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Live AFL: Essendon v Collingwood

Essendon v Collingwood

Scott Spits 7:03 PM   Follow our live coverage of the iconic Essendon-Collingwood Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

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Live: Giants v Suns

Fitting in: New recruit Ryan Griffen dominated with 31 possessions.

4:58 PM   Live scores as the AFL's newest sides meet in Canberra.

Sport needs more than a minute's silence

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox   After reading Les Carlyon's Gallipoli, or a sympathetic viewing of Peter Weir's Gallipoli or Sidney Nolan's Anzac paintings, who could honestly feel in the mood for sport?

Footy must always come second on Anzac Day

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster   Football codes are walking a fine line with Anzac Day. More than ever, they must be careful about hijacking an occasion when the game should come second.

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Cheika met with Giteau last month

Back in the game: Matt Giteau is back in Wallabies selection contention after an ARU rule change.

Georgina Robinson   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he met Matt Giteau when the 92-Test centre was in Australia last month. 

Soliola returns from England with fear factor 

Sia Soliola is building a reputation for his toughness.

Jon Tuxworth   He's the Canberra Raiders hitman making ball runners think twice about heading in his direction. 

Giants want to become a fixture on Anzac Day

Sport 
 GWS player Phil Davis during training at Manuka oval
The Canberra Times  
Date:  24 April 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

David Polkinghorne   Greater Western Sydney have renewed calls for their Anzac Day clash against Gold Coast to become a permanent AFL fixture.

Joyce moves on from Kewell with Giants

GWS head of Athletic Performance David Joyce.

David Polkinghorne   He was "thick as thieves" with Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, worked with former English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers and has been part of two Olympic Games teams.

Finals will revive A-League interest: Gallop

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Sebastian Hassett   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop admits the finals series can't come quickly enough with the A-League battling to retain public interest.

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Edwards locks in first Australian title defence

Australian heavyweight boxing champion Ben Edwards.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   Canberra boxer Ben Edwards will make his first defence of the Australian heavyweight boxing title when he takes on veteran Peter Graham.

League HQ

Anzac clash too much for Waerea-Hargreaves to miss

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 9:47 PM   Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was supposed to be sidelined for six weeks with a strained pectoral muscle. 

Manly forward Buhrer likely out for season with knee injury

Manly's Jamie Buhrer tackles Mahe Fonua of the Storm to the ground.

Roy Ward 9:27 PM   Jamie Buhrer appears to have suffered a serious knee injury against Melbourne Storm.

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Rugby Heaven

Hooper welcomes Smith challenge for Wallabies spot

Wallabies George Smith, right, and Michael Hooper in 2013.

Darren Walton and Jake Havebond 7:32 PM   Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has welcomed the prospect of the great George Smith challenging him for Australia's No.7 jumper at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Burgess named man of the match for Bath

George Ford (L) celebrates with Sam Burgess during Bath's win over London Irish.

12:26 PM   Sam Burgess confessed his surprise at being named man of the match in only his second Aviva Premiership game in the blindside flanker role after scoring one of five tries in English rugby club Bath's 43-18 win against London Irish.

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Cricket

Brathwaite ton for Windies frustrates England

Century maker Kraigg Brathwaite hits a shot past Ben Stokes

12:42 PM   Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for two at the close of the fourth day of the second test leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.

Cricket chiefs fear rebel split on horizon

Money man: Billionaire media baron Subhash Chandra.

Chris Barrett 1:02 AM   The mysterious registration of companies in Australia and other Test countries by Indian business giant Essel Group has left cricket authorities wary about what they believe could be plans for a new rebel league or even an extraordinary takeover bid of global cricket.

AFL

Collingwood's grit sees them through

On song: The Magpies  celebrate yet another rousing Anzac Day victory over the Bombers.

Jake Niall 8:45 PM   This particular Anzac Day wasn't an exceptional spectacle. The pre-game routines were exactly that.

Malthouse burdened by focus on record

Mick Malthouse speaks to his bench during the match.

Peter Hanlon 6:39 PM   Carlton's coach puts team first again as the spotlight stays on him ahead of breaking Jock McHale's record.

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Soccer

Adelaide rout lacklustre City

Harry Novillo (right) of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Pablo Snchez Alberto of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch 10:03 PM   Adelaide United tuned up for the finals in tremendous style when they put a poor Melbourne City side, who finished with ten players following Kew Jaliens second half dismissal,  to the sword at Hindmarsh Stadium. 

Glory, Wanderers game marred by fan disruption

Andrew Keogh of the Glory celebrates with team mates after scoring.

Sebastian Hassett 8:37 PM   On paper, this was the most meaningless match of the A-League season. But it was anything but boring as Perth Glory beat Western Sydney 2-1.

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ACT Sport

Ice hockey

Brave fight back to take season opener

CBR Brave VS Sydney Bears at Phillip Ice Skating Centre.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   The Canberra Brave twice came from a goal down to get its Australian Ice Hockey League campaign off to the perfect start, beating the Sydney Bears 4-2 on Saturday night.

David Pocock and all that jazz

Jon Tuxworth dinkus

Jon Tuxworth 9:48 PM   Locker Room: The best of Canberra sport, from grassroots to gossip.

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Horse Racing

Apprentice Collins breaks through with Bond Of Faith

Jared Dorrington.

Jared Dorrington 9:34 PM   Bond Of Faith had placed five times from 17 starts, but it took confidence in an apprentice jockey to steer the daughter of Dubleo to her maiden win.

Moor off to Mauritius after winning St Leger Stakes

In charge: Authoritarian races to victory for Daniel Moor in the VRC St Leger.

Andrew Garvey 8:33 PM   Tonight Daniel Moor heads to Mauritius to take up a riding contact and in Saturday’s St Leger Stakes (2800m) at Flemington, his rival jockeys gave him a going away present when they allowed him to dictate terms on Authoritarian, before scoring a runaway win.

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Brumbies vs Highlanders 

The ACT Brumbies take on the Highlanders at GIO Stadium in Bruce, Canberra.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott is proof of the power of Anzac Day combining with sport commercial opportunity.

Shinn gives field the bum steer

Blake Shinn tried his pants off on on Miss Royale. Literally.

Wests Tigers robbed of crucial sixth tackle 

It is the mistake that could have cost them the game.

Tigers and Raiders clash in thriller

Raiders produce epic comeback to stunt he Tigers 30-22.

Woden Valley Rams vs Queanbeyan Blues

Rams push Blues all the way in tight Canberra Raiders Cup battle.

Belconnen FC vs Canberra FC

Canberra FC nearly blew a three-goal lead against Belconnen.

Canberra Hockey: United vs UC

United take on UC at the Lyneham Hockey Fields.

Geelong opens account with narrow win

Injury-ravaged Geelong hang on for a nine-point win over Suns.

'We were lucky with keeper's mistake'

Arsenal have booked their place in their second straight FA Cup final.