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Canberra Gunners win on buzzer for second time this season

Stephanie Talbot scored 30 points.

Jon Tuxworth 11:34 PM   Australian Opals squad member Stephanie Talbot put the Canberra Capitals Academy on her back, guiding them to their first win of the SEABL season against Hobart on Saturday night. Talbot took advantage after opposite number Mikaela Ruef exited through injury after just two minutes in the 79-61 win, racking up 30 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, six steals and 4-5 three pointers. Not even 24 points and 12 rebounds from Launceston's Amy Wilson could stop Canberra, which won every quarter. Capitals skipper Sarah McAppion was also influential with ten points and five assists. Canberra Capitals WNBL veteran Jess Bibby confirmed she has aborted her decision to play for the Capitals Academy this year after two games. She said it is part of Talbot's development to relish her role as the team's dominant player after being a standout for Canberra in the WNBL last season. "That's her job to do that," Bibby said. "She's a great athlete who can put the ball on the floor and put the ball on the rim, once she can develop a jumper and a three, she's your prototypical international 'two' man." The Canberra Gunners beat North West Tasmania 82-81 thanks to a clutch two-pointer from captain Daniel Jackson with just five seconds left. Import Nnaebuka Anyaorah led with way with 26 points and 16 assists, while NBL veteran Ben Allen (14 points, ten rebounds) also registered a double-double. 

Ice Hockey

Brave no match for North Stars

Scott Pitt scored for the Canberra Brave in its 7-4 loss to Newcastle on Sunday night.

Lee Gaskin 8:50 PM   A slow start in the opening two periods consigned the Canberra Brave to its first loss in the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Marston still suffering headaches and memory loss from Tumut fall

Canberra jockey Chynna Marston after her fall in November.

David Polkinghorne 7:23 PM   Almost six months after her crash, Canberra apprentice jockey Chynna Marston wakes up with a headache and is struggling with her short-term memory.

Soccer

Canberra FC prevails in 12-goal thriller

Canberra FC beat Tigers FC 7-5 at Nijong Oval on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 7:10 PM   Canberra FC produced one of the most amazing comebacks in the club's history, scoring five unanswered second-half goals to claim top spot in the Capital Football National Premier League.

Soccer

Matildas goalkeeper finding fitness with Tuggeranong United

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams playing for Tuggeranong United in the women's Premier League against Woden-Weston FC on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 4:54 PM   A decade after she last pulled on the green and white jersey of Tuggeranong United, Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is back at her junior club to continue her recovery ahead of the women's World Cup.

Ice hockey

Brave fight back to take season opener

CBR Brave VS Sydney Bears at Phillip Ice Skating Centre.

Lee Gaskin   The Canberra Brave twice came from a goal down to get its Australian Ice Hockey League campaign off to the perfect start, beating the Sydney Bears 4-2 on Saturday night.

David Pocock and all that jazz

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Ainslie Hiep on the Anzac spirit against Lions

Ainslie's Josh Bennett booted seven goals.

David Polkinghorne   On duty at Gallipoli, Ainslie defender Jake Hiep sent a message for his teammates to "play like brothers" and they did exactly that in their seven-point victory over the Brisbane Lions in Brisbane on Anzac Day.

Apprentice Collins breaks through with Bond Of Faith

Jared Dorrington.

Jared Dorrington   Bond Of Faith had placed five times from 17 starts, but it took confidence in an apprentice jockey to steer the daughter of Dubleo to her maiden win.

Hockey

Freak injury puts Turner out for six months

Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner will miss the next six months with a torn pectoral muscle.

Lee Gaskin   A freak injury usually associated with rugby league has put an untimely bump in the road in front of Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Soccer

Panetta double closes door on Gungahlin

FFA Centre of Excellence v Gungahlin soccer at the AIS
FFA's Duro Dragicevic makes a save.

Lee Gaskin   FFA Centre of Excellence FFA COE displayed their class with an impressive 3-1 victory against Gungahlin United at the AIS on Saturday as exciting Queensland midfielder Nicholas Panetta put away a brace.

Wet track produces a few surprises

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Kathy O'Hara returns on Slightly Sweet after winning race 3, Kari J H B Carr Stakes, during Sydney Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth   Keith Dryden praised Kathy O'Hara for her patient ride on Crusader General in the first of two wins for the leading Sydney jockey at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

NEAFL

No NEAFL doubts for Eastlake

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David Polkinghorne   Will they suffer their third straight 100-point loss of the year?

Queanbeyan Whites stake claim for title after beating Tuggeranong Vikings

Tuggeranong captain Gareth Clouston and Whites skipper Dan Penca.

Chris Dutton   The Tuggeranong Vikings have hit their first hurdle on their mission to win five premierships in a row, but coach Brad Harris is confident a tight loss to the Queanbeyan Whites will be a timely wake-up call.

Ice Hockey

Red-hot Brave chasing national title

Canberra Brave players Stephen Blunden, Aaron Clayworth, Kai Miettinen and Mark Rummukainen will begin their Australian Ice Hockey League season against the Sydney Bears on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin   Not content with last year's fairytale first season, the Canberra Brave have their sights set on winning the Australian Ice Hockey League championship.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott will pay tribute to great great uncle George Oswald Blair on Anzac Day.

Chris Dutton   Matthew Narracott is proof that the power of Anzac Day combining with sport is more than an on-field commercial opportunity.

New ACT running series, with a dash of rivarly

A new running series, RunACT, will launch this Sunday in Canberra. From left, Erwin McRae (North Canberra) Andrea Mackay (Queanbeyan) Libby Hosking (South Canberra Tuggeranong) Sarah McRae (Woden Harriers) Maya McRae (Ginninderra Little Athletics) and Alan Craigie (Weston Creek).

A new running series has been launched in the ACT to emphasise friendly and regional rivalry.

Edwards locks in first Australian title defence

Australian heavyweight boxing champion Ben Edwards.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra boxer Ben Edwards will make his first defence of the Australian heavyweight boxing title when he takes on veteran Peter Graham.

Rugby union

New Zealander to captain Australian Services rugby team

Australian Services rugby team captain Robbie Harlow.

Lee Gaskin   The two countries fought side by side in Gallipoli, so it's fitting a New Zealander will captain the Australian Services rugby union team on the eve of Anzac Day.

Ward's second high five

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David Polkinghorne   Hoop hoping to take form into Wagga Wagga carnival.