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SportsDay Live will be back tomorrow with 'Sonny' Ben Coady kicking off proceedings from 8.30am.
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Stephen Samuelson: Rugby: Paul Cully watches way too much Super Rugby, but that's good news for us because he can pick an informed team of the week. Here are his selection from the Australian sides.
Australian team of the week
15. Ben Volavola (Waratahs) Photo: Getty Images
Stephen Samuelson: Golf: In the world of golf, you know you have done something wrong when you are tut-tutted by the Golden Bear.
Here's Jack Nicklaus on Rory McIlroy's sudden withdrawal eight holes into the second round of the Honda Classic on Friday.
‘‘He shouldn’t have walked off the golf course,’’ Nicklaus said.
‘‘That was unfortunate. I think if he’d thought about it for five minutes he wouldn’t have done it. I just think he was just so frustrated with how he’s been playing the last month or so it just got to him. That would be my assessment, although I may be talking out of school.’’
Stephen Samuelson: League: Enough about Shane Warne how about we hear from coach Shaun Wane after Wigan's win in the English Super League.
Wane admitted his relief as the Warriors ruined Rangi Chase's return to Super League action with a tight 28-22 victory over Castleford.
Former St George five-eighth Chase returned to the Tigers starting line up after a two-match ban for a reckless shoulder charge and could have easily been toasting victory.
With the score locked at 22-22, Chase sent a drop goal against the post before Chris Tuson scored the more important of his two tries at the death to hand Wigan the win.
"I thought we played well in parts, I thought we just weren't consistent enough," said Wane. "When we played well we looked good especially in that first half.
"But in the second half penalties put us under pressure as well as poor errors. Our edge defence needs to improve.
"But I am glad we showed some steel to finish it off, that was definitely a get out of jail card."
Rugby: More on Nic White's decision to stick with the Brumbies.
Basketball: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff push gathered steam on Sunday with a 108-104 NBA victory over the Los Angeles Clippers behind a 35-point performance from Kevin Durant.
Russell Westbrook finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who swept the season series against the Clippers.
Forward Serge Ibaka had a strong game for the Thunder as he manhandled Clippers star Blake Griffin several times under the basket and finished with 16 points and two blocks.
But he took his aggressive play too far at one point and was nearly ejected after he slapped Griffin in the groin late in the game, which earned him a foul.
Motorsport: Whatever Lewis Hamilton did, teammate Nico Rosberg could do better on Sunday as the German set the quickest time of the winter at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya to confirm that Mercedes might yet surpass all expectations in this year’s Formula One campaign.
The German broke Hamilton’s best time at the final round of pre-season testing by more than 0.4 seconds, strengthening suspicions that the Mercedes would prove far more competitive at the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time than either they or their rivals had envisaged.
Sebastian Vettel, the triple world champion, was more than two seconds off Rosberg’s mark in his Red Bull.
And after bursting out of the blocks on day one, teammate Mark Webber was running 14th in the aggregate totals on Sunday, 2.5 seconds off the pace.
Surfing: World title challenger Tyler Wright has overcome an ankle injury and a determined wildcard entrant to reach the third round of the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.
Wright, with her right ankle heavily strapped, scored 14.63 out of 20 in her sudden-death second-round heat against Dimity Stoyle to stay alive in the ASP women’s world tour opener at Rainbow Bay.
Stoyle rode a big wave on the buzzer but just missed out with a combined score of 14.60.
Wright faces American Courtney Conlogue and Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Cricket: Warnie has answer to Australia's spin woes, apart from making a comeback himself, in The Warne Manifesto III.
Cricket: The third tablet of the Warne Manifesto has just landed.
With things going from Hyderabad to worse for the Aussies in India, the third instalment of The unofficial Warne review into the state of Australian cricket and how's about some jobs for all me mates couldn't have come at a more in/opportune time.
We can almost hear the knees shaking over at Cricket Australia HQ.
We only hope Warnie splashed out on an editor this time or at least used spellcheck.
Watch this space ...
Football: Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs is poised to reach yet another milestone in his extraordinary career on Tuesday when he is expected to make his 1000th appearance in senior football.
The 39-year-old Welshman took his tally of appearances to 999 last month with a goal-scoring turn in a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers but was not picked against Norwich at the weekend.
With United on track for another title, that would by No.13, making him the most decorated footballer in the English game by some distance.
In a 22-year-career at Old Trafford, he has also won two Champions League trophies, four FA Cup titles and three League Cup winners’ medals.
