Look back on all the action from what was a busy Saturday in sport with Grandstand Online's weekend live blog.
Run through the highlights, interviews and results from around the country and across the globe.
Today's highlights (times in AEDT)
11:37pm: Well, it's time to wrap up the blog for Saturday December 22. Thanks to everyone who has checked in with Grandstand Live during the day. We'll be back tomorrow when the main items on the agenda will be the two Big Bash matches in Hobart and Adelaide, but we'll also bring you up to speed with the latest Boxing Day Test information and the latest news that's happening in sport around Australia. James Maasdorp and Adrian Crawford will bring you tomorrow's Grandstand Live, but for now it's Andrew McGarry signing off. Good night.
11:30pm: Some other results, to round things out. In the WNBL, Sydney Uni Flames have beaten Townsville Fire 86-71 in Sydney, and Logan Thunder beat Bulleen Boomers 82-79. And in the ABL, Perth and Adelaide have split their two matches against each other. Adelaide Bite beat the Heat 5-3 in the first match of the double-header, but Perth responded with a 10-2 win in the second game. In other matches, the Canberra Cavalry beat Brisbane Bandits 6-1, and the Sydney Blue Sox defeated the Melbourne Aces 4-3.
11:24pm: Let's wrap up all today's action in the A-League:
Here is the Big Bash table with two games left until Christmas:
Team: Played: Won: Lost: Points:
Melbourne Renegades 4 4 0 8
Melbourne Stars 4 3 1 6
Adelaide Strikers 3 2 1 4
Perth Scorchers 4 2 2 4
Sydney Sixers 3 1 2 2
Brisbane Heat 4 1 3 2
Hobart Hurricanes 3 1 2 2
Sydney Thunder 3 0 3 0
There are two games left before Christmas, both tomorrow: Hobart Hurricanes play the winless Sydney Thunder at Bellerive Oval, while the Adelaide Strikers look to reinforce their top four position with a win over the Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval.
Melbourne Renegades 4/134 (19.1 overs) 7/133 (20 overs) Brisbane Heat
Finch 33 (34) D Pattinson 2/32 (4) Cutting 2/12 (4) Perera 38 (24)
Cooper 29 (15) Muralidaran 2/22 (4) Hopes 1/20 (4) Cutting 33* (24)
10:01pm: And it's over! Ben Rohrer has hit the ball to the boundary with five balls left to give the Renegades a win they looked like they would not get for most of their innings. Rohrer finished unbeaten on 27 off 25 balls, while William Sheridan scored 11 runs off five balls. Melbourne Renegades scored 4 for 134 off 19.1 overs to win by six wickets.
9:55pm: Just when you thought it was safe to take a breath ... things have changed at Docklands, and the game changers have been Tom Cooper and Ben Rohrer. Cooper has smashed 29 off 15 balls before being out lbw to Kemar Roach, while Rohrer is still going, 26 off 24 balls. Melbourne needs seven runs off nine balls, having trailed for most of the chase.
Melbourne Victory 2 v 1 Melbourne Heart
Rojas (66'), Thompson (90+2') Fred (81')
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9:43pm: Oh. Good. Lord. Archie Thompson has scored the winner for the Victory with less than 60 seconds left in added time! He dinked the ball over the keeper, it hit the post and lopped in the air, bounced, then came just over the line before being cleared. And the whistle has sounded! Victory 2, Heart 1. Wow.
9:36pm: Quickly back to Docklands, where Melbourne Renegades need some boundaries fast. They are 3 for 78, needing 56 off 32 balls.
9:34pm: Another chance for the Heart, with David Williams crashing a shot goalwards only for Nathan Coe to pull off an excellent stop. Four minutes plus added time remaining!
9:30pm: It's 1-1! Fred has crashed home the equaliser with less than 10 minutes to go, and the crowd has gone nuts. It was a cross from the right and the skipper met it with the perfect header.
9:28pm: It's gone from bad to worse for the Renegades, with Marlon Samuels (15) skying Ben Cutting to Chris Hartley behind the stumps. Melbourne are 3 for 63 and are not looking like getting these runs right now.
