Canberran hopefuls at the mercy of the AFL draft

David Polkinghorne 8:06 PM   For the first time in his career, Belconnen key defender Logan Austin feels helpless - his fate resting in the hands of the AFL list manager's.

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How will cricket bounce back?

Concerned: Brad Haddin (left), Steve Smith and Moises Henriques outside Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Peter Hanlon 5:36 PM   In the MCG nets on Wednesday morning, Test fast bowler Peter Siddle told his Victorian teammate Marcus Stoinis to step aside so he could send down a bouncer.

Players turn to each other for support 

Phil Hughes.

Andrew Wu 10:18 PM   NSW players gathered at the SCG as they struggled to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' injury.

Hughes' injury puts first Test preparations on backburner

Pensive: Michael Clarke leaves St Vincent’s Hospital after visiting his stricken friend Phillip Hughes.

Andrew Wu 8:34 PM   Australia's preparations for the first Test have taken a back seat to the injury which has left Phillip Hughes fighting for his life.

McCartin tipped to be Saints' No.1 pick

Patrick McCartin has strong claims to being the best in the pool.

Emma Quayle 12:39 AM   St Kilda is expected to add a strong marking forward to its already underway rebuild, with Paddy McCartin set to join the club as the No. 1 pick in Thursday's AFL draft.

McIlroy did not think he'd be No.1 again

Rory McIlroy

Adam Pengilly 6:33 PM   Rory McIlroy has made the stunning admission he did not think he would be able to return to world No.1 this year as his old sparring partner Adam Scott vowed to to keep pace him.

Carter channels dad for hard yakka

Sam Carter wants to increase his physicality with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton 7:23 PM   Wallabies lock Sam Carter has swapped family farm chores for the chance to chase a World Cup dream, vowing to increase his physicality to fit into Michael Cheika's game plan.

ACT Sport

UC's new Master of High Performance Sport

New level: Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf in the physiology lab with Phd student, Kristy Martin.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The University of Canberra has 17 enrolments for a new Master of High Performance Sport which was announced on Wednesday.

Baseball

It's Toler time ... almost

Sean Toler.

David Polkinghorne 7:01 PM   Cavalry manager makes star pitcher bide his time.

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Rugby Heaven

Wallabies to pay for hole in wall

Dejected: The Wallabies, led by skipper Michael Hooper, after the loss against Ireland.

Chris Dutton 9:49 PM   The Wallabies expect to be slapped with a repair bill and are prepared to pay the costs of fixing a hole in the wall at Lansdowne Road after the discovery of dressing room damage in Dublin.

Sam Burgess close to union debut

Edging closer to a rugby debut: Sam Burgess.

1:54 PM   NRL grand final hero Sam Burgess could be about to make a surprise rugby union debut less than eight weeks after surgery to repair his fractured cheekbone and eye socket.

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League HQ

Sydney clubs quitting NRL would do Dave Smith a favour

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord 12:21 PM   If a group of recalcitrant Sydney clubs was to refuse to sign NRL franchise agreements next year, they'd be doing the League Central administration a favour.

Newcastle Knights rookie Joseph Tapine charged with assault

Charged: Knights rookie Joseph Tapine.

Sam Rigney, Robert Dillon and Brett Keeble 12:44 AM   The Newcastle Knights are facing another assault scandal after rookie forward Joseph Tapine was charged over an incident that left a man with a broken jaw.

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Football

Arsenal through to Champions League last 16

Ecstatic: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal in their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League group D match.

9:52 AM   Gunners go through to Champions League last 16 for 15th successive season after 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool stumble again as Terziev earns Ludogorets late draw

LATE EQUALISER: Ludogorets defender Georgi Terziev celebrates scoring the goal that earned his side a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the latest round of Champions League action.

9:35 AM   A late header from defender Georgi Terziev earned Ludogorets a 2-2 Champions League draw with an unimpressive Liverpool on Wednesday that left the English side facing a winner-takes-all final match with FC Basel.

Cricket

Border says players should have option of withdrawing from Test

Allan Border

Matthew Elkerton 12:17 PM   Former Australian skipper Allan Border says that the first test match between Australia and India should go forward as planned, however individual players should be able to make their own decisions on availability.

Hughes' injury brings fear to the surface

Greg Baum dinkus Dinkus.

Greg Baum 12:13 PM   In Barbados in 1981, supremely obstinate English opener Geoff Boycott faced, without flinching, reputedly the fastest over ever bowled, delivered by Michael Holding, nicknamed Whispering Death. But some years later, when a journalist acquaintance told him about squaring up to bowling he could not see in a lowly village green match, Boycott was aghast.

Racing

Racing NSW working towards introducing biological passports for all thoroughbreds

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys.

Chris Roots 7:01 PM   Racing NSW in collaboration with French racing authorities are working towards having Equine Biological Passport for all thoroughbreds to combat the threat of gene doping.

ALP to let racing investigators hear the truth

Generic horses running on a race track

Patrick Bartley 5:39 PM   If Labor win next Saturday's state election they will press federal law enforcement agencies to give the state integrity commissioner direct access to telephone intercept material.

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival at Queanbeyan Park.

T20 Cricket: ANU v Ginninderra

Ginninderra take on the ANU in a Twenty20 match at ANU.

ODI Series: Australia v South Africa

Australia take on South Africa in game three of the one day series at Manuka Oval.

Footballer faces court over brutal tackle

FC Zurich has launched legal action after midfielder is seriously injured in a horror tackle.

Batsman's skull fractured by bouncer

Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad's career-best Test innings brought to a dramatic end.

Cheika insists there's more to come

Coach believes his Wallabies side can get better and still have quality to add to their squad.

Canberra Capitals v West Coast Waves

The West Coast Waves take on the Canberra Capitals at AIS Arena, November 9.

Show Jumping Cup

Equestrians gather in Curtin for the Show Jumping Cup on the weekend.

Canberra Cavalry v Sydney Blue Sox

In Baseball Canberra Cavalry take on the Sydney Blue Sox at Narrabundah Ball Park.

Canberra United v Sydney FC

Canberra United defeat Sydney FC 3-0 at McKellar Park.