Mental health battle ongoing for Franklin

David Sygall   Lance Franklin returned to training. And, right on cue, the circus was back in swing.

Top stories

Injury strikes again to deny Behrendorff debut

Jason Behrendorff of the Prime Minister's XI prepares to bowl with the pink ball during the tour match against New Zealand.

Lee Gaskin   The immediate playing future of Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is up in the air, ruling him out of a dream Test debut.

Rod Marsh lets one slip, praising Peter Nevill

Hot shot: Peter Nevill shows his style on the way to top-scoring in Australia’s first innings.

Andrew Wu   It was a throwaway line by Rod Marsh but the fact that he said it at all reveals the growing status Peter Nevill holds in the Australian team.


Capitals 'the bad news bears'

Renee Montgomery.

Lee Gaskin 6:54 PM   Canberra Capitals star Renee Montgomery says the team feels like "the bad news bears" as they aim to avoid the worst losing streak in the club's history.

Serena, Bouchard confirm Open bids

Crowd-pleaser: Serena Williams will play in Melbourne.

Larissa Nicholson   Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Juan Martin Del Potro will play at next year’s Australian Open, organisers confirmed.

Rugby union

Ex-ARU boss running for Brumbies president

Peter McGrath

Chris Dutton 9:30 PM   Former ARU chairman Peter McGrath has thrown his hand up to be the new ACT Brumbies president after accepting a nomination to join a three-way tussle for the role.

Rugby union

Boys in blue: Brumbies unveil new jersey

Jarrad Butler and Allan Alaalatoa show off the Brumbies' new jersey.

Chris Dutton 7:15 AM   The ACT Brumbies are taking a bold step into the future, scrapping the strip they've worn for most of their Super Rugby history.

Grooming, cash drops and money laundering

"I've been put through the mill and come out the other side, so I'm just a very happy man": Chris Cairns.

Nick Hoult   Chris Cairns has been cleared of perjury, but his trial was damning.

Rugby union

Butler has eyes on gold after work with Cheika

Sport.  ACT Brumbies player Jarrad Butler during training at Brumbies HQ at the University of Canberra.  3 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton 7:00 PM   It looms as a back-row mission impossible, but Jarrad Butler has his sights set on Wallabies gold after getting a chance to work with Test coach Michael Cheika.

Speed kills Bird's hopes of call-up 

In the squad: Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been selected for the Australian Test team.

Jesse Hogan   Australian selectors' desire for bowlers fast enough to rattle opposition players has been reflected in their decision to select uncapped Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Windies look to break away trend

Keeping cool: West Indies manager Richie Richardson is backing his inexperienced side against Australia.

Laine Clark   West Indies team manager Richie Richardson reckons there are no question marks hanging over his inexperienced side ahead of the first Test against Australia in Hobart.

League HQ

I want to be Sharks No.1 says Holmes

Golden boot:  Valentine Holmes.

James MacSmith 6:39 PM   Valentine Holmes has his sights set on taking over the fullback spot at Cronulla next season, sparking a battle for what is sure to be one of the most hotly contested positions in the NRL.

Eels, Fitzgerald fight new legal battle

EX-EELS BOSS: Denis Fitzgerald.

Adrian Proszenko, Louise Hall 4:28 PM   Former Parramatta CEO Denis Fitzgerald and the club are suing each other in the Supreme Court as factionalism threatens to disrupt yet another Eels premiership campaign.



Victoria tells Saker to zip it on national selections

David Saker (right) with England fast bowler Stuart Broad.

Chris Barrett 6:02 PM   The maverick Victorian coach David Saker will be told to button his lip on matters concerning the Australian team and its selection, after angering some in the national set-up in the past month.

Jono Dean's horror broken finger

Jono Dean in hospital on Friday night after dislocating his pinky finger in the regional Twenty20 final.

Lee Gaskin 5:58 PM   Bone protruding from his skin. His finger at a right angle. Jono Dean's response? 'I wasn't a very happy man'.


Dinosaurs finally learn to evolve

Looking back: No clubs have better exemplified the dangers of being shackled to a successful past than Carlton and Essendon.

Rohan Connolly   Carlton and Essendon have been talking the talk about change for a long time. The difference now is they actually seem to mean it.

Leppitsch plots an exciting future

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch, with recruit Joshua Schache.

Andrew Stafford 2:24 PM   Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch says his club's playing list is finally settling, after a tumultuous few years marked by heavy turnover of older players and walk-outs by younger ones.



Di Pietro condemns FFA over A-League mediocrity and lack of fan backing

Melbourne Victory fans walk out during the round eight A-League match against Adelaide.

Michael Lynch 6:10 PM   The A-League's biggest and most successful club, Melbourne Victory, has taken aim at the FFA for fostering a culture of mediocrity and for failing to back the lifeblood of the game, the supporters.


ACT Sport


Player of year award gives Millar kickstart

Canberra golfer Matt Millar aims for another strong showing at the Australian PGA.

Lee Gaskin 6:10 PM   Being named the player of the year for the PGA Tour of Australasia was just the buzz Canberra golfer Matt Millar needed heading into the Australian PGA Championship.


Cavalry throw young pitcher into deep end

Aaron J Thompson has been left off the team's roster for this week's series.

Lee Gaskin 5:59 PM   Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins says relief pitcher Scott Cone deserves his chance in the starting rotation ahead of Aaron J Thompson for this weekend's top of the table series with the Perth Heat.


Horse Racing

Vet admits to dumping bottle after cobalt positive

The cobalt hearing continues.

3:19 PM   A vet has admitted he threw away a bottle of Vitamin Complex the day he found out about positive cobalt readings in horses trained by Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh.

Queensland trip on the line for Tried And Tired

Leon Corstens says Tried And Tired would benefit from Saturday's run despite having two trials under his belt.

8:33 PM   Tried And Tired will be racing for a possible summer trip to Queensland when he returns to racing at Sandown.


Thousands pay tribute to Jonah Lomu

Family, friends and fans crowd Auckland's Eden Park stadium.

Smith: day-night Test 'a great spectacle'

Steve Smith says the first-ever day-night Test was a success.

 Bryant announces retirement from NBA

Kobe Bryant announces he will retire at end of NBA season.

Costa benched in Spurs stalemate

Tottenham and Chelsea play out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

Rosberg secures victory in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg completes a hat-trick of formula one victories.

Thrilling finish as aussies win series

Shaun Marsh sets up a historic day-night victory for Australia.

ABL: Cavalry puts    the bite on Adelaide

The Cavs' offence again came up trumps as Canberra went to 16-8.

Gallop Cup semis: Wests-UC v Weston Ck

Wests-UC and Weston Creek clash at Jamison Oval.

W-League: Canberra United v  Wanderers

Canberra United put four past Western Sydney in a 4-1 win.