Pickers prove there's more to life than football

Jon Tuxworth 10:00 PM   Just south of the tiny town of Bigga is a rustic shearing shed where former Raider Joe Picker would prefer to be each September than playing in the NRL finals.

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Raiders play the numbers game

Raiders halfback Sam Williams crosses for a try in his side's win against Penrith last Monday night.

Lee Gaskin 7:40 PM   Here are the stats which prove the Canberra Raiders are a far improved team from last year.

The Who Cares? Cup: Raiders and Eels face off


Kyle Mackey-Laws 8:01 PM   There's one game this round that trumps the rest. There's even a trophy on offer: The Who Cares? Cup.

Frank the tank slimming down for comeback

Former Brumbies winger Frankie Fainifo has returned to Canberra with the Vikings.

Lee Gaskin 7:47 PM   Former ACT Brumbies winger Frankie Fainifo knows he will have to shed some bulk to keep his Super Rugby comeback alive.

Carter to make Wallabies return

Sam Carter will make his return to the Wallabies this weekend against the US Eagles.

Fleta Page 7:52 PM   Sam Carter will make a triumphant return to the Wallabies this weekend and still has an eye on the Rugby World Cup

Men of Steele showcase Canberra's AFL talent

Logan Austin has had an injury-interrupted season with Port Adelaide.

Lee Gaskin 7:54 PM   Canberra's strongest AFL contingent for many years have left their mark on the competition.

Hayne proves league players are best athletes

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster 3:40 AM   The former Eels fullback is living proof the NRL creates players who can make it in other codes.

Wade reiterates Test recall ambitions

On song: Matthew Wade sweeps for four.

Jesse Hogan 6:00 PM   The most decisive early move in the friendly battle to succeed Brad Haddin as Australia's preferred wicketkeeper has come at the start of their one-day series against England, from Matthew Wade.

Plenty of positives for the Socceroos

Tim Cahill of Australia.

Michael Lynch 3:03 PM   So you stick five goals past one of the weakest sides in world soccer in a game that was easier than an average training session.

Tomic ends Hewitt's US Open career

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during their Men's Singles Second Round match on Day Four of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

5:15 PM   Bernard Tomic has saved two match points to end Lleyton Hewitt's US Open career in an epic all-Australian second-round encounter at Flushing Meadows.

'Sam Stososova' frustrated by US Open snub

Samantha Stosur of Australia ponders her next move during her second-round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.

12:57 AM   The toast of the Big Apple just four years ago, Stosur has not exactly received a royal welcome back to New York.

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League HQ

Cronulla Sharks circle for finals push

Building:  Valentine Holmes requires three more tries to equal David Peachey's club record of 19 tries in a season.

Steve Zemek 2:03 PM   By Steve Zemek

Persistence pays off for Bulldogs hooker Cook

Damien  Cook

Adrian Proszenko 1:42 PM   Damien Cook always thought he'd figure prominently in Canterbury's playoff campaign.


Rugby Heaven

Hayne's San Francisco adventure proves there is life beyond the NRL

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox 7:07 PM   Rugby league is the greatest game of all - but it's under threat from within and without.

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Race row threatens Springboks' campaign

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

Daniel Schofield 4:15 PM   Old wounds reopened as squad are deemed 'too white' and legal challenge is mounted, writes Daniel Schofield.



Nathan Coulter-Nile 'hates' WACA decline

Not happy: Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Joe Barton 10:43 AM   Nathan Coulter-Nile is no fan of the modern trend to embrace drop-in wickets.

Who misses out in Shane Warne's greatest Australian ODI team of the past 25 years?

Captain of Shane Warne's best Australian ODI XI ... Allan Border celebrates after winning the 1987 Cricket World Cup against England in Calcutta.

Michael Chammas 9:18 AM   Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has created huge debate after naming what he believes is the best one-day international Australian team of the past 25 years.