9:24pm: It's advantage to the Brisbane Heat at the cricket, with James Hopes taking the wicket of Aaron Finch in the 12th over. Finch hit out and was caught by a diving Kemar Roach for 33. The Renegades need to get moving - right now. The asking rate is up to nine an over and Melbourne are 2 for 62 after 12 overs.
9:17pm: AND THERE'S A GOAL IN THE DERBY! There was a bit of luck involved, as a cross from the Victory was deflected into the path of Marco Rojas, who finished clinically from 10m out. Victory 1, Heart 0 with 22 minutes left.
9:15pm: The Heat are making a very good fist of defending an average total at Docklands. Aaron Finch and Marlon Samuels are struggling to get the bowling away, and the undefeated Renegades are 1 for 49 off 10 overs.
9:11pm: A chance there for the Victory, with Dilevski making a run to the byline before squaring it for the Victory's attackers only for shots to be blocked and Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton ended the danger by diving on the ball.
9:05pm: The heat is rising at AAMI Park, with 35 minutes left. It's still goal-less, and the challenges are flying in. The Victory's Spase Dilevski and Adrian Leijer have both been booked by referee Alan Milliner in recent minutes, and there could be some interesting times ahead if cooler heads don't prevail as time begins to tick down.
8:56pm: So the Renegades have made a slow start at Docklands. They are chasing 134 - the Heat's innings has been revised to 7 for 133 - which means a tick over 6.5 runs an over. Aaron Finch and Dan Harris were tied down for the first few overs of the powerplay, and Harris has just been dismissed by Ben Cutting, caught behind for 10 in the fifth over. Melbourne are 1 for 24 after 5 overs, and Finch's wicket now becomes the key.
8:40pm: HT in the derby, it's Melbourne Victory 0, Melbourne Heart 0
8:26pm: An update from AAMI Park, where the Melbourne derby is scoreless after half an hour. There is a cracking atmosphere with a near-capacity crowd, but chances have been at a premium. The Heart's Patrick Gerhardt had a good chance a couple of minutes ago, but he blasted wide from about 20m out.
8:22pm: That's it, the Heat have finished their 20 overs on 7 for 134, with Ben Cutting finishing 35 not out. That doesn't look like nearly enough of a total, and the Renegades are clear favourites to make it 12 chasing team victories out of 13 games.
8:18pm: Brisbane's Ben Cutting has tried to kickstart the Heat's flagging innings, blasting a massive six off Darren Pattinson. Thankfully, unlike Aaron Finch the other night, Cutting's big shot avoided the Docklands rafters and will count as a six. In total Cutting took 14 off the second last over, and the Heat are 7 for 126 with six balls left.
8:09pm: Thanks for that outstanding intro from Mr Crawford - I'm Andrew McGarry and my first line of the evening is to tell you that Murali has made the Heat's night that much worse, luring Peter Forrest into a slog to the deep where Tom Cooper took an easy catch. The Heat are 7 for 107 at the end of 17 overs and the Renegades are well on top.
7:55pm: It's at this point I'll hand over the reins to my cohort Andrew McGarry to take care of business in this evening's late stretch like Usain Bolt coming home in the 200m.
Thanks for staying with me all day and well into the evening. I'm and I'll be back on Boxing Day, blogging the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the MCG. Until then, Merry Christmas.
7:52pm: But I can't update fast enough, because Chris Lynn has missed a Murali full toss and is out lbw after being hit on the toe right in front of middle and leg. This is ugly for the Heat, who are now 6 for 80.
7:51pm: Okay, take a deep breath Crawf. Peter Forrest avoids the hat-trick.
7:48pm: YOU ARE KIDDING. PATTINSON IS ON A HAT-TRICK!
Burns and Thisara Perera crossed ends before Burns was caught and now Perera has fallen for 38 off 23. Brisbane is now 5 for 78 at the end of the 12th over.
7:47pm: Jeez that's not good for Brisbane Heat. Joe Burns is the latest man to fall, another skied catch and another caught-and-bowled, for 13 off 20 to give Darren Pattinson a victim.
