Ponting finds form but rues missed chances

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting gave little indication he would be riding off into the sunset after the India series following his second successive half-century on the third day of the first test yesterday.

Cole blooded

Rookie Norris Cole spares Miami’s blushes as LeBron, Wade run cold in final quarter

KING COLE! Rookie point guard Norris Cole is the new `King’ on the block following his fourth quarter heroics where he scored  14 points including three huge jumpers to bail the Miami Heat out of their slump and avoid defeat against the Boston Celtics at Miami Tuesday night.

MIAMI,  (Reuters) – Rookie Norris Cole shone for the Miami Heat as they beat Boston 115-107 on Tuesday to maintain their impressive start to the National Basketball Association (NBA) season and hand the Celtics their second consecutive loss.

Sharma seeks good karma from name change

Ishant Sharma’s name change did not help his batting prowess as he was floored by a bouncer.

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Ishant Sharma has not been much of a handful for Australia’s batsmen but the superstitious Indian paceman will at least become a real mouthful after tweaking his name in a bid to change his bowling fortunes.

Jailed champion spends Christmas with family

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Heavyweight amateur champion Anderson Emmanuel was granted bail and spent Christmas with his family. Anthony Jones, president of the Amateur Boxing Association of Barbados, stood as surety for the boxer and he was granted US $10,000.

Wells scores third goal for Bradford

LONDON, CMC – Bermudian striker Nahki Wells was on target in English Division 2 club Bradford City’s biggest win of the season, a 3-0 Boxing Day victory against fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

Tendulkar wait continues but India take command

GONE! Peter Siddle removes Sachin Tendulkar shortly before the close of play for 73.

MELBOURNE,  (Reuters) – Australia paceman Peter Siddle deflated a nation of a billion people when he bowled Sachin Tendulkar for 73 in the last over, but India’s fluent batting helped the tourists seize control of the first test  yesterday.

Caledonia AIA hammer NA United 10-1

Ceasar, Gay net hat tricks

Jamal Gay

Festive season action in the 22nd annual Kashif and Shanghai tournament continued on Christmas and Boxing Day’s at the Blairmont and Mackenzie Sports Club grounds respectively, with Mill Ballers, Caledonia AIA, Amelia Ward and Milerock securing victories of varying difficulties.

Brilliant Bale keeps Spurs in touch

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Gareth Bale’s superb double enabled Tottenham Hotspur to narrow the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City and Manchester United to seven points with a 2-0 win at Norwich City  yesterday.