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A guide to sport on Boxing Day in 2018

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25th December, 2018

Boxing Day is one of the biggest sporting days on the Australian calendar. It’s a chance to eat all the leftover Christmas ham and let the proverbial dusty head clear while sitting on the couch and watching TV.

From the Boxing Day Test, to the annual scramble for the remote at lunchtime to flick on Sydney to Hobart, it’ll all be happening domestically with a long day on the cards.

Of course, if you’re more into the overseas sports, there will be plenty happening with the English Premier League and the NBA taking centre stage.

All up, there is sport just about around the clock, and you won’t miss a moment with our complete guide to everything happening on the day.

The NBA will welcome in Boxing Day with a 4am tip-off between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers will be in action later on during the day, while the Boxing Day Test starts at 10:30am (AEDT).

Then, there is Sydney to Hobart, followed by the Big Bash League, NBL and A-League in prime time, with a late night WBBL game and EPL set to wrap things up on what has been described as the ‘sporting Christmas.’

We here at The Roar suggest you change the batteries in your remote, fill up the esky, know where the leftovers are stored, get some mates and park yourself on the couch where should be a noticeable indentation in your spot by the end of the day.

And of course, keep it locked to the best sporting website in Australia for all the news, opinion, analysis and live coverage across Boxing Day.

Full list of sport in Australia on Boxing Day

Sport Event Start time (AEDT) Expected finish time (AEDT) TV
NBA New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics 4:00 AM 6:30 AM ESPN
NBA Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder 7:00 AM 9:30 AM ESPN
NBA Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 9:30 AM 12:00 PM ESPN
Cricket Australia vs India 4th Test Day 1 10:30 AM 6:00 PM Fox/Seven
NBA Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers 12:00 PM 2:30 PM ESPN
Yacht Racing Sydney to Hobart 1:00 PM 2:00 PM* Seven
NBA Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers 2:30 PM 5:00 PM ESPN
BBL Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers 7:15 PM 10:30 PM Fox/Seven
A-League Adelaide United vs Western Sydney Wanderers 7:50 PM 10:00 PM Fox
NBL Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers 7:50 PM 9:45 PM Fox
WBBL Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat 10:45 PM 2:00 AM Fox/Seven
EPL Fulham vs Wolverhampton 11:30 PM 2:00 AM Optus

* Note: Broadcast finish time only. Race will run for up to three days.