Raiders start strong, but Cowboys power home

Lee Gaskin 7:49 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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Haddin no certainty for fourth Test 

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

Chris Barrett 8:46 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.

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.

Raiders eye revenge for painful defeat

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker reacts after his side's tough 21-20 loss to the Cowboys at Canberra Stadium in round 15.

Lee Gaskin   The Canberra Raiders want to make amends for the ''hurt'' they felt when they get their rematch with the red-hot Cowboys on Saturday.

Roosters break Canterbury hearts 

Super hero: Michael Jennings was the match-winner for the Roosters against Canterbury.

David Sygall 9:48 PM   Canterbury's season hangs by a thread after they fell at the last hurdle in a thrilling clash with the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

Tigers stun Storm in boilover of season

Boilover: Tigers pivot Mitchell Moses runs the ball against the Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval.

Tom Decent 12:00 AM   A fired-up Wests Tigers team snapped a five game losing streak with an 18-point win over a shell-shocked Melbourne Storm side on Friday.

Dropped catch adds to woes in huge defeat

Michael Clarke grimaces during the final day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Chris Barrett 7:47 AM   A truly forgettable match for the captain got worse when he put down Ian Bell in the field on Friday as Australia were thrashed at Edgbaston.

League HQ

Thurston's miracle pass sparks Cowboys comeback

Johnathan Thurston was at his dynamic best again.

Lee Gaskin 8:51 PM   Five key talking points from the Raiders' loss to the Cowboys, including Johnathan Thurston overcoming a leg injury to throw a miracle pass.

Live NRL: Stupid Saturday

Warriors v Sharks, Cowboys v Raiders, Sea Eagles v Broncos.

Steve Mascord 6:59 PM   Live coverage of Saturday's crucial clashes - Warriors v Sharks, Cowboys v Raiders, Sea Eagles v Broncos

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Rugby Heaven

AFL should call off games if Adam Goodes boo boys persist

David Polkinghorne dinkus

David Polkinghorne 2:05 PM   It's time for the AFL to take a stance of its own and call off games if the moronic boo brigade continues.

Melbourne Rebel Sean McMahon wins club's players' player award

Sean McMahon.

Roy Ward 11:00 PM   Sean McMahon win's Melbourne Rebels' highest honour at club awards.

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Cricket

Clarke should show strength by resisting batting demotion

Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan 8:47 PM   The position of Michael Clarke's bat, not his batting position, is the problem. He and the Australia Test team he captains would be much better off if he put all his attention into correcting the former in time for Trent Bridge, rather than tinkering with the latter in order to return him to the more pleasant surrounds of No.5.

Haddin no certainty for fourth Test at Trent Bridge

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

Chris Barrett 8:46 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

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho questions Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ahead of Community Shield

It's started again: Jose Mourinho has taken his first shot at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger ahead of the Community Shield.

Matt Law 11:33 AM   Jose Mourinho admits he would question himself if he had a record like Arsene Wenger's against the Chelsea manager.

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.

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ACT Sport

A Royal point of difference can end Vikings reign

Royals player Ben Johnston.

David Polkinghorne 8:57 PM   Queanbeyan coach Adam Fahey says Royals have a "point of difference" and can end the Tuggeranong Viking's John I Dent Cup reign.

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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.