Raiders given perfect start to 2016 season

Lee Gaskin 3:32 PM   The Canberra Raiders have the perfect opportunity to make a flying start to 2016.

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Brumbies could be losing another star

Joe Tomane of the Brumbies.

5:13 PM   ACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane is reported to be linking up with former coach Jake White at Top 14 club Montpellier.

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Millar happy to get off with par

Matt Millar dropped from the overnight lead to a tie for sixth at the Australian Masters.

David Polkinghorne 10:31 PM   Ryan Ruffels also starts Aussie Open well.

Cavalry bitten by costly big innings

Cavalry's Joshua Fritsch had a tough night at second base, making two errors.

David Polkinghorne 10:51 PM   Canberra Cavalry will stay on top of the ABL ladder despite a big loss to Adelaide Bite.


Record partnership leads Comets to epic chase

ACT Comets batsman Michael Spaseski plays a shot against Victoria.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   A magnificent record-breaking partnership between centurions Michael Spaseski and Jono Dean has delivered the ACT Comets a stunning outright victory.

Kookaburra raises pink-ball concerns 

David Warner throws pink balls at a nets session on Thursday.

Andrew Wu 8:57 AM   As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day/night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.

McCullum driven to extend unbeaten streak

Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as New Zeland Test captain is winding towards an end.

Jesse Hogan 6:31 PM   As Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as Test captain winds towards an end, maybe even at the end of this summer, he is still driven to extend the unbeaten streak that demands his team be respected.


Queanbeyan prepare to combat spin twins

Queanbeyan's Dean Solway and Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob prepare for the Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval on Friday night.

Lee Gaskin   Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway believes his side can find a way to combat Weston Creek Molonglo spin twins Blake Dean and Mac Wright in the rescheduled Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final.


Meteors batter takes off with Thunder

ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski has signed with the Sydney Thunder.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski will be reunited with teammate Erin Osborne in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League after signing with the Sydney Thunder.

Rugby union

Smith settles back into Brumbies life

Brumbies centre Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra after a stint overseas.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   After a stint in Europe, Brumbies outside back Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra on a two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.


Cashed-up ACT one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

League HQ

Two hours sleep in three days to meet deadline for NRL deal

Stating his case: ARL chairman John Grant.

Brad Walter 5:25 PM   ARLC chairman John Grant praises Dave Smith's role in broadcast deal

NRL 2016 season draw


4:59 PM   The full fixture list for the 2016 NRL season.


Rugby Heaven

Thorn could play for Reds next year at 41

Raring to go: Brad Thorn says he can play on next year.

Phil Lutton 5:40 PM   Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.

Williams ready to lead women's sevens team at World Series

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.



Cricket again mourns Phillip Hughes

Gone, not forgotten: Phillip Hughes comes out to bat for Australia in 2010.

Steve Larkin 5:19 PM   There was Phillip Hughes again. But not where he should be.

Starc removes Williamson in first session

Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates dismissing Kane Williamson

4:53 PM   Australia paceman Mitchell Starc captured the prized wicket of Kane Williamson late in the session.


Early rounds a sore spot for Richmond

Chris Yarran joins his new Richmond teammates for a pre-season training session.

Larissa Nicholson 12:15 PM   Richmond will try to get their season off to a strong start, in a bid to avoid the horror start which hampered their 2015 season, vice-captain Brett Deledio said.

St Kilda spruiks new players, major sponsor

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  Recruit Jake Carlisle tries to steal the ball of fellow recruit Nathan Freeman during a St Kilda Saints AFL pre-season training session at Linen House Oval on November 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Larissa Nicholson 2:19 PM   AFL When St Kilda wheeled out their new players for the media on Friday, Jake Carlisle was a notable exclusion from their ranks.



Idiotic fans don't just attend A-League games, other sports should be wary

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 5:18 PM   At the end of a troubled week sparked by a tabloid beat-up that had the fingerprints of vested interests all over it, one thing is clear - one of the few things that genuinely unites the tribes in football is the familiar whiff of discrimination.

Cleaning up FIFA and giving football back to the people, Prince Ali's plan

Change in direction: Prince Ali Bin Hussein.

Dominic Bossi 4:55 PM   The man attempting to overthrow FIFA president Sepp Blatter is about to undertake a socialist revolution, bring power back to the masses in the clean-up of the world's biggest organisation.


ACT Sport

Former A-League4Canberra bid chief hesistant to deal with FFA again

A-League4Canberra bid leader Ivan Slavich writes out refund cheques for people who supported the bid.

Lee Gaskin 4:12 PM   Former A-League4Canberra bid chief Ivan Slavich says he would be hesitant to deal with Football Federation Australia again unless it drastically changes its views on A-League expansion.

Cavalry chip in for Loveless bachelor party

Canberra Cavalry outfielder Derrick Loveless, centre, is having his bucks party next week.

David Polkinghorne 3:44 PM   Canberra Cavalry throw outfielder a Bucks Party for a romance that started with a tweet.


Horse Racing

I'm Imposing out for another Festival win instead of retirement

He's imposing: Tye Angland pilots I'm Imposing to victory in the Festival Stakes for Chris Waller last year. The trio reunite for another tilt on Saturday.

Chris Roots 4:34 PM   I'm Imposing is in the twilight of his racing days but he is such a summer time horse that Chris Waller has a cautious push on for a final curtain call.

Unanimously on track for Moonee Valley sprint

High hopes: Trainer Matthew Dale expects Unanimously to race well at Moonee valley.

3:25 PM   As Matthew Dale prepares to welcome his best horse back into work, a long-time flag bearer for the Canberra trainer's stable will bid to win at Moonee Valley.


Spieth and Scott upstaged by Tighe

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott upstaged at the Australian Open.

Brad Thorn joins the Queensland Reds

All Blacks and Broncos legend Brad takes up new role with Reds.

World watches a cricketing experiment

teve Smith says he is excited to be part of history on Friday.

Djokovic reflects on 'incredible' season

Novak Djokovic says he couldn't have asked for a better finish.

Kane dominates in London derby

Harry Kane scored twice for Spurs in their 4-1 win over West Ham.

Rory McIlroy elated with Dubai double

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the DP World Tour Championship.

Queanbeyan Gift 2015 men's, women's finals

Scenes from the Queanbeyan Gift finals at Queanbeyan Park.

Keeper uses her head in classic catch assist

Alyssa Healy unwittingly uses her head to set-up an unlikely catch.

W-League: Canberra United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC take on Canberra United in round six of the W-League.

ABL: Canberra v Melbourne Aces

The Melbourne Aces fight back to split the series with the Cavalry.