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New Leeds duo Griffin and Moore to make debuts in Boxing Day derby

New Leeds duo Griffin and Moore to make debuts in Boxing Day derby

Leeds” new signings Darrell Griffin and Richard Moore will make their first appearances for the Super Leaguechampions in their Heatshot Festive Challenge against Wakefield at Headingley on Boxing Day.

The front-row forwards, who have been recruited from Huddersfield and Crusaders respectively, are confirmed starters for the Rhinos, who will be without overseas duo Brent Webb and Brett Delaney as well as their England contingent who have been given more time off.

Fast forward: Darrell Griffin joined Leeds from Huddersfield

Fast forward: Darrell Griffin joined Leeds from Huddersfield

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: “I know in the past that the Boxing Day game has seen various strengths of teams playing but we will field our strongest possible team.

“We only have the game against Featherstone for Rob Burrow”s testimonial before the start of the season so it is important that we approach the Heatshot Festive Challenge like it is a league match and look to play in that manner.

“That will give us a good indication of where we are as a squad and what more work we need to do over the next four weeks.”

Wakefield are expected to have a host of new faces on view after making no fewer than 16 close-season signings so far.

The end is nigh for Ricky Ponting as Australia crash to defeat against New Zealand

The end is nigh for suffering Ponting after Australia crash to defeat against New Zealand

Ricky Ponting trudged off, refusing to acknowledge the ovation that his fellow Tasmanians handed him as they wondered whether they would see their favourite son in a Test again.

Ponting had been unable to stop Australia crashing to a seven-run defeat against New Zealand. One of the greatest batsmen to play the game is enduring a difficult run and must face questions as to whether he should continue a career that has brought him 39 centuries in his 158 Tests.

Losing his edge: Ricky Ponting is out

Losing his edge: Ricky Ponting is out

Australia really should have been able to reach 241 to win at the Bellerive Oval, particularly when their former captain was at the crease with David Warner. But Ponting”s demise for 16, one of six victims for the outstanding Doug Bracewell, set off an old English-style collapse in which Australia”s last eight wickets fell for 74 runs.

Australia retained the Trans-Tasman Trophy after a 1-1 series draw, but Ponting”s successor Michael Clarke has much to ponder ahead of the big business of their summer – a four-Test series against India which starts in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Kiwi polish: Doug Bracewell (third from right) is mobbed

Kiwi polish: Doug Bracewell (third from right) is mobbed

Ponting is not the biggest of Clarke”s problems – the hapless Phil Hughes and the brainless Brad Haddin will be lucky to be at the MCG – but the time is nearing for the last of Australia”s finest generation to call it a day.

The second greatest batsman in Australia”s history, after Don Bradman, thought long and hard about quitting after giving up the captaincy earlier this year. The last thing he will want is to be told that he can no longer command a place.

Ton up: David Warner All in vain: Warner

All in vain: David Warner hit a brilliant century for Australia but his side still lost

Somerset are said to be preparing a lucrative offer and the last hurrah in English county cricket that Ponting considered during the World Cup will be a temptation to him again.

The greats rarely bow out on their own terms and Ponting remains both a proud and determined competitor, but even he must know the end is nigh.

Despite his current problems, Worcestershire have signed Aussie opener Hughes for the latter half of the 2012 season.

Relief: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor celebrates the dramatic win

Relief: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor celebrates the dramatic win

Amir Khan to dazzle fiancee after Lamont Peterson fight

Ring king Khan determined to dazzle fiancee after Peterson fight in Washington

Our boy Amir is growing up but not even marriage, which is imminent, will change him until he has conquered the hard old game of boxing.

Not for a few years yet.

Getting ready: Amir Khan trains just a few days before facing Lamont Peterson

Getting ready: Amir Khan trains just a few days before facing Lamont Peterson

Master Khan celebrates his 25th birthday on Thursday, two days before he defends his world light-welterweight title against home favourite Lamont Peterson.

