The run home: Can the Canberra Raiders make the finals?

Tom Kazias 1:15 PM   The Canberra Raiders could not ask for a better run home. So how will they go?

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A tennis player with basketballer's attitude

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Michael Chammas   He admires Roger Federer but Nick Kyrgios idolises LeBron James.

Stosur overcomes Wimbledon demons

Safely through: Samantha Stosur of Australia wins her first round match.

Joe Barton   Having buried her Wimbledon first-round demons, a mentally refreshed Sam Stosur says she's ready to go deep at her least profitable grand slam.

British twins to lead Orica-GreenEDGE

Big Tour hopes: Simon Yates will be a key plank for Orica's team.

Only three Australians have made the Orica-GreenEDGE team for the Tour de France, but the nine-rider line-up is "the most well-rounded and balanced" it has selected for a grand tour, says head team sports director Matt White.

Adam Scott's glowing tribute to Lleyton Hewitt

Bowing out ... Lleyton Hewitt of Australia gestures to the crowd after losing his match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at Wimbledon.

Australian golfer Adam Scott has given close friend Lleyton Hewitt a glowing tribute after the veteran's Wimbledon swansong ended in heartbreak on Monday.

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Watson driven by response to dumping

Shane Watson scored 81 in the second innings against Kent =.

The Australian all-rounder is grateful to have been permitted a steady-as-she-goes approach to bowling early in the Ashes tour and will resume that part of his game in Wednesday's tour match against Essex.

Let footy do the talking: Soliola

Big return: Josh Papalii of the Raiders may receive a call-up for game three.

Sia Soliola is making big hits a habit since pulling on the lime green jersey and he's backed fellow Canberra Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii to use his aggression to establish himself in the Queensland forward pack.

Ennis to join NSW Blues camp after judiciary

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter 6:38 PM   The Maroons poached Greg Inglis so they have no right to complain about NSW exploiting a loophole to use Michael Ennis, according to Blues captain Paul Gallen

No such thing as a soft NRL draw: Fensom

Shaun Fensom comes off injured during the round six NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   On paper, the Canberra Raiders almost certainly have the softest run home to the finals in the competition. 

MRP was wrong, not just careless

Lance Franklin reported

Michael Gleeson 11:14 AM   Swans pair Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett got off lightly when intent was carelessly mistaken. One week for each was wrong.

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Waratahs result no nightmare for Wallabies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02:  New Waratahs coach for 2016 season Daryl Gibson talks during a media presentation on April 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

New Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson casts his eye over a hard-fought but ultimately disappointing season, and weighs in on what Super Rugby form means for Test rugby.

League HQ

Papalii finds himself cast as Origin's reluctant enforcer

Josh Papalii

Phil Lutton 5:30 PM   Josh Papalii knows Mal Meninga wants him to dish out the pain.

Farah banned from flying to Blues camp

No fly rule: Robbie Farah at the NSW team announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Carayannis 3:59 PM   The Blues Origin preparations have been thrown into further uncertainty with Robbie Farah refused permission to board a flight to join his teammates because of recent surgery.

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Rugby Heaven

In it for the long run: Folau inks new deal

Long-term commitment: Israel Folau has chosen to stick with the 15-man game.

Georgina Robinson 11:01 AM   It must kill the NRL to see it. The athlete they developed and turned into a household name is happy in rugby. 

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Speight's appeal dismissed

Brumbies winger Henry Speight has had his appeal against a five week suspension dismissed by SANZAR.

David Polkinghorne 10:01 PM   ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight will miss the Wallabies' first two games of the Rugby Championship after his appeal against a five-week ban was dismissed on Tuesday.

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Cricket

Aussie cricketer Glenn Maxwell takes one-handed catch while holding ice cream with other hand

Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell prepares to take the catch, ice cream in his other hand

Liam Mannix 4:25 PM   Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has taken a ripping one-handed boundary-line catch in a match in England – while holding an icecream with his other hand.

Vaughan backs Smith to shine in England

Raring to go: Steve Smith hits out against Kent last week.

1:36 PM   Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann might think Steve Smith will be vulnerable at first drop in the Ashes, but former England captain Michael Vaughan has given short shrift to his compatriots' sledging.

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AFL

The Cats bloody problem that won't go away

A battered Joel Selwood

Peter Hanlon 9:12 PM   Geelong's captain needs to take measures to keep him on the ground.

Pies ready for unsociable Hawks: Buckley

Buckley says the Pies need to show intent.

3:35 PM   Collingwood won't take a backward step when they face off against Hawthorn in Friday night's blockbuster at the MCG, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley says.

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Soccer

Wanderers sign Lionel Messi's former teammate Andreu

Learning from the best: Andreu played alongside Lionel Messi in Barcelona's reserve teams.

Sebastian Hassett 2:50 PM   Fresh from losing Iacopo La Rocca to Adelaide United, the Western Sydney Wanderers have moved quickly to replace the Italian by signing veteran Spanish midfielder Andreu - who spent several years coming through the ranks alongside Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona.

Argentina crush Paraguay to move into final

Poetry in motion: Lionel Messi.

Tariq Panja 1:01 PM   Favourites Argentina brushed aside Paraguay 6-1 to set up a Copa America final showdown with host Chile and give Lionel Messi a chance for a first title with his national team.

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ACT Sport

Queanbeyan bids to bring Raiders to Seiffert

More than 7000 fans turned out at Seiffert Oval for the Canberra Raiders' trial game against Newcastle in February.

Lee Gaskin 5:21 PM   Queanbeyan City Council wants to bring the Canberra Raiders back to their spiritual home, with mayor Tim Overall predicting they would get a "massive" crowd at Seiffert Oval for a Monday night game.

Eastlake's Hodgson wins NEAFL Rising Star nomination

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2:06 PM   AFL draft prospect Brydan Hodgson has been awarded the round 12 NEAFL Rising Star nomination in just his second NEAFL game.

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Horse Racing

Officials cleared of wrongdoing after bizarre false start to Warwick Farm race

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Adam Pengilly 3:33 PM   Stewards were forced to deal with a bizarre false start at Warwick Farm on Wednesday after concerns all gates didn't open at the same time.

Trackrider dies at Caulfield racecourse

Horse racing

Patrick Bartley and Nino Bucci 2:55 PM   A trackrider has died after they fell from a horse at Caulfield racecourse on Wednesday morning.

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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.

Belconnen United v Canberra Olympic

Belconnen United FC strike late in 2-1 win over Canberra Olympic.

Hurricanes blow away the ACT Brumbies

The Brumbies' Super Rugby season is over after a 29-9 loss.

Warriors entertain in win over Raiders

The Warriors scored some eye-catching tries in their 30-8 win.