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(generated from captions) race record was out of reach. It was nerve-wracking with the conditions changing. We say it is yacht racing and you never know what is going to be around the corner. Skipper Mark Richards found a miracle breath of breeze carrying them up the Derwent for a line Victory. The defeat of last year we were on a mission to redeem ourselves. It's a testing event. The Derwent River is very very testing. You can add hours and hours to your time. Never in doubt, I wrote on the inside of my hat what time we had to beat before the race started. We knew where we had to stand. The Victory was especially sweet for co-owners Bob and sandy Oatley who invested thousands of hours in this campaign. Over the top of the moon, to win the greatest race in the world is something else. Next year will be sweeter again to get seven. That was six today. She's a beautiful boat, six years old. If we had to change it to the day we wouldn't change her for anything. She is just a perfect thing. After one day 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds of trying to keep every thing and everyone safely on board it was only one thing left to do, a dip in the waters of Constitution Dock the skipper Mark Richards. With Wild Oats XI safely tied up last year's line honours winner Ragamuffin Loyal arrived in second place, five hours later. Was there any point you thought you saw Wild Oats you thought this was it we're going to catch them here. Yeah, the start muchThey had their boat for seven years, we had this boat for two months. It doesn't give us time to do much. You can see more of the post race celebrations and interviews, press red on your remote and look for the dedicated channel on Sky News multi view. To the other top story, Perth is sweltering through a blistering heatwave with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees. It was the fifth hottest Christmas on record. For casters say the worst is yet to come. Sky News Perth reporter Michael hop kin braved the Heat. He filed this report from the city's Cottesloe Beach. The official advice was to stay indoors and try to keep cool. That didn't stop hundreds of people from heading down to the beach to enjoy the sun shine. Temperatures in Perth had hit 30 degrees by 7 o'clock in morning on their way to a forecast top of 40 degrees. Those conditions are forecast to stay right through the weekend and into next week T won't be New Year's Day until temperatures dip back to the relative comfort of the mid 30's. The conditions have prompted thunderstorm warnings and led to a narrow escape for residents in Chidlow, the homes nearly burnt down by a fast moving bushfire. A change in the wind allowed fire crews to take control. The State Government's health department has warned the elderly to stay indoors and drink plenty of water during the Heat wave. Parents have been urged to make sure their kids stay hydrated and don't get too much sun shine. Although as many people discovered at Cottesloe Beach a dip in the ocean isn't a bad idea either. Earl arier I spoke to Dick Whittaker from the wealth channel. 41 on both Saturday and Sunday, 40 on Monday, followed by 36 on new years day. A prolonged heatwave taking into account Christmas Day we will have had seven days in a row where the temperature has exceeded 37 degrees, only happened on two occasions in Perth. Very unusual and produced by the winds coming in from the east and winds over Perth, pulling in hot and dry air over the southwest corner of WA. Plenty more coming up. We will take an in-depth look at crisis talks under way in the US over the looming fiscal cliff right now Gemma furnace has the day's top stories for you. As Ashleigh mentioned with five years until the US reaches the fiscal deadline there is limb evidence of deal making in Washington. If there is no deal by New Year's Day nearly every American will see a tax increase.The Senate will come to order. The normal again teel Senate a tie rad was launched against dick bainer theSpeaker bainer is unwilling to negotiate. Mitch McConnell the top Republican in the Senate says it is reed who hasn't reached out for weeks. The phone never rang, here we are five days from the new year. We might finally start talking. But talking about what? So far reed has not introduced the scaled down bill he was reportedly working on over the Christmas holiday. Sources say that bill would extend the Bush era tax cuts for Americans making less than 250000 a year. With the clock ticking reed pointed a finger at the House of Representatives which still hasn't returned to Washington. I can't imagine their consciences, wherever they are throughout the country, we're here trying to get something done. From his home in Ohio speaker bainer asked the husband to come back December 30th, one day before the fiscal cliff deadline when income tax cuts and payroll tax cuts are said to expire, $110 billion worth of spending cuts kick in and 2 million jobless Americans lose their unemployment benefits. Federal Labor has shrugged off suggestions that moving the headquarters to Melbourne before the next election is designed to distance themselves from the NSW branch. National secretary George Wright says space, rent and proximity to three marginal Victorian seats is behind the move. Some MPs say the election will be won and lost in Western Sydney. The Prime Minister meantime