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O'Driscoll best of the decade Murray sunburnt Waites cruises

RUGBY: Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has been voted as Rugby World magazine's player of the decade.

The Leinster centre made his arrival on the world stage in 2000 with a stunning hat-trick in Ireland's Six Nations victory over France in Paris.

O'Driscoll finished the decade captaining Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 61 years and playing an instrumental role in Leinster's Heineken Cup win.

Rugby World team of the decade: M Muliana (New Zealand); J Robinson (England), B O'Driscoll (Ireland), M Giteau (Australia), S Williams (Wales); D Carter (New Zealand), A Pichot (Argentina); G Jenkins (Wales), J Smit (South Africa), C Hayman (New Zealand), M Johnson (England, capt), V Matfield (South Africa), R Hill (England), R McCaw (New Zealand), S Parisse (Italy).



De Villiers is livid

Cricket: AB de Villiers is adamant South Africa should have made an official complaint over the 'ball-tampering' row which has divided England and South Africa over the past two days.

On the Proteas' concerns over Stuart Broad and James Anderson's management of the ball, De Villiers said: "All I know is that it's not on to be climbing on to the ball with your spikes."

Heading into the final day of the third Test in Cape Town, England need to bat the entire day to secure a draw or an unlikely win to maintain their 1-0 series lead. The tourists sit on 132-3 after being set 466 to win.



Murray sunburnt

Tennis: Andy Murray has eased concerns he is struggling with injury ahead of the Australian Open, claiming he is suffering from nothing more than severe sunburn in western Australia.

The world number four went to the Hopman Cup post-match press conference in Perth after Great Britain's opening win over Kazakhstan with a large ice pack on his hip, but the Scot said: "My back is on fire. I practised with my shirt off and I got so burnt."



Waites cruises

DARTS: Second seed Scott Waites moved into the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championship with a comfortable win over Scotland's John Henderson.

Englishman Waites won 4-1 in only 45 minutes in their second-round clash in Surrey and next faces Martin Phillips.



Sainz Dakar lead

MOTORSPORT: Carlos Sainz moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally after stage five as overnight leader Stephane Peterhansel was delayed by transmission woes to his BMW.

NBA: Atlanta 119 New Jersey 89, Cleveland 121 Washington 98, Toronto 108 Orlando 103, Boston 112 Miami 106 (OT), Golden State 107 Minnesota 101, New Orleans 97 Oklahoma City 92, San Antonio 112 Detroit 92, Phoenix 118 Houston 110, Utah 117 Memphis 94.


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