Australia v Ireland in the second Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series Test Match at AAMI Park, Melbourne, 16 June, 2018.  Australia captain Michael Hooper. Copyright Image: Stuart Walmsley / www.photosport.nz

Michael Hooper signs new 5-year deal with Australian Rugby

Captain Michael Hooper may lead the Wallabies to the next two World Cups after signing a new five-year contract Friday with Rugby Australia.

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Lions Cyle Brink runs in to score his team's first try against the Crusaders during the Super Rugby final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Marx, Whiteley return to Springboks; also 3 new players

Flyhalf Damian Willemse is one of three uncapped players in South Africa's squad for the Rugby Championship.

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Crusaders Kieran Read and teammate Luke Ramano, left, wave to they crowd as they celebrate after defeating the Lions 38-17 to win Super Rugby final in Christchurch.

No surprises in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included two uncapped players but made no selection surprises in his squad for this season's Rugby Championship.

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Reds Jordan Petaia walks from the field dejected after their loss during the Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 18th of May 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.co.nz

Cheika names 6 uncapped players in Wallabies train-on squad

Australia coach Michael Cheika recalled veteran hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and named six uncapped players Sunday in a 36-man train-on squad for this season's Rugby Championship.

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Crusaders players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Lions 38-17 to win Super Rugby final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders outclass Lions 37-18 for 9th Super Rugby title

The Christchurch-based Crusaders outclassed the Johannesburg-based Lions 37-18 to win their record-extending ninth Super Rugby final on Saturday.

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Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock, left, shakes hands with Lions captain Warren Whiteley as they pose for a photo with the Super Rugby trophy on the eve of the Super Rugby Final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Lions reject underdog tag in Super Rugby final

South Africa's Lions have defiantly rejected their allocated role in the narrative around Saturday's Super Rugby final — as the last, minor obstacle on the Crusaders' road to a ninth championship.

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson. Waratahs v Brumbies. 2018 Super Rugby round 19. Allianz Stadium, Sydney Saturday 14 July 2018. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.nz

Daryl Gibson to remain as Waratahs coach

 Former All Black Daryl Gibson will coach the New South Wales Waratahs in the 2019 Super Rugby season after leading the team to this year's semifinals.

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Crusaders Sam Whitelock looks for support as he runs at the Hurricanes defence during their Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders, Lions make minor changes for Super Rugby final

The defending champion Crusaders and the Lions have made only minor changes to their starting lineups for Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen. All Blacks v France. Rugby Union. Steinlager Series, 2nd test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Saturday 16th June 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz

Hansen: Lions in '2-horse race' in Super Rugby final

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has warned against over-confidence that defending champions the Crusaders will beat South Africa's Lions in Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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 Argentina announced on Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018, they have hired former national-team hooker Mario Ledesma as its new rugby coach on a four-year deal. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina hires ex-hooker Ledesma as new rugby coach

Argentina has hired former national-team hooker Mario Ledesma as its new rugby coach on a four-year deal.

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Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt embrace post game Australia v Barbarians, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 28 October 2017. Copyright Image: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Cooper, Hunt, Slipper to play in Australia's NRC

Wallabies duo Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt will play in Australia's National Rugby Championship from next month after being overlooked for Super Rugby selection this season by the Queensland Reds.

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has been rewarded for winning nine of his 14 games in charge with a new contract that will keep him in place until 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

New contract for Scotland coach Townsend

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has been rewarded for winning nine of his 14 games in charge with a new contract that will keep him in place until 2021.

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Reds' captain James Slipper gives instruction to his team during the Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby  match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 14th of May 2016. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz

James Slipper to make comeback for Super Rugby XV

Former Australia prop James Slipper will return from a two-months drug suspension to play for an Australian Super Rugby selection against the Wallabies Friday in a warm-up match ahead of the Rugby Championship.

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Lions have Dyantyi, Brink fit for Super Rugby final

Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyantyi and former South Africa under-20 flanker Cyle Brink have been included in the Lions' squad for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in New Zealand.

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson celebrates after his team's 30-12 win over the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders, Lions set up repeat of 2017 final

The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.

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Lions' Elton Jantjies gestures during the Super Rugby semifinal match between Lions and Waratahs at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Crusaders, Lions set up repeat of 2017 final

The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.

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The Crusaders after a try during the Quarter Final Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Sharks, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 21st July 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

History favors home teams in Super Rugby semis

History and statistics strongly suggest the Super Rugby semifinals on Saturday between the Crusaders and Hurricanes and Lions and New South Wales Waratahs will produce a repeat of last year's final between the Crusaders and the Lions.

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Samoa's Gordon Langkilde, right, reaches for the ball against Uganda's Ivan Magomu during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

Judge orders Samoa rugby player to stay in US until trial

A player for Samoa's national rugby team has been ordered released from a San Francisco jail but he cannot leave the country pending trial on charges that he attacked players from Wales. The San Francisco Examiner reports San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen Murphy ordered Gordon Langkilde's release from jail on Wednesday.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Wallabies to play warm-up match against Super Rugby XV

The Wallabies will play a trial game against an Australian Super Rugby invitational XV on Friday in the hope of ending New Zealand's stranglehold on the Bledisloe Cup in next month's Rugby Championship.

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MANU SAMOA SEVENS PLAYER: Gordon Langkilde. Photo / (James Atoa.).

Langkilde arrested by U.S. Police

Manu Samoa Sevens player, Gordon Langkilde, was arrested on Monday after his alleged involvement in a fight in a tunnel at AT&T Park during the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco.

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Boxing

Sergey Kovalev, left, of Russia, goes down for a second time after a punch by Eleider Alvarez, of Colombia.

Alvarez KO's Kovalev to win 175-pound title in AC

Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.

NFL

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.

Football

Bolt has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League as he pursues his bid to become a professional soccer player, according to a statement released Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018.

Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League.

Basketball

The Philippines' Jason William, centre, jumps to hit Australia's Daniel Kickert centre left as others rush to break the brawl during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province n

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

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