Pocock hat-trick ends ACT Brumbies form slump

Chris Dutton 10:48 PM   A first-half David Pocock hat-trick has reignited the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby season as they overpowered the Otago Highlanders to end their mid-season rut.

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Sport needs more than a minute's silence

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox 9:48 PM   After reading Les Carlyon's Gallipoli, or a sympathetic viewing of Peter Weir's Gallipoli or Sidney Nolan's Anzac paintings, who could honestly feel in the mood for sport?

Footy must always come second on Anzac Day

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 10:00 PM   Football codes are walking a fine line with Anzac Day. More than ever, they must be careful about hijacking an occasion when the game should come second.

Cheika met with Giteau last month

Back in the game: Matt Giteau is back in Wallabies selection contention after an ARU rule change.

Georgina Robinson 10:19 PM   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he met Matt Giteau when the 92-Test centre was in Australia last month. 

Soliola returns from England with fear factor 

Sia Soliola is building a reputation for his toughness.

Jon Tuxworth 8:33 PM   He's the Canberra Raiders hitman making ball runners think twice about heading in his direction. 

Giants want to become a fixture on Anzac Day

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 GWS player Phil Davis during training at Manuka oval
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David Polkinghorne 7:47 PM   Greater Western Sydney have renewed calls for their Anzac Day clash against Gold Coast to become a permanent AFL fixture.

Joyce moves on from Kewell with Giants

GWS head of Athletic Performance David Joyce.

David Polkinghorne 9:31 PM   He was "thick as thieves" with Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, worked with former English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers and has been part of two Olympic Games teams.

Tinkler's tirade didn't faze me one bit

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Robert Dillon 9:00 PM   Newcastle Herald journalist Robert Dillon got the full hairdryer treatment from the Newcastle Jets owner last week. Here's his reply.

Finals will revive A-League interest: Gallop

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Sebastian Hassett 4:22 PM   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop admits the finals series can't come quickly enough with the A-League battling to retain public interest.

Ice Hockey

Red-hot Brave chasing national title

Canberra Brave players Stephen Blunden, Aaron Clayworth, Kai Miettinen and Mark Rummukainen will begin their Australian Ice Hockey League season against the Sydney Bears on Saturday.

Lee Gaskin 8:00 PM   Not content with last year's fairytale first season, the Canberra Brave have their sights set on winning the Australian Ice Hockey League championship.

League HQ

Naiqama sets up try of the season contender

Superhuman: Kevin Naiqama of the Tigers keeps the ball in play for James Tedesco to score.

Michael Chammas 12:53 AM   Did Wests Tigers winger Kevin Naiqama set up the try of the season in the victory against the Bulldogs on Friday night?

Taylor defends Richards concussion test

Feeling the pain: Pat Richards.

Michael Chammas 12:44 AM   Jason Taylor insists his club followed protocol taking Pat Richards off the field for a concussion test despite Bulldogs officials questioning legitimacy.

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Rugby Heaven

Force see red in rugby loss to Chiefs

Sonny Bill Williams charges forward during the match between the Chiefs and the Force.

Justin Chadwick 10:35 PM   By Justin Chadwick

Reds dispute Toulon's Cooper deal

Quade Cooper.

10:35 PM   The Queensland Reds have accused French rugby club Toulon of jumping the gun, claiming they have not yet completed a deal for Quade Cooper.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

Cricket

Cricket chiefs fear rebel split on horizon

Money man: Billionaire media baron Subhash Chandra.

Chris Barrett 1:02 AM   The mysterious registration of companies in Australia and other Test countries by Indian business giant Essel Group has left cricket authorities wary about what they believe could be plans for a new rebel league or even an extraordinary takeover bid of global cricket.

Samuels gives Stokes a big send-off

West Indies' Marlon Samuels salutes England's Ben Stokes.

West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels provided a new twist to his feud with Ben Stokes when he stood to attention and saluted his English rival off the pitch.

AFL

Carey questions whether Cloke is 'overrated'

Wayne Carey says Travis Cloke may be the most overrated big forward in the game.

Jon Pierik 6:13 PM   Emerging midfielder Taylor Adams says the Magpies need to continue to ease the pressure on Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan, while AFL great Wayne Carey has questioned whether Travis Cloke is "overrated" as the Pies prepare for their Anzac Day blockbuster.

Murphy aims to lead Blues to their next flag

Carlton captain Marc Murphy says his team is focused on winning, not rebuilding.

Peter Hanlon 7:10 PM   Carlton is under siege but its skipper is looking to a quick change of fortunes

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Soccer

Brisbane Roar hand Jets A-League spoon

Kofi Danning of the Roar celebrates his goal.

Vince Rugari 12:51 AM   The Newcastle Jets have been consigned to the A-League wooden spoon after a 2-1 loss to a hugely depleted Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Rivals claim Victory broke salary cap rules with Socceroo signings

Canberra's Carl Valeri celebrates his wonder goal in the Melbourne Victory's win over Brisbane Roar.

Mark Hawthorne 1:19 AM   The Football Federation of Australia has been accused of overlooking breaches of the salary cap by A-League giant Melbourne Victory.

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ACT Sport

Wet track produces a few surprises

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Jon Tuxworth 7:54 PM   Keith Dryden praised Kathy O'Hara for her patient ride on Crusader General in the first of two wins for the leading Sydney jockey at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

NEAFL

No NEAFL doubts for Eastlake

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David Polkinghorne 7:53 PM   Will they suffer their third straight 100-point loss of the year?

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Horse Racing

The Cummings team ready for St Leger

James Cummings

Patrick Bartley 12:47 AM   Just two weeks ago legendary trainer Bart Cummings told his grandson and partner James that the stable had a three-year-old that had achieved enough to start in Saturday's $200,000 St Leger.

Bill The Bastard and the horses of war

Max Presnell

Max Presnell 4:32 PM   A better stayer than Phar Lap, and if you want to quibble even superior to Peter Pan, considered the more powerful two miler.

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Brumbies vs Highlanders 

The ACT Brumbies take on the Highlanders at GIO Stadium in Bruce, Canberra.

Sport helps Anzac spirit live on

Matthew Narracott is proof of the power of Anzac Day combining with sport commercial opportunity.

Shinn gives field the bum steer

Blake Shinn tried his pants off on on Miss Royale. Literally.

Wests Tigers robbed of crucial sixth tackle 

It is the mistake that could have cost them the game.

Tigers and Raiders clash in thriller

Raiders produce epic comeback to stunt he Tigers 30-22.

Woden Valley Rams vs Queanbeyan Blues

Rams push Blues all the way in tight Canberra Raiders Cup battle.

Belconnen FC vs Canberra FC

Canberra FC nearly blew a three-goal lead against Belconnen.

Canberra Hockey: United vs UC

United take on UC at the Lyneham Hockey Fields.

Geelong opens account with narrow win

Injury-ravaged Geelong hang on for a nine-point win over Suns.

'We were lucky with keeper's mistake'

Arsenal have booked their place in their second straight FA Cup final.