Our money is on Fergie keeping Giggs on ice again against Madrid on Tuesday to save the celebrations for Chelsea's visit in the FA Cup quarter-final blockbuster on Sunday.
Ironman: Former national ironman champion Dean Mercer has been ordered to pay restitution for pinching bedsheets from retail giant Myer.
The 43-year-old faced the Southport Magistrates Court last week on two counts of stealing.
No conviction was recorded for the incidents on January 31 and February 13, Mercer will have to pay almost $700 in restitution to the retailer.
Mercer won the Australian open ironman titles in 1989 and 1995, and is the brother of fellow ironman champion Darren and uncle to rising star Jordan Mercer.
Cricket: Stephen O’Keefe’s decision to stand down as NSW captain for the remainder of the season is to focus on earning a recall to the national team.
O’Keefe has skippered the side since taking over from Simon Katich in October 2011.
The spinning all-rounder has taken 17 wickets at 26.76 this Shield season, and was unlucky not to be picked in Australia’s Test squad for the tour of India.
Pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Gurinder Sandhu, who both recently took part in Australia A’s home one-day series against England Lions, will also look to build their case for national selection when NSW take on Victoria this week.
Sandhu, who took 3-36 against the Lions last Monday, will make his first-class debut if selected in the MCG clash that starts on Thursday.
AFL: West Coast coach John Worsfold says he’s not overly worried by his team’s slow and rusty display in last night’s 20-point AFL pre-season loss to an under-strength Collingwood.
Worsfold admits his team have a few areas to improve on before the season proper starts ... but says a hard week on the training track might have contributed to the flat display against the Magpies.
Cricket: Stephen O’Keefe has stood down as NSW captain for the final two Sheffield Shield matches of the season to focus on playing.
Ben Rohrer is the new leader. The Blues face the Vics at the MCG on Thursday.
Josh Hazlewood will return to action alongside fellow quicks Doug Bollinger, Trent Copeland and Gurinder Sandhu.
The NSW squad: Ben Rohrer (lCaptain) Trent Copeland Doug Bollinger David Dawson Brad Haddin Josh Hazlewood Scott Henry Nic Maddinson Peter Nevill Steve O’Keefe Gurinder Sandhu Adam Zampa
Football: While striker Nicklas Bendtner was busy driving the wrong way down the street in Copenhagen, Juventus were battling to a 1-1 draw with title challengers Napoli. The result keeps Alessandro Del Piero’s old club on course for their 29th Serie A title. Juve, who have a six-point lead over Napoli, host Celtic on Wednesday in the Champions League, having romped to a 3-0 win over the Scottish champions in Glasgow.
On this day ... in 1921, Dinny Pails, Australian open champion and Davis Cup player,
Pails won his one and only grand slam title in 1947, beating fellow Australian John Bromwich 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6.
That year he also made the semi-finals at Wimbledon, losing to eventual winner Jack Kramer of the US in four sets.
The Nottingham-born Pails was at the centre of a Davis Cup tug-of-war between
Australia and England until the Poms relented.
He blazed a trail as one of the first top Australian players to turn professional, but his decision to try to sneak out of the country under an assumed name to join the first US professional troupe backfired.
He later became a coach and correspondent, spotting a couple of 15-year-olds, Lew Hoad
and Ken Rosewall. Pails died in 1986.
Golf: The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, has backtracked a bit after giving Rory McIlroy a serve for walking out of the Honda Classic.
The world No.1 walked off the course after eight holes at PGA National when he was seven over for the second round, later saying he had a sore wisdom tooth.
"He’s a good kid. I think he’s a little frustrated, and he’s frustrated at himself right now. He’s probably not playing his best, and he also has a set of golf clubs that he’s having trouble getting used to, and one sort of plays off the other. He’ll be fine. When Augusta rolls around, he’ll be fine.’’
In three starts this year, McIlroy has missed the cut, lost in the opening round of the Match Play Championship and withdrew from the Honda Classic after 26 holes.
Rugby: Kurtley Beale’s hopes of facing up against the British and Irish Lions in June has taken a blow, with the Melbourne Rebels five-eighth to miss up to a month of Super Rugby with a hand fracture. Beale is already carrying a shoulder complaint that will require surgery at the end of the season. But he’s now due to go under the knife within the next 24 hours after scans today revealed a fracture in his third metacarpal on his left hand will keep him out for 3-4 weeks. Melbourne play the Queensland Reds on Friday.
