NSW Origin talk flattering: Austin

Roje Adaimy 1:57 PM   Blake Austin says talk of a possible NSW State of Origin call-up is flattering, but his mind is solely on delivering the goods for Canberra in the NRL.

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Soccer

Canberra in contention to host Socceroos

The Socceroos' Josh Kennedy in action against Malaysia at Canberra Stadium in 2011. The Socceroos could be returning to Canberra for their World Cup qualifiers.

Lee Gaskin 6:28 PM   Canberra is in the mix to host the Socceroos in a World Cup qualifying match within the next 18 months as a reward for strong crowds at the Asian Cup.

Vaughan plays down Origin hopes 

Paul Vaughan says he's happy with his form this season.

Jon Tuxworth 5:15 PM   Australia's ageing forwards have been put on notice but Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes he's still "a bit far away" from breaking into the NSW State of Origin side.

Bird to fight judiciary charge

Greg Bird, Greg Inglis, Sam Thaiday and Cameron Smith of Australia.

Brad Walter 7:42 PM   Greg Bird will risk being rubbed out of entire Origin series in a bid to play in opening game.

Hodge banned for three games for strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan 7:59 PM   Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.

Biting, stabbing part of Arnold's experience

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold.

Chris Dutton 2:54 PM   Rory Arnold says being accused of biting and one of his teammates being stabbed at a nightclub may have helped launch his career.

Opals' star signs with Canberra Capitals

Kathleen Macleod in action for Dandenong last year.

Jon Tuxworth 3:49 PM   Canberra Capitals continue rebuild for next season by signing Dandenong Rangers point guard Kathleen MacLeod. 

Hewitt out of French Open

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12:16 PM   Lleyton Hewitt has played his last French Open after confirming he'll skip this month's claycourt grand slam to focus on Wimbledon and Davis Cup.

League HQ

Good Knight says goodbye to run with the Wolves

Kurt Gidley

Brett Keeble 7:53 PM   Never the best, but a player who always tried his best is how Kurt Gildey wants to be remembered at the Newcastle Knights.

Suspended Reynolds may have to fight for Origin spot from bench

Supportive: Moses Mbye is hoping Josh Reynolds is able to keep his Blues jersey.

Brad Walter 7:21 PM   Canterbury team-mates admit disappointment at losing Josh Reynolds to suspension so regularly

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Rugby Heaven

Why we'll never know the full story around the Di Patston case

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Georgina Robinson 8:25 PM   We will never know the real story of the Di Patston saga. 

ARU, Patston settle out of court

Settlement: Di Patston is "happy to move on with her life", her lawyer said.

Phil Lutton 8:13 PM   One of the most tumultuous periods in the history of Australian rugby has played out its final chapter, with the ARU reaching an out-of-court settlement with former Wallaby manager Di Patston.

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Cricket

Bangladesh hopeful of winning series against Pakistan

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6:08 PM   Bangladesh hope to build on their new-found confidence by securing their first Test victory over Pakistan in the second and final match of the series which starts in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Boycott says Cook 'up his own arse' about captaincy

Alastair Cook.

Claire Siracusa 5:55 PM   Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has slammed Test captain Alastair Cook, saying he is "living in cloud cuckoo land" about his captaincy.

AFL

Docherty a bright spot for Blues

Carlton footballer Sam Docherty.

Emma Quayle 8:18 PM   Sam Docherty's first few months as a Carlton player were emotionally challenging. He feels like they have made him a stronger, more confident person.

Scott backs Johnson to explode from lean patch

Steve Johnson with fans after the win over Richmond in round five.

Matt Murnane 8:33 PM   As Geelong crosses its fingers for the return of several key players, coach Chris Scott is also hopeful one of the very best, mercurial playmaker Steve Johnson, will also emerge from his early-season funk in time to energise the club's season.

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Soccer

Asian Champions League: Brisbane v Urawa

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05:  Brandon Borello of the Roar kicks during the Asian Champions League match between the Brisbane Roar and Urawa Red Diamonds at Cbus Super Stadium on May 5, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Beth Newman 8:45 PM   Can Brisbane keep their season alive?

One man, two very different elections for Frank Lowy

FFA boss Frank Lowy.

Sebastian Hassett 7:02 PM   These might be the final few months in Frank Lowy's chairmanship of football but he will play a major role in one and possibly two elections before he departs the game's top job.

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ACT Sport

Soccer

Grassroots football in Canberra to benefit from FFA's 20-year plan

Football Australia CEO David Gallop with Chairman Frank Lowy.

Lee Gaskin 6:30 PM   Grassroots football in Canberra is set to benefit from Football Federation Australia's ambitious goals to become the No 1 sport in the country.

Vikings set to name Harris as coach

Tuggeranong coach Brad Harris.

David Polkinghorne 9:06 PM   The Canberra Vikings will announce Brad Harris as senior coach on Tuesday for the second season of the National Rugby Championship.

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Horse Racing

Musgrove thanks Waller after Brierly win

Trainer Eric Musgrove and jockey Martin Kelly pose with the trophy after Thubiaan  won the Brierly Steeplechase at Warrnambool on Tuesday.

Tim Habel 6:35 PM   Eric Musgrove admits he once feared the worst for his beloved sport of jumps racing, but thanks to champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller now has a rising star in Tuesday's Brierly Steeplechase winner Thubiaan.

Trainers support tax parity and a future fund

Considerations: racing minister Troy Grant.

Chris Roots 5:33 PM   The NSW Trainers Association has supported the idea of a future fund if the state government gives tax parity to the racing industry but doesn't want the money to be used as a political football.

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Is this the worst dive in soccer history?

It appears Hull's players are willing to try anything for a goal.

Mills, Baynes party hard after Spurs loss

San Antonio may have been knocked out, but players didn't let it spoil their end of season party.

Kangaroos vs Kiwis - Anzac Test 2015

A selection of images from this year's Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

New Zealand down Australia in Test

New Zealand claims third straight win over Australia in rain-delayed trans-Tasman Test.

City v Country

All the action from the traditional Origin lead-up in Wagga Wagga.

Mayweather wins 'Fight of the Century'

Floyd Mayweather has beaten Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in their world welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

The sporting world's focus is on Las Vegas for the "Fight of the Century".

Soccer: Gungahlin United vs Woden Weston FC

Gungahlin United take on Woden Weston FC in their Capital Football National Premier League match at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT State Speedway Titles

ACT State Speedway Titles at the ACT Speedway on Sunday, May 3.

Canberra Hockey: United vs North Canberra

United take on North Canberra in the Women's Capital League game at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham.