Raiders given perfect start to 2016 season

Lee Gaskin 3:32 PM   The Canberra Raiders have the perfect opportunity to make a flying start to 2016.

Top stories

Brumbies could be losing another star

Joe Tomane of the Brumbies.

11:15 AM   ACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane is reported to be linking up with former coach Jake White at Top 14 club Montpellier.


Millar happy to get off with par

Matt Millar dropped from the overnight lead to a tie for sixth at the Australian Masters.

David Polkinghorne 10:31 PM   Ryan Ruffels also starts Aussie Open well.

Cavalry bitten by costly big innings

Cavalry's Joshua Fritsch had a tough night at second base, making two errors.

David Polkinghorne 10:51 PM   Canberra Cavalry will stay on top of the ABL ladder despite a big loss to Adelaide Bite.


Record partnership leads Comets to epic chase

ACT Comets batsman Michael Spaseski plays a shot against Victoria.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   A magnificent record-breaking partnership between centurions Michael Spaseski and Jono Dean has delivered the ACT Comets a stunning outright victory.

Kookaburra raises pink-ball concerns 

David Warner throws pink balls at a nets session on Thursday.

Andrew Wu 8:57 AM   As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day/night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.

McCullum driven to extend unbeaten streak

Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as New Zeland Test captain is winding towards an end.

Jesse Hogan 6:31 PM   As Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as Test captain winds towards an end, maybe even at the end of this summer, he is still driven to extend the unbeaten streak that demands his team be respected.


Queanbeyan prepare to combat spin twins

Queanbeyan's Dean Solway and Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob prepare for the Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval on Friday night.

Lee Gaskin 5:16 PM   Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway believes his side can find a way to combat Weston Creek Molonglo spin twins Blake Dean and Mac Wright in the rescheduled Konica Minolta Regional Twenty20 final.


Meteors batter takes off with Thunder

ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski has signed with the Sydney Thunder.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski will be reunited with teammate Erin Osborne in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League after signing with the Sydney Thunder.

Rugby union

Smith settles back into Brumbies life

Brumbies centre Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra after a stint overseas.

Lee Gaskin 8:11 PM   After a stint in Europe, Brumbies outside back Andrew Smith has returned to Canberra on a two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.


Cashed-up ACT one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.

League HQ

Granville extends Cowboys deal

Roped in: North Queensland's Jake Granville is staying at the Cowboys.

3:43 PM   Hooker Jake Granville has extended his contract with North Queensland for a further two years, keeping him at the NRL club until the end of the 2018 season.

NRL 2016 season draw released


3:27 PM   The NRL draw for the 2016 season has been released, capping a busy day at league headquarters.


Rugby Heaven

Thorn could play for Reds next year at 41

Raring to go: Brad Thorn says he can play on next year.

Phil Lutton 5:40 PM   Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.

Williams ready to lead women's sevens team at World Series

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team next week.



Former greats urge DRS tweak and guaranteed independence for curators

New rules will be introduced to refine the DRS system.

Jesse Hogan 3:29 PM   Bowling teams that challenge a failed leg-before appeal only to have it dismissed as a borderline "umpire's call" ruling would not be punished for that under a recommended tweak of the Decision Review System rules.

Abbott takes wicket in first over at SCG

Flowers and a bat are seen at the front gates.

Daniel Lane 3:17 PM   Sean Abbott took a wicket with the fourth ball of his first over in the Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the SCG, a match that is being treated as a solemn occasion in Australian cricket.


Early rounds a sore spot for Richmond

Chris Yarran joins his new Richmond teammates for a pre-season training session.

Larissa Nicholson 12:15 PM   Richmond will try to get their season off to a strong start, in a bid to avoid the horror start which hampered their 2015 season, vice-captain Brett Deledio said.

Talia relieved to be cleared by AFL

Should his strong season continue, industry sources believe Michael Talia could command between $400,000 and $450,000 a season.

8:01 AM   Former Western Bulldogs defender Michael Talia is a relieved man after the AFL cleared him of leaking sensitive information from the club, but says he always knew he had not done anything wrong.



Sydney FC to request referee be removed from their fixtures

Under siege: A-League referee Chris Beath has upset Sydney FC with his officiating.

Sebastian Hassett 3:14 PM   The ongoing tension between Sydney FC and controversial referee Chris Beath has boiled over, with Sydney FC ready to submit a claim to Football Federation Australia asking that the official be taken off their matches for the rest of the season.

What Prince Ali's candidacy for FIFA president means for Australia

The candidate: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Dominic Bossi 3:06 PM   A firmer foothold in Asia? A leader in women's football and another chance another chance at a World Cup? What would can the FFA hope for if Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein became the next FIFA President


ACT Sport

Cavalry chip in for Loveless bachelor party

Canberra Cavalry outfielder Derrick Loveless, centre, is having his bucks party next week.

David Polkinghorne 3:44 PM   Canberra Cavalry throw outfielder a Bucks Party for a romance that started with a tweet.

Olympic Games near miss inspires Canberra boxer

Canberra boxer Dave Toussaint ready for his fight on Saturday night.

Lee Gaskin 3:06 PM   One lousy point was all that stopped Canberra boxer Dave Toussaint from fulfilling his Olympic Games dream.


Horse Racing

Unanimously on track for Moonee Valley sprint

High hopes: Trainer Matthew Dale expects Unanimously to race well at Moonee valley.

3:25 PM   As Matthew Dale prepares to welcome his best horse back into work, a long-time flag bearer for the Canberra trainer's stable will bid to win at Moonee Valley.

Cashed-up Canberra one step ahead of Racing NSW

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says they're already halfway there to matching proposed country NSW prizemoney increases.

David Polkinghorne 8:52 PM   Capital Cash meetings brought in to anticipate country NSW prizemoney increases.


Spieth and Scott upstaged by Tighe

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott upstaged at the Australian Open.

Brad Thorn joins the Queensland Reds

All Blacks and Broncos legend Brad takes up new role with Reds.

World watches a cricketing experiment

teve Smith says he is excited to be part of history on Friday.

Djokovic reflects on 'incredible' season

Novak Djokovic says he couldn't have asked for a better finish.

Kane dominates in London derby

Harry Kane scored twice for Spurs in their 4-1 win over West Ham.

Rory McIlroy elated with Dubai double

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the DP World Tour Championship.

Queanbeyan Gift 2015 men's, women's finals

Scenes from the Queanbeyan Gift finals at Queanbeyan Park.

Keeper uses her head in classic catch assist

Alyssa Healy unwittingly uses her head to set-up an unlikely catch.

W-League: Canberra United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC take on Canberra United in round six of the W-League.

ABL: Canberra v Melbourne Aces

The Melbourne Aces fight back to split the series with the Cavalry.