DEBUT: Former Parramatta star Chris Sandow made his boxing debut last week.
DEBUT: Former Parramatta star Chris Sandow made his boxing debut last week. CRAIG GOLDING

Sandow, surveys and record-breaking centuries

Sandow boxing debut ends in draw

CHRIS Sandow's much-anticipated boxing debut ended in a draw, after judges could not split he and fellow rugby league half Todd Carney in Sydney.

Sandow was handed victory on points by one judge, but the other two could not split the pair in the Ladbrokes Star of the Ring charity fight night.

The 27-year-old was the aggressor in the ring, and twice hit the floor overbalancing as he looked to put pressure on Carney, who had greater height and reach.

Cherbourg product Sandow had been vocal in the lead-up to the match, and during Thursday's weigh-in the two halves traded words.

The match served as a curtain raiser to Paul Gallen and Junior Paulo's heavyweight stoush, which Gallen won on points over three rounds.

Football Australia's biggest code according to survey

FOOTBALL is Australia's largest club-based participation sport in 2016, according to independent data released by the Australian Sports Commission.

The ASC's AusPlay survey revealed more than one million men, women and children play football - a figure significantly higher than any other club-based sport in the country.

Football Federation Australia chief executive officer David Gallop said the reason for the sport's success in Australia was its inclusiveness and accessibility for all people, and the high profile of the game's best players.

Super League needs to reinvent itself says King

WARRINGTON Wolves forward George King believes the Super League needs to improve its product to keep players in the competition.

Following the premature departures of Cherbourg product Chris Sandow and former Penrith Panther James Segeyaro, King stressed it was up to Super League bosses to think of new ways of attracting and keeping talented players in the English top-flight.

Sandow made headlines last month after a dramatic exit from the Wolves, with Segeyaro following suit as he looks to link up with Cronulla.

King was disappointed in Sandow's choice to leave, but believed the Wolves would not miss the playmaker on the field.

NSW race to Origin Jockey lead

NEW South Wales dominated day one of the UBET Origin Jockey Series, with Michael Rodd riding a double to put his state in a comfortable lead at Eagle Farm.

Queensland jockeys James Orman and Jim Byrne sit tied for second on nine points, well clear of New South Wales' 24 points.

New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, New Zealand, South Australia and Western Australia are all represented in the series.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy is representing South Australia.

The format was designed to bring extra interest to the summer racing carnival.

The series continues at Doomben on Christmas Eve, with the final day scheduled for January 7 on the Gold Coast.

Warner ton surpasses Hayden

DAVID Warner has overtaken Kingaroy-born and Australian cricketing legend Matthew Hayden for number of One Day International centuries.

Warner's 156 at the MCG on Friday propelled the heavy- hitting opener into fourth amongst Australians for most centuries, with his 11 tons coming in just 88 matches.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting holds the record with 29 tons from 374 matches, but injury aside that mark may not be around for much longer at the rate Warner is going.

The 30 year-old has reached 100 runs seven times in 2016 from 23 matches.

Indian great Sachin Tendulkar made nine ODI hundreds in 1998 from 34 matches.

Wolves upset Crusaders

WONDAI Wolves have claimed the long-awaited scalp of Murgon Crusaders in the South Burnett cricket competition, with a three-wicket win on Saturday.

The Crusaders opened the batting, with J. Webber and G. Brown both making 63 to set a commanding 278-run total for the Wolves to chase down.

It proved no issue for the hosts, who raced to 7/288 inside 40 overs.

K. Rowberry was the standout for the Wolves, making 95 with the bat to go with figures of 3/42 with the ball in a match-winning performance.

M. Evans narrowly missed his half-century, finishing on 48 not out.