Cheika up for Wallabies challenge

Rupert Guinness 8:56 AM   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 of Australia prepares to bowl during Day One of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium.

Andrew Wu 5:36 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 K's 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.

ACT Sport

Trout finally on the bite in Jindabyne

Bryan Pratt 1:24 PM   Want to know where to wet a line, read Bryan Pratt's weekly fishing tips.

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.

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Rugby Heaven

England picks serving Fijian soldier

Bath flyer Semesa Rokoduguni is set to make his England debut.

Mitch Phillips 9:10 AM   English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU's marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Semesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

Former boss backs Cheika to shine

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika,

Liam Fitzgibbon 8:48 AM   The man who gave Michael Cheika one of his biggest coaching breaks is sure the newly-appointed Wallabies mentor has what it takes to succeed at international level.

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League HQ

Packer purchase turns Souths into $20 million Bunnies

The biggest end of town: James Packer.

Brad Walter 1:11 PM   South Sydney's market value has soared to more than $20 million after James Packer paid about $7.5 million for a 37.5 per cent stake in the NRL premier.

Paul Gallen abuses NRL on Twitter

Paul Gallen missed three games for Cronulla and the Four Nations Tournament due to the ASADA investigation.

Chris Barrett 12:56 PM   Paul Gallen has left little doubt about his thoughts on Dave Smith's NRL management by taking a swipe at League Central following the sacking of Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce.

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Soccer

Williams the man to fill the striking void for City

David Williams (left) should now be at the peak of his powers.

Michael Lynch 12:47 PM   Whenever any media make the trip to Melbourne City's Latrobe University campus training area, striker David Williams is always one of the first out of the changing rooms to greet them.

Balotelli to be punished for half-time shirt swap

Mario Balotelli

9:45 AM   Fuming Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at halftime of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield.

Cricket

Call to revamp domestic one-dayers

Johan Botha

1:57 PM   The domestic one-day tournament is losing relevance on the cricket calendar and the current format should be scrapped, South Australian captain Johan Botha says.

Spin twins to player crucial role: Johnson

Dangerous: Nathan Lyon caused trouble with the second new ball.

Andrew Wu 8:31 AM   Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.

Racing

Cummings hoping Aomen can deliver group 1 victory

Chris Roots 2:10 PM   Anthony Cummings is hoping Hong Kong ex-pat Aomen can deliver the group 1 that he narrowly with Thunder Fanasty for owner Andy Chiu.

Biloxi doing well, now Worthington wants more like him

Riding high: Rick Worthington is thrilled with the way Biloxi (pink silks) is running.

Adam Pengilly 1:41 PM   Renowned horse breaker Rick Worthington could not have Rosehill hopeful Biloxi travelling better - he just wishes he had more of him in the small stable he looks after.

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.