Brumbies great on radar as Pocock talks continue

Chris Dutton, Phil Lutton, Tom Decent 9:30 PM   Australian rugby great George Smith looms as a potential recruiting target if David Pocock decides to take a 12-month sabbatical from the ACT Brumbies before returning in 2018 and 2019.

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Bird gets nod in Test selection shock

Bolter: Melbourne Stars' bowler Jackson Bird's Shield form has seen him get a surprise call-up.

Andrew Wu 11:25 AM   Australia have made a shock move at selection, recalling forgotten paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test at the expense of James Pattinson.

Cameron extends contract with Giants

Re-signed: GWS coach Leon Cameron.

Ronny Lerner 1:01 PM   Leon Cameron has signed a new two-year contract extension that will see him stay on as Greater Western Sydney coach until at least the end of 2018.

Toovey went to keep DCE, says Manly owner

Plans for the future: Manly owner Scott Penn.

Manly owner Scott Penn has opened up on the tumultuous year at the club, revealing star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans wouldn't have backflipped on the Titans had they not made significant changes in the football department.

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Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality TV program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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No-ball issues still worrying Pattinson

Ready for the Kiwis: James Pattinson worked up some lively pace in the nets at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu 5:38 PM   James Pattinson is looming as a major weapon for Australia as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking in New Zealand, but he is yet to get on top of his no-ball issues.

Shades of England in Black Caps' green-top

Strip search: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and David Warner of Australia inspect the wicket at Basin Reserve.

Andrew Wu 4:51 PM   Australia's batsmen must overcome a juicy-looking green-top made to order for New Zealand's high-class swingmen, in their toughest test since their Ashes defeat.

Car accident fails to halt Fardy's comeback 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton 7:05 PM   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

NPL teams to boycott Canberra academy 

Canberra's NPL clubs say Capital Football chairman Mark O'Neill hasn't delivered on promises he's made.

David Polkinghorne 7:56 PM   Tuggeranong United's friendlies with academy planned for Sunday will be first games cancelled.

Zika virus won't stop Melissa Breen's dream

 The final of the Women's Open 100 metre event. Winner Melissa Breen.

Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will put her trust in Australian Olympic Games medical staff as she avoids the hype of the Zika virus to focus on her build up to Rio and clinching an A-qualifying time.

Kent gets first chance to deliver Thunder

Canberra Cavalry starting pitcher Steven Kent will start for Australia in game one of the World Baseball Classic ...

David Polkinghorne 5:35 PM   ¬†Canberra Cavalry pitcher to start in game one of Australia's WBC campaign, against the Philippines.


Lack of Aussie T20 practice concerns Maxwell

Underdone: Glenn Maxwell is concerned about Australia's lead-up to the World Twenty20.

Ronny Lerner 4:26 PM   Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has lamented the lack of Twenty20 lead-in matches his country will participate in before next month's World Cup in India.

The rancid smell of succes: McCullum savours milestone

Brendon McCullum

4:24 PM   New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will dust off his stinking Test cap for the last series with a few less runs under his belt than he would have liked, but still a satisfied man.


Wanderers unhappy, but demand rogue fans stay away

Stay away: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas addresses the media in response to the FFA's sanction on Thursday.

Sebastian Hassett 3:47 PM   While the Western Sydney Wanderers were disappointed to be hit with a suspended three-point deduction and $50,000 fine for fan misbehaviour in Melbourne last weekend, club chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble their efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

FFA blow the opportunity of a lifetime

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 3:35 PM   If you stuff a marine flare down the legs of your jeans, or a railway detonator under your coat, and you go to the football, well you're not really going for the football are you?

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League HQ

Barba can return to his prime for Sharks, says Ennis

Holding on: Ben Barba is locked in a three-way scrap with Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird for the fullback jumper.

Phil Lutton 4:19 PM   Ennis believes a fit Barba can thrive in the Shire after overcoming injuries that put the brakes on a patchy 2015 campaign.

League needs to win over the big-end of town

Chasing the AFL: ARLC chairman John Grant.

Steve Mascord 2:30 PM   It's much easier to live in Sydney and ignore rugby league than it is to do the same in Melbourne with the AFL.


Rugby Heaven

Hooper, Beale, Phipps back for Waratahs

Having a crack at five-eighth: Kurtley Beale.

12:56 PM   No Israel Folau and Bernard Foley just yet, but skipper Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps are among key Wallabies returning for the NSW Waratahs' second Super Rugby pre-season trial match.

Waratahs embrace their inner Beethoven

Players from the NSW Waratahs and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestor on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

Tom Decent 8:23 AM   Kurtley Beale understands and appreciates classical music more than you might think.



GWS success won't come overnight: Johnson

Steve Johnson says success takes time.

3:45 PM   Star Greater Western Sydney recruit Steve Johnson knows what it takes to build a winning culture and insists his new club is only at the start of the journey towards an AFL flag.

Cameron extends contract with Giants

Re-signed: GWS coach Leon Cameron.

Ronny Lerner 1:01 PM   Leon Cameron has signed a new two-year contract extension that will see him stay on as Greater Western Sydney coach until at least the end of 2018.


ACT Sport

Jackson to fight on to keep Rio dream alive

Lauren Jackson is desperate to win Olympic gold.

Chris Dutton 4:28 PM   Australian basketball champion Lauren Jackson won't give up on her Rio dreams until doctors tell her it's physically impossible for her to play.

Switch baiting: confusing marlin one catch at a time

Marlins finds live fish more to its liking.

Bryan Pratt 2:10 PM   I've had several enquiries about the term switch baiting which I used in an article last week.


Horse Racing

Like mother like daughter: Messara stays with Finland family in hope of more group 1 success

in good company: Stay With Me is hoping to add to the legccy created by her mother Miss Finland.

Adam Pengilly 2:13 PM   Miss Finland she may not be, but John Messara is convinced there is a touch of her Golden Slipper-winning mother in Stay With Me.

Present and future on show in throwback to yesteryear, but can anything beat Winx?

Chris Waller

Adam Pengilly 2:05 PM   The present and future of Australian racing will be the main attraction during a 10 minutes which shows how far racing has gone back in time. But is Winx a betting proposition in the Apollo Stakes?


Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?

ACT Premier Cricket: Wests-UC v Eastlake

Wests-UC take on Eastlake in the Douglas Cup competition.

ACT Athletics titles and IPC Grand Prix

ACT Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.