AUCKLAND (Reuters) - All Blacks vice captain Ben Smith and centre Ryan Crotty are injury concerns for the rest of the series against the British and Irish Lions after they came off during the 30-15 victory in the first test at Eden Park on Saturday. Fullback Smith failed a head injury assessment during the first half, while Crotty limped off later in the spell with a hamstring injury and will definitely miss next week's test in Wellington, coach Steve Hansen said. "Ben Smith failed a concussion test and he will go through the protocols," Hansen told reporters. "Ryan Crotty has pulled his hammy, so we already had Jack Goodhue in as a replacement to help him out with his ribs. The Lions play the Wellington Hurricanes on Tuesday before the second test next Saturday in New Zealand's capital.
June 24, 2017 11:26 UTC
While Lions coach Warren Gatland observed that the All Blacks "didn’t come out and play champagne rugby,” Hansen told reporters: "You don't become the number one side in the world for as long as we have been without a very good tight five. "I always find it amusing when everyone tells us they're going to beat us up in the tight five. "We're not just a team that plays flashy rugby, we are a team that can get down and play ... dirty rugby and I mean down and dirty in the most respectful way," he added after his side repelled a ferocious challenge from the visitors. "We felt that we could hurt them if we could get in there (behind the defensive line) and take away their line speed," Hansen said. "Once we started to look after the ball and stopped offloading we built some pressure time after time," Hansen said.
June 24, 2017 11:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-China relations will be further enhanced through the Malaysia-Xiamen Chamber of Commerce (MXCC) which was launched on Saturday. “Last year, bilateral trade between Malaysia and Fujian province was RM13.89bil. Both Malaysia and Fujian are important hubs in China’s 21st Maritime Silk Road,” he said in his speech. Nazri said Xiamen Port was working closely with Port Klang and Malacca Port to further the economic development in both countries. He also said that Xiamen Port is one of the top 20 busiest container ports in the world.
June 24, 2017 11:03 UTC
(Reuters) - England's Stuart Broad is hoping to be fit for the first test against South Africa but the recovering paceman would first like to see if he can send down 10 overs for Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey on July 1. Broad left the field with a heel injury after bowling one over in Notts' win over Leicestershire last Wednesday and was ruled of Monday's match against Kent. "There is a little bit of pain when I slam my front foot down. "I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test." England play South Africa at Lord's in the first of the four tests starting on July 6.
June 24, 2017 11:03 UTC
PETALING JAYA: It was a double joy for Malaysia at the Macau Open bowling championships. Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek pipped South Korea's Baek Jong-yun 251-215 to men's Open crown while Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar made it a clean sweep a moment later by beating Indonesia's Putty Armein 194-248, 213-194 in the women's Open division. It was Syafiq, the 2012 World Cup champion, first triumph since lifting the national crown in 2013, while Radin has finally tasted her first career win since being promoted to the national elite team in 2013. Syafiq and Radin pocketed RM37,360 and RM21,350 respectively for their efforts.
June 24, 2017 10:46 UTC
(Reuters) - Proceeds from August's FA Community Shield match between Premier League winners Chelsea and FA Cup winners Arsenal will be donated to the victims of last week's Grenfell Tower Fire in London, the English Football Association has said. Seventy nine people were killed and thousands more were affected in last week's tragic apartment fire and football's national governing body estimates that 1.25 million pounds could be raised towards helping the victims. "Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help," FA chairman Greg Clarke said on the organisation's website. (www.thefa.com)"Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city's most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington. They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community."
June 24, 2017 10:30 UTC
Read had barely played this season after undergoing surgeries on his wrist and a broken thumb. "The bloke to my left here was outstanding," Hansen told reporters as he nodded towards Read at the news conference. "To be the All Blacks captain you have to have a lot of character and courage and be a fierce warrior. It took us about 60 minutes before we managed to string together some opportunities and finish them off," Read said. Test rugby takes a bit off time to wear teams down and when you get those opportunities you have to do that.
