Johnson and Smith lead way to final

Chris Barrett 10:52 AM   Australia's World Cup dream is alive and well, and with it a mouthwatering trans-Tasman final is in store on Sunday.

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The showdown: Wighton v Tuivasa-Sheck

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton will take on fellow young gun Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 7:26 PM   Former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello breaks down the match-up between his protege Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Raiders custodian Jack Wighton.

Kuridrani intent on chasing Cup dream

Tevita Kuridrani says an eight-week stint on the sideline won't ruin his World Cup hopes.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Tevita Kuridrani has vowed to comeback from injury bigger and stronger to ensure his World Cup dream remains intact as he braces for an eight-week stint on the sideline.

Australia's self belief shines through in draw

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal.

Michael Lynch   Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Former cop embraces United challenge

Sport.  Former assistant coach Rae Dower has been announced as new head coach of Canberra United.  26 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Lee Gaskin 9:20 PM   New Canberra United coach Rae Dower believes her background in the police force has given her the grounding to handle the pressure of winning back-to-back W-League titles.

Roberts sets sights high at national titles

Canberra athlete Kelsey-Lee Roberts will be among the favourites in the women's javelin at the Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts is aiming to topple her experienced rivals and claim her first national title as another stepping stone to next year's Olympics.

Captains call for shorter AFL season

Geelong captain Joel Selwood are among a clutch of player leaders who agree the entire AFL industry would benefit from a radical shift to a "less is more" approach.

Matt Murnane 9:11 AM   A group of the AFL's best players have renewed calls for a shorter football season.

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy calls on players to rise to North Queensland Cowboys challenge

Roy Ward 3:05 PM   Craig Bellamy says his players have to lift to overcome away visit to Townsville.

The six big questions heading into round four of the NRL

Willie Mason sledged the Dragons' forwards when he was playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2014.

Michael Chammas 2:17 PM   Are the Newcastle Knights the real deal, will Willie Mason pay for his sledging of the Dragons and just when will the Cowboys win their first game of the season.

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Larkham backs World Cup plans as ex-Wallabies come together

Stephen Larkham with old mate Owen Finegan in their playing days.

Chris Dutton 4:25 PM   Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is "preparing to get hurt" in a charity match on Saturday before joining the Wallabies' pre-World Cup camp.

Kirwan predicts 'fireworks' in physical battle with Waratahs

Bounced back: Jacques Potgieter at Waratahs training.

Georgina Robinson 3:04 PM   John Kirwan has predicted "fireworks" and a physically explosive clash between the Blues and Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

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Cricket

10 reasons why the Kiwis can’t win the World Cup (or why we just don't want them to win)

Can't let that happen again: Kane Williamson and Trent Boult celebrate after hitting the winning runs against Australia at Eden Park on February 28.

Luke Malpass 4:08 PM   When Australia meets New Zealand in Sunday's final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Melbourne, it will be co-host vs co-host, mate vs bro and probably the biggest One Day International ever seen in Australia. Nothing can go wrong, including us losing.

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AFL

Dramas overshadow new AFL season

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan: "We all share that hope ... that maybe, just maybe, this is our year."

1:24 PM   A slew of unwanted headlines has overshadowed the lead-up to the start of the 2015 AFL season.

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Richmond defender to miss season opener

David Astbury has been stung by a stingray.

10:20 AM   Richmond defender David Astbury will probably miss next Thursday's AFL season opener against Carlton after he was stung by a stingray.

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Soccer

Northern NSW Football committed to development, growth and promotion

Northern NSW Football chief executive officer David Eland and chairman Bill Walker.

David Eland 4:00 PM   Michael Cockerill's column "Newcastle Jets need to show they are truly united with their key communities" started as a critique of the Newcastle Jets and quickly became a broad-brush swipe at Northern NSW Football, the governing body of football in the region, of which I'm proud to be the CEO.

Schoolgirl's vision for inclusion reaches FEVER pitch

Canberra's Claire Falls, 12, has become a campaigner for inclusive sport.

David Polkinghorne 3:08 PM   She helped save the Pararoos, now Canberra schoolgirl Claire Falls wants to make soccer more inclusive.

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Water Polo

Sixty years of water polo down the drain

Lee Gaskin 4:31 PM   Sixty years of water polo history in the ACT could go down the drain with the closure of Civic Pool ahead of Saturday's grand final day.

Larkham backs World Cup plans as ex-Wallabies come together

Stephen Larkham with old mate Owen Finegan in their playing days.

Chris Dutton 4:25 PM   Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is "preparing to get hurt" in a charity match on Saturday before joining the Wallabies' pre-World Cup camp.

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Horse Racing

Japanese star in a world of his own

4:33 PM   James McDonald concedes he will be doing well to continue a winning streak in Sydney's group one weight-for-age races despite riding one of the favourites in the $1.5 million BMW.

Canberra breeder Bernie Howlett takes trifecta with Brazen Beau

Racehorse breeder Bernie Howlett has bred one of the world's best sprinters on his Hall property.

David Polkinghorne 3:46 PM   A group 1 jockey, a group 1 trainer and now Bernie Howlett is a group 1 breeder. He could also have Australia's next sprinting star frolicking about in his paddocks on the outskirts of Canberra soon.

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Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.

Waratahs take on galloping Brumbies

Wallabies coaches go head-to-head in Sunday rugby blockbuster.

India cruise past Bangladesh into semis

A wonderful century from opener Rohit Sharma propels India to a strong total of 302.