Rugby

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) works against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
August 16, 2019 - 11:47 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After winning the coin toss, Josh Allen quickly asked for the ball. He was eager and ready to go — and it showed. Allen shook off some first-game jitters and completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for...
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Buffalo Bills' Christian Wade (45), center, celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Wade gave up a promising career representing England in rugby to give American football a try. On his first play from scrimmage in a competitive setting, the 28-year-old from Slough _ best known for home of the BBC's version of "The Office" sitcom _ scored a touchdown on a 65-yard run to help the Buffalo Bills secure a 24-16 preseason-opening win over Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
August 09, 2019 - 9:37 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Having spent much of his life playing rugby in England, Christian Wade is so new to American football the 28-year-old Buffalo Bills running back wasn't sure what to do when he reached the end zone. Or where he was supposed to go after he scored. "I was kind of looking...
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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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Matias Osadczuk of Argentina, center, is tackled by Rhodri Adamson of Jamaica, left, during rugby seven match at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 26, 2019. Argentina won the match 52-0. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
July 26, 2019 - 11:34 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — They call them Cool Runnings on grass and they dream of their own Hollywood Olympic story. Jamaica's rugby sevens team is a fan favorite at the Pan American Games in Lima, where it has drawn comparisons to "Cool Runnings" — the 1993 film based on the true story of Jamaica's first...
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Matias Osadczuk of Argentina, center, is tackled by Rhodri Adamson of Jamaica, left, during rugby seven match at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 26, 2019. Argentina won the match 52-0. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
July 26, 2019 - 11:34 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — They call them Cool Runnings on grass and they dream of their own Hollywood Olympic story. Jamaica's rugby sevens team is a fan favorite at the Pan American Games in Lima, where it has drawn comparisons to "Cool Runnings" — the 1993 film based on the true story of Jamaica's first...
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England's Mark Wood, center, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
July 13, 2019 - 6:18 am
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand and England have waited four years for this moment, for this life-changing shot at redemption. For the Kiwis, the Cricket World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday is a chance to avenge their drubbing at the hands of Australia in the 2015 showpiece. It was their first World Cup...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, fans arrive before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, in London. Major League Baseball is trying to muscle in on a crowded marketplace in Britain dominated by soccer but also filled with cricket, rugby _ and this month Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)
July 06, 2019 - 9:42 am
LONDON (AP) — Making the long walk from the Stratford train station through a mall and to Olympic Stadium, fans headed to the first Major League Baseball games in Europe passed retailers filled with gear from Premier League clubs. Next on the route was a tented pop-up outlet brimming with...
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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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FILE - In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo South Africa's Caster Semenya waits to compete in the woman's 800m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday May 1, 2019 against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
May 01, 2019 - 6:15 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The sports world's highest court ruled Wednesday that Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya and other female runners like her with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events — a landmark...
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In this June 25, 2016, photo Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account that said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
April 11, 2019 - 5:09 am
Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time. Rugby Australia said Thursday it plans to terminate the fullback's contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row. When Folau made similar remarks on April 5...
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