Monday 18 December 2017

Johnson aims to tackle Scots' fall

RUGBY: Scott Johnson aims to reverse Scotland's fortunes after being appointed interim head coach for the Six Nations and summer tour to South Africa next year.

The 50-year-old Australian has been placed in temporary charge following Andy Robinson's resignation as head coach after the humiliating loss to Tonga - Scotland's 10th in 13 Tests - which left them 12th in the world rankings. The global search for a permanent successor to Robinson is ongoing.

"It's an honour to take charge of the national team for our imminent campaign," said Johnson of the Six Nations, which begins for Scotland against England at Twickenham on February 2. "I will be doing everything I can to bring the best out of our players as we all seek to achieve winning performances."

India hammer England

CRICKET: England embarked on today's road trip to Mumbai, the last stop on their two-month tour of India, with confidence still intact despite last night's Twenty20 defeat.

Captain Eoin Morgan acknowledges that after opener Alex Hales' impressive 26-ball 50, England fluffed their lines at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on their way to only 157 for six.

Their nemesis was Yuvraj Singh - who took three wickets for 19 runs and then top-scored with 38 as India coasted home. England lost by five wickets, India completing the job with more than two overs to spare.

Pocock seals ARU deal

RUGBY: Wallabies flanker and former captain David Pocock has signed with the Australian Rugby Union for three more years.

Acting ARU chief executive Matt Carroll said today Pocock had agreed to terms until the end of 2015. The 24-year-old has played 45 Tests for Australia since making his debut against New Zealand in 2008. He has twice been nominated as IRB international player of the year.

Zvon' out of Oz Open

TENNIS: Former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva has pulled out of next month's Australian Open with a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old Russian hardly got onto the court due to illness in 2012 and her start to the new year is set to be interrupted following today's announcement.

The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on January 14.

Jets eye YouTube star

GRIDIRON: A Norwegian whose YouTube clip of spectacular trick shots has been watched over half a million times could be on the verge of a NFL contract as a kicker.

The video caught the attention of pro teams in the US, and Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has reported that its star, Havard Rugland, had a tryout for the New York Jets this week.

NBA: Minnesota 99, Oklahoma City 93; Miami 110, Dallas 95; Portland 101, Denver 93.

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