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  • James Faulkner, like Boof, happy rotation policy has been made to sit it out under new regime

    25 December 2013 2:56 AM 21

    NO fan of the rotation policy, injured Australian all-rounder James Faulkner is content to bide his time on the pine waiting for an opportunity. Faulkner hasn't been able to realise his Ashes dream after fracturing his thumb during batting practice ahead of the third Test in Perth, where Australia sealed the series win over England. An unchanged line-up

  • Maria Sharapova breezes into Brisbane ahead of first tournament of 2014

    25 December 2013 12:40 AM 31

    Maria Sharapova touched down in Brisbane today for her first tournament appearance in Queensland, determined to battle jet lag and celebrate a belated Christmas with her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov and her team of staffers. Sharapova, the world's fourth-ranked female player, has entered one Gold Coast tournament and two Brisbane Internationals in her career

  • NZ Northern sign Aussie speedster

    25 December 2013 12:32 AM 5

    Young fast bowler Chris Tremain will become the third Australian import to turn out for Northern Districts this season when he faces the winless Central Districts in the national Twenty20 cricket competition. The 22-year-old Tremain, released by Big Bash League side Sydney Thunder to gain match practice, will make his debut in Nelson on Friday for the competition

  • Handling of Monty Panesar assumes even greater importance

    24 December 2013 11:50 PM 11

    Before the start of the Ashes tour, amid optimistic proclamations of retaining the urn, Alastair Cook said that England’s senior players had a duty to put an arm around Monty Panesar to ease the troubled spin bowler back into the international game. Important then, Panesar is absolutely vital now.

  • Paper Talk: Zlatan dismisses female football, Rodgers's new deal, Jose's 'boring' football

    24 December 2013 10:30 PM 38

    A top of the table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool has presented Arsenal and Chelsea with a chance to gain crucial points on their title rivals on Boxing Day. IT'S time for the Premier League to take centre stage. While everyone else is enjoying the festive season, the EPL's biggest names will lace up three times in the next week. "We arrive

  • Roger Federer announces he and wife Mirka expecting child in 2014

    24 December 2013 6:47 PM 24

    FORMER world number one and 17-time major winner Roger Federer said today that he and wife Mirka are expecting another child. Federer became a father in July 2009 when Mirka gave birth to twin daughters, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. "Mirka and I are very happy to share the news that Myla & Charlene will be big sisters in 2014! Happy Holidays," the 32-year-old

  • Vic police target disorderly cricket fans

    24 December 2013 12:25 PM 11

    Drunk and disorderly cricket fans will be the target of a policing operation of more than 100 officers at the Boxing Day test in Melbourne. Police will be clamping down on alcohol-related issues and anti-social behaviour as more than 90,000 cricket fans pile into the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. Officers will patrol in and around the ground

  • The Ashes: MCG magic moments

    24 December 2013 11:57 AM 26

    Australia's true colosseum of sport, the MCG, has hosted more than its fair share of memorable Ashes moments. From hosting the first Test in the history of the game, to setting the stage for Shane Warne's 700th wicket, the Ashes and the MCG have enjoyed an ever-engrossing relationship. As yet another enticing Boxing Day clash approaches, we look back on the moments

  • England in Australia - The Ashes / News

    24 December 2013 9:59 AM 12

    David Warner knows all about teams losing people midway through a tour. His late-night shenanigans in a Birmingham pub this year got him sent to Africa before Australia's Ashes campaign had even begun, and led to the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur. But six months after Australia's shambolic beginning to the tour of England, it is Alastair Cook's men who are in disarray

  • Sabine Lisicki puts Christmas cheer aside as she warms up in the Brisbane heat for International

    24 December 2013 6:58 AM 19

    GERMAN star Sabine Lisicki is keeping her Christmas festivities to a minimum as she prepares for the start of her 2014 assault at the Brisbane International. The beaten Wimbledon finalist only has plans to train in Brisbane's sweltering heat tomorrow before Sunday's start of tournament at the Queensland Tennis Centre. "We're used to having it cold outside