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Delivering unrivalled live coverage. This is Sky News, Australia's news channel. Across Australia and New Zealand, this is News Day. Good afternoon, 4 o'clock in Canberra, 1 pm in Perth as the live rolling News Day continues. I'm Ashleigh Gillan. Our top story. E I personally hope no hope at all for being released. I do not trust safe safe safe, I do not trust the Australian Government. I don't trust anyone. An Australian man held hostage by militants in the southern Philippines for more than a year appears in a individual kwroe to prove he is alive. We look at Warren Rodwell's message. The Government welcomes the message saying Mr Rodwell's prolonged captivity is a major concern. A child-care centre goes into lockdown and people told to get off the streets as armed police in Darwin arrest a man threatening locals. In sport Sri Lanka fight back on day two of the Boxing Day Test as Australian wickets fall at the MCG. Sky's weather for tomorrow, warm with thunderstorms in the east. We will see showers in the southeast T will be hot in the west. The top story this news Dale an Australian man held hostage in the Philippines has expressed his doubt he will ever be released on a new video posted online. Warren Rodwell was taken by at least four gun man posing as police from is his house in the Philippines over a year ago. The proof of livid yo is the third with analysts casting dough that the Muslim militant group will keep him alive for much longer. This is the first time that Warren Rodwell has been seen since last May. This is to say I'm alive. It was filmed on December 16, he hold a copy of the local newspaper. I'm being held prisoner, kidnapped by safe Abu Sayyaf, Muslim terrorist group for one year, actually 54 weeks today. The 54 year-old was taken from his home in the Southern Philippines on December 5. He lived this with his wife. The new video could be part of negotiations for his release. Abu Sayyaf initially demanded $2 million ransom. This has been reduced. The Australian Government says we will not pay, if we pay once every Australian will be kit napd. The purpose of this video is to say yes this man is still alive, give us the 23000. This is the third video released by the Australians' kidnappers, he appears in good health despite the long ordeal. I'm surprised he's alive, he's in rugged jungle. A doot of Denge fever. I personally hold no hope at all for being released. I do not trust Abu Sayyaf, I do not trust the Australian Government, I just don't trust anyone.Sky News has received some reaction from the Foreign Minister Bob Carr. In a statement he says while today's confirmation of Mr Rodwell's welfare is welcome his pro nongd captivity remains a major concern. The Government has the lead in response to this case, it is devoting significant resources to securing his release. The Australian Government says it is assisting the Philippines authorities where appropriate. It is also in regular communication with Mr Rodwell's family. It would not be helpful for Mr Rodwell to comment further. He points out the Government for the Philippines continues to recommend no travel and warns of the danger of kidnapping in that area. Our other top story in News Day, a man notice custody after alleging threatening locals in Darwin's northern suburbs. Armed police cordoned off parts of the street evacuating a local child-care centre. Here is our report. NT police have arrested a man and confiscated a crossbow after a lengthy manhunt. Much of the complex I'm stand nothing was lockeddown including a cordon being placed on the child-care centre not far away. Many of the major streets were shut down after police were given a call recording a man had a gun and was making threats. We had to maintain the scene until the specialists got here. The person has been taken into custody. There was no incident. The person was quite willing to come with police so we could deal with the matter, and we have, I can confirm we have taken a prohibited weapon out of the unit. NT police say that more than 14 officers responded to the crime creating two lines of a cordon around the complex. Many of those were from the NT's tactical response group. The most elite of NT police. It is believed the man didn't actually s a gun, but made a flippant comment to neighbours and friends he was willing to kill people including police officers. Sky News, Darwin. Two other news, a Mannah accused of murdering an elderly couple and setting their house alight in Melbourne has faced court. Aaron Young is following the story. He has the details.24 year-old Ross Konidaris from sun shine west was charged with two counts of murder following the investigation into the house fire. He's been charged with one count of arson arrested yesterday by police in the afternoon and appeared before a bail justice last night then remanded in custody. The deaths of the elderly couple just before Christmas as you can imagine brought a lot of shock and grief to the neighbourhood and the family. The couple had been severely injured before the