THERE were knockouts, injuries, a double-overtime thriller and two tight clashes in North Queensland for the visiting top-two teams as the NBL celebrated New Year's Eve.
MICHAEL Klinger guided the Adelaide Strikers to a Big Bash League win at the Adelaide Oval despite Nathan Coulter-Nile's efforts with bat and ball for the Perth Scorchers.
WITH his place at the top of the order now secured, Australian opener Chris Rogers is planning some R&R ahead of February's Test tour of South Africa.
MICHAEL Clarke's Ashes champions are set to be immortalised in history as the first Australian team to remain unchanged for the duration of a five-Test series.
THE bad news for rivals is that world No.1 Serena Williams has been inspired by 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm's remarkable tennis comeback.
MICHAEL McGlinchey's stoppage time winner gave Central Coast Mariners' title defence a much needed lift in their 2-1 win over Perth at Bluetongue Stadium.
AUSTRALIA'S chances of winning a second Hopman Cup title is over with Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic losing the women's singles and mixed doubles to Italy.
WASHINGTON continued Detroit's miserable run in the NBA on Monday night while the Phoenix Suns thumped the LA Clippers to show they are a team to be reckoned with.
DAVID Warner is on track to become the most valuable commodity in Australian cricket after his outstanding career turnaround continued with a recall to the one-day squad.
FLAMBOYANT Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has made a winning start to his Hopman Cup campaign leading France to a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.