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  • Jean Deysel of South Africa poses before his team's Tri-Nations rugby union match against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 30, 2011
    Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan AFP News - 19 hours ago

    South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan's Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday. The 29-year-old, … More »Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan

    Jean Deysel of South Africa poses before his team's Tri-Nations rugby union match against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 30, 2011

    South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan's Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday. The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times for South Africa, will play flanker and number 8 for Toyota, the Top League said in a brief statement. According …

  • In this file photo, Australia's Wallabies' coach Ewen McKenzie (C) leads his players on to the field before a Rugby Championship match in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, on October 5, 2013
    Wallabies line up European tour with eye on World Cup AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Wallabies will play the cream of European nations on their 2014 tour with an eye on the World Cup the following year, the Australian Rugby Union announced on Wednesday. … More »Wallabies line up European tour with eye on World Cup

    In this file photo, Australia's Wallabies' coach Ewen McKenzie (C) leads his players on to the field before a Rugby Championship match in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, on October 5, 2013

    The Wallabies will play the cream of European nations on their 2014 tour with an eye on the World Cup the following year, the Australian Rugby Union announced on Wednesday. Coach Ewen McKenzie will be looking to be at least as successful as on last year's tour when Australia narrowly lost to England before embarking on …

  • England's captain Chris Robshaw (L) and head coach Stuart Lancaster pose with the trophy during the official launch of the 2014 Six Nations International rugby tournament, at the Hurlingham Club in London, on January 22, 2014
    RFU exec bids to stop English talent drain AFP News - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    England's leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain. Rugby Football … More »RFU exec bids to stop English talent drain

    England's captain Chris Robshaw (L) and head coach Stuart Lancaster pose with the trophy during the official launch of the 2014 Six Nations International rugby tournament, at the Hurlingham Club in London, on January 22, 2014

    England's leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has highlighted the importance of making it commercially feasible for members of Stuart Lancaster's squad to reject …

  • At second glace: taking a look at refereeing and technology
    At second glace: taking a look at refereeing and technology

    By Eoin Connolly, Editor, SoccerexPro Magazine

  • Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attend a children's rugby tournament during a visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on April 13, 2014
    William fuels speculation of second royal baby AFP News - Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Royal watchers were scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour Sunday, after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way.  … More »William fuels speculation of second royal baby

    Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attend a children's rugby tournament during a visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on April 13, 2014

    Royal watchers were scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour Sunday, after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way. Kate, however, looked to dampen the speculation by drinking wine and going on a jet boat ride, neither of which are recommended for pregnant women. The royals' …

  • Cycling: UCI chief touts on-board cycle cameras
    Cycling: UCI chief touts on-board cycle cameras AFP Relax - Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said he is mulling over the idea of installing cameras on professional racers' bicycles to bring fans closer … More »Cycling: UCI chief touts on-board cycle cameras

    Cycling: UCI chief touts on-board cycle cameras

    International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said he is mulling over the idea of installing cameras on professional racers' bicycles to bring fans closer to their heroes. Already, Belgian broadcaster Sporza have experimented with dashboard cameras in certain team vehicles at Gent-Wevelgem and Sunday's Tour …

  • Sharks player Lwazi Mvovo runs during a Super 15 rugby match on March 31, 2012
    Mvovo try takes Sharks to top of table AFP News - Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try to secure a 25-12 victory for Coastal Sharks over Golden Lions Saturday and top place on the Super 15 table. The Durban … More »Mvovo try takes Sharks to top of table

    Sharks player Lwazi Mvovo runs during a Super 15 rugby match on March 31, 2012

    Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try to secure a 25-12 victory for Coastal Sharks over Golden Lions Saturday and top place on the Super 15 table. The Durban franchise were just three points ahead in a fiercely contested South African showdown at Ellis Park in Johannesburg when full-back Mvovo struck 13 minutes …

  • Kieran Read passes the ball on November 9, 2013
    Crusaders snare Cheetahs with four-try finish AFP News - Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Canterbury Crusaders scored four last-quarter tries to defeat Central Cheetahs 52-31 Saturday after a see-saw Super 15 struggle in Bloemfontein. And it was the first … More »Crusaders snare Cheetahs with four-try finish