house was then set alight. The Homicide Squad was brought into investigate what had happened. Police found the bodies of the husband and the wife in their fire gutted home on Morvin Street in Yarra ville. The couple has been living there for decades. A devastating time for families, helping police right from the start of the investigation. Police have been investigating whether anything may have been stolen from the house, whether that was a motive. On the weekend police didn't believe that a bullet shell found near the crime scene near the house had been linked to the murder. Sky News, Melbourne. The plain packaging of cigarettes seems to be having an effect in Victoria where more people are kicking the habit. Loretta Johns has the details. Since 1 December cigarettes sold in Australia has come in a standard olive brown packaging bearing grfic images. Just a few weeks after the flaws came into force it seems the packaging is having an effect. Quit Victoria says it has received an increase in calls with smokers telling the organisation the graphic manls are finally sinking in. The new packages have come in, we have seen more and more smoke efrs call us and talk to the Quitline and the new plain packaging is prompting them to give up, additional motivation to want to quit. The Government hoped the new tough plain packaging laws would take the glamour out of smoking. With new years just around the corner 'Quit' says it's the perfect time for smokers to butt out for good. I prompt smokers who want to give us, we know that new years is a great time for resolutions, the best thing that any smoker can do for their health toss give up smoebinging. Call the Quitline, talk to a pharmacist and get personalised advice about what method might work for them. The packaging laws are a world first and companies that don't comply risk a fine of in excess of $1 million. The National Christmas rode toll continues to climb following the death of a man in a crash at Mudgee in NSW. His death brings the number of deaths in the state to eight. Five people died on the NSW road, a 27 RFS volunteer was killed when his car crashed into another vehicle in Marsden park in Sydney's west. A husband and wife visiting from Fiji were also killed when their four-wheel drive flipped near hol Brook in the state's south. A man was killed in blue water in Townsville and two people in Victoria were killed when a motorbike they were riding was hit by a car. The international envoy with Syria is going to hold talks with Russia about the civil Waugh claiming so many lives to an end. A series of appointments with Bashar al-Assad in damn as sass. The head of Syrian military police defected to the Rebels on the ground the battle for control shows no sign of easing. From a clear blue sky a government jet delivers its pay load to Homs.

The opposition has no such firepower.firepower.ElsewhereIng o firepower.firepower.ElsewhereIng government tank outside a pro Bashar al-Assad base in Elib Rebel fighters prepare to attack it with homemade weapons.Creeping around so as not to attract attention the do it yourself missile launches put the finishing touches to the Rocket then fire it. No way of knowing how many of these backyard bombs are being made and used or more effective they are and the Rebels now have a new ally, s Syria's military police Chief who has defectedI have left the regime because of the deviation of the arm i and the transformation into gangs of killing and destruction. With all of this the US envoy continues his quest to bring an end to two years of fighting his latest meeting in the capital with China's man in Damascus as the diplomats talk news of another alleged massacre of 20 civilians, eight of them children. Sky News in the Middle East. Perth is sweltering through a Christmas heat wave with temperatures in the forties expected through the weekend. The extreme het has prompted a warning from the State Government for both young and old to stay indoors. Perth reporter Michael Hopkins has the details. 9 Christmas heat waves is showing no signs of letting up in Perth where temperatures are forecast to touch 41 degrees today. The health department has warned elderly people to stay inside drinking water and parents urged to make sure their kids are hydrated. There was a string of 40-plus degree days, that's not the time to skimp on running the air-conditioning, or the refrigerator for eyes. We are encouraging people to be careful. After a sweltering Christmas daily maximum temperatures are forecast to be in the forties. Despite the Heat there are no fire bans or severe fire danger ratings in Perth, fire ratings have been issued for the central WA interior and the Pilbara. Perth's beaches were packed over the Christmas holiday, a sign that not everyone is heeding the warnings to stay out of the sun until things cool down. Skies, Perth. Coming up after the break here on News Day it is filled many hours of debate in parliament and often been used in accusations of political failure by both parties, we reflect back on this year's Peter Slipper saga, that's next.

