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Wallaby Hooper cited after victory over Pumas MENDOZA: Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for allegedly striking Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez during a Rugby Championship match in Mendoza this weekend The disciplinary move follows a 59th-minute incident at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Saturday in which the 23-year-old Wallabies forward appears to strike the Pumas playmaker. Hooper came off the bench in a game won 34-9 by Australia and another Wallaby, replacement back Quade Cooper, was sin-binned for a late, high tackle 14 minutes from time.Capped 43 times by Australia since his 2012 debut, Hooper has scored seven Test tries and contests the openside loose forward position in the national team with David Pocock. Australia host title-holders New Zealand on August 8 in the Championship decider after both teams defeated South Africa narrowly and Argentina convincingly.The southern hemisphere championship has been reduced to a single round this year because the Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 18 ...

Benzema a doubt as Real face Inter in China GUANGZHOU: Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez said on Sunday that striker Karim Benzema was his only injury doubt as his side prepare to face Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup on Monday.The French international is still recovering from tearing a thigh muscle at the end of last season and was substituted at half-time on Friday as Real romped past Manchester City 4-1 in Melbourne."The only slight worry is Benzema. He has a slight tweak, ...
First tournament win for Paire BASTAD: Frenchman Benoit Paire won the first ATP Tour title of his career at the Bastad Open on Sunday, defeating Spanish veteran Tommy Roberdo 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 in the final.The victory brought the curtain down on a fine week on the claycourts for the Frenchman, ranked 62nd in the world at the start of it.He defeated four higher-ranked players in top seed David Goffin of Belgium, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and defending champion Pablo Cuevas ...
Vettel wins for Bianchi and Ferrari on emotionally-charged day BUDAPEST: German driver Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi on Sunday when he stormed to victory for Ferrari in a dramatic and incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix.The four-time world champion claimed his second victory of the season and 41st of his career -- drawing him level with the late Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna in equal third on the all-time list -- after leading from the start to dominate a ...
Sharks edge Bulldogs in NRL thriller to stay in top eight SYDNEY: The Cronulla Sharks cemented their place in the National Rugby League's top eight with a controversial 18-16 win over Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday.The Sharks were awarded a contentious penalty goal with six minutes left after Valentine Holmes was hit late as he took a shot at drop goal.Holmes kicked the penalty to extend Cronulla's lead to 18-10.Canterbury's English skipper James Graham threw his hands in the air in frustration after they went down by ...
World Cup dates set for England v Scotland LONDON: England and Scotland will play their 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley on a Friday night, the English Football Association announced on Sunday.The match will take place on Friday November 11, 2016, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.The return match at Glasgow's Hampden Park has been set for Saturday June 10 2017, with a kick-off time of 5 p.m.England will open their World Cup qualifying campaign away against Slovakia, with a home match against Malta ...
All Blacks 'long way' ahead of chasing pack: Cheika MELBOURNE: Australia coach Michael Cheika has moved quickly to dampen expectations of a long-awaited upset of the All Blacks, saying the world champions are well in front of the chasing pack.Australia will take on New Zealand in a title-decider for the abridged Rugby Championship in Sydney on Aug. 8 after a dominant 34-9 win over Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.The All Blacks needed a late try from Richie McCaw to prevail 27-20 against South Africa ...


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