Hunt suspended, fined – but he survives

Georgina Robinson 5:34 PM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Racing

Black Opal strongest in years: Waterhouse

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is all smiles after her runner Greatwood won race 7, The Pacific Hoists Parramatta Cup, ridden by Tommy Berry, during Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 4:48 PM   Queen of the track Gai Waterhouse rates Sunday's Black Opal Stakes field the strongest she has seen in years.

NRL Live: Broncos v Rabbitohs

Corey Parker plays his 300th NRL game in Thursday's season opener.

Beth Newman 9:46 PM   The Broncos host reigning premiers South Sydney in the first game of the NRL season at Suncorp Stadium

Toovey sidelined during Manly's DCE talks 

In the spotlight: Daly Cherry-Evans and Geoff Toovey.

Michael Carayannis 4:16 PM   Geoff Toovey's tense relationship with Sea Eagles management has taken another dramatic turn after the coach revealed he is not involved in negotiations to keep star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brumbies roll into battle against Force

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore returns to the starting line up for the match against the Rebels.

Chris Dutton 6:39 PM   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore says disengaging tactics against the rolling maul are not in the "spirit of the game" but concedes teams will try new things in an attempt to it shut down.

Watson accepts he had plenty of chances

Unusual position: Shane Watson with fellow unused squad members Pat Cummins, George Bailey and Xavier Doherty sing the Australian national anthem before the World Cup match against Afghanistan.

Andrew Wu 5:14 PM   Shane Watson says he has nobody to blame but himself for the poor run which resulted in him being dropped from Australia's one-day team for the first time in seven years.

A-League stars will get shot at champions

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 6:18 PM   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to reward some of the A-League's most in-form players with a call-up to the national team for their European friendly against Germany.

Cricket

Axe for Watson proves spot no longer assured

Over the past 16 months injuries have limited Watson to 17 one-day internationals.

Jesse Hogan 9:42 PM   If Sydney Thunder have not yet persuaded Shane Watson to join them then rival Big Bash League teams would be well advised to try and steal a march on them, based on the increased potential of him being available for the BBL.

Quiney century for dominant Vics

Rob Quiney.

9:19 PM   A polished century by opener Rob Quiney gifted Victoria opening-day honours against South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match.

Rugby Heaven

Hunt fined $30,000 and banned six weeks

In strife: Karmichael Hunt arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Georgina Robinson 9:43 PM   It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that will may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life, but was not deemed serious enough to end his rugby career.

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Super Rugby previews for round four

Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper.

9:28 PM   Teams, stats and previews for the six games in round four.

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League HQ

Mann looks to make most of senior return

Melbourne rookie Kurt Mann in action.

Roy Ward 9:04 PM   Kurt Mann will return to the first-grade side when Melbourne Storm open their NRL season against St George Illawarra Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Monday night.

Gold Coast Titans players facing drug charges should be allowed to play, says players' union

David Garnsey

Adrian Proszenko 9:01 PM   The Rugby League Player's Association has sought an emergency meeting with the NRL to demand the immediate reinstatement of the five Gold Coast players stood down over drugs charges.

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Soccer

Capital Football nourishes dream of A-League club

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Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   Capital Football president Mark O'Neill is adamant Canberra will have an A-League team in the future and will hold discussions with Football Federation Australia next week about the National Youth League.

Cricket

Comets centuries not enough to prevent outright defeat

ACT's David Dawson scored another century, this time against New South Wales.

Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   A maiden second XI ton from Andrew Harriott and David Dawson's third century of the season wasn't enough to save the ACT Comets from outright defeat against NSW.

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Soccer

Spitting row mars United win

Evans appeared to spit towards the ground after a tussle with Cisse, who seemed to react by spitting at the Northern Irishman’s neck.

9:01 PM   A spitting row involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse has marred Manchester United’s last-gasp 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, while Chelsea preserved their five-point Premier League lead.

Roar and Wanderers still in ACL hunt

Brandon Borrello of Brisbane Roar in action during the ACL match in Japan.

Michael Lynch 8:54 PM   Brisbane Roar's win in Japan keeps them in the hunt for a place in the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League, while titleholders Western Sydney Wanderers' loss is a setback but not a decisive one.

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Tennis

Tomic key to Aussie Cup hopes v Czech

An in-form Tomic looms as Australia's key man as he looks to build on one of his most consistent starts to a season.

9:12 PM   Flourishing in Nick Kyrgios' shadow of late, Bernard Tomic will step squarely back into the spotlight in Australia's bid for a drought-breaking Davis Cup win in the Czech Republic.

Kyrigos rocking the rim for Indian Wells return

A different court: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios helps launch the Westside precinct at Acton Park with a celebrity basketball game on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin   Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will make his return from a back injury at next week's ATP 1000 Masters tournament at Indian Wells in the US.

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NRL 2015 season preview

League HQ brings you an interactive lowdown on each of the 16 teams.

Jordan Smiler

Brumbies big man Jordan Smiler opens up on his aspirations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Ireland

South Africa take on Ireland at Manuka Oval for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cricket World Cup: Windies vs Zimbabwe

The West Indies take on a determined Zimbabwe in their Group B match at Manuka Oval.

Knights spoil Raiders' Seiffert homecoming

Newcastle coasted to a 26-4 trial win over Canberra in Queanbeyan.

Wests/UC take on Eastlake in first grade

The race for semi-finals spots heats up at Kingston Oval.

Adelaide leave it late to beat Wanderers

More heartbreak for Wanderers as Reds strike late at Hindmarsh.

Sydney FC edge out Mariners in thriller

A stunning Rhyan Grant goal helped Sydney FC to a 4-2 win.

Darren Bravo cops a nasty blow to head

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo suffered a scare against Pakistan.

Interactive game: World's best fielder

It's you vs the world, as you play along in the Cricket World Cup.