    Kieran Read passes the ball on November 9, 2013

    Canterbury Crusaders scored four last-quarter tries to defeat Central Cheetahs 52-31 Saturday after a see-saw Super 15 struggle in Bloemfontein. And it was the first victory by the record seven-time Super Rugby champions over the Cheetahs since 2007 in the republic. Victory lifted the Crusaders five places to seventh …

  • Nick Cummins reacts during the rugby test match on November 9, 2013, in Olympic stadium in Torino
    Force juggernaut rolls on AFP News - Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Western Force's winning streak continued with a 28-16 win over NSW Waratahs in Super 15 action in Perth on Saturday night. The Force made it five successive wins for … More »Force juggernaut rolls on

    Nick Cummins reacts during the rugby test match on November 9, 2013, in Olympic stadium in Torino

    Western Force's winning streak continued with a 28-16 win over NSW Waratahs in Super 15 action in Perth on Saturday night. The Force made it five successive wins for the first time in their history with another outstanding defensive effort to grind down the Waratahs, who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for most …

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 7, 2014. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics in 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
    IOC: Talk of moving Rio Olympics is 'premature' Associated Press - Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee said … More »IOC: Talk of moving Rio Olympics is 'premature'

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 7, 2014. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics in 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it was "premature" to speculate about taking the 2016 Games away from Brazil.

  • Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game
    Saracens chief Griffiths salutes new Europe AFP News - Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game. The new 20-team competition will replace … More »Saracens chief Griffiths salutes new Europe

    Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game

    Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game. The new 20-team competition will replace the existing European Cup from next season, with tournament funds distributed equally between the English Premiership, France's Top 14 and the Celtic …

  • Ben Mowen looks on during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London, on November 1, 2013
    Brumbies hold on to deny Reds in rugged derby AFP News - Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The ACT Brumbies hung on to defeat the Queensland Reds 23-20 and consolidate their lead in the Super Rugby Australian conference in Brisbane on Friday. The Brumbies … More »Brumbies hold on to deny Reds in rugged derby

    Ben Mowen looks on during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London, on November 1, 2013

    The ACT Brumbies hung on to defeat the Queensland Reds 23-20 and consolidate their lead in the Super Rugby Australian conference in Brisbane on Friday. The Brumbies led 20-3 after 31 minutes but the Reds doggedly fought their way back in the second half, dominating territory and possession to get within three points with …

  • Grant Hattingh (R) of the Bulls gets a pass away as he is tackled by Gareth Evans of the Highlanders during a Super 15 Rugby Union match between at Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin on April 11, 2014
    Highlanders bounce back to down Bulls AFP News - Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The Otago Highlanders recovered from a shaky start to beat the Northern Bulls 27-20 in Dunedin on Friday as the South African team's poor form on the road continued. … More »Highlanders bounce back to down Bulls

    Grant Hattingh (R) of the Bulls gets a pass away as he is tackled by Gareth Evans of the Highlanders during a Super 15 Rugby Union match between at Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin on April 11, 2014

    The Otago Highlanders recovered from a shaky start to beat the Northern Bulls 27-20 in Dunedin on Friday as the South African team's poor form on the road continued. The Bulls, coming off a loss to the Wellington Hurricanes last week, led 13-3 after half an hour but then conceded three straight tries, effectively putting …

  • FILE - In this July 30, 2012 file photo, Australia's Stephanie Rice smiles after competing in a women's 200-meter individual medley swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice officially retired from competitive swimming on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    Stephanie Rice retires from swimming Associated Press - Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Stephanie Rice, who retired Wednesday at the age of 25, managed some golden Olympic moments in an eight-year swimming career cut short by continuing … More »Stephanie Rice retires from swimming

    FILE - In this July 30, 2012 file photo, Australia's Stephanie Rice smiles after competing in a women's 200-meter individual medley swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice officially retired from competitive swimming on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Stephanie Rice, who retired Wednesday at the age of 25, managed some golden Olympic moments in an eight-year swimming career cut short by continuing shoulder problems.

