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Crusaders rout Sharks to reach Super Rugby final WELLINGTON: The Canterbury Crusaders methodically ground down the Sharks to score four second half tries and canter to a 38-6 victory in Christchurch on Saturday that propelled them to their first Super Rugby final in three years.Crusaders captain Kieran Read, wingers Nemani Nadolo and Johnny McNicholl, scrumhalf Willi Heinz and flanker Matt Todd all scored tries for the home side, who dominated throughout and held the visitors scoreless in the second half.All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter kicked two conversions and three penalties for the Crusaders, while Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie slotted two first half penalties.The Crusaders advanced to their 11th final with the victory and will meet the winner of the all-Australian clash between the New South Wales Waratahs and ACT Brumbies, who meet later on Saturday in Sydney.The victory also released some of the pressure on coach Todd Blackadder, whose side had not reached the final since 2011 and ...

Lallana injury doubt for Liverpool LONDON: New signing Adam Lallana could miss the start of the season for Liverpool after sustaining a knee injury in training in the United States, the club said on SaturdayThe 26-year-old midfielder, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month strained a ligament during a session at the Reds' Harvard University training base in Boston.There was no word on how long he would be sidelined for, but such injuries can result in a spell ...
Unbeaten Japan leads Crown chase after fightback BALTIMORE: Sakura Yokomine sank a 15-foot par putt at 18 to complete an astonishing fightback and keep Japan undefeated and atop the field Friday at the LPGA International Crown matches.Standing 6-down with seven holes to play, Yokomine and Ai Miyazato rallied to split two points with Australia's Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright."Oh my God. It feels amazing," Miyazato said. "We kept making birdies to give ourselves a chance."We said we had to keep it going. ...
Furyk seizes share of Canadian Open lead MONTREAL: US veteran Jim Furyk fired a bogey-free seven-under 63 on Friday to seize a share of the Canadian Open second-round lead alongside Tim Petrovic with home hope Graham DeLaet lurking.Petrovic joined Furyk on 10-under 130 with a four-under par 66, while DeLaet, like Furyk, matched the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course record with a 63 for 132.The round put DeLaet in a strong position going into the weekend, boosting his chances of ending ...
Superstitious Nibali does change his shirt BERGERAC: Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour.The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs dictated that he had to change his shirt from time to time."I haven't used only two, I've used a ...
Meares targets medal record on super Saturday GLASGOW: Australian cyclist Anna Meares will attempt to defend her women's sprint title on Saturday and become the joint most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history.The 30-year-old equalled Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals and became the first rider to win a medal at four Games when she retained her title in the women's 500m time trial on Thursday.If Meares can win medal in the sprint, she will become the first ...
Defending champ Isner advances in Atlanta ATLANTA: John Isner kept his Atlanta ATP title defence on track Friday with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 quarter-final victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic.A day after Isner fired 30 aces and still had to fight off two match points in a second-round win over Robby Ginepri, the towering American fired 17 aces and won 84 percent of his first-serve points in his win over Matosevic.Isner was broken in the first game of the match, but kept ...


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