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'Salary cap speculation will motivate Cowboys'

Paul Vaughan and Sia Soliola celebrate a try during the 34-24 win over the Panthers in round 20.

Lee Gaskin 12:49 PM   Raiders forward Sia Soliola says public scrutiny of the Cowboys will only bring the team closer together.

Hayden, Ponting bat for axed Haddin

Unfamiliar role: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin in the outfield.

11:11 AM   Matthew Hayden has labelled Brad Haddin's axing from the Australian cricket team as "outrageous", given the circumstances that led to him standing down.

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Hurley's biggest challenge as dad goes missing

Billy Hurley is playing the Quicken Loans National this week in hopes of raising notice of his missing father.

Thomas Boswell 2:13 PM   Billy Hurley is tough, but the ex-naval officer and PGA pro was in tears as he told the media his father took clothes, cash and drove away 10 days ago, and no one has heard from him since.

Nathan Fyfe to miss game against GWS

Richmond v Fremantle

1:49 PM   Fremantle star and raging Brownlow Medal favourite Nathan Fyfe will miss Sunday's clash with Greater Western Sydney due to an ongoing thigh problem.

Moody fronts Racing Victoria hearing

Waiting for an outcome: Trainer Peter Moody speaks to the media after his hearing.

Trainer Peter Moody has told Racing Victoria stewards that he could not afford to have his prize money percentages frozen until the outcome of his cobalt case later in the year.

Clarke secures new helmet

Helmet talk: Australia's Chris Rogers (right) wears the new-look helmet skipper Michael Clarke is set to adopt.

Chris Barrett   The Test captain has been moving towards changing helmets since the death of Phillip Hughes and the ball that struck Rogers at Lord's was the final straw. 

Smith motors up with Toyota switch

Brumbies prop Ruan Smith has joined Japanese club Toyota Verblitz.

Lee Gaskin   Brumbies prop Ruan Smith admits he is getting frustrated with a lack of game time and wants to use a stint in Japanese club rugby to reinvigorate his career.

Raiders ready to rope in Cowboys  

Josh Papalii models 'The Hulk' jersey the Raiders will wear against the Cowboys at media on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth   Joey Leilua may be the fresh face in the Canberra Raiders squad but he's already got one over his teammates - a win in Townsville.

Talbot lifts Rio hopes  

Stephanie Talbot is the "prototype athlete", says Opals coach Brendan Joyce.

Jon Tuxworth   Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce says Canberra Capitals youngster Steph Talbot is "absolutely" in the mix to feature at next year's Olympics, branding her "the prototype athlete".  

Retaining referees still a major issue     

Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale says the alleged incident where Cronulla players Andrew and David Fifita abused a junior referee is a "wake up call", and it's up to clubs to to send a strong message it isn't acceptable. 

League HQ

Melbourne Storm forward Jesse Bromwich cleared of biting Josh Dugan at NRL judiciary

Cleared:  Melbourne Storm NRL forward Jesse Bromwich at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Sebastian Hassett 8:42 PM   Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich has been cleared of biting St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan at Wednesday night's NRL judiciary - who took just three minutes to dismiss the claim.

Time to publish all NRL player salaries: Gurr

Thinking outside the box: Former Roosters boss Bernie Gurr.

Adrian Proszenko 6:31 PM   Former Roosters CEO Bernie Gurr has called for the NRL to publish all player salaries and pay them out of head office to ensure the salary cap isn't being rorted.

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Rugby Heaven

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has SANZAR judiciary hearing adjourned

Case adjourned: Michael Hooper's hearing will continue on Thursday.

Darren Walton 8:55 PM   Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper remains on tenterhooks after having his SANZAR judicial hearing adjourned on Wednesday night.

Guildford in Waratahs' sights

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11:  Zac Guildford of the Crusaders makes a break during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at Alpine Energy Stadium on June 11, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

2:39 PM   Hawke's Bay rugby boss Mike Bishop is backing troubled former All Black Zac Guildford to make an impact in Super Rugby again if he signs with the NSW Waratahs.

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Cricket

Unchanged Australia bat first at Edgbaston as Clarke wins toss

Heads or tails?: Michael Clarke wins his first toss of the series at Edgbaston.

Jesse Hogan 8:28 PM   Australia will bat first in the third Ashes Test in Edgbaston after Michael Clarke was rewarded for returning to his inclination to call tails at the coin toss.

Ashes 2015 live cricket: England v Australia, third Test, day 1

Key batsmen: Alastair Cook and Steve Smith.

Tom Decent 7:16 PM   Live coverage of day one of the third Test from Edgbaston with the series level at 1-1 after England's crushing victory in the first match followed by Australia's emphatic response at Lord's.

AFL

Nat Fyfe to miss game against GWS

Richmond v Fremantle

1:49 PM   Fremantle star and raging Brownlow Medal favourite Nathan Fyfe will miss Sunday's clash with Greater Western Sydney due to an ongoing thigh problem.

Emotional McIntosh bows to body and retires

Injury has forced Hamish McIntosh to retire.

Peter Hanlon 4:07 PM   Recurrence of ankle injury brings former Kangaroo's career to an end.

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Soccer

Goodes 'unAustralian' says former Roar goalkeeper

Griffin McMaster apologised for any offence his tweets may have caused.

Cameron Atfield 6:02 PM   Former Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Griffin McMaster has weighed into the Adam Goodes racism controversy by suggesting the dual Brownlow medallist and former Australian of the Year should be deported.

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Mariners relishing being A-League's paupers: Walmsley

Positive outlook: Tony Walmsley.

Sebastian Hassett 5:05 PM   Most managers who've just seen their club pocket $1.5 million out of nowhere would be begging their chairman to loosen the purse strings - but Central Coast Mariners' boss Tony Walmsley won't be asking for a cent.

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ACT Sport

World championships preparation going Wells

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells has run her season best time just weeks before the world championships in Beijing.

Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells is peaking for the world championships at the right time.

Canberra's Nancarrow the tennis queen of Serbia

Canberra's Alexandra Nancarrow in action.

Canberra tennis player Alexandra Nancarrow has won her third ITF $10,000 tournament in Serbia in a month.

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Horse Racing

Vet cannot be trusted, Racing Victoria cobalt hearing told

Waiting for an outcome: Trainer Peter Moody speaks to the media after his hearing.

Larissa Nicholson and Patrick Bartley 9:15 PM   The veterinarian who admitted selling cobalt to two horse trainers was an "admitted liar" whose evidence was questionable, a Racing Victoria hearing has been told.

New insights after a day fighting over cobalt

Patrick Bartley

Patrick Bartley 8:05 PM   Lawyer for Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh, Damien Sheales labelled vet Tom Brennan a liar at show cause hearings on Wednesday.

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Jetta: 'Fans need to show more respect'

Lewis Jetta, Adam Goodes speak on war dance goal celebration.

Cambage dropped after dodging training

The Basketball star opted to go to music festival Splendour.

Le Tour wraps up on a 'wild and wacky' day

Highlights from the final stage of the Tour de France.

Papalii reported after knocking out Plum

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii is put on report.

NRL: Canberra v Penrith Panthers

The Raiders secured a vital 34-24 win against the Panthers.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Wests

Royals and Wests clash at Viking Park in the minor semi-final.

Canberra AFL: Gungahlin v Eastlake

Gungahlin and Eastlake clash at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT NPL: Canberra FC v Gungahlin 

Canberra FC take on Gungahlin United at Deakin Stadium.

Reynolds on report for charge down

Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds is penalised and put on report.

Dogs see off a fast finishing Collingwood

The Western Bulldogs withstand a late charge by Collingwood.