Socceroos' World Cup hopes suffer a blow

Dominic Bossi 6:36 AM   The more things change, the more they stay the same at least that's what Australia discovered after slumping to a lacklustre defeat away to Jordan, a nation emerging as their bogey team.

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Canberra boosts attack for title defence

England international Jodie Taylor has joined Canberra United for the 2015-16 W-League season.

Lee Gaskin 9:45 PM   Canberra United has ditched talk of defending its W-League title, instead adding English international Jodie Taylor to become a more lethal attacking force.

McMahon in Wallabies team   

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 05: Sean McMahon #7 of the Australia Wallabies is tackled against the United States Eagles during a match at Soldier Field on September 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 11:07 PM   Sean McMahon will go from medical hero to the World Cup cauldron when the Wallabies unleash their raging bull on Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

Lean Beale ready for World Cup challenge

Kurtley Beale

Chris Dutton 11:00 PM   A "lean and hungry" Kurtley Beale has the spark to ensure the Wallabies inflict more pain on Wales when the teams battle for a smoother run to the World Cup final.

Goodes' dance preserved on canvas

Jamie Cooper's portrait of Adam Goodes.

Greg Baum 7:22 AM   Even when the Adam Goodes booing saga was at its most hysterical, driving him off the field for a week and crystallising his intention to retire, he did not hesitate in co-operating for an oil portrait of his memorable war dance earlier in the season.

Himmelberg's AFL draft camp nerves

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is off to the AFL national draft combine.

David Polkinghorne 8:29 PM   Will the Eastlake forward get drafted?

NRC on a par with Currie Cup: Arnold

Canberra Vikings lock Rory Arnold says the NRC is on a par with South Africa's Currie Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:40 PM   How does the NRC compare to South Africa's Currie Cup?

Brumbies back Iona after conviction

The Brumbies will ignore Rodney Iona's drink-driving conviction when deciding his future.

David Polkinghorne 9:07 PM   The Brumbies will disregard Rodney Iona's drink-driving conviction when deciding whether to re-sign him.

Wallabies in World Cup form: Williams

Shane Williams.

Chris Dutton 1:48 PM   LONDON: Wales great Shane Williams has declared Australia the most in-form team at the World Cup.

Wales haunted by Wallabies record

Warren Gatland's men will have to overcome their hoodoo if they want to secure top spot in pool A.

Chris Dutton 2:03 AM   The Wallabies' World Cup squad record holds a remarkable 117-6 win-loss record in matches against Wales, with only five of the 31 players ever experiencing a defeat at the hands of the Red Dragons.

Meteors coach slams Cricket Australia

ACT Meteors captain Kris Britt.

Lee Gaskin 12:03 AM   ACT Meteors coach Andrew Dawson says Cricket Australia "made a genuine mistake" leaving Canberra out of the inaugural women's Big Bash League

League HQ

Stadium investment needed to save Sydney clubs and grow NRL crowds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  NRL CEO Dave Smith speaks to the media during the 2015 NRL advertising campaign launch at Sydney Opera House on February 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter 1:55 AM   There is a reason average NRL crowd figures have changed little for 20 years, NRL chief executive Dave Smith says.

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Balmain on the brink after more dramas at leagues club site

The Balmain Tigers.

Adrian Proszenko 2:07 PM   Foundation club Balmain could fold in five months after Leichhardt Council's attempt to rezone the dilapidated leagues club site on Victoria Road was formally refused.


Rugby Heaven

'It wasn't the smartest thing I've done': Giteau

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Matt Giteau of Australia goes over to score their third try  during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton 6:34 AM   Giteau says he got "caught in the moment" for a match-sealing swan-dive that hammered the final nail into England's World Cup coffin.



VicSpirit women perform in men's premiership cricket

The weekend was the first time women had played in the men's premier competition since Cathryn Fitzpatrick in 2006.

Larissa Nicholson 12:23 AM   With three stumpings and a catch in her first match, Emma Inglis showed her prowess as wicketkeeper for the Prahran fourths.

'We've lost a real advantage': ACT Meteors rue missed opportunity

ACT Meteors captain Kris Britt.

Lee Gaskin 12:03 AM   ACT Meteors coach Andrew Dawson says Cricket Australia "made a genuine mistake" leaving Canberra out of the inaugural women's Big Bash League


Crowley delisted from Fremantle

Ryan Crowley shows his disappointment after Fremantle was beaten by Port Adelaide in the first semi-final in 2014.

Brad Elborough 6:09 PM   Ryan Crowley's ambitious bid to return to Fremantle's senior side after a 12-month drug-related ban is over.

Rice to make father-son choice after combine

Bailey Rice has to choose between the Saints and the Blues.

Daniel Cherny 6:41 PM   As one young man made headlines for choosing St Kilda over Carlton, another stared down the very same choice.



Luongo struggles in unusual team selection

Happier days: Luongo in action during the 2015 Asian Cup Final.

Dominic Bossi 6:36 AM   Socceroos star Massimo Luongo has questioned his effectiveness in the unusual position of right wing following the shock loss to Jordan

Wanderers destroyer a late call-up

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi

David Sygall 11:45 PM   He took full toll of Western Sydney's defensive mistakes. But he wasn't even supposed to be playing.


ACT Sport

Meteors recruit stirring up Southern Stars all-rounder

New Zealand international Lea Tahuhu will debut for the ACT Meteors this weekend.

Lee Gaskin   It took just one fiery net session where she troubled Southern Stars all-rounder Erin Osborne for New Zealand international Lea Tahuhu to make her impact at the ACT Meteors.


Mixed bag for opening weekend of trout season

Rainbow trout.

Bryan Pratt   Anglers reported a mixed bag for the opening week of the 2015-16 trout season but the general theme was that surprisingly few fish were seen or caught.


Horse Racing

Happy Trails on quick back-up at Caulfield

Couldn’t be happier: Trainer Paul Beshara salutes Happy Trails’ thrilling win in the Mackinnon Stakes.

10:19 PM   Paul Beshara headed to Melbourne for the spring carnival with high expectations for stable star Happy Trails.

RVL considers appeal after Mark Riley exonerated on bicarb charge

Exonerated: Trainer Mark Riley

Patrick Bartley 10:10 PM   The Victorian Supreme Court decision to overturn the Mark Riley guilty verdicts explained.


Cowboys win NRL grand final

After a last second try in regular time, North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston wins the NRL grand final with a field goal, beating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16.

NRL Grand final - Broncos v Cowboys

All the action as the Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2015 NRL grand final.

Sekope Kepu's unreal World Cup pass

Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu sets up Bernard Foley's stunning first try with a ridiculous flick pass during Australia's defeat of England in the Rugby World Cup.

RWC 2015: Aussies to stay 'humble' after England win

Australia's coach Michael Cheika praises his side for successfully silencing a “tsunami of noise” at Twickenham.

Australia knock England out of their own World Cup

Bernard Foley stars for the Wallabies with two tries as England collapse at Twickenham.

Cyril Rioli best player in AFL grand final

Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal in the AFL grand final.

Luke Hodge's freakish grand final goal

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge kicks a contender for best goal of the 2015 grand final.

Hawthorn wins third consecutive premiership

Hawthorn seals the 2015 AFL premiership with an easy win over the West Coast Eagles.

Melbourne warms to Grand Final holiday

Perfect weather puts a smile on the faces of footy fans.

Wales beat Fiji

Wales over come a spirited Fiji to move to the top of RWC pool A.