Hunt suspended, fined – but he survives

Georgina Robinson 8:52 AM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Racing

Black Opal strongest in years: Waterhouse

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is all smiles after her runner Greatwood won race 7, The Pacific Hoists Parramatta Cup, ridden by Tommy Berry, during Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth   Queen of the track Gai Waterhouse rates Sunday's Black Opal Stakes field the strongest she has seen in years.

Souths crush Bennett's Broncos return

South Sydney celebrate their victory over the Broncos.

Phil Lutton 7:16 AM   Wayne Bennett's new era of prosperity for the Brisbane Broncos must begin another week after a 36-6 thrashing in the season opener at Suncorp Stadium.

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Toovey sidelined during Manly's DCE talks 

In the spotlight: Daly Cherry-Evans and Geoff Toovey.

Michael Carayannis   Geoff Toovey's tense relationship with Sea Eagles management has taken another dramatic turn after the coach revealed he is not involved in negotiations to keep star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brumbies roll into battle against Force

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore returns to the starting line up for the match against the Rebels.

Chris Dutton   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore says disengaging tactics against the rolling maul are not in the "spirit of the game" but concedes teams will try new things in an attempt to it shut down.

Watson accepts he had plenty of chances

Unusual position: Shane Watson (right) and fellow unused squad members Pat Cummins, George Bailey and Xavier Doherty sing the national anthem before the World Cup match against Afghanistan.

Andrew Wu 12:44 AM   Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run which resulted in him being dropped from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years.

A-League stars will get shot at champions

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to reward some of the A-League's most in-form players with a call-up to the national team for their European friendly against Germany.

Cricket

Bayliss warns of 'dangerous' Sri Lankans

Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka's Australian cricket coach out side his hotel in Colombo today. Photo: Matt Wade  04/03/09

Chris Barrett 7:51 PM   Former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss warns that Australia's opponents on Sunday should not be underestimated.

Batting frailty a worry for Black Caps – Buchanan

Corey Anderson leaves the field as Black Caps wickets tumbled in their run-chase against Australia at Eden Park.

Jonathan Millmow 7:49 PM   John Buchanan is a man of facts and figures, thoughts and theories.

Rugby Heaven

Hunt searches for answers as rugby bosses warn drugs issue is complex

Ruffled: Karmichael Hunt leaves a press conference in Brisbane on Friday.

Georgina Robinson 5:28 PM   Queensland rugby bosses have defended their treatment of disgraced code-hopper Karmichael Hunt, warning it is "unreasonable" to expect that elite athletes will not be tripped up by illicit drugs.

Despite a fine and ban, the consequences may still continue for Hunt

Wallaby prospects in doubt: Karmichael Hunt at a press conference on Friday.

Rupert Guinness 4:22 PM   The Australian Rugby Union may have formally handed down its punishment to fallen Reds star Karmichael Hunt after he pleaded guilty in court to possession of cocaine before he switched to rugby this year – that being a $30,000 fine and a six-week suspension.

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League HQ

Live NRL: Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles

Facing his old club: Parramatta signing Anthony Watmough.

Chris Boulous 8:55 PM   Can a Watmough-led Eels forward pack can deny Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran room to work their magic?

South Sydney's pact: Win every game in 2015

Flying:  Adam Reynolds was the man of the match on Thursday night.

Brad Walter 8:18 PM   A pre-season pact to try to win every game this year is behind South Sydney's stunning start to their premiership defence.

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ACT Sport

Berry carries on his brother's name

Jockey Tommy Berry, with what has become a customary salute to his twin brother, Nathan.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   A little bundle of joy for Tommy Berry is helping ease his family's pain. 

Finals berth on the line in dramatic last day

Weston Creek Molonglo spinner Mark Akeroyd scored 75 to help his side to 288 against ANU.

Lee Gaskin 6:44 PM   Michael Delaney has implored his bowlers to capitalise on a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership.

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Soccer

Victory need to stay switched on to see off Perth, says Muscat

Comeback: Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre.

Michael Lynch 7:11 PM   Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go to the top of the A-League ladder itself, coach Kevin Muscat has told his players.

City brace for Mariners backlash after Moss sacking

In happier times: Phil Moss with Mariners captain  John Hutchinson in December last year.

Michael Lynch 7:01 PM   One of the oldest cliches in the football world is that the worst time to take on a team is the next game after they have just sacked their manager.

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Tennis

Davis Cup draws plaudits, brickbats

Job done: Roger Federer with the Swiss team after winning the Davis Cup.

Linda Pearce 6:36 PM   After Roger Federer extended to 20-17 his career advantage over Novak Djokovic in the recent Dubai final, the world's top two players went very separate ways: Federer for a break; Djokovic to the central Serbian city of Kraljevo, to prepare for national duty against Croatia.

Rios wants Korda 1998 tennis doping check

Accused: Petr Korda with the Australian Open trophy after his victory in the 1998 final.

1:54 PM   Chilean officials say they will back a request by former world No.1 Marcelo Rios to have the International Tennis Federation investigate whether Petr Korda committed a doping violation in the 1998 Australian Open.

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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.