Newcastle Jets 2 v 1 Sydney FC
C Goodwin 12'
E Heskey 26' Y Yau 31'
7:27pm: FULL-TIME: Newcastle Jets 2-1 Sydney FC
7:20pm: Unfortunately for the Heat they might just need Vettori's services because it looks like they'll be defending a very small total.
Renegades bowler Aaron O'Brien has just struck with a simple caught-and-bowled to reduce Brisbane to 3 for 31 after six overs at the end of the powerplay at Docklands.
The victim was Dan Christian who departs for 2. Skipper James Hopes skied Will Sheridan to Muttiah Muralidaran for 5 before Luke Pomersbach was run out by Nathan Rimmington for 18.
The turn-out at Docklands is equally disappointing - Adam White reckons there's only about 6,000 in attendance. One would have to imagine most are heading to AAMI Park for the Melbourne A-League derby this evening instead.
7:05pm: He might not be able to contribute on the field for Brisbane Heat but veteran spinner Daniel Vettori pulled his weight in the Grandstand commentary box.
6:57pm: After a dramatic year on the fairways, Alister Nicholson has put together an equally theatrical year in review. Have a listen below.
6:45pm: The second half is underway at Hunter Stadium between Newcastle and Sydney FC.
Tune in to Aaron Kearney and Phil Dando's
6:35pm: If there's one thing I've learnt working cricket seasons for Grandstand, it's that almost everyone out there loves .
So in case you were wondering (and let's face it, we all were) what Skull's favourite romantic comedy is, or how to avoid uncomfortable family interactions this holiday season, the former Australian spinner has you covered.
@kokeeffe49 If Xmas day is an awkward lunch with rellies after gifts of undies and deodorant..watch Love Actually again..best feel good flick ever !!!
Duly noted. Thanks Kerry.
BIG BASH LEAGUE
6:30pm: Down at Docklands, is on hand as the Melbourne Renegades prepare to take on the Brisbane Heat.
Heat skipper James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat, hoping his team can turn around its tough start to the competition in which Brisbane has won just one of three.
His Renegades counterpart Aaron Finch told Adam White that he probably would have bowled anyway had he won the toss, even though the Docklands pitch "looks like a batsman's wicket".
You can .
6:15pm: HALF-TIME: Newcastle Jets 2-1 Sydney FC
Sydney FC has battled back to be 2-1 down to the Jets at half-time after being played off the park for large periods at Hunter Stadium.
The Jets had raised eyebrows, making five changes to the XI that started in Newcastle's 3-0 loss to Perth, including keeper Mark Birighitti, defenders Connor Chapman and Craig Goodwin.
The changes paid dividends, with the Jets starting out in sparkling attacking form and Goodwin opened the scoring with a cracking free kick in the 12th minute.
The home side made it two in the 26th minute when Emile Heskey was left with a simple tap-in after a save from Janjetovic.
Sydney's heads were hanging, but the visitors finally got back into the match in the 32nd minute when Yairo Yau broke free and shot against Birighitti, only to grab the rebound and slot it home.
The Sky Blues grew in confidence, and by half-time they looked a genuine threat to snatch an unlikely win.
6:08pm: Sky Blues import Yairo Yau, who's on loan from Sporting San Miguel, has put Sydney FC back into the contest with a goal of his own to make it 2-1.
Yau went one-on-one with the Newcastle custodian, had his first shot deflected but came back on the rebound and found the back of the net.
6:01pm: Like a fine wine, Emile Heskey only gets better with age.
With a cheeky little poke he's put Newcastle up 2-0 after 26 minutes.
Remember you can
5:50pm: Julian has world surfing champion Joel Parkinson on the line, just a week after he won his first title.
Parko said he trained really hard this season but what it came down to was that he just really enjoyed himself this year.
"Win or lose, I was gonna put myself in a great headspace and have a great time with it."
That sounds like a pretty good philosophy for success. Take a listen to his chat with Julian below.
5:48pm: GOAL JETS! Craig Goodwin has put the hosts on the board with a stellar corner kick.
It's 1-0 to Newcastle over the Sky Blues.
Goodwin's stunner is a real drought-breaker for the Jets, who haven't bothered the A-League scorers since their 3-3 draw with Melbourne Heart in round eight. We're now in round 12...
