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Chiefs bench Cruden for key Crusaders clash WELLINGTON: Waikato Chiefs have chosen folk-hero Stephen Donald over Aaron Cruden as playmaker in their battle for Super Rugby supremacy against Canterbury Crusaders in Friday's historic match in Fiji. Cruden may have been the All Blacks starting fly-half in the first two Tests against Wales, but the Chiefs selectors were swayed by the way 2011 World Cup winner Donald led the side to a 40-7 demolition of the tourists. It is a crucial match for the Chiefs and Crusaders with the showdown between the New Zealand heavyweights likely to determine who gets the top ranking and vital home-ground advantage going into the playoffs. Crusaders currently lead the competition with 45 points, three more than the Chiefs who are the next best-performing side but are ranked fifth under a system that gives the top four slots to the four conference winners. South Africa's Golden Lions, also on 42 points, host Coastal ...

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Murray centre stage as wet Wimbledon plays catch-up LONDON: World number two Andy Murray takes centre stage at Wimbledon Thursday as the All England Club plays catch-up after two days of rain misery.Murray, the 2013 champion, faces Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun, the world number 76 who made the quarter-finals in 2010 beating former runner-up Andy Roddick on the way.Lu underwent right elbow surgery in January and missed the first four months of the season. He returned in May and is currently on an 11-match ...

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Rosberg seeks Austrian hat-trick SPIELBERG: Nico Rosberg is out to confirm his renewed momentum in the title race by completing a hat-trick at one of his favourite circuits at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.The German increased his lead in the drivers' world championship to 24 points ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by winning the European Grand Prix in Baku after the Briton, again, suffered a series of setbacks.Since the sharp, tight and relatively-short Red Bull Ring returned ...

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Ledecky wins 200m free to set up second Rio swim OMAHA: Katie Ledecky won the 200m freestyle at the US Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday to set up a second title tilt at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Ledecky, who won the 400m free on the opening day of the trials on Sunday, clocked 1min 54.88sec to finish ahead of Missy Franklin (1:56.18) -- a quadruple gold medalist in London who booked her first individual Rio berth after failing to make it in the 100m backstroke.The ...

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First woman official for Super game SYDNEY: Australian Amy Perrett will make history on Saturday by becoming the first woman official at a Super Rugby game after being appointed assistant referee for the Melbourne Rebels and Western Stormers clash.Perrett, a full-time professional referee, officiated in the women's Rugby World Cup final and is one of Australia's two representatives for the Rio Olympics."I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for ...

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US Olympic trials results OMAHA: Results on Wednesday at the US Olympic Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska (Top 2 finishers in each event can qualify for Rio de Janeiro Games):Men200m Butterfly Final1. Michael Phelps 1min 54.84sec2. Tom Shields 1:55.813. Jack Conger 1:56.45 4. Gunnar Bentz 1:56.465. Chase Kalisz 1:56.646.. Pace Clark 1:56.667. Zach Harting 1:56.928. Andrew Zeliskar 1:58.34100m Freestyle Qualifiers for Final1. Nathan Adrian 47.912. Ryan Held 48.483. Caeleb Dressel 48.534. Jimmy Feigen 48.655. Anthony Ervin ...

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Phelps flies into fifth Olympics, Franklin also Rio-bound OMAHA: Michael Phelps is headed to Rio, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist securing a milestone fifth games appearance on Wednesday at the US swimming trials.Phelps, owner of 22 Olympic medals in all, became the first US man to qualify to swim in five Games with a hard-fought victory in the 200m butterfly.The time of 1min 54.84sec was nothing to shout about, but when he saw the scoreboard Phelps raised his right hand, all five fingers ...