Cricket. West Indies have won the toss and have elected to bat. Click here to follow the live blog.
Tennis. World No.1 Novak Djokovic isn't happy with the court in Belgium for the Davis Cup.
Being extra careful here.The conditions are quite dangerous 4 all players. I know organisers did their best, but still... #worried— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 31, 2013
Football. Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou says he has no qualms about throwing teenage defender Scott Galloway into the cauldron of a clash with cross-town A-League rivals Melbourne Heart.The 17-year-old fullback is set to start in place of suspended Diogo Ferreira in the A-League derby at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
Football. Alessandro Del Piero was not having the best luck from set pieces at Sydney FC's training session today and cut short his usual Friday free-kick practice. Instead, the diminutive striker worked on his first time shots with his back to goal and the end result would send a chill down the spine of tomorrow's opponents, Newcastle Jets. It didn't matter whether he received the ball in the air or on the deck, the Italian consistently hit the back of the net with both feet. Ivan Necevski had the unfortunate task of facing up to Del Piero and could do little to prevent Sydney's marquee man.
He shoots ... Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC training. Photo: DOMINIC BOSSI
AFL. Collingwood complaining? Surely not. Magpies’ chief Gary Pert says cashed-up Collingwood feel like they’re under attack from rival AFL clubs over a proposed luxury tax. AFL deputy chief Gillon McLachlan says a luxury tax is one of several options under consideration. Power clubs Collingwood, Hawthorn and Essendon have united in their opposition to what they regard as a tax on success.
BRAD WALTER: League. IF you have been missing your league action, the Super League season opener between the Gareth Ellis-led Hull FC and premiers Leeds will be broadcast live in EuroSport at 7am on Saturday.
There are plenty of Aussies in action - Daniel Holdsworth, Ben Galea, Shannon McDonnel, Mark O'Meley and Brett Seymour play for Hull, while Joel Moon and Brett Delaney are in the Rhinos side.
St Helens, coached by Nathan Brown and featuring Anthony Laffranchi, Lance Hohaia, Josh Perry and Tony Puletua, take on Luke O'Donnell's Huddersfield Giants at 7.30am Sunday.
Basketball. The post-Rudy Gay era hasn't started well for Memphis. Oklahoma City lead 58-34 at half-time.
Football. Peter Odemwingie's crazy day has thankfully ended. Click here to read the full report on his travels.
Rugby. Actually there are two stories here. The first is that Melbourne Rebel's star Kurtley Beale will be rested for Saturday's trial at North Hobart Oval against the NSW Waratahs. Rebels Head Coach Damien Hill made the call on the starting fullback after a training session yesterday, which he felt was in the best interest of the player and the club. The second story involves the man who was replaced him - Kemu Valetini. Apparently the 18-year-old doesn't own a mobile phone and the team found it hard to contact him. Is he the only Gen Y type in Australia who isn't a mobile phone user?
Football. Coach Frank Farina has challenged his Sydney FC side to put another luckless week behind them and salvage something from their away trip as they attempt to keep their A-League season alive. Farina has been forced to make five changes to his ailing side to face Newcastle on Saturday. ‘‘It’s certainly had its moments (this season). We are probably five or six down from last week but that is the reality of it - we have to live with it and just get on with it. Every day in football is a challenge,’’ Farina said.
Golf. American Jessica Korda and Spain’s Belen Mozo share the lead midway through the opening round of the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines.The pair are five-under near the end of their rounds, one ahead of a faltering Stacey Keating who’s dropped two shots to slip out of the lead. Karrie Webb is three shots behind the leaders.
Rugby. Australia have scored a 24-5 win over Portugal in the World Sevens Tour match in New Zealand. Next up is a meeting with Fiji at 3.46pm. Set your alarms.
