Djokovic defeats Murray to win fifth Open crown

Linda Pearce 1:14 AM   Novak Djokovic has rewritten tennis history with yet another Australian Open final triumph over Andy Murray on a drama-charged night at Melbourne Park.

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Super Bowl XLIX: Brady goes for fourth title

Super Bowl ball

Ben Coady 11:18 AM   The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battle it out for Super Bowl XLIX.

Aussies thrash England in final

ON HIS WAY: Australian players celebrate the dismissal of Joe Root.

10:42 PM   All-rounder Glenn Maxwell starred with the bat before Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc with the ball at the WACA Ground in the tri-series final.

Nick Kyrgios desperate to play Davis Cup   

Gidget Ricca's signature creation this year was the sculpted mini-Mohawk with a ‘‘Z’’ cut into the side that she styled for Nick Kyrgios. She also styled the notches in his eyebrows.

David Polkinghorne 11:58 PM   Bone stress in Canberra young gun Nick Kyrgios' lower back has forced him to withdraw from two ATP tournaments, but coach Todd Larkham says the 19-year-old is desperate to be fit for Australia's Davis Cup tie in the Czech Republic next month.

White backs Pocock to take captain's job   

David Pocock is back for the Brumbies after two knee reconstructions.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   The ACT Brumbies will consider adopting a tag-team captaincy duo to start the Super Rugby season to fill the leadership void left by regular skipper Stephen Moore.

Rabbitohs lift for Luke to win Nines

Redfern hero: Rabbitohs players hold captain Issac Luke on their shoulders as they celebrate winning the Auckland Nines.

Michael Chammas 9:18 PM   In the lead up to the NRL Auckland Nines final, the South Sydney players spoke about doing it for Issac Luke, who missed last year’s grand final triumph against the Bulldogs through suspension

We've proved doubters wrong: Cahill

'Just a sweet feeling': Tim Cahill enjoys proving the knockers wrong with the ultimate vindication - the Asian Cup.

Sebastian Hassett 8:27 PM   Socceroos star Tim Cahill says the national team's triumph in the Asian Cup has proven everyone who doubted the team wrong and that coach Ange Postecoglou should be praised for the squad's regeneration.

Cricket

We're not scared of Johnson: Morgan

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett 10:59 PM   Deflection or delusion? That was the question after the tri-series final on Sunday night after Eoin Morgan declared that England were "absolutely not" threatened by Mitchell Johnson, bizarrely insisting that any bowler could have done the same damage to the tourists.

Faulkner injured as Australia claim tri-series title

Risky business: Glenn Maxwell works his way towards 95 against England.

Chris Barrett 10:38 PM   Australia have claimed the tri-series title with an emphatic win over England at the WACA but their World Cup plans have hit a major snag with James Faulkner suffering a suspected side strain in the final.

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Cricket

Blake Dean's century wasted

Weston Creek Molonglo batsman Blake Dean celebrates his century.

David Polkinghorne 7:35 PM   Washout ruins one-day final.

Cricket

Queanbeyan in control against Ginninderra in Douglas Cup clash

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Canberra first-grade two-day Douglas Cup action. Eastlake first slip Vele Dukoski dives to save four runs on the boundary.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

David Polkinghorne   Queanbeyan captain Sam Taylor is confident they can cover the impending loss of opening bowler Ed Barnard, despite the England under-19 representative giving them the upper hand against Ginninderra at Freebody Oval on Saturday.

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Tennis

Murray's second serve: slower than Serena's, and a problem

Missile gap: Andy Murray.

Jake Niall 10:55 AM   In explaining why Andy Murray couldn't match Novak Djokovic, consider not only his "distracted" state of mind, but this astonishing truth.

Andy Murray's fiancee makes t-shirt statement at men's final

Parental warning: Kim Sears' cheeky response to the uproar about her expletives during the men's semi-final.

Jessica Sier 8:56 AM   In a cheeky display of nonchalance, Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears has taken her place on the sidelines of the Australian Open Men's final wearing a shirt with a parental advisory logo.

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Football

Messi hits winner as Barca keep up pressure

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with his teammates Rafinha and Neymar.

11:07 AM   Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona who twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.

Franjic and Kruse make sacrifice for glory

Robbie Kruse is congratulated by coach Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 10:15 AM   Socceroos right-sided duo Ivan Franjic and Robbie Kruse suffered serious injuries in Australia's Asian Cup triumph over South Korea but the pair believe their sacrifice was well worth the price of success.

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League HQ

Sandow to avoid joining Eels' casualty list

Injury scare: Chris Sandow is tackled during the Eels' match against the Rabbitohs in the Auckland Nines.

Michael Carayannis 11:04 PM   Parramatta's Chris Sandow is expected to avoid serious injury despite limping from the field in their semi-final loss to join the club's large tournament casualty ward.

SBW defends Burgess' rugby progress

Steep learning curve: Sam Burgess has been called into the England camp to fast-track his rugby education.

Brad Walter 10:14 PM   Sonny Bill Williams has leapt to the defence of Sam Burgess and backed his former NRL rival to make it into the England squad at centre for this year's Rugby World Cup.

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Rebels lose hooker Shota Horie for the season

Injured: Shota Horie will stay in Japan.

Melissa Woods 10:52 AM   The Melbourne Rebels have signed former Western Force player Ben Whittaker after losing Japan Test hooker Shota Horie, who requires surgery on a neck injury.

Richie McCaw off-limits for Crusaders clash with Reds

Still out: All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw in action on the November tour.

Richard Knowler 8:53 AM   Richie McCaw won't be available for the Crusaders' final pre-season game against the Reds on Friday night.

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Asian Cup Final

Pictures from the Asian Cup Final between Australia and the South Korea.

Day one action from the Auckland Nines

All the action from the opening pool games from the Auckland Nines.

WNBL: Capitals vs Adelaide Lightning

The Canberra Capitals take on the Adelaide Lightning at the AIS Arena.

T20 Big Bash Final in Manuka

The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers clash at Manuka Oval in the final of the T20 Big Bash League.

Asian Cup quarter-final: Iraq vs Iran

All the action from one of the most incredible Asian Cup games ever.

Iran and Iraq face off in Canberra

Dominic Bossi previews the final day of Asian Cup quarter-finals.

All the colour from the Australian Open

It's not just about the tennis at the Australian Open.

Asian Cup: China vs North Korea

China take on North Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in Canberra.

Baseball: Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The Canberra Cavalry take on the Perth Heat at The Fort.

Weston Creek vs North Canberra Gungahlin

Weston Creek take on North Canberra Gungahlin at Stirling.