It’s Nick of time and the clock is ticking

Michael Chammas 9:31 PM   As Australia watched on wondering if Nick Kyrgios had the steel to get himself up off the canvas, he exposed a tattoo on his forearm that may have just summed up where the 20-year-old is at in this point of his career.

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Croker could be one of game's best

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Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Former Canterbury sharpshooter Daryl Halligan says there's a struck match between Jarrod Croker and James Maloney when debating the NRL's best goalkicker, but has no doubt the current crop easily has his era covered. 

Socceroos back in Canberra    

Socceroos great Tim Cahill saluates the crowd in Perth after Thursday night's 5-0 win against Bangladesh.

Lee Gaskin 7:30 PM   The Socceroos will be returning to Canberra for the first time in four years when they take on Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup qualifier at Canberra Stadium on November 12.

Taylor sends golden point warning 

Tough night: Tigers captain Robbie Farah.

Michael Carayannis 9:12 PM   Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor says the golden point penalty which handed St George Illawarra victory should count as a warning to all teams in the finals.

Vikings prove title credentials   

Vikings winger Lausii Taliauli lunges at the try line, but falls just short.

Lee Gaskin 6:45 PM   The Canberra Vikings showed they will be a force in the National Rugby Championship with a 58-26 thumping of the Greater Sydney Rams at Viking Park on Saturday.

Injury to Jack sours Swans' win over Suns

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Andrew Wu 11:18 PM   It was mission accomplished for Sydney on Saturday night but not without a major blow to their premiership chances.

Central quest for fourth straight title on track  

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Jon Tuxworth 11:44 PM   Central's injured brigade have a chance to rest their bumps and bruises before shooting for a fourth straight premiership after beating Wests 3-1 in Saturday's major semi final. 

Retirees prepare for grand final swansong

Retiring: Queanbeyan's Michael Dodson is another Blues veteran preparing to hang up his boots.

Jon Tuxworth 6:00 PM   Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling will retire from the game content he's squeezed every bit of potential out of himself after Sunday's grand final against Goulburn at Seiffert Oval. 

Kelly, Stokes keep door ajar for 2016

Where to now? Tom Lonergan, Steve Johnson and Mathew Stokes after the Cats' win over Adelaide on Saturday.

Daniel Cherny 8:05 PM   The words at last flowed freely on Saturday for two of Geelong's three departing heroes, which only heightened the intrigue surrounding the mindset of the third.

Undefeated Magpies focus on grand final

Belconnen player Mick Delaney, centre, is held back as things get a little heated.

Brandon Palmer 11:45 PM   The Belconnen Magpies have progressed to the AFL Canberra grand final with a clinical performance against the Tuggeranong Hawks at Kippax on Saturday.

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Special silver for Canberra duo

Special Olympics silver medalists Liam O'Donnell and Zac Spoor.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 11:38 PM   Canberra's Zachary Spoor and Liam O'Donnell have both returned to Australia with a silver medal after overcoming some fierce competition in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last month.

League HQ

Cowboys surge late to hammer Titans

Gavin Cooper leads the charge up the middle.

10:26 PM   ​It was unconvincing at times, but North Queensland have tuned up for the NRL finals with a 42-12 mauling of the Gold Coast Titans.

Farah golden point penalty kills Tigers

Crushing blow: Robbie Farah looks on.

Michael Carayannis 7:54 PM   Robbie Farah's season has gone from bad to worse after he was penalised to hand St George Illawarra a 32-30 golden point win.

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Rugby Heaven

Wing does his own Hayne to play in Cup

Cup tilt: Craig Wing turns out for Japan against Wales in 2013.  The former NRL star will represent the Cherry Blossoms at the World Cup.

Daniel Lane 8:47 PM   Craig Wing was talking about the courage of Jarryd Hayne when it dawned on him that before his own code switch his world was confined to "Maroubra, Randwick, Bondi and rugby league".

Naiyaravoro ready to bring the 'bigness'

Big man on campus: Taqele Naiyaravoro at Camp Wallaby at Notre Dame University.

