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Australian casino mogul takes a punt on NRL champions SYDNEY: Billionaire James Packer has joined Hollywood star Russell Crowe as an official co-owner of Australia's National Rugby League premiership champions South Sydney.Packer, who runs the worldwide Crown gambling empire, bought a 37.5 percent share in the club from businessman Peter Holmes a Court, with a deal sealed on Thursday."This is a very proud day for my family," Packer said in a statement."My father (Kerry) had a long history and association with Souths and to now be a co-owner with Russell Crowe and the members is an honour and a privilege."Packer was believed to have paid about Aus$7.5 million (US$6.6 million) for the stake, which would value South Sydney at Aus$20 million, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Australian actor Crowe and Holmes a Court bought 75 percent of the rugby league team for Aus$3 million in 2006.Rabbitohs' chairman Nicholas Pappas said in a statement to club members that he welcomed the ...

Series scene shift makes pitchers swing bats KANSAS CITY: As the World Series shifts venues, both the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants must adjust to a crucial rules change that requires pitchers to swing the bat.Teams have used American League rules for the first two games at AL champion Kansas City, where designated hitters replace pitchers in the batting order and do not have to take the field for defensive duty.But the National League champion Giants will play host to ...

Liverpool given Real lesson, says Rodgers LIVERPOOL: Brendan Rodgers conceded Liverpool had been taught a lesson after Real Madrid swept to an imperious 3-0 victory that left his side in severe danger of Champions League elimination.Rodgers' team were powerless to prevent the holders from cementing their position on top of Group B with a ruthless demolition job at Anfield on Wednesday.Carlo Ancelotti's side were out of sight by half-time after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with his ...

Wenger thanks Podolski for late birthday gift BRUSSELS: Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Lukas Podolski after the German international came off the bench to seal a 2-1 win in a remarkable finish to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Anderlecht on Wednesday.On the day he turned 65, Wenger was forced to gamble after his team went 1-0 down at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels through an Andy Najar goal in the 71st minute.The Frenchman looked to the bench and one of ...

Bayern out to extend unbeaten run at Gladbach BERLIN: Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga business on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash at Borussia Moenchengladbach with winger Arjen Robben insisting their Champions League record romp at Roma is already history.Pep Guardiola's Bayern are four points clear of Gladbach ahead of Sunday's clash at Borussia Park and Lucien Favre's side have their work cut out to prevent Bayern claiming a seventh straight win.The Bavarian giants romped to the biggest European away win in the club's ...

Suarez prepares for Barca baptism of fire MADRID: After 122 days Luis Suarez will be free to take part in a competitive match again and not just any game, but the biggest one in world football when Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Much has changed since Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June.He was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators the world over, handed a ...

Dusautoir hopes Toulouse bubble doesn't burst against Bath PARIS: France captain Thierry Dusautoir's contract with Toulouse terminates at the end of the season and the club skipper is hoping his eight-year spell there climaxes with another European Cup trophy.The Ivory Coast-born flanker -- who turns 33 in November -- can see that dream take another positive step with victory away at English side Bath on Saturday to make it two wins from two in the European Rugby Champions Cup.Dusautoir, who has captained France ...


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