Rugby

The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)
June 26, 2020 - 2:51 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-...
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Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 25, 2020 - 8:00 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host...
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Spectators watch the Super Rugby Aotearoa rugby game between the Highlanders and Chiefs in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Super Rugby Aotearoa is the first major rugby union tournament to resume since the COVID-19 outbreak and one of the first major sports events in the world at which there will be no limitation on crowd size. (Derek Morrison /Photosport via AP)
June 13, 2020 - 6:35 am
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — They call one section of the stadium The Zoo, and it's easy to see why: thousands of university students in team colors standing on their seats, steadying trays of beer, swaying to music and erupting with joy when their team scores. “Craziness,” is how 20-year-old...
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A restaurant employee Annabelle Mathis cleans a table in a restaurant of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwestern France, Friday May 29, 2020. From June 2 restaurants and cafes will reopen, together with monuments and museums, concert halls and theaters, beaches, campsites, gyms and public swimming pools. There's a notable exception for the Paris region, the country's worst-affected by the virus, where many facilities will have to wait until June 22 to reopen. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
May 30, 2020 - 11:18 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ France’s former sports minister says the government was too hasty in calling off soccer leagues this season. The French leagues were canceled after Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in late April they could not...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action for now. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 30, 2020 - 7:29 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The announcement by sports minister...
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Christine Archer, right, and her sister Gail Baker cry as they are reunited in Bowraville, Australia Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Australia had rejected Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Her only sister Baker was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after both countries stopped international travel. Baker has perhaps weeks to live. Archer was eventually allowed to fly to Sydney and spent only a week in hotel quarantine before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AuBC via AP)
May 21, 2020 - 3:51 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A woman has tearfully embraced her dying sister in Australia after weeks of bureaucracy wrangling over pandemic travel restrictions. Australia had rejected Christine Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks beside the Webb Ellis Cup during an interview before the match schedule announcement for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot are vying to become chairman of World Rugby amid trying times for the sport because of the coronavirus outbreak and the growing discussion about a global calendar to unify the international game. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
May 03, 2020 - 3:49 pm
Confronting and managing an unprecedented financial crisis. Uniting the northern and southern hemispheres in one global calendar. Maintaining the growth of the women’s and sevens games. All while not even knowing exactly when rugby can return following the coronavirus outbreak. Bill Beaumont has...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks beside the Webb Ellis Cup during an interview before the match schedule announcement for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot are vying to become chairman of World Rugby amid trying times for the sport because of the coronavirus outbreak and the growing discussion about a global calendar to unify the international game. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
May 02, 2020 - 11:29 am
Former England captain Bill Beaumont will lead World Rugby for another four years after being re-elected on Saturday, beating Agustín Pichot with a first-round majority. The sport’s governing body said the 68-year-old Beaumont won by 28 votes to 23 against Pichot, the former Argentina scrumhalf who...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 30, 2019 file photo, a view of the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, southern Austria. Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. The first 10 F1 races have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. (Christian Bruna, Pool via AP, File)
May 02, 2020 - 9:33 am
The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or...
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A TV cameraman films in the empty stadium as a part of precaution against the new coronavirus during the pre-season baseball game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. South Korea's professional baseball league has decided to begin its new season on May 5, initially without fans, following a postponement over the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
April 28, 2020 - 10:20 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport ... won’t...
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