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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.
|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.