has delivered a speech at SA's pro clam mags day commemorations in Glenelg. Prime Minister Julia Gillard joining dignitaries here today to celebrate pro clam mags day the day that SA was founded as a state. The pro clam mags was made by CAPT John Hindmarsh on 28 December in 1836. So this is the 176th birthday for SA, if you like, plenty of families gathered to celebrate the event, Julia Gillard grew up in Adelaide, she paid tribute to their home city. This is the city where I grew up, the city of my childhood memories, it's the city that my mother and father choose to make their home in 1966. This is the city in which my family will make its future, this is the city in which on this day my parents would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.We also heard addresses from acting premier John Row and the Governor of SA rear Admiral Kevin Shares. A man has lost a finger and knuckle in a shark attack on the NSW mid North coast. The 29 year-old was attacked at Diamond Head south of Port Macquarie at 10.45 this morning, it is believed he was bitten by a bull shark, losing his index finger and knuckle. He has wounds to his other hand and thigh. A house that once belonged to the Bee Gees has been badly damaged by fire, the blaze broke out over night in the bedroom of the house at Redcliffe North of Brisbane before spreading to another section of the property. One of the occupants was awake at the time noticing fire and smoke alerted everyone else and they got out. Neighbours say the house was the childhood home of the Gibb brothers. Los Angeles police department has held a gun byback in response to the massacre in sandy took elementary school in Connecticut. The event normally held in May but the mayor moved it forward in response to the Dees 14 massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead. The mayor criticised the lack of action from Congress on gun control in the US and called for more to be done. People anonymously traded in the guns for $100 gift cards for shotguns, handguns and rivals. The US General who commanded the US led forces in the Gulf War has died general normal Swarzkov, storming Norman led the advance on Iraq in 1991. He died in his home at Tampa after serving as commander in chief of US central command. George Bush senior offered his condolences in a statement calling him a true American Pat tree yacht and a great leader of his generation. Back to Ash. Coming up after the break, more on that ticking time bomb that has Barack Obama locked in crisis talks. My view on the fiscal cliff with Dr Adam Lockyer from the US Studies Centre, that's next.

Thanks for your company here on News Day. Ahead we will bring you a full wrap of the cricket action, firstly Gemma Furness has today's headlines.The top stories, Wild Oats XI has smashed I own record in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race take aing line honours for a sixth time. Perth is sweltering through a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to remain at 40 degrees until the new year and Barack Obama has returned to Washington before the fiscal cliff deadline in five days time. To tomorrow, showers and storms in the northeast, Sunny in the southeast and hot in the west.

More on that fiscal cliff deadline now. Reports that President Obama will send Congress a proposal for a scaled back agreement to avoid the looming crisis. Earlier I spoke to Dr Adam Lockyer from the US Studies Centre, he asked him what would happen if the US reaches an end of year deadline and there is no compromise. Most people are saying they have too much ground to cover in too short a space of time. We probably will be going over the fiscal cliff. It depends how long we go over and how deep. We might go over for a few weeks, maybe he been a month or two. The hit to the economy will be proportional to the amount of time we spend over the other side of the fiscal cliff. What are the key sticking points? It has to do with a whole range of different things, the major one is tax reform, and the amount of tax that the tax breaks should cut in at. So Obama wants tax to increase on all Americans who earn more than $250000 a year, whereas Republicans only want tax increases on those Americans that earn more than $1 million a year so on millionaires. This is one of the key sticking points. There's a whole raft of things that the two parties still can't agree upon and they need to cover a lot of ground before 31 January. Americans must be pretty sick of this political gridlock. What happened to all the talk over a renewed effort to bipartisanship over the election? People were optimistic after the election, and a grand bargain. We have run out of time. The best thing we can hope for the fiscal cliff is at best a bandaid solution, even that is difficult to achieve. Time for all the sport with Jim.Sponsored by bet 365/com. To the cricket, Australia has easily won the second test against Sri Lanka wrapping it up shortly after lunch on day three. The tourists clean up the Aussie tail this morning then lost a steady stream of wickets themselves in the second innings, combined with several injuries Australia got the required wickets to claim Victory by an innings and 201 runs. A delayed start to day three, but the eventual resumption of play delivered rare joy for Sri Lanka. Oh no, Nathan lie John held on to the midwicket. Mitchell Johnson went in search of the century but was