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Farrell kicks England to 44-40 win over Wallabies to sweep series SYDNEY: Owen Farrell kicked England to a pulsating 44-40 win over Australia to sweep their rugby union series 3-0 in Sydney on Saturday.England were outscored five tries to four by the Wallabies, but got home on the boot of inside-centre Farrell, who kicked six penalty goals and three conversions from 10 attempts in a man of the match performance.It was the first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since the South African Springboks in 1971.It was also England's ninth consecutive win under their former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones and follows earlier wins in Brisbane and Melbourne.The Australians were more inventive in attack with Matt Toomua and Bernard Foley providing the main spark, but the Six Nations champions were too consistent for the Wallabies.Jones had urged his players to maintain their intensity despite clinching the series in Melbourne last week in their "once in a lifetime opportunity" to ...

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Nishikori vows to end Wimbledon woe LONDON: Japan's Kei Nishikori has set his sights on finally making a strong run at Wimbledon despite admitting he is less than 100 percent fit.Nishikori was forced to withdraw from the Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle before his second round match last week due to an injury to his oblique muscles.The world number six eased fears he might miss Wimbledon when he came through a two-set win against Richard Gasquet in an exhibition match on ...

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England beat Australia 44-40, win series 3-0 SYDNEY: England beat Australia 44-40 in a high-scoring final rugby union Test to sweep the series 3-0 in Sydney on Saturday.England were outscored five tries to four by the Wallabies, but got home on the boot of inside-centre Owen Farrell, who kicked six penalty goals and three conversions to be man of the match.It was the first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since the South African Springboks in 1971.Copyright AFP (Agence ...

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All Blacks thump Wales 46-6 sweep series DUNEDIN: New Zealand pounded Wales with pace and intensity and a masterful performance by Beauden Barrett to sweep the three-Test series with a 46-6 victory in Dunedin on Saturday. Barrett, in a rare promotion from his regular super-sub role to starting fly-half. commanded a relentless attacking game by the All Blacks as he seamlessly took over from the injured Aaron Cruden. Wales started strongly, desperate to salvage something from a tough series against the world ...

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Rebels okay pitch repairs for home Super Rugby finale MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Rebels have agreed not to move next week's Super Rugby clash against South Africa's Stormers following some urgent repair work on the pitch at their home ground.The turf at Melbourne's Rectangular Stadium was badly scarred during the second test between Australia and England, prompting calls from top rugby officials in the country to the venue owners to fix the playing surface.Scrums had to be moved and reset several times during the test ...

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Leafs select American Matthews first in entry draft LOS ANGELES: The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Arizona teenager Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft Friday as a record 12 Americans were chosen in the first round.Matthews was considered to be the consensus first overall pick heading into the entry draft, and he goes to a team that desperately needs a goal-scorer and a leader as the Leafs are suffering through one of the longest Stanley Cup droughts ...

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Samoa down Tonga to move into World Cup contention APIA: Samoa beat Tonga 30-10 in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup series in Apia on Saturday to join Fiji as leading Pacific island contenders to qualify for the next World Cup.The hosts scored three tries to one to finish the tournament second to Fiji who earlier this month beat Tonga 23-18 and Samoa 26-16.The results from the Pacific Nations Cup this year and next will be combined to determine two direct qualifiers ...