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Waterboy Cruden to play for province as Barrett steers test WELLINGTON: Dumped New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden will get some game time for his provincial side Manawatu on Sunday before an expected recall for the All Blacks' final Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia next month. The 25-year-old was dropped for the All Blacks' final two matches of the Rugby Championship after he missed the team's flight to Argentina following a night out drinking, though coach Steve Hansen said he expected he would re-join the squad for the Oct. 18 clash against the Wallabies in Brisbane. Cruden, who will face a disciplinary hearing later this week, was the waterboy for Manawatu last week when they played Waikato, but his provincial coach Jason O'Halloran said he expected the pivot would come off the bench in the second half against their provincial neighbours Hawke's Bay. "He felt uncomfortable about starting and could only get to us on Friday for training," O'Halloran told the ...

Malaysian gold medal winner fails dope test INCHEON: Asian Games organisers on Tuesday expelled Malaysia's wushu gold medal winner Tai Cheau Xuen after she failed a drug test, officials said.Tai was found to have taken the stimulant sibutramine, the Olympic Council of Asia said in a statement. Tai is the third positive drug test at the Games after a Tajik footballer and Cambodian soft tennis player.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Bone-crunching kabaddi a knockout hit INCHEON: An ancient contact sport rooted in Indian mythology and said to date back 5,000 years, "kabaddi" is proving a knockout at the Asian Games as its popularity spreads.Fans in South Korea enthusiastically turned out to watch the game, which requires yoga-like breathing skills as two seven-player teams send a raider into their enemy's half of the court to tag an opponent before returning to safety -- in just one breath.Attackers chant "kabaddi, kabaddi" to ...
Boxing promoter Goossen dies at 64 LOS ANGELES: Boxing promoter Dan Goossen, who handled some of the biggest names in the sport including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins, died from liver cancer on Monday. He was 64."The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends," the Goossen family said in a statement."Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing. However, we ...
Wenger challenges Arsenal to kick-start Euro charge LONDON: Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to kick-start their spluttering campaign with a crucial victory in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Turkish giants Galatasaray.Wenger's side have frustrated their manager with a series of flawed displays during a run of one win from their last six matches in all competitions and the Gunners are desperate to stop the rot when Galatasaray visit the Emirates Stadium.Instead of kicking on since qualifying for the Champions League group stages ...
Atletico desperate for win in Juventus clash MADRID: Last season's Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid are in desperate need of three points to kick-start their European campaign when Italian champions Juventus visit the Spanish capital on Wednesday.La Liga champions Atletico were surprisingly beaten 3-2 in their first group match away to Olympiakos a fortnight ago, conceding as many goals as they did in the whole of the group stage last season in the process.However, Diego Simeone's men appear to have rediscovered their ...
McCoist slams Rangers defence after Hibs loss GLASGOW: Rangers manager Ally McCoist slammed his side's shambolic defending after they slipped to a 3-1 home defeat by promotion challengers Hibernian on Monday.The two sides, more accustomed to meeting in Scotland's top flight, were facing each other in the Championship for the first time following Hibernian's surprise relegation last season and Rangers' promotion from League One. After a poor start to their campaign, Hibernian came into the match second bottom while fallen Glasgow giants ...


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