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Players unhappy Brad Haddin left out of Test

Haddin and Nevill head to the nets before the match.

Chris Barrett 4:48 AM   Discontent among the Australian team after the sacking of the veteran wicketkeeper, who skipped the second Test to be with his ill daughter.

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England roar back into Ashes contention

Australia captain Michael Clarke scratches his head during day one of the Test.

Jesse Hogan 5:39 AM   Australia's fragility against the moving ball was demonstrated again as they were skittled for 136 within 37 overs by England on an Edgbaston pitch they chose to bat on.

Voges snares unbelievable catch

Adam Voges,

Jesse Hogan 7:54 AM   Australia's dirty day in at Edgbaston could have been even more putrid had Adam Voges not produced an astonishingly fortuitous catch to remove England captain Alastair Cook.

Bromwich cleared of biting Josh Dugan    

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

Sebastian Hassett   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.

Anae leaves Italian job for Moore opportunity

Brumbies recruit Albert Anae is eager to have another crack at Super Rugby after a stint in Italy.

Lee Gaskin   Brumbies recruit Albert Anae has traded Italy for Canberra to satisfy his desire of having "one more crack" at Super Rugby.

Raiders don extra layers to replicate heat

Raiders players trained in beanies and compression clothing on Wednesday to get used to the Townsville climate.

Lee Gaskin   Beanies are a must-have in every Canberra wardrobe to keep warm during a chilly winter, but the Raiders used theirs to prepare for the tropics of north Queensland.

'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 1:19 AM   Raiders forward Sia Soliola says public scrutiny of the Cowboys will only bring the team closer together.

Hooper's SANZAR hearing adjourned

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

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

Keeffe and Thomas get infraction notices

Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe.

Michael Gleeson   Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas have been issued with infraction notices for alleged breaches of the AFL's anti-doping code.

Scott urges Cats fans not to boo Christensen

Chris Scott says his team can still find solutions and regain winning form.

Peter Hanlon   Coach says fans can show leadership in the Adam Goodes booing saga, starting this week against the Brisbane Lions.

League HQ

Junior match officials set to quit following alleged Fifita brothers abuse

David and Andrew Fifita take a break on the sideline.

Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   Junior officials set to quit as Andrew Fifita meets with NRL.

Eagles Angels supporters group considers parting with Manly

Moving on? Sarah Murdoch and Wendy Harmer are two of the founding members of the the Eagles Angels.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   The Eagles Angels, Manly's pioneering female league supporters group, is considering breaking away from the club after being neglected by its new management regime.

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Rugby Heaven

All Blacks and New Zealand Maori eye Chicago double-header next year

Sonny Bill Williams in action in Chicago last year.

8:35 AM   New Zealand Rugby are eyeing a return to Chicago for the All Blacks next year.

Thanks, but not thanks Quade: club rejects Cooper offer

Quade Cooper has not played for Souths since 2012.

8:10 AM   Quade Cooper's hopes of a rare club rugby appearance ahead of the Bledisloe Cup test have been squashed.

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Cricket

England v Australia, Edgbaston, day two

Mitch Johnson took two wickets in his first over at the start of day two of the third Ashes test against England to give Australians more reason to smile than they had in all of day one at Edgbaston.

Jesse Hogan 10:13 PM   The Aussies got off to a slow start at Edgbaston. Follow the day two action with Jesse Hogan as they look to skittle England and stay in the match.

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Johnson reaches 300 Test wickets

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Australia's Mitchell Johnson celebrates after dismissing England's Ben Stokes (not pictured)
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Chris Barrett 10:11 PM   The left-arm quick became only the fifth Australian bowler to the milestone in appropriate fashion with a devastating display in his first over on day two at Edgbaston.

AFL

Clarkson demands more discipline

Feeling fine: Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson at training on Thursday.

Ronny Lerner 5:54 PM   Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is concerned by the prospect of having key players unavailable in the finals due to suspension and has urged his charges to be more disciplined.

American rookie re-signs with St Kilda

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19:  AFL St Kilda Saints international rookie Jason Holmes poses for a photo at Linen House Oval on August 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Ronny Lerner 12:28 PM   AFL St Kilda's American rookie Jason Holmes has signed a new one-year contract that will keep him at Seaford until the end of next season at least.

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Soccer

Mariners relishing being A-League's paupers: Walmsley

Positive outlook: Tony Walmsley.

Sebastian Hassett 1:20 AM   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.

Brisbane Roar laundry man left high and dry

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29:  Disgruntled laundry operator Dennis Beecraft who is angry with the Brisbane Roar over owed money on July 29, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Fairfax Media)

Beth Newman 11:55 PM   While Brisbane Roar chairman Chris Fong said QRU's legal action against the club might hinder a sale, some of the club's lower-profile creditors are grateful for the action.

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ACT Sport

Dale's NSW country premiership chances on ice

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne 9:03 PM   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale could finish second in the NSW country trainers' premiership behind a banned trainer.

Wanganeen hopes Goodes' work in indigenous youth program isn't undone

Tuggeranong Hawks legend Gerrit Wanganeen will play in the EJ Whitten AFL Legends match in Melbourne.

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   Tuggeranong stalwart¬†Gerrit Wanganeen hopes the turmoil surrounding Adam Goodes doesn't stop young indigenous footballers from standing up to racism in the future.

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Horse Racing

Ruscello to return at Moonee Valley

Galloping well at home: Ruscello.

10:04 PM   It has been a long road back to the races for the 2013 Lexus Stakes winner Ruscello.

Dale's NSW country premiership chances on ice

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne 9:03 PM   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale could finish second in the NSW country trainers' premiership behind a banned trainer.

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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.