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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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)

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

Farah golden point penalty kills Tigers

Crushing blow: Robbie Farah looks on.

Michael Carayannis 7:54 PM   Robbie Farah's season has gone from bad to worse after he was penalised to hand St George Illawarra a 32-30 golden point win.

Farah wants to talk about reasons for demotion

Seeking a meeting: Robbie Farah is hoping to meet with the Tigers hierarchy.

Daniel Lane 7:44 PM    The barrister acting for Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has called upon club powerbrokers to attend a meeting this week to formally detail why Farah is no longer wanted at the club.


Rugby Heaven

Wing does his own Hayne to play in Cup

Cup tilt: Craig Wing turns out for Japan against Wales in 2013.  The former NRL star will represent the Cherry Blossoms at the World Cup.

Daniel Lane 8:47 PM   Craig Wing was talking about the courage of Jarryd Hayne when it dawned on him that before his own code switch his world was confined to "Maroubra, Randwick, Bondi and rugby league".

Naiyaravoro ready to bring the 'bigness'

Big man on campus: Taqele Naiyaravoro at Camp Wallaby at Notre Dame University.

Phil Lutton 8:27 PM   Taqele Naiyaravoro said he was just a tall and skinny kid before becoming a rugby powerhouse.



Live score: England vs Australia Second ODI, Lord's

Australian opener David Warner receives treatment after being injured by a ball from Steven Finn at the start of the second one-day tie at Lord's.

8:48 PM   Follow coverage of the second ODI, at Lord's between England and Australia.

NSW Breakers decide to recruit from afar in bid to overcome departures

Alex Blackwell.

Jesse Hogan 7:16 PM   A raft of departures will pose a significant challenge to NSW Breakers' bid to extend their astonishing dominance of the Women's National Cricket League to an 11th consecutive season.


Bulldogs ruck and rolled by Lions

Shock win: Josh Green of the Lions celebrates a goal with Daniel Rich.

Andrew Stafford 6:24 PM    If the value of ruckmen is a perennial in modern football, this is the year the big men hit back. Todd Goldstein's form for North Melbourne is exhibit A.

Clubs hope banned Magpies pair act as a drugs deterrent

Suspended Pies Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keeffe.

Jon Pierik 8:08 PM   Club chiefs are hopeful players have taken serious note of the trouble Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe found themselves in, as the post-season parties this week ramp up for those teams not playing in the finals.



Socceroos back in Canberra for World Cup qualifier

Socceroos great Tim Cahill saluates the crowd in Perth after Thursday night's 5-0 win against Bangladesh.

Lee Gaskin 7:30 PM   The Socceroos will be returning to Canberra for the first time in four years when they take on Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup qualifier at Canberra Stadium on November 12.

Socceroos ready for anything amidst reports of Tajikistan violence

Winning ways: Mark Milligan congratulates Tom Rogic following his goal against Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday.

Michael Lynch 6:49 PM   The Socceroos arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning to make a connection for a charter flight to the Tajik capital Dushanbe expecting to play Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier.


ACT Sport

Central quest for fourth straight title on track after booking grand final berth


Jon Tuxworth 8:07 PM   Central's injured brigade have a chance to rest their bumps and bruises before shooting for a fourth straight premiership after beating Wests 3-1 in Saturday's major semi final. 

Australian football

Undefeated Magpies focus on grand final

Belconnen player Mick Delaney, centre, is held back as things get a little heated.

Brandon Palmer 7:24 PM   The Belconnen Magpies have progressed to the AFL Canberra grand final with a clinical performance against the Tuggeranong Hawks at Kippax on Saturday.


Horse Racing

Filly following in mum's footsteps

Stay With Me, Dwayne Dunn up, forges ahead in the listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m).

Andrew Garvey 7:47 PM   She’s got a long way to go before she can match the deeds of her dam Miss Finland but Stay With Me took a big first step in the right direction at Moonee Valley, when graduating from a maiden win, to victory in the listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m).

John Thompson captures Bart Cummings glow in winning Tramway Stakes with Hooked

''There's plenty of Bart Cummings in that horse'': Hooked trainer John Thompson

Adam Pengilly 6:21 PM   The Bart Cummings glow. John Thompson has seen it, learned it and had an inkling Hooked had captured just a bit of it as a new spring dawns.


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.