NRL boss pledges Raiders won't lose footy battle

Jon Tuxworth 7:32 PM   NRL boss David Smith insists rugby league will not lose ground to other football codes in Canberra and has put plans in place to build its relationship with state governments .

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NRL considering scrapping round 13 rule

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Director of the Australian War Memorial, AWM, Dr Brendan Nelson gives a guided tour of the War Memorial NRL palyers and CEO Dave Smith. 
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Date:  21 April 2015
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Lee Gaskin 6:34 PM   NRL boss Dave Smith has given the strongest indication yet that the "round 13" player signing rule is set for the scrapheap.

Baptiste ready to nail down NRL spot 

Canberra Raiders players Shannon Boyd, Kurt Baptiste, and Paul Vaughan wear the Anzac day kit at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth 9:00 PM   Kurt Baptiste's stunning display in Sunday's comeback win over Wests Tigers has increased the pressure on out-of-favour rakes Glen Buttriss and Josh McCrone.

Super League allowance to lure NRL stars

2014 Rugby League Grand Final luncheon. Photo shows Rabbitoh's Sam Burgess and Bulldog's James Graham . Thursday 2nd October 2014. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SPORT 141002

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Powerbrokers are poised to agree to a new marquee signing allowance that will make it more attractive for the NRL's elite to head to England.

Brumbies aiming to get back on track for finals

Confident: Brumbies winger Joe Tomane believes his side can get its Super Rugby season back on track.

Lee Gaskin 8:28 PM   ACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane insists his side can get its Super Rugby campaign back on track and ensure finals don't become a distant memory.

Giants dreaming of flag to keep young stars

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Giants head coach Leon Cameron watches his team warm up before the round three AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at SCG on April 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin 2:42 PM   GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron wants the lure of premiership success to help convince his club's in-demand young guns to remain for the long haul.

Roughead denies Hawks are 'bullies'

Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead is predicting a physical match against Port Adelaide.

Daniel Cherny 6:02 PM   They've just beaten the Bulldogs but Hawthorn are no bullies, according to star forward Jarryd Roughead.

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Wanderers ACL crown all but gone

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Ante Covic of the Wanderers makes a save during the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Kashima Antlers at Pirtek Stadium on April 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 9:51 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers hopes of retaining their Asian Champions League are all but gone after slumping to a 2-1 injury time defeat at home to Kashima Antlers.

Bianca Chatfield to retire from Vixens

Bianca Chatfield is calling it a day.

Linda Pearce 9:10 PM   A battle-weary body has forced Bianca Chatfield to retire from all netball at the end of this year.

League HQ

Player contract rule is an embarrassment for the NRL

Phil Gould

Phil Gould 11:19 PM   The Round 13 contract rule must be scrapped for next season.

Taufua vows to keep out of trouble

Jorge Taufua is wrapped up by the Souths defence.

Ian McCullough 8:15 PM   Manly's Jorge Taufua is vowing to keep himself out of trouble following his wild night out with Canterbury's Jacob Loko.

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Rugby Heaven

Rebels to 'wash their face' within next five years

Rebels on the rise: Sefanaia Naivalu of the Rebels is congratulated after scoring a try against the Brumbies last weekend.

Georgina Robinson 11:18 PM   Rebels boss Peter Leahy reveals how Australia's youngest Super Rugby club will wean itself the ARU teat and why those calling for the Rebels and Force to be cut adrift are wrong.

Slipper: Reds can withstand Hurricanes

Tough season: Reds skipper James Slipper with coach Richard Graham.

Vince Rugari 7:26 PM   Luck has completely deserted the Queensland Reds this season but captain James Slipper senses their fortunes may have finally turned.

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Cricket

ICC clears Hafeez's bowling action

Cleared: Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez.

11:46 PM   The International Cricket Council has cleared the bowling action of Pakistani spinner Mohammad Hafeez.

Butt in bid to get spot-fixing ban relaxed

Bid to get ban relaxed: Salman Butt.

11:36 PM   Disgraced former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt said on Tuesday he was due to appear before the anti-corruption unit of the game's governing body to try to have his spot-fixing ban relaxed.

AFL

Is this Tiger the best in the business?

Alex Rance.

Matt Murnane 6:48 PM   If Richmond are unable to come to terms with soon-to-be free agent Alex Rance, or if he decides to leave the game altogether, then the Tigers will lose one of the league's best defenders.

Do we overreact when it comes to players 'ducking'?

Should Jack Watts be dropped?

Matt Murnane 6:06 PM   Do we, the media and supporters, overreact when it comes to "ducking"?

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Soccer

Kaluderovic keeps Roar within striking distance in Asia

Andrija Kaluderovic scored the winner for Brisbane.

Vince Rugari 11:57 PM   Brisbane Roar's AFC Champions League campaign is still alive after a brave 1-0 victory over Beijing Guoan in China on Tuesday night.

Wanderers ACL crown all but gone

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Ante Covic of the Wanderers makes a save during the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Kashima Antlers at Pirtek Stadium on April 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 9:51 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers hopes of retaining their Asian Champions League are all but gone after slumping to a 2-1 injury time defeat at home to Kashima Antlers.

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ACT Sport

Canberra spinners chosen for national camp

Cricket ball, cricket generic

6:52 PM   Canberra junior cricketers invited to learn the art of spin with world-class T20 tweaker Samuel Badree.

Belconnen have two more AFL draftees, this time women

Elise O'Dea representing the Western Bulldogs in 2013. This year she will play with Melbourne Demons.

2:19 PM   Belconnen Magpies can boast two more AFL draftees, but this time they're women.

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Horse Racing

Half a century later, Tapp gets to the post

JOHN TAPP.

Chris Roots 6:30 PM   The voice of racing, John Tapp, has announced he will finish his full-time media career in June after 50 years.

Stewards probe discovery of battery

Stewards are investigating the discovery of a battery at Mornington racecourse.

Patrick Bartley 5:50 PM   A Mornington trainer is under investigation after the discovery of a battery at the racecourse on Monday.

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Wests Tigers robbed of crucial sixth tackle 

It is the mistake that could have cost them the game.

Tigers and Raiders clash in thriller

Raiders produce epic comeback to stunt he Tigers 30-22.

Woden Valley Rams vs Queanbeyan Blues

Rams push Blues all the way in tight Canberra Raiders Cup battle.

Belconnen FC vs Canberra FC

Canberra FC nearly blew a three-goal lead against Belconnen.

Canberra Hockey: United vs UC

United take on UC at the Lyneham Hockey Fields.

Geelong opens account with narrow win

Injury-ravaged Geelong hang on for a nine-point win over Suns.

'We were lucky with keeper's mistake'

Arsenal have booked their place in their second straight FA Cup final.

Rebels upset Brumbies

Horrid conditions kill off any hopes of running rugby as the Rebels shock the Brumbies in Canberra.

Brumbies vs Rebels

The ACT Brumbies take on the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium in Canberra in round 10 of the Super Rugby.

Easts vs Uni-Norths

Easts and Uni-Norths clash in the John I Dent Cup at GIO Stadium.