Australia beat England by six wickets with 19 balls to spare on an extraordinary final day to win the second Test and take a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series on Tuesday. Australia needed 168 for victory off 36 overs after England's batting inexplicably crumbled, the touring side losing their last nine wickets for 60 runs to be all out for just 129.
Midway through extra time in the soccer World Cup final Zinedine Zidane rose majestically to head the goal designed to claim the trophy for France. Instead the consistently excellent Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon arched high to tip the ball one-handed over the bar and preserve the 1-1 scoreline.
England collapsed to 129 all out, handing Australia the chance to steal an unexpected victory in the second Ashes test at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. England lost their last nine wickets for just 60 runs to leave Australia chasing 168 from a minimum of 36 overs to win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Former Australia coach Eddie Jones has become the first man to throw his hat into the ring publicly as the successor to former England trainer Andy Robinson. Jones, who took Australia to the World Cup final in 2003 where they lost to England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute drop goal, was sacked a year ago following a run of eight defeats in nine games.
Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to maintain a seven-year unbeaten streak against its north London rival. Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring and Gilberto Silva scored from two debated penalties in the first north London derby at Emirates Stadium.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had not envisaged how fast Beijing's traffic situation would worsen, and are waiting to see the city's plans for avoiding gridlock during the 2008 Summer Games. Hein Verbruggen, who leads the IOC's coordination commission for the Beijing games, said the rise in vehicle numbers had taken the IOC by surprise.
The cup jinx that has blighted Mamelodi Sundowns for the past six years persisted on Sunday as Ajax Cape Town squeezed into the final of the lucrative Telkom Knockout following a penalty shoot-out at Rustenburg's Olympia Park. Hans Vonk emerged the hero of Ajax's 5-3 penalty victory on a sweltering afternoon.
Michael Clarke scored his first Test century in two years as Australia inched their way towards England's total in the second Ashes Test on Monday. Clarke followed up his 50 from last week's first Test in Brisbane with an unbeaten 121 as Australia crawled to 502 for seven at tea on the fourth day at the Adelaide Oval.
A youthful and relatively inexperienced South Africa trounced a star-studded World XV 32-7 at a miserably cold, wet and blustery Walkers stadium on Sunday. Having led 10-0 at the break, South Africa scored three tries in the second half to finish their end-of-year tour with their second win from four outings.
Ricky Ponting passed Steve Waugh as Australia's most prolific century maker when he chalked up his 33rd hundred in the second Ashes test against England on Sunday. Ponting survived a dropped catch on 35 and a missed run out to reach 101 not out at tea on the third day at Adelaide Oval with Australia 185 for three in reply to England's 551 for six declared.
Pakistan won the third and final Test against the West Indies by 199 runs after leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and pace bowler Abdul Razzaq took the last four wickets for 17 runs after tea on Friday. West Indies, set an improbable victory target of 444, were dismissed for 244 in 76 overs with Kaneria (3-69) and Razzaq (2-23) cleaning up the lower order in 69 balls.
Wise heads have prevailed and the edict that says ''if it ain't broke don't fix it'' has been applied. This time last year the obituary writers were dusting down their eulogies for the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, the corporate bean feast that morphed out of the ''Million Dollar''.
West Indies were struggling to avoid a big defeat against Pakistan after run-machine Mohammad Yousuf broke several records on day four of the third and final Test on Thursday. Yousuf made his second century of the match and his ninth of 2006 to break Vivian Richard's 30-year old record for most runs scored in a calendar year.
Top Bafana Bafana striking prospect Katlego Mphela has rejoined Supersport United after his ambitions to forge a career in France with Strasbourg took a nose dive. Mphela played with a fair amount of success for Supersport last season while on a loan basis from the French club.
Manchester United maintained their three-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Everton. The Blues also won -- beating Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium. But Arsenal suffered their fourth loss away from home, falling 2-1 to Fulham and finishing with 10 men.
Springbok coach Jake White survived a vote of no confidence in the 14-union president's council on Wednesday. White arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday morning from London to face the council after the Springboks suffered two losses -- to Ireland and in the first Test against England -- in two successive weeks.
Andy Robinson lost his job as head coach of the England rugby team on Wednesday with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announcing he was standing down with immediate effect. ''On behalf of the RFU I am announcing that ... Andy Robinson OBE is standing down from the position of head coach,'' said RFU elite rugby director Rob Andrew in a statement.
Andy Robinson was still in his post as coach of the England rugby team on Tuesday with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) refusing to confirm reports throughout the British media that he had resigned. An RFU spokesperson reiterated that a review, which started on Monday, into world champions England's November home international programme, was continuing.