Making a splash

Chris Dutton 4:17 PM   Raider Jack Wighton can’t wait to rub shoulders with the game’s best on Saturday.

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ACT Brumbies fight to keep David Pocock  

David Pocock.

Chris Dutton 10:22 PM   The ARU is prepared to offer David Pocock one of the biggest contracts in Australian rugby history and work with the star flanker to give him a year away from the sport to ensure he stays in the game for the 2019 World Cup.

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Brumbies feel the need for speed

John Pryor

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   New England coach Eddie Jones has already snared ACT Brumbies legend George Smith to help the enemy and the former Wallabies mentor is banging down the door for another man in Canberra.

Wanderers enter plea for true fans

Wanderers fans let off flares during the round 18 match against Melbourne Victory.

Sebastian Hassett 8:19 PM   While the Western Sydney Wanderers will plead to Football Federation Australia to avoid handing out points deductions or fines for last Saturday's crowd behaviour, the club is determined to stamp out those fans who continue to tarnish the club's image.

A-League must act now to deter hooligans

Greg Baum

Greg Baum 7:56 PM   More years ago than I care to count, after a soccer match in England, I found myself literally in a corner.

Scrapping All Stars 'foolish and insulting'  

Passionate: Stan Grant said players needed to treat the All Stars game with the same respect as a grand final or a State ...

Brad Walter 6:25 PM   Stan Grant and Linda Burney say the NRL All Stars game is about more than football.

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Inglis insists Rabbitohs are a happy camp

Back together: Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis celebrate winning the 2014 NRL grand final. Burgess has returned to Redfern ...

Brad Walter 6:58 PM   How the Indigenous All Stars taught South Sydney captain Greg Inglis about leadership.

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Honeymoon is over for Steve Smith

First test as captain: Steve Smith.

Andrew Wu 4:09 PM   The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith. For the first time in the Australian captain's reign he is short of runs and presiding over a team that is not winning.

Australia's World T20 team in a spin

Victoria's Matthew Wade led the Bushrangers to a Sheffield Shield title in his second season as captain.

Andrew Wu 5:29 PM   The logic applied to dump Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper for the World T20 was not extended to strengthen Australia's slow bowling stocks, leaving the team dangerously thin for spin in India.

Stallworth clause ''not in spirit of the game''

Denesha Stallworth.

Jon Tuxworth 5:50 PM   Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf is confident the WNBL will clear DeNesha Stallworth to play on Friday.

Demons get hot under the collar

Melbourne Demons

Larissa Nicholson 2:18 PM   Tempers flared at Melbourne training on Tuesday, two weeks before the club's first pre-season match.

Cricket

Women cricketers receive $500k boost

Alex Blackwell says "we're on the right track".

3:26 PM   A $500,000 kicker from Australia's male cricketers has ensured their female counterparts now have their private health insurance covered.

Just shut up and eat the grubs Shane

Peter FitzSimons.

Peter FitzSimons 3:18 PM   Bloody hell Shane! Really? You must have played with, like, a thousand cricketers over the years, and Steve Waugh really stands out that much?

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Soccer

We shouldn't be punished for fans' antics, says Brendon Santalab

Making a mark: Brendon Santalab (left) is quikcly beocming one of the A-League's most influential bench players.

Sebastian Hassett 3:15 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers shouldn't be punished with points deductions or fine for their fans' bad behaviour in the 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory last Saturday, according to striker Brendon Santalab.

Melbourne City's women to play Manchester City

Melbourne City will take on sister club Manchester City.

12:44 PM   Melbourne City's championship-winning W-League team will fly out to the United Arab Emirates capital this weekend to train with and play sister club Manchester City.

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League HQ

Knights recruit Hodkinson expected back for trial

Ready to return: Trent Hodkinson may debut for the Knights in a trial against Canberra.

Michael Carayannis 3:08 PM   Newcastle recruit Trent Hodkinson is on track to make his return from a badly broken thumb in the Knights final trial against Canberra next week.

Raiders think differently in bid to trim financial losses: Furner

Canberra Raiders chief executive Don Furner wants to see how the NRL splits up the additional $100 million to be put ...

Kyle Mackey-Laws 2:28 PM   Canberra Raiders boss Don Furner concedes the club needs to consider different revenue models after recording a loss of $5.4 million in 2015.

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Rugby Heaven

England not fit to face Wallabies, says Jones

Warning: Eddie Jones poses with Jack Nowell after England's Calcutta Cup win.

11:52 AM   Eddie Jones insists England's current level of fitness is adequate for the Six Nations but would be exposed on the tour to Australia unless improvements are made.

The most valuable try ever scored

Touching down: NWU-Pukke put nine points on the board.

Adam Pengilly 10:53 AM   A rugby union revolution might not be too far away if a South African university competition is anything to go by, after fans were left thrilled with the tournament's first nine-point try on Tuesday.

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AFL

Luckless Morabito struck down by hamstring

Anthony Morabito tore his hamstring at training on Monday.

12:28 PM   Fremantle's Anthony Morabito, the AFL player who defines lucklessness, has suffered another injury setback and is likely to miss the start of the 2016 season with a torn hamstring.

Losing Roughead no huge blow: Brereton

Hawks forward Jarryd Roughead.

Ronny Lerner   Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton does not believe Jarryd Roughead's serious knee injury will serve as a "huge blow" for the Hawks this year.

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ACT Sport

Osborne looks to rebound after home series omission

Erin Osborne has been named in Australia's women's T20 side.

Zac Lowe 4:38 PM   A T20 call-up didn't appear to be on the cards for Erin Osborne after she had been left out of Australia's one-day squad for their series against India.

Canberra Greyhounds being 'tarred with same brush' as live baiters

Kel O'Rourke sees similarities between greyhound racing and the NRL - the actions of a few spoil it for the majority.

David Polkinghorne   Canberra greyhound race caller Kel O'Rourke says the actions of a few are giving the rest of the industry a bad name.

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Horse Racing

Weatherly shooting for Blue Diamond start

Good bloodline: Beneteau wins the Blue Diamond Prelude in 2010.

4:24 PM   The similarities between Weatherly and his sire Beneteau are not lost on Paul Messara.

Vandyke out to leave impression on Sydney

David Vandyke is preparing Yankee  Rose for next month's Golden Slipper.

Warwick Barr 4:23 PM   ​David Vandyke has a definite Golden Slipper horse in his stable and by the end of the week he could have a wildcard for The Championships.

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Eels stun Warriors    to win Nines title

Tournament underdogs Parramatta have started the year in style.

Glory stay within striking distance

Perth made sure Wellington stayed winless for nine games.

Raiders in action at the Auckland Nines

The young Raiders impressed to make the quarter-finals.

ACT Championships and ICP Grand Prix

Ahletes compete in the ACT titles and ICP Grand Prix.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Rangers

The Capitals lost their 21st match in a row against Dandenong.

Hutchison scores golden try for Aussies

Teenager Henry Hutchison has scored the try of his life.

Johnson steps up a gear against Broncos

The Warriors were facing an early exit until Shaun Johnson arrived.

Leicester dominate Manchester City 3-1

Leicester can't really win the Premier League, can they?

ACT Premier Cricket: Wests-UC v Eastlake

Wests-UC take on Eastlake in the Douglas Cup competition.

ACT Athletics titles and IPC Grand Prix

ACT Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix.