19 Jan 2014


6:51 am on 19 January 2014

The Wellington Phoenix footballers have thrashed visitors the Melbourne Victory five-nil.

The win is the A-League club's second-best result ever and pushes the Phoenix up to within 2 points of the playoff places.

Arsenal have held onto their lead in English football's Premier League with a 2-nil home win over London rivals Fulham, while Manchester City held onto second place and sent visitors Cardiff bottom with a 4-2 win.

Spanish world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has signalled his Australian Open title credentials by thrashing Frenchman Gael Monfils PRON Mon-feess to charge into the last 16 in Melbourne.

The Northern Knights have won their first national Twenty20 cricket title, defeating defending champions the Otago Volts by five wickets with an over to spare in Hamilton.

And the Netherlands have dished out a 7-2 hiding of New Zealand in India, to win the inaugural World Hockey League competition.