Dec 10 - A new domestic rugby championship will be introduced in Australia next year with the aim of providing the same kind of talent pathways enjoyed by southern hemisphere rivals New Zealand and South Africa, the Australian Rugby Union said.
LONDON, Dec 8 - Heineken Cup results and standings over the weekend.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 6 - Anti-apartheid campaigner and IOC member Sam Ramsamy wants to bring the Olympics to South Africa so that he can fulfil one of Nelson Mandela's last wishes.
Dec 6 - The sporting community paid tribute to Nelson Mandela after the former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away aged 95 on Thursday.
CAPE TOWN, Dec 6 - It was on his inauguration day in 1994 that the concept of 'Madiba Magic' was born - the winning influence that Nelson Mandela engendered whenever he went to watch a South African sports team.
Dec 6 - Tributes poured in from across the sporting world for Nelson Mandela, who died aged 95 on Thursday, including from the International Olympic Committee, soccer governing body FIFA and a moving valediction from former boxer Muhammad Ali.
CAPE TOWN, Dec 5 - While the world mourns his death, Nelson Mandela will also be celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa's return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation, using sport as a means of reconciliation between the country's diverse racial groups.
Dec 6 - World sports diary from Dec. 7 - Dec. 14 (all times GMT) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 SOCCER Premier League (1500 unless stated) Manchester United v Newcastle United (1245) Crystal Palace v Cardiff City Liverpool v West Ham United Southampton v Manchester City Stoke City v Chelsea West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur (1730) Serie A Livorno v AC Milan (1700) Napoli v Udinese (1945) Bundesliga (14
Dec 5 - World soccer body FIFA ordered flags to be flown at half mast and a minute's silence to be held before the next round of international matches after the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
* English clubs left isolated after declining to match French reversal
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.