June 24, 2017 10:30 UTC
(Reuters) - Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sold his Rangers shares to Hong Kong-based investor Julian Wolhardt and supporters group Club 1872, chairman of the Scottish Premiership team Dave King said. The 52-year-old billionaire, who founded British retailing group Sports Direct, had a nine percent stake in Rangers International Football Club PLC since 2014. Wolhardt and Club 1872 each invested one million pounds to increase fan ownership to 11 percent and King is hopeful about the future of the club. "This is the partnership I want to see lead Rangers forward," King told the club website (rangers.co.uk). Rangers signed a new commercial deal with Sports Direct last week which includes re-negotiated terms from the older deal.
June 24, 2017 10:07 UTC
(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion have responded positively to the Premier League's letter asking the 20 teams about their interest in re-introducing standing sections in stadiums on a trial basis, the club's director of operations Mark Miles has said. English clubs are legally required to have all-seater stadiums since the 1990 Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster recommended the change but the league's governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter. "It is the same message I have delivered verbally at previous meetings." Miles believes legislation regarding seating arrangements can be changed if there is proof that it is a safe option for supporters. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)
June 24, 2017 09:45 UTC
"I haven't got an age in mind really, I need to just take it year by year," Carrick told Sky Sports. United veterans Giggs and Scholes made 963 and 716 appearances for the team respectively, and Carrick believes he has learnt from them to increase longevity in the game. "I've learnt a lot off of Giggsy and the likes of Scholes... Carrick said that United can improve on last season's sixth-placed league finish and challenge for the Champions League trophy next season. "A club like Manchester United needs to be in the Champions League and challenging for that trophy.
June 24, 2017 09:33 UTC
(Reuters) - Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has stepped down after 15 months in his second stint with the team, the cricket board announced on Saturday. South African Ford, who first coached Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2014, rejoined the team in February last year, signing a contract until the 2019 World Cup. "We have to thank Fordy for his invaluable contribution to Sri Lanka Cricket," board president Thilanga Sumathipala said in a statement. "I wish Sri Lanka Cricket and the boys the very best, and I must offer a word of advice to the young men – Always believe in yourself, believe in your team, and play from your heart." Sri Lanka host Zimbabwe in a five-match one day international series starting on Friday.
June 24, 2017 09:11 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: City police arrested three motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol at road blocks at major roads late Friday and early Saturday. Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M Chandra said the three individuals were among 16 people who were checked at a road block along the Coastal Highway here at about 1am on Saturday. He said a total of 82 vehicles were checked during the road block that began at about 1am. Earlier, city police issued eight summonses for various offences against operators of inter-district buses heading to Sabah's east coast. The vehicles were detained at a road block along Jalan Tuaran from 7pm on Saturday, Chandra said.
June 24, 2017 09:00 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Ireland ran five tries past Japan for a 35-13 win to sweep the two-test series on Saturday, a performance they will hope to repeat when the two sides meet again at the 2019 World Cup. Ireland scored three more tries in the first half through Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion and captain Rhys Ruddock. Jumpei Ogura also converted a penalty in the half past to add three points for Japan. While Japan's performance was an improvement since being thrashed by Ireland 50-22 a week ago in Shizuoka, their comeback stalled after Yamada's try. Paddy Jackson was unerring with the boot, converting all five of the tries scored by Ireland.
June 24, 2017 09:00 UTC
PETALING JAYA: No Malaysians were involved in Friday's suicide bombing in Mecca, said the Foreign Ministry on Saturday. "To date, there are no Malaysians involved in the attack," said the ministry said in a statement. Malaysians in Saudi Arabia can contact the consulate number at 00966126727740 and 00966126728019 or email email@example.com for emergencies or information. The incident - which happened around the Grand Mosque - had injured 11 people including five Saudi Arabian police officers. The ministry also expressed its sympathies to the Saudi Arabian government, its people and families of those involved in the attack.
June 24, 2017 07:52 UTC
We were established on an administrative basis and not under any legislation. Even if you ask them to come and they don’t want to come, there is no issue about it. And even if they came and we questioned them, and they refused to answer we cannot do anything about it.“And it is not under oath. Therefore, an RCI is the only way for a complete understanding.“If this is not done now, the matter will prolong. With a full investigation through an RCI, there could be closure to this,” he said.
June 24, 2017 07:30 UTC