  • London named world's best sporting city 2014
    London named world's best sporting city 2014 AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    London has scored the title of Ultimate Sports City 2014 in a ranking that looks at the world’s best cities for hosting sporting events. More »London named world's best sporting city 2014

    London named world's best sporting city 2014

    London has scored the title of Ultimate Sports City 2014 in a ranking that looks at the world’s best cities for hosting sporting events.

  • 1D ‘threatened by football fans’
    1D ‘threatened by football fans’ Cover Media - Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    One Direction have reportedly been threatened by Dallas, Cowboys fans after their concert caused a conflict with the club’s season. More »1D ‘threatened by football fans’

    1D ‘threatened by football fans’

    One Direction have reportedly been threatened by Dallas, Cowboys fans after their concert caused a conflict with the club’s season.

  • The sun sets during a European Cup rugby union match in Leicester, on December 8, 2013
    New European Cup format revealed after lengthy conflict AFP News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    European clubs have agreed to launch three new tournaments after almost two years of conflict, the six federations and representatives from the English, French and Welsh … More »New European Cup format revealed after lengthy conflict

    The sun sets during a European Cup rugby union match in Leicester, on December 8, 2013

    European clubs have agreed to launch three new tournaments after almost two years of conflict, the six federations and representatives from the English, French and Welsh teams announced on Thursday. In a joint-statement, the nine stakeholders also revealed that previous competition organisers European Rugby Cup (ERC) will …

  • FILE - In this Saturday, May 11, 2013 file photo, Wigan Athletic players including their captain Emmerson Boyce, centre right, celebrate after their 1-0 win over Manchester City in their English FA Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London. Wigan Athletic hadn’t won a piece of major silverware in its 81-year history until last May, when it pulled off one of the great FA Cup upsets by beating big-spending Manchester City in the final. Now, despite dropping out of the Premier League at the end of last season, it is on course to retain the famous trophy against all the odds. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
    Wembley becoming 2nd home for surprising Wigan Associated Press - Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WIGAN, England (AP) — Entry signs on roads approaching the town center are adorned with the word "Believe." Paving stones in the town's busy high streets … More »Wembley becoming 2nd home for surprising Wigan

    FILE - In this Saturday, May 11, 2013 file photo, Wigan Athletic players including their captain Emmerson Boyce, centre right, celebrate after their 1-0 win over Manchester City in their English FA Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London. Wigan Athletic hadn’t won a piece of major silverware in its 81-year history until last May, when it pulled off one of the great FA Cup upsets by beating big-spending Manchester City in the final. Now, despite dropping out of the Premier League at the end of last season, it is on course to retain the famous trophy against all the odds. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

    WIGAN, England (AP) — Entry signs on roads approaching the town center are adorned with the word "Believe." Paving stones in the town's busy high streets have been painted blue in the team's colors and decorated with messages of support.

  • Scotland's Australian interim coach Scott Johnson watches his team warm up before the 6 Nations international rugby union match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London on February 2, 2013
    Scottish boss defends under-fire Johnson AFP News - Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Scottish Ruy Union chief executive Mark Dodson has denied claims Scott Johnson was rewarded for failure following the national side's miserable 2014 Six Nations campaign. … More »Scottish boss defends under-fire Johnson

    Scotland's Australian interim coach Scott Johnson watches his team warm up before the 6 Nations international rugby union match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London on February 2, 2013

    Scottish Ruy Union chief executive Mark Dodson has denied claims Scott Johnson was rewarded for failure following the national side's miserable 2014 Six Nations campaign. Australian coach Johnson was in charge of Scotland as they came within a last-ditch drop-goal of suffering a tournament whitewash but is now set to become …

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 7, 2014. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics in 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
    Bach promises action on delays threatening Rio Associated Press - Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, IOC President Thomas Bach promised Wednesday … More »Bach promises action on delays threatening Rio

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 7, 2014. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics in 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) — With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, IOC President Thomas Bach promised Wednesday to take action to ease the crisis threatening the 2016 Olympics.