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Crows coach Phil Walsh found dead in home

Tragedy: Phil Walsh and his son, Cy Walsh.

Marissa Calligeros 9:06 PM   Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home. His son has been charged with his murder.

'It's a call that you never want to get'

Toughest of days: Daniel Talia and Rory Laird leave the Adelaide club rooms as tributes are left for coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle 9:06 PM   For Adelaide, everything changed at 3.30am. For the people who knew, loved and worked with Phil Walsh, football both meant nothing and was the one thing keeping them together.

'I wasn't offering anything': Papalii's truth

Queensland enforcer: Josh Papalii credits Raiders coach Ricky Stuart for helping him turn his season around.

Lee Gaskin 3:08 PM   Revitalised Queensland enforcer Josh Papalii credits some tough love from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart as the key to turning his fortunes around ahead of his State of Origin return.

The young stars the Raiders must re-sign

Jack Wighton is one of Canberra's priorities to lock up long term.

Jon Tuxworth 10:00 PM   Canberra steps up talks to lock up key players long-term over the next few weeks.

Union

Canberrans nominated for coaching award

Sport. Two local rugby union coaches nominated for this year's
Community Coach of the Year Award. Pictured at Phillip Oval are Tom
Beinke, Canberra Royals coach, left and Glen Croker (correct spelling)
Uni Norths and Australian Deaf Rugby team coach. July 3rd 2015 The
Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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Tom Kazias 7:06 PM   Community coach of the year nominee Glen Croker admits to not being able to communicate his game plans with players.

Saturday Serve

Time to walk the talk over female athletes' pay

Canberra Capitals WNBL captain Abby Bishop says pay disparity between players is too great.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   People stamp their feet about the gross inequities our female athletes face. But not consistently.

Semi-finals a minimum for Brumbies: White

Brumbies halfback Nic White hopes to get picked for the World Cup before joining Montpellier.

Lee Gaskin 7:23 PM   Nic White leaves door open to possible Brumbies return after French stint.

League HQ

Sutton injury compounds South Sydney's woes

Going nowhere: George Burgess of the Rabbitohs is swamped by Penrith defenders.

Steve Mascord 11:25 PM   South Sydney's Saturday morning hangover from a belting by adolescent Penrith could turn into a raging migraine with part-time captain John Sutton facing scans on a biceps injury.

Panthers deal South Sydney another title blow

Break on through: Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers was a standout against South Sydney.

Steve Mascord 10:09 PM   Penrith's "team of the future" – spearheaded by the rookies like Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Tyrone Peachey and Bryce Cartwright – annexed a big chunk of the present.

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Rugby Heaven

SARU axes referees' chief Watson

High profile: Andre Watson shoots the breeze with George Gregan during the 2003 World Cup final.

11:55 PM   The contract of South Africa's head of referees Andre Watson has been terminated with immediate effect, the South African Rugby Union have said.

Highlanders' kicking game key in final

On form: Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has tormented opponents with his short kicking game.

Toby Robson 8:57 PM   It's often said defence wins titles, but for the Hurricanes the old cliche may apply as much to catching kicks as it does making tackles during Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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Cricket

'I can't excuse my actions': Faulkner charged with drink-driving in UK

'I can't excuse my actions' ... James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving in the UK. The 25-year-old allrounder has been playing for English club Lancashire.

Chris Barrett 7:12 AM   James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving, having returned a reading of almost three times the UK's legal limit.

Johnson thunderbolt leaves Shaun Marsh with split fingernail

Friendly fire: Though not playing against Essex, Mitchell Johnson has been steaming in during practice sessions at Chelmsford.

Chris Barrett 8:55 PM   The Australian left-armer gave England another sign of what they can expect next week with some friendly fire on Friday.

AFL

Adam Saad a shining light for the Suns

Adam Saad of the Suns.

Garry Lyon 7:57 PM   He's being described as being, if not the best, then in the top handful of Rising Star nominees since the award began back in 1993. He is ...

Barry Mitchell follows the write path

Writer, father and former footy star: Many of Barry Mitchell’s characters will ring some bells.

Rohan Connolly 6:53 PM   In more than 30 years involvement with league football, former Sydney star Barry Mitchell has seen a lot of highs and lows. Now, as an aspiring writer, he's bringing a different perspective to stories about the game. And they're not always pretty.

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Soccer

Wanderers swoop for Nichols

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Sebastian Hassett 10:48 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers have made their biggest signing of the off-season, landing former Brisbane Roar star Mitch Nichols on a two-year contract.

UEFA lifts Man City, PSG sanctions

Big spenders: Manchester City will have some clout on the transfer scene again.

9:47 PM   UEFA has lifted key financial fair play sanctions from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, with both clubs meeting spending limits imposed last year.

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League

Rams aim to end Blues winning streak

Can Woden knock over the table-topping Blues?

Tom Kazias 7:08 PM   Woden Valley insists it can do what no team has done this year: beat the Queanbeyan Blues.

Soccer

Father-son combo works well for Belconnen

Jason Ugrinic has scored 14 goals in as many games under his father, Dean's, coaching at Belconnen FC.

Tom Kazias 7:07 PM   Father-son working relationships can be challenging. But Dean and Jason Ugrinic make it work.

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Horse Racing

Trackwork assessor shattered by Ruhle's death

Vital job: Lisa Coffey has to assess whether a rider is up to scratch.

Patrick Bartley 6:43 PM   Irish-born Lisa Coffey woke on Thursday morning shattered at the tragic death of a German-born track rider at Caulfield.

Tearaways add welcome spice and excitement

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Max Presnell 6:27 PM   Scotch And Dry went down well depending on the chaser, a dilemma with front-runners in staying events and a situation with Lovethebeaches and Mr Steal in their respective engagements today.

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Wallabies face question marks

Selection issues around the halves and a back row quandary.

Tomic struggling under the sun

Bernard Tomic says the heat is hampering his play at Wimbledon.

AFL boss addresses drugs claims

Gillon McLachlan responds to the publication of Harley Bennell pics.

Ashes spot not guaranteed for Harris

Darren Lehmann has a number of selection headaches on his hands.

Gold Coast Sun's in crisis talks

The AFL is facing a new drug crisis thanks to Karmichael Hunt.

Jennings fast and furious in win

Michael Jennings stars in the Roosters' 20-10 win over Titans.

Panthers winger scores four tries

David Simmons' quadruple helps Penrith defeat Wests 35-12.

Carlton spoil Gold Coast's 100th match

Carlton spoil Gold Coast'€™s 100th match with a 34-point win.

Japan ends Matildas' brave World Cup run

Australia's World Cup has ended in the dying stages against Japan.

Canberra Raiders Cup: Rams v Bushies

The Woden Valley Rams take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.