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SportsDay Live: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Play goes on ... Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace lies in pain on the court after a collision in the fourth quarter ...
Play goes on ... Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace lies in pain on the court after a collision in the fourth quarter of the clash against the New York Knicks. Photo: Reuters

Top 10. We counted down our Top 10 for Best Cameos By Athletes Appearing As Themselves On The Screen today.

For those who missed the list, here it is :

10 Lee Trevino in Happy Gilmore  (Video can be found at post time 9:34am).
9 Lawrence Taylor in The Waterboy (10:13am).
8 Alan Shearer (actually his car) in Purely Belter (11:13am).
7 Keith Hernandez in Seinfeld (11:43am).
6 John McEnroe in Mr. Deeds (12:22pm).
5 Mike Tyson in The Hangover (12:49pm).
4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Flying High (1:26pm)
3 Adrian Peterson in Entourage (2pm).
2 Muggsy Bogues in Curb Your Enthusiasm (2:46pm)
1 Eric Cantona in Looking For Eric (3:43pm)

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Jesse Hogan: Sri Lanka cricket vice-captain Angelo Mathews says 24 year-old Dimuth Karunaratne, who played his sole Test last month versus New Zealand, is the frontrunner to open the batting with Tillakaratne Dilshan in Hobart on Friday. That means there is no room for the highly rated Dinesh Chandimal.

Mathews conceded Sri Lanka’s seamers "haven't got that pace or bounce to try and unsettle" the Australian batsmen as the South Africans did, but instead expects to trouble them with skill by exploiting the pitch conditions.

On the prospect Mahela Jayawardene will hand over captaincy to him after this series, he replied: "That's totally up to the selectors. If they think that I'm ready, I'm ready."

Bulldogs legend Dr George Peponis.
Bulldogs legend Dr George Peponis. Photo: Jon Reid

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

George Peponis - the first Greek-born player to captain the Australian rugby league team. Back in the days when the hooker wore the No.12 jersey, Dr George wore his pride for the Canterbury Bulldogs, NSW and Kangaroos teams of the 1970s and 80s. His career highlight was leading the Bulldogs to victory over the Roosters in the memorable 1980 grand final.

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Cricket: New Zealand captain Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten century to help her team end a three-year one-day international drought against Australia in the opening match of the Rose Bowl cricket series in Sydney on Wednesday.

A massive second wicket stand of 168 off 169 balls between opener Bates (122 not out off 131 balls) and Amy Satterthwaite (98 off 95) helped the White Ferns achieve their target of 249 with 5.1 overs to spare.

It was New Zealand's first ODI win over Australia in their past 13 completed games since March 2009.

Century maker ... Suzie Bates of New Zealand.
Century maker ... Suzie Bates of New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images

On this day in 1987 … It is remembered as one of the most heated on-field confrontations in Test cricket – Mike Gatting versus Shakoor Rana. The Faisalabad Test finished in a tame draw but it is remembered for the finger-wagging fury and shouting between Gatting and the Pakistani umpire after the English skipper blew up after his claim for a catch was denied. There was no play on day three after the umpire refused to take the field until Gatting apologised.

 

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Cricket: Test batsman Mike Hussey did not train today with the Australian team due to head cold but has been all but assured of training tomorrow and for the start of the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on Friday in Hobart.

Shane Watson confirmed he will bat at No.4 with Phil Hughes at No.3. The all-rounder Fully expects spinner Nathan Lyon to retain his place in the side with one seamer set to miss out.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers looks to pass at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers looks to pass at Lambeau Field. Photo: AFP

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

Aaron Rodgers - the Green Bay Packers quarterback has made the position his own, not an easy feat when you’re following in the footsteps of the legendary Brett Favre. Rodgers started in the NFL in 2005 as an unheralded 25th pick in the draft but has established himself in the competition’s elite playmakers, culminating in the 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in the 2011 Super Bowl.

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Basketball: The LA Clippers underlined their NBA title credentials (yes, the Clippers are genuine candidates this season) with a 94-89 win over the Bulls in Chicago. Blake Griffin led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

No.1 draft pick Anthony Davis made his comeback from injury but his struggling  Hornets lost in New Orleans to the lowly Washington Wizards 77-70 after the visitors went on a 21-10 run in the final quarter.

And  Denver point guard Ty Lawson poured in 26 points as the Nuggets polished off the Pistons 101-94 in Detroit.

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Cricket: New Zealand are well placed to beat Australia in the opening match of the Rose Bowl one-day women’s cricket series at the SCG.

Chasing 249, the White Ferns are two for 209 after 37 overs, with captain Suzie Bates on 96 and Sara McGlashan on 0. Bates put on 168 for the second wicket with Amy Satterthwaite, who was dismissed for 98.

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Sebastian Hassett: Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic reckons Tahj Minniecon's return to the A-League is one of the “great stories” of the season – and he might be onto something.

