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Australia happy to leave criticism at home

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) - Australia will relish the opportunity to be away on tour and sheltered from home criticism as they complete this year's Rugby Championship with tests in South Africa and Argentina over the next fortnight, forward Allan Alaalatoa said on Monday.

Equestrian - World Games over but Bellissimo back in saddle

TRYON, North Carolina (Reuters) - Mark Bellissimo, the man who brought the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to this bucolic corner of recession ravaged North Carolina is widely viewed as a saviour for bringing jobs and hope to the depressed region.

Australia closes probe into Moeen sledge claim

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cricket Australia has closed its investigation into England all-rounder Moeen Ali's claim that he was called "Osama" by a rival player during an Ashes test in 2015 after finding no new details, a CA spokesperson said on Monday.

WADA didn't put money above clean sport on Russia, says chief

LONDON (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie has said he is deeply offended by charges that WADA put money above clean sport when it reinstated Russia's anti-doping agency, a move which he said was aimed only at achieving Russian compliance.

Chandimal to lead all Sri Lanka sides after Asia Cup flop

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been installed as Sri Lanka captain across all three formats after Angelo Mathews lost his role as skipper of the country's limited-overs teams following their exit from the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Spinner Rashid agrees to all-format Yorkshire contract

LONDON (Reuters) - England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has agreed a new one-year, all-format deal with Yorkshire, the English county announced on Monday.

Federer, Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup

(Reuters) - Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.

Australia coach Cheika mum on playmaking options for Boks clash

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika may be set to end the Kurtley Beale flyhalf experiment and restore Bernard Foley to the number 10 shirt for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with rejuvenated South Africa.

Injured Tuilagi, Youngs pull out of England squad

(Reuters) - Centre Manu Tuilagi and scrumhalf Ben Youngs have pulled out of the England squad for this week's training camp in Bristol after sustaining injury in weekend club action, the Rugby Football Union said late on Sunday.

All Blacks must up their game against Pumas, says Perenara

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - New Zealand are on the verge of a third successive Rugby Championship but they will have to up their game to beat Argentina if they want to secure the title with a game to spare, the All Blacks' TJ Perenara said on Sunday.