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New signing highlights Stuart's Raiders cull

Adam Clydsdale has signed for the Canberra Raiders.

Jon Tuxworth 7:18 PM   Canberra Raiders confirm another signing - with just six players remaining from 2013 team. 

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Hooper cited for hit on Brown

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23:  Michael Hooper of Australia in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 9:46 PM   LONDON: The Wallabies hopes of finishing at the top of the pool of death have been dealt a major blow, with flanker Michael Hooper facing suspension after a cleanout on England's Mike Brown.

New Essendon coach to turn healer

New Essendon coach John Worsfold.

Jon Pierik   New Essendon coach John Worsfold will provide input into the Bombers' football-department review as one of his key early tasks as he seeks to ultimately deliver the club a 17th premiership.

Wallabies ready to win back Aussie fans

TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Matt Giteau of Australia dives over to score a try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 03, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton   The Wallabies are ready to seize their moment in the Australian sporting spotlight after their best game in a decade was sandwiched between the AFL and NRL grand finals, coach Michael Cheika urging his players to win back fan respect.

Wallabies on notice for attack

Michael Cheika is wary of getting into a verbal stoush with Wales.

Chris Dutton   Beware of the wounded beast and the master coach. That's Michael Cheika's warning to the Wallabies as they prepare for a showdown against an injury-ravaged Wales in a battle for top spot in the pool of death.

Hunt puts on a brave face  

The agony: Ben Hunt reacts as the prize slips away.

Phil Lutton   Ben Hunt's brilliant season with the Broncos ended in nightmare scenes in the grand final but the young half remains determined to return to the top.

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The phrases that inspired the Cowboys

NRL Grandfinal 2015 winners the Queensland Cowboys fly home to Townsville from sydney's domestic airport today.Fans,family and friends were there to say congradulations.
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Michael Carayannis 11:16 PM   The man who saved the Cowboys from grand final misery drew inspiration from a quote associated with the death of a former teammate and close friend.

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Hawks delayed Clarkson contract

Alastair Clarkson doesn't come cheap.

Caroline Wilson   Hawthorn had the opportunity to secure Alastair Clarkson on a new deal well before the finals but insisted on following a two-month process before re-signing its multi-premiership coach.

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Canberran marshals Bathurst troops

Chief Grid Marshal Michelle Luke will be volunteering at Bathurst 1000 for the 19th time.

Alex Meibusch   After an uninterrupted 19 years volunteering at Bathurst 1000, Canberra's Michelle Luke has witnessed her fair share of iconic moments.

Capitals name co-captains

Canberra Capitals co-captains Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson at the University of Canberra basketball court.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals star Lauren Jackson is confident she will be on court early in the season and her body is "feeling the best it has in two years" after a positive prognosis on her injured knee. 

League HQ

Furner to consider Kangaroos head coach job

Pondering: David Furner says the Kangaroos coaching role is a potential option.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 7:17 PM   North Queensland assistant coach David Furner is likely to pursue the head coaching role with the Australian Kangaroos.

The first message Green told the Cowboys

Message: Cowboys coach Paul Green has urged his players to forget about the referees.

Michael Carayannis 2:52 PM   When new North Queensland coach Paul Green came in, he had one message for his players.

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Rugby Heaven

Wales may not have belief they can defeat Wallabies: Waugh

Questions remain: Sam Warburton and Wales still have a big point to prove.

Rupert Guinness 7:41 PM   Wales have defied a horrendous run of injuries to win their three World Cup pool games so far and shore up a quarter-final berth with their last pool game to go against Australia on Sunday AEDT.

Losing Lealiifano would be 'fantastic', but a big loss for Vikings

A Wallabies call-up for Christian Lealiifano would be a big loss for the Vikings' NRC hopes.

David Polkinghorne 7:16 PM   Will the Canberra Vikings continue their unbeaten run through the NRC?



Siddle may be squeezed out of Vics opener

Uncertain: Peter Siddle may miss out on Victoria's opener against the Cricket Australia XI.

Daniel Cherny 8:25 PM   Peter Siddle was supposed to be preparing for a Test match scheduled to begin on Friday. Now he might be squeezed from Victoria's side for the Bushrangers' season-opening Matador BBQs One-day Cup clash on Wednesday.

