CRICKET - Injured batsman Shaun Marsh has been withdrawn from Australia's Test Squad for the tour of South Africa, with Phillip Hughes earning a recall.
TENNIS - Rising teenager Nick Kyrgios is nervous but confident after being drawn to play French world No.9 Richard Gasquet to open the Davis Cup World Group tie, with Lleyton Hewitt to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second singles match.
SWIMMING - Olympian Ian Thorpe has checked himself into rehab in Sydney while battling depression and alcohol abuse, with friends saying he struggled to adjust to life after swimming and the disappointment of a failed comeback at the London Olympics in 2012.
GOLF - Rory McIlroy has confirmed he's back in top form with a stunning 63 as the first round of the $US2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic got underway with a barrage of birdies.
MOTOR SPORT - Michael Schumacher's doctors have started the process of bringing the former Formula One champion out of the coma he has been in since a skiing accident a month ago.