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New signing highlights Stuart's Raiders cull

Adam Clydsdale has signed for the Canberra Raiders.

Jon Tuxworth 4:06 PM   Canberra Raiders confirm another signing - with just six players remaining from 2013 team. 

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 5:22 PM   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 8:45 PM   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 5:17 PM   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 8:05 PM   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 7:17 PM   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 5:54 PM   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 5:46 PM   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

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.

NRL urged to take advantage of Hayne mania in America

Disappointing day: Jarryd Hayne.

Adrian Proszenko 2:30 PM   Clint Newton has called for the NRL to take the lead in promoting rugby league in the United States to ensure the game properly takes advantage of the interest generated by Jarryd Hayne's NFL conversion.


Rugby Heaven

Giffin cheers Wallabies win, but spares a thought for England

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness 4:32 PM   David Giffin was as happy as anyone to see the Wallabies beat England last Sunday (AEDT), perhaps more so considering that while he was a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning Australian side, he was also in the team that lost the 2003 final in Sydney to England to a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal in extra time.

Wales may not have belief they can defeat Wallabies: Waugh

Wales captain Sam Warburton in action during the Wales Captain's Run at Millennium Stadium on September 30 in Cardiff, UK.

Rupert Guinness 4:06 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.



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.

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 4:26 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.


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 7:17 PM   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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Boss set to test Kermadec's stamina with a gutbuster at Caulfield

Glen Boss and Kermadec.

Michael Lynch 4:26 PM   Can any horse win a Cox Plate if it hasn't won over the 2000 metre distance or further before it contests the Moonee Valley classic?

It's time to sign, David Gallop tells football players' union

David Gallop

Sebastian Hassett 4:07 PM   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has challenged Professional Football Australia to stop stalling on a collective bargaining agreement that threatens to overshadow the new campaign.


ACT Sport

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.

Four Canberra United players in Matildas squad as pay standoff cools

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Jon Tuxworth   Four Canberra United players have been chosen for Matildas training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport this week after the bitter standoff between the players and Football Federation Australia cooled when an interim deal was reached.


Horse Racing

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.

Press Statement's awkward barrier draw no problem, says Waller

Tye Angland riding on Press Statement  at the Stradbroke Day, Doomben.

Patrick Bartley 3:42 PM   Australia's most successful trainer, Chris Waller, was unperturbed after his three-year-old Press Statement drew barrier 14 in Saturday's $1 million Caulfield Guineas.


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.