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38 SPORT TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 FOOTROT FLATS Romo spurs Cowboys TONY Romo has a stirring playoff comeback to go with all the late-season disappointments. Romo threw two touchdown passes to Terrance Williams, the second for the lead late in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Cowboys rallied for a 24-20 wildcard win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in their first NFL playoff game in five years. In the days other wildcard game, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 376 yards and a game-changing touchdown and Daniel Herron ran for another score as the Colts dominated the second half to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10. The Cowboys (12-5) wiped out an early two-touchdown deficit to earn a trip to Green Bay, their first post-season visit there since a loss to the Packers in 1967. Japan lures Wallaby WALLABIES flanker and Melbourne Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham will join the Aussie exodus after the 2015 World Cup when he moves to Japan to play. Higginbotham, who joined the Rebels from the Queensland Reds in 2013, took over the Melbourne captaincy last season after the departure of Welsh International Gareth Delve. The 28-year-old, who has 31 Wallaby caps, will play out the 2015 Super Rugby season in the hope of World Cup selection before heading to play in the Japanese top league. Higginbotham, who was off contract with the Rebels at the end of this season, stressed his focus remains purely on matters in Melbourne, and Australia, for the upcoming season. I love the Rebels, and I also love every opportunity to play for my country; Ill always be grateful for the opportunities I have been given in Australia, Higginbotham said. Im so excited for the season ahead with the Rebels and the Wallabies, and all the suc cess to be had in 2015. Higginbotham joins fellow Wallabies James Horwill and Adam Ashley Cooper who have already announced their intention to play overseas after the Cup. Nick Cummins will also return to Japan after playing this season with the Western Force in the hope of earning World Cup selection for the Wallabies. Rebels coach Tony McGahan said Higginbothams departure would leave a big hole in what was a young line-up. Scott will be missed, Rebels coach he said. However his departure at the end of the 2015 season provides an exciting opportunity for the next young Rebels player to push through in backrow positions By RUSSELL GOULD Scott Higginbotham Freak accident ends 36er Anthonys NBL season By BOTI NAGY BJ ANTHONY knew he was in trouble even before he hit the floor. The Adelaide 36ers back-up forward was having a breakout game against his former New Zealand Breakers teammates before rupturing the achilles tendon in his left foot with 5:29 left in the 74-81 loss at Adelaide Arena. The injury means Anthonys NBL season is over tragic given the form of the Tall Blacks star who rattled off a 10-0 individual run in Sundays loss in which he produced 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds in just 15 minutes. It was just a freak thing, Anthony said. I didnt do anything special. I tried to get the ball off Cedric (Jackson), turned and felt my heel on the ground and a crack. Anthony said the initial reaction to scans he had yesterday was of a rupture. Ironically, Anthony lives with Sixers swingman Mitch Creek who suffered a ruptured achilles three years ago. Me and Mitch live together and I think he feels worse about it than I do, Anthony said. It took him about eight-nine months to get back. Anthony, who also played a blinder when Adelaide last month beat Melbourne, seems to reserve his best for battles against the Breakers and individual duels with fellow New Zealanders at other NBL teams. When the 36ers recently beat Townsville, he rejected a shot by former fellow Tall Black Leon Henry early in the game, establishing the status quo. I told him about it after the game too, Anthony laughed. Leon and I went to the same school so we go back a long way. Apart from his 36ers teammates, Anthony has been inundated with best wishes from fans and also from his Breakers and Kiwi friends. I really look forward to seeing the guys and playing against them, he said of the Breakers. They all felt terrible for me, Mika (Vukona) called me Ive had nothing but support. Daniel Johnson reached out its quite overwhelming. Johnson, a three-time 36ers MVP, is playing in Poland. Anthony said he previously had suffered achilles tendinitis. I had it bad for a while but the tendinitis had gone away and my achilles hadnt hurt again, he said. Anthony said he was disappointed he would not be there to help his teams desperate drive to displace Melbourne from the top four and return to the play-offs. We feel we are still a strong chance, he said. Sixers coach Joey Wright and club general manager Dean Parker today will meet to discuss whether to replace Anthony former replacement Richie Edwards and import Daequon Montreal are options or retain the current group. Adelaide 36ers forward BJ Anthony clutches his foot during Sundays loss against New Zealand Picture: SARAH REED Clippers star holds no grudge LOS Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin says there is no bad blood between Australian centre Andrew Bogut and himself despite a history of heated contests. The rivalry between the Clippers and Boguts Golden State Warriors boiled over a year ago when Griffin was ejected after a dust-up with Bogut earned him a second technical foul. Griffin later labelled the Warriors play as cowardly basketball while Bogut responded his team did whatever it took to win the game. I couldnt tell you what his motives are or anything like that, but those games are always heated, Griffin said. Theres a strong competition between the two of us (teams). Being from the same state, the same division and playing four times a year, playing against each other in the playoffs now, its really heightened that. No, I wouldnt say bad blood, but I definitely think any time we play them it is going to be competitive and it is going to be physical. With the Warriors beginning the season with an NBAbest 26-win, five-loss record and the Clippers not far behind with 23 wins, 11 losses, the Western Conference rivals appear set to meet in the playoffs. Bogut has not played since December 8. For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit