Why a Raiders player drove home from Townsville

Most of the Raiders were on a flight home on Sunday morning. One player isn't even back yet.

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Titans overwhelm Eels on Gold Coast

All smiles: Nene MacDonald and the Titans celebrate a try against the Eels.

Ed Jackson 11:13 PM   Gold Coast's NRL losing streak has come to an end with a 24-14 victory over Parramatta on Monday night.

NRL funds Turner's concussion specialist

Dazed and confused: Souths forward Kyle Turner is assisted from the field during the clash with the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   Kyle Turner met with the same professor who recommended Liam Fulton should retire.

Brumbies linked with Pumas scrumhalf 

Tomas Cubelli playing for the Barbarians against England in June 2014.

David Polkinghorne 9:39 PM   The ACT Brumbies are in discussions to bring Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli to the club next season.

Brumbies tapping into the NFL market

American Chris Coyle has been invited to train with the ACT Brumbies.

Emma Stoney   The ACT Brumbies are setting up a rugby program at Arizona State to lure untapped NFL talent.

Horwill up for Wallabies' lineout job 

Getting ready: Wallabies lock James Horwill watches on during training ahead of their encounter with the All Blacks.

Rupert Guinness 7:00 PM   James Horwill has no qualms about being the Wallabies' lineout caller for Saturday's Test against the All Blacks.

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Goodes set to return against Cats

Red and white love: Adam Goodes has been a fan favourite at the Swans for years.

Andrew Wu 7:00 PM   Sydney are optimistic Adam Goodes will be given a respectful reception at Geelong on Saturday after the club announced the dual Brownlow Medallist would return to training on Tuesday.

GWS still a chance for finals: Cameron

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17:  Giants coach Leon Cameron looks on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Brad Elborough 3:41 PM   Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron believes finals football is still a realistic chance for his young side this year.

YouTube hit could become FFA Cup smash

Gungahlin United's Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 10:03 PM   Could the FFA Cup lay the foundations for Canberra A-League team?

Business as usual for keeper Nevill

Australia?s Peter Nevill watches the ball during day three of the third Ashes Test cricket match, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Chris Barrett 6:32 PM   The team's new wicketkeeper did not ask to be thrust into the midst of one of the most controversial and emotion-charged selection furores in recent history.

Darters ready for Aiken's Jamaica

Romelda Aiken

Jon Tuxworth 6:17 PM   She'd give away 12cm in height but Canberra Darters' Keely Rodrigo is ready to take on Jamaican star Romelda Aiken.

League HQ

Dragons swoop on Taylor

Dave Taylor is leaving the Titans.

8:00 AM   English Super League giants Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of Titans prop Dave Taylor, saying the two-year deal secured with the ex-Australia Test star was fantastic news for the club.

NRL set for massive windfall in TV deal

Steeden NRL official match ball.

7:01 AM   The NRL could receive up to $1.7 billion in a record broadcast deal with Fox Sports which will see every game in every round shown live for the first time.

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Rugby Heaven

Foley happy to be apprentice to master Giteau

Passing through: Bernard Foley during the Wallabies training session at Kippax Lake on Monday.

Rupert Guinness 7:03 PM   When Bernard Foley speaks of Matt Giteau and his enthusiasm in the Wallabies camp, he speaks seemingly not of a player seasoned by 32 years and 93 Test matches.

Tigers recruit turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter 5:56 PM   Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

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Cricket

Australia's batting is as fragile as I have ever seen

David Warner has had some good scores but does not look in command of the conditions.

Kevin Pietersen 8:19 AM   Lack of experience against the moving ball is costing the tourists dear and they will now have to dig very deep to turn the series around against this relaxed England, writes Kevin Pietersen.

Wood makes unconvincing start to proving fitness for fourth Test

Wood has two more days of training to prove his fitness.

Jesse Hogan 4:40 AM   After bowling in front of officials for 25 minutes, the right-armer grimaced then left the field.

AFL

No sub rule and three strikes and out for drugs policy next year

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan during a media conference announcing a possible Good Friday game. 16th of June 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Matt Murnane 12:25 AM   Chief executive Gillon McLachlan has forecast the abolishment next year of the AFL's substitute rule, as well as the controversial "three strikes" illicit drugs policy, and as good as official confirmation that Richmond and North Melbourne will fill the headline Friday night slot in the floating round 23 fixture.

Johnson and Dawson face bans

One and done: Steve Johnson faces another suspension.

6:43 PM   Geelong veteran Steve Johnson was offered a one-game ban for striking former teammate Allen Christensen.

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Soccer

Arsenal ace unloads on out-of-touch Keane

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, right, scores a goal past Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta during the English Community Shield soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Jim White 9:11 AM   Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is adamant Arsenal's competitiveness is not being undermined by an obsession with selfies and washboard stomachs. Speaking after scoring the winning goal in Sunday's Community Shield, the England winger dismissed Roy Keane's criticism that this was as vain a bunch of players as he can remember.

Manchester United's shirt for women labelled sexist

His and hers: The V line is contrasting between the two shirts.

Danielle Rendina 8:54 AM   The Red Devils were accused of sexism after it released a new women's shirt with a neckline far less modest than the men's version.

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ACT Sport

Belconnen product Chris Jansen hoping to make leap from SANFL to AFL

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Jon Tuxworth 7:33 PM   Belconnen junior Chris Jansen has been selected in South Australia's state AFL combine.

Goulburn snaps Queanbeyan Roos win streak with 30-4 thrashing

The Bulldogs' Michael Bani was impressive on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth   The cavalry's back, and so are the Goulburn Bulldogs. 

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Horse Racing

Extra Zero back for another campaign

Enthusiasm: Extra Zero (left) edged out by stablemate Spillway in the Australian Cup.

8:31 PM   One of last season's most consistent gallopers is set to make a reappearance at Flemington.

Kavanagh launches a defence claiming cobalt doesn't affect blood system

Accused: Sam Kavanagh.

Chris Roots 7:04 PM   Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.

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Ashes: Trent Bridge Test awaits Aussies

Australia head to Trent Bridge for the fourth Test starting Thursday.

Ramsey confident of more Arsenal success

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield final.

Cowboys rope in Raiders in Townsville

An early 18-0 lead wasn't enough for the Raiders to secure the win.

Cowboys shoot down Raiders in second 40

North Queensland produced five unanswered second-half tries.

Brumbies' awards night social photos

The ACT Brumbies host their annual club presentation night.

Canberra Olympic meets Canberra FC

These two can play out a classic and this clash was no different.

Royal effort books a spot in grand final

Royals upset Queanbeyan Whites in the John I Dent Cup prelim final.

Woden Valley take on West Belconnen

West Belconnen wraps up Canberra Raiders Cup finals spot.

NEAFL: Sydney University v Ainslie

A scoreless first term proved too tough for Ainslie to overcome.

Port beat wasteful Saints in Adelaide

Port Adelaide too good for St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.