Ben Alexander re-signs with Brumbies

David Polkinghorne 12:00 PM   Wallabies prop Ben Alexander has turned down overseas offers to sign a contract extension with the ACT Brumbies.

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Kyrgios as good as a young Boris Becker

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Nick Kyrgios of Australia watches the Women's Singles match between Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Ajla Tomljanovic of Australi on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne 9:05 PM   Scott Draper likens Nick Kyrgios to a young Boris Becker and believes Andy Murray will be "under the pump" if he face the Canberra star in the French Open third round.

Malthouse sacked by Carlton

Mick Malthouse.

Jake Niall 6:09 PM   Carlton have sacked Mick Malthouse the day after the Blues said an announcement on the embattled coach's future would come after their next two games.

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Brumbies to blow the Bulls 'out of the park'

Ready to attack: Brumbies winger Joe Tomane.

David Polkinghorne 9:23 PM   But are expecting a tight encounter, with a loss ending their Super Rugby finals hopes.

Williams to breathe life back into Raiders

Sam Williams will return from a collapsed lung for the Raiders.

Chris Wilson 9:08 PM   The Raiders will welcome back half Sam Williams against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night.

Soliola 'fully understands' Milford's move

Former Raider Anthony Milford will return to Canberra this week for the first time since joining Brisbane Broncos.

Jon Tuxworth   Anthony Milford's move to the Brisbane Broncos made headlines throughout 2014. One man at the Raiders understands Milford's decision better than most. And he never even played with him.

'They hate me but that's fine ... I hate them'

Robbie Farah: It's the hate that spurs you along.

Michael Chammas 9:20 PM   NSW Blues captain Robbie Farah has embraced the Queensland hate that Paul Gallen has carried on his shoulders for the best part of a decade.

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Last year's dead rubber left a sour taste: Daley

Reflections: Losing game three last year cut deeply for Laurie Daley.

Michael Chammas 8:53 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley admits his side's capitulation in game three last year left a sour taste in his mouth after leading the Blues to a long-awaited series victory.

Fifita the X-factor for Blues

Playing it tight:  Andrew Fifita and James Tamou at training.

Brad Walter 8:48 PM   With four forwards on the bench, NSW will try to win the game in the middle.

NSW vs Queensland is like science vs tradition

Fear of the north: Laurie Daley is wary of Queensland striking back after losing the State of Origin shield last year.

Andrew Webster 12:57 AM   NSW and Queensland could not have approached the Origin opener more differently.

League HQ

Maroons bracing for "hammering: Hagan

Ready to roll: Maroons centre Greg Inglis.

Laine Clark 2:11 PM   Surprised by Josh Reynolds' axing, Queensland assistant Michael Hagan says the Maroons are still bracing themselves for a "hammering" in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener in Sydney.

Blues expect niggle in Origin opener

Wary of Queensland's tactics: NSW assistant Matt Parish and coach Laurie Daley.

Emma Kemp 1:50 PM   NSW assistant coach Matt Parish has ramped up the State of Origin ante by naming Queensland captain Cameron Smith and teammates Nate Myles and Corey Parker as on-field nigglers.

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Rugby Heaven

Thursday is D-day for banned Tahs

Will Skelton has travelled to South Africa despite the two-match ban.

8:12 PM   Thursday looms as a significant day for the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby campaign with the appeals for key forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu now a lock.

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Cricket

Sex-for-selection scandal: Some female players vulnerable

Retired all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar hopes harassment of women in sport is on the way out.

Jesse Hogan 1:33 PM   Retired champion all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar hopes the vindication for Sri Lankan players who accused officials of demanding sex to assure them of selection will ensure such "extreme cases" won't ever again affect women's cricket.

WA cricket captain Adam Voges living dream in Caribbean

Captain Adam Voges has been instrumental with the bat for WA this year

12:11 AM   ​Many of his teammates will view it as just a tour match but for Adam Voges Australia's three-day game in Antigua could be the biggest of his career.

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AFL

Racism in the AFL: work still to be done

Nicky Winmar in 2013, next to the famous picture of him taken in 1993.

Jon Pierik 6:37 PM   As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue treading under the surface".

Edwards, Dempsey wait for Dreamtime

AFL Round 1 Carlton vs Richmond at the MCG. Players from the opposing teams line up for the singing of the national anthem before the opening bounce of the 2011 AFL season. Generic aerial view of the MCG. Melbourne. 24 March 2011. Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Larissa Nicholson 8:34 PM   Shane Edwards and Courtenay Dempsey are quietly looking forward to the Dreamtime at the 'G match at the weekend.

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Soccer

Mulvey set to sue Brisbane over contract payout

Former Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is set to sue the club.

Sebastian Hassett 1:54 PM   The crisis engulfing three-time A-League champions Brisbane Roar is set to get even worse, with ex-coach Mike Mulvey about to sue the club for unpaid wages.

Napoli to hold news conference amid Benitez speculation

Rafael Benitez

8:54 AM   Napoli coach Rafael Benitez will hold a news conference on Thursday amid speculation that the Spaniard is set to take over at Real Madrid, the Italian club announced on Tuesday.

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Tennis

Upgraded courts lead to Challenger tournament coming to Canberra

'We are certainly well placed for Davis Cup and Fed Cup': Ross Triffitt.

Lee Gaskin   Tennis ACT wants to use its first professional tournament in nine years as a springboard to showing it has the facility capable of hosting Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

Soccer

ANU FC aiming for FFA Cup upset

ANU FC takes on Belconnen United in the quarter-finals of FFA Cup qualifying.

Lee Gaskin   This is the type of David v Goliath encounter the FFA Cup was built for - the amateurs of ANU FC taking on the best team in Canberra.

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Horse Racing

Leading trainer Hayes wants quarantine opened earlier

David Hayes believes that if the opening date, which is usually the first week in October, can be moved back a month it could enhance the chances of international horses competing in early spring.

Patrick Bartley 4:50 PM   Leading Australian trainer David Hayes wants the Werribee quarantine station opened earlier this year so overseas horses can compete in early spring races.

Hot Snitzel firming as Stradbroke Handicap topweight

Taste of success: Blake Shinn returns to scale on Hot Snitzel at Doomben.

Adam Pengilly   BTC Cup winner Hot Snitzel is facing the prospect of being left as the Stradbroke Handicap's topweight as contenders for the showpiece of the Queensland winter carnival continue to fall by the wayside.

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Bulldogs win thriller against Raiders

Canterbury Bulldogs on top against Canberra Raiders

Brumbies too strong for Lions

The Brumbies run in four tries to secure a bonus point victory in Johannesburg.

Brumbies vs Lions

The ACT Brumbies take on the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa.

Raiders vs Dragons

The Canberra Raiders take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Panthers vs Olympic

Canberra Olympic took on the Monaro Panthers at O'Connor enclosed oval.

National Capital Rally

Scenes from the National Capital Rally in the ACT as part of the National Rally Championship.

Sharks snatch golden point win over Titans

The Cronulla Sharks come from behind to defeat the Titans 23-22.

Melbourne Storm beat Souths and go top

Melbourne Storm overcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12.

Johnson bedazzles Parramatta Eels

The New Zealand Warriors beat the Eels 17-13 in golden point.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Uni-Norths

The Royals and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup.