Greg Bird to miss entire State of Origin series 

Adam Pengilly 8:15 PM   Greg Bird will will miss the entire State of Origin series after pleas for a downgrade to a dangerous throw charge stemming from Australia's Anzac Test defeat were dismissed.

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NSW Origin talk flattering: Austin

Focused: Blake Austin is determined to do his best for the Raiders.

Roje Adaimy   Blake Austin says talk of a possible NSW State of Origin call-up is flattering, but his mind is solely on delivering the goods for Canberra in the NRL.

Soccer

Canberra in contention to host Socceroos

The Socceroos' Josh Kennedy in action against Malaysia at Canberra Stadium in 2011. The Socceroos could be returning to Canberra for their World Cup qualifiers.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra is in the mix to host the Socceroos in a World Cup qualifying match within the next 18 months as a reward for strong crowds at the Asian Cup.

Vaughan plays down Origin hopes 

Paul Vaughan says he's happy with his form this season.

Jon Tuxworth   Australia's ageing forwards have been put on notice but Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan believes he's still "a bit far away" from breaking into the NSW State of Origin side.

Bird to fight judiciary charge

Greg Bird, Greg Inglis, Sam Thaiday and Cameron Smith of Australia.

Brad Walter   Greg Bird will risk being rubbed out of entire Origin series in a bid to play in opening game.

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Hodge banned for three games for strike

Luke Hodge shakes hands with Andrew Swallow after the game.

Jesse Hogan   Luke Hodge will miss Hawthorn's next three matches after the tribunal gave its verdict on the much-publicised strike he had intended to be to Andrew Swallow's chest but instead got him in the neck.

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Biting, stabbing part of Arnold's experience

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold.

Chris Dutton   Rory Arnold says being accused of biting and one of his teammates being stabbed at a nightclub may have helped launch his career.

Dargaville locks in Brumbies future

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Brumbies player James Dargaville answers questions from the media.

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2 April 2015

Chris Dutton   ACT Brumbies rookie James Dargaville admits he has "no idea" where he fits into the positional puzzle, but will embrace his versatility after signing a new two-year deal in Canberra.

Opals' star signs with Canberra Capitals

Kathleen Macleod in action for Dandenong last year.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals continue rebuild for next season by signing Dandenong Rangers point guard Kathleen MacLeod. 

Hewitt out of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt has played his last French Open after confirming he'll skip this month's claycourt grand slam to focus on Wimbledon and Davis Cup.

League HQ

Department of youth won't start with us, says Mal

"If the players are happy for me to be around and coaching them, I'm happy to continue": Maroons boss Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton 8:40 PM   The regeneration of Australia's Test rugby league ranks looks unlikely to begin in Queensland this winter, with Maroons coach Mal Meninga confirming his intention to rely on his core group of veterans to regain the Origin crown.

Shock comeback could put Reynolds into Origin mix: Daley

In the mix: South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds could come into Origin contention.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley says Adam Reynolds will come into consideration for the State of Origin opener if he is capable of making an earlier-than-expected return for South Sydney.

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Rugby Heaven

Gill could pause Super Rugby career to follow Olympic dream

Liam Gill at a Queensland Reds training session.

Phil Lutton 7:00 PM   ​Reds flanker Liam Gill, the forgotten man of the Wallaby openside shootout, could make the bold call to put his Super Rugby career on hold and take the plunge with the Sevens squad at next year's Rio Olympic Games.

Waratahs put player before team with Polota-Nau's concussion

Withdrawn: Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Rupert Guinness 6:35 PM   When NSW Waratahs prop Benn Robinson learned that teammate Tatafu Polota-Nau would miss Saturday's game against the Western Force in Perth because of concussion, his concern was not for the loss that it would be for the team, but for his mate.

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Cricket

Sangakkara to play BBL with Hurricanes

Kumar Sangakkara after scoring one of his centuries at the Cricket World Cup.

2:32 PM   Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has signed to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in the next two T20 Big Bash League seasons.

England to pick Strauss as director

Incoming: Andrew Strauss.

Nick Hoult 9:33 AM   Strauss became the favourite for the director-of-cricket role as soon as Michael Vaughan told the ECB last week that he was no longer interested.

AFL

Bulldogs appoint fourth female director

Leadership team: Board members (clockwise from left) Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Gaye Hamilton, Susan Alberti and Fiona McGauchie.

Emma Quayle 9:32 PM   Women are on the cusp of parity with men for representation on the Western Bulldogs' board following their unprecedented appointment of a fourth female director.

Hansen set to return for North, Wells still out

Lachlan Hansen

Larissa Nicholson 2:25 PM   North Melbourne defender Lachlan Hansen looks set to return to play this week, coach Brad Scott said, but Daniel Wells is not ready to make his comeback.

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Soccer

Jose Mourinho reported to have extended Chelsea contract until 2019

Looking good: Jose Mourinho during the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

9:39 PM   London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his current contract, according to reports in the British media on Wednesday.

Semi-final loss the cruellest of all - and no guarantee of future success

Victory may take some consolation from the fact that their two most recent finals losses were away from home.

Michael Lynch 9:08 PM   It's often said that teams have to lose big matches to learn how to win them in the future.

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ACT Sport

United hammer home four extra-time goals to eliminate Woden-Weston

 Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory challenges for the ball.

Jon Tuxworth 8:15 PM   Tuggeranong United coach Steve Forshaw believes the FFA Cup is now nearly as coveted as winning the National Premier League grand final after defying their poor recent form with a 5-2 win over Woden-Weston on Tuesday night. 

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Grassroots football in Canberra to benefit from FFA's 20-year plan

Football Australia CEO David Gallop with Chairman Frank Lowy.

Lee Gaskin   Grassroots football in Canberra is set to benefit from Football Federation Australia's ambitious goals to become the No 1 sport in the country.

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Horse Racing

Mornington trainer facing charges

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Tim Habel 10:01 PM   Mornington trainer Jason Warren is facing two charges from Racing Victoria stewards relating to an investigation into betting irregularities concerning his runner Baron Archer at Echuca on March 8.

Waller contines to set group 1 records

Brisbane bound: Moriarty is one of a handful of Chris Waller stars heading north for the Doomben Cup.

Chris Roots 6:55 PM   Sydney premier trainer Chris Waller chalked his 100th group 1 runner for the season last week, but his focus is on winners and the next chance for success comes in Saturday's Doomben Cup where he has a handful of runners.

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Drunk lion mascot escorted from pitch

It appears no one told Austria Vienna's mascot to know his limits.

Is this the worst dive in soccer history?

It appears Hull's players are willing to try anything for a goal.

Mills, Baynes party hard after Spurs loss

San Antonio may have been knocked out, but players didn't let it spoil their end of season party.

Kangaroos vs Kiwis - Anzac Test 2015

A selection of images from this year's Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

New Zealand down Australia in Test

New Zealand claims third straight win over Australia in rain-delayed trans-Tasman Test.

City v Country

All the action from the traditional Origin lead-up in Wagga Wagga.

Mayweather wins 'Fight of the Century'

Floyd Mayweather has beaten Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in their world welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

The sporting world's focus is on Las Vegas for the "Fight of the Century".

Soccer: Gungahlin United vs Woden Weston FC

Gungahlin United take on Woden Weston FC in their Capital Football National Premier League match at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT State Speedway Titles

ACT State Speedway Titles at the ACT Speedway on Sunday, May 3.