Final thrills silence Manuka Oval bashers

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has rejected criticism of the decision to play the Big Bash final in Canberra after the most thrilling decider in the competition's four-year history.

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Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia

Football bosses: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. Salman said he was aware of dissatisfaction with Australia's membership of the AFC.

Sebastian Hassett 10:00 PM   On the eve of the Socceroos going in to battle for the Asian Cup title, Football Federation Australia could be about to face an even greater war.

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Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

Fight to be fit: Ivan Franjic training with the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett 11:27 PM   Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic won't be 100 per cent fit going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final but coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his right-back to recover sufficiently from a hip injury.

Fardy pinches himself on career re-birth

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies lock Scott Fardy declares his desire to stay in Australian rugby.

League

McCrone says he's still a half chance

Ready to rip: Raiders utility Josh McCrone at training.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Josh McCrone insists controversial rule changes to curb wrestling won't turn the game into touch football as the Raiders consider fielding two dummy half options to counteract faster ruck speed. 

Murray outlasts Berdych to reach final

Andy Murray

Greg Stutchbury 11:38 PM   Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final.

Sharapova up against a decade of dominance

Maria Sharapova.

Peter Hanlon 8:50 PM   Hostilities in the most titillating rivalry in tennis will be resumed on Saturday night. When Maria Sharapova says she will do "everything I can" to finally beat Serena Williams, the mind boggles.

Cricket

Michael Clarke to make return to cricket at Grade match

Australian captain Michael Clarke will make his much anticipated return to this pitch this weekend.

Melanie Kembrey 10:02 AM   With less than a month to prove his fitness for the World Cup, Australian captain Michael Clarke will make his much anticipated return from hamstring surgery this weekend in a Grade cricket match.

Behrendorff savours dramatic BBL title at home

Expecting to fly: Jason Behrendorff of the Perth Scorchers whips on in with fellow ACT player Ryan Carters of the Sydney Sixers batting.

Lee Gaskin 9:08 AM   Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff savours thrilling Big Bash League title victory with the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval.

ACT Sport

Behrendorff savours dramatic BBL title at home

Expecting to fly: Jason Behrendorff of the Perth Scorchers whips on in with fellow ACT player Ryan Carters of the Sydney Sixers batting.

Lee Gaskin 9:08 AM   Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff savours thrilling Big Bash League title victory with the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval.

Bishop forging her own path

Abby Bishop scored a game-high 36 points, added 14 rebounds and a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Abby Bishop's sparkling WNBL form is set to lift the Canberra Capitals into the play-offs, but coach Carrie Graf says it's unfair to compare the skipper to Australia's greatest female basketballer, Lauren Jackson, despite career-best statistics.

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Tennis

Kim Sears serves up foul-mouthed rant

Outburst: Kim Sears.

Megan Levy 8:57 AM   It was a tense semi-final showdown between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Thursday night, none moreso than in the stands surrounding Rod Laver Arena on Thursday night.

Murray kicks down the wall

Murray points to his coach Amelie Mauresmo after defeating Tomas Berdych in the first men's semi-final.

Greg Baum 12:43 AM   Let us get a feel for the thickness of the wall Andy Murray was up against.

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Football

Jets drama a 'storm in a teacup', says Tinkler

Nathan Tinkler has just days to pay off the club's debts.

Brett Keeble 12:02 AM   Defiant Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler has dismissed the chaos that has engulfed his free-falling A-League club as a "storm in a teacup".

Stielike hopes to crown coaching career

In command: South Korea's coach Uli Stielike gestures near Iraq's coach Radhi Shenaishil during their Asian Cup semi-final.

Michael Lynch 11:29 PM   Having earned a comparison to the great Franz Beckenbauer, it is clear South Korean coach Uli Stielike was a very decent player in his own right. Now the bespectacled, balding Stielike has made the South Koreans more than just difficult to beat.

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League HQ

Johnson and Inglis launch NRL season

Front men: Greg Inglis and Shaun Johnson act as the new faces of the NRL in the season launch in Auckland.

Michael Chammas 11:34 PM   There's still another five weeks before the opening game of the year, but Shaun Johnson and Greg Inglis officially launched the start of the 2015 NRL season in Auckland on Thursday night.

Boost for second NRL team in NZ

Kiwi stars: Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson share a joke before the 2015 NRL season launch in Auckland. The choice of venue is seen as a sign of the NRL's commitment to the game in New Zealand.

Brad Walter 10:31 PM   The bid for a second New Zealand NRL franchise has received a significant boost, with the consortium signing a $10 million deal with Christchurch's Celebration Lions Sports Trust to enter a feeder team in the NSW or Queensland Cup.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Cheika buries rivalry to give Wallabies fitness edge

Fitness guru: Dean Benton will be working to keep the Wallabies in peak condition.

Georgina Robinson 11:53 PM   They traded barbs from opposite sides of the rugby trenches but are now working hand in glove to give the Wallabies a winning edge leading into the World Cup.

Reds 'totally' invested in seeing rookie Paia'aua succeed

Richard Graham

Phil Lutton 5:46 PM   Richard Graham says the Reds must invest in a total rugby approach to aid rookie number 10 Duncan Paia'aua, who has been backed to steer Queensland through the first half of the Super Rugby season.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

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.

Australian Open gets ready to commence

Last minute preparations for the Australian Open.

Watson's technique under the microscope

Dean Jones offers some batting advice for Shane Watson.

ABL: Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

Canberra Cavalry take on fierce rivals Perth at Narrabundah.