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SportsDay Live: Friday, January 11, 2013

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Cricket. Sri Lankan team for today's ODI at the MCG: Tharanga, Dilshan, M.Jayawardene (c), Thirimanne, Mathews, Chandimal, J.Mendis, Perera, Kulasekera, Malinga, A.Mendis.

Captain George Bailey has won the toss and has elected to bat first so Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch should be making their way out to bat as we speak.

 

That's it folks! So without further ado, let's cross to Phil Mitchell's blog of Australia taking on Sri Lanka in the first ODI at the MCG. Also, don't forget to log on on Sunday to join Steve Samuelson for the second ODI from Adelaide and then on Monday morning for SportsDayLive and then Scott Spits at the Australian Open.     

Live cricket here.

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Tennis. Results from the  Kooyong Classic men’s singles third round: Italy's Fabio Fognini has beaten Canada's "nearly was an Aussie" Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4 and Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro laid everybopdy's favourite Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1.

 

The Top 10. Today we are counting down the top 10 batting performances by Australians v Sri Lanka in the lead-up to this afternoon's day-nighter at the MCG. Let us know what should or shouldn't be in the list via the comments section on the blog or by tweeting us @smhsport.

No.1 Adam Gilchrist 149, Bridgetown 2007 World Cup final. Forever known as squash-ball gate. Australia’s master blaster had a quiet World Cup by his standards but after morning rain reduced the final to 38 overs-a-side, Gilchrist launched an astonishing assault on the Sri Lankan bowling smashing 149 from just 104 balls, including eight sixes. After the match Gilchrist confided that he had batted with a squash ball in his glove to ensure he did not grip the bat too tightly. It was a tip he received from former Western Australian cricketer Bob Meuleman. Some Sri Lankans were not happy.

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League. Anthony Minichiello on his appointment as Roosters captain: ‘‘I’m so proud to represent the Roosters. To be named captain of the club I love so much means the absolute world to me. There’s a great young talented squad here and the club has a bright future.To have the chance to lead us in our premiership campaign is a role I’m ready for and will never take for granted. This is definitely one of the biggest highlights of my career so far.’’

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League. Titans CEO David May paid tribute to Bird’s loyalty. ‘‘I think the fact that Greg has committed to the club long-term when he had big money offers from elsewhere says a lot about the type of character he is and also how much the Titans mean to him,’’ May said. May hoped to know more about the possible recruitment of Penrith star Michael Jennings by Monday.

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League. League's back baby! Gold Coast have re-signed NSW Origin forward Greg Bird on a four-year deal reportedly worth $550,000 a season. Bird knocked back several lucrative offers from rival NRL clubs to remain at the Titans until the end of the 2017 season.

 

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Tennis. Bit of housekeeping. For two weeks from Monday, the SportsDayLive blog will run from 8.30am until 11am, when we will cross to daily live blog coverage from the Australian Open.

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League. Minichiello beat out the likes of NSW Origin halfback Mitchell Pearce and Kiwi Test star Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for the role, those two joining Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner as vice-captains.

 

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League. The Sydney Roosters have named experienced fullback Anthony Minichiello captain for the 2013 season.

 

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Cricket update. NSW captain Alex Blackwell has smashed an unbeaten 135 from 110 balls as NSW set Western Australia a target of 332 in their national league 50-overs semi-final at Blacktown. NSW finished their innings 5-331 with Alyssa Healy and Leah Poulton scoring half-centuries.The Breakers'  Wikipedia page says: ''The Lend Lease Breakers are one of the all time greatest team of female cricket players Australia has ever seen!'' It's hard to argue with that. They have won the past seven WNCL titles, and 14 in the 16 years of competition. Is there a safer bet in world sport? 