Uncontracted Australian players set to be compensated for Bangladesh tour

Stephen O'Keefe was originally selected to tour Bangladesh before the series was postponed by Cricket Australia for safety reasons.

Tom Decent 4:29 PM   Uncontracted Australian cricketers picked to tour Bangladesh, who could have earned $68,223 had Australia won both Tests, are set to receive a $5000 tour sign-on fee from Cricket Australia as well as match and series bonuses partly because the issue of player payment for postponed tours is not specifically covered in their enterprise agreement.


Grand final not a level playing field: Koch

David Koch.

Daniel Cherny   Saturday's one-sided decider should compel the AFL to ensure that non-Victorian teams play more games at the MCG, says Port Adelaide chairman David Koch.

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Hawks delayed Clarkson contract

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04:  Alastair Clarkson the coach of the Hawks speaks during the Hawthorn Hawks AFL Grand Final fan day at Glenferrie Oval on October 4, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Caroline Wilson   Hawthorn had the opportunity to secure Alastair Clarkson on a new deal well before the finals but insisted on following a two-month process before re-signing its coach.

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The A-League has arrived, albeit with a softer sizzle

Sebastian Hassett dinkus Dinkus

Sebastian Hassett 8:45 PM   Barely has the ink dried on the respective immortality papers for Johnathan Thurston and those three-peating Hawks, but the A-League is back.

Muscat relishing the challenge of title defence as Adelaide test looms

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 20: Kevin Muscat the coach of the Victory looks on during the round 12 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on December 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch 7:36 PM   Kevin Muscat is feeling toey. The season starts in a couple of days' time with a Friday night blockbuster against Victory's most enduring rival, Adelaide United at the City's famous old Adelaide Oval, and the Melbourne Victory coach is up for the contest.


ACT Sport

Tennis ACT set to bowl over Davis Cup bid

Tennis ACT chief executive Ross Triffitt is turning over every blade of grass to bring the Davis Cup to Canberra.

David Polkinghorne 7:17 PM   Chief executive reveals innovative solutions being considered for grasscourt bid.

Pakistan, India cricketers to clash in Canberra

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Adam Voges of Australia bats during day one of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on August 20, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth   The subcontinent is increasingly becoming a 'no-go' zone for the Australian cricket team, but the success of the Canberra Pakistanis versus Canberra Indians cricket matches has prompted an expansion of the concept this year.


Horse Racing

Roman Consul Stakes could be set for a group 1 rise

Explosive: Exosphere's win in the Roman Consul Stakes has helped boost its claims for group 1 status.

Chris Roots 5:57 PM   The explosive performance by Exosphere at Randwick on Saturday could deliver Sydney another group 1 sprint next spring with Roman Consul Stakes set to meet the three-year criteria for a lift to the highest level.

Press Statement not immune to Caulfield graveyard for Sydney horses, warns Hyland

Pat Hyland  is hoping that his steeplechaser King Triton can win one of the industry's most important jumps races in a bid to lift the spirits of his family.

Adam Pengilly 3:47 PM   Pat Hyland can remember a certain Kingston Town wobbling around Caulfield in the Guineas, only furthering his case to suggest Sydney hotpot Press Statement is no sure thing in the $1 million stallion-making race.


Cowboys win NRL grand final

After a last second try in regular time, North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston wins the NRL grand final with a field goal, beating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16.

NRL Grand final - Broncos v Cowboys

All the action as the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2015 NRL grand final.

Sekope Kepu's unreal World Cup pass

Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu sets up Bernard Foley's stunning first try with a ridiculous flick pass during Australia's defeat of England in the Rugby World Cup.

RWC 2015: Aussies to stay 'humble' after England win

Australia's coach Michael Cheika praises his side for successfully silencing a “tsunami of noise” at Twickenham.

Australia knock England out of their own World Cup

Bernard Foley stars for the Wallabies with two tries as England collapse at Twickenham.

Cyril Rioli best player in AFL grand final

Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal in the AFL grand final.

Luke Hodge's freakish grand final goal

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge kicks a contender for best goal of the 2015 grand final.

Hawthorn wins third consecutive premiership

Hawthorn seals the 2015 AFL premiership with an easy win over the West Coast Eagles.

Melbourne warms to Grand Final holiday

Perfect weather puts a smile on the faces of footy fans.

Wales beat Fiji

Wales over come a spirited Fiji to move to the top of RWC pool A.