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Rugby: Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in close World Cup race

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand will emphasize passion and tradition, Japan will offer global growth and a marketplace and South Africa will stress a proven record when rivals to host the 2011 World Cup make final pitches Thursday to the International Rugby Board in Ireland.

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New Zealanders surprised, delighted by Rugby World Cup decision

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealanders reacted with surprise and delight on Friday to the news their small, rugby-mad nation was chosen to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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US can still outplay formidable International side to keep Cup, says Woods

Tiger Woods sees an impressive International squad poised for the Presidents Cup but likes the chance his US team can retain the trophy with a fun but focused atmosphere inspired by captain Jack Nicklaus.

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Stars want Presidents Cup staged in Asia, South America

HOPING to increase golf's global growth, top Internationals players Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera pushed on Wednesday for the Presidents Cup to be staged in Asia and South America.

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HSBC tournament to become WGC event

SHANGHAI, China (AP): The HSBC Champions tournament will become part of the elite World Golf Championship series from November, presenting Tiger Woods with a new challenge in Asia.

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WTA Championship sign off from Doha in style

DOHA: With a car crash, coronation and stunning on-court retirement, there was no shortage of talking points from the WTA Championship's final appearance in Doha.

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Olympic status fuels rugby's global growth

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - It's been so long since a gold medal has been awarded in Olympic rugby that the United States was the country to win it.

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China’s NBA star Yao Ming set to retire

HOUSTON: Yao Ming, the Chinese giant who became the first superstar basketball player from Asia, has told the Houston Rockets and the NBA that he has retired, according to multiple reports yesterday.

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Lengthy absences force Yao Ming to announce his retirement

SHANGHAI: Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement yesterday after a trail-blazing career that made him China's best-known athlete abroad and helped spur the game's global growth.

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Insurance giants jostle for slice of Southeast Asia market

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The race to win a bigger slice of Southeast Asia's insurance market is heating up as AIA Group, Manulife and Prudential PLC compete for mid-size acquisitions in the region totalling up to $1 billion, sources said.