On this day. In possibly the most boring Australian Open final of all-time Petr Korda beat Marcelo Rios 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in 1998. Not surprisingly Channel Seven don't often use any of thois footage in their montages. Korda's name lives on through his golfing daughter Jessica. It was such a non-event a quick scan of YouTube failed to find any video. In fact I douldn't even find him doing his scissor jump. Anyway here is some other bloke doing it. Enjoy.
League. Close to 30 teams from far and wide are set to compete in the 11th Annual Cabramatta International Nines tournament with all eyes on Papua New Guinea ahead of their ‘Return to Redfern’ match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. A host of Ron Massey Cup teams will be joined by sides representing countries as far away as the Cook Islands, Fiji and Portugal, as they take part in what is always a great day of Rugby League. Rugby League International Federation and NSWRL Academy Development Manager, Tas Baitieri, is excited by the prospect of a big crowd to help usher in what has become the traditional start of the NSWRL season.
AFL. Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says the Magpies take very seriously any tips from police or the community about AFL players taking illicit drugs. However Pert says he knows nothing about a Fairfax Media report claiming clubs have resorted to spying on players to establish if they’re using party drugs such as cocaine. Debate continues over the league’s policy on illicit drugs after ex-Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett savaged Wednesday’s drugs summit which produced no immediate changes.
American Football. The Lombardi Trophy isn't the only thing players get after winning the Super Bowl. Each player will pocket $US88,000. The losers will get $US44,000 each.
Squash. Australian squash number one Cameron Pilley has scored a comeback win over qualifier Henrik Mustonen to move into the Swedish Open quarter-finals. Pilley will face top-seeded Englishman Nick Matthew in the quarters.
Basketball. Just two matches in the NBA today, but the first of them should be a good one. Western Conference heavyweights Memphis and Oklahoma City square off on the Thunder's home court. It will be the Grizzlies' first game since losing leading scorer Rudy Gay in a trade. In the other game Dallas take on the Golden State Warriors.
Andrew Wu: Cricket. So it's come to this, Australian cricket is now raiding Italy for their coaches. Where was this in Shane Warne's blueprint?
In all seriousness, Michael Di Venuto, who has played international cricket for Australia and Italy, could not have picked a more challenging time to join international coaching ranks than now.
There's a tour of spin-friendly India then back to back Ashes series, and he's in charge of the area where Australia are said to be most vulnerable.
But he'll enter the job with plenty of knowledge on how to bat in English conditions, seeing he was playing county cricket as recently as last season for Durham, and 336 first-class games under his belt as a player.
Unlike Justin Langer, Di Venuto does not have a long international career to draw upon if Australia's batsmen struggle and will be an easier target for the critics than his predecessor. But if he succeeds his stocks will rise exponentially.
Cricket. Former Black Caps captain Ross Taylor completes his return to international cricket with his naming in the New Zealand Twenty20 and one-day squads for the series against England starting next week. In early December, coach Mike Hesson stripped him of the captaincy in the shorter forms of the game, with Taylor turning down the offer of remaining as Test skipper and subsequently sitting out the tour of South Africa.
BRAD WALTER: League. Manly duo Liam Foran and Vic Mauro are among seven new signings announced by Salford City Reds on the eve of the recently taken over club's opening Super League match against Wigan. Uncertainty about the Reds future after a wind up petition brought by HM Revenue & Customs and former players Luke Patten and Vinnie Anderson, was resolved on Thursday when millionaire racehorse owner Marwan Koukash finalised purchased the club. The deal was immediately followed up by the signing of seven new players, headed by Foran and Mauro - whose departure should help the Sea Eagles to fit the contract of Brett Stewart under the salary cap.
Rugby Union. Who said Kenya can't play Sevens Rugby? They have just scored a 24-12 win over France in the World Sevens Tour event in New Zealand. Great effort. Australia play Portugal at 12.28pm our time.