The Top 10. Today we are counting down the top 10 batting performances by Australians v Sri Lanka in the lead-up to this afternoon's day-nighter at the MCG.
Let us know what should or shouldn't be in the list via the comments section on the blog or by tweeting us @smhsport
No.2 Andrew Symonds, Port Elizabeth, World Cup semi-final 2003
This match will always be famous for Adam Gilchrist walking after being given not out, but if it was not for Andrew Symonds, Australia’s World Cup defence may have ended despite winning their previous nine matches in the tournament.
Symonds came to the wicket with Australia struggling at 3-51 on a sluggish pitch in Port Elizabeth. The Queenslander played a controlled innings dragging Australia to a competitive 7-212 before Brett Lee finished off Sri Lanka’s hopes with the ball.

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Basketball. The New York Knicks are down 39-34 to the Pacers at half-time of their NBA clash in Indiana. Paul George has been the star for the Pacers with seven points, six rebounds and two assists.

American Football. No more Mularkey in Jacksonville. Mike Mularkey today became the eighth coach to be sacked since the end of the NFL's regular season. A day after they hired a new GM, the Jaguars booted their coach. It seems pretty simple for coaches in the NFL, either make the playoffs or start watching your back.

In other news from Jacksonville, the team made it clear they have no intention of pursuing Florida native Tim Tebow.

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Cricket. NSW captain Alex Blackwell has reached her century in the women's national league  50 overs semi-final against Western Australia at Blacktown. Blackwell's century included nine fours and one six, and was made off 91 balls. Opener Leah Poulton made 52 and the Breakers are well on the way to an imposing total, currently 3-257 in the 44th over. Alyssa Healy (25no) is at the crease with Blackwell.

 In Melbourne, Victoria are 7-198 in the 45th over in their semi-final against Queensland.
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Football. Scottish correspondent Jim Morrison has chipped in with this take on Matt Ryan's proposed move to Rangers.

Have to say I found Lawrie McKinna’s defence of Scottish third division side  Rangers as a potential destination for Mariners keeper Mat Ryan a bit puzzling. ‘‘Rangers could be back in the second division next season and there’s rumours there’ll be a restructure and they’ll be back in the premier league,’’ McKinna said.
Two things: the Scottish second division is every bit as much of a football wasteland as the third. Ryan would be playing against the likes of Brechin, Arbroath and Queen of the South.
As for the mooted restructure in Scotland, the proposal is for three leagues of 12, 12 and 18 teams. Rangers would likely play in the third tier next season as it would seem pretty unlikely that the clubs which voted to effectively demote the Ibrox club to the bottom division would then welcome them back to the top flight a year later.
In all probability, then, European football would be at least three years away for Ryan. Of course, if the latest threat by Rangers chief Charles Green to quit Scotland comes to fruition, that may change ... but given both Rangers and Celtic have been talking up a flit for more than ten years with no result, Ryan would be well advised no to hold his breath...

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Rugby. The Waratahs have signed former Australia A flanker Mitchell Chapman for the 2013 season. Chapman joins the squad on a one year contract, replacing hooker Damien Fitzpatrick, who has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Fitzpatrick’s injury, sustained during the latter stages of rehab from a ACL reconstruction early in 2012 season, is a cruel blow for the promising young hooker, who had been due to return to action next month after a 12-month absence.

The Top 10. Today we are counting down the top 10 batting performances by Australians v Sri Lanka in the lead-up to this afternoon's day-nighter at the MCG.
Let us know what should or shouldn't be in the list via the comments section on the blog or by tweeting us @smhsport
No.3 David Warner 163, The Gabba, Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12
For a game that is seemingly made for the talents of Dave Warner, it took him some time to find his feet in the 50-over arena.
But when he did, he thrived, posting the highest one-day score at the Gabba beating David Gower’s 29-year-old record by five runs.
Warner cashed in on his rich vein of form with a hundred in the following match, too.

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Football. The Football Federation of Australia has announced that the Soccceroos will play a friendly against Romania on February 6 at the neutral venue of Marbella, Spain. Australia will use the match as a warm-up for their World Cup Qualifier against Oman in March. “This match will not be just a friendly, but also a good test for the players ahead of our important qualifier against Oman,”  coach Holger Osieck said. This will be the first time the two nations have met at senior international level.

Rugby. More on the NSW Rugby ''Cap breach'' ... members also received a towel which had a tag claiming it was official NRL merchandise.

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