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Rugby 12 Apr 2019 | 6:20 PM

Crusaders come from behind to take South Island honours

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Super Rugby champions the Canterbury Crusaders recovered from a halftime deficit for the second week in a row on Friday to thrash the Otago Highlanders 43-17 and extend their unbeaten run at home to 24 matches.

Rugby 02 Apr 2019 | 7:50 PM

What's in a name? Crusaders ponder change after Christchurch shootings

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - For 23 years the name Crusaders was a source of nothing but pride in Christchurch, the uncontroversial identity of a franchise that claims, with some justification, to be the most successful non-national professional rugby team in the world.

Rugby 25 Mar 2019 | 3:51 PM

Rugby - All Blacks captain Read ready to return for the Crusaders

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - There was some good news for the Canterbury Crusaders after a difficult 10 days on Monday when All Blacks captain Kieran Read was declared available to play in Friday's crunch Super Rugby match against the Wellington Hurricanes.

Rugby 22 Mar 2019 | 10:41 AM

Rugby - Sonny Bill attends Friday prayers as New Zealand remembers shooting victims

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - All Blacks back Sonny Bill Williams joined hundreds of fellow Muslims and thousands of other New Zealanders for Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch as the country fell silent to remember the victims of last week's shooting.

Other Sport 28 Jul 2016 | 6:56 PM

'Best U.S. team' set for high profile in Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Looking to fill a rare gap on its medal shelf, Team USA is sending the strongest fencing squad in memory to Rio, helped along by a generation of Olympic elders that has expanded the sport's frontiers.

Other Sport 11 Mar 2016 | 10:06 PM

For Muslim-American fencer, Olympic goal extends beyond medals

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. fencing powerhouse Ibtihaj Muhammad is no stranger to sabre rattling, so when the Muslim-American athlete heard Donald Trump threaten to ban Muslims from U.S. shores, it only steeled her resolve to return home with a medal from the Rio Olympics.

Other Sport 31 Oct 2013 | 2:32 PM

Insight - Putin targets Dagestan insurgents as Olympics loom

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February, Russia is taking saliva samples from religiously conservative Muslim women, according to locals in the North Caucasus, gathering DNA so authorities can identify the body parts if any become suicide bombers.

Other Sport 26 Feb 2010 | 12:00 AM

Langkawi lads take on the Ironman challenge

LANGKAWI: For the past 10 years, Izham Che Abdul Hamid and Khazali Harun were just passive on-lookers as the Malaysian Ironman Triathlon athletes raced by their village in Ulu Melaka, Langkawi.

Other Sport 22 Sep 2010 | 12:00 AM

Hooper: Residential towers not fit for occupation

NEW DELHI: New controversy engulfed India's Commonwealth Games yesterday with warnings that the event was in peril with just a fortnight to go owing to filthy, unfinished accommodation for athletes.