11 Nov 2008

8am sports heads

6:41 pm on 11 November 2008

The New Zealand cricketers could be bracing themselves for a backlash from Australia in their two-test series across the Tasman later this month after Australia's series loss in India.

The world champions were humbled by 172 runs in the deciding test in Nagpur last night, giving India the series 2-nil.

SANZAR is doing away with it's neutral referees policy for the next Super 14 rugby competition, to enable the top referees to control more of the big games.

Roger Federer isn't blaming his recent back problem for his first up loss at the season-ending Masters Cup tennis tournament in Shanghai.

The Swiss top seed made 50 unforced errors as he crashed to a second straight loss to the French world number 9 Gilles Simon.