Warner hurt as Clarke pleads for World Cup place

Chloe Saltau 6:52 PM   Michael Clarke has pleaded with the selectors to take a risk by including him in Australia's World Cup squad as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner battle more injury concerns.

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Smith puts Indians to sword

LEADING THE WAY: Australian captain Steve Smith raises his bat after sealing a ton.

Chloe Saltau   Australia have taken control on day two of the Boxing Day test against India at the MCG.

Flanagan comes up empty on fishing trip

Anna Flanagan relaxes over the Christmas period.

Lee Gaskin 8:47 PM   Locker Room: Canberra's Hockeyroos star Anna Flanagan comes up empty during a family fishing trip over the Christmas break.

Basketball

Jackson  in bid to prolong career

Lauren Jackson said the Capitals would honour Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth 7:00 PM   Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce will give Lauren Jackson significant minutes at centre in a bid to prolong her international career.

Tough decision ... but one Bell had to make

Shorter trip than expected: Perpetual Loyal retired about 8am with hull damage, damage that occurred at 9pm on Friday night when she fell off a wave or hit something, according to crewman Tom Slingsby.

Rupert Guinness 9:17 PM   Anthony Bell said before he started the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that he was willing to gamble in his bid to add a second line honours title to his name.

Mariners, Roar play out thrilling draw

Challenge: Central Coast's Storm Roux contests the ball with James Donachie of the Roar.

Dominic Bossi 7:32 PM   Central Coast were denied their first win since October 11 after being held to a thrilling six-goal draw with Brisbane Roar in a match that was more about context than competition points.

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Weston Creek players chase SCG  dream 

Weston Creek Molonglo captain Michael Delaney ahead of Sunday's SCG Country Cup quarter-final against Dubbo.

Lee Gaskin 9:03 PM   Weston Creek Molonglo is the last Canberra club left in the SCG Country Cup when it takes on Dubbo in a quarter-final at Wollongong on Sunday.

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Baseball

Cavalry split doubleheader with Adelaide

Tim Atherton of the Canberra Cavalry.

David Polkinghorne 10:39 PM   Canberra Cavalry coach Michael Collins is hoping they've taken a bite out of the Adelaide bullpen.

New Chief Minister Andrew Barr will continue to use sport to drive economy

Andrew Barr will meet with Cricket Australia bosses to make a Test in Canberra happen.

David Polkinghorne 8:38 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr  will push to end Canberra's Test cricket drought as early as next summer  when he meets Cricket Australia in the New Year.

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Rugby Heaven

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

Rugby's year in review

Stephen Samuelson dinkus Dinkus

Stephen Samuelson   It was a season turmoil for Australian Rugby with financial problems and off-field behaviour overshadowing the poor performances on the field by the Wallabies.

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League HQ

League's highs and lows in 2014

Cloud nine: James Tamou and Trent Merrin after NSW broke the Maroons' eight-year strangehold on the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas 3:22 PM   It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the grand final capping off a remarkable year for Michael Maguire's men

NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

Rugby league needs to strengthen its international component.

Steve Mascord 1:02 PM   As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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Football

Why Popovic should take Crystal Palace job

Impressive candidate: Tony Popovic is already being linked to the top job at Crystal Palace after coach Neil Warnock was sacked on Saturday.

Michael Cockerill 3:49 PM   Nobody makes Tony Popovic's decisions for him but I'm hoping he takes the Crystal Palace job if it's offered to him. It would be a breakthrough moment for Australian coaches, and heaven forbid they need one.

Victory set for top-of-the-table clash with Glory

Michael Lynch 2:48 PM   The first match of Kevin Muscat's renewed reign at the helm of Melbourne Victory almost  produced one of the most disappointing results of the season as the navy blues huffed and puffed but struggled to blow down the Newcastle Jets house.

Cricket

Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day three

India's Virat Kohli confonts Mitch Johnson after he was struck by a throw from the Australia paceman.

Jesse Hogan 4:57 PM   Join Jesse Hogan for all the day three action from the MCG as Australia look to increase their advantage over the tourists.

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'Pitchsider' ban extended beyond BBL

Andrew Wu 4:06 PM   The British ''pitchsider'' who has been ejected from three Big Bash League games in Sydney this summer has been banned from all matches governed by Cricket Australia.

Racing

Moses eyes Magic Millions

Adam Pengilly 2:37 PM   What took Kevin Moses an entire season to achieve last season has almost been reached in a little over four months this term.

Headwater races to favouritism for Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes

James Winks rides Headwater to victory on Saturday.

Andrew Garvey 6:15 PM   It was only an off-season two-year-old event but the Team Hawkes trained Headwater raced to favouritism for both the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes after an emphatic debut win in the Cactus Imaging Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.