Raiders start strong, but Cowboys power home

Lee Gaskin 10:47 PM   The Raiders had the NRL's hottest team on the ropes before the North Queensland Cowboys stormed back to extend Canberra's Townsville misery.

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Pocock cleans up at Brumbies awards

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David Polkinghorne 10:34 PM    ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says David Pocock is the "best in the world at what he does".

Larkham wants Brumbies dream team

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David Polkinghorne 10:33 PM   ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham jokes becoming the next dream team coach isn't on his "bucket list".

Mills throws support behind Adam Goodes

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David Polkinghorne 9:13 PM   Canberra NBA star and proud Indigenous athlete Patrick Mills has thrown his support behind Adam Goodes.

Haddin no certainty for fourth Test 

Darren Lehmann said it was very hard to change the side that won at Lord's

Chris Barrett 9:40 PM   Darren Lehmann has launched a stirring defence of selectors' actions in effectively ending the Test career of Brad Haddin after he had sat out the previous Test to be with his sick daughter.

Rams bow out of Canberra Raiders Cup finals

Rams captain Josh Burns offloads the ball against the Warriors.

Jon Tuxworth 8:30 PM   Woden Valley halfback Josh Burns joked his clash Howie Brown confirmed his retirement call was the right one.

Giants determined to overcome hoodoo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11:  Phil Davis speaks to the media after his announcement as Giants co-captains during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media session at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on February 11, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

David Sygall 12:35 PM   It's the scene where so much debate was sparked last round. But for Greater Western Sydney, playing at Domain Stadium in Perth against Fremantle holds a purely football-related challenge.

Slow start costs Ainslie in NEAFL loss

Jed Turner comes under pressure from Jake Hiep, left and Jeremy Hirst, who gets a squashed nose.

Liam Warren 6:41 PM   A goalless first term proved too big a hurdle for Ainslie to overcome against Sydney University on Saturday.

Royal point of difference can end Vikings reign

Royals player Ben Johnston.

David Polkinghorne 9:02 PM   Queanbeyan coach Adam Fahey says Royals have a "point of difference" and can end the Tuggeranong Viking's John I Dent Cup reign.

Cooma, Belconnen seal PL victories

Cooma Tigers continued their winning ways on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth 7:14 PM   Cooma Tigers cruised to 2-0 shutout win over Gungahlin United at the AIS on Saturday.

ACT Rockets win national men's title

Vinesh Bennett was outstanding for ACT in the decider.

5:39 PM   ACT has taken out the men's indoor cricket national crown in Brisbane on Saturday.

League HQ

Thurston's miracle pass sparks Cowboys comeback

Johnathan Thurston was at his dynamic best again.

Lee Gaskin 10:43 PM   Five key talking points from the Raiders' loss to the Cowboys, including Johnathan Thurston overcoming a leg injury to throw a miracle pass.

Manly shock NRL ladder leaders Brisbane

Job well done: Manly's Jake Trbojevic celebrates with teammates after his team's win over Brisbane.

Russell Jackson 9:51 PM   Manly have put a week of turmoil behind them, producing a magnificent performance to destroy NRL competition leaders Brisbane 44-14.

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Rugby Heaven

Flanker Hooper named top NSW Waratah

Top man: Michael Hooper was a key man for the Tahs again in 2015.

11:00 PM   NSW Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper has set a club record to be named the Players' Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.

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Cricket

Ashes 2015: England name squad for Trent Bridge

England's Jimmy Anderson sustained an injury during the third Ashes Test.

Jesse Hogan 11:12 PM   England will decide between three fast-bowlers, one of them not yet seen at international level, to replace the injured Jimmy Anderson in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Darren Lehmann defends Brad Haddin axing

Darren Lehmann said it was very hard to change the side that won at Lord's

Chris Barrett 9:40 PM   Darren Lehmann has launched a stirring defence of selectors' actions in effectively ending the Test career of Brad Haddin after he had sat out the previous Test to be with his sick daughter, describing it as "the hardest decision as a coach or even as a player" and insisting the team's "family first" policy was still in place.

AFL

Tigers genuine contenders after win 

Dustin Martin fends off Hawk Ben Stratton.

Michael Gleeson 9:16 AM   The Tigers are in the top four after hunting then beating the Hawks at the MCG.

Finals dreaming at Whitten Oval

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge during a press conference at Whitten Oval on July 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media)

Larissa Nicholson 2:02 PM   When Western Bulldog's coach Luke Beveridge asked his players if they were thinking about the finals after their win over Collingwood last week, no-one dared speak up.

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Soccer

Canberra in running for Socceroos World Cup match

Canberra-raised Socceroo Tom Rogic.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra has emerged as the frontrunner to host the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

EPL 2015-16 preview: All you need to know

English Premier League 2015-16.

Sebastian Hassett   Who's in, who's out, who's going to finish where and what are the odds for all 20 teams lining up for the 2015-16 English Premier League season.

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Horse Racing

Petite Filous lives up to connections' big hopes

An interest in sports betting quickly turned to placing bets on horses, because there were races every day.

Andrew Garvey 6:41 PM   It was the first race of the new racing season and connections of unbeaten fillies The Big Dance and Petite Filous headed to Moonee Valley with high hopes.

Foreign raiders getting in line for Melbourne spring riches

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch 8:00 PM   With spring around the corner and the higher quality meetings about to get under way with a new season starting, it is tempting to think that the future winners of the big carnival features will be making their racetrack reappearance any time in the next month.

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Is this the biggest hit of the year?

Kane Evans was put on report for flattening Sam Kasiano.

Roosters edge out Bulldogs in a thriller

The Roosters beat the Bulldogs in a remarkable game of football.

West Tigers upset Storm

James Tedesco turned in a man of the match performance.

Richmond upset Hawks at the MCG

Brett Deledio starred with four goals as Richmond impressed.

Beijing wins 2022 Winter Olympic bid

Beijing has been named to host the 2022 winter Olympics.

Ashes: Voges' no-look catch stumps Cook

Adam Voges provides a rare highlight for Australia.

Goodes' Australian of Year award speech

Adam Goodes' Australian of the Year" speech from January 2014.

Tigers support Goodes in Dreamtime jersey

The Tigers will wear their Dreamtime jersey on Friday night.

Jetta: 'Fans need to show more respect'

Lewis Jetta, Adam Goodes speak on war dance goal celebration.

Cambage dropped after dodging training

The Basketball star opted to go to music festival Splendour.