Rugby

Elliott Whitehead of the Canberra Raiders National Rugby League team raises his arms after his try was disallowed during a match against the Melbourne Storm in Canberra, Australia, July 11, 2020. Chinese telecom giant Huawei announced on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, it is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal in the world when it ends its contract with the Canberra Raiders after nine years, blaming a "continued negative business environment." (Lukas CochAAP Image via AP)
August 31, 2020 - 12:00 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese telecom giant Huawei is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal, saying Monday it was breaking its contract with an Australian rugby team after nine years because of a “great trade war” between China and Australia. Australia has barred the world’s...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sergei Zubov, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Rutherford, Vaclav Nedomansky and Guy Carbonneau flip pucks in the air during a ceremony in Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
August 10, 2020 - 6:24 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ he Olympic Council of Asia has postponed the sixth Asian Beach Games in China to April 2-10 next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games were initially scheduled to be staged in Sanya, China, from Nov...
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Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie before the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheering slogans in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began bringing back spectators in professional sports games amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 29, 2020 - 2:27 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Williams had 290 yards and...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 5:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 30, 2020 - 10:55 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan. In a video conference with reporters,...
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The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)
June 25, 2020 - 11:51 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-...
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Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 25, 2020 - 2:35 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-...
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Spectators watch the Super Rugby Aotearoa rugby game between the Highlanders and Chiefs in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Super Rugby Aotearoa is the first major rugby union tournament to resume since the COVID-19 outbreak and one of the first major sports events in the world at which there will be no limitation on crowd size. (Derek Morrison /Photosport via AP)
June 13, 2020 - 3:35 am
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — They call one section of the stadium The Zoo, and it's easy to see why: thousands of university students in team colors standing on their seats, steadying trays of beer, swaying to music and erupting with joy when their team scores. “Craziness,” is how 20-year-old...
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A restaurant employee Annabelle Mathis cleans a table in a restaurant of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwestern France, Friday May 29, 2020. From June 2 restaurants and cafes will reopen, together with monuments and museums, concert halls and theaters, beaches, campsites, gyms and public swimming pools. There's a notable exception for the Paris region, the country's worst-affected by the virus, where many facilities will have to wait until June 22 to reopen. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
May 30, 2020 - 8:18 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ France’s former sports minister says the government was too hasty in calling off soccer leagues this season. The French leagues were canceled after Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in late April they could not...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action for now. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 30, 2020 - 4:29 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The announcement by sports minister...
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