Alexander on outer before Rugby World Cup

Lee Gaskin 9:22 AM   Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander is on the outer before the World Cup after he was left out of a 40-man squad for the Rugby Championship.

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'Does it feel strong to be up there?' 

Fiery temper ... Nick Kyrgios holds his necklace in his mouth during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Nick Kyrgios has continued his Wimbledon feud with the chair umpires on his way to the third round.

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Kyrgios in danger of relying on 'blow-ups'

Sports psychologist Jeff Bond helped Pat Cash channel his aggression positively.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Just before winning Wimbledon Pat Cash uttered three words to sports psychologist Jeff Bond that kickstarted his career - "I hate tennis".

Kyrgios and Raonic at opposite ends 

Speaking out: Nick Kyrgios celebrates a shot on his way to beating Juan Monaco of Argentina.

Michael Chammas   The fiery, hot-headed Australian up against the composed and articulate Canadian.

Tomic believes his best can knock off Djokovic

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the men's singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Michael Chammas   Bernard Tomic knows he's up against it. He knows it will take something special to upset Novak Djokovic. But he believes he has that something special.

Klemmer's rise to Blues enforcer

David Klemmer

Brad Walter 8:24 PM   David Klemmer was playing halfback in a lowly team before being scouted by the Bulldogs

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Maroons 'must stick up for themselves'

'I think we were a bit too nice in the ruck': Matt Scott says the Maroons need to be stronger in the middle in the Origin decider.

Phil Lutton   Matt Scott says Queensland let themselves be pushed around in game two.

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Foran deal scuppers Manly's bid for Reynolds

Kieran Foran

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Kieran Foran's decision to join Parramatta on a revised deal has scuppered a bold proposal that could have delivered Josh Reynolds to Manly had the Kiwi international opted to join Canterbury instead.

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Turner sets sights on Olympic hockey gold

Australia's Glenn Turner celebrates a score against Netherlands during their men's final match at the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT FIELD HOCKEY)

Jon Tuxworth   Injured Kookaburra Glenn Turner has set his sights on winning Olympic gold next year, admitting the team's sustained dominance will feel hollow if it fails to win the ultimate prize. 

Rogic praised as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch overnight.

League HQ

''I wasn't offering anything'' - Papalii's honest truth

Queensland enforcer: Josh Papalii credits Raiders coach Ricky Stuart for helping him turn his season around.

Lee Gaskin 3:08 PM   Revitalised Queensland enforcer Josh Papalii credits some tough love from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around ahead of his State of Origin return.

Sharks consider moving Barba to hooker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31:  Ben Barba of the Sharks looks dejected during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Steve Zemek 2:34 PM   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is toying with a surprise selection and using Ben Barba at hooker against Manly on Sunday.

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Rugby Heaven

Super-duper Rugby final spectacle awaits

Highlanders captain Nasi Manu and his Hurricanes counterpart Conrad Smith pose with the Super 15 trophy in Wellington on Friday.

Daniel Gilhooly 6:34 PM   The weather, the rosters and the pre-match banter all point to the same thing. The 20th Super Rugby final between the Hurricanes and Highlanders will be a spectacle worthy of a season in which attacking rugby has held sway.

Cheika's squad passes Dwyer test

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos 6:33 PM   The Bob Dwyer Rule states that to win the Rugby World Cup a side should include five world-class players, capable of starting in the top sides.

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Cricket

Siddle plugs away as Thommo calls his selection 'a backward step'

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett 7:00 PM   Sometimes Peter Siddle must feel like checking his passport, just to see that he's got his date of birth right.

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Smith 'up to it' as Test No.3 in England, says Bayliss

"Up for it": Steve Smith hits out against Kent last week.

Chris Barrett 8:43 PM   Stuart Broad believes the world's top-ranked batsman is a potential weak link for Australia but England's new head coach was glowing in his praise of his former charge.

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AFL

Airfares to be refunded for Adelaide v Geelong

Airlines will offer credits or refunds to fans who were due to travel to Adelaide for the clash with Geelong, which has been cancelled due to the death of Phil Walsh.

Liam Mannix 5:25 PM   Airfares and tickets to Geelong's Sunday match against Adelaide will be fully refunded.

Magpies need to start toppling the best sides

Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey   There is such a thing as an honourable loss in footy and while the Magpies had one against Fremantle last week, they can ill afford to repeat the act.

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Soccer

Big names hold key in A-League bid to grow

Sebastian Hassett dinkus Dinkus

Sebastian Hassett 6:20 PM   Here's a short list of just some of the football superstars who all moved to emerging markets during the past 18 months - so why didn't one of them come to Australia?

Tsunami survivor completes dream of playing professional football

Martunis, aged eight, a year after the tsunami struck on Boxing Day in 2004.

6:19 PM   An Indonesian tsunami survivor, found wearing a Portugal shirt nearly three weeks after his home was destroyed in the 2004 disaster, has joined Sporting Lisbon's academy, the club said on Thursday.

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League

Rams aim to end Blues winning streak

Can Woden knock over the table-topping Blues?

Tom Kazias 6:03 PM   The Woden Valley Rams insist they can do what no team has done this year: beat the Queanbeyan Blues.

Soccer

Father-son combination working well at Belconnen FC

Jason Ugrinic has scored 14 goals in as many games under his father, Dean's, coaching at Belconnen FC.

Tom Kazias 5:55 PM   Father-son working relationships can be challenging, but in Dean and Jason Ugrinic instance it seems to be working well.

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Horse Racing

Trackwork assessor shattered by Ruhle's death

Vital job: Lisa Coffey has to assess whether a rider is up to scratch.

Patrick Bartley 6:43 PM   Irish-born Lisa Coffey woke on Thursday morning shattered at the tragic death of a German-born track rider at Caulfield.

Tearaways add welcome spice and excitement

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Max Presnell 6:27 PM   Scotch And Dry went down well depending on the chaser, a dilemma with front-runners in staying events and a situation with Lovethebeaches and Mr Steal in their respective engagements today.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.