The Olympic silver medallist from Bolton is engaged to a New York student but such has been his dedication to his 10-week training camp he has not yet been able to give Faryal Makhdoom the sparkling diamond ring he has already bought.

Skip to it: Trainer Freddie Roach oversees a session with the ropes

Skip to it: Trainer Freddie Roach oversees a session with the ropes

Khan says: ‘I always keep my personal life separate from my sport. Everyone in the family understands that fighting comes first for me until I’ve achieved my ambitions. My fiancee met me as a boxer and she realises the sacrifices involved.’

Engaged: Khan and Faryal Makhdoom

Engaged: Khan and Faryal Makhdoom

Miss Makhdoom is making the short trip from the Big Apple to here for the fight on Saturday night which should further enhance Khan’s growing reputation here.

Butit is not certain she will watch him live in the ring for the first time. She may stay in the hotel with Khan’s mother, who does not like tosee her boy beaten up… or even beating up any other boys.

In shape: Peterson works out for the media ahead of facing Khan

In shape: Peterson works out for the media ahead of facing Khan

Amir Khan ready for Lamont Peterson and hostile Washington crowd

Khan relishing trip behind enemy lines to take on Peterson and Washington crowd

Amir Khan is relishing the chance to boost his growing reputation by defending his light-welterweight titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington on Saturday.

The Bolton fighter, 24, defends his IBF and WBA belts as the heavy favourite despite being in hostile territory against local man Peterson at the United States capital”s Convention Center this weekend.

Khan has previous experience of boxing on away turf when he stopped New York native Paulie Malignaggi in 11 rounds at Madison Square Garden last year, and has no qualms about accepting a similar mission for his first fight as a unified champion.

Ready to rumble: Amir Khan fights Lamont Peterson on Saturday

Ready to rumble: Amir Khan fights Lamont Peterson on Saturday

“I”m not really concerned about fighting in his backyard,” said Khan. “It”s just one of those things. I do know that when you”re fighting in your hometown you do train that bit harder, just to prove to your home fans how good you are. When I fought Paulie Malignaggi in New York he must have been doing extra training and if he hadn”t, I might have stopped him earlier than I did.

“When you fight at home with your home support there it makes you go that bit longer and makes you try that little bit harder. I think that”s the way Lamont Peterson is going to be.

“Maybe that will work against him or maybe it works in your favour, I don”t know. But regardless, we have trained for him and we know exactly what to do to beat him.”

Indeed, Khan (26-1, 18KOs) believes taking such an assignment will enhance his reputation.

Master and pupil: Khan has been preparing with his trainer Freddie Roach

Master and pupil: Khan has been preparing with his trainer Freddie Roach

“From my point of view, I get even more respect for going to his hometown to fight,” he said. “One thing about me is I don”t mind travelling and going into people”s backyards to fight. I”ve done it a few times before and I”ve recently been fighting alot outside of the UK.

“For me, a boxing ring is a boxing ring, no matter where it is. I”ll perform there the way I have to. If you look at my career I train in America, not the UK, so in a way that helps me to perform well away from my home country.

“So no matter where it is, I”ll perform in that ring.”

Peterson (29-1-1, 15KOs) fell short in his previous world title challenge against Timothy Bradley in 2009 but is eager to capitalise on his chance to win major honours on his own turf.

Home town hero: Khan

Home town hero: Khan”s challenger Lamont Peterson (left)

“I won”t keep getting these opportunities,” he admitted. “I really, really feel as though that I have progressed enough to become a star in this sport, to take my place in this sport and throughout my whole career, I”m used to being on top.

“I”m kind of comfortable with what”s going on with this fight because it”s always been this way when I first started boxing.

“Of course, you”re not going to be number one, but you work your way up and eventually you”re number one as an amateur, as a young fighter.

“Then, you struggle a little bit, but I always find my way to the top. I just really, really believe that this is my time as a professional to be on top.”