Men's rugby league

New York Jets' Valentine Holmes participates during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Thursday, July 25, 2019. Holmes was a big star in the National Rugby League in Australia. And then, he stunningly left it all behind. Holmes is in training camp with the New York Jets, trying to fulfill a dream of playing American football in the NFL. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 07, 2019 - 11:45 am
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Valentine Holmes was as massive a star in Australia as he could have ever imagined. The standout winger and fullback for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League was recognized wherever he went, with die-hard fans donning his team's jersey and wide-eyed...
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2012, file photo, Chris Nowinski, head of the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston, talks about a hit count proposal to dramatically reduce youth athletes' exposure to repetitive brain trauma in multiple sports during a news conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center in Indianapolis. A study released Thursday, June 27, 2019, shows that a disease linked to repeated concussions in North American sport has been found in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players. Researchers and clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales Health and the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre say they made the discovery in two donated brains from middle-aged former professionals who played more than 150 National Rugby League games over many years. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 26, 2019 - 11:37 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A study released Thursday shows that a disease linked to repeated concussions in North American sport has been found in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players. Researchers and clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales Health and the University of...
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March 30, 2019 - 10:01 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — More than 10,000 people attended a National Rugby League match between Manly and the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday in the first major sports event which Christchurch has hosted since the March 15 shootings at two mosques left 50 dead. The game was scheduled as a...
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A women places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019, where one of the mass shootings occurred yesterday. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 15, 2019 - 10:03 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders on Saturday has been canceled as a mark of respect to victims of the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques. New Zealand Rugby said the decision to cancel the Dunedin...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, Australia's players celebrate after winning the women's rugby sevens gold medal match against New Zealand at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
March 12, 2019 - 1:08 am
Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia. The Wallabies lost nine of their 13 test matches last year — the worst performance in 60 years — and none of the Super Rugby franchises was a serious...
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In this Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Canberra Raiders' Sam Williams, left, and Joey Leilua react during a Round 22 NRL rugby match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia. An Australian football team says it wants to continue Huawei’s longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant’s legal wrangle with the United States and its ban from Australia's 5G networks. Huawei has been the major sponsor of the Raiders since 2012 and will consider this year extending its first sponsorship contract with a sports team anywhere in the world. (Lukas Coch/AAP Images via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 3:22 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian football team says it wants to continue Huawei's longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant's legal wrangle with the United States and its ban from Australia's 5G networks. Huawei has been the major sponsor of the Canberra...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, people make bets in the sports book area of the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Those who deal with compulsive gambling are worried that a rapid expansion of sports betting in the U.S. could cause more people to develop gambling problems. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 23, 2018 - 1:26 am
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption unit to monitor athletes, similar to the World Anti-Doping Agency for illegal drug-taking. Charles Livingstone, the head...
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March 22, 2018 - 12:36 am
SYDNEY (AP) — The National Rugby League has ordered Brisbane Broncos player Matt Lodge to begin paying back the victims of his New York City assault or risk having his contract terminated. Lodge forced himself into a Manhattan apartment in October 2015 and assaulted a man while his wife and 9-year-...
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March 08, 2018 - 6:21 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A player making his return to the National Rugby League after pleading guilty to assault charges in New York City three years ago was jeered and booed Thursday on his return. Matt Lodge endured an up-and-down first night of the season in the Brisbane Broncos' 34-12 loss to St. George...
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December 20, 2017 - 3:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco 49ers player now playing professional rugby in Australia has been sued by a California woman who says he sexually assaulted her. The woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Jarryd Hayne raped her after a gathering with mutual friends in a San Jose,...
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