Canberran hopefuls at the mercy of the AFL draft

David Polkinghorne 8:06 PM   For the first time in his career, Belconnen key defender Logan Austin feels helpless - his fate resting in the hands of the AFL list manager's.

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How will cricket bounce back?

Concerned: Brad Haddin (left), Steve Smith and Moises Henriques outside Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Peter Hanlon 5:36 PM   In the MCG nets on Wednesday morning, Test fast bowler Peter Siddle told his Victorian teammate Marcus Stoinis to step aside so he could send down a bouncer.

Players turn to each other for support 

Phil Hughes.

Andrew Wu 10:18 PM   NSW players gathered at the SCG as they struggled to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' injury.

Hughes' injury puts first Test preparations on backburner

Pensive: Michael Clarke leaves St Vincent’s Hospital after visiting his stricken friend Phillip Hughes.

Andrew Wu 8:34 PM   Australia's preparations for the first Test have taken a back seat to the injury which has left Phillip Hughes fighting for his life.

McCartin tipped to be Saints' No.1 pick

Patrick McCartin has strong claims to being the best in the pool.

Emma Quayle 12:39 AM   St Kilda is expected to add a strong marking forward to its already underway rebuild, with Paddy McCartin set to join the club as the No. 1 pick in Thursday's AFL draft.

McIlroy did not think he'd be No.1 again

Rory McIlroy

Adam Pengilly 6:33 PM   Rory McIlroy has made the stunning admission he did not think he would be able to return to world No.1 this year as his old sparring partner Adam Scott vowed to to keep pace him.

Carter channels dad for hard yakka

Sam Carter wants to increase his physicality with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton 7:23 PM   Wallabies lock Sam Carter has swapped family farm chores for the chance to chase a World Cup dream, vowing to increase his physicality to fit into Michael Cheika's game plan.

ACT Sport

UC's new Master of High Performance Sport

New level: Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf in the physiology lab with Phd student, Kristy Martin.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The University of Canberra has 17 enrolments for a new Master of High Performance Sport which was announced on Wednesday.

Baseball

It's Toler time ... almost

Sean Toler.

David Polkinghorne 7:01 PM   Cavalry manager makes star pitcher bide his time.

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Rugby Heaven

Horne recalled to Wallabies wing

Rob Horne scoring the match-winning try for the Wallabies over South Africa.

Chris Dutton 3:00 PM   The Wallabies will persist with an experimentation plan to remove any guess work from their World Cup bid next year, with Rob Horne getting his opportunity to shine against England.

Wallabies to pay for hole in wall

Dejected: The Wallabies, led by skipper Michael Hooper, after the loss against Ireland.

Chris Dutton 9:49 PM   The Wallabies expect to be slapped with a repair bill and are prepared to pay the costs of fixing a hole in the wall at Lansdowne Road after the discovery of dressing room damage in Dublin.

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League HQ

Sydney clubs quitting NRL would do Dave Smith a favour

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord 12:21 PM   If a group of recalcitrant Sydney clubs was to refuse to sign NRL franchise agreements next year, they'd be doing the League Central administration a favour.

Newcastle Knights rookie Joseph Tapine charged with assault

Charged: Knights rookie Joseph Tapine.

Sam Rigney, Robert Dillon and Brett Keeble 12:44 AM   The Newcastle Knights are facing another assault scandal after rookie forward Joseph Tapine was charged over an incident that left a man with a broken jaw.

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Football

Rhyan Grant's long wait could come to an end in the Sydney derby

Happy to be back: Rhyan Grant.

Sebastian Hassett 3:27 PM   The arduous wait for Rhyan Grant to make his first start for Sydney FC since returning from injury may be about to come to an end - on the very same stage that saw him spend a year on the sidelines.

Parramatta Stadium too small for derbies: Arnold

Graham Arnold believes Parramatta Stadium is too small for Sydney derbies.

Sebastian Hassett 2:24 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes there's no onus on his club to move home Sydney derbies from Allianz Stadium but says it's time Western Sydney Wanderers admitted "little" Parramatta Stadium was no longer suitable for the biggest game of the season.

Cricket

Helmets make batsmen feel impregnable

Geoffrey Boycott dinkus Dinkus

Geoffrey Boycott 2:09 PM   Most of my career I batted on uncovered pitches without a helmet. This taught me how important it was to have a good technique and courage against fast bowling. But at the back of your mind, you knew that if you made a mistake you could get seriously hurt.

Phillip Hughes damaged major artery and is not breathing on his own, says Alan Jones

Traumatised: Alan Jones in a file picture.

Megan Levy, Lisa Visentin 1:59 PM   Stricken cricketer Phillip Hughes is breathing only with the assistance of medical technology after he was struck by a bouncer that damaged a major artery in the back of his head, according to broadcaster Alan Jones.

Racing

'Shocking' trackworker Avannova now a starter in pacing showcase event

Chris Roots 2:04 PM   Ian Gurney thought he had "thrown away 20 grand" when he got Avonnova back to Queensland this time last year.

Use of the birch still whips up controversy

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 12:28 PM   The use of the whip will always be a talking point in racing.

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival

2014 Queanbeyan Gift Carnival at Queanbeyan Park.

T20 Cricket: ANU v Ginninderra

Ginninderra take on the ANU in a Twenty20 match at ANU.

ODI Series: Australia v South Africa

Australia take on South Africa in game three of the one day series at Manuka Oval.

Footballer faces court over brutal tackle

FC Zurich has launched legal action after midfielder is seriously injured in a horror tackle.

Batsman's skull fractured by bouncer

Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad's career-best Test innings brought to a dramatic end.

Cheika insists there's more to come

Coach believes his Wallabies side can get better and still have quality to add to their squad.

Canberra Capitals v West Coast Waves

The West Coast Waves take on the Canberra Capitals at AIS Arena, November 9.

Show Jumping Cup

Equestrians gather in Curtin for the Show Jumping Cup on the weekend.

Canberra Cavalry v Sydney Blue Sox

In Baseball Canberra Cavalry take on the Sydney Blue Sox at Narrabundah Ball Park.

Canberra United v Sydney FC

Canberra United defeat Sydney FC 3-0 at McKellar Park.