Smith misses double ton as India unravel

Chloe Saltau 6:07 PM   The only thing Steve Smith didn't do in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test was post the first double century of his burgeoning Test career.

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Watson teases but triple figures prove elusive

Shane Watson.

Andrew Wu   Shane Watson gave Australian cricket another glimpse of his talent on Boxing Day only to continue a frustrating career trend which has prevented him from stamping his authority on Test matches.

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2015 wishlist for Canberra's sporting folk

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Jon Tuxworth   Another year is winding down and while 2014 has been generous to many Canberra athletes, they'll have their fingers crossed their New Year's Resolutions come true. 

Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats

Comanche

Rupert Guinness   Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking. Look at that thing go … Woo!" within minutes of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starting.

Namadgi makes smooth start in Sydney

Yachts jostle for position at the start of the Sydney to Hobart on Friday afternoon.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra yacht Namadgi made a smooth start to the Sydney to Hobart, but knows the big challenge is yet to come with predicted gale-force winds.

Campese gets send-off at Queanbeyan races

Terry Campese enjoyed a send-off at Queanbeyan's Boxing Day races before moving to the UK.

Lee Gaskin   Former Raiders captain Terry Campese will be among familar faces in the English Super League when he joins Hull KR after getting a farewell at the Queanbeyan races.

Baseball

ABL weakening league: catcher Murphy

Jack Murphy is frustrated that his Cavalry side was stripped of a win over the Brisbane Bandits.

David Polkinghorne   Jack Murphy says the Australian Baseball League's import rule weakens the standard of the league and could stop Major League teams from sending their developing talent Down Under.

ACT Sport

Sailing

Namadgi crew battles on in Sydney to Hobart

Lee Gaskin 5:33 PM   Canberra Ocean Racing Club yacht Namadgi has battled through challenging conditions to continue to make its way down the coast after the second day of the Sydney to Hobart.

Creek players chasing dream of playing on the SCG

Weston Creek Molonglo captain Michael Delaney ahead of Sunday's SCG Country Cup quarter-final against Dubbo.

Lee Gaskin 6:00 PM   Weston Creek Molonglo is the last Canberra club left in the SCG Country Cup when it takes on Dubbo in a quarter-final at Wollongong on Sunday.

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Rugby Heaven

White tipped to manage Montpellier

On the move: Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe.

Rugby's year in review

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Stephen Samuelson   It was a season turmoil for Australian Rugby with financial problems and off-field behaviour overshadowing the poor performances on the field by the Wallabies.

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League HQ

Guerra extends Roosters NRL deal

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Australian and Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2017.

The top 10 rugby league stories of a drama-filled year

Michael Carayannis   From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

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Football

Di Pietro needs Muscat to succeed as much as the coach does himself

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch 7:42 PM   Melbourne Victory's decision to extend Kevin Muscat's contract by a further three seasons and give the club legend a real chance to put his stamp on the club as a coach in the way that he did as a player is to be applauded.

Mariners and Roar play out thrilling draw

Challenge: Central Coast's Storm Roux contests the ball with James Donachie of the Roar.

Dominic Bossi 7:32 PM   Central Coast Mariners were denied their first win since October 11 after being held to a thrilling six-goal draw with Brisbane Roar in a match that was more about context than competition points.

Cricket

Joe Burns' family folklore about Donald Bradman finally set straight

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Daniel Lane, Andrew Wu 8:23 PM   Last year Joe Burns shared a wonderful anecdote about his great-uncle Harold, who represented Queensland as a wicketkeeper in cricket and on the rugby league field in the 1930s, and among his most enduring achievements was he caught Don Bradman out.

Place in team not so elementary, dear Watson

Shane Watson.

Geoff Lawson 8:08 PM   Statistics can only reveal say so much about the value of a Test player. Trying to figure out the efficacy of Shane Watson's place in the Australian Test team is not so elementary.

Racing

Headwater races to favouritism for Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes

James Winks rides Headwater to victory on Saturday.

Andrew Garvey 6:15 PM   It was only an off-season two-year-old event but the Team Hawkes trained Headwater raced to favouritism for both the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes after an emphatic debut win in the Cactus Imaging Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Jim Cassidy raises the Barbed as Godolphin sprinter delivers in Canterbury Classic

Tight: Jim Cassidy urges Barbed (right) to victory over Ball Of Muscle in the Canterbury Classic.

Adam Pengilly 6:13 PM   Somewhere near Quebec in Canada, Henry Plumptre reckons John O'Shea would be finding something to swear about.

Cricketers' Christmas happy snaps

The Australian cricketers posed with their families for the traditional Christmas Day photo opportunities.

Canberra United Take W-League Title

A thrilling W-League Grand Finals sees Canberra United defeat Perth Glory at their home ground 3-0.

ACT Cricket: Douglas Cup

Tuggeranong Valley clash with Ginninderra in the Douglas Cup at Chisholm Oval.

ACT Meteors v Queensland Fire

ACT Meteors take out Queensland Fire at Manuka Oval.

Ouch! The painful sporting moments of 2014

The moments which left sportspeople in pain and spectators wincing.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.