SYDNEY - New Australian netball captain Laura Geitz has called for the Diamonds to show passion and pride against arch foes New Zealand in Invercargill on Sunday.
It will be Geitz's first match in charge, with Australia out to end a record four-match losing streak. The New Zealanders currently top the world rankings, with Australia in second place, and the two teams meet five times over the next four weeks.
LONDON - European Rugby Cup (ERC) chiefs on Friday called for an end to the public war-of-words over the battle to shape the future of rugby union's European Cup. England's Premiership clubs on Tuesday revealed plans for an Anglo-French breakaway competition when the agreement governing the running of both the European Cup and the second-tier European Challenge Cup expires at the end of the current northern hemisphere season.
EVIAN, France - Pak Se Ri, the trailblazer of South Korean women's golf, made an impressive start in her bid to win a sixth major title with an opening 66 in the Evian Masters on Friday. But following Thursday's washout and with more bad weather forecast for the weekend, the fifth and final major of the season has been reduced to 54 holes.
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PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain went top of the French league table on Friday night with a comfortable 2-0 away win at Bordeaux. The champions are assured of occupying top spot for at least a further 24 hours, with Marseille visiting bottom club Toulouse on Saturday night.
WARSAW - Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic put Australia on the brink of a long-awaited return to the Davis Cup World Group with clinical straight-set wins on day one of their playoff in Poland.
Ageless warrior Hewitt carried on from his stellar run at the US Open with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 demolition of Lukasz Kubot, Poland's No.1 in the tie after the injury withdrawal of star Jerzy Janowicz.
LONDON - Australia claimed a second gold medal at the Triathlon World Championships in London on Friday as Paralympian Bill Chaffey snatched his fourth world Paratriathlon title. The 37-year-old Gold Coast father of two produced a stunning last five kilometres to come from behind and take gold to match his performances in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
MADRID - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his long awaited debut for the club against Villarreal today.
There had been some doubt as to whether the Welshman would feature having only played half an hour of competitive football so far this season in his country's 3-0 defeat to Serbia on Tuesday.
PRAGUE - The Czech football federation says Josef Pesice is taking over as interim coach of the Czech Republic for the remaining two World Cup qualifiers following the resignation of Michal Bilek.