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Aussie model pulls out of Sydney to Hobart race

STAYING HOME: Australian model Kristy Hinze-Clark has pulled out of the upcoming Sydney to Hobart race.

A poor weather forecast has forced Australian model Kristy Hinze-Clark out of the Sydney to Hobart race.

Aussies relish Indians' whingeing ahead of test

BACK IN ACTION: Fast bowler Ryan Harris has recovered from injury in time for the Boxing Day test in Melbourne.

Joe Burns will bat at No 6 for Australia in the Boxing Day test, while Ryan Harris returns to the playing XI.

Spinner Craig to play test despite green top pitch

IN A SPIN: Mark Craig will play his first test in New Zealand on Boxing Day despite the Hagley Oval pitch spending more time under covers today.

Mark Craig will play in the Boxing Day test but no decision yet on Doug Bracewell or Neil Wagner.

Thunder to feed on Kallis' experience

THUNDERSTRUCK: Iconic South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is looking to help the Sydney Thunder both on and off the field in the Big Bash League.

Proteas icon's arrival a boost for the Sydney Thunder both on and off the field in the Big Bash League.

West Ham's Reid ready for stern test

REAL TEST: All Whites skipper Winston Reid, right, and his West Ham teammates have a tough schedule ahead of them with clashes against EPL heavyweights Chelsea and Arsenal during the holiday period.

All Whites skipper Winston Reid keen to show EPL heavyweights what he's capable of.

Christmas cheer for darts fans

PARTY TIME: For 14 days either side of Christmas, fans flock to London, decked out in fancy dress costumes, for the World Darts Championship - the self-proclaimed pinnacle of a traditional sport played in bars and pubs across the world.

At this time of year, thousands of fans assemble in London to watch burly blokes pepper a dartboard with tungsten missiles.

American golfer Steve Stricker has back surgery

BOUNCING BACK: American golfer Steve Stricker has had surgery on his lower back.

Steve Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, has undergone back surgery.

Former Warrior Lauaki signs for Bradford

BACK TO ENGLAND: Former Warriors enforcer Epalahame Lauaki has inked a two-year deal with the Bradford Bulls.

Bradford have signed former Warriors front-rower Epalahame Lauaki on a two-year contract.

Pakistan spinner a Shah bet for the World Cup

INSPIRED: Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah hopes to make an impact at next year's World Cup and wants to work in the nets with Aussie legend Shane Warne.

Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah is determined to make an impact at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Former England forward Heskey joins Bolton

JET SETTER: Former Newcastle Jets star Emile Heskey has agreed to a short-term deal with the Bolton Wanderers.

One-time A-League player Emile Heskey has agreed a short-term deal with the Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool manager says Mario not so super

DISAPPOINTING: Italian striker Mario Balotelli has struggled to make an impact since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in August.

Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool's squad for the festive programme but manager Brendan Rodgers doesn't appear to be a fan.

CWC preparations loom over test series

STAR POWER: The Black Caps will be looking for Ross Taylor to deliver plenty of runs both in the test series against Sri Lanka and next year's World Cup.

NZ and Sri Lanka will look to use the test series as a chance to fine tune their World Cup squads.

WADA takes 3,000 Russian samples for testing

TESTING TIMES: Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says WADA officials have taken around 3,000 samples from local athletes for testing.

Russian Sports Minister says WADA officials visited Moscow and took around 3,000 samples from local athletes for testing.

Redknapp confident QPR can stay up

TOP TALENT: Charlie Austin has scored 11 goals for Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League so far this season.

QPR boss confident leading scoring Charlie Austin won't be sold in the January transfer window.

Russian football clubs push for pay cuts

TOUGH TO TAKE: Russian Premier League stars like CSKA Moscow's Seydou Doumbia face potentially large pay cuts due to a sharp fall in the value of the rouble.

Russian Premier League clubs will ask their players to accept pay cuts in response to a sharp fall in the value of the rouble.

Latham fizzing for Boxing Day test

HOMETOWN HERO: The last time international cricket was played in Christchurch, Black Caps opener Tom Latham was a schoolboy.

Local lad Tom Latham looking forward to being part of cricket history at Hagley Oval.

Wild Oats playing catch-up

CATCH-UP: Seven-time line honours champ in the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Wild Oats XI broke her boom last Saturday.

Imperious super maxi faced with first serious Christmas Day sail of a distinguished Sydney to Hobart history.

Bracewell puts past behind him

READY TO ROLL: Doug Bracewell is hoping to play his first test for New Zealand in 14 months against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Boxing Day.

After 14 months in the test wilderness, Black Caps seamer Doug Bracewell is hopeful the drought is almost over.

Warner to keep riling India

TENSION: David Warner and Virat Kohli face up words after the Australian exchanged words with Aaron after being called back while on his way to the pavilion during the first test in Adelaide.

Master niggler promises to do everything possible to ensure visitors don't fall quiet in field during Boxing Day test.

Red Bull retain Buemi

BACK-UP: Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi is set for a fifth year as the reserve driver for the Red Bull Formula One team.

Swiss former Toro Rosso racer to start his fifth year as reserve driver for Formula One team next season.

NZ bowlers eager for opportunity

COMPETITION FOR PLACES: Neil Wagner appears to be in a battle with Doug Bracewell for the third seamer spot in the Black Caps side for the Boxing Day test.

Batting coach Craig McMillan says whichever quick misses out on playing the Boxing Day test will be unlucky.

Australia winning mind games

Josh Hazelwood

Young bowler Josh Hazlewood says his side will take a psychological edge over India into the Boxing Day test.

Cheika poised to recruit scrum guru

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their set-piece woes.

Independent report takes aim at Boxing NZ

PACKING A PUNCH: New Zealand boxer David Nyika won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

An independent report has slammed Boxing New Zealand and says the sport is at risk if its board does not make changes.

LeBron's son shows skills video

LeBron James son basketball star

Proud father posts footage on YouTube after 10-year-old son dominates youth tournament in Houston.

Second best not good enough for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

ONLY ONE LEGEND: Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unhappy about being relegated to second place on a list of Swedish sporting greats.

Football star unhappy at being pipped on a list of Sweden's all-time sporting greats by Bjorn Borg.

Marsh hurts hand, Aussies hold breath

INJURY SCARE: Australian batsman Shaun Marsh was struck on the hand during a practice session at the MCG on Wednesday.

Shaun Marsh sent a scare through the Australian camp after being struck on the left hand during practice.

Untimely injury threatens NZ debut

Ben Anderson, 16, could miss next month’s New Zealand under-21 series against Australia after breaking his jaw during a rep touch game on the weekend.

A broken jaw after a boot to the face may have ruined Nelson teen's dream of playing for New Zealand next month.

Clarke still hopeful about CWC

FEELING GOOD: Veteran Aussie cricketer Michael Clarke is still hopeful about recovering from surgery in time to play at next year's Cricket World Cup.

Australia batsman Michael Clarke's recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring is progressing as expected.

Brownlie a Knight in shining armour

DOMESTIC DUTIES: Black Caps batsman Dean Brownlie is unlikely to play in the first test against Sri Lanka and could turn out for Northern Districts this weekend.

Dean Brownlie looks set to bolster the Northern Knights for their opening one-day match on Saturday.

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