Saturday 10 December 2016

Cricket: Warne rocked by cooking injury

Published 13/12/2011 | 05:00

The Melbourne Stars are confident Shane Warne will be fit to play in this weekend's Big Bash opener despite burning his bowling hand in a freak cooking accident.

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Former Australia spinner Warne (42), who has come out of retirement to play in the tournament, posted a picture on Twitter of his hand showing large blisters on three of his fingers, with his little finger the worst affected.

He wrote: "Not ideal preparation for practice match today -- burning the bowling hand. Get better quickly please, any suggestions -- HELP."

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor admitted he "nearly had a heart attack" as Australia's last pair threatened to deprive his side of a first Test win over their rivals since 1993.

The Black Caps prevailed by seven runs -- their narrowest Test win, and equal seventh in the format's history -- after David Warner, who had an unbeaten 123, and Nathan Lyon almost took the hosts over the line in Hobart.

Lyon was bowled by a fine Doug Bracewell inswinger to become the rookie paceman's sixth wicket and end a stand of 34, with Australia eight short of their victory target of 241.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

The Dallas Cowboys squandered a 12-point lead in the final six minutes to suffer a gut-wrenching 37-34 defeat to New York Giants that left the teams tied atop the NFC East division.

The Cowboys led 34-22 with 5:50 remaining, but Eli Manning rallied the Giants with two late scores to snap the team's four-game losing streak and revive their season.

Manning drove the Giants 80 yards and pulled them within five points on an eight-yard score to Jake Ballard with 3:20 remaining before then engineering a 58-yard march that was capped by Brandon Jacobs' go-ahead one-yard score.

New York (7-6) added a two-point conversion to move ahead by three with less than a minute to go. Dallas (7-6) answered with a few quick passes to move into field goal range, but Dan Bailey's 47-yard attempt was blocked.

Green Bay quarter-back Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns in less than three-quarters of work, leading the Packers to a 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders and extending their perfect NFL record.

Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team as the Packers ran their record to 13-0, moving them within three games of completing a perfect regular season.

SAILING

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet remained tightly bunched last night, with no clear strategy yet to emerge in the race from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.

Groupama 4 was leading by just over one mile from Camper. They were only 17nm offshore, with the chasing pack seven miles to leeward.

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