Scott back from the brink

Matt Murnane 7:35 PM   Adam Scott stared down another first-round freefall at the Australian Open, but ultimately left stronger for having done so, and will now look to make his charge.

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Millar happy to get off with par

Matthew Millar finished at even par after round one of the Australian Open.

David Polkinghorne 10:31 PM   Ryan Ruffels also starts Aussie Open well.

Cavalry bitten by costly big innings

Cavalry's Joshua Fritsch had a tough night at second base, making two errors.

David Polkinghorne 10:51 PM   Canberra Cavalry will stay on top of the ABL ladder despite a big loss to Adelaide Bite.


Record partnership leads Comets to epic chase

ACT Comets batsman Michael Spaseski plays a shot against Victoria.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   A magnificent record-breaking partnership between centurions Michael Spaseski and Jono Dean has delivered the ACT Comets a stunning outright victory.

Kookaburra raises pink-ball concerns 

David Warner throws pink balls at a nets session on Thursday.

Andrew Wu 10:34 PM   As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day/night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.

McCullum driven to extend unbeaten streak

Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as New Zeland Test captain is winding towards an end.

Jesse Hogan 6:31 PM   As Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as Test captain winds towards an end, maybe even at the end of this summer, he is still driven to extend the unbeaten streak that demands his team be respected.


Queanbeyan prepare to combat spin twins

Queanbeyan's Dean Solway and Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob prepare for the Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval on Friday night.

Lee Gaskin 5:16 PM   Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway believes his side can find a way to combat Weston Creek Molonglo spin twins Blake Dean and Mac Wright in the rescheduled Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final.


Meteors batter takes off with Thunder

ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski has signed with the Sydney Thunder.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski will be reunited with teammate Erin Osborne in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League after signing with the Sydney Thunder.

Rugby union

Smith settles back into Brumbies life

Brumbies centre Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra after a stint overseas.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   After a stint in Europe, Brumbies outside back Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra on a two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.


Cashed-up ACT one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

Maxwell's smarts benefit GWS

Nathan Buckley (left) will make tough calls, says Nick Maxwell (right).

Daniel Cherny 5:34 PM   Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has joined Greater Western Sydney as a leadership consultant.

League HQ

How Murdoch helped NRL hit jackpot

Costly business: News executives Mike Fitzpatrick, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thompson. News will pay $900m for the NRL pay TV rights from 2018-2022.

Brad Walter 1:32 AM   News Corp supremo paid inflated price for AFL rights, helping drive up the value of the remaining four games after the NRL inked free-to-air deal with Nine.

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Broadcast deal to quell revolt against Grant

Big decisions to make: ARL chairman John Grant.

Brad Walter 8:28 PM   A $50 million advance payment from News Corp is set to quieten - and possibly quell - a revolt by NRL clubs against ARLC chairman John Grant as the record $2 billion broadcast deal ensures a win for all parties.


Rugby Heaven

Thorn could play for Reds next year at 41

Raring to go: Brad Thorn says he can play on next year.

Phil Lutton 5:40 PM   Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.

Williams ready to lead women's sevens team at World Series

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

11:52 AM   Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.



A year on, remembering Phillip Hughes

It has been a year since the death of Phillip Hughes.

7:56 AM   Phillip Hughes will be on the minds of cricketers around Australia when day one of the third Test starts in Adelaide.

Proteas face target of 310 to level India series

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, center, celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of South African captain Hashim Amla on the second day of the third cricket test match between the two countries in Nagpur, India, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

10:48 PM   India took complete control of the third Test against South Africa after bowling out the visitors for 79 in their first innings before setting them a 310-run victory target on the second day of a spin-dominated contest on Thursday.


Tigers request MCG double-header

Mason Cox of Collingwood and Shaun Hampson of Richmond compete for the ball.

Daniel Cherny 4:27 PM   Having enjoyed a successful run with Punt Road-MCG double-headers, Richmond are now seeking to follow the lead of Collingwood and requesting a VFL curtain-raiser at the MCG next year.

Clubs pass on pre-season draft

Farren Ray has drawn interest from North Melbourne but may also be re-drafted by St Kilda.

Emma Quayle 7:41 PM   Free agency has rendered the pre-season almost irrelevant, with no club to make a selection in Friday's draft for the first time.



Aloisi's rant a product of stress: Miller

Newcastle Jets will be looking to do better this week than last, when they drew with Adelaide United.

11:49 PM   Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller suspects his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi would take back his rant against "anti-football" if he had the chance.

Fans make stand but action falls flat

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Alex Brosque of Sydney FC reacts after an attempt at goal during the round eight A-League match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett 11:03 PM   The Cove unveiled a pointed message for those aiming to whip up mass hysteria about football fans, but the on-field product didn't have the same impact as Sydney FC and Wellington played out a goalless draw.

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Horse Racing

Cashed-up Canberra one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

McDonald offers winning return when he teams with Waller

Blur: this might be all rivals see of odds-on favourite Telepathic when James McDonald gets in the saddle on Saturday.

Chris Roots 6:23 PM   James McDonald might be the retained jockey at Godolphin but for punters his combination with premier trainer Chris Waller has become lethal this season.


Spieth and Scott upstaged by Tighe

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott upstaged at the Australian Open.

Brad Thorn joins the Queensland Reds

All Blacks and Broncos legend Brad takes up new role with Reds.

World watches a cricketing experiment

teve Smith says he is excited to be part of history on Friday.

Djokovic reflects on 'incredible' season

Novak Djokovic says he couldn't have asked for a better finish.

Kane dominates in London derby

Harry Kane scored twice for Spurs in their 4-1 win over West Ham.

Rory McIlroy elated with Dubai double

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the DP World Tour Championship.

Queanbeyan Gift 2015 men's, women's finals

Scenes from the Queanbeyan Gift finals at Queanbeyan Park.

Keeper uses her head in classic catch assist

Alyssa Healy unwittingly uses her head to set-up an unlikely catch.

W-League: Canberra United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC take on Canberra United in round six of the W-League.

ABL: Canberra v Melbourne Aces

The Melbourne Aces fight back to split the series with the Cavalry.