Pocock, Arnold recognised at John Eales Medal

Kyle Mackey-Laws   David Pocock and Rory Arnold claim awards at John Eales Medal in Sydney.

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Folau wins back-to-back John Eales Medals

Standout: Israel Folau with the John Eales Medal - his second in as many years.

Rupert Guinness   Israel Folau received the John Eales Medal for the second consecutive year on Thursday night.

Lealiifano finds new focus after Cup snub

Brumby Christian Lealiifano is ready to answer any SOS from the Wallabies during the World Cup.

Chris Dutton   Christian Lealiifano is ready to answer any SOS from the Wallabies during the World Cup.

Alexander benched for Vikings opener

Wallabies veteran Ben Alexander will start on the bench in the Canberra Vikings' first NRC match.

Fleta Page   After being overlooked for the Wallabies World Cup squad, the Brumbies prop will start on the bench in the Vikings' first NRC match.

Hodgson hoping Hull KR can break drought

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson hopes his old club Hull KR can win the Challenge Cup in England this weekend.

Lee Gaskin   Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will have one eye on the Challenge Cup as his old club Hull KR attempts to win it.

Rabbitohs' title defence in disarray

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Justin Hodges of the Broncos congratulates team mate Jordan Kahu after he scored during the round 25 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis   On a horror night for the premiers, John Sutton suffered a suspected broken leg and Issac Luke was again put on report for a shoulder charge.

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I'd pick Farah from NSW Cup: Daley

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26:  Robbie Farah addresses the media Wests Tigers training on August 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Robbie Farah

Adrian Proszenko   Blues coach Laurie Daley says he'd have no qualms about selecting Robbie Farah for State of Origin duty from the NSW Cup.

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Andrew Johns poised to defect to Fox 

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster   Fox Sports going nowhere as they move to sign up Immortal.

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Is there any more like Jarryd?

Jarryd Hayne at training in Denver.

Michael Chammas 1:00 AM   Jarryd Hayne's US agent is looking for the next NFL convert.

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Buntine returns after second concussion

Backing himself: Greater Western Sydney's Matt Buntine.

Andrew Wu 11:44 PM   Matt Buntine was reading news of North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams' retirement from concussion four weeks ago.

Aussies take different paths to finals

Eleanor Patterson clears the bar in Beijing

Michael Gleeson   The contrast could scarcely have been more dramatic, but Australians Michelle Jenneke and Eleanor Patterson both advanced to finals in Beijing.

League HQ

Video preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

Road warriors: Johnathan Thurston and the Cowoboys are on the verge of something special.

10:45 PM   Two teams will big plans for September square off on Saturday night. Who'll give their title hopes a nudge in the right direction?

It's like Origin every week: Hayne opens up about life in the NFL

Jarryd Hayne and Carlos Hyde

Michael Chammas 9:28 PM   On the eve of his third NFL trial against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Jarryd Hayne has opened up about life as a San Francisco 49er - describing it as State of Origin every week.

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Rugby Heaven

Folau dismisses try count as form barometer

More than just five-pointers:  John Eales Medal winner Israel Folau is more concerned with his overall performance.

Rupert Guinness 9:43 PM   Israel Folau left his mark early in rugby union for his try scoring flare; but while others may use that as the barometer for his form, the Wallabies fullback does not.

Vikings give Third his chance

Mitch Third.

Fleta Page 8:49 PM   Queensland teenager Mitch Third has moved to Canberra to chase his Super Rugby dreams.

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Cricket

When it comes to cricket, luck really is a fortune

Malcolm Knox dinkus Dinkus

Malcolm Knox 9:13 PM   The biggest taboo subject in sports is luck. For players, to admit that luck dictates results is to surrender control of their destiny.

Haddin weighs up playing future

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is yet to decide whether he will continue his Test career.

Lee Gaskin 8:52 PM   Brad Haddin says he will take a couple of weeks to decide his playing future.

AFL

The Magnificent Two – a new-age western

Eagle joy: Guy McKenna, John Worsfold and Chris Mainwaring after the 1992 grand final.

Peter Hanlon 7:22 PM   What happens when the west rules the roost? We might be about to find out.

Can Hawks afford Lake and Frawley in defence?

Big decision: Alastair Clarkson has to decide how best to use James Frawley (above) and Brian Lake.

Garry Lyon 8:02 PM   Challenges have emerged for Alastair Clarkson and his coaching group. One is how they best deploy the services of their two key defenders, Brian Lake and James Frawley.

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Soccer

Jedinak upbeat about Socceroos' future

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch 6:46 PM   For Mile Jedinak, the injured Socceroos skipper, 2015 has been a mixed bag, bringing the best of times and, if not quite the worst of times, then periods he might prefer to forget.

FFA satisfied with Roar progress

Luke Brattan

Beth Newman 6:24 PM   Brisbane Roar's under fire owners will remain in charge for now after meetings with Football Federation Australia on Friday.

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ACT Sport

Staniforth named John I Dent's best player

Tom Staniforth won the MacDougall Medal for his performance in the John I Dent Cup in 2015.

10:07 PM   Tom Staniforth won the MacDougall Medal on Friday night as the most outstanding player in the John I Dent Cup.

Canberra runner Waco Kid to make Sydney debut at Rosehill

Canberra trainer Nick Olive.

Jon Tuxworth 9:02 PM   Canberra trainer Nick Olive is optimistic Waco Kid will handle the step up in class at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Horse Racing

McEvoy has a point to prove at Caulfield

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 10:08 PM   Kerrin McEvoy is riding better now than ever, including his time as the gun jockey for Darley, a point he will be out to confirm at Caulfield, the major program on Saturday.

Vlahos released pending summons following fraud squad probe into punting club collapse

Bill Vlahos.

Patrick Bartley 9:07 PM   Bill Vlahos the head of the ill-fated betting club The Edge has been released pending summonses after he was arrested early on Friday morning at his Torquay home.

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Is Hayne the real deal?

Jarryd Hayne isn't just impressing Australian sports fans.

Fremantle Dockers star gets stuck in lift

Fremantle Docker regular on Heidi Will and Woody, Lachie Neale is trying to leave the station but he's stuck in the lift!

Gus and Webby: Farah's soap opera

Robbie Farah deals with the Tigers' contract issues.

Canberra Raiders Cup presentation night

Glitz and glamour from local league's night of nights.

Knights beat Storm

The Newcastle Knights have upset the Melbourne Storm on their home turf, beating the southerners 20-6.

Brilliant Bolt blitzes Beijing in 100m final

Usain Bolt wins gold and denies two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin.

AFL finals race gets blown wide open

Rohan Connolly reviews round 21 of the AFL competition.

Nat Fyfe Brownlow chances still alive

Nat Fyfe's Brownlow medal chances are still alive.

Gold Coast Titans down woeful Raiders

The Titans' 28-12 win moves them away from wooden spoon.

Cooma Tigers v Canberra FC

Canberra FC secured another league table in a top-two battle.