You're with News Day just ahead we will cross live to Constitution Dock for an update on the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. First a check of today's headlines. An Australian man who has been held hostage by militants in the Philippines has appeared in a proof of livid yo. A Darwin shopping centre was put into lockdown after reports a man was threatening to shoot people. Police found the man had no gun but arrested him for possessing a crossbow and arrow. A Mannah accused of killing an elderly couple and setting their house alight in Melbourne has faced court. The lawyer asked he receive a psychiatric evaluation. The weather, warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers in the southeast. It will continue to be hot in the west.

As we approach 2013 Sky News is looking back on the year that was. Laura Jayes reflects on the tumultuous year for former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper.At the time it was regarded a political coup. Julia Gillard increased her wafer thin parliamentary majority by making Peter Slipper speaker. The cracks appeared months later. Mr Slipper was accused of using taxpayer funded Cabcharge dockets and sexual harass. By a former staffer. James Ashby took him to the federal court alleging will Slipper made unwelcome sexual advances and comments, that he hired will ash beep only to pursue a sexual relationship. The Prime Minister to uphold the integrity of the parliament needs now to require the speaker to step down. The next day Mr Slipper did stand aside leaving Labor MP Anna Burke to fill the role. Disgusting text messages about female genitalia emerged and the political pressure was mounting. This is a government which is only to ready to detect sexism to detect mass on againy no less until they find it in someone upon who this Prime Minister relies to survive in her job. Julia Gillard launched a stinging counter attack known as the famous Misogeny speech. The defence was to no avail. Under pressure Peter Slipper resigned. With great sadness I have decided I should not continue as your speaker. Then in one final twist Mr Slipper claimed vindication, after the Federal court found the harass. Claims against him were politically motivated and threw the case out of court. James Ashby is appealing.It's not over yet. Sport now, though with Megan Barnard.

Cricket first, Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson have steadied the ship for Australia after Sri Lanka hit back with three quick wickets on day two at the MCG. Michael Clarke continued his prolific year setting a new record for the most test runs by an Australian in a calendar year.The Aussies were slow starters early on day two, once Clarke and Watson warmed up they were hard to keep a hold of. That is a beautiful stroke! My goodness. The skipper was first to his calf century. A glove down the leg side and safe. It will take Michael Clarke to 50. The vice captain matching the feat in equally emphatic fashion. Bludgeoned, that huge bat of Watson! But the biggest milestone of the day was Clarke's as he set a new record for most runs made, 1045 the tally, there were plenty more to come. This time it's over cover, just wide of mid off. Goes to the boundary. The tourists weren't doing themselves any favours as Clarke closed on three figures. Oh again threw him. What a magnificent piece of bowling. After eight attempts Clarke finally raising his bat in a maiden century in a Boxing Day Test. It's gone, it's away, yes, he has!Any thoughts of a fifth century this year evaporated as Clarke departed on 106. He's flashing at that. It's ununsuccessful. Shane Watson quickly following the skipper back to the pavilion. The top edge, where's it gone? Straight to the man, he's out too. Matthew Wade also then departed. Sky News, sport. Shane Warne will be missing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash tonight. The scarce take on the Adelaide Strikers with paceman Malinga and Shaun Tait set to go head to head. Ricky Ponting produced another Man of the Match performance as Hobart comfortably accounted for the Sixers at the SCG. Blizzard contributed 48, former Aussie captain he plundered on unbeaten 63, including three sixes.Again into the deep. That should go over the ropes!. Earlier the Sixers squandered a perfect chance to capitalise from openers Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb. The leaders of the Sydney to Hobart are looking to make the most of favourable winds, Wild Oats XI ahead of the race record time. Joining us from Constitution Dock in Hobart is Luke Doherty. Luke, all about Wild Oats right now. She is setting a cracking pace.Yeah, they are indeed, Megan. About 30 nautical miles ahead of where they were this year in 2005 when they set that race record of one day, 18 hours 40 minutes, to beat that mark they have to be in Constitution Dock in Hobart by 7.40 tomorrow morning. Those on board Wild Oats it looks good at this stage are urging caution. They know while they've had perfect sailing conditions with a strong breeze pushing them across Bass Strait and down the east coast of Tasmania, between 8 and 11 o'clock the wiped will shift to a westerly direction. If they are close to making the turn to come to the Doc they are buffeted by head winds. Things difficult on the run home, but a perfect run so far. No major damage to speak of hitting a log in the early hours of this morning. Those on board saying there is no major damage having a bit of a scare. On rag a mifin loyal they're close to the marks set by Wild Oats in 2005, just that Wild Oats are 30 nautical miles ahead of where they were seven years ago. I spoke to Bob Oatley, about his boat, he said he flu over and gave them a wave as he went across on the way to Hobart. I said Bob you'll be happy at this stage. He said I'll only be happy when they are hear safely on the Doc. Bob not counting his chickens. We have black jack ahead of Wild Oats in that division. Luke Doherty in Hobart. Manchester City loss to Sunderland has handed man ute a 7 point lead: .

