Cheika up for Wallabies challenge

Rupert Guinness 6:46 PM   The decision of Michael Cheika to accept the Wallabies coaching job was motivated by the chance to force a change for the better rather than "throw eggs" at the game in the wake of events that led to Ewen McKenzie's resignation.

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Wallabies mess 'un-Australian': Eddie Jones

"He [Cheika] is going to have one of the hardest jobs in the world": Eddie Jones.

10:05 AM   Former Wallabies mentor Eddie Jones says it's "un-Australian" the national team are still without a coach, some 48 hours before they're due to fly to Europe.

Larkham knocks back Wallabies

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is staying put.

Chris Dutton   ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has knocked back an approach to join Michael Cheika's Wallabies to concentrate on winning a Super Rugby title in Canberra.

Cheika, ARU fail to reach agreement 

Calling the shots: Michael Cheika addresses the Waratahs this year.

Rupert Guinness 11:56 AM   Negotiations between Michael Cheika and the Australian Rugby Union have stalled over the amount of autonomy the incoming Waratahs coach will have in the job.

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Sharks circle Barba in hunt to replace Carney

Hot property: Broncos playmaker Ben Barba.

Adrian Proszenko 11:30 PM   Cronulla are in negotiations to sign Ben Barba as a replacement for sacked superstar Todd Carney.

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Boyd's big shoulders carry big expectations

Tom Boyd runs through drills at a junior clinic at Williamstown North Primary.

Matt Murnane   If there is one thing Tom Boyd will need more than anything else in the coming years it is an unflinching faith in his own ability.

Bowman gives McDonald leg up on Criterion

Suspended jockey to miss out on Cox Plate ride: Hugh Bowman.

Chris Roots   David Payne's regard for Hugh Bowman has increased after the suspended jockey put the trainer's Cox Plate hopes above his own at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning.

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Football

Referee red-carded over doubtful sending off

Referee Ben Wilson has been stood down after a questionable performance on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:02 PM   Canberra referee Ben Williams has been stood down from officiating A-League games this weekend.

Golf

Millar to match wits with major winners in Perth

Matthew Millar is relishing a chance to take on some of the world's best in Australia's richest golf event.

Jon Tuxworth 6:46 PM   He might be a part-timer about to tee off in Australia's richest event, but Canberra golfer Matt Millar believes he can compete against a top-class field in the Perth International starting on Thursday. 

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Rugby Heaven

Hiring Michael Cheika just first step in rebuilding Wallabies

Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness 8:39 PM   The announcement of Michael Cheika as the new Wallabies coach on Wednesday was the first big step Australian rugby is making to pick itself up from the crisis that has engulfed it in recent weeks and to rebuild for next year’s World Cup.

Wallabies fly out as Beale meets his fate

Costly bill: Kurtley Beale takes on the Springboks in Cape Town after Di Patston had allegedly confronted him on the sideline about a hotel bill.

Darren Walton 7:28 PM   Kurtley Beale's future in Australian rugby remains up in the air with the troubled playmaker officially overlooked for the Wallabies' spring tour squad on Wednesday.

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League HQ

Dragons grant Stockwell a release to join Knights

Knight moves: Jack Stockwell is leaving St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis 7:57 PM   St George Illawarra's salary cap strain has claimed its first victim with prop Jack Stockwell expected to be granted a release to join Newcastle.

Sharks part company with Noyce

Steve Noyce.

Adrian Proszenko 7:27 PM   Cronulla has plunged further into turmoil after the wooden spooners parted company with chief executive Steve Noyce.

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Soccer

Referee stood down but Petkovic's ban remains

Nikola Petkovic .

Sebastian Hassett 8:11 PM   Australia's only referee at this year World Cup, Ben Willians, has been stood down by the FFA for this weekend's set of A-League matches - but his decision to suspend Nikola Petkovic in Tuesday night's FFA Cup match against Adelaide will remain intact.

Referee red-carded over doubtful sending off

Referee Ben Wilson has been stood down after a questionable performance on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:02 PM   Canberra referee Ben Williams has been stood down from officiating A-League games this weekend.

Cricket

Johnson, Siddle give Australia the early ascendancy

Mitchell Johnson.

Andrew Wu 7:13 PM   Australia are fielding two debutants, but it was the old guard of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle who gave the visitors the early ascendancy in the first Test against Pakistan.

Meteors coach backs Dick to Star

Rhiannon Dick in action during the game against the West Indies at Manuka oval

David Polkinghorne 6:06 PM   Ellyse Perry's Cricket Australia XI hold off West Indies.

Racing

Wandjina needs win to add to good looks and speed

Speed: Wandjina’s trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Chris Roots 8:22 PM   He had the million-dollar looks as a yearling but Wandjina has taken his time to live up to them on the track.

Successful plea gives Shinn his chance at Melbourne Cup ride

Blake Shinn.

Adam Pengilly 7:12 PM   A relieved Blake Shinn first pleaded with and then thanked stewards for their "fairness" after surviving a major scare that threatened to rob him of a Melbourne Cup ride on gorup 1 winner Junoob.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.

Socceroos suffer shock Qatar defeat

A solitary goal from Khalfan Ibrahim was enough to condemn the Socceroos to their first ever defeat to Qatar.