left stranded on 92. Beautly bowled!Chasing Australia's lead of 304 Sri Lanka struck disaster in the first over.It could be a run out. Oh yes, he's got him! Oh dear oh dear!Johnson striking again with the next ball. Another one! He's going to get two, he's gone. What a performance!The tourists in dire straits at 3 for 3 as Jackson Bird struck his second made the score just 4 for 13. Close, very close, yes, he's gone!The train wreck had some life in it yet, Sangakkara on the receiving end from Johnson forced off the field and on his way to hospital with a finger injury, with Gadara and Jayawardena unable to bat it left three wickets for Victory. Sri Lanka all out for 103 barely an hour after lunch as Australia won by an innings and 201 runs.Out! That's it. He gets a wicket. He's walking to the dressingroom. All over, shaking hands with the umpire. That's a massive win by the Australians. Mitch chal Johnson's all-round efrpt securing him Man of the Match honours. The time away from the game has been a really good thing. I'm back playing and enjoying it trying to be as consistent as possible. Australia has just named and extended a 13 man squad for the Sydney test. Called up Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell to replace the injured Shane Watson for the new year's test at the MCG. The only change to the current squad with batsman Khawaja already this, on stand-by for capital Michael Clarke in Melbourne. The news gets worst for the tourists with Sangakkara ruled out for the rest of the summer, returning to Sri Lanka to have surgery on the finger injury. The last count we got about 12 guys out there, we should be able to make the next Test match. It is disappointing, these are things we can't control. We need to assess the injuries, we need to sit back and get our thoughts and see what we need to do. The injured keeper Jayawardena will be given every opportunity to prove his testness. Brett Lee was reported for a Code of Conduct breach after making public comments about cricket CEO David Gilbert. What I said on that I did it in the best interests of NSW cricket. I've loved playing every moment for NSW cricket. I feel the last five or six years it's gone off the ball. I don't believe losing all of these players, there's a lot of people that thought of it and didn't want to say it. I took the leadership to stand up. I believe it should start from the top, that's why I mentioned David Gilbert. Li will front a hearing some time next week. England star Matt Prior will play his first match for the Thunder, against the Brisbane Heat. They're hoping the new marquee man will turn the fortunes around. Meantime the Melbourne Stars may have been missing skipper Shane Warne last night but they didn't miss a beat against the Strikers to move into second on the Big Bash ladder, veteran batsmen Brad Hodge smashing through sixes with 11 boundaries with a top shelf 88 for the Stars. That has gone a long way. It brings up Brad Hodge's 50. Kieran Pollard did his best to run down the total himself after whacking four huge sixes. The Jets are searching for back-to-back wins in the A-League taking on the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park tonight. The one game, though, in round 13 as it wraps up, the Victory confident they can over come the Jets despite their loss of captain Adrian Leijer and Mark Milligan to suspension. The Melbourne Heart let their lead slip against the Phoenix, Sydney FC caused an upset over the ladder leading Central Coast. The A-League's new boys looked headed to claim all three points after going ahead in the 38th minute, Perth struck late to secure a 1-1 draw. Back post, Nicky Ward, what a strike for Ward, superb, absolutely superb from the substitute!At Allianz Stadium Brett Emmett struck on full time for a much needed win against the Mariners, two goals in five minutes from Jeremy Brockie so the Phoenix beat the Heart by one. As you heard earlier in the bulletin Wild Oats XI has taken out this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race in record time, the super-maxi smashing its own mark set in 2005 by 17 minutes to arrive in Hobart's Constitution Dock at 7.20 eastern daytime time this morning. The record looked in some doubt when westerly winds hit slowing the super-maxi Speed to 12 knots. Mark Richards the skipper picked up a miracle breeze. Thank you to the people in Hobart for a warm welcome, my favourite day of the year to get here first. Wild Oats sixth line honours win. World number one Novak Djokovic has sent out a Pearce warnings to his rivals. The Serb says to expect big things for him as he he prepares for his first tournament back in Abu Dhabi. I'm getting into the new season, also with a lot of confidence, because I have made incredible few years, and all the major tournaments, Grand Slams are my biggest goals, as I said, I want to win them all. I have no reason to not to say that, I mean I believe that I can do it. Djokovic takes on David Ferrer in his first match back, a rough start for Andy Murray against Janko Tipsarevic in the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. The season break hasn't slowed the joker or put a dent in his self-confidence. No, Jim. The forecast, warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers clearing 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 more on the Heat wave in Perth as temperatures are expected to top 40 degrees.

