That's it for today. For the next eight hours you can turn your attention to our live blog from the one-day international between Australia and West Indies at the SCG. The visitors will bat first after winning the toss. Click here for all the action. Have a good weekend.
Basketball. Michael Jordan turns 50 on February 17. No better excuse than to show his 10 best dunks.
Football. Manchester City hope to capitalise on Manchester United’s Champions League distractions by re-launching the defence of their English Premier League title, starting with Saturday’s trip to Southampton. City’s 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool last weekend enabled United to stretch their advantage at the top of the table to nine points, with only 13 games of the season remaining.
Golf. Australians Nicky Campbell, Tamara Johns and Sarah Oh shared the early clubhouse lead at the New Zealand Women’s Open golf championship.The trio fired three-under-par 69 in the first round at Clearwater resort near Christchurch.
Football. AC Milan have attempted to smooth the waters following a racist comment made by club official Paolo Berlusconi by releasing a photo of him with Mario Balotelli. Berlusconi, the brother of former Italian PM and club president Silvio, made the terrible comment at a political meeting.
Tennis. Fresh off reaching the doubles final of the Australian Open, Australia will court a combination of youth and experience with its Fed Cup doubles pair, nominating debutante Ashleigh Barty and team stalwart Casey Dellacqua to take on reigning champions the Czech Republic. At 16, former junior Wimbledon champion Barty will be the youngest Australian Fed Cup player since Jelena Dokic in 1998, while 27-year-old Dellacqua’s history with the national team stretches back almost seven years.
Basketball. Unless you are a beard lover, this could get ugly. Dallas Mavericks players have agreed to not shave until the team's record get back to a 50% win-loss record. At the moment they are 21-28. Add to that the fact Dallas aren't that good and this bet could see out the season. The next question is, if they finish they with a losing record, will the beards remain over the US summer?
Cricket. A brisk half century from Nic Maddinson has continued NSW’s fightback on day three of the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive.The Blues are 3-245 nearing lunch in reply to the home side’s 6(dec)-425. Maddinson has 52 and reached his half century off just 68 balls.
American Football. How much grief is this guy gonna cop? Star running-back Alex Collins has finally signed a letter of intent to play college ball for Arkansas. The funny part is that news comes a day after he mum confiscated the contract because he didn't want her boy to leave home. Good luck son, you're gonna need it.
Basketball. More bad news for the Los Angeles Lakers. All-star forward Pau Gasol, who suffered a tear on the bottom of his right foot, will be out at least six weeks. Gasol flew back to Los Angeles, where he was examined by team doctors and a foot specialist who diagnosed him with a torn plantar fascia - the tissue under the arch of the foot. In 36 games this season, Gasol is averaging 13.4 points, eight rebounds and 3.6 assists.
UPDATE: Felix Hernandez is one happy man. The Seattle Mariners star has signed a US$175million deal to stay on the northwest. His old US$78million deal has is no more. Well done Felix.
Drugs in Sport/AFL. A number of Australian bookmakers have suspended betting on the opening match of the AFL season between Adelaide and Essendon.
The Bombers are currently under investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) after earlier this week admitting to concerns over the use of supplements at the club.
That was followed by the release of the Australian Crime Commission report into drugs in sport in Australia on Thursday which described widespread doping and links to organised crime.
Drugs in Sport. Penrith general manager and Fairfax columnist Phil Gould has voiced concerns over the lack of detail in the ACC's report.
"This report is full of words like maybe, could be, suspected and potential," Gould told Channel Nine. "Nobody has been named, no club has been named and no sport has been named.
"At the moment everyone is guilty and I'm not sure, even if they find pockets of illegality, how you repair the integrity of everyone else who is in fact innocent."
Rugby. "He’s pretty much your perfect human in terms of preparation and all-round bloke."
High praise indeed, but who was Brumbies captain Ben Mowen talking about this morning? Answers on a postcard...
Drugs in Sport. Gold Coast Titans chief executive David May says there is nothing to suggest a vial of liquid found hidden in a changing room at the team’s home ground is linked to the NRL club.
May told the ABC the find involved a urine-filled jam jar, and the jar was at least five years old.
Cycling. Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish bagged his third win in as many days on Thursday in winning the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar to retain the overall lead.
The British rider, who is in his first season with Omega Pharma-Quick Step after a move from Team Sky, landed the penultimate stage -- 154km from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal -- in taking a sprint finish to edge out Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus and Lithuania's Aidis Kruopis.
Golf. Russell Knox of Scotland leads after the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. Knox carded a 64, one ahead of Greg Owen (Eng), Ryuji Imada (Jpn) and Scott Langley (USA).
