New Zealand's players celebrate after they beat the U.S. in the final match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating US in final 21-5

New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens rugby title a record-tying sixth time after beating first-time finalist the United States 21-5 on Saturday.

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South Africa celebrating the win against New Zealand during the final of the IRB World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series 2018, 2 December 2017.

SA lose but reach Dubai 7s quarters; NZ win women's title

Defending champion South Africa lost to Argentina 17-12 in a thriller and still progressed to the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals on Friday.

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Samoa U20 kneel together at the 2018 World Rugby Trophy final in Romania. Photo: World Rugby, from 2018 Trophy.

Samoa U20s ready to face Tonga for World Rugby Trophy place

The Samoa U20s rugby team are well into their preparations for the regional qualifier against Tonga on the 4th and 8th of December at Marist St Joseph’s Stadium.

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Kevon Williams of the USA during an attempted tackle, stretches the jersey of Samoa's Elisapeta Alofipo.

Dubai first step to Olympic sevens qualifying

With the first round of the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series beginning on Friday night Samoan time in Dubai, the Manu Samoa 7s are entering a new era. That’s the view of Samoa Rugby Union general manager of high performance Zane Hilton.

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Manu Samoa sing the national anthem ahead of their game against Georgia. Photo: Georgian Rugby Facebook.

Northern Tour a step towards World Cup for Manu Samoa

Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) General Manager of High Performance Zane Hilton was brought in nine months ago to get Manu Samoa to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

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Manu Sina players say their goodbyes as they depart Fiji after the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship Photo: Manusina Rugby Facebook.

Manu Sina learns from Oceania Championship for next year

Manu Sina coach Ramsey Tomokino left Samoa to return to New Zealand today having reviewed his team’s performance at the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship with the Samoa Rugby Union.

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Ireland's Garry Ringrose is stopped in his tracks as he attacks during the rugby union international between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

All Blacks coaches confident 1 year out from World Cup

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has offered a sunny assessment of where his squad stands less than a year out from a Rugby World Cup in Japan, where the All Blacks will be trying to win the Webb Ellis Trophy for the third straight time.

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Ireland's Luke McGrath, left, celebrates with Ireland's Keith Earls after the rugby union international between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Where major rugby teams stand after the November series

In the last showdown between the major rugby teams of the northern and southern hemispheres before the Rugby World Cup, the north came out on top 7-5 in wins this month.

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The Irish Rugby Union Federation announced Monday Nov. 26, 2018, that Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year's Rugby World Cup and will be replaced by Andy Farrell.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, FILE)

Schmidt to quit Ireland, retire from coaching after 2019 RWC

Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year's Rugby World Cup, and seemingly ruled out taking charge of his native New Zealand in the future by saying he was ending his coaching career to focus on his family.

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Ireland's Tadhg Beirne wins a line out against the USA during their Rugby Union International at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Nov 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Sexton named World Rugby Player of the Year in Irish sweep

Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton was named World Rugby Player of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Monaco on Sunday, leading a sweep of the major awards by an Ireland team which has swept all before it this season.

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New Zealand's players perform the Haka.

New Zealand to play Tonga in Rugby World Cup warm-up

Defending champion New Zealand will conclude its preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a one-off test against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

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Fiji's Semi Radradra celebrates after scoring a try against France during the rugby international between France and Fiji at Stade de France in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

On 10th try, Fiji finally scores historic win over France

Fiji toppled France for the first time in a rugby international by 21-14 at the Stade de France on Saturday. France came from behind to lead 14-12 at halftime, then drew a blank in the second half as Fiji flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked three penalties.

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New Zealand's Jordie Barrett runs on his way to score a try during the rugby union international match between Italy and New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

All Blacks respond to Ireland loss by thumping Italy 66-3

The All Blacks took out their frustration from losing to Ireland by thumping Italy 66-3 at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. New Zealand scored 10 tries against Italy for the first time, and ensured the home side never looked like scoring one of its own in a game full of pace and skills.

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A win at last.

Manu Samoa ended their 2018 season on a high with a 28-10 win over Spain in Madrid this morning. It took the full first half for Samoa to break a committed Spain defence. The 20th ranked side in World Rugby got enough territory to kick a 14th minute territory and lead 3-0. But from there it was basically one-way action, with the Spanish defence camping out deep in their half.

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England's Joe Cokanasiga breaks past Australia's Matt Toomua during the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham in London, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

England secure record 6th straight win over Wallabies

After waiting two and a half years to welcome back Manu Tuilagi, England found a new powerful star in Joe Cokanasiga.

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Manu Samoa.

Manu Samoa named for Spain

A battered Manu Samoa has named their team to play Spain in their final Northern Hemisphere Tour game on Sunday morning. 

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Manu Sina squad is ready to take on the Fiji team for the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship title.

Manu Sina showdown with Fiji to decide Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship

Today’s Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship title decider between Samoa and hosts Fiji will be the biggest game of rugby in most of the Manu Sina players’ careers to date. Both teams come into the game unbeaten, and Samoa coach Ramsey Tomokino said Fiji are a good side. “They’ve been together longer, so they’re more used to the conditions as well.”

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Ireland's Garry Ringrose is stopped in his tracks as he attacks during the rugby union international between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks in Dublin.

Ireland change 14 for test against US Eagles

 Only center Garry Ringrose has kept his run-on jersey in the Ireland side meeting the United States in a rugby international on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.

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England's Owen Farrell, left, and Dylan Hartley after the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham.

England bench features captain Hartley, Wallabies dump Beale

England co-captain Dylan Hartley is in the reserves and Australia dumped Kurtley Beale for their rugby international at Twickenham on Saturday.

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France's Yoann Huget, right, celebrates with France's Teddy Thomas after he scored a try during their rugby union international match between France and Argentina.

France coach Brunel makes 2 changes to face Fiji

Fullback Benjamin Fall and prop Rabah Slimani will start France's final November test against Fiji on Saturday.

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Boxing

Dereck Chisora, left, is knocked out by Dillian Whyte during a heavyweight boxing bout Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in London. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

Whyte KOs Chisora in round 11 of heavyweight fight

Dillian Whyte stopped Dereck Chisora in the 11th round of an all-British heavyweight bout at the 02 Arena on Saturday to make a claim to be Anthony Joshua's next challenger.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Manchester City's coach Pep Guardiola talks to his player Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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