Captain's knock needed from Smith

Chloe Saltau 7:13 PM   With Australia in need of a captain's knock, Steve Smith is manning the barricades.

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Hazlewood can join 200-club, says McGrath

Andrew Wu 8:00 PM   Glenn McGrath says Josh Hazlewood will have no problems joining Australia's exclusive 200-wicket club after a sensational start to his Test career.

Brumbies aim for title after making cuts

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham.

Chris Dutton 6:45 PM   Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has cut $100,000 from his budget but insists it won't affect the high-performance program's bid for Super Rugby success.

Basketball

Back to the future as Jackson makes comeback

Lauren Jackson models the new-look Canberra Capitals uniform.

Chris Dutton 4:58 PM   Champion basketballer Lauren Jackson will play her first game in 11 months as Kristen Veal celebrates her 350th game on Friday night.

Cycling

Powell makes it magnificent seven at champs

Sue Powell

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   Canberra cyclist Sue Powell claimed a remarkable seventh straight C4 national time trial title at the para-cycling Track National Championships at the Melbourne velodrome on Thursday.

Soccer

Sykes soaring towards second W-League title

Canberra United striker Ashleigh Sykes.

Lee Gaskin 3:21 PM   Canberra United striker Ashleigh Sykes can cap off a terrific season with a W-League championship and selection in the Matildas squad.

Baseball

Cavalry pitcher gets All Star win

Tristan Crawford of the Canberra Cavalry whips one in from the pitchers mound.

Lee Gaskin 3:34 PM   Canberra Cavalry pitcher Tristan Crawford is in top form for this weekend's series against the Brisbane Bandits, picking up the win in the Australian Baseball League All Star game.

ACT Sport

Cricket

Churchland shoulders load after eventful season

Kira Churchland is ready to shoulder the load this season.

Lee Gaskin 7:00 PM   ACT Meteors all-rounder Kira Churchland has recovered from two shoulder injuries, rib cartilage damage and a car crash in an eventual past 12 months.

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Rugby Heaven

Brumbies chairman Kennedy wants local talent

Brumbies

Chris Dutton   New ACT Brumbies chairman Robert Kennedy wants to invest in local talent, declaring the club will make Canberra players a priority in future recruitment and suggested a cap be put in place for marquee Super Rugby players from interstate.

Horwill joins Ashley-Cooper in departure lounge

England bound: Queensland Reds forward James Horwill speaks to the media at Ballymore Stadium announcing he has signed a three-year deal for after the 2015 Rugby World Cup with English Rugby club Harlequins.

11:41 AM   Veteran Wallabies James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper have announced they will depart Australian rugby after the 2015 World Cup.

ACT BRUMBIES NEWS

League HQ

Storm sign former Bulldog to three-year deal

New Storm recruit Dale Finucane.

Roy Ward 3:56 PM   Dale Finucane will report to Storm training after the Christmas break after signing a three-year deal to cross from Canterbury Bulldogs.

Creagh backs Dragons forwards critics

Ben Creagh.

Michael Carayannis   St George Illawarra captain Ben Creagh believes the criticism directed at the club's forward pack last season was "warranted".

CANBERRA RAIDERS NEWS

Football

Newcastle Jets set to take flight against Adelaide Reds with first win: Joel Griffith

"I think we can beat any team in the competition if we put our minds to it": Joel Griffiths.

Robert Dillon 9:36 PM   Acting skipper Joel Griffiths says the Newcastle Jets are capable of beating any team and plan to kick-start their belated bid for the A-League play-offs against Adelaide at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

A-League round the final audition for Asian Cup hopefuls

Michael Lynch 4:05 PM   For aspiring A-League based Socceroos, this weekend's round represents the last chance to impress Australia boss Ange Postecoglou before the Asian Cup.

Cricket

Henriques says big overseas names not needed to win BBL

Chris Barrett 8:00 PM   Melbourne have Kevin Pietersen, Brisbane Andrew Flintoff, and their cross-town rivals the Thunder have Jacques Kallis. The Sydney Sixers, however, say they are content not to have a superstar overseas crowd-puller on their books.

Live: Australia v India, second Test, day three

Steve Smith bats on day two.

Rohan Connolly 8:16 PM   Join Rohan Connolly for all the action on day three at the Gabba.

Racing

Tax on yearling buys for export to be canned

Yearling sale

Adam Pengilly 9:34 PM   The Australian breeding industry has been given a huge tax-relief boost on the eve of one of its biggest sales.

Race vision row quick to strike the bottom line

A common sight that greeted viewers in NSW pubs and clubs on Thursday.

Adam Pengilly 9:21 PM   The feud between warring broadcasters TVN and Sky Channel is poised to drag on into the new year after wagering on NSW and Victorian thoroughbred races took an immediate hit on the first day of the subscription channel blackout.

Regional Twenty20 Final at Manuka Oval

The North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles take on the Queanbeyan Blue Bags in the The Konica Cup Regional Twenty20 final at Manuka Oval.

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire

The Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at AIS Arena in Bruce in the WNBL.

Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

Canberra Cavalry take on Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark in the ABL.

Geoff Lawson praises Sean Abbott

Blues bowling coach Geoff Lawson opens up about the Phillip Hughes tragedy and how state and national team players have coped.

A global snapshot of sport - December 10

A look at the best in sports photos from around the world.

W-League: Canberra United vs Perth Glory

Canberra United take on Perth Glory at Viking Park, Erindale.

WNBL: Canberra Capitals v Melbourne Boomers

The Canberra Capitals take on the Melbourne Boomers at Southern Cross Stadium, Canberra

Walk on Walk Strong charity event

Henry Speight loses the Afro at Westfield Belconnen for the charity Walk on Walk Strong which helps kids with cancer.

Australian Schools Championships finals at Southern Cross Stadium.

School basketball teams face off at Southern Cross Stadium on December 5th for the Australian Schools Championship.

Tributes roll in for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends for Phillip Hughes.