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Australia's $500k payment under scrutiny

Sepp Blatter.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 8:29 PM   An alleged $500,000 theft of Australian football funds has been referred to the AFP.

Kokkinakis ousts Tomic from French Open

Rising star: Thanasi Kokkinakis was too good for fellow Australian Bernard Tomic.

6:46 AM   Thanasi Kokkinakis has overcome injury, a two-set deficit and three match points to oust seeded Australian countryman Bernard Tomic in an epic second-round French Open clash in Paris.

The 'Hurri-Kane' breezes into Sydney

Striker Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspurs is greeted by fans waiting at Sydney's international airport for there team to arrive prior to the game against Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett 9:32 PM   Barely a few days ago, Harry Kane was wrapping up his breakout EPL campaign with his 31st goal of the season for Tottenham. Now he's in Sydney.

Queensland didn't win, NSW lost

SANTA CLARA, CA - APRIL 29:  Jarryd Hayne poses for a photo during a San Fransisco 49ers media opportunity at Levi's Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jarryd Hayne *** Local Caption *** Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne 11:17 PM   Queensland didn't win that game as much as NSW lost it - they are the losses that cut the deepest.

Williams braces for Broncos

Confident: Raider Sam Williams says his running game won't be affected when he returns from a collapsed lung on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth 9:11 PM   Canberra Raiders halfback has no issues with the collision that caused him to be hospitalised with a collapsed lung, but he believes referees need to ensure playmakers are protected when kicking.

The sledge of the season

Demon Jesse Hogan has swagger as well as talent

Wayne Carey 7:27 PM   He has swagger, and he has the potential to be great. If one story I've been told is correct, the Melbourne faithful have every right to believe.

Adelaide cleared of striking illegal deal

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice, captain Marc Murphy, former coach Mick Malthouse and CEO Steven Trigg pose for a photo in November last year

Emma Quayle, Daniel Cherny 5:26 PM   The AFL has completed its investigation into Adelaide's recruitment of free agent Eddie Betts, clearing the Crows of any wrongdoing.

Slipper fits for Black Opal Stakes

Takedown wins the Black Opal Stakes earlier this year.

David Polkinghorne 9:19 PM   Canberra Racing will move Black Opal Stakes off the Canberra Day long weekend to continue to establish the race as a genuine lead-up race for the Golden Slipper Stakes.

League HQ

State of denial: Blue reaction plays straight into Meninga's hands

Master motivator: Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton 1:02 PM   The idea that NSW gifted Queensland an Origin victory will go down like a frosty XXXX for master motivator Mal Meninga.

NSW must pick Soward to save Origin

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster 9:35 AM   Pick Jamie Soward. It's the only way NSW can win Origin II and keep the series alive.

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Rugby Heaven

It's Lions v Wallabies: Johan Ackerman

Dangerous runner:  Israel Folau of the Waratahs.

11:38 AM   The NSW Waratahs may be running on to Ellis Park, Johannesburg without forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu on Saturday evening (Sunday morning AEST), but that has not stopped rival coach Johan Ackermann from describing the contest as "Lions versus the Wallabies".

Prop in strife after Ireland loss to Barbarians

Facing ban: Jack McGrath.

9:51 AM   Ireland prop Jack McGrath may face a suspension that could ruin his World Cup hopes after kneeing Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland's 22-21 defeat against the Barbarians on Thursday.

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Cricket

England's bowlers swinging it like 2005

Michael Vaughan.

Michael Vaughan 9:57 AM   I was buzzing over display at Lord's because collective effort was exactly what will be needed against Australia, write Michael Vaughan.

Ronchi set for NZ Test debut

Luke Ronchi of New Zealand is in line to make his Test debut.

9:16 AM   Luke Ronchi is in line to make his test debut against England at Headingley on Friday with regular wicketkeeper BJ Watling causing concerns that his knee injury will not stand up to playing in the match.

AFL

Sloane close to deal with Adelaide

In demand: Rory Sloane of the Crows is close to being secured on a long-term contract.

Jake Niall 7:47 PM   ​Adelaide's highly sought midfielder, Rory Sloane, is close to signing a long-term contract with the Crows, rebuffing Victorian clubs.

Back to the Walls: a familiar tale of turmoil

Rescue job: A fresh-faced Rohan Connolly (background right) is on the spot for Alex Jesaulenko's return in 1989.

Rohan Connolly 7:45 PM   The old French proverb that the more things change, the more they stay the same might seem particularly apt for Carlton this week.

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Soccer

Aloisi says he's ready

John Aloisi as Melbourne Heart coach.

Beth Newman 12:59 PM   John Aloisi says he's ready to be a head coach again.

Soccer: Confessions from the heart of a long-standing Spurs fan

AFL Sherrin

Michael Lynch 12:58 PM   I can't remember when I began to support Spurs. Properly support them I mean.

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ACT Sport

Canberra athlete ready to book ticket to Beijing

Zoe Buckman believes she can book her world titles spot in this weekend's Diamond League event in America.

Jon Tuxworth 9:49 PM   Canberra athlete Zoe Buckman is confident she can put her national titles disappointment behind her and qualify for August's world championships at this weekend's Prefonatine Classic in Eugene, America this weekend. 

Tuggeranong look to rebound in ACT netball grand final qualifier

Generic netball.

Matthew Elder 6:18 PM   Tuggeranong coach Nicole Bowles has downplayed her team's only loss of the ACT netball season last weekend with the minor premiers to welcome back some of their winning cobinations for Friday night's grand final qualifier.

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Horse Racing

Slipper fits for Black Opal Stakes

Takedown wins the Black Opal Stakes earlier this year.

David Polkinghorne 9:19 PM   Canberra Racing will move Black Opal Stakes off the Canberra Day long weekend to continue to establish the $275,000 group 3 race as a genuine lead-up race for the world's richest race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Greyhounds found to have irregular samples to EPO in Australian first

Facing questions: Trainer Melinda Finn.

Adam Pengilly 9:30 PM   Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have detected the first irregularity of the blood-boosting EPO in a greyhound after extensive testing during the recently completed Golden Easter Egg carnival.

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FIFA, FFA and the missing $500k

Why did the Football Federation of Australia hand over $500,000 to a corrupt FIFA executive?

Queensland's Cronk snatches victory

A Cooper Cronk field goal secured Queensland an 11-10 victory in the opening State of Origin match.

Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

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.