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Hurn unanimous Des struck on the 90th minute mark. -- Hernandez. Adam Johnson came back while Sunderland defeated Chelsea. the Central Coast will be hoping to add to Sydney's woes when the two sides meet in the A-League tonight. There's a triple header to be played tonight with the Phoenix first up against the Heart. The Sky Blues and the Mariners follow at Allianz Stadium while the wanders will be looking to make it four straets straight. The Brisbane Roar delivered much needed Christmas joy to their supporters with a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide. There was no festive cheer left in Adelaide with both teams ready for the clash. Coming off a five-goal thrashing Adelaide came outswing. The glove fended off early raids. Brisbane were keen to kick start their worst ever start. The free header, another stunning save from Galekovic. Berisha wasn't keen continue 0 Jeronimo wasn't in the good books staring at yellow for diving. Plenty of company with five bookings in a scoreless opening 45. The match passing the hour mark before finally a break through. Nichols into the area, Mitch Nichols didn't brilliant ly Henrique. All care of Mitch Nicol's leadup that brought out the Reds' bad side. Brisbane could have had more before they finally called time. At 1-0 the premiers happily took their first win on the road as Adelaide's unbeaten trip came to nought. Back to you ash. Thank you Megan, the weather, it will be warm with thunderstorms in the east. We can expect showers in the southeast. It's going to be hot in the west.Across Australia and New Zealand this is News Day, the top stories are just ahead. Plus tourists evacuated after a fire rips through a Phuket resort.

It's 4.30 eastern daylight time. I'm Ashleigh Gillan. Coming up in the next half hour government has only recently rolled out plain packaging, one group already is claiming an impact. Later on News Day. Today's top stories.An Australian man being held hostage in the Philippines says he has no hope of being released. Warren Rodwell has been held by Muslim extremists for more than a year after being kidnapped from his home in the Southern Philippines last December. In the video he makes no mention of the ransom originally demanded by his kidnappers, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has welcomed the news he's still alive but says hes prolonged captivity is of major concern. A Darwin shopping centre was put into lockdown this afternoon following a report a man was threatening to shoot people. Officers responding found the man had no gun but will remove a crossbow and arrow from ace apartment. A child-care centre was cordoned off while police investigated. The man has been charged with carrying a prohibited weapon, more charges are expected to be laid the a 24 year-old man accused of murdering an elderly couple and setting their house alight in Melbourne has faced court. Ross Konidaris fronted the Melbourne Magistrates Courts charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson being remanded in custody until a committal mention on April 18th. He told the court it was his first time in custody and his lawyer asked to receive a psychiatric evaluation. New evidence to suggest that graphic health warnings on plain packaged cigarettes are having an impact with more people indicating they might finally quit the habit. Quit Victoria have told them they can no longer have a cigarette after thinking about the effects of smoking, and an increase from the Quitline smokers saying the packs were the final push to give up the habit. Another record breaking day for Michael Clarke on day two of the second test against Sri Lanka. The Aussie skipper surpassed Ricky Ponting's record for most runs bile an Australian batsman in a calendar year, chalking up a fifth century for 2012 helping the Australians build a big lead at the MCG, the weather fom, warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers in the southeast. It's going to be hot in the west. Our top story this News Day an Australian man held hostage in the Philippines has expressed his great doubt he will ever be released from the hands of his can'tors, Warren Rodwell was taken by at least four gun man posing as police from his house in the Philippines over a year ago, the proof of livid yo is the third released by the kidnappers, let's look at some of the latest video will Rodwell posted. My name is Warren Richard Rodwell