Maroons edge out Blues in thriller

Michael Chammas 10:23 PM   The man who sunk the hopes of a state with a long-range field goal to deny NSW a series victory in 2012 has done it again.

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Cronk proves his worth to Maroons

Party time: Cooper Cronk celebrates with his team mates.

Chris Barrett 11:03 PM   There are many folks north of the border who would argue that Queensland's hopes of extending their interminable interstate reign went down the tube the moment Cooper Cronk broke his arm last year.

Bid to get ace Farah removed from fray

Crash landing: Robbie Farah recovered from a shoulder injury to top the tackle count for the Blues in a heroic effort.

Adrian Proszenko 1:25 AM   Robbie Farah pushed through the pain barrier in another hotly contested State of Origin encounter, but the Maroons believe he should never have got the chance.

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Stosur eyes Sharapova in Paris rendezvous

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Samantha Stosur of Australia celebrates a point during Women's Singles match against Madison Brengle of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

7:01 AM   Samantha Stosur has stormed into the third round of the French Open with a crushing straight-sets win over local qualifier Amandine Hesse.

Raiders can't afford slow start against Broncos

Kurt Baptiste has called on the Raiders to get off to a better start against his old side.

David Polkinghorne 8:03 PM    Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says the Raiders have the belief to come back from anywhere, but their focus is on ensuring they don't need to.

Punishment no reason for benching: Luke

Ripping in: Souths hooker Issac Luke is determined to put his best foot froward.

Daniel Lane 3:27 PM   Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke said his actions - and not his words to the media - would prove his immediate focus was to help the defending champions rediscover their groove.

Wallaby Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

David Polkinghorne 5:02 PM   Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a one-year contract extension with the ACT Brumbies that will keep him at the Super Rugby province until the end of 2016.

2018, 2022 bids targeted in Swiss soccer probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 6:41 AM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials.

Carlton trying not to be the Blues

Carlton jumpers lie on the ground outside Princes Park after an angry fan threw them away on Tuesday.

Jake Niall 8:51 PM   The Blues are trying to reinvent themselves into a club that is more like the rest, less like themselves.

League HQ

Smith hails cool heads as visitors sneak home

Maroons captain Cameron Smith thanks fans after winning Origin I.

Brad Walter 1:39 AM   The cool head of Cooper Cronk won the match for Queensland, whereas the decision making of the NSW playmakers in the dying moments proved costly.

Daley to keep faith with halves but Farah in doubt

Stand by me: Mitchell Pearce is in Laurie Daley's plans for Game Two.

Adrian Proszenko 1:25 AM   Laurie Daley has declared his new-look halves pairing of Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson as certain starters for game II – but there are no such guarantees for injured skipper Robbie Farah.

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Rugby Heaven

Giteau, Mitchell 'close to recall': Smith

Matt Giteau last played for the Wallabies four years ago.

11:04 AM   Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell are "very close to getting a recall" for Australia's rugby World Cup campaign, according to former Wallabies skipper George Smith.

Rebels look to local style to notch maiden South African win

Tony McGahan.

Roy Ward 12:53 AM   Melbourne Rebels told to play more of a South African style ahead of their clash with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday morning.

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Cricket

Fawad Ahmed strikes in West Indies tour match

Fawad Ahmed

Ed Jackson 10:30 AM   A pair of wickets helped boost Fawad Ahmed's Test chances but Australia have been made to work hard on day one of their tour match. But the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI who finished the day stronger at 5-288.

Howzat: Four-day Test cricket sparks debate

The likes of current coach Darren Lehmann broadly discussed whether five days had become too long to retain the interest of supporters, sponsors and broadcasters.

Jon Pierik 9:27 PM   Cricket's top playing committee had a 'significant debate' about the possibility of introducing four-day Test cricket in a bid to preserve the primacy of the traditional format.

AFL

Malthouse my biggest influence: Shaw

AFL . Collingwood training  at Gosh's Paddock as they  prepare for game against West Coast Eagles. Heath Shaw with coach Mick Malthouse .   Picture by Vince Caligiuri ,The Age . 9th  September  2011

4:21 PM   Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw has hailed Mick Malthouse as his biggest AFL influence and said he was sad to see the under-fire coach sacked by Carlton.

Swans expect fired-up Carlton on Friday

Ben McGlynn had the job on Sam Mitchell last week.

11:21 AM   Sydney star Ben McGlynn expects to confront a fired-up Carlton on Friday night after one of the most turbulent weeks in the Blues' proud AFL history.

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Soccer

This is how far the FIFA corruption scandal extends

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich in this September 26, 2014 file picture. Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups in Russia and Qatar.  Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

11:14 AM   Here is the indicted FIFA officials fit into the heirarchy of one of the most powerful groups in world sport.

FIFA corruption arrests: Probe goes to heart of game

CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer.

Ben Rumsby 9:58 AM   Why is the FBI investigating FIFA? The FBI was revealed to be investigating FIFA shortly after Qatar was controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup at the expense of the United States. The probe focused mainly on allegations of wrongdoing on US soil, particularly by members of Concacaf.

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ACT Sport

Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

Nick Kyrgios.

David Polkinghorne   But the young Canberran faces a tough second-round test before he can start matching it with the big guns.

Tennis

Upgraded courts lead to Challenger tournament coming to Canberra

'We are certainly well placed for Davis Cup and Fed Cup': Ross Triffitt.

Lee Gaskin   Tennis ACT wants to use its first professional tournament in nine years as a springboard to showing it has the facility capable of hosting Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

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Horse Racing

Brendan McCarthy suspended three months

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12:02 AM   Trainer Brendan McCarthy has been suspended for three months after pleading guilty to race-day treatment charges.

Bowman unharmed after horse reacts badly to being hit with whip

All OK: Hugh Bowman survived a fall at Canterbury, walking away unharmed.

Adam Pengilly 6:22 PM   Hugh Bowman received a major scare at Canterbury on Wednesday before partnering Queensland Oaks favourite Winx later in the week.

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Queensland's Cronk snatches victory

A Cooper Cronk field goal secured Queensland an 11-10 victory in the opening State of Origin match.

Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.