Raiders miss out on more free-to-air matches

Tom Kazias 7:43 PM   The Canberra Raiders have missed out on further free-to-air matches after the release of the final six rounds of the NRL season.

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A tennis player with basketballer's attitude

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Michael Chammas 4:00 PM   He admires Roger Federer but Nick Kyrgios idolises LeBron James.

Stosur overcomes Wimbledon demons

Safely through: Samantha Stosur of Australia wins her first round match.

Joe Barton   Having buried her Wimbledon first-round demons, a mentally refreshed Sam Stosur says she's ready to go deep at her least profitable grand slam.

British twins to lead Orica-GreenEDGE

Big Tour hopes: Simon Yates will be a key plank for Orica's team.

Only three Australians have made the Orica-GreenEDGE team for the Tour de France, but the nine-rider line-up is "the most well-rounded and balanced" it has selected for a grand tour, says head team sports director Matt White.

Adam Scott's glowing tribute to Lleyton Hewitt

Bowing out ... Lleyton Hewitt of Australia gestures to the crowd after losing his match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at Wimbledon.

Australian golfer Adam Scott has given close friend Lleyton Hewitt a glowing tribute after the veteran's Wimbledon swansong ended in heartbreak on Monday.

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Watson driven by response to dumping

Shane Watson scored 81 in the second innings against Kent =.

The Australian all-rounder is grateful to have been permitted a steady-as-she-goes approach to bowling early in the Ashes tour and will resume that part of his game in Wednesday's tour match against Essex.

Let footy do the talking: Soliola

Big return: Josh Papalii of the Raiders may receive a call-up for game three.

Sia Soliola is making big hits a habit since pulling on the lime green jersey and he's backed fellow Canberra Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii to use his aggression to establish himself in the Queensland forward pack.

Ennis to join NSW Blues camp after judiciary

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter 6:38 PM   The Maroons poached Greg Inglis so they have no right to complain about NSW exploiting a loophole to use Michael Ennis, according to Blues captain Paul Gallen

No such thing as a soft NRL draw: Fensom

Shaun Fensom comes off injured during the round six NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   On paper, the Canberra Raiders almost certainly have the softest run home to the finals in the competition. 

MRP was wrong, not just careless

Lance Franklin reported

Michael Gleeson 11:14 AM   Swans pair Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett got off lightly when intent was carelessly mistaken. One week for each was wrong.

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Waratahs result no nightmare for Wallabies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02:  New Waratahs coach for 2016 season Daryl Gibson talks during a media presentation on April 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

New Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson casts his eye over a hard-fought but ultimately disappointing season, and weighs in on what Super Rugby form means for Test rugby.

League HQ

South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva'a cleared to return after domestic violence ban

Returning: South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva'a has been cleared to return to the NSW Cup.

James MacSmith 9:48 PM    South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva'a has been cleared by the NRL to return to rugby league this weekend, in the wake of his ban over a domestic violence issue.Auva'a has been named in the Rabbitohs' NSW Cup feeder side North Sydney to play Mount Pritchard at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

Hodkinson likely to choose new club before Origin III

Calling it: Trent Hodkinson says a decision on his future is imminent.

Adrian Proszenko 9:08 PM   Trent Hodkinson is likely to head into Origin III with his club future decided, the NSW halfback all but resigned to be leaving Canterbury at the end of the season.

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Rugby Heaven

In it for the long run: Folau inks new deal

Long-term commitment: Israel Folau has chosen to stick with the 15-man game.

Georgina Robinson 11:01 AM   It must kill the NRL to see it. The athlete they developed and turned into a household name is happy in rugby. 

Speight's appeal dismissed

Brumbies winger Henry Speight has had his appeal against a five week suspension dismissed by SANZAR.

David Polkinghorne 10:01 PM   ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight will miss the Wallabies' first two games of the Rugby Championship after his appeal against a five-week ban was dismissed on Tuesday.

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Cricket

The Ashes will be full on, snarls Haddin

Up for the fight: Brad Haddin.

Nick Hoult 9:55 AM   In one soundbite, Brad Haddin has blown away any hope that the Ashes series will be played in the same congenial spirit as England's early summer contests with New Zealand.

When are the Ashes and how do I watch?

Mitchell Johnson

6:52 AM   When does the first Test start?

AFL

AFL players union set to meet Suns

Gold Coast Suns.

Jon Pierik 7:30 PM   The AFL Players Association is preparing for an emergency meeting with the Gold Coast Suns players on Thursday as it seeks a way of helping those impacted by the cocaine scandal.

Riewoldt signs long-term deal with Richmond

Plenty more goals to kick: Jack Riewoldt

Ronny Lerner 7:58 PM   The pieces continue to fall into place for Richmond in their quest to be a genuine finals threat.

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Soccer

The most dangerous game in the world

Unforgiving: Calcio storico is not for the faint-hearted.

Sam Borden 10:39 AM   Last Tuesday, about 24 hours before he jammed his fingers into another man's nose, dropped his elbow across another man's neck and put another man's feet where one's ears are supposed to be, Rodrigue Nana considered, just for a moment, the basic notion of fear.

FFA, players' union no closer to resolution as CBA expires

A-League boss Damien de Bohun at a press conference.

Sebastian Hassett 6:27 PM   As of Wednesday morning, the collective bargaining agreement between Australia’s professional footballers and the game’s governing body has expired – and shows no signs of being renewed any time soon.

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ACT Sport

Nancarrow doubles up in Serbia

Canberra's Alexandra Nancarrow has won the singles and doubles titles at a tournament in Serbia.

While the gaze of the tennis world is firmly fixed on Wimbledon and Canberra's great hop Nick Kyrgios, little-known Alexandra Nancarrow has made a clean sweep of a clay tournament in Serbia.

Belco exorcise their mental devils

From left, Belconnen United FC player Matt Grbesa and  Canberra Olympic FC player, Josh Calabria.

David Polkinghorne    Belconnen United returns to top of Canberra National Premier League ladder after 2-1 win over Olympic.

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Horse Racing

Equine vets under more scrutiny than ever before

Generic racing.

Patrick Bartley 5:58 PM   The cobalt crisis sweeping Australian racing has exposed deep rifts in the equine veterinary community.

Chad Schofield eager to be back where it all began in the Durban July

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  Chad Schofield riding De Little Engine after winning Race 5, during Melbourne racing at Sandown Hillside on December 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 5:14 PM   Chad Schofield's globetrotting ways will take him back to where it all began on Saturday, riding in his native South Africa's biggest race.

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Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.

Belconnen United v Canberra Olympic

Belconnen United FC strike late in 2-1 win over Canberra Olympic.

Hurricanes blow away the ACT Brumbies

The Brumbies' Super Rugby season is over after a 29-9 loss.

Warriors entertain in win over Raiders

The Warriors scored some eye-catching tries in their 30-8 win.