from Australia. Today is Sunday December 16, 2012. This newspaper is Saturday December 15, 2012. I've been held prisoner, kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Muslim terrorist group, for over one year, actually 54 weeks today. I have no idea what's going on outside. I am just kept held prisoner in isolation. Again I am alive. It's 378 days I think, something like that. I understand there were some negotiations. I do not get any information from that, the people around me normally don't speak English.I understand something is happening, but I don't know when. I do not expect to be released before the year 2013 at the earliest.I personally hold no hope at all for being released.I do not trust Abu Sayyaf, I do not trust the Australian Government. I just don't trust anyone. Firstly I don't care.Is that it? Sky News has received reaction from the Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Here's a look at the statement his office sent us:

Mr Car says the Australian Government is assisting Philippines authorities and in regular communication with Mr Rodwell's family. Mr Car said it wouldn't be helpful to Mr Rodwell to further comment. Further advice recommends no travel in central or western Mindanao. The top store re, a man notice custody after allegedly threatening locals in night cliff in Darwin's northern suburbs, armed police cordoned off parts of the street and evacuating a local child-care centre, the report: NT police have arrested a man and confiscated a crossbow after an alleged siege. Many of the complex I'm stand nothing was locked down including a cordon being placed around a child-care centre not far away. Many of the major streets shut down after police were given a call reporting that a man had a gun and was making threats. We had a cordon, and maintain the scene until the specialists could get here and deal with T the person has been taken into custody at this time. There was no incident. The person was quite willing to come with police so we could deal with the matter, and we have, I can confirm we have taken a prohibited weapon out of the unit. NT police say that more than 14 officers responded to the crime creating two lines of a cordon around the complex. Many of those were from the NT's tactical response group, the most elite of NT police. It's believed that the man didn't actually have a gun but had made a flippant comment to a number of neighbours and friends that he was willing to kill people including police officers, Sky News, Darwin. To other news, the National Christmas road toll continues to climb after a death of a man in Mudgee in NSW. Yesterday five people died on NSW roads, a 27 year-old RFS volunteer was killed when his car crashed into another vehicle at Marsden park in Sydney's west. A husband and wife visiting from Fiji also killed when their four-wheel drive flipped near hool Brook in the state's south. In Queensland a man was killed in a single vehicle crash near blue water and in Perth two people killed when a motorbike they were riding was hit by a car. Emergency crews in Adelaide have responded to two morning fires, arson nifts are suspected to be behind a blaze that caused extensive damage to shops. Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the scene. Police attended a unit fire at Marsden, the occupant of the unit wasn't at home at the time and police are still trying to locate him. A Sydney family has had a narrow escape after a fire bomb was thrown into their house over night. They managed to put out a small fire before it caused damage. A bad debts may have been the reason. This attack has left the family inside in South Granville home shaken and with cleaning up to do. An elderly couple and their two adult children were inside. The elderly lady said she was Prague at the time when the Molatov cocktail was thrown through a bedroom window, smashing inside and sparking a small fire rs a crude bomb-like device, scaring those inside especially the elderly couple. All of a sudden we hear a big bang and grass breaking. We thought something happened in my son's room. My husband screamed, Raymond, are you all right, what is happening? My daughter ran out of the bedroom. She saw the fire and started to scream, and she went out and got out of the hose and she put the fire downWitnesses have told police two men were outside the property when the Molatov cocktail was thrown through the window, running off. Police are looking for them. The family here has a fair idea who might have been behind this. A dispute was brewing between the adult son and the neighbour about a bad debt. Police are yet to charge or arrest anyone. The family here has a fair idea of what is going on.Tourists have been evacuated from a resort in Thailand after a fire ripped through a building in Phuket. No-one was injured in the blaze but several guests lost their belongings. The fire destroyed several rooms at the boutique hotel and emergency crews took over an hour to control the blaze. The fire started in a building housing the hotel's restaurant. 