Carney in talks over Sharks sacking

11:56 AM   Todd Carney has moved closer to a possible return to the NRL, after discussing his unfair dismissal from Cronulla with Sharks management overnight.

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Lehmann defends Haddin's World Cup actions

Brad Haddin has a word to Martin Guptill.

10:05 AM   World Cup-winning coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's behaviour against New Zealand in the World Cup final, admitting Australia planned to be "really agressive".

Brumbies call in new troops for Cheetahs

James Dargaville will get his first Brumbies start on the wing.

Injuries have forced the ACT Brumbies into the biggest line-up re-shuffle this year, coach Stephen Larkham implementing sweeping changes for the clash against the Free State Cheetahs.

Goddard and Dal Santo urge AFL for revamp 

Brendon Goddard

11:21 AM   AFL players would be open to revamping the sport's controversial three-strike policy to make it more transparent, Essendon veteram Brendon Goddard said.

Watson's done 'shuttle runs to hell and back'

Tim Watson says he is no longer angry at Bombers coach James Hird.

Stathi Paxinos and Daniel Cherny   Essendon great Tim Watson no longer feels anger towards James Hird and believes he should coach as long as his players are "prepared to stand up and play for him".

Tilse granted mid-season release from Raiders

Dane Tilse.

Chris Wilson 4:12 PM   The Raiders will release Dane Tilse to join the UK Super League this month, but only after the veteran helps them ride through an injury crisis.

Turner on track for amazing comeback

Kytle Turner

Adrian Proszenko 6:56 PM   After copping five head knocks last year and then undergoing spinal surgery in the first game of this one, Kyle Turner had every reason to be pessimistic about his playing future.

Malthouse wants 40 goals from Jones

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Daniel Cherny   Thirty-one. That’s how many years Mick Malthouse will have coached in by the end of Thursday night.

Glory issued second show cause notice 

Centre of investigation: Perth Glory player Andy Keogh.

Dominic Bossi 11:41 PM   Perth Glory’s hopes of a first A-League title may be dashed, after Football Federation Australia was set to hand the club a second show cause notice for a serious breach of the salary cap.

Lankan Rupee makes Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee.

Chris Roots 12:08 AM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Track partners Dryden and Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne 4:09 PM   After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

League HQ

Luke still has something to achieve after missing grand final

Issac Luke

Michael Chammas 3:18 PM   For everything his teammates did to make him feel part of last year's premiership triumph, South Sydney hooker Issac Luke still feels like he has unfinished business.

Hoffman faces Storm in 250th NRL match

New beginning: Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman is brought down in the third round against Parramatta.

Robert Lowe 2:13 PM   Ryan Hoffman can see the irony. After 11 seasons and 245 appearances for Melbourne, the new Warriors back-rower will bring up game 250 against the Storm at AAMI Park on Monday night.

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Rugby Heaven

Blow for Tahs as Lousi gone for season

Busted shoulder: Sam Lousi is out for the Super Rugby season.

Georgina Robinson 2:40 PM   The Waratahs' second-row stocks have taken a hit with damaging newcomer Sam Lousi ruled out for the rest of the season.

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 2:40 PM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

Adam Voges scoops the pool at WA cricket awards night

Adam Voges hits out for WA in the Sheffield Shield final.

Brad Elborough 2:46 PM   The celebrations continue for Western Warriors captain Adam Voges this week.

India's power over cricket politics laid bare

Did not present Australia trophy ... Mustafa Kamal resigned as ICC president on Wednesday, claiming he was snubbed at the presentation ceremony after Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.

Tom Cowie 1:20 PM   When it comes to the influence of politics in sport, FIFA is the gold standard for questionable backroom manoeuvres. But the ICC isn't far behind.

AFL

Sheedy likens Dons saga to merger crisis

Kevin Sheedy handing out free tickets to Essendon fans on Thursday.

3:05 PM   Coaching great Kevin Sheedy says Essendon's arch-rivals Hawthorn are the model to follow to help the Bombers re-build their AFL empire after the crushing effect of the supplements saga.

The bluffer's guide to modern footy lingo

Hawk stalker: Paul Puopolo.

Opposition Analyst 11:51 AM   Making sense of the fat, the skinny and the saw-toothed.

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Soccer

Glory should be punished if they've breached cap: Arnold

Salary cap cheats must be punished if found guilty: Graham Arnold has weighed into the Perth Glory debate.

Sebastian Hassett 3:33 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes Football Federation Australia has every right to punish Perth Glory over their alleged salary cap abuses.

City look to cement finals spot against Wanderers

3:27 PM   Melbourne City cannot afford to let the Perth Glory salary cap investigation cloud their thinking as they push to secure the final play off spot , coach John Van't Schip says.

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ACT Sport

New golf series hits Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan fairways

Golf.

7:17 PM   The region will attract more than 80 PGA Australia professionals this month, with Canberra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan to host a pro-am series over nine days.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Champs path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne   Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

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Horse Racing

Randwick via Rio: the inspiration behind Terravista, defending his own turf

Built for speed: Terravista  will race in Saturday's T.J. Smith at Randwick.

Adam Pengilly 2:24 PM   Atop the sprawling cliffs of Rio and overlooking the stunning coastline is one of the world's most picturesque golf courses, which unwittingly is the inspiration behind a star attraction in the middle of Sydney over Easter.

Preferment could provide super sire Zabeel a final win in the Australian Derby

John Holloway, Bloodlines

2:19 PM   It could be the dream ending for Sir Patrick Hogan's immortal Zabeel if the Chris Waller three-year-old Preferment can gain a Derby double in the $2 million Australian Derby at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

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Jockey walks away from spectacular fall

Lewis Ferguson amazingly walked away after flipping twice from his mount as it attempted a hurdle.

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Raiders vs Rooster

The Canberra Raiders clash with the Sydney Rooster in Sydney in round four of the NRL

Mont 24 hour race

Pictures from the Month 24 hour mountain bike race, held at Kowen Forest.

Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.