5:40pm: In the Grandstand studios has been reminiscing about the 2012 London Paralympics with Julian Abbott.
There are some great commentary montages and behind-the-scenes moments for you.
What was Quentin's highlight of the Games (aside from Rihanna's Paralympics closing ceremony performance)?
"To narrow it down to one sporting moment would be unfair. But to be bland ... being there to see the Olympics done so well."
Have a listen to the Aussie gold medal recap, as well as Quentin's thoughts, below.
5:10pm: Down at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, our team of Aaron Kearney and Phil Dando are getting ready to call the action as the Jets host Sydney FC.
You can tune in to the commentary or the ABC smartphone app.
5:05pm: Our Year in Review series continues with Shannon Byrne's comprehensive wrap-up of how 2012 panned out in the netball world.
Check it out below.
Wellington Phoenix 1 v 1 Central Coast Mariners
D Sanchez 85' D McBreen 45'
5:00pm: FULL-TIME: Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
4:45pm: Wellington is on the board! It's now 1-1 with six minutes to go in regulation time thanks to Dani Sanchez's header.
Who's going to take the points in Wellington?
4:25pm: On Grandstand now is Gerard Whateley's look back at the AFL season that was.
You can listen to his year in review below.
4:00pm: It's half-time in Wellington and the Central Coast Mariners have done it again, leading the Phoenix 1-0 with 45 minutes to go.
Wellington had its chances, particularly late in the half, but the Phoenix could not find the right set-up to break through.
They were punished right on half-time and there were no surprises with the goalscorer, as Daniel McBreen grabbed his 10th A-League goal of the season after some good lead-up work from Tom Rogic.
The Mariners could go four points clear of Adelaide United with a win today, and the Phoenix will have to sharpen their act if they are to get something from the game.
3:56pm: If you're tired of rattling the wrapped boxes under the tree in anticipation of Tuesday morning, we've got a bit of an early Christmas present for you. Or at least our Australian skipper does.
The one and only Michael Clarke has tweeted some encouraging words ahead of the Boxing Day Test at the 'G.
@MClarke23 I'm doing everything in my power to be fit for the Test. If anyone can get me up its @Alex_Kountouris.
With the purple patch Pup is currently in, we can only hold our collective breath and hope.
3:53pm: Earlier on today's program, Debbie Spillane was joined by former track and road national cycling champion Katherine Bates.
This year has been a tumultuous one for her sport, given the sensational doping saga which saw Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life.
But, Bates told Deb, the doping controversy was just a dark spot on what was a also a great 12 months for cycling. You can listen to their chat below.
3:45pm: The full-time hooter has sounded in Adelaide and South has won the NBL All-Star Game with a more-than-comfortable 134-114 victory.
Chris Goulding was named All-Star MVP for his 24-point haul.
3:25pm: The cavalcade of cricket stars continues with Adam Gilchrist on the line with Julian.
He said he's disappointed that Peter Siddle wasn't picked for the WACA Test against South Africa, which Australia lost, after his lionhearted effort on day five of the drawn second Test in Adelaide.
"That's how you become a legend."
Meanwhile the big-hitting left-hander has nominated Ricky Ponting's retirement as his top sporting moment of 2012. Listen to his chat with the team below.
3:21pm: What's on Siddle's Christmas lunch menu this year? Not ham. Gold.
And the new vegan reckons he hasn't even thought about whether he'll have a sneaky celebratory beer if Australia wins the Ashes in England next year.
3:07pm: In the Grandstand studio Julian Abbott has replaced Debbie Spillane in the chair.
Soon and will discuss the year in cricket, but they've currently got Peter Siddle on the line.
Siddle says he can attribute some of his success with the ball this summer to the leadership skipper Michael Clarke has displayed. High praise.
The gutsy Victorian has also poured a bit of cold water on talk that Mitchell Starc will be rested for the Boxing Day Test in favour of Jackson Bird under Cricket Australia's rotation policy.
Siddle reckons the whole team hasn't even arrived in Melbourne yet, let alone had a training session, so it's too early to say.
Peter was good enough to spend 15 minutes or so with the guys - you can hear the chat below.
