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Japan set to host ‘special’ World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown

Japan set to host ‘special’ World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown

Japan has been a quiet presence on rugby’s international stage for decades, but now the Far East nation is set to soak up the limelight. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France and the UK have hosted the Rugby World Cup in the tournament’s 32-year history, but Friday’s curtain-raiser between Japan and Russia — the tournament’s…MORE

How football “art” helped Lille return to the big time

How football “art” helped Lille return to the big time

Lille’s return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence is thanks, in part, to a little bit of football “art.” The talented sculptor in question is Luis Campos, the club’s technical director who has molded a relegation-threatened squad into one of France’s finest. Last year, the Portuguese traveled a staggering 280,000 miles around the…MORE

Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, needs elbow surgery

Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, needs elbow surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the season and will undergo surgery on his right elbow, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement Monday. “Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required,”…MORE

David de Gea signs new contract at Manchester United

David de Gea signs new contract at Manchester United

David de Gea has pledged his future to Manchester United after signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2023 with the option for a further year. The 28-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid for $23.5 million (£18.9 million) in June 2011, has made 367 appearances for the English…MORE

Former NASCAR champ Mike Stefanik dies in plane crash

Former NASCAR champ Mike Stefanik dies in plane crash

Mike Stefanik, a nine-time NASCAR champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, died Sunday in a plane crash, according to the stock-car racing organization. He was 61. According to Connecticut State Police, an Aerolite 103, single-engine, single-seat plane took off from Riconn Airport just over the state line in Rhode Island on Sunday. Police say…MORE

Rugby World Cup: How Wales created a home-away-from-home in Japan

Rugby World Cup: How Wales created a home-away-from-home in Japan

You could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the center of Cardiff on an international match day due to the number of buildings proudly decorated with Welsh flags and buses emblazoned with the faces of Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny. Roads lined with fans and a stadium full of cheering on watchers…MORE

Solheim Cup: Europe defeats USA in thrilling finish at Gleneagles

Solheim Cup: Europe defeats USA in thrilling finish at Gleneagles

She stood motionless as the ball rolled towards the hole, but when it disappeared Suzann Pettersen rocked backwards with a double fist pump as she secured a stunning victory for Europe against USA in golf’s Solheim Cup. Norway’s Pettersen embraced opponent Marina Alex before falling into the arms of her European teammates on the 18th…MORE

Joao Felix: Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons ‘unfair’ says Benfica boss

Joao Felix: Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons ‘unfair’ says Benfica boss

At just 19-years old, João Felix has the football world at his feet. The fifth most expensive footballer in history following his staggering $142 million move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid in July, Felix is already being compared to another Portuguese star, a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Felix, who turned 19 in November last year, enjoyed…MORE

Jessica Springsteen clinches her biggest career win in Saint-Tropez

Jessica Springsteen clinches her biggest career win in Saint-Tropez

Jessica Springsteen claimed the biggest win of her equestrian career Saturday after riding to victory in the Saint-Tropez leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). The 27-year-old daughter of iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen stormed to victory in a scintillating jump-off, riding her 12-year-old bay mare RMF Zecilie. She managed to fend off stiff competition…MORE

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