It's a short and sweet day on the SportsDay Live blog today as we're now switching over to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open tennis. Scott Spits will bring you all the major news from the first major of the year ... will Samantha Stosur beat her mental demons today? can Lleyton Hewitt upset Janko Tipsarevic tonight? Does Roger Federer have another grand slam title in him? Will Maria Sharapova unveil a new outfit? All these questions and more will be answered ...
On this day in 1983 … off spinner Jason Krejza was born in Sydney. Unable to get regular game time with NSW, he joined Tasmania. Famous for taking 12 wickets on debut in India in 2008, including eight in the first innings, he has played only one more Test for Australia and has struggled to maintain a spot in Tasmania's Sheffield Shield side.
Basketball. Canberra Capitals captain Jess Bibby may face disciplinary action after claiming Basketball Australia is stuck in the dark ages when it comes to promoting the WNBL and that the men’s NBL is their main priority. Bibby helped Canberra end a nine game losing run - one shy of their club record - with a 72-60 victory over West Coast in Perth. Meanwhile, ladder leaders Bendigo and second-placed Dandenong are both on five-match winning runs after victories over Logan and Sydney University respectively.
On this day in 1898 … Australia’s Joe Darling hit the first six, without overthrows, in Test history against England at Adelaide Oval to bring up his century. According to Cricinfo ... "In those days you had to hit it out of the ground to get six - clearing the boundary was only worth five.”
Cricket/Football. The W-League is set to announce its finals schedule today. Sydney FC will be going to Brisbane to play the Roar but the day has not yet been determined. The women's cricket state T20 final is on on Saturday. If the FFA schedules the Sydney FC final for Saturday, Ellyse Perry has to make a choice - not so if they put that game on Sunday.
Cycling. Lance Armstrong says he's ready for whatever (renowned cycling expert) Oprah Winfrey throws at him during their interview later this week ...
‘‘I’m calm, I’m at ease and ready to speak candidly. I hope we’ll talk for a couple of hours.’’
Golf. Rory McIlroy has made his views clear over who should be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain and it appears he would not endorse a second term for Colin Montgomerie.
RC captaincy should be a 1 time thing... Everybody deserving gets their chance and moves on... Would love to play under Paul McGinley in '14— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) January 13, 2013
On this day in 1973 … Italian formula one driver Giancarlo Fisichella was born in Rome. He won three F1 grands Prix during his career which spanned 1996-2009 including stints with Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari. Check out this great vision of him blowing up at Jacqueline Villeneuve after dramas in qualifying.
Cricket. The good news for the NZ cricket fans is the Black Caps have stretched the 2nd Test v South Africa at Port Elizabeth into a fourth day.
The bad news is they are trailing by 247 runs at 4-157 in their second innings after following on from their 121 in reply to the Proteas' first innings of 8(dec)-525. In a sign of how bad the Kiwis are going, Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten ton in the first innings - the same Dean Elgar who looked badly out of his depth while scoring a pair on debut a few weeks ago in the third Test against Australia at Perth.
Netball. All the best to the Australian netball team on its tour, let's hope the netballers set a trend for the Ashes by putting dem Poms in their place ...
Good luck to the Diamonds who are off today on a 3 Test tour of England. We'll keep you up to date with pics, vids and stories. #godiamonds— Australian Diamonds (@AussieDiamonds) January 13, 2013
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Tennis. There are plenty of Aussies in 1st rd action at the Australian Open today. If recent history is any guide, get in early as you may have to scour court 18 for the mixed doubles if you want to see Australians in action after the first few days. Bojana Bobusic, Ashleigh Barty, Casey Dellacqua, Sacha Jones, Olivia Rogowska, Matthew Ebden & John "Millmania" Millman are due on court today.
On this day in 1944 … the second-most famous sportsman of all time with Vivian as his middle name, golfer Graham Marsh was born in Kalgoorlie. The older brother of former Test wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, he won 70 tournaments during a lengthy career after turning pro in 1969. His best result in. Major was fourth in the 1983 British Open.
Tennis. Then tonight, from 7pm, there's our very own Lleyton Hewitt against No.8-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic against Hungarian Melinda Czink (Hun).
Tennis. So up today on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park, we've got second seed Maria Sharapova first up taking on Russian compatriot Olga Puchkova, Sam Stosur against Taipei's Chang Kai-chen and No.1 seed Novak Djokovic against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Football. Go on, guess who scored for Barca in their 3-1 win over Malaga. Yup, Lionel Messi bagged the opener before supplying Arsenal reject Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara for the second and third. The goal was Messi’s 28th in La Liga this season from just 19 games.Back to top
Golf. We need to get a stink item made up. Here, Rory McIlroy has stuck the boot into Colin Montgomerie's hopes of a second run at the Ryder Cup captaincy - WHAM! "RC captaincy should be a one-time thing," tweets McIlroy. BAM! "Would love to play under Paul McGinley in '14." No love there for Mrs Doubtfire.
Tennis. Don't forget it's a truncated version of SportsDayLive today as we will be switching to live coverage from Melbourne Park from 10am with Scott Spits. They'll be bringing you news, results, key moments as they happen from every match.
American football. Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left as the Atlanta Falcons defeated a gutsy Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in a NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday.The Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead, appearing ready to allow the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history when Marshawn Lynch scored on a two-yard run with 31 seconds left. But Matt Ryan completed two long passes after the kickoff, setting up Bryant’s winning kick and sending the Falcons to the NFC championship game for only the third time in franchise history. They will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Football. For all the Serie A fans, Lazio boosted their title hopes with a 2-0 home win over Atalanta as leaders Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw away to Parma on Sunday. Lazio are just three points adrift in second.
Tennis: Bernard Tomic has officially regained his Australian No.1 status following his breakthrough success in Sydney.
Tomic soared 21 places in the rankings to No.43 in the world on Monday, leapfrogging Marinko Matosevic, who slipped one spot to 49th.
With his confidence sky high and fuelled by adrenaline, Tomic says there is no limit to how far he can go at the Australian Open starting on Monday.Back to top