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Why Hogan edges Cripps in rising star battle

It's a joy to see Jesse Hogan fly the flag for the dominant key forward, with presence and swagger.

Garry Lyon 6:35 PM   In a round where it is increasingly difficult to find a game that genuinely resembles a meaningful contest, it is only appropriate that we focus on a contest that promises to be fought to the final seconds.

Football provides escape for Naitanui

Nic Naitanui.

Samantha Lane 7:33 PM   When Nic Naitanui travelled to Fiji four weeks ago, grief-stricken after the sudden passing of his mother, there was every chance he would not return to play another game of football this year.



FFA monitoring Dushanbe situation after 17 killed

Police officers secure an area in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, where several Interior Ministry special forces officers and a traffic policeman were reportedly shot dead.

10:14 AM   Football Federation Australia say they are monitoring the security situation in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe ahead of the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier there on Tuesday.

Wanderers expected membership surge with new stadium

Show of support: Wanderers fans cheer on their team.

Dominic Bossi 6:19 PM   Wanderers could become NSW's biggest sporting franchise with new stadium in Parramatta after new stadium announcement.


ACT Sport

Woolford free to coach in Canberra Raiders Cup final

Former Canberra Raiders stars Simon Woolford and Brett White played with the Queanbeyan Blues on Saturday night.

Kyle Mackey-Laws 7:58 PM   Simon Woolford is free to coach the Queanbeyan Blues in Sunday's Canberra Raiders Cup against the Goulburn Bulldogs.

Vikings coach Harris heading home to Gold Coast

Canberra Vikings coach Brad Harris is set on returning to the Gold Coast.

Lee Gaskin and Brandon Palmer 7:48 PM   Canberra Vikings coach Brad Harris will return to Queensland at the end of the National Rugby Championship.


Horse Racing

McCarthy brothers dead-heat in Menangle drivers premiership

Chris Roots

Chris Roots 1:57 PM   Todd McCarthy couldn't think of a better to win the Sydney's drivers premiership than share it with his older brother Luke. At least that is what he says.

Bowman's best deliver Wyong Cup for Beyond Thankful

Masterclass: Hugh Bowman.

Chris Roots 1:18 PM   Hugh Bowman has won countless black type races since his first Wyong Cup win on Pecan Player in the year 2000, but there wouldn't have been better rides than the one he produced to get Beyond Thankful home on Friday.


Sheep shearing brothers to play in local league finals

The Picker brothers, Joe, Mick, and Ben are all playing for Goulburn this weekend against Queanbeyan in the local league finals. Photographed at their farm near Bigga in NSW.

Jarryd Hayne talks about that shoulder charge

Jarryd Hayne speaks about his “rugby-esque moves”, offensive runs and the shoulder-drop in the final pre-season game that's become a viral hit.

Kenny-Dowall likely to face Souths

Shaun Kenny-Dowall could make his return to the Sydney Roosters side on Friday night against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Robredo halts Groth charge

Veteran Spaniard Tommy Robredo continues his run of knocking over Australians at the US Open, beating Sam Groth in straight sets.

Jarryd Hayne stars in Madden 16

He has been making waves on field as he fights for a spot in the San Francisco 49-ers but in the meantime fans can get their Jarryd Hayne fix by playing the Madden NFL 16 video game.

Epic tennis racquet smashes

Where does Coco Vandeweghe's destruction of her tennis racquet during her US Open tie rank amongst other notorious racquet abusers?

NRL: Raiders v Panthers

The Canberra Raiders take on the Penrith Panthers at home in the second-to-last round of the NRL.

Raiders get points against Panthers

Canberra Raiders post 34-18 win over Penrith Panthers to round out an otherwise disappointing home season.

Sydney look forward to finals

After a big win over St Kilda on the weekend, the Swans are quietly confident as the finals loom.

Swans stun Man United

Swansea inflict Manchester United first loss of season while Southampton record first win of season.