Brumbies great on radar as Pocock talks continue

Chris Dutton, Phil Lutton, Tom Decent 9:30 PM   Australian rugby great George Smith looms as a potential recruiting target if David Pocock decides to take a 12-month sabbatical from the ACT Brumbies before returning in 2018 and 2019.

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Bird gets nod in Test selection shock

Bolter: Melbourne Stars' bowler Jackson Bird's Shield form has seen him get a surprise call-up.

Andrew Wu 11:25 AM   Australia have made a shock move at selection, recalling forgotten paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test at the expense of James Pattinson.

Cameron extends contract with Giants

Re-signed: GWS coach Leon Cameron.

Ronny Lerner 1:01 PM   Leon Cameron has signed a new two-year contract extension that will see him stay on as Greater Western Sydney coach until at least the end of 2018.

Toovey went to keep DCE, says Manly owner

Plans for the future: Manly owner Scott Penn.

Manly owner Scott Penn has opened up on the tumultuous year at the club, revealing star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans wouldn't have backflipped on the Titans had they not made significant changes in the football department.

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Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality TV program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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No-ball issues still worrying Pattinson

Ready for the Kiwis: James Pattinson worked up some lively pace in the nets at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu   James Pattinson is looming as a major weapon for Australia as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking in New Zealand, but he is yet to get on top of his no-ball issues.

Shades of England in Black Caps' green-top

Strip search: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and David Warner of Australia inspect the wicket at Basin Reserve.

Andrew Wu   Australia's batsmen must overcome a juicy-looking green-top made to order for New Zealand's high-class swingmen, in their toughest test since their Ashes defeat.

Car accident fails to halt Fardy's comeback 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton 7:05 PM   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

NPL teams to boycott Canberra academy 

Canberra's NPL clubs say Capital Football chairman Mark O'Neill hasn't delivered on promises he's made.

David Polkinghorne 7:56 PM   Tuggeranong United's friendlies with academy planned for Sunday will be first games cancelled.

Zika virus won't stop Melissa Breen's dream

 The final of the Women's Open 100 metre event. Winner Melissa Breen.

Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will put her trust in Australian Olympic Games medical staff as she avoids the hype of the Zika virus to focus on her build up to Rio and clinching an A-qualifying time.

Kent gets first chance to deliver Thunder

Canberra Cavalry starting pitcher Steven Kent will start for Australia in game one of the World Baseball Classic ...

David Polkinghorne    Canberra Cavalry pitcher to start in game one of Australia's WBC campaign, against the Philippines.

Cricket

Little brother's big chance

Skippers: Brendon McCullum (left) and Steve Smith will go head to head from Friday.

Greg Baum 5:55 PM   Australia and New Zealand don't get around to playing one another at Test cricket very much, and when they do the Kiwis tend to promise more than they deliver. These meetings mean too much to them – their Ashes, former skipper Martin Crowe once said – which sometimes makes for a paralysing effect.

Clarke backs away from talk of Aussie return

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, right.

5:39 PM   Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has poured cold water on speculation he is positioning himself for a return to the international arena.

Soccer

Wanderers hit with fine, suspended points penalty

Wanderers fans let off flares during the round 18 match against Melbourne Victory.

Dominic Bossi 5:32 PM   The poor behaviour of Western Sydney Wanderers' supporters has cost their club $50,000 and a suspended three point penalty after the Football Federation of Australia found the league leaders guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

Wanderers unhappy, but demand rogue fans stay away

Stay away: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas addresses the media in response to the FFA's sanction on Thursday.

Sebastian Hassett 3:47 PM   While the Western Sydney Wanderers were disappointed to be hit with a suspended three-point deduction and $50,000 fine for fan misbehaviour in Melbourne last weekend, club chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble their efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

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League HQ

Tapine tipped to make immediate transfer to Raiders

Off to Canberra:Joseph Lapine.

Adrian Proszenko 5:17 PM   Newcastle is poised to grant Joseph Tapine an immediate release after the back-rower signed a lucrative three-year deal with Canberra.

Barba can return to his prime for Sharks, says Ennis

Holding on: Ben Barba is locked in a three-way scrap with Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird for the fullback jumper.

Phil Lutton 4:19 PM   Ennis believes a fit Barba can thrive in the Shire after overcoming injuries that put the brakes on a patchy 2015 campaign.

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Rugby Heaven

Lighter Speight ready for Super Rugby comeback

Brumbies winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton 4:35 PM   Olympic Games hopeful Henry Speight will tread the fine line of carrying a lighter frame for his journey to Rio without sacrificing the power that has made him one of the best finishers in Super Rugby.

Pocock in 2016 can be best yet: Larkham

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton 4:33 PM   David Pocock's World Cup campaign was so good that the Wallabies coaching staff agreed they needed him on the field to win games, but ACT Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham says the superstar flanker can get even better.

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AFL

Young Hawks battle for Roughead's spot

James Sicily

3:27 PM   Tim O'Brien and James Sicily are impressing Hawthorn veteran Josh Gibson as they eye Jarryd Roughead's spot in the line-up.

GWS success won't come overnight: Johnson

Steve Johnson says success takes time.

3:45 PM   Star Greater Western Sydney recruit Steve Johnson knows what it takes to build a winning culture and insists his new club is only at the start of the journey towards an AFL flag.

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ACT Sport

ACT sport minister Yvette Berry working on Canberra Hall of Fame status

News. ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, announces new minister, Yvette
Berry, (pictured), at the Higgins shopping centre. ...

Chris Dutton 5:10 PM   New ACT Sport and Recreation minister Yvette Berry will engage Canberra's grass-root organisations to determine the future of the Hall of Fame and sport star of the year awards.

Jackson to fight on to keep Rio dream alive

Lauren Jackson is desperate to win Olympic gold.

Chris Dutton 4:28 PM   Australian basketball champion Lauren Jackson won't give up on her Rio dreams until doctors tell her it's physically impossible for her to play.

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Horse Racing

Like mother like daughter: Messara stays with Finland family in hope of more group 1 success

in good company: Stay With Me is hoping to add to the legccy created by her mother Miss Finland.

Adam Pengilly 2:13 PM   Miss Finland she may not be, but John Messara is convinced there is a touch of her Golden Slipper-winning mother in Stay With Me.

Present and future on show in throwback to yesteryear, but can anything beat Winx?

Chris Waller

Adam Pengilly 2:05 PM   The present and future of Australian racing will be the main attraction during a 10 minutes which shows how far racing has gone back in time. But is Winx a betting proposition in the Apollo Stakes?

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Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?

ACT Premier Cricket: Wests-UC v Eastlake

Wests-UC take on Eastlake in the Douglas Cup competition.

ACT Athletics titles and IPC Grand Prix

ACT Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.