Aussies secure 2-0 series lead thanks to Johnson

Chloe Saltau 9:28 PM   They made hard work of the run chase, but Australia defeated India by four wickets in the Brisbane Test after a wrecking-ball performance from Mitchell Johnson.

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Ferguson has 'served his time': Stuart

Cleared to return to the NRL, Blake Ferguson.

Chris Wilson, Michael Carayannis 8:00 PM   Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stands by the club's "courageous decision" to sack Blake Ferguson, but says the troubled star has "served his time" and predicted he could return to the NRL better than ever in 2015.

Soliola models himself on Raiders legend Wiki

Canberra Raiders recruit Sia Soliola

Chris Wilson 8:00 PM   He idolised Ruben Wiki, now Sia Soliola is modelling himself on the Raiders legend as he returns to the NRL with Canberra.

Marsh, Warner under injury cloud 

David Warner is hit on the thumb by a delivery from Umesh Yadav on the fourth day of the second Test.

Chloe Saltau 8:19 PM   Injury worries for David Warner and Mitch Marsh have complicated Australia's Boxing Day Test plans, but could prove beneficial for struggling No.3 Shane Watson.

India unhappy with umpiring howlers

Caught and bowled: Josh Hazlewood celebrates the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara for 43 in Brisbane on Saturday.

Andrew Wu 8:03 PM   India remains unwavering in their stubborn resistance to the use of the Decision Review System but believe they are on the wrong end of several 50-50 umpiring calls this series.

United's magnificent seven aim for second title

Nicole Begg is one of seven survivors from United's 2011-12 championship.

Lee Gaskin 4:59 PM   Canberra United has the edge over minor premiers Perth Glory in grand final experience heading into Sunday's decider at NIB Stadium.

Vaea targets Brumbies comeback

Ita Vaea, back training with the Brumbies after a life-threatening heart condition.

Chris Dutton 11:00 PM   Ita Vaea has abandoned plans for a French comeback to have one last crack at reviving his Super Rugby career.

ACT Sport

Dominant Cavalry on fire up north

Robbie Perkins says the Cavs are well placed to make a charge for the title after the series win against Brisbane.

Jon Tuxworth 10:30 PM   The Canberra Cavalry have climbed to second on the ABL ladder after three wins in a row in Brisbane.

Cricket

Century partnership gives Eastlake handy total

Eastlake's Adam Tett hits out during the match against Weston Creek.

Lee Gaskin 7:56 PM   Eastlake's Douglas Cup match with Weston Creek Molonglo is evenly poised after the first day of play at Kingston Oval.

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Rugby Heaven

Brumbies board asked to pull together

Robert Kennedy, left, has called for unity among the Brumbies board members. He is pictured with Geoff Larkham, Angus McKerchar, John Gillespie, Peter Callaughan and Carmel McGreggor.

Chris Dutton   Robert Kennedy has used his first meeting as ACT Brumbies chairman to ensure there is unity on the board as the club ramps up its search for a chief executive and major sponsor.

Brumbies aim for title after making budget cuts

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham.

Chris Dutton   Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has cut $100,000 from his budget but insists it won't affect the high-performance program's bid for Super Rugby success.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

League HQ

Group bidding for Wellington franchise stumped at Warriors' change of heart

Lack of support: The Warriors' response to the possibility of a second NRL team in New Zealand has disappointed the consortium behind the bid.

Brad Walter 8:41 PM   The backers of a bid for an NRL team based in Wellington are questioning the lack of support from the Warriors.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Football

Rodgers reveals regret at losing Sanchez chase

Our goal: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (left) hugs Alexis Sanchez .

Mark Ogden 10:18 PM   Brendan Rodgers has revealed his "bitter disappointment" at failing to persuade Alexis Sanchez to reject Arsenal in favour of Liverpool, after admitting the Chilean had been identified as the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez.

Paartalu wins it for City with last-minute header

City and Victory players push and shove each other shortly after the interval, following an incident between City's Jacob Melling and Victory's Leigh Broxham.

Michael Lynch 9:45 PM   Erik Paartalu's dramatic last-minute header gives Melbourne City a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

Cricket

Morgan replaces Cook as England ODI captain

Changing of the guard: England's new one-day captain Eoin Morgan.

11:16 PM   Eoin Morgan has replaced the out-of-form Alastair Cook as England's World Cup captain.

Hurricane Sammy smashes the Stars

Darren Sammy plays an unorthodox shot on his way to 38 not out off 12 deliveries.

Jesse Hogan 10:46 PM   Melbourne Stars’ season goal of remedying their poor finals record may have to be amended to simply qualifying for the top four after Hobart condemned them to a second loss to start their Big Bash League season.

Racing

NSW sulky recovery program not in response to Ballarat Cup fiasco

Adam Pengilly dinkus

Adam Pengilly 9:28 PM   Harness Racing NSW expects to tag almost 1000 sulkies used in races across the state with a unique identification number which chief executive John Dumesny stressed was not a kneejerk reaction in response to last week's Ballarat Cup fiasco.

Hellish weather forces Meteor rethink

Adam Pengilly dinkus

Adam Pengilly 9:24 PM   Emerging Grafton sprinter Lucky Meteor is likely to miss Gold Coast's rich Bat Out Of Hell early in the new year as trainer John Shelton begins plotting a long-range plan centred around the Ramornie Handicap.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.

W-League: Canberra United vs Perth Glory

Canberra United take on Perth Glory at Viking Park, Erindale.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Melbourne Boomers

The Canberra Capitals take on the Melbourne Boomers at Southern Cross Stadium, Canberra

Walk on Walk Strong charity event

Henry Speight loses the Afro at Westfield Belconnen for the charity Walk on Walk Strong which helps kids with cancer.

Australian Schools Championships finals at Southern Cross Stadium.

School basketball teams face off at Southern Cross Stadium on December 5th for the Australian Schools Championship.

Tributes roll in for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends for Phillip Hughes.