Djokovic defeats Murray to win fifth Open crown

Linda Pearce 1:14 AM   Novak Djokovic has rewritten tennis history with yet another Australian Open final triumph over Andy Murray on a drama-charged night at Melbourne Park.

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Aussies thrash England in final

ON HIS WAY: Australian players celebrate the dismissal of Joe Root.

10:42 PM   All-rounder Glenn Maxwell starred with the bat before Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc with the ball at the WACA Ground in the tri-series final.

Nick Kyrgios desperate to play Davis Cup   

Gidget Ricca's signature creation this year was the sculpted mini-Mohawk with a ‘‘Z’’ cut into the side that she styled for Nick Kyrgios. She also styled the notches in his eyebrows.

David Polkinghorne 11:58 PM   Bone stress in Canberra young gun Nick Kyrgios' lower back has forced him to withdraw from two ATP tournaments, but coach Todd Larkham says the 19-year-old is desperate to be fit for Australia's Davis Cup tie in the Czech Republic next month.

White backs Pocock to take captain's job   

David Pocock is back for the Brumbies after two knee reconstructions.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   The ACT Brumbies will consider adopting a tag-team captaincy duo to start the Super Rugby season to fill the leadership void left by regular skipper Stephen Moore.

Rabbitohs lift for Luke to win Nines

Redfern hero: Rabbitohs players hold captain Issac Luke on their shoulders as they celebrate winning the Auckland Nines.

Michael Chammas 9:18 PM   In the lead up to the NRL Auckland Nines final, the South Sydney players spoke about doing it for Issac Luke, who missed last year’s grand final triumph against the Bulldogs through suspension

We've proved doubters wrong: Cahill

'Just a sweet feeling': Tim Cahill enjoys proving the knockers wrong with the ultimate vindication - the Asian Cup.

Sebastian Hassett 8:27 PM   Socceroos star Tim Cahill says the national team's triumph in the Asian Cup has proven everyone who doubted the team wrong and that coach Ange Postecoglou should be praised for the squad's regeneration.

Socceroos now target World Cup

Proud achievement: Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak poses with the Asian Cup during celebrations at Westfield Sydney on Sunday.

Michael Lynch 3:49 PM   After the greatest triumph in Australia's football history, coach Ange Postecoglou made it clear there can be no resting on laurels.

Cricket

Faulkner injured as Australia claim tri-series title

Risky business: Glenn Maxwell works his way towards 95 against England.

Chris Barrett 10:38 PM   Australia have claimed the tri-series title with an emphatic win over England at the WACA but their World Cup plans have hit a major snag with James Faulkner suffering a suspected side strain in the final.

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Live: Australia v England, ODI final, Perth

On fire: Australian batsman Steve Smith.

1:56 PM   Australia faces England in the Tri-Series final at the WACA.

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Cricket

Blake Dean's century wasted

Weston Creek Molonglo batsman Blake Dean celebrates his century.

David Polkinghorne 7:35 PM   Washout ruins one-day final.

Cricket

Queanbeyan in control against Ginninderra in Douglas Cup clash

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Canberra first-grade two-day Douglas Cup action. Eastlake first slip Vele Dukoski dives to save four runs on the boundary.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

David Polkinghorne   Queanbeyan captain Sam Taylor is confident they can cover the impending loss of opening bowler Ed Barnard, despite the England under-19 representative giving them the upper hand against Ginninderra at Freebody Oval on Saturday.

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Tennis

Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray says he was rattled by Novak Djokovic's physical distress

Andy Murray says his failure to concentrate may have cost him the Australian Open final.

Scott Spits 6:35 AM   There were times during this topsy-turvy Australian Open final when eventual champion Novak Djokovic looked like a boxer on his last legs.

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History repeats at Melbourne Park

Serbia's Novak Djokovic throws his racquet into the crowd as he celebrates after his victory.

Greg Baum 1:24 AM   In sport, history does repeat, frequently. That's the point of it, if you're good enough.

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Football

Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil fire Arsenal to a 5-0 drubbing of Aston Villa

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal scores from the penalty spot during his team's 5-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on Sunday.

Tom Williams 7:46 AM   In the absence of top goalscorer Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott led Arsenal to a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

Balboa double stuns Tunisia as hosts go through

Javier Balboa of Equatorial Guinea celebrates after scoring the winner.

12:33 AM   Javier Balboa struck twice as tiny Equatorial Guinea produced one of the greatest African Nations Cup shocks by eliminating Tunisia 2-1 after extra time in a quarter-final marred by violent scenes, with the referee attacked at the end of the game.

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League HQ

Sandow to avoid joining Eels' casualty list

Injury scare: Chris Sandow is tackled during the Eels' match against the Rabbitohs in the Auckland Nines.

Michael Carayannis 11:04 PM   Parramatta's Chris Sandow is expected to avoid serious injury despite limping from the field in their semi-final loss to join the club's large tournament casualty ward.

SBW defends Burgess' rugby progress

Steep learning curve: Sam Burgess has been called into the England camp to fast-track his rugby education.

Brad Walter 10:14 PM   Sonny Bill Williams has leapt to the defence of Sam Burgess and backed his former NRL rival to make it into the England squad at centre for this year's Rugby World Cup.

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Rugby Heaven

SBW defends Burgess' rugby progress

Steep learning curve: Sam Burgess has been called into the England camp to fast-track his rugby education.

Brad Walter 10:14 PM   Sonny Bill Williams has leapt to the defence of Sam Burgess and backed his former NRL rival to make it into the England squad at centre for this year's Rugby World Cup.

All eyes on O'Connor after Hunt's debut

Fast track: Karmichael Hunt kicks for touch during the Super Rugby trial between Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels.

Phil Lutton 6:26 PM   One down, one to go. Karmichael Hunt has made a successful debut for the Queensland Reds and all eyes now turn to James O’Connor, who makes his return to Australian rugby next Saturday night in Brisbane.

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Asian Cup Final

Pictures from the Asian Cup Final between Australia and the South Korea.

Day one action from the Auckland Nines

All the action from the opening pool games from the Auckland Nines.

WNBL: Capitals vs Adelaide Lightning

The Canberra Capitals take on the Adelaide Lightning at the AIS Arena.

T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.