ANDREW WEBSTER Rugby. Union. Is. Back. With the Waratahs taking on the Brumbies on Saturday night, with a place in the Super Rugby final on the line, with a Tahs record crowd of more than 40,000 at Allianz Stadium looming, there is renewed, if not cautious, optimism about the code.
SPIRO ZAVOS Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs." The tickets are for Saturday night’s Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies. A win for the Waratahs ensures them their first-ever home Super Rugby final.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The higher you rise, the further you have to fall and the more people who will watch when it happens. Michael Cheika knows that is the way it goes. He reads the papers and keeps track of the chat. He's coaching the Waratahs, after all.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Michael Hooper says the Waratahs pack must "get one over" the Brumbies to win the most important Super Rugby game of the NSW captain's career.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The battle-hardened Brumbies say they have the experience at the pointy end of Super Rugby to catapult them over bitter rivals the Waratahs into their second consecutive grand final appearance next week.
CHRIS DUTTON He's perhaps the most underrated player in the biggest Australian derby in more than a decade, but the ACT Brumbies are adamant unheralded Jarrad Butler is ready to lock horns with Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE 7:20pm It is the fiercest rivalry in Australian rugby, fueled by the NSW Waratahs boasting double the wages of the ACT Brumbies "rejects" in Super Rugby's early days and it still holds true today.
FLETA PAGE The son of a Raiders legend could lead Queanbeyan Whites to an upset John I Dent Cup semi-final win.
JON TUXWORTH 1:48am The Canberra Raiders are in danger of finishing with the worst home record in club history and erasing the 1982 wooden spooners from the history books.
Kyle Papworth Goulburn front-rower Michael Dodson is adamant the Bulldogs can launch a late season revival.
JON PIERIK While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former club on Saturday night.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Eastlake coach Anthony Bourke thinks Canberra's NEAFL clubs need some kids to get drafted to show they're a legitimate pathway to the AFL, but he's unsure if they'll get the same opportunities if the region's four clubs gets cut back to one.
LINDA PEARCE It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless. “Anyone wanna chill in bundoora tonight? # bored” tweeted the teenaged toast of Wimbledon and conqueror of 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal to his 72,800 global followers.
LEE GASKIN If the Olympic Games are the centre of the sports universe, then the Commonwealth Games would be classed as a tiny planet on the very fringe.
FLETA PAGE Ben Treffers will be carrying on a family tradition when he goes for gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
James Buckley, David Polkinghorne Move over Prince Philip – there’s a new Duke in Scotland.
James Buckley Cycling pair Brandie O’Connor and Nathan Hart have picked up bronze medals in Glasgow.
FLETA PAGE Canberra United will play an A-League curtain-raiser in the coming season.
Kyle Papworth A brief taste of A-League action left him "stale" and disenchanted with soccer, but Canberra Olympic star Daniel Barac wants to rediscover his passion in the capital.
LEE GASKIN Ben Simmons credits a chat with LeBron James for helping him handle the hype of being labelled the next big thing.
Kyle Papworth The Canberra Brave will travel to Perth this weekend unsure of whether it needs to forfeit a make-up game.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE 7:52pm Unlike her half-sister Pray To God, Rose Of Falvelon has never been a picnic horse.
ANDREW WEBSTER Not many said it about Stephen Hoiles, but he knew plenty thought it.
CHRIS DUTTON Test halfback Nic White says the ACT Brumbies will be "poking the wrong bear" if they attempt to unsettle Israel Folau.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Decorated Waratahs utility Adam Ashley-Cooper may be six games off his Test century but he has rotten luck in finals football.
GEORGINA ROBINSON A push for an integrated global rugby season from as early as 2016 appeared to die a sudden death in recent months.
MICHAEL GLEESON Australia's fastest woman accepts that this time there are no excuses. It is time to run quickly not talk fast.
James Buckley The Hockeyroos sent a stern warning in their Commonwealth Games opener on Thursday, toppling Malaysia 4-0.
