Roger Federer will begin the 2013 season more motivated than ever to compete for the biggest prizes.
The 31-year-old was unable to make it three titles in a row at the ATP World Tour Finals as he went down 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world No 1 Novak Djokovic in a high-class final at London's O2 Arena.
Federer, the senior member of the 'big four' of Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, remains as committed to the sport as ever.
"It's the love for the game, the appreciation I get from the crowds," he said. "You need that inspiration, motivation."
A series opener that was supposed to showcase two fast and furious pace bowling attacks ended with South Africa batting grimly through the last five hours to ensure a draw, after Michael Clarke's bold bid for an unlikely Australian win on the last day.
Clarke scored an unbeaten 259 and then declared after establishing a 115-run lead.
South Africa had been in a dominant position late Sunday, posting 450 on either side of a washed out second day before having Australia in deep trouble at 40-3. But the match turned on Clarke's batting and his partnerships with Ed Cowan (136) and Mike Hussey (100).
Richie Barry swooped for individual victory at the Monte da Quinta resort, helping his club, Westport, maintain a good run at the Race to Portugal, writes karl macginty.
Twelve months after Liam Friel and Thomas Walsh won the pairs title for Westport and Friel the individual honours, Barry took top spot after surging through the pack on the second day of the 36-hole competition.
Playing off 18, Barry scored 37 points, his tally of 72 leaving him one ahead of overnight leader Nick Haigh and his Old Thorns clubmate Anthony Chicheportiche.
The International Cycling Union has pledged to create a confidential hotline for riders to report "issues or concerns relating to doping" in the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair.
UCI president Pat McQuaid made the promise in an open letter on the organisation's website.
McQuaid says riders can receive reduced penalties in exchange for cooperation, though amnesties are currently prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code.