14000 people have fled their homes in Malaysia after torrential monsoon rains Triggered flooding. Coinciding with a high tide swamping areas and homes. 200 relief centres have been opened with authorities warning the situation could worsen. The weather in the US is causing fear in the south as twisters slam the country, families are trying to clean up and there are reports of a tornado touching down here Alabama as residents brace for more. The tornado carving destruction into the Heart of the city. Look at them like two tornados. This EF 1 twister with wind up to 110 miles an hour, exploding into the church. Over 150000 homes still without power. Neighbours joining crews offering a shoulder and a hand. Tesy and Russell Johnson held on tight to each other as the twister roared through. It lasted for just a short time. About 30 seconds, that's all it took. Lucky to be alive. The Collie's lucky to be alive Ashleigh and Rick had family over for the Christmas, suddenly the skies darkened. They took everybody along, herded them in there. They thought I was crazy. Not the Christmas you guys were anticipating. You forgot it was Christmas for a while. Toyota motor corp has agreed to pay over $1 billion over claims of the vehicles unexpectedly accelerated. 100 - vehicles were recalled. The plaintiff's lawyer says the settlement which must be approved by a federal judge would be the largest settlement involving of car defects in US history. Coming up on News Day one health group claims the Government's plain packaging laws are already having an impact on smoking habits. We will hear from Quit Victoria's Luke Atkins. That's next.

You're with News Day. Ahead we will have an update for you on the cricket and the sailing. First a check of today's headlines.An Australian man held hostage by militants in the Philippines has appeared in a proof of livid yo saying he was kidnapped by an al-Qaeda splinter group. A Darwin shopping centre was put in lockdown after a man was reported top try to shoot people. The lawyer asked he receive a psychiatric evaluation. Warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers expected in the southeast. It will be hot in the west.

try to shoot people. The lawyer asked he receive a psychiatric evaluation. Warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers expected in the southeast. It will be hot in the west.

Top stories, an ante smoking group say graphic health warnings on plain packaged cigarettes are having an impact on smokers with more people indicating they might finally quit the habit. Earlier I spoke with Luke Atkins of Quit Victoria, asking him if plain packaging can be labelled a success just yet considering the law only kicked in a few weeks ago. The new packaging came on on 1 December, since then we have seen more and more smokers call us, talking to the Quitline saying the plain packaging is prompting them to give up, graphic health warnings are more prominent. The plain packaging makes the warnings the only graphic on the pack, no more colours and fancy designs, no hiding from the graphic imagining. I think most smokers there's no hiding from the impacts of their smoking. We know from surveying that the majority of smokers don't want to be smokers for the rest of their lives. Seeing more and more people start to use services like the Quitline is a pretty good indicator they are seriously thinking about wanting to give up. Talking to an expert, I would prompt smokers who want to give up, new years is a great time for new years resolution s. The best thing any smoker can do for their health is to give up smoking. Talk to an expert, a GP or pharmacist and get personalised advice about what method might best work for them. There are a range of methods. I think each smoker needs to choose the method they think will work best for them.Time to get a full update on the sailing and cricket. Megan Barnard has today's sporting news.

