Kyrgios a favourite for Newcombe medal

Linda Pearce 5:55 PM Nick Kyrgios' rise to the top of Australian tennis could extend into awards season with the teenager nominated for his first Newcombe Medal

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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   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   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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Racing

Cox Plate would make Criterion greatest Opal winner

David Polkinghorne 7:22 PM   Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says if  Criterion can win the $3 million Cox Plate (2040 metres) then it will be the greatest horse to also salute in the group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m).

Basketball

Cosier on track for WNBL return, as is Jackson

Lauren Jackson.

Jon Tuxworth 6:04 PM   Santa will come early for the Canberra Capitals after coach Carrie Graf revealed injured superstar Lauren Jackson would be back on deck "well before Christmas".

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Rugby Heaven

Forgotten man Gill back for NRC finals

Back in play: Gill last played for the Wallabies during the 2013 spring tour.

7:08 PM   Forgotten Wallaby Liam Gill will bolster a highly physical Brisbane City pack aiming for a Gosford ambush in Friday night's NRC semi-final against NSW Country.

Why Henry's fro has gotta go

Fro must go: Henry Speight will shave his hair to raise money for cancer sufferers in Fiji.

David Polkinghorne 7:07 PM   The Fijian flyer wants to raise money for child cancer sufferers in his country of birth.

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League HQ

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 8:09 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.

Brett Morris to reunite with Josh in four-year deal with Bulldogs

Brett Morris

Brad Walter 6:45 PM   Brett Morris will join twin Josh at Canterbury next season after St George Illawarra agreed to release the Test winger.

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Soccer

Arnold tells FFA to dump review panel

"We've been punished twice for it and I think it's time we looked at who is on the match review panel board:" Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett 6:40 PM   Fresh from being denied Nikola Petkovic's services for Friday night's FFA Cup match against Brisbane Roar, Graham Arnold had a message for the match review panel: you've had your time, now get out.

Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC: The low-down

Fan favourite: Corey Gameiro.

Sebastian Hassett 6:39 PM   Graham Arnold needs to get his players fresh and focused against a Brisbane side desperate to get its first win of the season.

Cricket

Pakistan on top as Australia struggle to make a dent

Pakistani batsman Misbah Ul-Haq winds up on a scorching day two.

Andrew Wu 7:19 PM   Australia's strategy of playing spin twins was yet to reap a wicket after four sessions on the second day of the opening Test.

Watson in, Khawaja out of key Cup match

On the front foot: Shane Watson lashes out while playing for Sutherland against St George on the weekend.

Pete Smith 7:09 PM   Holders Queensland are hit hard by the loss of top run-scorer Usman Khawaja while Test all-rounder Shane Watson makes a timely return for NSW in Friday's interstate one-day Cup preliminary final.

Racing

Cox Plate would make Criterion greatest Opal winner

David Polkinghorne 7:22 PM   Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says if  Criterion can win the $3 million Cox Plate (2040 metres) then it will be the greatest horse to also salute in the group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m).

Trainer talks up Side Glance over Adelaide

Patrick Bartley 7:05 PM   Respected English trainer Andrew Balding believes that smart European three-year-old Adelaide is vulnerable in Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate and faces a significantly tougher test than he has met before in his short yet successful career.

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.