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.

Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

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

Sebastian Hassett 6:59 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. 

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.

Buchanan backs injury deadline on Clarke

Right to set deadline: Michael Clarke fronts the media with national selector Rod Marsh earlier in January.

Adrian Proszenko 8:54 PM   Former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan says selectors are well within their rights to put deadlines on Michael Clarke's fitness for the World Cup.

Cricket

There's nothing in that Clarke story: heard that one before

Andrew Webster dinkus

Andrew Webster 10:09 PM   Michael Clarke's fallout with officials and teammates is real. Now the WAGs are circling ...

Buchanan backs injury deadline on Clarke

Right to set deadline: Michael Clarke fronts the media with national selector Rod Marsh earlier in January.

Adrian Proszenko 8:54 PM   Former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan says selectors are well within their rights to put deadlines on Michael Clarke's fitness for the World Cup, but he believes Clarke should remain captain ahead of Steve Smith after the tournament.

ACT Sport

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.

Plenty on fish on barbie for Australia Day

A set of rigged lures featuring smaller hooks and lighter leader.

Bryan Pratt 3:12 PM   Anglers all rejoiced on a productive Australia day long weekend.

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Tennis

Live: Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych

Andy Murray defeated Aussie hope Nick Kyrgios to make it to the semi-finals.

Scott Spits 11:16 PM   Follow our coverage as Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych fight it out for a place in the Australian Open men's final.

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Williams sisters, Keys named in US Fed Cup

Serena and Venus Williams.

9:04 PM   The Williams sisters and teenage Australian Open semi-finalist Madison Keys have been chosen for the United States as it seeks to return to the top group in the Fed Cup.

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Football

Arsenal signs Villareal defender Gabriel

Campbell agreed to a new long-term deal with Arsenal prior to a loan move to Villarreal for the rest of the season.

9:33 PM   Arsenal has strengthened its depleted defensive options by signing Brazilian defender Gabriel from Villarreal, with Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell joining the Spanish club on loan as part of the deal.

Chelsea's Costa charged over Can 'stamp'

Head-to-head: Diego Costa and Martin Skrtel have words during the League Cup clash.

9:26 PM   Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

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League HQ

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.

Grothe family at war with Parramatta Eels

Angry: Eric Grothe jnr.

Adrian Proszenko 8:57 PM   Former Parramatta winger Eric Grothe Jnr has savaged the club over the treatment of his father, claiming the legendary winger is a victim of political football ahead of the upcoming Eels elections.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Horne stays to help build Waratahs dynasty

Staying put: Rob Horne has signed a new deal to stay in Australia.

Georgina Robinson 4:40 PM   Rob Horne resisted the lure of the Euro to stay in Sydney and help build a Waratahs dynasty.

Karmichael Hunt named for Reds debut

Karmichael Hunt will debut for the Reds in Cairns.

Vince Rugari 2:22 PM   Karmichael Hunt has been named to make his first appearance in a Queensland Reds jersey in Saturday's trial against the Melbourne Rebels in Cairns.

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.