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Nov 24, 2012

Rugby-Cruden immaculate in New Zealand win over Wales

CARDIFF, Nov 24 (Reuters) – World champions New Zealand ruthlessly exposed Wales’s frailties with a 33-10 victory at the Millennium stadium on Saturday underpinned by an immaculate display of place kicking from replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden.

Cruden, a late substitute for Dan Carter, the world’s best standoff who withdrew on Friday evening with an injury to his right leg, converted each of his kicks for a total of 18 points.

Nov 24, 2012

Flawless Cruden helps All Blacks overwhelm Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) – World champions New Zealand overwhelmed Wales 33-10 in the third international of their November tour on Saturday with replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden giving an immaculate display of place kicking.

Cruden, a late substitute for Dan Carter who withdrew on Friday with a leg injury, kicked four penalties and three conversions to leave the Millennium stadium with a 100 percent record.

Nov 24, 2012

Rugby-Flawless Cruden helps All Blacks overwhelm Wales

CARDIFF, Nov 24 (Reuters) – World champions New Zealand overwhelmed Wales 33-10 in the third international of their November tour on Saturday with replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden giving an immaculate display of place kicking.

Cruden, a late substitute for Dan Carter who withdrew on Friday with a leg injury, kicked four penalties and three conversions to leave the Millennium stadium with a 100 percent record.

Nov 23, 2012

Captain Warburton seeks reasons to be cheerful

LONDON (Reuters) – Embattled Wales captain Sam Warburton has attempted to find a gleam of hope amid the gloom before the European rugby champions try to reverse current form and recent history against New Zealand on Saturday.

Since completing a third grand slam in seven years last March, Wales have lost five consecutive tests. The sequence includes upset losses to Argentina and Samoa in their first two fixtures of the November international season.

Nov 23, 2012

Rugby-Captain Warburton seeks reasons to be cheerful

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Embattled Wales captain Sam Warburton has attempted to find a gleam of hope amid the gloom before the European rugby champions try to reverse current form and recent history against New Zealand on Saturday.

Since completing a third grand slam in seven years last March, Wales have lost five consecutive tests. The sequence includes upset losses to Argentina and Samoa in their first two fixtures of the November international season.

Nov 22, 2012

Referee Clattenburg cleared of racism allegation

LONDON (Reuters) – English referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association on Thursday of using racist language towards a Chelsea player, causing more embarrassment for the European champions in a difficult week.

Chelsea went public and lodged a complaint with the FA last month over “inappropriate language” allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Nov 22, 2012

Soccer-Referee Clattenburg cleared of racism allegation

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – English referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association on Thursday of using racist language towards a Chelsea player, causing more embarrassment for the European champions in a difficult week.

Chelsea went public and lodged a complaint with the FA last month over “inappropriate language” allegedly directed at their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel by Clattenburg during the home Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Nov 7, 2012

Coe elected unopposed as BOA chairman

LONDON (Reuters) – Twice Olympic 1,500 meters champion Sebastian Coe was elected unopposed as chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Wednesday after masterminding the highly successful 2012 London Games.

Coe, 56, played a key role in bringing the Games to London for the third time and was then the driving force behind its success as chairman of the organizing committee.

Nov 7, 2012

Olympics-Coe elected unopposed as BOA chairman

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Twice Olympic 1,500 metres champion Sebastian Coe was elected unopposed as chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Wednesday after masterminding the highly successful 2012 London Games.

Coe, 56, played a key role in bringing the Games to London for the third time and was then the driving force behind its success as chairman of the organising committee.

Nov 7, 2012

Rugby-Priestland wins battle for Wales flyhalf jersey

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A debate familiar to generations of Welsh rugby fans was resolved this week in favour of Scarlets’ flyhalf Rhys Priestland following the national team’s annual training camp in Poland.

Priestland sparkled at last year’s World Cup with a series of commanding displays after he had been installed as the first choice in a position holding a special status in Welsh rugby lore.

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