PARIS - Veteran Jonny Wilkinson was in imperious form as he kicked 26 points and set up two tries to help Toulon consolidate their lead in French rugby's top flight competition with a 46-13 victory over Perpignan on Sunday. The star-studded Toulon side, which includes Australian centre Matt Giteau, are seven points clear of Clermont in the Top 14 title race. Former England five-eighth Wilkinson was on target with six penalties, five in the first half, and four conversions for a 100 per cent kicking ratio as Toulon turned on the power after the break with four tries.
WELLINGTON - Equestrian Mark Todd, who competed at his seventh Olympic Games in London this year and won his fifth medal, has received a knighthood in New Zealand's annual New Year's honours list. Todd won a bronze medal in the three-day teams event at London, 28 years after winning gold medals in the individual and teams events at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. In total, the 60-year-old Todd has won two gold and three bronze medals.
Match back on
CAIRO - Egypt's government has decided Premier League football will resume matches from February 1 after a year of suspension following deadly stadium riots. A match in the city of Port Said between Egypt's most popular team, Al-Ahly, and local team Al-Masry turned deadly when home fans attacked visiting fans. The February 1, 2011 riot killed 74.
SYDNEY, - Fans attending the third Test at the SCG are being encouraged to wear tributes to the late Tony Greig and retiring veteran Mike Hussey as well as the traditional pink of the McGrath Foundation. Officials said they would urge supporters to wear wide-brimmed hats in honour of cricket great and tv commentator Tony Greig who died on Saturday. And they'd also like people to wear the trademark white zinc of retiring Australian team star Hussey, who will be playing his last Test in the clash with Sri Lanka starting on Thursday.
BRISBANE, German fourth seed Angelique Kerber has advanced to the second round of the Brisbane International with a three-set win over Czech Anna Tatishvili. The world No.5 recovered from a mid-match stumble to win 6-2 4-6 6-2 in the first match at Pat Rafter Arena on Monday. Kerber next faces either Australian wildcard Olivia Rogowska or qualifier Monica Puig for a place in the quarter-finals.