In this Sunday Aug. 19, 2018, photo, Yamaha Jubilo's Kuwano Eishin, top left, is lifted to receive a high ball during a memorial match against the Kamaishi Seawaves at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Kamaishi, northern Japan. Japan opened the new st

Japan opens Rugby World Cup stadium on 2011 tsunami site

Japan opened a new stadium Sunday for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on the site of a school that was destroyed by a devastating tsunami in 2011.

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Australia's Israel Folau, right, side steps New Zealand's Ryan Crotty during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Israel Folau and Ryan Crotty out of Bledisloe Cup rematch

The All Blacks and Wallabies have both suffered injury setbacks after their bruising Bledisloe Cup test at Sydney, losing key players for the rematch at Auckland on Saturday.

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Argentina tight-head prop Juan Figallo, left, tackles South Africa flanker Francois Louw during their Castle Lager Rugby Championship test between South Africa and Argentina in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo)

Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21

South Africa scored four tries in the second half to come from behind and beat Argentina 34-21 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, avoiding a second straight surprise defeat to the Pumas in Durban.

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New Zealand's Waisake Naholo, right, is brought down by Australia's Bernard Foley during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Late Naholo double helps All Blacks beat Australia 38-13

A length of the field try by center Jack Goodhue and a late double from Waisake Naholo spurred New Zealand to a 38-13 win against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test, and opening match of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday.

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British rugby player Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates' Court, Saint Helier, Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, where he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightcl

England rugby player Cipriani faces new sanction for assault

Rugby player Danny Cipriani is facing disciplinary action from the English game's governing body after being fined by a court for a nightclub assault.

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Head coach Steve Hansen shades his eyes as the New Zealand rugby union team trains in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. New Zealand and Australia will play a test on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Wallabies aim to win back fans in Bledisloe Cup test

Few matches in world rugby are more hyped than Bledisloe Cup contests between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Wallabies, yet Australian fans have responded to Saturday's first test in Sydney with trepidation and disinterest.

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SPEAKING UP FOR PACIFIC RUGBY: Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo.

Leo’s fight for rugby justice: “The Tier system is holding us back”

Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo, is on a crusade. He believes it is critical to educate the Pacific Island community about rugby players' welfare.

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TEAM SAMOA: Yesterday morning after breakfast Team with Head Coach Assistant Coach and Head of Delegation.

Learning curve for Samoan team in N.Z.

Samoa’s Under 16 training camp in New Zealand kicked off its campaign with the first of five friendly games in New Zealand. 

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Quilter Cup Rugby Twickenham 27/5/2018 England vs Barbarians Barbarians Danny Cipriani  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland / www.photosport.nz

England rugby player Cipriani charged over nightclub assault

England rugby union player Danny Cipriani was charged with assault Wednesday over an incident at a nightclub in the English Channel island of Jersey.

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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Game of 3 Halves, All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 10th August 2018.

Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe

Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia in Sydney.

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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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Boxing

Tyson Fury, left, and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder face each other saturday, after Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta during their Heavyweight fight, at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is "official." All it needs now is a time and a place

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

Sunset friendlies for Samoan National Women’s team

Samoa goes up against neighbours

Samoa women’s football draft team continued their preparation for the qualifying games last night with a friendly match against American Samoa.

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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