other a green rookie "getting by on raw ability."

The woman behind the champion

Strapper Karen Ussher takes the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind for a walk.

Patrick Bartley 6:30 PM   It's said that on most mornings around 1.30am a beam of light came be seen emanating from Barn One in the Caulfield stables of Aquanita.

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AFL teams: round eight

All the ins and outs for round eight of the 2015 premiership season.

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.