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PREVIEW-Rugby-Pumas target breakthrough win over Springboks

Aug 21 - Is the Springbok harder to tame than the Puma? Even when the Puma is stronger?

Olympics-South Korean Lee fires 65 to win gold in women's golf

NANJING, China, Aug 21 - So long the dominant force on the U.S. LPGA Tour, South Korea's women now look to have set their sights on Olympic golfing glory after Lee So-young won the Youth Games gold medal in Nanjing on Thursday.

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PREVIEW-Rugby-All Blacks told to improve or risk losing Bledisloe

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 - New Zealand's hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the All Blacks ahead of the return match against Australia on Saturday.

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Olympics-Lapasset delighted by rugby sevens debut at Youth Games

NANJING, China, Aug 21 - International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset described the debut of rugby sevens at the Youth Olympics as a "huge moment" for the sport and said IOC President Thomas Bach had been impressed by the quality on show in Nanjing.

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Rugby-Super-sub Crotty thrust into starting role against Wallabies

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 - Ryan Crotty's elevation to his first test start for the All Blacks on Thursday was hardly a major surprise after Ma'a Nonu was ruled out by injury, even if the 25-year-old centre was not even in the squad a week ago.

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Rugby-Hernandez fit as Argentina make two changes in backs

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 20 - Fit-again Juan Martin Hernandez was named at inside centre in the Argentina starting line-up on Wednesday as one of two changes in the backs for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Salta.

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Rugby-Argentina team to face South Africa

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 20 - Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade named the following team on Wednesday for the Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Salta on Saturday:

20 Aug 2014

Rugby-Crotty earns first start for All Blacks

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 - Inside centre Ryan Crotty will make his first start for the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship clash with Australia at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday.

20 Aug 2014

Rugby-All Blacks team to face Australia

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named the following team to play Australia in their Rugby Championship clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

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UPDATE 1-Rugby-Flanker Smith makes Springboks comeback against Pumas

* Smith set to win 70th cap four years after previous test

20 Aug 2014

Pete Rose Jr.`s long long journey

Except for one very brief 28 day stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997, Pete Rose, Jr. has been chasing the major league dream for 27 years, playing or coaching over 2,000 games and wearing the uniform of 29 teams – in the US, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

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