Hello again, 4.30 eastern daylight time, this is News Day on Sky News, I'm Ashleigh Gillan. Coming up we will chat with the skipper of this year's Sydney to Hobart winner Mark Richards coming up. Right now Gemma has today's top stories for you. Wild Oats XI has smashed its race record by more than 16 minutes taking out line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The super-maxi found an unexpected breeze to bring it home, it adds to line honours in 2008, and 2010. It pipped oates by minutes in last year's race Ragamuffin Loyal. The super-maxi it is promised will be back to defend the crown. Perth is sweltering through a prolonged heatwave with temperatures to stay in the forties until the new year. The fifth hottest Christmas on record. For casters say the worst is yet to come. Crowds have flocked to the beaches while firefighters will remain on high alert over the weekend. Federal Labor has shrugged off suggestions that the movement of the office is to distance itself from the branch. Space, rent and proximity to three marginal Victorian seats is what is behind the move. Some NSW MPs say the election will be won and lost in Western Sydney. A man has lost a finger and knuckle in a shark attack on the NSW mid North coast. The 22 year-old was attacked at Diamond Head south of Port Macquarie believed he was bitten by a bull shark. US President Barack Obama will reportedly send Congress a proposal for a scaled back agreement to avoid some of the fiscal cliff when an 11th hour house meeting scheduled for this weekend gets underway. The Mitch McConnell the top Republican in the Senate says there is still time to avert the crisis but Republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque. Law makers and the President are up against a December 31st deadline to find a way to stop $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect. In sport Australia has thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Wracked by injuries the tourists were all out for 103 to go 2-0 down in the series, the weather for tomorrow, showers and storms in the northeast, mostly Sunny day in the southeast and hot in the west.Thanks, Gemma our top story this News Day, one of the sweetest wins for the Wild Oats XI team who a vengd their loss from last year to take the Sydney to Hobart top spot in record-breaking time. With the likes of Mark Richards at the helm and Ian Murray calling the shots the super-maxi barely put a foot wrong heading into prime position early on and continuing to lengthen the lead. The reporter Luke Doherty was at Constitution Dock. Thanks for your time, explain to us how you feel right about now? Fantastic, relieved and proud of what we have just achieved. It's a good feeling. When you hit the 3.30 mark this morning, you thought you may not be here until a little bit later was that disappointed inIt was, by the time we got to Tasman the race was to get to the record. It was tricky, very height for a while and do quite a few saim changes to keep it moving in the light air. The boys did a fantastic job, 17 minutes ahead of the record. It was good fun. In terms of that time change getting you past the record did you spot a bit of wind? There is breeze out there, we were hunting clouds and heading for the breeze. The boys did a great job, got us here on time. When you found it bhap went through your head. A funny thing, emotions are crazy things, yeah, it's all part of being human, I guess, it was good fun. What does six mean to you, they are all special. Is six another one to your tally, is it extra special? A tally means nothing to me, we deal with each individual race, as good as your last race, last year we weren't good enough beaten by three minutes, now we beat them by a few hours. The boys did it brilliantly, we did a good number on them. Given how far you were ahead of Loyal complacency must not set in considering you are hunting the record. You can never be clis sent, as soon as you are things go wrong. These -- clays sent. We know what it's like when you get complacent, it doesn't work out well. You can tell what it means to Bob and sandy, it's a special moment. A great team, the whole scene is fantastic, Bob is passionate about the sport and his race yacht. We have a lot of fun together. Even more fun when you get a win. Come back next year for more? A good chance of it. What happened now, celebrations? ? We