Barely six months ago, Minniecon looked like joining the conga line of footballers who could have been anything but instead threw it all away.

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Brad Walter: Wests Tigers are set to sign former Warriors and Bulldogs prop James Gavet.

The 23-year-old New Zealand schoolboy rugby union star was the first player recruited to the Bulldogs this year by coach Des Hasler but he had an injury-riddled season and was unable to secure a spot in the top team.

Fairfax Media understand the Tigers are close to finalising a deal with Gavet and an announcement on his signing is expected soon.

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Boxing: Philippines boxing icon Manny Pacquiao vowed to "rise again" as he flew home on Wednesday after a brutal knockout defeat that prompted some fans and experts to urge him to retire.

"Don't worry, we will rise again," he told well-wishers as he arrived in Manila from the United States, where he suffered his second consecutive loss with a sixth-round knockout by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.

Arsenal's former player and new loan signing Thierry Henry, 12, celebrates scoring on his first game back with his ...
Arsenal's former player and new loan signing Thierry Henry, 12, celebrates scoring on his first game back with his French manager Arsene Wenger during the English FA Cup 3rd round clash with Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in January. Photo: AP

 

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

Thierry Henry - like their cricket counterparts, footballers of the soccer persuasion are reluctant to wear the No.12 jersey because traditionally that was the first number worn by the player in the position Dads like to joke is called ‘‘left right out’’. While Henry wore 14 for most of his career he wore 12 while representing France. When he returned to Arsenal last year on a loan stint from the New York Red Bulls, Theo Walcott had taken over the No.14 jersey and refused to give it back so Henry reverted to wearing 12 for the Gunners as well.

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Mark Jackson goes into his war dance for the benefit of the Sydney crowd while playing for St Kilda in 1983.
Mark Jackson goes into his war dance for the benefit of the Sydney crowd while playing for St Kilda in 1983. 

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

Mark Jackson - he was far from the best Aussie Rules player of all time (unless you ask him for a self-appraisal) but Mark ‘‘Jacko’’ Jackson became arguably the most famous player of the sport on the planet when for some reason he achieved worldwide fame on the back of some dodgy advertisements for Energiser with the remarkably insightful catchphrase ‘‘Oi’’. Before that, he played 41 games for St Kilda in the No.12 guernsey before he was punted midway through the 1983 season for disciplinary reasons.

Twelfth man ... Billy Birmingham
Twelfth man ... Billy Birmingham Photo: Pat Scala

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

Billy Birmingham - you can’t have a list of famous No.12s without the 12th Man. Love him or likewise (& Richie Benaud famously doesn’t), his record of chart success with his sporting parodies since the early 1980s is unmatched in Australia - the only Australian recording artist in history to have seven consecutive No.1 albums on the ARIA charts.

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Cricket. Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews has signalled his side’s impressive batting line-up will go on the attack when the first Test against Australia gets underway at Bellerive.

The Lankans boast a strong top six, anchored by 10,000-run club member Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera, who all have 50-plus Test averages. Allrounder Mathews himself averages a stunning 91.33 against Australia after a brilliant home series in 2011 that included his only Test hundred.

‘‘I think you need to be positive at all given times,’’ he said at Bellerive on Wednesday. ‘‘You can’t afford to be negative against the Australians.‘‘You need to look for runs, you need to get them out and try and be as positive as you can be.’’

 

Top 10. Best Cameos By Athletes Appearing As Themselves On The Screen. And the winner is ... Eric Cantona.

Number 1. Eric Cantona. Looking For Eric
An artist on the field and pretty good on film, too. The Frenchman had shown his acting chops in more than a dozen movies before playing himself in this Ken Loach movie. Cantona appears as a hallucination to battling postman and Manchester United fan Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) and helps him through a life crisis. And added bonus, Evets played bass in The Fall.
Eric Bishop: "Alright, sweetest moment ever?"
Eric Cantona: "It wasn't a goal ... It was a pass."
Eric Bishop: "A pass? My God, to Irwin against Spurs, yes! Beautiful."
Eric Cantona: "I know how clever it was, left, right-footed, it came in a flash, just flicked it with the outside of my boot, surprised everyone, he took it in stride and my heart soared."
Eric Bishop: "A gift."
Eric Cantona: "Like an offering to the great god of football."
Eric Bishop: "What if he'd have missed?"
Eric Bishop: "We have to trust our team-mates ... always. If not we are lost."

John Stockton playing for the United States at the Barcelona Olympic Games.
John Stockton playing for the United States at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Photo: Getty Images

Twelve for the 12th of the 12th of the 12th ... With today being 12/12/12, we'll be taking a look at 12 famous No.12s in sporting history.

John Stockton - the epitome of the thinking man’s basketballer, Stockton averaged a career double-double (13.1 points and 10.5 assists) over a 20-year career all wearing one number (No.12) for one team (the Utah Jazz). He holds the NBA record for most career assists (15,806) and was a member of the 1992 Dream Team.

 

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