Pressure at top and bottom of Super Rugby standings

World 03/06/19, 21:22

The three leading teams in Super Rugby face challenging derby matches in the fourth round as interest focuses closely on the top and bottom of the standings.The defending champion Crusaders, who are unbeaten after three rounds, face the winless Chiefs in New Zealand, and the Melbourne Rebels, who have two ...

Cup of Nations: South Korea beats New Zealand 2-0

Sports 03/06/19, 01:33

Substitute midfielder Ji So-yun's long-range strike helped South Korea to a 2-0 win over New Zealand in their last women's Cup of Nations match on Wednesday.Ji came off the bench to turn Melbourne City defender Rebekah Stott inside out before firing a shot past New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler in ...

Cup of Nations: Australia 4, SKorea 1; NZ 2, Argentina 0

Soccer 03/03/19, 05:35

New captain Sam Kerr scored twice and former captain Lisa De Vanna once to lead Australia to a 4-1 win over South Korea in a Cup of Nations women's soccer match.Earlier Sunday, Katie Rood scored in the 50th minute and C.J. Bott 20 minutes later as New Zealand beat Argentina ...

Rising Sunwolves give themselves, Japan rugby timely boost

World 03/02/19, 15:35

Just when they needed it, the Sunwolves gave themselves and Japanese rugby a significant boost.The Tokyo-based team claimed its first away win in Super Rugby on Saturday, and arguably its biggest success since joining the tournament in 2016, with a shock 30-15 victory at the two-time champion Chiefs of New ...

FIFA bans former senior VP Chung for financial misconduct

Soccer 03/01/19, 09:51

Former FIFA senior vice president David Chung has been banned from soccer for 6 1/2 years for financial wrongdoing linked to a $20 million building project.FIFA says its ethics committee judges found Chung, who resigned as the Oceania soccer confederation president last April, guilty of "having offered and accepted gifts" ...

Grounded ship leaks 80 tons of oil near Pacific UNESCO site

World 03/01/19, 00:36

An environmental disaster is unfolding in the Pacific after a large ship ran aground and began leaking oil next to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands, Australian officials said Friday.Footage taken this week shows little progress has been made in stopping the Solomon Trader ship from leaking ...

Sam Kerr selected captain of Australian women’s soccer team

Soccer 02/26/19, 21:50

High-scoring forward Sam Kerr has been selected as captain of the Australian women's soccer team by new coach Ante Milicic.Milicic, who took over as head coach after Alen Stajcic was fired under controversial circumstances last month, made the announcement Wednesday as the Matildas prepared for their first match against New ...

Super Rugby’s unpredictable opening rounds

Hockey 02/24/19, 19:20

After two rounds the only predictable thing about Super Rugby has been its unpredictability.The defending champion Crusaders along with the Dunedin-based Highlanders and Durban-based Sharks are the only teams to have won both of their first two games.Teams that won handsomely in the first round often lost almost as attractively ...

Australia says coal holdups at China ports are not a ban

Business 02/22/19, 03:33

Australia's trade minister said Friday that while there might be some delays in the processing of coal shipments at Chinese ports, he has no reason to believe China is banning Australian coal.Simon Birmingham told reporters in Adelaide that he did not see any problem in the relationship between the two ...

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Business 02/18/19, 23:40

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade.New Zealand's international spy agency in November stopped mobile company Spark from using the equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a ...

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Business 02/18/19, 21:37

New Zealand's government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed."Our current tax system is not fair in the way that it treats ...

Super Rugby: Crusaders start search for 3 in a row with win

World 02/16/19, 14:08

Chasing three titles in a row, the Crusaders benefited from a pair of penalty tries and survived a strong second-half challenge from the Blues to open their Super Rugby season with a 24-22 away win on Saturday.The Crusaders led 12-3 early at Eden Park but the New Zealand teams were ...

New Zealand beats Bangaldesh by 8 wickets in 2nd ODI

Sports 02/16/19, 01:20

Opener Martin Guptill made a second consecutive century to guide New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second one-day cricket international on Saturday and a 2-0 win in the three-match series.After carrying his bat for 117 in the first match which New Zealand won by eight wickets, ...

Papua New Guinea on hunt for 275 cars missing after APEC

World 02/14/19, 02:50

A Papua New Guinea police superintendent on Thursday was hot on the trail of one of the many high-end cars he's trying to recover after an international summit.About 275 cars are missing or overdue in the impoverished Pacific nation since it hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November. ...

NZ beats India by 4 runs in last T20, wins series 2-1

Sports 02/10/19, 06:06

Colin Munro plundered 72 runs from 40 balls to set New Zealand on course for a four-run win over India in the third Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday and a 2-1 win in the three-match series.Munro and Tim Seifert, who made 43 from 25 balls, gave New Zealand a lightning ...

Whittaker pulls out with injury, Adesanya wins at UFC 234

Sports 02/10/19, 00:45

Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end. About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency ...

New Zealander freed after arrest in Kenya, near Somalia

World 02/08/19, 07:30

A Kenyan court has freed a New Zealander held in police custody for several days on suspicion of links with extremism.Sulub Warfaa, 36, spoke to journalists outside the court in Garissa, in northwestern Kenya."Just because I was born in Mogadishu does not mean that I am a terrorist," he said."I ...

Romanians, Nigerians arrested in Cambodian drug bust

Europe 02/07/19, 04:47

Cambodian police said Thursday they have arrested two Romanians and three Nigerians after seizing nearly 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of methamphetamine from one of them as he prepared to board a flight to Hong Kong.Deputy National Police Chief Mok Chito said police on Wednesday found the drug in four plastic ...

Suspect in New Zealand killing of Brit keeps name secret

Europe 02/06/19, 22:25

The man accused of murdering British tourist Grace Millane in New Zealand will continue to keep his name secret while a judge decides whether he can be publicly identified.The 27-year-old man appeared Thursday in Auckland's High Court. His lawyer argued his name should continue to be kept secret so he ...

R. Kelly plans tour for Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand

Entertainment 02/05/19, 21:17

R. Kelly is announcing a new tour, but it won't be in the United States.The embattled entertainer announced on social media Tuesday that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka."See y'all soon" the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration "The King of ...

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