Latest ACT sport stories

Sports community unites to tackle racism

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   A new school-based initiative will teach young Canberrans the importance of tolerance and cultural diversity through sporting role models.

Soccer

Capital Football nourishes dream of A-League club

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Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   Capital Football president Mark O'Neill is adamant Canberra will have an A-League team in the future and will hold discussions with Football Federation Australia next week about the National Youth League.

Cricket

Comets centuries not enough to prevent outright defeat

ACT's David Dawson scored another century, this time against New South Wales.

Lee Gaskin 5:05 PM   A maiden second XI ton from Andrew Harriott and David Dawson's third century of the season wasn't enough to save the ACT Comets from outright defeat against NSW.

Racing

Gai Waterhouse rates Black Opal field strongest in years

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Gai Waterhouse is all smiles after her runner Greatwood won race 7, The Pacific Hoists Parramatta Cup, ridden by Tommy Berry, during Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 4:48 PM   Queen of the track Gai Waterhouse rates Sunday's Black Opal Stakes field the strongest she has seen in years.

Australian football

Giants pick Steele to feel some Suns heat

Ready to go: Canberra's Jack Steele has been picked in the GWS Giants squad for Saturday's AFL NAB Challenge game against the Gold Coast Suns.

Lee Gaskin 3:22 PM   Canberra young gun Jack Steele is a step closer to making his AFL debut after earning selection for the GWS Giants for their opening NAB Challenge match.

Turf war erupts over Black Opal Stakes entries

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne 3:17 PM   A turf war has erupted over two-year-olds with the Australian Turf Club admitting they call trainers to lure horses if their nominations are low.

Frank Cleary predicts Black Opal-Golden Slipper double will happen again

Just a Blur and Chasing Charlie completes early morning track work at Thouroughbred Park.

David Polkinghorne   When Queanbeyan legend Frank Cleary bought Catbird there was a Canberra Times article predicting it would become the first horse to win the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double and he feels it's just a matter of time before someone does it again  - although he admits  it's going to be "hard, very hard".

Plenty on bite in Lake Burley Griffin

Bryan Pratt 8:00 PM   Fishing has been fairly quiet this week and the best results locally have come from Lake Burley Griffin.

Cricket

Huge scores dominate Canberra's World Cup contribution

Chris Gayle's double century was one of the highlights of the cricket World Cup games at Manuka Oval.

Lee Gaskin   Record scores, monster sixes and a historic double century were among the highlights of Canberra's involvement in the Cricket World Cup.

Cricket

Torn ACL puts Meteors spinner on Australian path

ACT Meteors bowler Sam Bates has been picked in the Shooting Stars team to tour Dubai.

Lee Gaskin   A torn anterior cruciate ligament is every athlete's worse nightmare, but ACT Meteors spinner Sam Bates may not have been selected for her first international tour without it.

South Africa victory marred by Tahir's run-in with Manuka Oval crowd

South Africa bowler Imran Tahir had a run-in with a spectator at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne   South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he's been confident for the last year his side is capable of winning the Cricket World Cup, but the massive 201-run win over Ireland was marred by spinner Imran Tahir's second run-in with the Manuka Oval crowd in four months.

Kyrigos rocking the rim for Indian Wells return

A different court: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios helps launch the Westside precinct at Acton Park with a celebrity basketball game on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin   Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will make his return from a back injury at next week's ATP 1000 Masters tournament at Indian Wells in the US.

Motorsport

Taylor out to prove racing stripes in the Australian Rally Championship

Taking the wheel: Canberra driver Molly Taylor will be competing in the National Capital Rally.

Lee Gaskin   Her mother is the long-time navigator for Australian rallying great Neal Bates. Now Molly Taylor has returned from Europe to make her assault on the Australian Rally Championship.

Asian Cup beats World Cup

Ireland wicket keeper, Gary Wilson celebrates Ireland's first wicket against South Africa at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne   Disappointing Manuka Oval crowd gives soccer the edge over cricket.

Australia and South Africa won't want to meet in quarter-finals: Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock talks to the media during a South Africa nets session at Manuka Oval on Monday.

David Polkinghorne   Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock believes both Australia and South Africa will want to avoid each other in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

Shoot-out possible between World Cup's fastest run scorers

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David Polkinghorne   Big hitters to light up Manuka Oval and Shaun Pollock thinks records may be broken again.

Silver Slipper place-getter Voilier leading early Black Opal Stakes nominations

 Tye Angland rides Voilier.

David Polkinghorne   Voilier has gone from being the horse no one wants to a highly sought after one and the two-year-old looks set for Canberra's  Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Matthew Dale predicts Canberra Guineas could follow Black Opal Stakes to group level

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Dale with Fell Swoop.

David Polkinghorne   Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks the listed Canberra Guineas has become strong enough to follow the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes to group status.

Injured Pocock an altitude room test dummy

David Pocock feels the strain in the altitude room.

Chris Dutton   David Pocock and injured Brumbies have been flogged in a "unique" altitude room as test dummies for a Super Rugby secret weapon.

Raiders consider relocation to Civic

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Chris Dutton   The Canberra Raiders are set to move their training base to Civic to embrace the City to the Lake project, keen to capitalise on the ACT government's vision to revitalise the city in the coming years.