Brumbies great on radar as Pocock talks continue

Chris Dutton, Phil Lutton, Tom Decent 9:30 PM   Australian rugby great George Smith looms as a potential recruiting target if David Pocock decides to take a 12-month sabbatical from the ACT Brumbies before returning in 2018 and 2019.

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Toovey went to keep DCE, says Manly owner

Plans for the future: Manly owner Scott Penn.

Manly owner Scott Penn has opened up on the tumultuous year at the club, revealing star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans wouldn't have backflipped on the Titans had they not made significant changes in the football department.

Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality TV program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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No-ball issues still worrying Pattinson

Ready for the Kiwis: James Pattinson worked up some lively pace in the nets at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu 5:38 PM   James Pattinson is looming as a major weapon for Australia as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking in New Zealand, but he is yet to get on top of his no-ball issues.

Shades of England in Black Caps' green-top

Strip search: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and David Warner of Australia inspect the wicket at Basin Reserve.

Andrew Wu 4:51 PM   Australia's batsmen must overcome a juicy-looking green-top made to order for New Zealand's high-class swingmen, in their toughest test since their Ashes defeat.

Car accident fails to halt Fardy's comeback 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match ...

Chris Dutton 7:05 PM   You'll find Scott Fardy's blood-soaked headgear at the bottom of most rucks, but a different kind of collision forced the ACT Brumbies flanker to go to hospital this week.

Zika virus won't stop Melissa Breen's dream

 The final of the Women's Open 100 metre event. Winner Melissa Breen.

Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will put her trust in Australian Olympic Games medical staff as she avoids the hype of the Zika virus to focus on her build up to Rio and clinching an A-qualifying time.

NPL teams to boycott Canberra academy 

Canberra's NPL clubs say Capital Football chairman Mark O'Neill hasn't delivered on promises he's made.

David Polkinghorne 7:56 PM   Tuggeranong United's friendlies with academy planned for Sunday will be first games cancelled.

Kent gets first chance to deliver Thunder

Canberra Cavalry starting pitcher Steven Kent will start for Australia in game one of the World Baseball Classic ...

David Polkinghorne 5:35 PM   ¬†Canberra Cavalry pitcher to start in game one of Australia's WBC campaign, against the Philippines.

Brumbies feel the need for speed

John Pryor

Chris Dutton   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   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.

Cricket

Gayle and Watson bury hatchet after sexism row

Shane Watson and Chris Gayle hug it out. Sort of.

Adam Pengilly 10:22 PM   Shane Watson and Chris Gayle appear to have overcome their bad blood over the sexism row, posing for a photo together before their Indian Premier League campaign with the Royal Challengers.

Women cricketers receive $500k boost

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

Larissa Nicholson, Scott Bailey 7:44 PM   A $500,000 kicker from Australia's male cricketers has ensured their female counterparts now have their private health insurance covered.

Soccer

Wanderers face the waiting game as FFA ponders sanction

Wanderers fans during the round 18 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney in Melbourne on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 6:15 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers will now face a nervous wait to find out how Football Federation Australia whether punish them for fan misbehaviour after submitting their show cause response to the governing body on Wednesday night.

Victory determined to break ACL drought

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch 4:02 PM   The last time Kevin Muscat had anything to do with Sven Goran Eriksson the latter was England manager and Muscat was part of the Australian squad that humbled Eriksson's side 3-1 at Upton Park in a friendly game in February 2003.

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League HQ

Segeyaro labels 2015 performance 'unprofessional'

Looking for a big season: Penrith Panthers hooker James Segeyaro knows he must lift.

Michael Carayannis 2:03 AM   By James Segeyaro's admission he was unprofessional at times last year and his form dipped.

NRL slumps to $18m loss

NRL chairman John Grant announced a $18.7 million loss for rugby league in 2015

John Stensholt 12:44 AM   National Rugby League chairman John Grant says the league is financially viable despite a $18.7 million loss

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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.

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AFL

Lyon: Blues got the right coach

Right man for the job: Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.

Jake Niall 7:28 PM   Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has described new Carlton coach Brendon Bolton as the "exact" coach the Blues needed.

Cometti to hang up the microphone this year

Dennis Cometti.

11:55 AM   The AFL will sound a little different after the end of the 2016 season with veteran commentator Dennis Cometti confirming he will hang up the microphone.

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ACT Sport

Nicholson adds another title to his CV

Richard Nicholson has been named the University of Canberra's athlete in residence.

Zac Lowe 5:35 PM   In addition to three Paralympic medals, Richard Nicholson can now lay claim to being University of Canberra's second Athlete in Residence.

Osborne looks to rebound after home series omission

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

Zac Lowe   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.

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Horse Racing

Punters the losers again as race schedule crowded by Victorian trial

Promising to look after the punter: Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys.

Chris Roots 6:37 PM   Racing NSW and Racing Victoria power brokers will meet on Friday in an attempt to work out differences over race times, which caused a significant turnover downturn last weekend.

Trial of 30-minute starting times could continue

Rhys McLeod riding Shakespearean Lass, winner of the W.J.Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Patrick Bartley 6:27 PM   As the war of words between Victoria and NSW racing bodies continues to simmer over the tighter race schedule for the Caulfield meeting on Saturday, it is hoped a summit meeting on Friday between senior officials from both states may find a solution.

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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.