Johnson and Smith lead way to final

Chris Barrett 10:52 AM   Australia's World Cup dream is alive and well, and with it a mouthwatering trans-Tasman final is in store on Sunday.

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The showdown: Wighton v Tuivasa-Sheck

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton will take on fellow young gun Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin 7:26 PM   Former Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello breaks down the match-up between his protege Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Raiders custodian Jack Wighton.

Kuridrani intent on chasing Cup dream

Tevita Kuridrani says an eight-week stint on the sideline won't ruin his World Cup hopes.

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Tevita Kuridrani has vowed to comeback from injury bigger and stronger to ensure his World Cup dream remains intact as he braces for an eight-week stint on the sideline.

Australia's self belief shines through in draw

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal.

Michael Lynch 12:05 PM   Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Former cop embraces United challenge

Sport.  Former assistant coach Rae Dower has been announced as new head coach of Canberra United.  26 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Lee Gaskin 9:20 PM   New Canberra United coach Rae Dower believes her background in the police force has given her the grounding to handle the pressure of winning back-to-back W-League titles.

Roberts sets sights high at national titles

Canberra athlete Kelsey-Lee Roberts will be among the favourites in the women's javelin at the Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane this weekend.

Lee Gaskin 10:00 PM   Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts is aiming to topple her experienced rivals and claim her first national title as another stepping stone to next year's Olympics.

Captains call for shorter AFL season

Geelong captain Joel Selwood are among a clutch of player leaders who agree the entire AFL industry would benefit from a radical shift to a "less is more" approach.

Matt Murnane 9:11 AM   A group of the AFL's best players have renewed calls for a shorter football season.

League HQ

Knights surprising in many ways

Ultimate League

Chris Boulous 1:24 AM   The Newcastle Knights are the genuine surprise packets in the NRL – and in Ultimate League – to start 2015.

Tigers debutant was no fool for soccer

Multi-talented: Delouise Hoeter gets his chance for Wests Tigers on Friday.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Had he not fallen out with his soccer coach, Delouise Hoeter may well be making his big debut at Anfield instead of ANZ Stadium.

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Rugby Heaven

Brad Thorn linked with Super Rugby return at Queenland Reds

Serial winner: Brad Thorn

Duncan Johnstone 10:26 AM   There might be time for one final chapter to Brad Thorn's remarkable playing career with speculation he could link with the Queensland Reds for next year's Super Rugby campaign.

Rebels missing key players to take on Hurricanes

Up for it: Lopeti Timani leaps for the ball against the Reds. He is being rested this week.

Roy Ward 9:13 PM   Melbourne Rebels back-rower Lopeti Timani joins Dom Shipperley on the sidelines as they face the Hurricanes in Wellington.

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Cricket

MS Dhoni defends cricketing future

MS Dhoni

9:48 AM   MS Dhoni defends his future as Indian fans took to the streets to protest his side's semi-final exit from cricket's World Cup.

Clarke successfully deals with tremendous sex question

Speechless: Michael Clarke was momentarily stunned.

9:35 AM   It was the question from left field that left the Australian cricket captain momentarily stumped.

AFL

Richmond defender to miss season opener

David Astbury has been stung by a stingray.

10:20 AM   Richmond defender David Astbury will probably miss next Thursday's AFL season opener against Carlton after he was stung by a stingray.

AFL backs fans, not coaches, on Etihad roof

Etihad Stadium.

Caroline Wilson 7:29 PM   The AFL looks set to stay true to its vow to dedicate the 2015 season to the game's supporters where the controversial Etihad Stadium roof is concerned.

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Soccer

Brazil come from behind to down France

Brazil's Oscar (R) celebrates with team mates after scoring against France during their international friendly soccer match against France at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, near Paris, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Andy Scott 10:02 AM   A fine finish from captain Neymar helped secure a come-from-behind 3-1 win for Brazil over France in a friendly in Paris on Thursday as they maintained their perfect record since the return as coach of Dunga.

Roar coach cited for post-match outburst

Brisbane Roar coach Frans Thijssen has been cited by the FFA.

Beth Newman 9:10 PM   The FFA has issued Roar coach Frans Thijssen with a "please explain'' after a post-match outburst on Sunday.

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ACT Sport

Soccer

Breach notices all round at fiery 'friendly'

Capital Football has issued breach notices after an incident in a pre-season National Premier League game.

Lee Gaskin 6:59 PM   Capital Football has issued breach notices to two spectators, three players and their clubs after a fiery incident in a pre-season friendly.

Family feud to be finalised at the Fort

These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Hayden Beard and Tim Beard who play for the Bandits and Trent Mills, Lee Mills and Reece Mills  who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final.

David Polkinghorne 6:50 PM   Narrabundah Ballpark will resemble the set of ''Family Feud'' with three brothers from the Mills and Beard families squaring up in the ACT Baseball first-grade grand final series, which starts on Friday. 

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Horse Racing

Silent Achiever hoping to win the BMW

Ready for the best: Silent Achiever faces a tough field in pursuit of a second-straight BMW success.

Chris Roots 10:03 AM   The world has come to Sydney for the BMW, so it is the right race for defending champion Silent Achiever to find out if she measures up to the best race in the world.

Threesome run into history books at new Pakenham

 With a growing appetite for racing in Asia and Europe, some believe Victoria could earn more on-selling the international rights themselves, rather than letting Sky Racing enjoy the cream.

Michael Lynch 9:58 PM   Faction, a three-year-old filly owned by the giant Coolmore bloodstock operation, ensured on Thursday afternoon she became the answer to a trivia question when she scored in the first race of the day at Victoria's provincial race meeting.

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Waratahs vs the Brumbies

Round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans

Greater Western Sydney Giants take on Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval

Douglas Cup final

Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval between Weston Creek/Molonglo and Wests/UC.

Raiders sunk by Dragons in cliffhanger

The Raiders take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round two of the NRL.

John Dent Cup

Wests and the Canberra Royals face off in round one of the John Dent Cup.

First grade hockey

Old Canberrans and United clash at the ACT Hockey Centre in Lyneham.

ACT first grade cricket

The final of ACT first grade cricket final between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval.

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand steamroll the West Indies at Wellington to book a berth in the World Cup semi-finals.

Waratahs take on galloping Brumbies

Wallabies coaches go head-to-head in Sunday rugby blockbuster.

India cruise past Bangladesh into semis

A wonderful century from opener Rohit Sharma propels India to a strong total of 302.