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McCaw pulled rank to score try that beat Boks JOHANNESBURG: New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw admitted Sunday he pulled rank to score the try that brought a 27-20 Rugby Championship triumph over South Africa in Johannesburg.The second most capped rugby Test player moved undetected into the scrum-half position Saturday as the All Blacks prepared to throw to a lineout a few metres from the Springboks line.And hours of practice ahead of the southern hemisphere championship showdown were rewarded as McCaw darted forward to grab the Codie Taylor throw, found space and dived over."I had to pull rank," McCaw jokingly told reporters in Johannesburg before a long flight home to prepare for the August 8 Championship decider in Australia."When we practiced the move during the week there was a debate as to whether I or a half-back would execute it."I am pretty relieved that it worked out," said the flanker who will equal the 141-cap world record of retired Ireland ...

Hot-shot Icardi says Europe is Inter's goal GUANGZHOU: Red-hot striker Mauro Icardi said on Sunday he hopes his goals will propel fallen giants Inter Milan back into the UEFA Champions League reckoning this season.Icardi was joint top-scorer in Serie A last season with 22 goals and was one of Inter's few positives as they languished in eighth place and failed to qualify for Europe. The 22-year-old Argentine shared the Italian league scoring honours with Verona veteran Luca Toni. He declared his commitment ...
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 ...
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 ...


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