The Golden State Warriors have been the NBA team of the decade after dominating in the latter half where they won three of the five Finals from 2015, finishing runners-up in the other two. The most recent loss came in the 2019 Finals against a Kahwi Leonard-inspired Toronto Raptors. Leonard had been seen as a risk for the Canadians but it paid off with their first championship, then he blew up the NBA by moving to the LA Clippers to kick off a reset of the league through a raft of big-name trades.
Kylian Mbappe proved to be a not-so-secret Santa in France, Atletico Madrid were touched by an Angel, Ajax and Inter Milan can enjoy a merry Christmas on top of the pile. But AC Milan are still not giving their fans what they want.
In the Black Caps' first Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1987, skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl, and it looked to be a good decision with Joe Burns out first ball and David Warner just before lunch.
The decision looked like it would lead to Liverpool losing their first league match of the season, before Andy Robertson headed home an equalizer in the 87th minutes and Mane snatched the points deep in stoppage time.
Along with the fidgety Smith, Travis Head was not out 25, desperate for runs after a lean spell. Labuschagne made 63 with Colin de Grandhomme taking 2-48.
That feat has been matched by other Arsenal players in the form of Dennis Bergkamp and Santi Cazorla with the only other two footballers to assist four goals in a Premier League game being Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor and Southampton's Dusan Tadic, who also managed a hat-trick of assists on another occasion.
"The Australian Open courts, Melbourne Park was always very suitable to my game, and I can't wait to go back there," he said.
The January 7 ceremony will set in motion a year sure to be full of drama on and off the field with 2022 World Cup and 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers in the mix.
Nishikori's absence follows Britain's Andy Murray also pulling out of both tournaments over the weekend with a pelvic injury.
"Last time I checked, Sue Barker was British - are my eyes deceiving me?" tweeted Ella Ling who snapped a photo of the cup which has classed Barker as "AUST" rather than "GBR" for the last 43 years. "I mean seriously ... How has no one noticed!"
Judged by group form up to the halfway mark, Cairo outfit Pyramids could become the third Egyptian winners of a competition modeled on the UEFA Europa League.
"We had to go through this today," Antetokounmpo said. "We had to have our character tested today because the only way you get better is when you face adversity."
How to motivate his players to play under pressure and cope with a high pace are among the tasks that Li has to work out during his half-year tenure.
"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints," he posted on Twitter - with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team's fleur-de-lis logo.
World No.2 Novak Djokovic, who is based in Brisbane with Serbia, visited a koala sanctuary and said it brought home to him the devastation wrought by the fires.
But it has already suffered setbacks, with major drawcard Roger Federer opting to give it a miss and Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori pulling out injured.
The Canadian teenager had been top-seeded for the January 6-12 tournament, which is a traditional warmup event for players fine tuning their game ahead of the Australian Open.