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Raiders set to pounce on another Knight

Newcastle's Adam Clydsdale takes on the Raiders at Seiffert Oval during a pre-season trial match this year. Next year they'll be teammates, with the hooker set to sign with Canberra.

Brett Keeble 9:11 PM   Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale will continue his career in Canberra next season.

Hooper cited for hit on Brown

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23:  Michael Hooper of Australia in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 9:46 PM   LONDON: The Wallabies hopes of finishing at the top of the pool of death have been dealt a major blow, with flanker Michael Hooper facing suspension after a cleanout on England's Mike Brown.

New Essendon coach to turn healer

New Essendon coach John Worsfold.

Jon Pierik 5:22 PM   New Essendon coach John Worsfold will provide input into the Bombers' football-department review as one of his key early tasks as he seeks to ultimately deliver the club a 17th premiership.

Wallabies ready to win back Aussie fans

TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Matt Giteau of Australia dives over to score a try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 03, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 8:45 PM   The Wallabies are ready to seize their moment in the Australian sporting spotlight after their best game in a decade was sandwiched between the AFL and NRL grand finals, coach Michael Cheika urging his players to win back fan respect.

Wallabies on notice for attack

Michael Cheika is wary of getting into a verbal stoush with Wales.

Chris Dutton 5:17 PM   Beware of the wounded beast and the master coach. That's Michael Cheika's warning to the Wallabies as they prepare for a showdown against an injury-ravaged Wales in a battle for top spot in the pool of death.

Hunt puts on a brave face  

The agony: Ben Hunt reacts as the prize slips away.

Phil Lutton 8:05 PM   Ben Hunt's brilliant season with the Broncos ended in nightmare scenes in the grand final but the young half remains determined to return to the top.

The phrases that inspired the Cowboys

NRL Grandfinal 2015 winners the Queensland Cowboys fly home to Townsville from sydney's domestic airport today.Fans,family and friends were there to say congradulations.
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Michael Carayannis 11:16 PM   The man who saved the Cowboys from grand final misery drew inspiration from a quote associated with the death of a former teammate and close friend.

Hawks delayed Clarkson contract

Alastair Clarkson doesn't come cheap.

Caroline Wilson 7:17 PM   Hawthorn had the opportunity to secure Alastair Clarkson on a new deal well before the finals but insisted on following a two-month process before re-signing its multi-premiership coach.

Canberran marshals Bathurst troops

Chief Grid Marshal Michelle Luke will be volunteering at Bathurst 1000 for the 19th time.

Alex Meibusch 5:54 PM   After an uninterrupted 19 years volunteering at Bathurst 1000, Canberra's Michelle Luke has witnessed her fair share of iconic moments.

Capitals name co-captains

Canberra Capitals co-captains Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson at the University of Canberra basketball court.

Jon Tuxworth 5:46 PM   Canberra Capitals star Lauren Jackson is confident she will be on court early in the season and her body is "feeling the best it has in two years" after a positive prognosis on her injured knee. 

League HQ

Broncos fans embrace upside of painful defeat

Justin Hodges consoles Andrew McCullough of the after their defeat.

Phil Lutton 12:46 AM   It was a horror night for Broncos fans but many are already looking forward to going one better in 2016.

Coach's input fine, but forget a rematch

Unlikely to receive support: Wayne Bennett.

Brad Walter 11:22 PM   Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has been invited to propose an alternative to golden point for future drawn grand finals to the NRL competition committee but his suggestion that such a game be replayed a week later is unlikely to receive support.

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Rugby Heaven

Eddie Jones open to coaching England

"I'm not saying I crave the job. I already have a job, but if they want to talk, I'll talk": Japan coach Eddie Jones.

Chris Dutton 6:25 AM   Former Wallabies mentor and now Japan coach Eddie Jones says he would listen to England officials if they sack Lancaster and express interest in his services.

Hard-working Kepu proves unsung hero for Australians

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Rupert Guinness 10:59 PM   It would be understandable if Benn Robinson had lamented missing out on a third World Cup as he watched the Wallabies beat England on Sunday morning (AEDT). But on the contrary the Waratahs loosehead and veteran of 72 Tests was as excited as anyone who watched the game live, especially the performance of the Australian pack and foremost that of fellow Waratahs tighthead prop Sekope Kepu.