3:05pm: Amid all the Big Bash and A-League action, don't think we've forgotten about the NBL All-Star Game.
At half-time the North had clawed back into the game to cut the margin back to 69-51, although they've got a lot of work to do to reel in the South.
And as hoped, there are some sweet snaps from the slam dunk competition...like this one of Lance Hurdle.
3:00pm: The action is set to get underway shortly across the Tasman where Wellington Phoenix are hosting Central Coast Mariners.
Our coverage, courtesy of Radio Sport NZ,
2:45pm: What's that old saying about weddings - something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
Well maybe Adelaide Strikers have taken that to heart. Their uniforms are blue, the Big Bash format is somewhat new (stay with me here), and they've borrowed the services of something old.
Former Australian one-day spinner Brad Young, to be precise.
It's nearly been 10 years since Young (oh the irony) retired from first-class cricket, but he's a chance to suit up for Adelaide's home Big Bash encounter against Sydney Sixers on Sunday.
2:30pm: Don't say I didn't warn you earlier that the NBL All-Star Game was like to be an offensive showcase.
True to form, the South blasted out to a 38-13 lead after the first quarter at Adelaide Arena.
Shawn Redhage has a game-high eight points while team-mates Adam Gibson and Cedric Jackson have six apiece.
But Western Australian Grandstand commentator Corbin Middlemas is less than impressed with the turnout in the City of Churches.
@CorbinMiddlemas Disappointing to see all the empty seats at Adelaide Arena for the All-star game. Why is it even in Adelaide? Should be in Auckland.
YEAR IN REVIEW
2:20pm: We said earlier we'd feature some of your favourite sporting moments of 2012.
We'll be continuing this throughout the day and the weekend, but here's the first batch.
@monsieurganesh Usain Bolt, Sally Pearson, Michael Clarke's triple century, our Medley Girls in the Pool, Casey Stoner..
@JustinOEarlwood The mighty Newtown Jets winning the NSW Cup GF. The last 6 weeks of the season was a wild ride.
@DeckHardware definitely agree that the highlight has been the result at the London Olympics by our Sailors.
@Macka_tak1D watching Tom Daley be so proud of god bronze medal for the 10m diving!!!
@cazdrop 8 channels of Olympics on pay tv. First time ever getting to see every minute of equestrian #magic #yir
@buzzito richmond beating Hawthorn by 62 points
@NoMoreTweets4U Warnie and Liz announcing they'll get married via Twitter.
@scanning The A-League Grand Final between @brisbaneroar and @PerthGloryFC
Keep 'em coming!
2:15pm: Our own Francis Leach, who hosts Grandstand Breakfast Fridays through Mondays, caught up with Debbie to break down the A-League year.
To hear Francis's hits and misses, his favourite under-the-radar players and predictions for the rest of the 2012-13 season, listen below.
2:10pm: Speaking of our broad range of programs, one of our newest online features is .
It's a one-stop shop for all of Grandstand's shows, from A-League Lounge to The Sunday Inquisition (in season of course) and everything in between.
You can now also queue 'em up on iTunes via the individual program pages so you never miss an episode.
Check it out today!
2:05pm: I don't know what it's like where you're tuning in from, but here in Brisbane it's a typically steamy December day.
So why not chill out with Grandstand's winter sports program The Cool Room with Patrick Foulkes and Andre Leslie?
In this edition the guys look at Australian ice hockey with AIHL and the AWIHL. Check it out below:
1:52pm: ABC1's game of the round is soon to kick off with Melbourne Victory hosting Western Sydney Wanderers.
You can stream all the W-League action right here via Grandstand Online by .
1:44pm: Everyone's a comedian. One of Grandstand's western warriors, Brett Sprigg, felt the urge to rub it in that I'm blogging while he's sipping pina coladas, or something.
@BrettSprigg Wait, it's Saturday? #holidays
Thanks for the reminder pal.
1:38pm: Heading across the ditch for a moment, there's an interesting development out of the land of the long white cloud.
Veteran Black Caps all-rounder Jacob Oram has turned his back on New Zealand Cricket to become a gun for hire in the Twenty20 arena.
