19 Dec 2008

7am sports heads

12:55 pm on 19 December 2008

The New Zealand Breakers returned last night from a two-week break to score a club-record 114-70 victory over the Sydney Spirit in their Australian national Basketball League match on the North Shore.

The Breakers remain second on the table, and they have a grudge match against the Wildcats in Perth tomorrow night.

The Australian cricketers have taken command of the second test against South Africa after a devastating spell of pace bowling by Mitchell Johnson.

The left armer took five wickets for 2 runs in a career-best 7 for 42 to send the Proteas crashing to 243 for 8 at stumps, 132 runs behind Australia's first innings total.

The former All Black centre Luke McAlister looks set to be offered a huge contract with the French club Toulon which would rule him out of consideration for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.