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20 June 2018 11:54 PM Canberra action-packed summer of cricket gets even bigger

Cricket ACT have added another blockbuster fixture to its already jam-packed summer, with Manuka Oval to host a Sheffield Shield match between rivals Queensland and New South Wales in November. Canberra will also host an historic first Test match, between Australia and Sri Lanka from February 1-5 at Manuka, as well as a women's Twenty20 international 5

8 June 2018 12:00 PM Smith, Warner yet to see contracts amid doubts over Canadian league

There's no fixture, no TV deal, no contracts and no tickets, but the organisers of the fledgling Canadian Twenty20 tournament earmarked for Steve Smith and David Warner's comeback say it will still go ahead. Less than three weeks before the the Global T20 Canada is due to begin, staff are working "18 to 20 hours daily" as doubts emerge whether the associate 7

31 May 2018 2:41 AM Grounds for concern: Gold Creek not a toxic play ground

ACT sports minister Yvette Berry says the Gold Creek School's synthetic sports ground is safe, despite concerns raised about the rubber being potentially toxic. Responding to questions raised by Liberal MLA James Milligan, Berry said independent studies had cleared the rubber used as safe, with the same material also used in many shoes and toys. The rubber 23

21 May 2018 6:14 AM Grounds for concern: Are AFL Canberra's days at Manuka Oval numbered?

The Canberra Demons are the capital's leading Australian rules team but even they felt homeless at Manuka Oval, with ACT government officials watching their every move like hawks. Government officials would ask the team to move off certain patches of grass after a few minutes of training, and now the Demons have relocated to a new permanent base at Phillip 26

31 March 2018 10:59 AM Former sports minister slams Australia's 'coarse' cricketing culture

“Crude” behaviour has “infected Australian cricket” at all levels, a former federal sports minister has said in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has seen three members of the national team banned. Andrew Thomson, a former federal Minister for Sport under the Howard government, believed the ball-tampering furore was indicative of a "general 26

25 March 2018 9:14 AM Smith has been stood down, but he must answer these key questions

Why such a strong visceral reaction, with, seriously, no-one defending them? And why does seemingly everyone, even those with no interest whatsoever in cricket, also seem to be calling for their heads? Part of it is because cricket is deeply embedded in the national psyche, our self-identity. While the football codes are played in a mosaic of different 24

22 February 2018 8:48 AM Racing Minister Martin Pakula questions past integrity standards in Victoria

"Things have changed quite dramatically, in the way things are done, over that eight-year period." Victorian stewards finally broke down the doping ring when Aquanita staff were caught giving Lovani a pre-race treatment on Turnbull Stakes day in October. The four-year-old mare will return to the track in Saturday's Millie Fox Stakes for Hawkesbury trainer 35

16 February 2018 3:18 AM Battle lines drawn as FIFA get set to mediate between Australian soccer's warring parties

The two can no longer be separated, as FFA chairman Steven Lowy has now become the biggest factor linking the two issues. Sure, Simon Pearce of Melbourne City and Greg Griffin of Adelaide United, the two main frontmen for the A-League clubs opposed to Lowy, are key members of the dramatis personae in what has veered between a comedy of errors - without 38

10 February 2018 1:30 PM Giving the game away: Why Frank Lowy's World Cup story doesn't add up

Those appearing included Lowy, his sons David and Steven, Ben Buckley, Brian Schwartz, Jill Margo, Mark Ryan, Andreas Abold, Sunil Gulati, former prime minister John Howard, former FFA chief John O'Neill and Jonathan Calvert. Lowy and his closest advisers said they did not know how the big bad world of FIFA operated. They didn't know anyone. They didn't 22

10 February 2018 9:39 AM Israeli jet shot down in Syria after Iranian drone intercepted

Jerusalem: Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli jet on Saturday, the military said, after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck an Iranian target there. Footage from northern Israel showed what appeared to be white aircraft debris scattered on the ground. It was one of the most serious incidents involving Israel 54