"This was a very difficult decision but in recent weeks I have come to the conclusion that I can no longer make a full-time commitment to New Zealand Cricket," he told reporters on Saturday.
"Various factors have led me to make this decision including my age, the stage of my career and the impending birth of my second child.
"I really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer."
Fair enough. The move doesn't mean he's officially retired but, at 33, it's unlikely he'll be back in the international arena.
1:31pm: In big news for the Apple Isle, big gun Brits Laura Robson and Heather Watson will be down there this year.
They'll contest the Hobart International from January 4-12 in preparation for the first major tournament of the year, which starts January 14 in Melbourne.
1:19pm: Grandstand's David Morrow is currently wrapping up the year in rugby league with Deb. I'll post their chat as soon as it's done.
You can listen to his full wrap-up below.
What are your top NRL moments this season? .
1:17pm: Overnight, South Africa pulled New Zealand apart in a big way in the first match of their Twenty20 series at Kingsmead in Durban.
The Black Caps won the toss, elected to bat then spectacularly fell apart to set the home side a total of just 87 for victory.
The Proteas did it in 12.1 overs, with new captain Faf du Plessis belting 38 not out. And he even rolled his arm over - is there anything this guy can't do?!
1:07pm: The NBL's Chuck Harmison has joined Deb to update us on All-Star Saturday.
The latest news is that Townsville Crocodiles veteran Peter Crawford has taken out the three-point competition in Adelaide.
He was shooting against Oscar Forman (Wollongong), Ben Madgen (Sydney), Clint Steindl (Cairns) and Stephen Weigh (Adelaide).
The slam dunk contest is the next cab off the rank. Stay tuned - hopefully there'll be some killer photos from the day.
12:52pm: We've got a piece of Australian hoops history taking place in about an hour, with the first NBL All-Star Game since 1997 tipping off at Adelaide Arena at 2:00pm (AEDT).
The 1997 season was the last one to feature a showdown between the best and brightest of the NBL, with the North defeating the South 151-142.
All-star games are traditionally high-scoring affairs, especially in the NBA, with neither side playing a great deal of defence in favour of putting on an offensive showcase.
This year's clash sees the North - Cairns, Townsville, Sydney and Wollongong - pitted against the stars from the South - Perth, Adelaide, New Zealand and Melbourne.
The North has history in its side, having won four of the six All-Star encounters. The team line-ups for today's showpiece .
12:45pm: With the Sydney to Hobart yacht race just days away, all eyes are on the weather. has just caught up with Ichi Ban skipper Matt Allen.
He says weather trends will favour the 60-foot or larger boats on Boxing Day. Have a listen below:
12:35pm: This morning Australia's national women's team the Matildas unveiled their new coach, .
She earned 43 caps for The Netherlands between 1983 and 1993 and more recently she's been at the helm of PSV Eindhoven's women's side.
De Reus replaces coach Tom Sermanni, who has taken a role with the US women's team.
YEAR IN REVIEW
12:25pm: This weekend on National Grandstand we're looking at the year in review after a 2012 jam-packed with memorable moments across the board.
What are your favourite sporting moments?
and we'll put the best in the blog.
12:20pm: Meanwhile at the MCG on Friday evening, Glenn Maxwell led the way as the Stars finished off the Sixers by 21 runs.
Maxwell cracked 82 off 50 balls alongside Brad Hodge (51 off 33) to help the home side post 6 for 177 before Melbourne restricted Sydney to 5 for 156.
12:15pm: In case you were tipping back a festive season drink or two and missed last night's A-League results, do we have some surprises for you.
Western Sydney Wanderers, who've been looking very good in their inaugural season, put a big hurt on second-placed Adelaide United.
In the later game, defending champion Brisbane's tough season continued in caretaker coach Mike Mulvey's first game at the reins.
The Roar fell to Perth Glory 1-0 in a rematch of last season's decider.
12:10pm: Good afternoon sports fans, and thanks for joining us for another big weekend. I'm and I'll be guiding you out onto the park this afternoon and well into the evening.
Don't forget to tune in to , or interact with us on or . We'll have questions and polls throughout the day where the best answers will be featured in the blog.