Spieth splutters during testing first round

Adam Pengilly 4:04 PM   Defending Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth had a "brain fart" to finish a lacklustre opening round in Sydney. He's just praying it doesn't come back to haunt him.

Top stories

Beach volleyball facility cost blows out

Emily Larkin dives for the ball on to the sand at the Lyneham Beach Sports Facility.

Lee Gaskin 9:48 PM   It's the $1 million sand pit in the northern suburbs of Canberra that continues to divide opinions.

Curry laughs off Messi comparison

Thirsty for Olympic success: Steph Curry.

Roy Ward 11:10 AM   Stephen Curry held court with the world's media on Thursday and spoke openly on a wide range of topics.

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Cricketer takes head blow with pink ball

Australia players and staff surround an Adelaide club cricketer after he was struck on the head by a ball hit by all-rounder Mitch Marsh during a training session under floodlights at Adelaide Oval, in preparation for the pink-ball Test.

Jesse Hogan 7:44 AM   An Adelaide club cricketer was struck in the back of the head while bowling to the Australian team in their training session under floodlights on Wednesday.

Calls for more safety action after death

Devastating loss: Phillip Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game last year.

Tom Decent 11:02 PM   Phillip Hughes' long-time coach and mentor has questioned whether cricket administrators are doing "everything humanly possible" to ensure player safety.

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Meteors bowler kicks goals with Sixers

ACT Meteors bowler Jodie Hicks, has signed with the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League.

Lee Gaskin   ACT Meteors bowler Jodie Hicks has signed with the Sydney Sixers for the Women's Big Bash League after playing for the Melbourne Demons in the women's AFL this year.

Rugby league

World Cup hopefuls could call Canberra home

Rugby League World Cup boss Michael Brown says Canberra is the ideal base for teams.

David Polkinghorne   Chief executive backs Canberra as ideal venue for teams to prepare for World Cup.


Canberra clubs voice concerns about NPL

Keen debate: Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid said some club presidents are against the idea of representative teams playing in the National Premier League.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra National Premier League clubs are fighting Capital Football's desire to have a Canberra United Academy team in the first division competition next season.

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Cavalry the answer to Thompson's prayers

Pitcher Aaron Thompson says the Canberra Cavalry are the answer to his prayers.

David Polkinghorne   Canberra recruit says the joke's on anyone who doesn't take the opportunity to do what he's doing.

Australian football

Eastlake looking for next Himmelberg

GWS draftee Harrison Himmelberg might be the first of a few 2015 Eastlake players who make it onto an AFL list.

David Polkinghorne   ┬áDemons' tough 2015 could reap rewards at next year's AFL draft.


Treffers chases down Larkin for Rio  spot

Ben Treffers will chase gold in the 50m backstroke final.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra backstroker Ben Treffers is hunting down world champion Mitch Larkin on his way to forcing his way in to the Australian team for next year's Olympic Games.

League HQ

NRL blocks Burgess' Souths contract: report

Back in Sydney: But the NRL are reportedly refusing to register Sam Burgess' Souths contract, with the club over the salary cap.

7:37 PM   The NRL has reportedly refused to register Sam Burgess' big money deal with South Sydney, with the club being ruled to be over the salary cap.

NRL TV deal 'comparable' to AFL one: expert analyst


Adrian Proszenko 6:29 PM   The man who masterminded the NRL's last broadcast deal has labelled the latest, soon-to-be-minted one a "great outcome" for rugby league and comparable to the one negotiated by the AFL.


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.

11:52 AM   Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.



Captain McCullum driven to extend Black Caps' 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 New Zealand team be respected.

Kookaburra raises pink-ball concerns before day-night Test

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26:  David Warner of Australia throws pink cricket balls during an Australian nets session at the Adelaide Oval on November 26, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu 6:23 PM   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.


Ex-Crow Wright signs at Carlton

Matthew Wright has joined the Blues.

Daniel Cherny 2:54 PM   Carlton have added further recycled talent to their list, signing former Adelaide utility Matthew Wright as a delisted free agent.

How Dons players were called up to hearing

The world body is challenging the AFL anti-doping tribunal's March verdict that cleared the 34 current and past Essendon players.

Jake Niall   A random selection of Essendon players who gave evidence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal were called to the hearing by the CAS panel, not the World Anti-Doping Agency.



Izzo eager to make the most of Reddy saga at Mariners

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Nick Montgomery of the Mariners saves a goal with Paul Izzo (GK) of the Mariners in frame during the round six A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 6:06 PM   It was never the way Paul Izzo imagined his first regular spot in the A-League would come about but following the abrupt departure of Liam Reddy from Central Coast Mariners, the youngster is out to cement his place.

Franjic back and Melling experiment to continue as City ready forPerth

Defensive role: Jacob Melling is set to again be used as a central defender for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 2:41 PM   Centre halves. Big, tall, strong, imposing players in the middle of the back four, aren't they. Great in the air, often less good on the ground.


ACT Sport


Queanbeyan prepare to combat Weston Creek 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 5:16 PM   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 in WBBL

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.


Horse Racing

McDonald offers winning return when he teams with Waller

Blur: this might be all rivals see of odds-on favourite Telepathic when James McDonald gets in the saddle on Saturday.

Chris Roots 6:23 PM   James McDonald might be the retained jockey at Godolphin but for punters his combination with premier trainer Chris Waller has become lethal this season.

Cashed-up Canberra 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 5:14 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.


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.

WNBL: Canberra v Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals suffered their ninth loss in a row on Sunday.

Legend sings anthem through hiccups

Ethan Hall defies hiccups to sing the national anthem at the baseball.

Jamie Vardy makes history in the EPL

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scores for the 10th game in a row.