Cleary predicts Opal-Slipper will happen again

David Polkinghorne   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   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   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

World Cup is nowhere to be seen

Greg Baum 6:38 PM   Somewhere in our midst, catching our eye every distant now and then, a cricket World Cup is taking place. We know Australia is in it, because they're on television whenever they play. Afghanistan is one of the other teams. We know that because there they were the other night on television, appearing with Australia. Before that, there was, ahem, New Zealand, and before that there was ... was it England? It seemed important that the time. But that was almost three weeks ago, and there has been a bit of football on the TV since, and almost no cricket.

Viv Richards and INXS' Jon Farriss release soul collaboration

Viv Richards

Eryk Bagshaw 6:31 PM   Love of music, love of Viv, go together like jerky and Mahi-mahi.

Rugby Heaven

Ashley-Cooper ruled out of Reds clash with mysterious injury

Out: Adam Ashley-Cooper trains with the Waratahs on Tuesday, but will miss the clash with the Reds.

Rupert Guinness 7:07 PM   Mystery surrounds the extent of the injury that has ruled out Adam Ashley-Cooper from the Waratahs side to play the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night and possibly beyond, with the "very last resort" scenario if it fails to heal properly being that he requires surgery.

Hunt cocaine scandal a lesson for the ARU in dealing with drugs

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Georgina Robinson 6:49 PM   It will kill Australian rugby's leather patch brigade to read this but rugby league super coach Wayne Bennett offered the code some advice on Thursday that it cannot afford to ignore.

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League HQ

Toovey gives Jamie Lyon the all clear

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon has been cleared to play against Parramatta on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis 5:30 PM   Manly have been afforded a rare piece of good news with coach Geoff Toovey declaring Jamie Lyon as a certain starter to play Parramatta on Friday night.

Mann looks to make most of senior return

Roy Ward 5:24 PM   Kurt Mann will return to the first-grade side when Melbourne Storm open their NRL season against St George Illawarra Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Monday night.

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Soccer

Capital Football nourishes dream of A-League club

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Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   Capital Football president Mark O'Neill is adamant Canberra will have an A-League team in the future and will hold discussions with Football Federation Australia next week about the National Youth League.

Cricket

Comets centuries not enough to prevent outright defeat

ACT's David Dawson scored another century, this time against New South Wales.

Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   A maiden second XI ton from Andrew Harriott and David Dawson's third century of the season wasn't enough to save the ACT Comets from outright defeat against NSW.

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Soccer

A-League late mail

Terry Antonis

Dominic Bossi 7:14 PM   All the latest team information for round 20 of the A-League.

Wanderers need to be team everybody hates playing: Juric

Sebastian Hassett 7:03 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers won't climb up the A-League ladder or defend their Asian Champions League crown until they rediscover their defensive bite, star striker Tomi Juric says.

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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

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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.