MICHAEL GLEESON Australia’s Emma Jackson felt achingly short of claiming a medal on the opening event of the opening day of the Commonwealth Games.
Track superstar Mo Farah has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games in a huge blow to his England team and the Glasgow track program.
MALCOLM KNOX The sharp intake of breath at Celtic Park came when, on the arrival of the Queen, the audience was asked to sing the national anthem.
CHRIS BARRETT A chance visit to a dietician four years ago turned Matthew Flapper's life around and set him on course to realise his Commonwealth Games dream.
CHRIS BARRETT Squash player Zac Alexander has flown out of Glasgow after losing his place on the Australian team on the eve of the Commonwealth Games due to a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Cricket's absence from Commonwealth Games will continue at least until the 2018 Games in Australia after the ICC turned down an invitation from the governing body of the multi-sport event.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO The NRL is set to launch new initiatives to help players such as Richie Fa'aoso, Simon Dwyer and Michael Greenfield – a trio who have sustained career-ending injuries without a safety net.
James MacSmith Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has conceded player contractual issues are afflicting the NRL competition leaders.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.
BRAD WALTER A player in jail, one in a wheelchair, another in a mental health clinic, an owner gone broke and a coach who has quit.
ANDREW WU Sydney will field its all-star forward line against Hawthorn after welcoming back Kurt Tippett for Saturday night's clash at the MCG.
ANDREW WU Sam Reid has been told by Jarrad McVeigh don't be afraid to leap over Sydney's million-dollar twin towers.
EMMA QUAYLE St Kilda's off-field revamp under new chief executive Matt Finnis is continuing, with the club promoting list manager Ameet Bains onto the club’s executive as chief operating officer.
DANIEL CHERNY St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey as been diagnosed with knee tendonitis and won't play again in 2014.
FLETA PAGE Chantel Jones will replace injured goalkeeper Lydia Williams for Canberra United this season.
Injured Socceroos back Ivan Franjic is reportedly close to signing with Russian club Torpedo Moscow.
TOM DECENT Australian captain Michael Clarke says he does not regret anything from infamous "Homework-gate" scandal in India last year.
Isabelle Khurshudyan To be young and inexperienced is usually a disadvantage in sports, but in women's golf, it is the envy of LPGA veterans.
Theresa Vargas The current fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins was fuelled, in part, by a symposium last year on Native American sports mascots.
Sarah Ferris California lawmakers have a new plan to make football safer for young players: Put a time limit on tackling.
Australia v Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Canberra's Michael Rogers wins his first ever Tour de France stage.
The Blues recorded a come-from-behind victory over the Warriors.
Tuggeranong United were hammered 4-1 by Olympic.
North Canberra recorded its first win of the season.
Brumbies advance to grand final qualifier with a 32-30 win.
The Raiders fell 28-14 to the Storm in Melbourne.
Queanbeyan looks to break Vikings' stranglehold over the John I Dent Cup after impressive win over Wests.
Belconnen Magpies record emphatic win over Eastlake in NEAFL clash at Kippax.
Australia's leading gymnasts training session at the AIS ahead.
The Raiders proved too strong in a 36-20 win over the Titans.
The Brumbies took on the Force with a finals berth up for grabs.
Canberra's Emerging United takes on Sydney's Colo Cougars.
The Brumbies' final session ahead of their game against the Force.
Christchurch's Coastal Spirit took on Queanbeyan City at Harrison.
NEAFL: Belconnen Magpies v Queanbeyan Tigers at Kippax Oval.
ACT Premier League: Canberra FC vs Cooma at Deakin.
NEAFL at Manuka Oval on Saturday July 5.
Liz Ellis Academy at the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham.
John I Dent Cup, Round 12 match at Campese Field, Queanbeyan.
Belconnen United snaps a 16-year Federation Cup drought.
The Waratahs take on the ACT Brumbies at ANZ Stadium.
The Eastlake Demons take on Belconnen at Manuka Oval.
West Tigers v Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium.