Mental health battle ongoing for Franklin

David Sygall 4:31 PM   Lance Franklin returned to training. And, right on cue, the circus was back in swing.

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Injury strikes again to deny Behrendorff debut

Jason Behrendorff of the Prime Minister's XI prepares to bowl with the pink ball during the tour match against New Zealand.

Lee Gaskin 4:56 PM   The immediate playing future of Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is up in the air, ruling him out of a dream Test debut.

Rod Marsh lets one slip, praising Peter Nevill

Hot shot: Peter Nevill shows his style on the way to top-scoring in Australia’s first innings.

Andrew Wu 6:30 PM   It was a throwaway line by Rod Marsh but the fact that he said it at all reveals the growing status Peter Nevill holds in the Australian team.


Capitals 'the bad news bears'

Renee Montgomery.

Lee Gaskin 6:54 PM   Canberra Capitals star Renee Montgomery says the team feels like "the bad news bears" as they aim to avoid the worst losing streak in the club's history.

Serena, Bouchard confirm Open bids

Crowd-pleaser: Serena Williams will play in Melbourne.

Larissa Nicholson 6:22 PM   Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Juan Martin Del Potro will play at next year’s Australian Open, organisers confirmed.

Rugby union

Ex-ARU boss running for Brumbies president

Peter McGrath

Chris Dutton 9:30 PM   Former ARU chairman Peter McGrath has thrown his hand up to be the new ACT Brumbies president after accepting a nomination to join a three-way tussle for the role.

Rugby union

Boys in blue: Brumbies unveil new jersey

Jarrad Butler and Allan Alaalatoa show off the Brumbies' new jersey.

Chris Dutton 7:15 AM   The ACT Brumbies are taking a bold step into the future, scrapping the strip they've worn for most of their Super Rugby history.

Grooming, cash drops and money laundering

"I've been put through the mill and come out the other side, so I'm just a very happy man": Chris Cairns.

Nick Hoult   Chris Cairns has been cleared of perjury, but his trial was damning.

Rugby union

Butler has eyes on gold after work with Cheika

Sport.  ACT Brumbies player Jarrad Butler during training at Brumbies HQ at the University of Canberra.  3 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton 7:00 PM   It looms as a back-row mission impossible, but Jarrad Butler has his sights set on Wallabies gold after getting a chance to work with Test coach Michael Cheika.

Speed kills Bird's hopes of call-up 

In the squad: Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been selected for the Australian Test team.

Jesse Hogan   Australian selectors' desire for bowlers fast enough to rattle opposition players has been reflected in their decision to select uncapped Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Windies look to break away trend

Keeping cool: West Indies manager Richie Richardson is backing his inexperienced side against Australia.

Laine Clark 6:09 PM   West Indies team manager Richie Richardson reckons there are no question marks hanging over his inexperienced side ahead of the first Test against Australia in Hobart.

League HQ

In-fighting continues to hold back the NRL

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus

Steve Mascord 1:43 PM   The continual bickering between clubs, the NRL and players is harming the game.

How the impasse between Farah and Tigers was resolved

Locked in: Robbie Farah has now committed to playing out his NRL career at the Tigers.

Brad Walter 7:15 PM   Former leading AFL official Shane McCurry is credited with playing a key role in negotiating the truce between Robbie Farah and Wests Tigers

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Jono Dean's horror broken finger

ACT Comets batsman Jono Dean with his dislocated finger in a cast at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

Lee Gaskin 4:06 PM   Bone protruding from his skin. His finger at a right angle. Jono Dean's response? 'I wasn't a very happy man'.

Umpire struck in head by cricket ball

Umpire John Ward.

3:05 PM   Australian umpire John Ward is in a stable condition after being struck in the head by the ball while officiating in a domestic cricket match in India.


Dinosaurs finally learn to evolve

Looking back: No clubs have better exemplified the dangers of being shackled to a successful past than Carlton and Essendon.

Rohan Connolly 5:49 PM   Carlton and Essendon have been talking the talk about change for a long time. The difference now is they actually seem to mean it.

Leppitsch plots an exciting future

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch, with recruit Joshua Schache.

Andrew Stafford 2:24 PM   Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch says his club's playing list is finally settling, after a tumultuous few years marked by heavy turnover of older players and walk-outs by younger ones.



Other sports envious of A-League atmosphere

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08: Ante Covic poses during the Western Sydney Wanderers A-League headshots session at Pirtek Stadium on October 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Ante Covic 3:38 PM   A-League fans don't sit idly by enjoying a match like you would watch a movie, they participate. They create an atmosphere that has propelled the A-League forward and one that is unique and the envy of the other codes. This must be cherished, celebrated and safeguarded.

Panama footballer attacks own manager after being substituted

Trouble: Manuel Torres lashes out after the match in Panama.

Tom Decent 2:52 PM   A member of the Panamanian national soccer team is facing the sack after physically attacking his coach on the sidelines.


ACT Sport

Jono Dean's horror broken finger

ACT Comets batsman Jono Dean with his dislocated finger in a cast at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

Lee Gaskin 4:06 PM   Bone protruding from his skin. His finger at a right angle. Jono Dean's response? 'I wasn't a very happy man'.

Canberra's triple sporting treat as codes combine

The Raiders, Brumbies and Black Opal race day are all on the same weekend next March.

Chris Dutton   Canberra's sporting codes are set to unite for a "triple whammy" of events next year which could open the door for a golden ticket to the ACT Brumbies, Raiders and Black Opal race day.

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Horse Racing

Vet admits to dumping bottle after cobalt positive

The cobalt hearing continues.

3:19 PM   A vet has admitted he threw away a bottle of Vitamin Complex the day he found out about positive cobalt readings in horses trained by Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh.

Queensland trip on the line for Tried And Tired

Leon Corstens says Tried And Tired would benefit from Saturday's run despite having two trials under his belt.

8:33 PM   Tried And Tired will be racing for a possible summer trip to Queensland when he returns to racing at Sandown.


Thousands pay tribute to Jonah Lomu

Family, friends and fans crowd Auckland's Eden Park stadium.

Smith: day-night Test 'a great spectacle'

Steve Smith says the first-ever day-night Test was a success.

 Bryant announces retirement from NBA

Kobe Bryant announces he will retire at end of NBA season.

Costa benched in Spurs stalemate

Tottenham and Chelsea play out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

Rosberg secures victory in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg completes a hat-trick of formula one victories.

Thrilling finish as aussies win series

Shaun Marsh sets up a historic day-night victory for Australia.

ABL: Cavalry puts    the bite on Adelaide

The Cavs' offence again came up trumps as Canberra went to 16-8.

Gallop Cup semis: Wests-UC v Weston Ck

Wests-UC and Weston Creek clash at Jamison Oval.

W-League: Canberra United v  Wanderers

Canberra United put four past Western Sydney in a 4-1 win.