Scott back from the brink

Matt Murnane 7:35 PM   Adam Scott stared down another first-round freefall at the Australian Open, but ultimately left stronger for having done so, and will now look to make his charge.

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Millar happy to get off with par


David Polkinghorne 9:26 PM   Ryan Ruffels also starts Aussie Open well.


Record partnership leads Comets to epic chase

ACT Comets batsman Michael Spaseski plays a shot against Victoria.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   A magnificent record-breaking partnership between centurions Michael Spaseski and Jono Dean has delivered the ACT Comets a stunning outright victory.

Kookaburra raises pink-ball concerns 

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26:  David Warner of Australia throws pink cricket balls during an Australian nets session at the Adelaide Oval on November 26, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu 6:23 PM   As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day/night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.

McCullum driven to extend unbeaten streak

Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as New Zeland Test captain is winding towards an end.

Jesse Hogan 6:31 PM   As Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as Test captain winds towards an end, maybe even at the end of this summer, he is still driven to extend the unbeaten streak that demands his team be respected.


Queanbeyan prepare to combat spin twins

Queanbeyan's Dean Solway and Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob prepare for the Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval on Friday night.

Lee Gaskin 5:16 PM   Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway believes his side can find a way to combat Weston Creek Molonglo spin twins Blake Dean and Mac Wright in the rescheduled Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final.


Meteors batter takes off with Thunder

ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski has signed with the Sydney Thunder.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski will be reunited with teammate Erin Osborne in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League after signing with the Sydney Thunder.

Rugby union

Smith settles back into Brumbies life

Brumbies centre Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra after a stint overseas.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   After a stint in Europe, Brumbies outside back Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra on a two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.


Cashed-up ACT one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

Maxwell's smarts benefit GWS

Nathan Buckley (left) will make tough calls, says Nick Maxwell (right).

Daniel Cherny 5:34 PM   Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has joined Greater Western Sydney as a leadership consultant.

Beach volleyball facility cost blows out

Emily Larkin dives for the ball on to the sand at the Lyneham Beach Sports Facility.

Lee Gaskin   It's the $1 million sand pit in the northern suburbs of Canberra that continues to divide opinions.

League HQ

Broadcast deal to quell revolt against Grant

Big decisions to make: ARL chairman John Grant.

Brad Walter 8:28 PM   A $50 million advance payment from News Corp is set to quieten - and possibly quell - a revolt by NRL clubs against ARLC chairman John Grant as the record $2 billion broadcast deal ensures a win for all parties.

How Murdoch helped NRL hit jackpot

Costly business: News executives Mike Fitzpatrick, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thompson. News will pay $900m for the NRL pay TV rights from 2018-2022.

Brad Walter 8:11 PM   News Corp supremo paid inflated price for AFL rights, helping drive up the value of the remaining four games after the NRL inked free-to-air deal with Nine.

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Rugby Heaven

Thorn could play for Reds next year at 41

Raring to go: Brad Thorn says he can play on next year.

Phil Lutton 5:40 PM   Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.

Williams ready to lead women's sevens team at World Series

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

11:52 AM   Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.



Starc can be the new Johnson: Smith

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25:  Mitchell Starc bowls during an Australian nets session at the Adelaide Oval on November 25, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu 9:45 PM   Steve Smith is backing Mitchell Starc to become Australia's new pace spearhead in the wake of Mitchell Johnson's retiremen

Australia hand Shaun Marsh his best chance

Shaun Marsh waits for his chance in the nets at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Jesse Hogan 8:10 PM   The extent to which Australia's leaders are desperate for Shaun Marsh to succeed is reflected in the reshuffling of the batting order to accommodate him, with Steve Smith returning to No.3 and Adam Voges up to No.4.


Tigers request MCG double-header

Mason Cox of Collingwood and Shaun Hampson of Richmond compete for the ball.

Daniel Cherny 4:27 PM   Having enjoyed a successful run with Punt Road-MCG double-headers, Richmond are now seeking to follow the lead of Collingwood and requesting a VFL curtain-raiser at the MCG next year.

Clubs pass on pre-season draft

Farren Ray has drawn interest from North Melbourne but may also be re-drafted by St Kilda.

Emma Quayle 7:41 PM   Free agency has rendered the pre-season almost irrelevant, with no club to make a selection in Friday's draft for the first time.



Izzo eager to make the most of Reddy saga at Mariners

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Nick Montgomery of the Mariners saves a goal with Paul Izzo (GK) of the Mariners in frame during the round six A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 6:06 PM   It was never the way Paul Izzo imagined his first regular spot in the A-League would come about but following the abrupt departure of Liam Reddy from Central Coast Mariners, the youngster is out to cement his place.

Franjic back and Melling experiment to continue as City ready forPerth

Defensive role: Jacob Melling is set to again be used as a central defender for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 2:41 PM   Centre halves. Big, tall, strong, imposing players in the middle of the back four, aren't they. Great in the air, often less good on the ground.


Horse Racing

Cashed-up Canberra one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

McDonald offers winning return when he teams with Waller

Blur: this might be all rivals see of odds-on favourite Telepathic when James McDonald gets in the saddle on Saturday.

Chris Roots 6:23 PM   James McDonald might be the retained jockey at Godolphin but for punters his combination with premier trainer Chris Waller has become lethal this season.


Djokovic reflects on 'incredible' season

Novak Djokovic says he couldn't have asked for a better finish.

Kane dominates in London derby

Harry Kane scored twice for Spurs in their 4-1 win over West Ham.

Rory McIlroy elated with Dubai double

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the DP World Tour Championship.

Queanbeyan Gift 2015 men's, women's finals

Scenes from the Queanbeyan Gift finals at Queanbeyan Park.

Keeper uses her head in classic catch assist

Alyssa Healy unwittingly uses her head to set-up an unlikely catch.

W-League: Canberra United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC take on Canberra United in round six of the W-League.

ABL: Canberra v Melbourne Aces

The Melbourne Aces fight back to split the series with the Cavalry.

WNBL: Canberra v Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals suffered their ninth loss in a row on Sunday.

Legend sings anthem through hiccups

Ethan Hall defies hiccups to sing the national anthem at the baseball.

Jamie Vardy makes history in the EPL

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scores for the 10th game in a row.