Sport in brief: Irish duo warm to Melbourne tasks
LIMERICK duo Conor Niland and Sam Barry have decided to go native as they fine-tune their preparations for the Australian Open.
The two sons of the Treaty city have been hitting against each other this week in Melbourne as Niland prepares for the qualifying of the Australian senior event, which starts tomorrow, while Barry prepares for the main draw of the U-18 event, which commences next week.
However, the Shannonside pair were restricted to just 30 minutes of practice yesterday at Melbourne Park, as the temperature hit a sweltering 45C in the city.
"After my match on the Monday, Sam and I practised together for a few days, and then flew down to Melbourne together on the Friday, where we've also had a few hitting sessions," said Niland, who will be joined by Davis Cup team-mate Louk Sorensen in the senior event.
The Arizona Cardinals snatched a sudden-death overtime win over the Green Bay Packers to keep alive hopes of an instant return to the Super Bowl.
The Cardinals edged a thrilling shoot-out of a match 51-45 after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was stripped of the ball on a third down 17 yards from his own goal line just over 80 seconds into the additional period.
Earlier, the Baltimore Ravens won 33-14 at the New England Patriots to set up a trip to the Indianapolis Colts, the first seeds, next Saturday, while on the other side of the draw the San Diego Chargers host the New York Jets.
Formula ONE'S governing body is to appeal against the French court decision that overturned former Renault boss Flavio Briatore's lifetime motorsport ban.
The ban was overturned after a ruling that the sanction, for Briatore's role in fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, was illegal.
FIA president Jean Todt plans to develop new disciplinary procedures to "address the issues in the judgment" but feels than an appeal is still "merited".
Manny Pacquiao will fight Ghana's Joshua Clottey in March instead of Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Plans for the pair to meet fizzled out after a row over Mayweather's demands for random blood and urine sampling in the build-up to their bout.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said a fight against Mayweather had not been totally ruled out.
Shaun Murphy booked a place in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Masters following an enthralling 6-4 win over Stephen Hendry at Wembley Arena.
Mark Williams secured a second-round meeting with Ali Carter with a 6-2 win over qualifier Rory McLeod.
In last night's game, Mark King - who knocked out Jimmy White in the opening round - was eliminated by Stephen Maguire.