PARIS – South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Cobus Reinach hopes playing alongside Test fly-half Handre Pollard at Montpellier will help him claim a starting Springboks place.Reinach, 30, who has joined the French club on a three-year deal, was behind Faf de Klerk in the pecking order as the Boks lifted the Webb Ellis trophy […]

LONDON – Former champions Williams joined McLaren on Wednesday in dropping plans to appeal a stewards decision against Formula One rivals Racing Point.The matter will still go to the governing FIA’s International Court of Appeal after Ferrari and Renault confirmed their intention to take the matter forward.“After careful consideration, Williams have elected not to proceed […]

SOUTHAMPTON – England quick Stuart Broad says his father, match referee Chris Broad, is off his Christmas card list after he fined him for giving Pakistan’s Yasir Shah a send-off in the first test.The bowler was fined 15% of his match fee and given a demerit point for his behaviour on Saturday as England went […]

WELLINGTON – New Zealand Rugby (NZR) says it wants to complete the domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa competition by playing the final two games this weekend but only if the government lifts COVID-19 restrictions imposed on Wednesday.The government imposed a lockdown on Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and restrictions on the rest of the country after […]

WELLINGTON – The Canterbury Crusaders are seeking “cultural advice” to repair the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy after it was damaged during their title triumph celebrations.Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge confirmed on Tuesday the trophy had become another casualty of the 10-times Super Rugby champions, who won the domestic competition with a round to spare by […]

PARIS – Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who was placed in a medically-induced coma last week after a horrifying crash at the Tour of Poland, has been cleared to return to the Netherlands, his team said Tuesday.The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, 23, was left fighting for his life and underwent a five-hour operation immediately after the accident […]

LISBON – It is arguably the biggest sports event of this COVID-infected year — eight of Europe’s top teams in a knockout tournament over 12 days in the Portuguese capital, with the Champions League winner to be crowned at the final on 23 August.But while millions will tune in around the globe, if you walk […]

TORONTO – The Presidents Cup will return to Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2024, the PGA Tour said on Monday.Royal Montreal, the oldest golf club in North America, held the Canadian Open on 10 occasions, most recently in 2014, and was home of the 2007 Presidents Cup.The announcement means Royal Montreal will join Royal Melbourne […]

COLOGNE – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes his team can make it third time lucky and reach their first final of the season after steering United to the Europa League last four after a 1-0 extra-time win over FC Copenhagen on Monday.United laboured to dispose of the Danish side in 90 minutes, with […]

NEW DELHI – India’s cricket board (BCCI) has received government permission to stage this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, the league’s chairman Brijesh Patel told Reuters on Monday.The BCCI had earlier announced the popular Twenty20 competition, which could not begin in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, would be played […]