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Waratahs ready for nemesis Crusaders in Super final SYDNEY: The New South Wales Waratahs face their nemesis the Canterbury Crusaders in this season's Super Rugby final after a Herculean defensive effort to overcome the ACT Brumbies this weekend.The Waratahs displayed a solid backbone to resist the two-time champion Brumbies 26-8 in their home semi-final and set up a championship decider against the New Zealand conference champions at Sydney's Olympic stadium next weekend.While the Crusaders have won the southern hemisphere provincial series seven times and are into their 11th final after brushing aside South Africa's Coastal Sharks 38-6 in Christchurch, the Waratahs are still chasing their first title.The Waratahs are through to their third final after losing both their previous deciders to the Crusaders in 2005 and 2008.To become Super 15 champions, the Waratahs will have to reverse a run of defeats against the Crusaders, who they have not faced so far this season.The Sydneysiders have lost their last ...

Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title NEW YORK: Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.Golovkin sent Geale to the canvas in the second round with a barrage of blows.In round three he responded to a hard right to the head from the Aussie challenger with his own punishing right to the nose, followed by a quick left that sent Geale down.Geale, a former International ...

Aussies go top in medals chase, Bolt breezes in GLASGOW: Australia's swim stars sent their country top of the Commonwealth Games medals table on Saturday while Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt sprinkled a little stardust on Glasgow.The women's 4x200m freestyle relay team took Australia's gold haul to 11 from a possible 21 after three days at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as they smashed the previous Games record by nearly four seconds.There was an Australian one-two in the women's 200m breaststroke as Taylor McKeown ...

Mashaba appointed to coach South Africa SOWETO: Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was named coach of South Africa on Saturday in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund.National youth coach Mashaba was not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the under-20 squad.The 63-year-old former Orlando Pirates defender is a former caretaker coach and permanent coach of Bafana Bafana (The Boys).He first took the reins in 1992 after the initial post-apartheid coach Stanley 'Screamer' Tshabalala was fired for hitting a ...

Whiteford and Horsey share Russian Open lead MOSCOW: Scotland's Peter Whiteford, had a blistering round of 66 that included five birdies in his first six holes, to move alongside Englishman David Horsey as third round leaders of the Russian Open on Saturday. Whiteford, who is yet to taste glory on the European Tour after two second place finishes, closed the gap on two shot overnight leader Horsey as both men finished the day on 13 under par after 54 holes. Whiteford's round ...

Rosberg takes pole as Hamilton hopes go up in smoke BUDAPEST: Germany's Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix after his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton saw his car catch fire in the opening minutes of qualifying without recording a time. Four-time world champion and fellow German Sebastian Vettel will start alongside Rosberg from the front row in his Red Bull while Finland's Valtteri Bottas in a Williams and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull make up row two. It ...

Canada's Bezzoubenko wins five golds in Glasgow GLASGOW: Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko was crowned queen of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday, completing a five gold medal haul in rhythmic gymnastics while the undisputed king Usain Bolt was arriving for Jamaican relay duty.Bezzoubenko had already won two golds in the team and all-around events and she added three more on Saturday in the clubs, ball and hoop individual disciplines.The one gold that escaped her grasp was in the ribbon which went to ...


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