Mark Waugh says there'll be more heartache for Bangladesh squad

David Warner is one of several rested players certain to return against New Zealand, which will rule out some of those selected for Bangladesh.

Daniel Lane 11:29 PM   National selector Mark Waugh said some players who were named for the postponed tour of Bangladesh will be disappointed when the team for next month's opening Test against New Zealand is named.

Smith starts Matador Cup with rapid-fire century

Disappointed: New South Wales and Australia captain Steve Smith arrives for a press conference at Moore Park.

Daniel Lane 5:12 PM   Australia's national cricket skipper Steve Smith and NSW opener Nic Maddinson provided the Cricket Australia XI's bowling attack with some brutal lessons in Monday's Matador Cup match at Bankstown Oval.


Bombers begin new era, but past still lingers

Man with a plan: New Essendon coach John Worsfold

Jon Pierik 2:08 PM   At last, this was a good news day for Essendon, and there haven't been too many of those in the past three years.

Worsfold announced as Dons coach

The John Worsfold announcement is expected on Monday.

Jake Niall 11:33 AM   Essendon have appointed former West Coast premiership coach John Worsfold as their new senior coach for the next three years.



How Elrich overcame his inner critic to become a Socceroo

New attitude: Socceroo Tarek Elrich.

Dominic Bossi 12:28 AM   How one lecture from Josep Gombau freed Tarek Elrich from the pressure, unleashing the international footballer within.

Socceroos are Asia's most wanted scalp

Balon d'Or nominee Massimo Luongo.

Dominic Bossi 11:32 PM   FIFA World Player of the Year nominee Massimo Luongo says Australia must be careful not to become Asia's Chelsea.


ACT Sport

Pakistan, India cricketers to clash in Canberra

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Adam Voges of Australia bats during day one of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on August 20, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth   The subcontinent is increasingly becoming a 'no-go' zone for the Australian cricket team, but the success of the Canberra Pakistanis versus Canberra Indians cricket matches has prompted an expansion of the concept this year.

Four Canberra United players in Matildas squad as pay standoff cools

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Jon Tuxworth   Four Canberra United players have been chosen for Matildas training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport this week after the bitter standoff between the players and Football Federation Australia cooled when an interim deal was reached.


Horse Racing

Top jockeys foiled by typhoon

Top jockey Zac Purton

Patrick Bartley 11:07 PM   Some of Australia's leading stables will nervously await the outcome of a review conducted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club into how their two leading jockeys failed to meet their obligations at the Sha Tin meeting on Sunday.

Waller - Bowman "bromance" flowers in the spring

Trainer Chris Waller after Hugh Bowman riding on Winx won race 7, the Treasury Casino and Hotel Queensland Oaks at the Oaks Day, Doomben, Brisbane, 30 May 2015. Photo: Tertius Pickard.

Michael Lynch 5:46 PM   "Bromance" might too strong a word for it given Chris Waller's completely understandable jockey promiscuity. 


Cowboys win NRL grand final

After a last second try in regular time, North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston wins the NRL grand final with a field goal, beating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16.

NRL Grand final - Broncos v Cowboys

All the action as the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2015 NRL grand final.

Sekope Kepu's unreal World Cup pass

Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu sets up Bernard Foley's stunning first try with a ridiculous flick pass during Australia's defeat of England in the Rugby World Cup.

RWC 2015: Aussies to stay 'humble' after England win

Australia's coach Michael Cheika praises his side for successfully silencing a “tsunami of noise” at Twickenham.

Australia knock England out of their own World Cup

Bernard Foley stars for the Wallabies with two tries as England collapse at Twickenham.

Cyril Rioli best player in AFL grand final

Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal in the AFL grand final.

Luke Hodge's freakish grand final goal

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge kicks a contender for best goal of the 2015 grand final.

Hawthorn wins third consecutive premiership

Hawthorn seals the 2015 AFL premiership with an easy win over the West Coast Eagles.

Melbourne warms to Grand Final holiday

Perfect weather puts a smile on the faces of footy fans.

Wales beat Fiji

Wales over come a spirited Fiji to move to the top of RWC pool A.