Football: On-loan Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner has been arrested for drink-driving after he was caught driving the wrong way down a main road in Copenhagen.
The Danish striker had spent the night at a local sports bar and was arrested at 2am when he was caught driving on the wrong side of the road in the Danish capital.
“Dear friends, I was booked for a mild case of drink-driving last night,” Bendtner tweeted.
“It was a quiet night, but I am very very sorry to all my friends and fans. It is not ok to drink and drive. I take full responsibility.”
Bendtner is on loan at Juventus from Arsenal and is yet to score a goal for the Italian champions.
Rugby: The Brumbies will announce re-signing of halfback Nic White, which kills off an option for Luke Burgess. That leaves the Rebels as Burgess's only obvious option if he returns as expected from Top 14 club Toulouse, although he may consider the Tahs again.
Wrestling: Former Olympic champion Armen Nazaryan is going on a hunger strike to protest the decision to drop the sport from the Olympics.
The 38-year-old won gold in the 1996 and 2000 games, and bronze in 2004.
“I’m protesting against the recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics,” he said.
“Wrestling has always been part of the Olympic program, and it’s not right to exclude it from the Games.
‘‘I’m starting my hunger strike and from now on I will drink only syrup.”
Basketball: LeBron James still can’t decide whether to take up Magic Johnson’s $1 million challenge to finally participate in the NBA’s dunk contest.
‘‘I don’t have a response yet,’’ James said before the Miami Heat’s game against the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.
The three-time NBA MVP has never taken part in the contest in his 10-year career despite consistently throwing down trophy-worthy slams in warm-ups and games.
Johnson told ESPN he would pay $1 million to James – or anyone else – who can beat him in the dunk contest.
The NBA pays $100,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the runner-up.
On this day ... in 1995 George Foreman was stripped of the WBA Championship belt
he won by knocking out Michael Moorer four months earlier.
The world’s oldest heavyweight champion at 46, Foreman had his title taken away after he refused to fight No.1 WBA contender Tony Tucker.
However, he still held the IBF title, and added the WBU title six weeks later in a controversial split decision over German Axel Schulz, only to lose the IBF belt for refusing to give Schulz a rematch.
Head spinning? Put yourself in Moorer’s boots ...
Football: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has wasted no time sinking slipper into North London rivals Arsenal.
AVB believes beating Arsenal has put Arsene Wenger’s side into a negative spiral (some of us thought they already were in one) that will be almost impossible to escape; and left Spurs with the confidence to finish above them.
In case you missed it, Spurs won the derby 2-1 this morning.
Golf: If world No.1 Rory McIlroy hoped the controversy of his mid-round walk-out here at the Honda Classic would die down, he was sorely disappointed when his mentor Jack Nicklaus weighed in.
Nicklaus, still waiting for a please explain call from the Northern Irishman, said: “He shouldn’t have walked off the golf course. That was unfortunate. I think if he’d thought about it for five minutes he wouldn’t have done it.’’
Read the full report here
Football: If Barcelona’s forward-line was not already intimidating enough, the Catalan giants confirmed that Brazilian star Neymar will be their main transfer target during the off-season.
Neymar could join the imposing strike force of Lionel Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez next season after the club announced its intentions to sign the 21-year-old in the European summer.
They face stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Football: Liverpool fear that sins from the past could rob striker Luiz Suarez of his rightful honour of being player of the year.
No sooner had Luis Suarez completed his latest hat-trick than the conversation turned to whether he had secured extra crosses in the vote for the footballer of the year.
Are Liverpool dreaming or should the sublimely talented Uruguayan bad boy be a legitimate contender for the award?
League: Here's Brad Walter story on Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens' possible move to British Super League in full
Surfing: Rising Australian star Laura Enever has kept her Roxy Pro hopes alive by defeating compatriot Rebecca Woods in a sudden-death second round heat on the Gold Coast.
Enever won the heat on countback after she and Woods had tied with scores of 12.50 out of 20 at Rainbow Bay.
Football: A stunning form turnaround has convinced Melbourne Victory star Archie Thompson his side can win the A League title. After a run of three straight defeats, the Victory produced a dazzling display against Newcastle on Sunday, whipping the Jets 5-0. The Victory are rediscovering their early-season form under coach Ange Postecoglou, and are starting to purr like the Roar used to. But the Wanderers might have something to say about it.
