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Sep 4, 2015

No longer a surprise, Samoa confident for World Cup

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Almost a quarter of a century ago, in the pool rounds of the 1991 rugby World Cup, Western Samoa pulled off one of rugby’s biggest upsets when they beat the once-mighty Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.

It was a result that shook rugby’s established world order to the core, offering a first-hand look at the awesome, largely untapped potential of the Pacific Islanders as well as the decline of Wales, one of the sport’s traditional powers.

Sep 4, 2015

Rugby-No longer a surprise, Samoa confident for World Cup

Sept 4 (Reuters) – Almost a quarter of a century ago, in the pool rounds of the 1991 rugby World Cup, Western Samoa pulled off one of rugby’s biggest upsets when they beat the once-mighty Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.

It was a result that shook rugby’s established world order to the core, offering a first-hand look at the awesome, largely untapped potential of the Pacific Islanders as well as the decline of Wales, one of the sport’s traditional powers.

Aug 27, 2015

Four countries left in race to host world championships

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Argentina has pulled out of the running to host the 2021 and 2023 world swimming championships, leaving just four countries as confirmed bidders for the sport’s showcase event.

World governing body FINA will vote to decide the two host nations at a meeting in Dubai on November 8 following an abbreviated campaign to find a new host for 2021.

Aug 27, 2015

Swimming-Four countries left in race to host world championships

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Argentina has pulled out of the running to host the 2021 and 2023 world swimming championships, leaving just four countries as confirmed bidders for the sport’s showcase event.

World governing body FINA will vote to decide the two host nations at a meeting in Dubai on November 8 following an abbreviated campaign to find a new host for 2021.

Aug 26, 2015

FINA clears China’s Sun over ‘altercation’ at worlds

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Swimming’s world governing body has cleared Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang of any wrongdoing following complaints over his behavior at this month’s world championships in Russia.

FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters the altercation that led to a complaint against Sun was the result of overcongestion in the warmup pool in Kazan and did not warrant further action.

Aug 26, 2015

Swimming-FINA clears China’s Sun over ‘altercation’ at worlds

SINGAPORE, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Swimming’s world governing body has cleared Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang of any wrongdoing following complaints over his behaviour at this month’s world championships in Russia.

FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters the altercation that led to a complaint against Sun was the result of overcongestion in the warmup pool in Kazan and did not warrant further action.

Aug 26, 2015

FINA to consider minimum age limits for world champs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The 10-year-old Bahraini girl who competed at this month’s world championships in Russia could end up holding a record that will never be beaten if swimming officials push ahead with plans to close the loophole that allowed her to race.

Despite failing to reach the minimum qualifying standards, Alzain Tareq became the youngest competitor ever to race at the championships when she competed in the heats of the women’s 50-meter freestyle and 50m butterfly at Kazan earlier this month.

Aug 17, 2015

Emotions run high for family after Day wins PGA title

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Jason Day was just six years old when his father gave him a gift that would change his life forever.

Alvin Day was rummaging through piles of garbage at a rubbish tip in Australia when he spotted an old golf club that someone had thrown away.

Aug 8, 2015

Precision timing deserts Clarke as he falls on his sword

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Timing is everything in the cut-throat world of international cricket and Australian captain Michael Clarke knew the game was up for him.

Clarke announced on Saturday that he was quitting the Australian test captaincy after his side suffered a humiliating loss in the Ashes series against England.

Aug 8, 2015

Cricket-Precision timing deserts Clarke as he falls on his sword

SINGAPORE, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Timing is everything in the cut-throat world of international cricket and Australian captain Michael Clarke knew the game was up for him.

Clarke announced on Saturday that he was quitting the Australian test captaincy after his side suffered a humiliating loss in the Ashes series against England.

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