will have a couple of days in Hobart, enjoy the local company, booze and have a nice time with our family and friends. Well deserved thanks for your time we appreciate it. Thanks very much. Celebrations will no doubt be continuing well into the night. For continuing coverage of the Sydney to Hobart press red on your remote and look for the dedicated channel on multi view. To the other top story Perth is sweltering through a blistering het wave with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees, the fifth hottest Christmas on record. For casters say the worst is yet to come. Michael hop kin braved the Heat and filed this report from Cottesloe Beach. The official advice was to stay indoors and try to keep cool. That didn't stop hundreds of people from heading down to the beach to enjoy the sun shine. Temperatures in Perth had hit 30 degrees by 7 o'clock in morning on the way to a forecast top of 40 degrees, the conditions are forecast to stay right through the weekend, and into next week. It won't be new years day until temperatures dip back to the relative comfort of the mid 30's. It has prompted thunderstorms warningings and led to a narrow escape for people in Chidlow in Perth. A bushfire sprung up last night and fortunately a change in the wind allowed fire crews to take control. The health department has warned the elderly to stay indoors and drink plenty of water. Parents have been urged to make sure their kids stay hydrated. As people discovered at Cottesloe Beach a dip in the owe shan isn't a bad idea. With the bushfire risk on high over this weekend with the temperatures, WA police are Holding a media conference, about strike force vul can which has been set up to tackle bushfire arson across the state of WA. If you would like to watch that live you can do so on the Sky News Perth channel, channel 600. Back to the Sky News centre. Gemma Furness has today's top stories. Thanks, there are growing concerns for the global economy with senior politicians in the United States warning it meet be too late to sort out America's financial deadlock. Barack Obama has cut short a family holiday to return to Washington where the hopes are fwading that a deal with be reached to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.So far the only thing that seems to be going on up on Capitol Hill is finger pointing both sides saying the other needs to move on this he shall u, all the time the American people and the markets look on with puzzle. As America edges closer to that cliff. You look at what has happened on the market. You see how nervous people are when Harry Reid believed there wouldn't be a deal and America would go over the cliff. The market plunged and stayed for some time before it became clear the house Senators will come back. The reality is that if a deal is done even in the middle of January it will be retro active is impact will not be that great. It's again an indication of the difficulty of getting anything through in Washington, even with the country's economy, the world's economy at stake. All the while we have the issue of the debt keeling, America maxes out on the credit card and there is no chance of a deal. It will limp along and from the American people's point of view that is not what they want to see. They want a recovery. Federal Labor has shrugged off suggestions that moving the headquarters to Melbourne before the next election is a move to distance itself from the NSW branch. Space, rent and proximity to three marginal Victorian seats are behind the planned move. Some NSW M Ps say the election will be won and lost in Western Sydney.Prime Minister Julia Gillard meantime has paid tribute to her late father in a speech at SA's column Mack mags day celebrations, the first Christmas she spent without her father and the time was a time of personal reflection. This is the city where I grew up, the city of my childhood memories, the city that my mother and father choose to make their home in 1966. This is the city in which my family will make its future. This is the city in which on this day my parents would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.John Gillard pass add way suddenly in September aged 83 while Ms Gillard was attending the apex summit in Russia. A house that once belonged to the Bee Gees was badly damaged by fire in a bedroom at Redcliffe North of Brisbane before spreading