Sports – Asia

World Rugby rankings reflect northern rise, southern slide

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The release of World Rugby rankings this week was accompanied by little fanfare, although at a glance it seemed to represent one of the most significant power shifts in the global game for several years. Four Northern Hemisphere teams won the second matches of their three-test series against Southern Hemisphere …

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Russian tennis players collect 3 titles at US Open tuneups

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was quite a week for Russia’s professional tennis players — four tournaments, three titles. One of them, Liudmila Samsonova, thinks it might not be merely a coincidence that this recent run of success for her, Daria Kasatkina and Daniil Medvedev comes shortly after they were banned from competing at Wimbledon because …

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Some rugby league players in Australia refuse the pride jersey

SYDNEY (AP) — Seven Manly Sea Eagles players have withdrawn from a National Rugby League match in Australia because they’re unwilling to wear their club’s inclusion jersey. The jersey has rainbow stripes and a rainbow collar — in place of the regular white sections — to support LGBTQ inclusion in sports, and the club plans …

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Sri Lankans missing; Thompson-Herah wins Commonwealth gold

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — The Sri Lankan team has asked its athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games to turn in their passports after three members went missing. The nation, which is experiencing a major economic crisisconfirmed late Wednesday that a wrestler, a judoka, and a judo coach have disappeared from one of the Commonwealth …

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