Phil Lutton 8:27 PM   Taqele Naiyaravoro said he was just a tall and skinny kid before becoming a rugby powerhouse.

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Cricket

Warner injury may mean Australia needs new openers

David Warner leaves the ground after sustaining an injury.

Jesse Hogan 12:07 AM   Australia could potentially be looking for two new openers for next month's Test tour of Bangladesh, with David Warner having to retire hurt after one delivery in Saturday's one-dayer against England at Lord's.

Live score: England vs Australia Second ODI, Lord's

Australian opener David Warner receives treatment after being injured by a ball from Steven Finn at the start of the second one-day tie at Lord's.

8:48 PM   Follow coverage of the second ODI, at Lord's between England and Australia.

AFL

No, Brad Scott, questions were rightly asked

Questions: Brad Scott during the game against Richmond on Friday.

Jon Pierik 6:42 PM   AFL Coach Brad Scott was within his right to lash out at anyone who suggested North Melbourne did not want to win on Friday night – but the question rightly had to be asked.

Bulldogs ruck and rolled by Lions

Daniel Merrett of the Lions competes for the ball against Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs.

Andrew Stafford 12:45 AM    If the value of ruckmen is a perennial in modern football, this is the year the big men hit back. Todd Goldstein's form for North Melbourne is exhibit A.

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Soccer

Socceroos take Tajik test in their stride

Taking it as it comes: Soccaroos coach Ange Postecoglou talks to Mark Bosnich after the game against Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch 9:04 PM   The world's 173th ranked team, Bangladesh, provided little opposition to the Socceroos when they succumbed meekly in Perth.

Socceroos back in Canberra for World Cup qualifier

Socceroos great Tim Cahill saluates the crowd in Perth after Thursday night's 5-0 win against Bangladesh.

Lee Gaskin 7:30 PM   The Socceroos will be returning to Canberra for the first time in four years when they take on Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup qualifier at Canberra Stadium on November 12.

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Horse Racing

More prize money increases on the radar for Country Championships

Funding increase: Mitchell Bell pilots Artlee to victory in the Country Championship Final at Randwick in April.

Adam Pengilly 12:28 AM   Officials are about to sign off further prize money increases for the Country Championships with an announcement expected within the next fortnight after Racing NSW released the dates for next year's series.

Metallic Crown draws comparisons to Zoustar

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Adam Pengilly 12:26 AM   One never to hype his horses too much, Chris Waller took Metallic Crown out of cotton wool and likened the colt to Zoustar after Jim Cassidy sapped all the fighting qualities out of the Ming Dynasty winner.

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UC Vikings v Greater Sydney Rams

Scenes as the UC Vikings take on the Greater Sydney Rams at Viking Park as part of the National Rugby Championship.

Magpies v Hawks

Scenes as the Belconnen Magpies take on the Tuggeranong Hawks at Kippax Oval.

Central v Wests

Scenes as Central take on Wests at Lyneham Hockey Centre.

Sheep shearing brothers to play in local league finals

The Picker brothers, Joe, Mick, and Ben are all playing for Goulburn this weekend against Queanbeyan in the local league finals. Photographed at their farm near Bigga in NSW.

Jarryd Hayne talks about that shoulder charge

Jarryd Hayne speaks about his “rugby-esque moves”, offensive runs and the shoulder-drop in the final pre-season game that's become a viral hit.

Kenny-Dowall likely to face Souths

Shaun Kenny-Dowall could make his return to the Sydney Roosters side on Friday night against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Robredo halts Groth charge

Veteran Spaniard Tommy Robredo continues his run of knocking over Australians at the US Open, beating Sam Groth in straight sets.

Jarryd Hayne stars in Madden 16

He has been making waves on field as he fights for a spot in the San Francisco 49-ers but in the meantime fans can get their Jarryd Hayne fix by playing the Madden NFL 16 video game.

Epic tennis racquet smashes

Where does Coco Vandeweghe's destruction of her tennis racquet during her US Open tie rank amongst other notorious racquet abusers?

NRL: Raiders v Panthers

The Canberra Raiders take on the Penrith Panthers at home in the second-to-last round of the NRL.