to another section of the property. Up with of the occupants was awake and noticed fire and smoke and alerted everyone else and they got out. Neighbours say the house was the childhood home of the Gibb brothers, it's believed they lived there before forming the Bee Gees. For the first time Melbourne's new eaves eve fireworks celebrations will be spread out across the city so that anybody who can see the Yarra river will have a view. Police are planning to sat rate party hot spots and will issue on the spot fines to drunk and drug affected revellers. Aaron Young reports from Federation Square. More than 500000 people are expected to flood into Melbourne's CBD for the biggest party of the year, a multi million fireworks spectacular, but the Melbourne Lord Mayor the police as well as the ambulance service are warning people to party safely. It is a very big party and it takes a lot of organisation. The number one message we have we want people to enjoy themselves but do it safely. So this is Melbourne's Federation Square usually the epicentre of the celebrations in Melbourne. In nour nights time the celebrations will be spread right across Melbourne's CBD with sites at treasurer gardens, flag staff and Docklands, public transport free from 6 pm and this year's fireworks will be set to music composed by Melbourne based artists. 500 people will be on the lookout for ante social behaviour particularly alcohol and drugs. The same for the rest of the state. It's business as usual it is New Years Eve. You will see police with a smile on their face, it is new eaves eve, it is a party, we will be friendly and fair, if you don't respond to that we will be firm. But the Lord Mayor is hoping there is one highlight this year that will not be reappropriate Peted from last year's celebrations that's the burning of the Arts Centre spire. Aaron Young Sky News at Federation Square. I'll have more for you you throughout the afternoon back to Ashleigh. Come up we will look back on the great sporting highlights of 2012, Paul Gregg will look at the achievements of Black Caviar, that's next.

You're with News Day. We will look at all the sporting news coming up, first, though, Gemma Furness has today's headlines.The top stories, Wild Oats XI has smashed I race record by more than 16 minutes taking out line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Perth is sweltering through a blistering heatwave with the mercury expected to remain at 40 degrees until the new year. Barack Obama has returned to Washington for another round of negotiations ahead of the looming fiscal cliff deadline. Looking to tomorrow's weather forecast, showers and storms in the northeast, mostly Sunny in the southeast. It will be hot in the west.

Here on News Day we're looking back at some of the great sporting highlights of 2012. While her achievements started well before this year Black Caviar engrossed the nation every time she ran. Paul Gregg reports.Black Caviar had already conquered all before her in Australia, so the early months of 2012 were all about preparing to take on the world.She's home, three lengths clear, Southern Speed is making ground but the pride of Australia is the greatest show on earth. After winning the Australia stakes, the lightning in Melbourne it was off to Adelaide, once again the mighty mare attracted record crowds popularity transcending all ages. She's number one!History in the making!It certainly was, and they were all running for second in the Robert Sankster stakes and the Good Wood. With preparations completed it was time to Don the Skins, travel to England and take on the world, but after an arduous trip not everything went to plan as Black Caviar tried to make it 22 straights in the Diamond Jubilee stakes. Black Caviar in front, here comes moonlight cloud, a twin French assault, Black Caviar easing up on her, she's just scraped in, oh he did, he blew it!Jockey Luke Nolan's decision to ease the champ down in the shadows of the post left us with heart failure. Paid a very very dear price for being a bit relaxed, I was just trying to help her, but she's won. The punters on course that day it didn't matter, Black Caviar had delivered yet again. An inmuch or a mile we did it, the Mohammed Ali of horses. That she is, the good news, this exception thoroughbred is said to box on next year. -- exceptional. Time for today's sporting news with Jim.

