Arrests at FIFA meeting as part of corruption probe

Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden 4:43 PM   Swiss police begin making arrests as part of a US Justice Department investigation into corruption involving individuals at FIFA.

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Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne 5:02 PM   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

Maroons bracing for 'hammering' from Blues

Ready to roll: Maroons centre Greg Inglis.

Laine Clark 2:11 PM   Surprised by Josh Reynolds' axing, Queensland still expect  a 'hammering' in tonight's State of Origin opener in Sydney.

Queensland's nigglers a triple threat

Wary of Queensland's tactics: NSW assistant Matt Parish and coach Laurie Daley.

Emma Kemp 1:50 PM   NSW ups the Origin ante by naming three key Queenslanders as on-field nigglers.

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Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Nick Kyrgios of Australia watches the Women's Singles match between Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Ajla Tomljanovic of Australi on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 9:05 PM   Scott Draper likens Nick Kyrgios to a young Boris Becker and believes Andy Murray will be "under the pump" if he face the Canberra star in the French Open third round.

Malthouse sacked by Carlton

Mick Malthouse.

Jake Niall 6:09 PM   Carlton have sacked Mick Malthouse the day after the Blues said an announcement on the embattled coach's future would come after their next two games.

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Brumbies to blow the Bulls 'out of the park'

Ready to attack: Brumbies winger Joe Tomane.

David Polkinghorne 9:23 PM   But are expecting a tight encounter, with a loss ending their Super Rugby finals hopes.

Williams to breathe life back into Raiders

Sam Williams will return from a collapsed lung for the Raiders.

Chris Wilson 9:08 PM   The Raiders will welcome back half Sam Williams against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night.

Soliola 'fully understands' Milford's move

Former Raider Anthony Milford will return to Canberra this week for the first time since joining Brisbane Broncos.

Jon Tuxworth   Anthony Milford's move to the Brisbane Broncos made headlines throughout 2014. One man at the Raiders understands Milford's decision better than most. And he never even played with him.

'They hate me but that's fine ... I hate them'

Robbie Farah: It's the hate that spurs you along.

Michael Chammas 9:20 PM   NSW Blues captain Robbie Farah has embraced the Queensland hate that Paul Gallen has carried on his shoulders for the best part of a decade.

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Last year's dead rubber left a sour taste: Daley

Reflections: Losing game three last year cut deeply for Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas 8:53 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley admits his side's capitulation in game three last year left a sour taste in his mouth after leading the Blues to a long-awaited series victory.

League HQ

Brown ready to light up the energy

Robust performer: Young Souths prop Nathan Brown hopes to channel Sam Burgess against the Titans.

Daniel Lane 5:02 PM   South Sydney forward Jason Clark said all that was expected from rookie prop Nathan Brown during Saturday's match against the Gold Coast was that he continued to bring "plenty of energy" when he's thrown into the action.

Power Rankings: Round 11 - Cowboys strong even when not at full strength

Phil Lutton dinkus Dinkus

Phil Lutton 4:37 PM   The Cowboys are in the kind of form where they're finding it very hard to lose.

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Thursday is D-day for banned Tahs

Will Skelton has travelled to South Africa despite the two-match ban.

8:12 PM   Thursday looms as a significant day for the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby campaign with the appeals for key forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu now a lock.

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Cricket

IPL winner Ricky Ponting won't coach NSW or Sydney Sixers

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Jesse Hogan 5:24 PM   Channel Ten has no fears the sudden availability of the NSW and Sydney Sixers coaching jobs will tempt Ricky Ponting, who has just won the IPL at his first attempt, to abandon his Big Bash League punditry for a deeper move into coaching.

Sex-for-selection scandal: Some female players vulnerable

Retired all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar hopes harassment of women in sport is on the way out.

Jesse Hogan 2:16 PM   Retired champion all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar hopes the vindication for Sri Lankan players who accused officials of demanding sex to assure them of selection will ensure such "extreme cases" won't ever again affect women's cricket.

AFL

Swans expect fired-up Carlton on Friday

Ben McGlynn had the job on Sam Mitchell last week.

5:21 PM   Sydney star Ben McGlynn expects to confront a fired-up Carlton on Friday night after one of the most turbulent weeks in the Blues' proud AFL history.

Racism in the AFL: work still to be done

Nicky Winmar in 2013, next to the famous picture of him taken in 1993.

Jon Pierik 6:37 PM   As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue".

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Soccer

Swiss authorities confirm FIFA arrests

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4:54 PM   Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early on Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.

Mulvey set to sue Brisbane over contract payout

Former Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is set to sue the club.

Sebastian Hassett 1:54 PM   The crisis engulfing three-time A-League champions Brisbane Roar is set to get even worse, with ex-coach Mike Mulvey about to sue the club for unpaid wages.

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Tennis

Upgraded courts lead to Challenger tournament coming to Canberra

'We are certainly well placed for Davis Cup and Fed Cup': Ross Triffitt.

Lee Gaskin   Tennis ACT wants to use its first professional tournament in nine years as a springboard to showing it has the facility capable of hosting Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

Soccer

ANU FC aiming for FFA Cup upset

ANU FC takes on Belconnen United in the quarter-finals of FFA Cup qualifying.

Lee Gaskin   This is the type of David v Goliath encounter the FFA Cup was built for - the amateurs of ANU FC taking on the best team in Canberra.

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Horse Racing

Smerdon's big month to finish in top hat and tails

Regal pose: Robert Smerdon's sprinter Shamal Wind is bound for Royal Ascot.

Chris Roots 2:56 PM   Robert Smerdon would like to think of it as just another race, but getting fitted for a top hat and tails was a giveaway that Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind's next start is something special.

Leading trainer Hayes wants quarantine opened earlier

David Hayes believes that if the opening date, which is usually the first week in October, can be moved back a month it could enhance the chances of international horses competing in early spring.

Patrick Bartley   Leading Australian trainer David Hayes wants the Werribee quarantine station opened earlier this year so overseas horses can compete in early spring races.

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Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.