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Rugby: Confident Argentina inching towards an overdue win

SYDNEY (Reuters) – For a team looking to end a six-match losing streak, Argentina are approaching Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Australia in Brisbane with plenty of confidence. Buoyed by the Super Rugby success of the Jaguares, whose players make up a large majority of the squad, the Pumas will take on the Wallabies at Lang Park a week after running ...

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Michael Leitch set for first rugby match of the year

It’s been over seven months since Michael Leitch last played a match of rugby. On Saturday, he’ll finally suit up after spending the rest of the season watching on from the sidelines, recovering from a chronic groin injury. On Saturday Japan will play host to Fiji in the first round of the Pacific Nations Cup. Fiji have named a strong line-up, after giving most of their ...

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Rugby: Pointless effort in Athletic Park mud

The All Blacks and Springboks have played 97 tests. But the match played in 1921 at Athletic Park in Wellington may be the worst of them. The result read: New Zealand 0 South Africa 0. It was four points for a dropped goal, three for a try, three for a penalty, three for a goal from a mark and two ...

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Jodie Cunningham: ‘Rugby league has made my life better a million times’

odie Cunningham is rather busy. As well as playing full-back for St Helens and England, the 27-year-old is an ambassador for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England and a Super League pundit on Sky. You’ve made a great impression as a pundit. What’s it been like? “I’m really enjoying it. I was nervous at first. They never had female players ...

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Super Rugby: Stuff rugby writers dish their wishes for the penultimate round

The playoffs are still a few weeks away, but I will get in early with this request to Sanzaar. If the Super Rugby final is played in New Zealand, don’t allow politicians to lumber up to the podium. Let’s not pretend the fans care about them or want them there. Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson was on the ...

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Sloane Stephens coming to New York for World Team Tennis

Sloane Stephens will play one match with the New York Empire this summer, The Post has learned. Stephens, the 2017 US Open winner who’s currently ranked No. 7 in the world, will play for the Empire in it’s July 18 home match against the Orange County Breakers at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx. That match ...

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Ash Barty’s return to tennis brings her to French Open semifinals

PARIS — Ash Barty was only 15 when she won the junior title at Wimbledon, a prodigy with a slice-and-dice game style tailor-made for grass. Three years later, burned out and struggling with depression, she quit tennis and took up professional cricket instead. Had she not taken the 18-month break, Barty says, she would have given up tennis entirely. And yet, another ...

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‘It was not easy because of the emotions, the pressure’: Halep kicks off French Open title defense with Tomljanovic win

Reigning Roland Garros champion Simona Halep kicked off her title defense with a tough three set win against Ajla Tomljanovic. PARIS, France – Reigning Roland Garros champion Simona Halep kicked off her title defense with a tough three set win against Ajla Tomljanovic on Court Philippe Chatrier. The last time she stepped onto this court, just about 12 months ago, Halep ...

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‘I tried to stay as calm as possible’: Andreescu completes Bouzkova comeback in French Open debut

Bianca Andreescu needed two days to claim her first main draw victory at Roland Garros, edging past lucky loser Marie Bouzkova to advance to the second round. The on-the-rise Canadian started off the year with an appearance in the final of Auckland, before claiming titles at Newport Beach 125K event and the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells – defeating Angelique Kerber ...

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