Johnson and Smith lead way to final

Chris Barrett 10:52 AM   Australia's World Cup dream is alive and well, and with it a mouthwatering trans-Tasman final is in store on Sunday.

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The showdown: Wighton v Tuivasa-Sheck

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton will take on fellow young gun Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 7:26 PM   Former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello breaks down the match-up between his protege Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Raiders custodian Jack Wighton.

Kuridrani intent on chasing Cup dream

Tevita Kuridrani says an eight-week stint on the sideline won't ruin his World Cup hopes.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Tevita Kuridrani has vowed to comeback from injury bigger and stronger to ensure his World Cup dream remains intact as he braces for an eight-week stint on the sideline.

Australia's self belief shines through in draw

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal.

Michael Lynch   Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Former cop embraces United challenge

Sport.  Former assistant coach Rae Dower has been announced as new head coach of Canberra United.  26 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Lee Gaskin 9:20 PM   New Canberra United coach Rae Dower believes her background in the police force has given her the grounding to handle the pressure of winning back-to-back W-League titles.

Roberts sets sights high at national titles

Canberra athlete Kelsey-Lee Roberts will be among the favourites in the women's javelin at the Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts is aiming to topple her experienced rivals and claim her first national title as another stepping stone to next year's Olympics.

Captains call for shorter AFL season

Geelong captain Joel Selwood are among a clutch of player leaders who agree the entire AFL industry would benefit from a radical shift to a "less is more" approach.

Matt Murnane 9:11 AM   A group of the AFL's best players have renewed calls for a shorter football season.

League HQ

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy calls on players to rise to North Queensland Cowboys challenge

Roy Ward 3:05 PM   Craig Bellamy says his players have to lift to overcome away visit to Townsville.

The six big questions heading into round four of the NRL

Willie Mason sledged the Dragons' forwards when he was playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2014.

Michael Chammas 2:17 PM   Are the Newcastle Knights the real deal, will Willie Mason pay for his sledging of the Dragons and just when will the Cowboys win their first game of the season.

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Kirwan predicts 'fireworks' in physical battle with Waratahs

Bounced back: Jacques Potgieter at Waratahs training.

Georgina Robinson 3:04 PM   John Kirwan has predicted "fireworks" and a physically explosive clash between the Blues and Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Waratahs won't risk Tatafu Polota-Nau after head knock

Supportive: Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson 12:04 PM   Michael Cheika has defended the intentions of coaches and team medicos after withdrawing Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau from the Waratahs' clash with the Blues on Saturday.

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Cricket

Finch never panicked during slump

Daniel Cherny 2:57 PM   Aaron Finch says he never panicked during his lean spell in the middle of the World Cup, but was nevertheless plaesed to again contributed strongly to the team’s cause.

Clarke successfully deals with tremendous sex question

Speechless: Michael Clarke was momentarily stunned.

2:43 PM   It was the question from left field that left the Australian cricket captain momentarily stumped.

AFL

Dramas overshadow new AFL season

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan: "We all share that hope ... that maybe, just maybe, this is our year."

1:24 PM   A slew of unwanted headlines has overshadowed the lead-up to the start of the 2015 AFL season.

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Richmond defender to miss season opener

David Astbury has been stung by a stingray.

10:20 AM   Richmond defender David Astbury will probably miss next Thursday's AFL season opener against Carlton after he was stung by a stingray.

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Soccer

Melbourne's blast from Antarctica? If only

Warming up: possible record temperatures recorded on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Peter Hannam 3:05 PM   To call this week’s wintry chill across southern Australia a “burst from Antarctica” would be doing a disservice to parts of the frigid continent.

ANALYSIS-Soccer-Mourinho has resuscitated Terry's Chelsea career

2:42 PM   Two years after it looked like his Stamford Bridge career was on its last legs, John Terry has been given the vote of confidence he craved.

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Soccer

Breach notices all round at fiery 'friendly'

Capital Football has issued breach notices after an incident in a pre-season National Premier League game.

Lee Gaskin 6:59 PM   Capital Football has issued breach notices to two spectators, three players and their clubs after a fiery incident in a pre-season friendly.

Family feud to be finalised at the Fort

These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Hayden Beard and Tim Beard who play for the Bandits and Trent Mills, Lee Mills and Reece Mills  who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final.

David Polkinghorne 6:50 PM   Narrabundah Ballpark will resemble the set of ''Family Feud'' with three brothers from the Mills and Beard families squaring up in the ACT Baseball first-grade grand final series, which starts on Friday. 

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Horse Racing

Trakus aims to attract new generation of racegoers

Patrick Bartley 2:09 PM   In the late 1960s one of Australia's most astute track watchers Des Spain would assemble with six fellow fanatical racing enthusiasts each Saturday prior to the first race at a metropolitan meeting.

Silent Achiever hoping to win the BMW

Ready for the best: Silent Achiever faces a tough field in pursuit of a second-straight BMW success.

Chris Roots 10:03 AM   The world has come to Sydney for the BMW, so it is the right race for defending champion Silent Achiever to find out if she measures up to the best race in the world.

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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.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.

Waratahs take on galloping Brumbies

Wallabies coaches go head-to-head in Sunday rugby blockbuster.

India cruise past Bangladesh into semis

A wonderful century from opener Rohit Sharma propels India to a strong total of 302.