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Crows coach Phil Walsh found dead in home

Tragedy: Phil Walsh and his son, Cy Walsh.

Marissa Calligeros 9:06 PM   Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home. His son has been charged with his murder.

'It's a call that you never want to get'

Toughest of days: Daniel Talia and Rory Laird leave the Adelaide club rooms as tributes are left for coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle 9:06 PM   For Adelaide, everything changed at 3.30am. For the people who knew, loved and worked with Phil Walsh, football both meant nothing and was the one thing keeping them together.

'I wasn't offering anything': Papalii's truth

Queensland enforcer: Josh Papalii credits Raiders coach Ricky Stuart for helping him turn his season around.

Lee Gaskin   Revitalised Queensland enforcer Josh Papalii credits some tough love from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around ahead of his State of Origin return.

The young stars the Raiders must re-sign

Jack Wighton is one of Canberra's priorities to lock up long term.

Jon Tuxworth 10:00 PM   Canberra steps up talks to lock up key players long-term over the next few weeks.

Union

Canberrans nominated for coaching award

Sport. Two local rugby union coaches nominated for this year's
Community Coach of the Year Award. Pictured at Phillip Oval are Tom
Beinke, Canberra Royals coach, left and Glen Croker (correct spelling)
Uni Norths and Australian Deaf Rugby team coach. July 3rd 2015 The
Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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Tom Kazias   Community coach of the year nominee Glen Croker admits to not being able to communicate his game plans with players.

Saturday Serve

Time to walk the talk over female athletes' pay

Canberra Capitals WNBL captain Abby Bishop says pay disparity between players is too great.

Jon Tuxworth   People stamp their feet about the gross inequities our female athletes face. But not consistently.

Semi-finals a minimum for Brumbies: White

Brumbies halfback Nic White hopes to get picked for the World Cup before joining Montpellier.

Lee Gaskin   Nic White leaves door open to possible Brumbies return after French stint.

League HQ

Solo 'soccer' try stuns rugby league world

Master technician: Richie Myler pulls off the delicate chip on the fly.

Matt Bungard 8:30 PM   Just a few days after Warrington Wolves winger Kevin Penny scored one of the tries of the year, his teammate Richie Myler may have one-upped him with a brilliant individual effort. 

Roosters have best of British on books

Joe Burgess

Daniel Lane 6:50 PM   Former England captain Lee Crooks believes the Roosters have recruited one of Super League's most exciting prospects in 20-year-old winger Joe Burgess, but he said NRL clubs should also keep an eye on Warrington back-rower or centre Ben Currie.

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Rugby Heaven

Israel Folau's new children's books a winner on and off the field

World-class: Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

Karen Hardy 8:27 PM   Israel Folau wasn't much older than the characters in his new series of children's books when he made his NRL debut.

Wallabies grower Skelton a big believer

"I'm a big believer that he [Jesus Christ] gave me the gifts to glorify his name and I want to use that gift the best I can and that's playing rugby, that's playing hard and that's looking after my family": Skelton.

Daniel Lane 8:11 PM   Will Skelton was branded rugby union's latest villain when he added some pepper 'n' spice to the Waratah's Super 15 match against the Crusaders a few weeks ago, but he listened patiently to how he was viewed in New Zealand as a demon and a bully before being asked what drove him during a match.

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Cricket

Harris retires, Cummins into Ashes squad

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Chris Barrett 8:51 PM   Ryan Harris has drawn a sudden curtain on his career after scans on an injured knee ruled him out of the Ashes series.

Mad, bad, sad fates for the legends

Bound for glory: The 1882 team that led to the birth of the Ashes, including George Giffen (third from left in the middle row), and Tom Garrett (front right).

Daniel Lane 6:58 PM   The golden age of cricket began with the birth of the Ashes legend in 1882, but the story didn't have a happy ending for some, writes Daniel Lane.

AFL

Watson and that magic 200

Jobe Watson talks to Matthew Lloyd.

Matthew Lloyd 8:00 PM   Jobe Watson's career has not been a straight-forward on. From uncertain beginnings, despite his family bloodline, Watson has matured into an exceptional leader and Brownlow Medal winner.

Giants, players' association at odds over AFL drugs policy

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Jon Pierik 8:21 PM   The AFL Players Association and Greater Western Sydney chief Dave Matthews are at loggerheads over a call for illicit-drug testing to be part of a player's standard contract in a revised industry policy.

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Soccer

Wambach: 2011 loss to Japan constant reminder 'that fuels our fire'

Top class: Abby Wambach  is an incredible goalscorer.

Michael Lewis 3:39 PM   Abby Wambach couldn't tell you the date when she broke the international goal-scoring record, the dates when the Americans won their Olympic gold medals or any other red-letter day in her illustrious soccer career.

Wanderers swoop for Nichols

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Sebastian Hassett 10:48 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers have made their biggest signing of the off-season, landing former Brisbane Roar star Mitch Nichols on a two-year contract.

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ACT Sport

Blues only just maintain their streak

Queanbeyan player Craig Wilkinson finds a gap in the Woden defence.

Tom Kazias 8:44 PM   An amazing last-minute try to the Queanbeyan Blues keeps their unbeaten streak intact.

Israel Folau's new children's books a winner on and off the field

World-class: Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

Karen Hardy 8:27 PM   Israel Folau wasn't much older than the characters in his new series of children's books when he made his NRL debut.

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Horse Racing

First Saturday winner leaves trainer exultant

Darren Gauci made every post a winner on Rich Jack in the National Jockeys Trust Final on Saturday.

Michael Lynch 7:43 PM   When a pregnant woman riding a horse gets hit by a car and run over she would have every excuse to say that the racing game is no longer for her. After all, most women who had gone through such a scare would regard that as a sane and rational thing to do.

Dunn jockeys narrow lead in title race

Minor shock: Dwayne Dunn guides Miss Promiscuity home in the Sir John Monash Stakes.

Michael Lynch 7:38 PM   The race for the metropolitan jockeys' premiership will provide a compelling narrative in the final few dark weeks of the season.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.