To the cricket, first, Australia is continuing to build a big lead over Sri Lanka despite a brief fightback from the tourists on day two of the second test at the MCG. Earlier today Michael Clarke continued his prolific year setting a record for most test runs by an Australian in a calendar year. The Aussies slow starters, but since Clarke and Watson warmed up they were hard to keep a hold of. That was a beautiful stroke! Oh goodness. The skipper was first to his half-century. Glove down the leg side and safe. It will take Michael Clarke to 50. The vice captain matching the feat in emphatic fashion two overs later. Bludgeoned, forward of square beautifully. That huge bat of Watson. The biggest milestone of the day was undoubtedly Clarke's setting a new record for most test runs by an Australian in a calendar year, 1045 the tally, plenty more to come. Over cover and wide of mid off. The tourists weren't doing themselves any favours as Clarke closed on three figures. Threw him, what a magnificent piece of bowling. After eight attempts Clarke raising his bat for a maiden century in the test. He's away, yes, he has!Any thoughts of a fifth double century ee vab rated as Clarke departed on 106. He's flashing at that. It's been unsuccessful. Shane Watson following the skipper back to the pavilion. Into he finishes that one, that's a top edge. Where's it gone? Straight to the man. He's out too. The Aussie caught in a mini collapse as Matthew Wade departed. Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson wrestled back the runs. He's gone long, should be out, is he out? He's out, that's a ripper. Wild Oats XI continues to power towards a line honours Victory and race record in the Sydney to Hobart. Joining us from Constitution Dock in Hobart is Luke Doherty. Luke it's all about Wild Oats right now, isn't it? It is indeed Megan, it seems only misfortune can stop Wild Oats from claiming her sixth line honours Victory in eight starts. They're a good chance of breaking their own race record set back in 2005. That stands at 18 hours, 14 minutes and 10 second. It means they need to be at Constitution Dock by 7.40 tomorrow morning. Those on board are urging caution, whilst they have perfect sailing conditions at the moment between 8 and 11 tonight the winds are expected to turn into a westerly, if they are close to making a turn they will be buffeted by a head wind. I spoke to bob Oatley the owner, and say he threw over the in the plain and gave them a wave. I said he should be thrilled. He said he would only be happy if the line honours Victory is wrapped up. Wild Oats were was line to chase the run record. Blackjack has taken the lead in the handicap honours. Thanks for the update. The Central Coast will be hoping to add to Sydney's woes when the two sides meet in the A-League, the Phoenix first up against the Heart, the Sky Blues and the Mariners follow, the Wanderers will be looking to make it four straights against the Glory. The Melbourne Victory will be looking to cement third spot on the ladder, even more pressure on the top two hosting Newcastle tomorrow night. Despite missing key players through injury and suspension the Victory are offering no executions ahead of kick off.Millsy mittses, it gives the opportunity to somebody else. Is our depth going to be tested? Yes, it is going to be. We have to deal with players missing in the past through international duty. We have won without our boys being here in the international team. So we are quite comfortable where we sit. A win for the Victory to see them come within two points of second placed Adelaide. Overseas and Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Manchester United's Championship performance after they came from behind three times against Newcastle. Chelsea downed Norwich, Liverpool up staged by stroke, Manchester City stunned by Sunderland allowing the red devils to pull seven points clear of the half way mark. Having dropped two points on Sunday, it wasn't the start that Manchester United was hoping for. He pushes the ball out. John/Evans restored parity for the red devils before Newcastle reclaimed the advantage in controversial fashion, initially awarded off-side, the decision was over turned. Huge controversy at Old Trafford. There always is. The match continued at a relentless pace as Newcastle refused to go away. The problem was that united had an answer on every occasion.Van Persie again. They do it time after time after time. The red devils would have the final say dead on 90 minutes.An even better day for the united unfolded at the stadium of Light where Sunderland up staged the champions Manchester City. He scored, yes, he has!While Chelsea is four points behind city after a 1-0 defeat of Norwich.A fantastic goal!Elise Holman, Sky News, sport. Tennis, Andy Murray insists he's in career best form heading into next month's Australian Open. He says he's not coming down under to target the world number one ranking.Obviously the goal is to try and win the Australian Open.Murray will take part in a warmup tournament in Abu Dhabi on New Years Eve before arriving in Australia next week. The Aussie Open not too far away. All the sport from me. Back to you Ash. Megan, thank you, the sports team will continue to bring you updates on the shailg throughout the evening. Looking at the weather. Tomorrow's weather forecast: Thanks for your company on News Day. See you again tomorrow. Stay with us now, though, the National news is coming up next, Sharon McKenzie will have today's top stories as Nelson Mandella returns home after three weeks in hospital.

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