Making a splash

Chris Dutton   Raider Jack Wighton can’t wait to rub shoulders with the game’s best on Saturday.

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ACT Brumbies fight to keep David Pocock  

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton 10:22 PM   The ARU is prepared to offer David Pocock one of the biggest contracts in Australian rugby history and work with the star flanker to give him a year away from the sport to ensure he stays in the game for the 2019 World Cup.

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Brumbies feel the need for speed

John Pryor

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   New England coach Eddie Jones has already snared ACT Brumbies legend George Smith to help the enemy and the former Wallabies mentor is banging down the door for another man in Canberra.

Wanderers enter plea for true fans

Wanderers fans let off flares during the round 18 match against Melbourne Victory.

Sebastian Hassett   While the Western Sydney Wanderers will plead to Football Federation Australia to avoid handing out points deductions or fines for last Saturday's crowd behaviour, the club is determined to stamp out those fans who continue to tarnish the club's image.

A-League must act now to deter hooligans

Greg Baum

Greg Baum   More years ago than I care to count, after a soccer match in England, I found myself literally in a corner.

Scrapping All Stars 'foolish and insulting'  

Passionate: Stan Grant said players needed to treat the All Stars game with the same respect as a grand final or a State ...

Brad Walter   Stan Grant and Linda Burney say the NRL All Stars game is about more than football.

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Inglis insists Rabbitohs are a happy camp

Back together: Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis celebrate winning the 2014 NRL grand final. Burgess has returned to Redfern ...

Brad Walter   How the Indigenous All Stars taught South Sydney captain Greg Inglis about leadership.

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Honeymoon is over for Steve Smith

First test as captain: Steve Smith.

Andrew Wu   The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith. For the first time in the Australian captain's reign he is short of runs and presiding over a team that is not winning.

Australia's World T20 team in a spin

Victoria's Matthew Wade led the Bushrangers to a Sheffield Shield title in his second season as captain.

Andrew Wu   The logic applied to dump Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper for the World T20 was not extended to strengthen Australia's slow bowling stocks, leaving the team dangerously thin for spin in India.

Stallworth clause ''not in spirit of the game''

Denesha Stallworth.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf is confident the WNBL will clear DeNesha Stallworth to play on Friday.

Demons get hot under the collar

Melbourne Demons

Larissa Nicholson 2:18 PM   Tempers flared at Melbourne training on Tuesday, two weeks before the club's first pre-season match.

Cricket

Women cricketers receive $500k boost

Alex Blackwell says "we're on the right track".

Larissa Nicholson, Scott Bailey 7:44 PM   A $500,000 kicker from Australia's male cricketers has ensured their female counterparts now have their private health insurance covered.

Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Megan Levy 6:08 PM   Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality television program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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Soccer

Wanderers face the waiting game as FFA ponders sanction

Wanderers fans during the round 18 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney in Melbourne on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 6:15 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers will now face a nervous wait to find out how Football Federation Australia whether punish them for fan misbehaviour after submitting their show cause response to the governing body on Wednesday night.

Victory determined to break ACL drought

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch 4:02 PM   The last time Kevin Muscat had anything to do with Sven Goran Eriksson the latter was England manager and Muscat was part of the Australian squad that humbled Eriksson's side 3-1 at Upton Park in a friendly game in February 2003.

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League HQ

All Stars concept far too important to scrap, says a frustrated Greg Bird

You must keep it: Greg Bird has pleaded for the retention of the NRL All Stars game.

Phil Lutton 6:10 PM   The Titans backrower can't believe the future of the All Stars concept is once again at stake.

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wants All Stars match scrapped

No more All Stars matches: Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan wants an end to the annual clash.

Adrian Proszenko 5:59 PM   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has called for the "outdated" All Stars game to be scrapped after the fixture left him without almost $4 million of talent for his club's first trial of the season.

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Rugby Heaven

Car accident fails to halt Scott Fardy's comeback in Brumbies pre-season

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton 7:05 PM   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

England not fit to face Wallabies, says Jones

Warning: Eddie Jones poses with Jack Nowell after England's Calcutta Cup win.

11:52 AM   Eddie Jones insists England's current level of fitness is adequate for the Six Nations but would be exposed on the tour to Australia unless improvements are made.

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AFL

Lyon: Blues got the right coach

Right man for the job: Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.

Jake Niall 7:28 PM   Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has described new Carlton coach Brendon Bolton as the "exact" coach the Blues needed.

Cometti to hang up the microphone this year

Dennis Cometti.

11:55 AM   The AFL will sound a little different after the end of the 2016 season with veteran commentator Dennis Cometti confirming he will hang up the microphone.

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Horse Racing

Punters the losers again as race schedule crowded by Victorian trial

Promising to look after the punter: Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys.

Chris Roots 6:37 PM   Racing NSW and Racing Victoria power brokers will meet on Friday in an attempt to work out differences over race times, which caused a significant turnover downturn last weekend.

Trial of 30-minute starting times could continue

Rhys McLeod riding Shakespearean Lass, winner of the W.J.Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley 6:27 PM   As the war of words between Victoria and NSW racing bodies continues to simmer over the tighter race schedule for the Caulfield meeting on Saturday, it is hoped a summit meeting on Friday between senior officials from both states may find a solution.

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Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?

ACT Premier Cricket: Wests-UC v Eastlake

Wests-UC take on Eastlake in the Douglas Cup competition.

ACT Athletics titles and IPC Grand Prix

ACT Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.