Thanks, Ash, hard to match the efforts of Black Caviar, the cricketers are doing their best, easily won the second test against Sri Lanka wrapping it up shortly after lunch on day three, the tourists cleaned up the Aussie tail this morning then lost a steady stream of wickets themselves in their second innings, combined with several injuries Australia got the required wickets to claim Victory by an innings and 201 runs.A delayed start to day three, but the eventual resumption of play delivered some rare joy for Sri Lanka.Oh no, Nathan Lyon!Running out of partners Mitchell Johnson went in search of the century, but was left stranded. Beautifully bowled!Chasing also's lead of 304 Sri Lanka struck disaster in the first over. Hello, it could be a run-out. Oh yes, he's got him. Dear oh dear!Johnson striking again with the next ball. Another one, he's going to get two, they're gone! Oh what a performance!The tourists in dire straits at 3 for 3 as Jackson Bird struck his second made the score just 4 for 13.Close, very close, yes, he's gone. The train wreck had some life in it yet, Sangakkara on the receiving end from Johnson forced off the field and on his way to hospital with a finger injury, with Gadara and Jayawardena unable to bat the Australians required three wickets for Victory. Sri Lanka all out for 101 barely an hour after lunch as Australia won by an innings and 201 runs. Out! That's it. He gets the wicket, walking to the dressingroom, all over and shaking hands with the umpire, a massive win by the Australians. Mitchell Johnson's all-round efforts securing him Man of the Match honours. The time I've had away from the game has been a good thing for me. Now I'm back playing really enjoying it, trying to be as consistent as possible. Elise Holman, Sky News, sportAnd Australia has called up Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell to replace the injured Shane Watson for the new year's test which is in Sydney at the SCG, the only change to the current squad, with Khawaja already in the squad, he's on stand-by, of course in Melbourne for Michael Clarke.The news gets worse for the tourists of with star batsman Sangakkara ruled out, he will return to Sri Lanka to have surgery on that finger injury which will see him out of action for up to eight weeks. We got about 12 guys out, we should be able to make the next Test match. It is disappointing, these are things we can't control, Cumar looks bad, Pr assana we need to assess, we need to sit back, get our thoughts and see what we have to do. They were hoping that Jayawardena can prove his fitness. Bring it on, that's the opinion of former test bowler Brett Lee who has to face a hearing over claims he breached the Code of Conduct. He was critical of official Dave Gilbert. I'm looking forward to that, I can then express my views and the reasons why I said this. I'll be looking forward to getting in there and having a chat to the guys, whether it's the Commissioner or whoever it might be, just to view my thoughts on ways that NSW can improve. I said it out of the kindness of my own heart. I want to see NSW cricket strong again. I believe it's fallen over the pace. The retired test star place T20 for the Sydney sixes. Mattie prior will play his first match with Thunder. They might have missed Shane Warne but didn't miss a beat against the Strikers, Brad Hodge smashed three sixes and 11 boundaries in a top shelf 88 for the Stars.Oh that's gone! That has gone a long way. It brings up Brad Hodge's 50. Kieran Pollard did his best to chase down the total, piling on four massive sixes. The Jets are searching for back-to-back wins in the A-League. Meantime the Melbourne Heart let their lead slip against the Phoenix, Sydney FC caused a massive upset over the ladder leading Central Coast and the Wanderers forced to split the points against the Glory, the A-League's new boys looked headed for all three points going ahead in the 38th minute. Perth struck late to secure a 1-1 draw. Nicky card, what a strike for Ward, superb from the substitute!At Alliance stadium Brett Emerton struck at full time, a fiery clash, with second half goals in five minutes with Jeremy Brockie, the Phoenix came from two goals down to beat the Heart by one. Wild Oats XI has taken out this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race in record time. The super-maxi smashed its own record set in 2005 by 17 minutes to a arrive in Hobart's Constitution Dock. The record looked in some doubt when westerly winds hit slowing the maxi down but a miracle breeze in the early hours of the morning enabled hem to power into Hobart. Thanks to everyone in Hobart for being welcoming. An amazing day. Wild Oats sixth line honours win in eight years, it joined the crew of Ragamuffin Loyal. Players started a living in Australia against next week's Brisbane international featuring seven of the world's top 10. Novak Djokovic returning in Abu Dhabi but won't be coming up against Rafael Nadal out with injury. I was eager to see him play, he's been off the Tour for the last seven months. I'm sure that all the tennis fans and the sport fans want to see him on the court, back healthy and fit. Not a great start for Britain's world No.3 Andy Murray beaten in straight sets by Janko Tipsarevic. All the sporting news for now. A snapshot of weather, warm with thunderstorms in the east, showers clearing in the southeast. It's going to be hot in the west. Thanks for being with us near on News Day, see you again next week. We will bring you the National news with Tim Webster after police hunt for a gun man after a bank was held up on the Gold Coast. That's next.

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