ASADA tells Bombers: This isn't over yet

Samantha Lane 1:40 AM   Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt says he is confident Essendon players received banned drugs and is eagerly awaiting the AFL information on Stephen Dank.

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Watson's done 'shuttle runs to hell and back'

Tim Watson says he is no longer angry at Bombers coach James Hird.

Stathi Paxinos and Daniel Cherny 3:03 PM   Essendon great Tim Watson no longer feels anger towards James Hird and believes he should coach as long as his players are "prepared to stand up and play for him".

Tilse granted mid-season release from Raiders

Dane Tilse.

Chris Wilson 4:12 PM   The Raiders will release Dane Tilse to join the UK Super League this month, but only after the veteran helps them ride through an injury crisis.

Turner on track for amazing comeback

Kytle Turner

Adrian Proszenko 6:56 PM   After copping five head knocks last year and then undergoing spinal surgery in the first game of this one, Kyle Turner had every reason to be pessimistic about his playing future.

Malthouse wants 40 goals from Jones

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Daniel Cherny 3:09 PM   Thirty-one. That’s how many years Mick Malthouse will have coached in by the end of Thursday night.

David Pocock returns to starting XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: David Pocock of the Brumbies talks to team mates during the round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 7:07 PM   The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their fairytales are temporarily on hold due to David Pocock.

Glory issued second show cause notice 

Centre of investigation: Perth Glory player Andy Keogh.

Dominic Bossi 11:41 PM   Perth Glory’s hopes of a first A-League title may be dashed, after Football Federation Australia was set to hand the club a second show cause notice for a serious breach of the salary cap.

Lankan Rupee makes Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee.

Chris Roots 12:08 AM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Track partners Dryden and Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne 4:09 PM   After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

League HQ

Friend not far off returning: Roosters

Jake Friend

Steve Zemek 8:53 AM   The Sydney Roosters are confident hooker Jake Friend will be ready to return as early as next week.

Souths expecting to face Josh Reynolds

Josh Reynolds is expected to play in the Good Friday clash.

Steve Zemek 8:49 AM   South Sydney are fully expecting Canterbury to field their tenacious little terrier Josh Reynolds in Friday night's grand final replay.

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Rugby Heaven

Karmichael Hunt returns for Queensland Reds

Karmichael Hunt will returns to the Reds from the bench.

8:46 AM   Karmichael Hunt has been named on the bench in his Super Rugby return for the Queensland Reds against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 8:34 AM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

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Cricket

Kumar Sangakkara urged not to retire by government

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara became the first player to score four hundreds in successive ODIs during the Cricket World Cup.

Ranga Sirilal 8:43 AM   Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara should reconsider his decision to retire from limited overs cricket and continue for another year, the country's sports minister said on Wednesday.

Daniel Vettori to coach Brisbane Heat

Daniel Vettori (R) will become the Brisbane Heat's first standalone coach.

8:35 AM   Daniel Vettori has signed a three-year deal to coach the Big Bash League's Brisbane Heat.

AFL

The bluffer's guide to modern footy lingo

Hawk stalker: Paul Puopolo.

Peter Hanlon 8:37 PM   Making sense of the fat, the skinny and the saw-toothed.

Blues, Tigers put faith in youngsters

New Tiger: Kamdyn McIntosh

Matt Murnane 8:27 PM   Both Richmond and Carlton will throw a debutant into the furnace for the traditional season-opener at the MCG, with Clem Smith set to be the first player from last year's draft class to start his career.

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Soccer

Guided by Green wood, veteran coach Karathu shines in Malaysia

Jason Dasey dinkus

Jason Dasey 1:08 AM   Returning from retirement for a third time, 72-year-old M. Karathu is easily the Malaysia Super League's oldest head coach. Inspired more by Ron Greenwood than Jose Mourinho, his time-honoured methods have made Perak FA one of the MSL teams to beat this season.

Chinese group buy stake in Atletico

1:03 AM   China's Wanda Group have acquired a 20 per cent stake in La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, worth a reported 44.98 million euros ($A63 million).

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ACT Sport

New golf series hits Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan fairways

Golf.

7:17 PM   The region will attract more than 80 PGA Australia professionals this month, with Canberra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan to host a pro-am series over nine days.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Champs path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne 3:02 PM   Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

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Horse Racing

Lankan Rupee and Ready For Victory make Mick Price's day

Back for the TJ: Lankan Rupee.

Chris Roots 12:08 AM   Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.

Big Doncaster day out for Own A Champion competition winner

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Tommy Berry rides Vancouver to win race 7, The Golden Slipper during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anthony Johnson/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 12:07 AM   Jonathon Wood will celebrate his birthday at Randwick on Saturday as the part owner of Royal Descent after winning the Own A Champion competition.

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Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Australia beats NZ to become World Cup champions

Raiders vs Rooster

The Canberra Raiders clash with the Sydney Rooster in Sydney in round four of the NRL

Mont 24 hour race

Pictures from the Month 24 hour mountain bike race, held at Kowen Forest.

Silver Foxes vs Australian Defence Force Old Boys

A friendly rugby match between the Silver Foxes and the Australian Defence Force Old Boys at Bungendore.

ACT Water Polo Champions.

ACT first Grade men and women's teams. Nordek vs Vikings

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.