Baseball. For someone who is still owed US$114m on his contract, it should come as little surprise that Alex Rodriguez has no plans on retiring. Via a ''close personal friend'', Rodriguez's declaration of intent ends a week in which he was once again implicated in performance enhancing drug use and the New York Yankees were understood to be looking for ways to void his contract. This story isn't over yet.
X Games. Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore died on Thursday, a week after he crashed during the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.The death of the 25-year-old Moore is the first fatality in the 18-year history of the event. Moore was injured on January 24 when attempting a back flip in the snowmobile freestyle competition, with the machine slamming into him. He was eventually able to walk away from the crash. The Denver Post reported that Moore was initially diagnosed with a concussion, but doctors later found internal bleeding around his heart.
More rugby. Also in other meaningless trials in the northern hemisphere, Wales take on Ireland, England face Scotland and Italy take on France.
Former Fairfax rugby scribe Greg Growden will be making his debut, alongside Fairfax columnist Matt Burke, on espn's Saturday night/Sunday morning coverage of the Six Nations tournament.
Growden's upset for the weekend? Take the Scots to rattle England with the start.
For Ruck n Maul fans, Burkey promises he will be pushing Growden to reveal the best-kept secret in sport ... "Who is Radio?"
SportsDay Live doesn't fancy your chances of getting it out of him, Matt.
But SportsDay Live does like the look of Wales against Ireland.
Rugby. Super Rugby trial matches in the game they play in heaven this weekend, too:
Tonight, the Western Force take on the Brumbies in Darwin.
Tomorrow, the Chiefs meet the Highlanders, the Crusaders face the Hurricanes, and the Reds taken on the Blues.
Then in Tassie, Izzy gets his first run for the Waratahs, against the Rebels in Hobart.
Leaping Izzy will be at fullback - the AFL-loving locals are more chance of seeing him take a spectacular grab now than when he was at the Giants. Strange game, sport.
In South Africa, the Lions meet the Bulls and the Cheetahs take on the Stormers.
Cricket. Did James Sutherland run this appointment past Warney? Former Australian (and Italian) one-day international player Michael Di Venuto has been announced as the new Australian team batting coach.
Di Venuto, who played nine ODIs for Australia, is currently an assistant coach for the Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes, but will stand-down from the role to take up his new position ahead of Australia's our of India.
Australian coach Mickey Arthur said Di Venuto brought a wealth of knowledge with him having played for Australia and vast experience in first-class cricket, along with sound coaching credentials since his playing career finished.
"We are delighted to have Michael on board. We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class cricket," Arthur said.
Football. Wow, tough times at City ...
League. Oh, league's back baby! Couple of trials this weekend - Melbourne take on Brisbane Easts and Newcastle face Parramatta.
Super Bowl. We posted the Super Bowl commercials for this year's game earlier. Here is the greatest ad ever to appear during the Super Bowl.
Golf. Up-and-coming Australian Stacey Keating shares the lead on three-under with American Jessica Corda early on the opening day of the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines.
Karrie Webb ... chasing an eighth Masters title ... has slipped back to one under after two early birdies.
The course has recovered well from the heavy rain in Queensland earlier in the week, with 20 players already in red figures.
Rugby. Hold on to your hats sports fans - in five minutes' time the IRB Sevens tournament starts in Wellington with Kenya taking on France.
Possible updates as they happen. Possibly.
Cricket. Don't forget this is a truncated SportsDay Live blog today because we switch to the one-day international in Perth against the West Indies from 2.15pm.
We'll bring you the link for that as soon as we get it.
Football. SportsDay Live doesn't particularly care but we know two past Fairfax greats - Phil Wilkins and Trevor Marshellsea - will ... Leicester City have boosted their bid for promotion to the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Wolves. The Foxes move into second place in the Championship.
Canine puns galore there, headline writers. But the big point is if that was a real-life fight, surely wolves would always beat foxes. Imagine, then discuss.
NFL. More evidence the Tax Man is the hardest opponent in the world of sport. Former National Football League cornerback William James was sentenced to seven months in prison for failing to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.