Alistair Presnell, Jason Day, Matt Jones and Aaron Baddeley are the leading Australians with 68.
Cricket: NSW Blues have lost two early wickets on day three of their Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena. Luke Butterworth claimed both David Dawson (75) and Tim Cruickshank (39) with the Blues 3-183 chasing Tasmania's 6(dec)-425.
Tennis. Rafael Nadal's knee held up for a third straight day, and if he keeps winning it will be getting double the workout over the weekend.
The Spaniard teamed with Juan Monaco to reach the doubles semi-finals in Vina Del Mar, Chile with a 6-2 7-6 (4) victory over Guillaume Ruffin and Filippo Volandri on Thursday.
Cricket. NSW, or should we say Melbourne Renegades, batsman Ben Rohrer has been named in Australia's Twenty20 squad to face the West Indies next Wednesday. Young quick Josh Hazlewood has also been picked in a squad that features no players in the Test squad that will tour India later this month.
Australia squad: George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges
Drugs in sport. Gold Coast Titans chief executive David May says there's nothing to suggest a vial of liquid found hidden in a changing room at the team's home ground is linked to the NRL club.
May said he understood a single suspicious vial was found concealed in plumbing in the room at Skilled Stadium and it had been handed to Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority (ASADA).
The vial, reportedly containing urine, was found by police during a training exercise.
May says 45 teams have used the changing rooms at Skilled Park since the Titans were last there, including the 44 teams at the World Rugby Sevens series tournament.
May said he was not concerned that the issue could tarnish the team's reputation, but he was concerned about how it would be reported in the media.
"I know a lot of people will assume ... just because it is our home ground, will assume a linkage to us," he said.
"But ultimately I think this is an issue for broader sport."
Drugs in sport. New Zealand's close sporting ties with Australia has their Prime Minister John Key so concerned he will discuss the matter with Julia Gillard when the pair meet this weekend.
Drugs in Sport: Andy Parkinson, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, has warned the UK is "vulnerable to exactly the kind of threats" highlighted in an in Australian sport.
Parkinson stressed that there should be no complacency in the UK over the battle against such issues.
"This report reinforces a number of disturbing facts." he said. "It is vital that independent anti-doping organisations and professional sports administrators in particular work together to combat any potential use of performance-enhancing substances, developing effective prevention programmes to ensure a clean sport culture among players.
Rugby. The Melbourne Rebels have announced flanker Gareth Delve as their captin for 2013.
Baseball. Felix Hernandez could walk into Seattle Mariners training camp on Tuesday as the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball, or he might not be there at all, according to US reports.
USA Today reported on Thursday that the 26-year-old Venezuelan has agreed to a seven-year deal worth $US175 million ($A170 million), which would be the richest contract in baseball history, while MLB.com reports that no such agreement has been made.
The newspaper said the deal would be finalised before the start of pre-season training, which for the Mariners will begin on Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona, when pitchers and catchers are due to report.
What kind of hockey? Canada's answer to cricket-loving John Howard.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has penned a tome on the history of hockey for hockey-mad Canadian voters that will hit bookstores later this year, his publisher announced Thursday.
The as-yet-untitled book tells "the intriguing, little-known story of the origins of professional hockey, where strong personalities and philosophies battled to define not only how the game would be played on ice, but by whom," said a statement.
Started during the 2006 election campaign that swept Harper's Conservatives to power, the book will be published by Simon & Schuster in Canada and the United States in November.
Harper had worked on it between campaign stops, jotting down ideas on scraps of paper.
Sports betting. Leading sports administrator Malcolm Speed says sports clubs cannot weed out criminal links to their organisations without police help.Speed, the executive director of the coalition of major professional and participation sports, says the introduction of State police integrity forces is long overdue.
The former head of the International Cricket Council said criminal identities linking themselves with teams and athletes are usually also sports fans and their backgrounds can’t always be easily traced.
Speed said sports organisations have long been calling for police to assist.
Victoria already has a police integrity force in place and now other states will follow.
‘‘Criminals don’t come along with tattoos on their forehead telling us that they’re criminals,’’ Speed told ABC radio.
Rugby. Understated, yet stirring. The speech that British & Irish Lions assistant coach Jim Telfer gave his forward pack before the first Test against the Springboks in 1997 has become the stuff of legend. A youthful Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio being calmly told - with a few expleteives - that this match was their Mt Everest.
The Lions won the Test and went on to win the series.
Now Telfer and Tourism Australia have combined to tell Lions fans that the tour to Australia this year is their Everest.
AFL. Former AFL club president and Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has called for an immediate ban on the promotion of sports betting and a zero-tolerance policy on drugs in the AFL.
