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Cricket: Warne rocked by cooking injury

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.

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.


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.


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.

Irish Independent