Cheika up for Wallabies challenge

Rupert Guinness 6:46 PM   The decision of Michael Cheika to accept the Wallabies coaching job was motivated by the chance to force a change for the better rather than "throw eggs" at the game in the wake of events that led to Ewen McKenzie's resignation.

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Netball

Diamonds finish unbeaten with England win

Madi Robinson.

Jon Tuxworth 9:36 PM   Clare McMeniman became the 163rd woman to play for the Australian Diamonds in a 54-47  win over England in Canberra on Wednesday, but few have overcome more personal grief to get there. 

Johnson remains Australia's danger man 

Mitchell Johnson.

Andrew Wu 12:55 AM   Mitchell Johnson was shaping as Australia's most dangerous weapon after being locked in a grim battle of attrition on Wednesday.

Cricket

Meteors coach backs Dick to Star

Rhiannon Dick in action during the game against the West Indies at Manuka oval

David Polkinghorne 6:06 PM   Ellyse Perry's Cricket Australia XI hold off West Indies.

Union

Fardy backs Wallabies to bounce back

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Injured Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy will use the Super Rugby season to launch his bid for World Cup selection, admitting Australian rugby faces "a pretty strange time".

Special Ks ready for Australian Open

Relaxed: Nick Kyrgios (left) and Thanasi Kokkinakis hold a tennis clinic with Hartwell Primary School students.

Timna Jacks 7:06 PM   Months after beating Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios is still nursing the bone stress injury that cut short his last season.

Bucks bullish new Magpies will fly

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley with new recruits Travis Varcoe, Levi Greenwood and Jack Crisp.

Michael Gleeson 9:43 PM   Any external pessimism about Collingwood after the exits of Beams and Lumumba is misplaced, says Nathan Buckley.

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Football

Referee red-carded over doubtful sending off

Referee Ben Wilson has been stood down after a questionable performance on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:02 PM   Canberra referee Ben Williams has been stood down from officiating A-League games this weekend.

Golf

Millar to match wits with major winners in Perth

Matthew Millar is relishing a chance to take on some of the world's best in Australia's richest golf event.

Jon Tuxworth 6:46 PM   He might be a part-timer about to tee off in Australia's richest event, but Canberra golfer Matt Millar believes he can compete against a top-class field in the Perth International starting on Thursday. 

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Rugby Heaven

Wallabies fly out as Beale meets his fate

Costly bill: Kurtley Beale takes on the Springboks in Cape Town after Di Patston had allegedly confronted him on the sideline about a hotel bill.

Darren Walton 10:09 PM   Kurtley Beale's future in Australian rugby remains up in the air with the troubled playmaker officially overlooked for the Wallabies' spring tour squad on Wednesday.

Hiring Michael Cheika just first step in rebuilding Wallabies

Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness 8:39 PM   The announcement of Michael Cheika as the new Wallabies coach on Wednesday was the first big step Australian rugby is making to pick itself up from the crisis that has engulfed it in recent weeks and to rebuild for next year’s World Cup.

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League HQ

Barba's drop in form may lead to exit from Broncos: Thaiday

Ben Barba.

Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   Brisbane veteran Sam Thaiday believes Ben Barba's poor form could lead to his exit from the club after just one season as new coach Wayne Bennett puts his stamp on the playing roster.

Dragons grant Stockwell a release to join Knights

Knight moves: Jack Stockwell is leaving St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis 7:57 PM   St George Illawarra's salary cap strain has claimed its first victim with prop Jack Stockwell expected to be granted a release to join Newcastle.

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Soccer

Referee stood down but Petkovic's ban remains

Nikola Petkovic .

Sebastian Hassett 8:11 PM   Australia's only referee at this year World Cup, Ben Willians, has been stood down by the FFA for this weekend's set of A-League matches - but his decision to suspend Nikola Petkovic in Tuesday night's FFA Cup match against Adelaide will remain intact.

Referee red-carded over doubtful sending off

Referee Ben Wilson has been stood down after a questionable performance on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:02 PM   Canberra referee Ben Williams has been stood down from officiating A-League games this weekend.

Cricket

Johnson Australia's danger man in war of attrition

Mitchell Johnson.

Andrew Wu 12:55 AM   Mitchell Johnson was Australia's most dangerous weapon as the visitors became locked in a grim battle of attrition on Wednesday with a Pakistan batting line-up intent on keeping Michael Clarke's side in the desert heat for as long as possible.

Younus Khan leads Pakistan fightback against Australia with 25th century in first Test

Mitchell Johnson of Australia prepares to bowl during Day One of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium.

Sudipto Ganguly 1:03 AM   Younus Khan led Pakistan's fightback with a dogged century after the hosts made a terrible start to the first test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.

Racing

Handicapper not rattled as another sheikh Cup hope rolls on

Craig Williams riding Caravan Rolls On.

Peter Hanlon 9:37 PM   A horse owned by Sheikh Fahad winning a Geelong Cup with Craig Williams in the saddle is an ominous pointer to bigger things.

King of the kids, The Cleaner sizzles in final workout

The Cleaner wins at Moonee Valley in June.

Patrick Bartley 9:17 PM   The Cleaner has breathed life into the quest to keep the Cox Plate in Australia.

Netball: Australian Diamonds vs England

The Australian Diamonds took on England at the AIS Arena for the International Test Series.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.