James, 33, admitted that he failed to file a return in 2005, when his salary was $US5.5 million. James played professional football from 2001 to 2010 with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
Cricket. Interesting piece on The Guardian from Mike Selvey at the women's world cup in India, discussing the challenges faced by the women's game.
Transer deadline. So here's the list of the most eye-cacthcing deals, most of which we all knew anyway - apart from Butland. Jack Butland? What happened to him?
- David Beckham (unattached - Paris St-Germain) Free
- Mario Balotelli (Manchester City - AC Milan) £19m
- Christopher Samba (Anzhi Makhachkala - QPR) £12.5m
- Jack Butland (Birmingham - Stoke) £3.5m
- Nacho Monreal (Malaga - Arsenal) £8.3m*
- Danny Graham (Swansea - Sunderland) £5m
* Also wins SportsDay Live's Name Of The Day Award
Transfer sanity perhaps. SportsDay Live has just been casting its eye over the last mad dash for big-money moves in the EPL and actually it's been more of car boot sale than a transfer window. Seems as though a lot of chairman are keeping their hands in their pockets.
Transfer madness. Christopher Samba has joined QPR’s relegation fight and Danny Graham has left Swansea City for Sunderland.
QPR's sweet-talking manager Harry Redknapp swooped for Congolese centre-back Samba in a club-record deal reportedly worth $19 million.
SportsDay Live trusts Harry didn't do the paperwork.
Football. Eden Hazard’s ban for sticking the slipper into a ball boy during Chelsea’s League Cup semi-final against Swansea will remain at three matches after the FA decided against fresh disciplinary action.
Football. News from the twilight zone that is the EPL transfer window and good news for Gunners fans as Arsenal look to have landed an £8million, four-and-a-half-year deal for Malaga left-back Nacho Monreal.
But Arsene Wenger has failed to land Barcelona striker David Villa and Athletic Bilbao centre-back Fernando Amorebieta.
But at least all you Gooners out there are chasing players SportsDay Live has heard of for once.
Super Bowl. Advertisers pay the cash for their spots to appear during the Super Bowl on Monday. You can watch a preview of them here.
And here's San Francisco great Joe Montana, with a guest appearance by Ronnie Lott.
Golf. American Jessica Corda and seven-time winner Karrie Webb share the early first round lead in the Australian Ladies Masters with Spain’s Bele Mozo at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.
The trio are two under and one shot ahead of a group of nine players bunched on one under - including Sydney rookie Jana Weslford.
Phil Lutton: Boxing. Mundine v Geale revisted. Here's 12 points about the 12 rounds.
Cycling. Annette Edmondson pipped London Olympics room-mate Amy Cure to defend her 3000m individual pursuit crown at the Australian track cycling championships in Sydney.
Edmondson, who won bronze in the women’s omnium at the London Games, clinched her 14th national track title on Thursday night in a time of 3 minutes, 30.722 seconds.
The Dunc Gray Velodrome’s timing system was unable to separate Edmondson and Cure (3:32.088) with three laps to go, but the South Australian pulled ahead when it mattered. ‘‘The world championships are only three weeks away, so this is a major event for all of us,’’ Edmondson said.
Chloe Saltau: Cricket. Xavier Doherty is preparing for a ''bloody tough'' second crack at Test cricket after national selector John Inverarity suggested he could usurp Nathan Lyon as lead spinner during the tour of India.
Football. The madness of transfer day is just about over - here's a video tribute to the craziness of the final day.
Football. Here's what David Beckham had to say about joining PSG.
Rupert Guinness: Rugby. As expection mounts that Wallabies and Waratahs back Berrick Barnes is poised to leave Australia for Japan, his new coach at NSW, Michael Cheika, is refusing to say ''sayonara'' to his star playmaker just yet.
