Kyrgios a favourite for Newcombe medal

Linda Pearce 5:55 PM   Nick Kyrgios' rise to the top of Australian tennis could extend into awards season with the teenager nominated for his first Newcombe Medal

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Netball

Diamonds finish unbeaten with England win

Madi Robinson.

Jon Tuxworth 9:36 PM   Clare McMeniman became the 163rd woman to play for the Australian Diamonds in a 54-47  win over England in Canberra on Wednesday, but few have overcome more personal grief to get there. 

Johnson remains Australia's danger man 

Mitchell Johnson of Australia prepares to bowl during Day One of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium.

Andrew Wu 5:36 AM   Mitchell Johnson was shaping as Australia's most dangerous weapon after being locked in a grim battle of attrition on Wednesday.

Cricket

Meteors coach backs Dick to Star

Rhiannon Dick in action during the game against the West Indies at Manuka oval

David Polkinghorne 6:06 PM   Ellyse Perry's Cricket Australia XI hold off West Indies.

Union

Fardy backs Wallabies to bounce back

Scott Fardy

Chris Dutton 10:00 PM   Injured Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy will use the Super Rugby season to launch his bid for World Cup selection, admitting Australian rugby faces "a pretty strange time".

Special K's ready for Australian Open

Relaxed: Nick Kyrgios (left) and Thanasi Kokkinakis hold a tennis clinic with Hartwell Primary School students.

Timna Jacks 7:06 PM   Months after beating Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios is still nursing the bone stress injury that cut short his last season.

Bucks bullish new Magpies will fly

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley with new recruits Travis Varcoe, Levi Greenwood and Jack Crisp.

Michael Gleeson 9:43 PM   Any external pessimism about Collingwood after the exits of Beams and Lumumba is misplaced, says Nathan Buckley.

ACT Sport

Meteors plan to shower Lanning with aggression

Australian Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning will lead Victoria against the ACT Meteors at Manuka Oval on Friday night.

Lee Gaskin 5:53 PM   New Zealand international Nicola Browne will attempt to unsettle Australian captain Meg Lanning with a combination of verbal and short pitch bowling in their women's T20 game in Canberra on Friday.

Basketball

Cosier on track for WNBL return, as is Jackson

Jon Tuxworth 5:06 PM   Santa will come early for the Canberra Capitals after coach Carrie Graf revealed injured superstar Lauren Jackson would be back on deck "well before Christmas".

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Rugby Heaven

England picks serving Fijian soldier

Bath flyer Semesa Rokoduguni is set to make his England debut.

Mitch Phillips 9:10 AM   English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU's marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Semesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

Former boss backs Cheika to shine

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika,

Liam Fitzgibbon 8:48 AM   The man who gave Michael Cheika one of his biggest coaching breaks is sure the newly-appointed Wallabies mentor has what it takes to succeed at international level.

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League HQ

Paul Gallen abuses NRL on Twitter

Paul Gallen missed three games for Cronulla and the Four Nations Tournament due to the ASADA investigation.

Chris Barrett 5:17 PM   Paul Gallen has left little doubt about his thoughts on Dave Smith's NRL management by taking a swipe at League Central following the sacking of Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce.

Brett Morris to reunite with twin Josh after signing four year deal with Canterbury Bulldogs

Brett Morris

Brad Walter 4:34 PM   Brett Morris will join twin Josh at Canterbury next season after St George Illawarra agreed to release the Test winger.

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Soccer

Angry Arnold tells FFA to dump match review panel

Sebastian Hassett 5:55 PM   Fresh from being denied Nikola Petkovic's services for Friday night's FFA Cup match against Brisbane Roar, Graham Arnold had a message for the match review panel: you've had your time, now get out.

Juric returns in time for clash with Al-Hilal

Tomi Juric

Dominic Bossi 5:51 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric is set to return to the starting line-up for the first time since in two months after overcoming a groin injury in time to face Al-Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final. 

Cricket

Watson in, Khawaja out of key Cup match

On the front foot: Shane Watson lashes out while playing for Sutherland against St George on the weekend.

Pete Smith 2:53 PM   Holders Queensland are hit hard by the loss of top run-scorer Usman Khawaja while Test all-rounder Shane Watson makes a timely return for NSW in Friday's interstate one-day Cup preliminary final.

Call to revamp domestic one-dayers

Johan Botha

1:57 PM   The domestic one-day tournament is losing relevance on the cricket calendar and the current format should be scrapped, South Australian captain Johan Botha says.

Racing

Tyro rider Harrison beat the black dog before her rise

Chris Roots 5:43 PM   Tegan Harrison dreamt the dream but when it was reality she couldn't handle it.

Oliver confident Happy Trails can win Cox Plate

Ronny Lerner 5:23 PM   After an unsuccessful 2014 Caulfield Cup, champion jockey Damien Oliver is confident of turning his fortunes around in Saturday’s Cox Plate.

Netball: Australian Diamonds vs England

The Australian Diamonds took on England at the AIS Arena for the International Test Series.

Cricket Australia XI v West Indies

The Cricket Australia Women's XI take on the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Siddle: Australia fit and ready for Test

Peter Siddle insists Australia are fighting fit and ready for their first Test with Pakistan in Dubai.

Goalfest in European Champions League

Chelsea and Bayern Munich scored big wins while Manchester City suffered in a stunning comeback by CSKA Moscow.

Indian footballer dies after goal celebration

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala has died from severe spinal cord damage.

Haka response sparks controversy

Tempers flare between the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis as the two sides come close to fighting during a pre-game haka.

Canberra United v Adelaide United

Canberra United failed to take advantage of an early Michelle Heyman goal, losing 2-3 to Adelaide United at McKellar.

Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames

The Canberra Capitals went down the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena on Saturday night.

ASADA issues new show-cause notices

The Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority has issued amended show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players.

The life and times of Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne has enjoyed an illustrious career since bursting onto the scene with Parramatta in 2006.