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A guide to sport on Boxing Day in 2019

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25th December, 2019
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Some people reckon Boxing Day is for shopping, but we reckon it’s all about relaxing on the couch with some delicious Christmas leftovers and sinking your teeth into a ripping day of sport.

The Boxing Day Test and the Sydney to Hobart are the main events, but we’ve also got some BBL and NBL action in the evening – as well as more Test cricket from overseas – while US sport lovers have an NBA quintuple-header to salivate over. Later at night, there’s Premier League action kicking off too.

It all starts at 4am, with the Boston Celtics tackling the defending-champion Toronto Raptors in the NBA. Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers are next on the list when they tackle the Milwaukee Bucks in a potential Eastern Conference final preview.

We’ve got more basketball throughout the day, before the second Australia-New Zealand Test takes centre stage. Everyone scrambles for the remote at lunchtime to see the Sydney to Hobart get underway, before flicking back to the cricket.

As always, The Roar will have you covered with live scores, blogs, opinion, analysis and video highlights from all the action on what’s easily one of the best days on the sporting calendar.

Full list of sport in Australia on Boxing Day

Sport Event Start time (AEDT) Expected finish time (AEDT) TV
NBA Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 4:00am 6:30am ESPN
NBA Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers 6:30am 9:00am ESPN
NBA Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors 9:00am 11:30am ESPN
Cricket Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 1 10:30am 6:00pm Seven/Fox
NBA Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers 12:00pm 2:30pm ESPN
Yacht Racing Sydney to Hobart 1:00pm 2:00pm* Seven
NBA New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 2:30pm 5:00pm ESPN
Cricket South Africa vs England, 1st Test, Day 1 7:00pm 2:30am Fox
BBL Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers 7:10pm 10:10pm Seven/Fox
NBL Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipains 7:30pm 10:00pm Fox
EPL Tottenham vs Brighton 11:30pm 2:00am Optus

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