League: There could a be an NRL blackout across the ditch ...With the NRL season opener just three days away, broadcasting rights in New Zealand are still up in the air. The season begins on Thursday, when the Sydney Roosters meet the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium. The Warriors kick-off against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday. Sky TV says negotiations between broadcaster and the NRL are continuing, with Sky yet to secure the rights. ‘‘We’re absolutely hoping to this week, but I certainly can’t guarantee that,’’ she told NZ Newswire.
League. More on Tim Sheens being linked to the Salford gig in Super League from Brad Walter.
Tim Sheens, who is free of NRL commitments after his departure from Wests Tigers in September, said just days ago that he would consider a move to Super League.
‘‘I've made it clear I will be looking to coach again, whether that's in Australia or England,’’ he told PA in England.
League: Brad Walter reports that Australia coach Tim Sheens has been linked with a move to British Super League after Salford's Phil Veivers was sacked just five rounds into the 2013 season. Sheens is in England promoting the end of season World Cup and there are reports he may meet with the Reds management.
UFC. Just two years after being on the scrapheap, Sydney-based heavyweight Mark Hunt is on the verge of a fairytale title shot after knocking out seven-foot Dutchman Stefan Struve in Japan yesterday.
League. Brad Walter has yet more on Russell Crowe's decision to hold on to ownership at Souths.
Greetings all, Monday morning quarterback Shane Brady here to see you through the mid-morning session. If you 're feeling like Peter Siddle this morning, it could be worse ... Monday morning Nickelback anyone?
Sulky dictators and tattooed NBA stars. News just in ... Dennis Rodman sidekick Kim Jong-Un is still sitting by the phone waiting for Barack Obama to call.
Obama might be shunning him but he is still BFF with Rodman, so he should be OK.
Stink! Caroline Wilson reveals the bad blood is gwetting toxic between the two Sydney AFL clubs and their counterparts in Melbourne over the cost-of-living allowance and Carlton's Kurt Tippett sledge.
Golf. Geoff Ogilvy looks as though he’ll fall just short of victory at the PGA tour’s Honda Classic in Florida.
Ogilvy trails American leader Michael Thompson by two shots as he prepares to finish his last hole in the final round of the event.
Ogilvy needs Thompson to bomb out when he gets to the 18th.
On this day in 1968 ... Joe Frazier TKO’d Buster Mathis to win the world heavyweight boxing title that was stripped from Muhammad Ali for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.
“Smokin’ Joe”, who gave away 18kgs to his opponent, almost put Mathis through the ropes with a short left hook in the 11th round at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Frazier held the title for five years, gaining some legitimacy when he handed Ali his first defeat as pro in 1971’s “Fight of the Century”. Then he ran into a brick wall called George Foreman. Ali would get his revenge, beating Frazier twice, in 1974 and a year later in the “Thrilla in Manila”.
SDL blog. Oh and some more housekeeping. Not that we're bitter, but we got a bit caught up in the Spurs-Arsenal thing earlier.
We should have told you that another thing is shrinking today.
SDL - alongside both the Herald and petty minds - is getting smaller.
We'll be bringing you all the latest sports news and commentary daily from 8.30am until 2pm.
If there is live sport we'll cross to it, as we will be doing today for day three from the second Test in Hyderabad.
And on Tuesdays we will be bringing you comment and analysis as the NRL teams are named for the weekend's matches. That will run from 2pm until the last team is named (within reason).
Cricket. Don't forget we'll be bringing you live coverage from Hyderabad with our blog of day three of the second Test from 3pm. Log on if you've got the stomach for it.
Tennis. Whoa, enough crazy talk about South Sydney and SBW and Test cricket and Spurs beating Arsenal, here’s the one we’ve been waiting for ... Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis has won his third career ATP title by defeating France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 at the Delray Beach International Championships. Thank goodness.
Golf. Geoff Ogilvy is two shots from the lead nearing the end of the final round of the PGA tour’s Honda Classic in Florida.
Ogilvy trails American joint leaders Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie with four holes to play after a bogey on the 14th. Thompson and Guthrie have five holes still to play.
Cricket. Here's Fairfax cricket writer Chris Barrett's report from the debacle in Hyderabad. It's fair but it's not pretty.
No-one likes a gloater: Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale shoots in last night's North London derby. Tottenham won 2-1, with Bale scoring. Photo: AFP
League. Brad Walter on Russell Crowe's intentions at South Sydney.
Cricket. Some sad news just in from the world of cricket, with this statement from the local organising committee of the 2015 World Cup.
