September 8, 2018

Hansen’s gamble pays off as rookie players repay his faith

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's gamble to give some of his less-experienced players a chance to test themselves paid off when his side overcame a combative Argentina to win their Rugby Championship clash 46-24 on Saturday.
September 8, 2018

Folau, Coleman join Pocock as late Wallabies withdrawals

Australia were hit with another late injury blow ahead of their Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday when fullback Israel Folau was ruled out with an ankle injury.
September 8, 2018

Japan charmed by ‘new heroine’ Osaka after Grand Slam breakthrough

Naomi Osaka is hogging the headlines for all the right reasons in her native land after she became the first Japanese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, with one major newspaper hailing her as "a new heroine Japan can be proud of".
September 8, 2018

Uruguay, Argentina rack up big wins in U.S. friendlies

A Luis Suarez brace, the second a cheeky 'Panenka' penalty, helped Uruguay ease to 4-1 win over Mexico, while Argentina rebounded from a poor World Cup to thump Guatemala 3-0 in a pair of big friendly wins in the United States on Friday.
September 8, 2018

Bolt takes break from Mariners for overseas commitment

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will put his efforts to carve out a football career on hold for a week to fulfil a "previously planned" overseas commitment, the A-League's Central Coast Mariners said on Saturday.
September 8, 2018

Driven Djokovic eyes New York redemption after elbow misery

Novak Djokovic sat out last year's U.S. Open to rest an elbow injury that eventually required surgery, but that pain and frustration felt like a distant memory on Friday when the Serb completed his march to the New York final with authority.
September 7, 2018

Cook hopes time can mend relationship with Pietersen

Retiring England batsman Alastair Cook hopes that his strained relationship with former team mate Kevin Pietersen can improve over time even though the pair have not spoken in four years.
September 7, 2018

’90 percent chance Girona v Barcelona in U.S.’ – Tebas

La Liga chief Javier Tebas has said there is a 90 percent chance the first Spanish top flight game in the United States will be Girona's 'home' match against Barcelona in January and revealed the league will earn 200 million euros ($232.80 million) for...
September 7, 2018

‘Mature’ Beale tasked with reviving Australia’s fortunes

In the not too distant past, Kurtley Beale's inclusion in a Wallabies squad would often ensure a steady stream of work for Rugby Australia's crisis managers, but the 29-year-old livewire has now been tasked with repairing the team's image.
September 7, 2018

Blow for Wallabies as neck injury rules out Pocock

Australia's hopes of claiming a first win in the Rugby Championship suffered a blow on Friday when world class loose forward David Pocock was ruled out of this weekend's test against South Africa because of a neck injury.
September 7, 2018

Time with Wallabies helped me turn Pumas around – Ledesma

Working with Michael Cheika at the Wallabies for three years had helped Mario Ledesma turn around the performances of Argentina's players, the Pumas coach has said ahead of their Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand in Nelson on Saturday.
September 7, 2018

Lahm backs youthful England to build on World Cup run

England's relatively inexperienced team showed cohesion and spirit at the World Cup and their semi-final run in Russia can lay the foundations for a period of sustained success, former Germany captain Philipp Lahm has said.