''No one says 'sayonara' until they have left, have they?'' Cheika said. ''My job is to make sure that this place is such a good place to be at that guys don't want to leave.
Cycling. Deer antler spray may be causing grief for Vijay Singh, but it's good to see the cyclist are sticking with the more traditional forms of drug cheating - testosterone, growth hormones and blood transfusions.
In the latest doping scandal to hit cycling Danish rider Michael Rasmussen admitted that he took performance-enhancing drugs for more than a decade.
Rasmussen, a climbing specialist who won stage victories in the Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta, said he took everything from testosterone and growth hormones to blood transfusions from 1998-2010 in an effort to boost his performance.
The 38-year-old Dane said he would quit the sport immediately and cooperate with anti-doping agencies. In return, Danish anti-doping officials said they would seek a two-year suspension instead of the eight years that normally comes with a second violation.‘‘When I get up from here today and leave this room, it’s as a very relieved man,’’ Rasmussen said in western Denmark.
Golf. Vijay Singh withdrew from the Phoenix Open before the start of the first round on Thursday, a day after he admitted using a deer antler spray that contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.
Singh, a two-time winner of the tournament, cited a back injury as the reason for this withdrawal.However, his departure means the 49-year-old from Fiji has yet to face reporters since he confirmed on Wednesday that he used the spray - while insisting he didn’t know it contained anything that contravened the tour’s anti-doping regulations.
In a Sports Illustrated article published on Tuesday, Singh was linked to a two-man company called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS) and its deer antler spray that purportedly helps athletic performance.
Tennis. Andy Murray will miss Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Russia at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on April 5-7 to focus on the clay season.
The Australian Open finalist has decided to concentrate on his weakest surface immediately after the hard court tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami have been completed in March.
Murray is determined to make inroads into the advantage main rivals Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have traditionally enjoyed on clay. However, the 25-year-old reigning US Open and Olympic champion will participate in the next Davis Cup tie in September. ‘‘It’s a shame to miss out on the Davis Cup, as I always enjoy playing,’’ world No.3 Murray said.
Members of the Zalgiris Kaunas cheerleaders
Basketball. American-born Ibrahim Jaaber has ditched Lithuanian basketball champions Zalgiris Kaunas after complaining that racy cheerleader routines and alcohol advertising clashed with his Islamic beliefs.
The 28-year-old guard was ‘‘outraged by cheerleaders’ show during time-outs’’ during a national league game and players’ jerseys displaying logos of alcohol brands and betting companies, a team statement said.
‘‘I understand that maybe I will never earn money from basketball because of this decision, but I am ready to do such a sacrifice for my beliefs,’’ Jaaber said.
Rugby. Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll has revealed this Six Nations championship could be the last time he appears in European rugby union’s premier international tournament.
The 34-year-old centre missed Ireland’s 2012 end-of-year fixtures due to an ankle injury but has been restored to the side for the Six Nations opener away to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
However, O’Driscoll -- captain in 84 of his 120 Ireland Tests -- finds himself back amongst the ranks after Ireland coach Declan Kidney again entrusted leadership duties to Jamie Heaslip, his skipper in November.
Golf. We've all been there, Phil. The agony over a putt lipping out. Although in Phil Mickelson's case it was for a 59 in the first round of the Phoenix Open.
"You don't have chances to shoot 59 often," Mickelson said. "To have that putt on line I'm kind of mortified that it didn't go in."
French Becks ... David Beckham poses with his new jersey. Photo: AFP
Football. No A-League for big-hearted Becks. David Beckham pledged to donate his salary to a children’s charity after signing a five-month contract with Paris-Saint Germain, the latest stop on his globe-trotting career.
Today's back back of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Here's today's back page. Daniel 'Bombsaway' Lane spoke to Daniel Geale about his victory over Anthony Mundine and Adrian Proszenko reported on how Parramatta have already started Operation Retain Hayne by starting negotiations with Jarryd Hayne.
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