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Carter backs 'fantastic' Jones to revamp England HONG KONG: All Blacks great Dan Carter gave Eddie Jones the thumbs-up for his revamp of England on Friday, as the new coach prepared for his first game in charge in the Six Nations.The world player of the year, speaking in Hong Kong ahead of the Natixis Cup, where he will play for France's Racing 92 against New Zealand's Highlanders, said England had exciting times ahead under Jones. "It's an exciting time for England rugby with Eddie Jones taking over," Carter told AFP in an interview before Saturday's game in Hong Kong. "They'll be extremely disappointed with the way they performed at the World Cup and there'll be some pretty high expectations of the England side and the fact that they need to improve so it's going to make for a very interesting Six Nations. "He's a fantastic coach and I'm sure he'll do well."Just hours after the north versus ...


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Norris and Chawrasia neck-and-neck in Myanmar Open YANGON: South Africa's Shaun Norris kept pace with India's S.S.P. Chawrasia to share the lead in the second round of the $750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open Friday.Both men carded a 66 in the second day of the tournament, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and tipped by organisers as the country's richest sporting event.Chawrasia has seen a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in ...

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Sharapova named in Russian Fed Cup team, stays on road to Rio MOSCOW: Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics as the five-time Grand Slam champion was on Friday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands in Moscow this weekend.World number 31 Ekaterina Makarova will take on 106th-ranked Kiki Bertens in the opening singles of the World Group clash on the hardcourt of Moscow's Olympic indoor arena from 1100 GMT on Saturday.Russia's two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, ...

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Liverpool target Teixeira becomes China's latest record transfer BEIJING: Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira became China's third record signing in just over a week on Friday when Jiangsu Suning snapped him up for 50 million euros ($56 million) -- following earlier interest from English giants Liverpool.China's latest monster move came only three days after Guangzhou Evergrande paid 42 million euros for Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez, and nine days after Jiangsu's 28-million-euro purchase of Ramires from Chelsea.The hat-trick of record deals pushed China's spending in ...

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India gamble on paceman Shami for World T20 NEW DELHI: India have gambled on the fitness of Mohammed Shami by including the injury-prone paceman in the 15-man squad named on Friday for next month's World Twenty20 tournament on home soil.The 25-year-old Shami has not played international cricket since finishing as India's second most successful bowler at last year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with 17 wickets.Shami underwent surgery on his injured knee after returning from that tournament last March and ...

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Americas Six Nations launches as Pumas eye title WASHINGTON: The Americas Rugby Championship, a second-tier version of Europe's Six Nations tournament for top North and South American rugby union teams, kicks off Saturday with regional power Argentina at the United States.Uruguay will visit Canada and Chile will host Brazil in the other opening matches in the round-robin format. The event, styled after the European edition which also starts on Saturday, will be played over five weeks with a champion decided on March 5.While ...

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Taylor out, Southee back in New Zealand Test squad WELLINGTON: Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been ruled out of next week's first Test against Australia, putting rising batting star Henry Nicholls in line for his debut.However, leading strike bowler Tim Southee, who suffered a foot injury in the New Year series against Sri Lanka, has been declared fit to resume international duties.The squad announced Friday on the eve of the second ODI against Australia also includes Matt Henry, New Zealand's form bowler ...