Canberra sport year in review: Rags to riches

David Polkinghorne 8:00 PM   We all love a rags to riches story.

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Smith puts Indians to sword

LEADING THE WAY: Australian captain Steve Smith raises his bat after sealing a ton.

Chloe Saltau   Australia have taken control on day two of the Boxing Day test against India at the MCG.

Flanagan comes up empty on fishing trip

Anna Flanagan relaxes over the Christmas period.

Lee Gaskin   Locker Room: Canberra's Hockeyroos star Anna Flanagan comes up empty during a family fishing trip over the Christmas break.

Basketball

Jackson  in bid to prolong career

Lauren Jackson said the Capitals would honour Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth   Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce will give Lauren Jackson significant minutes at centre in a bid to prolong her international career.

Tough decision ... but one Bell had to make

Shorter trip than expected: Perpetual Loyal retired about 8am with hull damage, damage that occurred at 9pm on Friday night when she fell off a wave or hit something, according to crewman Tom Slingsby.

Rupert Guinness   Anthony Bell said before he started the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that he was willing to gamble in his bid to add a second line honours title to his name.

Mariners, Roar play out thrilling draw

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

Dominic Bossi   Central Coast 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.

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Weston Creek players chase SCG  dream 

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

Lee Gaskin   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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Baseball

Canberra Cavalry's sloppy defence gifts Adelaide Bite baseball win

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David Polkinghorne 10:13 PM   Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins says his team's defence was not up to Australian Baseball League standard after sloppy errors gifted the Adelaide Bite a 6-3 win at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday night.

Cycling

Bling can win Milan-San Remo: White

Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews.

David Polkinghorne 9:22 PM   And form lethal Tour de France sprinting tag-team with Simon Gerrans.

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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

NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

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Steve Mascord 7:04 PM   As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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League's highs and lows in 2014

Cloud nine: James Tamou and Trent Merrin after NSW broke the Maroons' eight-year strangehold on the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas 3:22 PM   It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the grand final capping off a remarkable year for Michael Maguire's men

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Football

Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC battling for Luke DeVere's signature

Tug-of-war: Luke Devere in his previous A-League stint.

Sebastian Hassett 9:22 PM   Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC are not just competing on the field later this week - they're going head-to-head at the negotiating table for talented defender Luke DeVere.

Wanderers' woe continues after controversial loss

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Sam Worthington 7:17 PM   A controversial Roy Krishna penalty proved the difference as the Wellington Phoenix cemented their A-League top-four status with a 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium.

Cricket

Angry ant Kohli stuck it to Johnson and came out victor

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Malcolm Knox 9:40 PM   Watching Virat Kohli in the nets before play at Melbourne was to realise that this is a man who believes that you have to get angry to get things done.

'Spoilt brat' Virat Kohli fights fire with fire and Johnson gets burnt

It was Virat Kohli and rising star Ajinkya Rahane who walked the walk by compiling authoritive centuries.

Andrew Wu 9:36 PM   Virat Kohli is waging war against Australia on and off the field after a fiery day where the century-maker accused the hosts of labelling him a "spoilt brat" and disrespecting him.

Racing

Foxtel, Sky asked to waive fee for extra channels in bid for NSW rights

TVN presenter Jason Richardson interviews jockey Harry Coffey at Moonee Valley.

Adam Pengilly and Patrick Bartley 9:00 PM   Sky Channel will be asked to shelve a $5 a month subscription for its extra two channels when it seizes the rights to racing in NSW in a move designed to mirror the free premium content structure offered by beleaguered broadcaster TVN.

Waller the winner in 25 years of this column

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Max Presnell 8:00 PM   Chris Waller has been the biggest winner for the past 25 years, in this spot from which I’m now bidding farewell.

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.