Toomua who?

David Polkinghorne 6:17 PM   ACT Brumbies coach says Christian Lealiifano and Robbie Coleman are starting to gel so well the expected absence of Matt Toomua will have minimal impact against the Force.

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Raiders must change gears sooner

Jarrad Kennedy said it was important the Raiders  regained  momentum.

Lee Gaskin 5:30 PM   It's the unwanted half century the Canberra Raiders must turn around if they are to get their NRL season back on track.

Raiders wait to see on new cooling-off period

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco signed with the Raiders last year before using the round 13 rule to get out of his contract.

Lee Gaskin 7:10 PM   Raiders chief executive Don Furner agrees with the scrapping of the NRL's controversial round 13 rule, but wants to see the impact of the 10-day cooling-off period.

Titans back round 13 rule scrapping

Daly Cherry-Evans.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Gold Coast welcomes the scrapping of the NRL's round 13 rule, but the change won't come quickly enough to prevent yet another week of speculation about Daly Cherry-Evans.

Inside the NRL's video referee bunker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Video Referee, Bernard Sutton, uses the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Brad Walter 10:00 PM   The NRL's high tech solution to help video referees make decisions faster and more accurately without even being at the game.

If Smith got a penalty, why didn't Farah?

Storm connection: Cameron Smith and Billy Slater during Wednesday's Origin match.

Michael Chammas 7:00 PM   For years those south of the border have been holding on to a conspiracy that the Queensland and Storm captain Cameron Smith gets away with murder.

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NRL is killing the game's entertainers

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Steve Mascord 11:01 AM   Comment: In Super League you can still have success with daring attack, in a way you can't in the NRL any more.

Swans could use Tippett as trade bait: Carey

Kurt Tippett of the Swans.

Matt Murnane 9:56 AM   North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey has urged Sydney to forget the lengths they went to secure Kurt Tippett and put the star forward up for trade at the end of the season.

Riewoldt: We need everyone to tag Fyfe

Unstoppable? Nat Fyfe.

Ronny Lerner 3:58 PM   Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has joked the Tigers will have to tag Nat Fyfe with "every player we've got" in order to contain the raging Brownlow Medal favourite on Friday night.

Dank dismissive of WADA appeal

Stephen Dank: "I find this whole situation as laughable as when the investigation first started on February 5, 2013."

Samantha Lane 7:53 PM   Stephen Dank says he does not give "a flying f---" that the World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing the decision to drop 21 charges that Australian sports drug authorities laid against him.

Voges set for Australian Test debut

Ready to step up: Australian batsman Adam Voges is poised to make his Test debut at the age of 35.

Chris Barrett 10:00 PM   Australia are set to hand out a baggy green cap on Wednesday, but the recipient may not be who you thought.

League HQ

Give New Zealand its own State of Origin series: Jim Doyle

The Warriors' Shaun Johnson makes a break against the Tigers.

Adrian Proszenko 11:55 PM   Top-ranking league official Jim Doyle believes New Zealand is capable of staging its own State of Origin fixture to showcase the burgeoning talent flourishing outside of the game's heartland states.

Woods named as Tigers skipper

Aaron Woods is set to lead from the front.

Matt Encarnacion 7:27 PM   Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods will captain the team for the first time when they host Gold Coast at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night.

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Rugby Heaven

Scotland defends South African picks

South African-born Josh Strauss.

12:44 AM   Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has defended his decision to select South Africa-born pair Josh Strauss and WP Nel in his 46-man squad for a World Cup training camp.

Gibson challenges SANZAR 'inconsistency' on lifting tackles

Assistant Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson.

Georgina Robinson 10:10 PM   The Waratahs say they have no trouble with the crackdown on dangerous tackles - they just want the laws applied consistently.

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Cricket

Australia must avoid Windies ambush

West Indies' players pray before a practice session in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday.

Brendan McArdle 7:13 PM   From the intoxicating atmosphere of the MCG on World Cup Final Day two months ago, to tiny Dominica in front of two men and a dog in the Caribbean : what a contrast for eight of the Australians who will be taking the field against the West Indies.  

I won't be Australia's Ashes mole: Saker

David Saker.

Jesse Hogan 7:06 PM   New Victorian coach David Saker says he won't be a mole for Australia's Ashes campaign following the end of his five-year stint as England's fast-bowling coach.

AFL

Koch wants grand final moved from MCG

David Koch.

Jon Pierik 9:49 AM   Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.

Dane Swan bites back: I'm no has-been

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31:  Dane Swan of the Magpies and Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos compete for the ball during the round nine AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Gleeson   Dane Swan is a study in bemused insouciance to the noise around football but he still heard the queries and the doubts that he could still be the player he had been.

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Soccer

Sepp Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president and calls for fresh election

Mr Blatter says Friday's election "does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football."

Sam Borden 5:46 AM   Sepp Blatter quits in the wake of a widening corruption inquiry, in an extraordinary turn just four days after he was re-elected.

Simon's mental rebuild tougher than knee reconstruction

Ready to roll: Kyah Simon was rattled by nerves, doubt and concern for her body.

Dominic Bossi 12:41 AM   Matildas star Kyah Simon opens up on the horror knee injury that threatened her career and cast doubt over her 2015 World Cup hopes.

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ACT Sport

Blue Devils aim to eliminate FFA Cup specialists

Belconnen United will have home ground advantage in its FFA qualifying semi-final tie against Tuggeranong United at McKellar Park on Wednesday night.

Lee Gaskin 6:29 PM   Belconnen United jumped at the chance to have home field advantage, but Tuggeranong United is aiming to build on its repuation as FFA Cup specialists.

Union

McInerney gets start against Samoa

Tuggeranong's Connal McInerney is playing for Australia at the under-20s World Championships.

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   Lomax named on the bench for Australia's under-20 rugby World Championship opener.

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Horse Racing

Queensland racing crackdown a warning to Victoria

Horse Racing generic.

Patrick Bartley 7:30 PM   Tuesday's disembowelling of the administration core of horse, harness and greyhound racing in Queensland may be a telling moment that guides how integrity units operate in future.

Boom then bust: Queensland relying on old stager as sole Stradbroke hope

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04:  Tegan Harrison riding Temple of Boom after Race 5, the Gilgai Stakes during Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse on October 4, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Adam Pengilly 5:02 PM   Tony Gollan knows Temple Of Boom - the trainer's first ever group 1 winner - owes him absolutely nothing. But the rest of Queensland will be relying on the old stager in the $2 million Stradbroke Handicap.

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Capital Football NPL: Olympic v Cooma

Canberra Olympic take on Tigers Football Club at O'Connor.

Sharapova falls to Safarova

Defending champion was the only major casualty of the fourth-round stage at the French Open.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Warriors

The Woden Rams take on the West Belconnen Warriors.

Capital League: Goulburn v United

United takes on Goulburn at the National Hockey Centre.

Arsenal coach reflects on FA Cup win

Arsenal romped to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa to lift the FA Cup.

Lions register historic victory over the Tahs

The Lions beat the Waratahs 27-22 in Johannesburg.

Broncos too good for Raiders in Canberra

Brisbane provisionally move to the top of the ladder after 24-12 win.

Raiders go down against Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos took on the Raiders at Canberra Stadium.

Cowboys escape against Manly

North Queensland Cowboys engineer a great escape.

Inglis concussion sours Souths' win 

Head knock to Souths captain sours uninspiring 22-16 win.