Sponsors line up to get a slice of Nick Kyrgios

Chris Dutton 6:53 PM   Nick Kyrgios' Australian Open is over, but his off-court stocks are about to rise.

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Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia

Football bosses: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. Salman said he was aware of dissatisfaction with Australia's membership of the AFC.

Sebastian Hassett 10:00 PM   On the eve of the Socceroos going in to battle for the Asian Cup title, Football Federation Australia could be about to face an even greater war.

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Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

Fight to be fit: Ivan Franjic training with the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett 11:27 PM   Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic won't be 100 per cent fit going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final but coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his right-back to recover sufficiently from a hip injury.

Fardy pinches himself on career re-birth

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Brumbies lock Scott Fardy declares his desire to stay in Australian rugby.

League

McCrone says he's still a half chance

Ready to rip: Raiders utility Josh McCrone at training.

Jon Tuxworth   Josh McCrone insists controversial rule changes to curb wrestling won't turn the game into touch football as the Raiders consider fielding two dummy half options to counteract faster ruck speed. 

Murray outlasts Berdych to reach final

Andy Murray

Greg Stutchbury 11:38 PM   Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final.

Sharapova up against a decade of dominance

Maria Sharapova.

Peter Hanlon   Hostilities in the most titillating rivalry in tennis will be resumed on Saturday night. When Maria Sharapova says she will do "everything I can" to finally beat Serena Williams, the mind boggles.

Cricket

Stuart Law steps down as Bulls and Heat coach

Too many bad days at the office have led Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls coach Stuart Law to resign.

Beth Newman 8:45 PM   Stuart Law has resigned from his positions as Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat coach.

England have India on the back foot

India's top-scorer Ajinkya Rahane dives to make his ground after a sharp single.

Brad Elborough 8:24 PM   India’s poor Australian form continues as they are dismissed for 200 by England.

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Cricket

Finalists stay positive despite Manuka let-down

Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob, left, and Wests player Joe Cooke before the ACT one-day final.

David Polkinghorne 8:21 PM   Canberra's cricketers are disappointed they will not get to play their finals on Manuka Oval this summer, but hope it will benefit ACT cricket long-term through the impending arrival of the World Cup.

Steele making an impact at Giants, says Coniglio

Greater Western Sydney midfielder Stephen Coniglio.

David Polkinghorne 7:14 PM   Greater Western Sydney draftee Jack Steele caught the eye of AFL recruiters, and now he is catching the eye of his new teammates.

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Tennis

Live: Djokovic v Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia at the net after winning their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Bobby Yip (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Daniel Cherny 9:39 PM   Live coverage of the second men's semi-final from Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios – give a kid a break

Darren Kane dinkus Dinkus

Darren Kane 9:05 PM   Is Nick Kyrgios an excitable kid or the next superbrat?

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Football

After six of the best, Postecoglou chases Socceroos' seventh heaven

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 9:30 PM   For some, there's a certain cultural cringe when it comes to Australian football and the playing of finals. But not for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. And if there's an edge the Socceroos need going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final, his unbelievable finals record might well be it.

Socceroos' Mat Ryan has the mother of all inspirations

Mathew Ryan at a training session at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Daniel Lane 8:48 PM    If the character of the mother forged the mettle of her son Socceroos' supporters would have good reason to believe that whenever goalkeeper Mat Ryan is put to the test in Saturday night's Asian Football Cup final he'll fight like hell.

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League HQ

Foran puts contract discussions on hold at Auckland Nines

Focused on footy: Manly's Kieran Foran has put contract talks on hold.

Michael Chammas 9:00 PM   Kieran Foran says he will put his contract negotiations on hold this weekend despite being in Auckland at the same time as those club's chasing his signature.

Nine questions about the Auckland Nines

Hard to stop: Tony Williams of the Bulldogs.

Michael Carayannis 5:06 PM   With more than $2 million worth of prize money on offer, and with some club's struggling financially, the Auckland Nines is worth the risk to star players.

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CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Palu urges Waratahs to stay invested in the west

Western man: Wycliff Palu says rugby must not abandon western Sydney.

Georgina Robinson 7:10 PM   Waratahs player Wycliff Palu has urged his club not to desert western Sydney as the reigning Super Rugby champions lock in a deal to play all their games at Allianz Stadium from next year.

Moore to ease his way back in

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore is ready to make a comeback.

Chris Dutton 4:14 PM   Brumbies captain Stephen Moore won't rush back from a knee injury.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

The Lowdown - Aust v South Korea

The Lowdown - Asian Cup Final: Australia v South Korea

T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.

Australian Open gets ready to commence

Last minute preparations for the Australian Open.

Watson's technique under the microscope

Dean Jones offers some batting advice for Shane Watson.