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Boxing Day Test set for explosive climax

Fireworks expected: Ishant Sharma launches a thunderbolt at Shaun Marsh on Monday's dramatic fourth day.

Andrew Wu 9:00 PM   The Boxing Day Test is set for an explosive conclusionas tensions between Australian and India threaten to boil over. And Ian Chappell has warned it is only a matter of time before  there is on-field biff.

Marsh auditions for No.3 job

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Malcolm Knox 8:17 PM   The third innings of a Test match can feel like a breather, where the stage is being set for the final day and the tension eases. The eye turns towards what is at stake for individual players.

The hare, the tortoise... and the end game

David Warner falls lbw to Ravi Ashwin for 40 as Chris Rogers looks on from the other end.

Greg Baum 7:02 PM   All sports have their odd couples, but cricket’s — Chris Rogers and David Warner — are nearly 10 years apart. Warner makes headlines, Rogers mostly footnotes.

Sailing

'Jessica' to the rescue for Namadgi

The crew of Canberra's Sydney to Hobart entry Namadgi.

Lee Gaskin 5:58 PM   Canberra yacht Namadgi lost its steering, but the crew can thank ''Jessica'' for keeping its dream alive of finishing the Sydney to Hobart.

Basketball

Jackson makes steady return from knee injury

Canberra Capitals centre Lauren Jackson is continuing her comeback from a knee injury.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   Canberra Capitals centre Lauren Jackson admits she's unlikely to play both games this weekend as the ''stars align'' for a push towards the WNBL playoffs.

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Baseball

Error-riddled Canberra Cavalry drop series to ABL ladder-leaders Adelaide Bite

Canberra pitcher Tristan Crawford in action.

David Polkinghorne 10:22 PM   Pressure makes diamonds, but if the Canberra Cavalry's defence is anything to go by then errors can break the precious gems.

Racing

Paul Jones faces tough decision on Just A Blur

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 2:46 PM   Canberra trainer Paul Jones faces a conundrum with Just A Blur - target the inaugural $300,000 NSW Country Championships or look for the black-type win he thinks she's capable of.

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Rugby Heaven

Waratah Phipps commits till end of 2017

Staying put: Nick Phipps has committed his future to the Wallabies.

10:07 AM   Wallabies and Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps will play on in Australia well beyond next year's Rugby World Cup after signing a two-year contract extension.

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

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League HQ

NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord   As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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League's highs and lows in 2014

Cloud nine: James Tamou and Trent Merrin after NSW broke the Maroons' eight-year strangehold on the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas   It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the grand final capping off a remarkable year for Michael Maguire's men

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Football

Western Sydney Wanderers will allow Tony Popovic to move to Crystal Palace

Tony Popovic

Dominic Bossi 7:32 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is likely to remain in Parramatta despite heavy speculation linking him with the vacant post at English Premier League club Crystal Palace. 

Cahill calls for Socceroos to be ruthless in Asian Cup

Terry Antonis and Tim Cahill before training on Monday.

Michael Lynch 6:41 PM   Tim Cahill has been around too long to go out on a limb and predict that the Socceroos will win the Asian Cup.

Cricket

Sixers scorched as Perth prove too hot for Sydney

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Adam Pengilly 10:41 PM   Defending Big Bash League champions Perth Scorchers inflicted the Sydney Sixers with their first defeat in season four after a miserly display with the ball helped them to a 36-run win at the SCG on Monday night.

West Indies fight back in South Africa Test

Kraigg Brathwaite plays a shot.

9:13 PM   Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels have steered a battling West Indies to 147 for two at the close on day three of the second test against South Africa.

Racing

De Little Engine fires up for Bagot Handicap

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8:30 PM   De Little Engine can cap a successful summer campaign with his first stakes win in the Bagot Handicap at Flemington.

Paul Jones faces tough decision on Just A Blur

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 2:46 PM   Canberra trainer Paul Jones faces a conundrum with Just A Blur - target the inaugural $300,000 NSW Country Championships or look for the black-type win he thinks she's capable of.

Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.