‘‘The board and staff of the local organising committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 are profoundly saddened by the death of their Chairman, James Strong AO.
‘‘James possessed a passion and vision for the tournament that set the tone for the entire organization.
‘‘A world-class leader, he was always friendly and approachable, taking the time to get to know the staff and listen to their views.’’
ICC Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden said Strong’s successor as chairman would be named in due course.
League. More from Brad Walter on Crowe's intentions at Souths. Rabbitohs chairman Nicholas Pappas gave an insight into Russell Crowe's intentions when he told Sunday's annual general meeting of the South Sydney Football Club that the Academy award winning actor would not be selling his shareholding in the "short to medium term".
Responding to a question from the floor, Pappas said: "I indicated what Russell had indicated to me and that was that at least for the short to the medium term he is going to be with us."
On this day in 1931 ... Herman Griffith of the West Indies became the first man to bowl Don Bradman out for a duck in a Test.
Australia were 4-0 up in the series and chasing a whitewash in Sydney after the Windies made a sporting declaration. Then up stepped paceman Griffith at the grand old age of 38 to claim the young Don’s prized scalp. He took 4-50 to close out the match for a face-saving, 30-run victory for the tourists.
League. So this is it, three more sleeps till the season-opening blockbuster between South Sydney and the Roosters.
So, the Rabbits are worried about SBW, right? Wrong, Roy Asotasi is more scared of coach Michael Maguire by the sounds of it. We don't think that's being dismissive of Sonny Bill. We just think Maguire is not shy of handing out the Alex Ferguson-style hairdryer treatment.
More cricket. ‘‘Not very well today. But he is an unbelievable talent. Glenn Maxwell, he would have learnt a great deal from today.’’ Australian coach Mickey Arthur comments on offspinner Maxwell’s performance after the debutant took 0-55 from 10 overs.
Cricket. Talking of tough schools, the Aussies spin bowlers dramas were put to the sword overnight in Hyderabad. On a day of batting brilliance from India in the second Test, the home side reached 1-311 at stumps, a lead of 74 with nine first-innings wickets in hand.
Debutant offie Glenn Maxwell (0-55 off 10 overs) and three-Test spinner Xavier Doherty (0-85 off 26), were unable to get the breakthrough.
Could be a tough, tough day today.
Football. The man who crushed the Socceroos in the 2006 World Cup, Roma captain Francesco Totti, has tied Swedish great Gunnar Nordahl for second place on Serie A’s all-time scoring list with his 225th goal.Totti converted a penalty in the 16th minute of Roma’s match against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico ... meaning only Silvio Piola sits in front of him on the all-time list. Roma won 3-1.
Basketball and, er, international politics. How good's this. Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has returned from his trip with the Harlem Globetrotters to North Korea with the message that isolationist dictator and hoops fan Kim Jong-Un does not want war he just wants ... a phone call from Barack Obama.
That'd be why he's trying to build up his country's nuclear capability then.
Football. It was Tottenham's man of the moment Gareth Bale who again did the damage in the North London derby with what the wires are calling "a typically clinical finish". Hmmmph! Come on Real Madrid, hurry up and sign him!
Aaron Lennon scored Spurs' second and Per Mertesacker pulled one back for the brave boys in red.
Children are crying, I tell you. And grown men.
Here we go, SDL is back, baby, on a day when it seems everything just got a little bit smaller, chiefly with the new, compact SMH. But other things have got smaller too.
Like those compact-minded people who are celebrating a certain football result in North London overnight while the errie absence of children's laughter leaves hollow, empty streets in N4.
Not that this blog has the slightest interest. Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1.
Managing editor of sport, aka
tyrant Big Boss, Ian Fuge will be along shortly with the rolling news, views and insights.
Today's back page of the all-new compact edition of The Sydney Morning Herald is all about the second most anticipated comeback this week, behind SportsDay Live.
SONNY BILL WILLIAMS!
Gus Gould writes in his exclusive column on why he is welcoming SBW back to rugby league, while Souths players do their best Catherine Tate impersonation - "I'm not bofered" - at the prospect of facing the multi-sport star.
Stephen Samuelson: Welcome to the return of the new
and improved SportsDay Live. The sports desk at the Sydney Morning Herald and throughout the Fairfax Media empire will provide real-time sport news updates plus fun stuff to help you get back into the working week.
Today's coverage ends at 2pm before the cricket takes over at the 3pm. The rumour is, the Australians may get some spin today in Hyderabad - at the post-day press conference.