Kennett said he was not aware of a great deal of match-fixing in AFL, but he was worried by the clear influence of money and betting on sport. ‘‘I have argued for a long time now, and I’ve written to federal members of parliament, I would like to see an immediate ban on the promotion of sports betting, the immediate ban throughout the country on sports betting,’’ he told ABC 24.
Football. Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti hinted that David Beckham could make his debut for the French capital club in the Ligue 1 game at Sochaux next weekend.
The veteran Englishman, who has signed a contract with the Ligue 1 leaders until the end of the season, will start working with the squad after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Valencia next Tuesday.
Ancelotti left open the possibility that the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy could then appear at the Stade Bonal on Sunday, February 17.‘‘At the moment we have allowed him to stay in London. He has been working well and will continue to do so for the rest of this week,’’ said the Italian coach.
Georgina Robinson: Rugby. The mooted return of former Wallabies halfback Luke Burgess has ruffled feathers in the ranks, with a former Rebels player condemning Melbourne for contemplating the signing and the Brumbies confirming their interest.
Drugs in sport. Importation of peptides has exploded with seizures up 255 per cent over the past year, according to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). ASADA chief Aurora Andruska says her organisation had been warning sporting bodies and codes that peptides were the ‘‘new generation’’ of performance-enhancing substance.
But even armed with intelligence on suspected users of peptides, Andruska conceded on Friday that target testing was unlikely to uncover users as only two laboratories worldwide can test for peptides.‘‘We’ve been looking at the issue of peptides for some time,’’ Andruska told the ABC.
Dominic Bossi: Football. Tom Rogic is yet to play for Celtic but he has already made it big in Asia. A group of Thai Celtic supporters who call themselves the "Thai Tims," comprised mostly of school children, have become the first fans to make a song for the Bhoy from Oz with their rendition of Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.
They group have included lyrics in their film clip in hope of it catching on at Parkhead.
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Football. Surely not, financial responsibility in the English Premier League? The EPL announced Thursday that clubs in English football’s top flight faced a points deduction if they breached new spending controls due to take effect from next season.
The 20 clubs will not be allowed to make a loss above STG105 million ($A160 million) over the next three seasons, while from 2013-14 they must limit their player wage bills.
‘‘If people break the 105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range -- a points deduction,’’ said English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.
Rugby. Scotland hooker Dougie Hall has lost his battle to be fit to face Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations international at Murrayfield, the Scottish Rugby Union announced on Thursday.
Hall, who started in the 38-18 defeat by England last week, has failed to recover from a knee strain suffered at Twickenham.
Dominic Bossi: Football. Western Sydney Wanderers have continued to retain the core of their playing group after re-signing Italian defender Iacopo La Rocca for a further two years.
The 28 year-old is the second player in two days to sign on with the club after Youssouf Hersi agreed to terms on Wednesday.
Coach Tony Popovic said that La Rocca was reaching his prime which prompted the club to keep him until the end of the 2014/2015 season.
“Iacopo is very good on the ball and his distribution is a real asset of his and we feel that he can help us move forward in the near term and the long term,” Popovic said.
Richard Hinds: The Australian Crime Commission's report into sports corruption is unflinching in its rhetoric. It evokes images of organised crime, match-fixing and, disturbingly, "drugs not approved for human use" encroaching upon our supposedly innocent past-times.
But one sentence that is neither sensational nor shocking will haunt administrators across the codes should the report's most serious claims be proven. It is the commission's answer to a key question – how had an insidious link between our major sports and organised crime been formed, and gone unbroken?
Peter FitzSimons: It was the moral equivalent of Australian sport - so recently strutting and strong - being suddenly backed into the corner ropes by a perfumed posse of small men in suits and well groomed women in power outfits and being pummelled to a bloody pulp in a few minutes.
Brad Walter: League. New NRL boss Dave Smith has assured the public that the overwhelming majority of players are not involved in the probe into drug use and match-fixing - but has vowed to catch those who are.
With Telstra warning it may reconsider its $150 million sponsorship and new media rights deal with the NRL if any substantial links between players or clubs and organised crime are proved, Smith's first week in the job has proved a baptism of fire.
And away we go .... Police have reportedly discovered vials of urine hidden in the plumbing at the home ground of an NRL club.
The discovery was made while police conducted a bomb-detection training exercise at Skilled Park in Robina, Queensland, the home ground of the Gold Coast Titans.
Ben Coady: Welcome to SportsDay Live. Can't promise that we'll have the bombshells of yesterday that followed the Australian Crime Commission report into Organised Crime and Drugs In Sport, but who knows? We'll be keeping you up to date with any developments, plus hopefully find a few stories that don't involve drugs or match-fixing.