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All Blacks, Wallabies ready for 'extremely physical' World Cup final TWICKENHAM: New Zealand confront Australia in a historic Rugby World Cup final on Saturday with All Black legend Jonah Lomu fearing nerves could get the better of his country.The Twickenham match starting at 1600 GMT will be the first final between the longstanding rivals in eight World Cups.The winner will be the first country to be crowned world champions three times.The All Blacks, with captain Richie McCaw and star fly half Dan Carter in their World Cup swangsongs, also want to become the first side to successfully defend their title.Coaches Steve Hansen of New Zealand and Michael Cheika of Australia have predicted a fast-paced physical battle in the 155th match between the two nations. New Zealand have won 105, Australia 42 and seven have been drawn.But Lomu said nerves are the "big beast" for the New Zealand stars."It's the one thing I worry about with the All Blacks, as they ...

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Radwanska beats Muguruza to reach WTA final SINGAPORE: World number six Agnieszka Radwanska beat Garbine Muguruza 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the championship round of the WTA Finals for the first time in Singapore.The defensive tactician drew on her deeper experience to down the fast-rising Spanish star and will face either five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova or Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in Sunday's final."I have no words to say really," a tearful Radwanska said as the ...

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Guangzhou Evergrande win Chinese championship SHANGHAI: Guangzhou Evergrande clinched the Chinese football championship on Saturday following an epic battle between two of world football's heavyweight coaches.Phil Scolari's Evergrande won 2-0 away to Beijing Guoan to finish two points clear of Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG on a dramatic final day of the 2015 Chinese Super League season.The veteran coaches have previously clashed on several occasions in the international arena.Scolari's Brazil knocked Eriksson's England out of the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, and ...

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Thomas, Steele share 54-hole CIMB Classic lead KUALA LUMPUR: Justin Thomas birdied his last two holes Saturday to share the 54-hole lead with Brendan Steele as several others lurked in contention in a superbly played CIMB Classic.Thomas and Steele were tied at 20-under-par thanks to respective third rounds of 67 and 66 at the par-72 Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.Fellow American Kevin Na countered with an 8-under 64 to lie just a stroke back.The story of the tournament has been the ...

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Besieged Mourinho faces former nemesis Klopp LONDON: Facing a crunch match against Liverpool on Saturday, embattled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho must confront an adversary who condemned him to one of the most painful defeats of his career.Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's new manager, was in charge of the Borussia Dortmund side who ousted Real Madrid in the 2012-13 Champions League semi-finals, dashing Mourinho's dream of bringing the European Cup back to the Bernabeu in what he knew would be his final season at ...

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Sio return boosts Australia World Cup final bid TEDDINGTON: First choice prop Scott Sio returns to the Australia side for the World Cup final against New Zealand on Saturday in the only change announced by coach Michael Cheika.Sio has recovered from an elbow injury so James Slipper, who played in the semi-final win over Argentina, returns to the bench.Cheika, masterminding Australia's campaign to win the World Cup for a third time, welcomed the return of Brumbies prop Sio."Scott Sio has played really well. ...

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Gleneagles to host 2019 Solheim Cup LONDON: The Scottish golf course Gleneagles will host the Solheim Cup in 2019, five years after welcoming the Ryder Cup, the Ladies European Tour announced on Thursday.The PGA Centenary Course was the stage in 2014 when Europe's men players beat the United States for the sixth time in seven events and now the women's teams will face the same test.Europe lost the Solheim Cup last month as the United States staged a remarkable comeback to ...