Smith holds Australia together

Chloe Saltau 7:13 PM   On a fiercely competitive Boxing Day, which will also be remembered as a day of missed opportunities for Australia's batsmen, Steve Smith was the glorious exception.

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Watson teases but triple figures prove elusive

Shane Watson.

Andrew Wu 7:10 PM   Shane Watson gave Australian cricket another glimpse of his talent on Boxing Day only to continue a frustrating career trend which has prevented him from stamping his authority on Test matches.

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2015 wishlist for Canberra's sporting folk

Jon Tuxworth dinkus

Jon Tuxworth 7:32 PM   Another year is winding down and while 2014 has been generous to many Canberra athletes, they'll have their fingers crossed their New Year's Resolutions come true. 

Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats

Comanche

Rupert Guinness 7:54 PM   Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking. Look at that thing go … Woo!" within minutes of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starting.

Namadgi makes smooth start in Sydney

Yachts jostle for position at the start of the Sydney to Hobart on Friday afternoon.

Lee Gaskin 5:35 PM   Canberra yacht Namadgi made a smooth start to the Sydney to Hobart, but knows the big challenge is yet to come with predicted gale-force winds.

Campese gets send-off at Queanbeyan races

Terry Campese enjoyed a send-off at Queanbeyan's Boxing Day races before moving to the UK.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   Former Raiders captain Terry Campese will be among familar faces in the English Super League when he joins Hull KR after getting a farewell at the Queanbeyan races.

Baseball

ABL weakening league: catcher Murphy

Jack Murphy is frustrated that his Cavalry side was stripped of a win over the Brisbane Bandits.

David Polkinghorne 5:19 PM   Jack Murphy says the Australian Baseball League's import rule weakens the standard of the league and could stop Major League teams from sending their developing talent Down Under.

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Racing

Areyouok hangs on for first career victory

Are You OK wins the first race at Queanbeyan on Boxing Day.

Lee Gaskin 6:15 PM   After more than a year since his first career start, Areyouok broke through for his inaugural victory with a win in the Maiden Plate at the Queanbeyan Boxing Day races.

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Rugby Heaven

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.

Rugby's year in review

Stephen Samuelson dinkus Dinkus

Stephen Samuelson   It was a season turmoil for Australian Rugby with financial problems and off-field behaviour overshadowing the poor performances on the field by the Wallabies.

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League HQ

Guerra extends Roosters NRL deal

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Australian and Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2017.

The top 10 rugby league stories of a drama-filled year

Michael Carayannis   From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

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Football

Di Pietro needs Muscat to succeed as much as the coach does himself

Michael Lynch 4:24 PM   Melbourne Victory's decision to extend Kevin Muscat's contract by a further three seasons and give the club legend a real chance to put his stamp on the club as a coach in the way that he did as a player is to be applauded.

Sydney's Marc Janko expected to take on Roar after injury concern

Dominic Bossi 2:55 PM   Sydney FC marquee Marc Janko was unhappy being substituted before the hourmark in Friday night's loss to Adelaide and says his coach made the decision to withdraw him out of fear of injury.

Cricket

Injury wrap - Clarke wants to be named in World Cup squad

Chloe Saltau 4:28 PM   Michael Clarke has pleaded with the selectors to take a risk by including him in Australia's World Cup squad as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner battle more injury concerns.

Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day two

Steve Smith

Jesse Hogan 4:27 PM   Join The Age cricket expert Jesse Hogan to follow all the action live from the MCG on day two of the third Test.

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Racing

Hugh Bowman's Christmases all come at once with nine winners in four days

Hugh Bowman rides Music Magnate.

Matt Jones 4:21 PM   If Hugh Bowman isn't currently the best jockey in Australia then you'd have to find another who has ridden more than nine metropolitan winners in just four days.

Officials want end to uncertainty

Adam Pengilly dinkus

Adam Pengilly 3:02 PM   Spare a thought for country officials in NSW who must be feeling like they have woken from an 18-month nightmare after the TVN shareholder split.

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.