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Hope, trepidation as US Eagles face All Blacks in Washington

Oct. 22, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

The US Eagles will host three-time world champion New Zealand on Saturday in a one-off rugby test at Washington's FedEx Field, accompanied by familiar feelings of hope and trepidation. New Zealand’s All Blacks, described as “legendary” by Republican lawmaker Alex...

US edges Canada in Rugby WCup qualifier after 2nd-leg win

Sep. 12, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — The United States edged Canada in a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifier by nine points after winning the second test 38-16 on Saturday with a hat trick of tries by flanker Hanco Germishuys. Following a surprising 34-21 loss last weekend in St....

Soccer's All Whites face name change over racial connotation

Aug. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Football is reported to be considering dropping the “All Whites” nickname of its national men’s soccer team because of its racial connotation. While NZF has not confirmed it may discard the name, it says it is carrying...

Social media stars: A glance at Olympians who went big

Aug. 05, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At the Tokyo Games, athletes have taken to social media in trailblazing ways — with high-profile results. Several Olympians from niche sports introduced themselves to America through viral videos, with TikTok the preferred platform. Here's a look at some...

Olympic Latest: Bencic wins tennis gold for Switzerland

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Belinda Bencic of Switzerland won the women’s tennis...

New Zealand beats France to clinch gold in women's rugby 7s

Jul. 31, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Zealand won a gold medal that was five years in the making, beating France 26-12 on Saturday for the women’s rugby sevens title at the Tokyo Olympics. New Zealand lost to Australia in the 2016 final when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut in Rio de...

US beats Australia, China reaches quarterfinals in rugby 7s

Jul. 30, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Cheta Emba finished off an attacking move with a powerful burst, Abby Gustaitis scored the clincher and the United States became the first team to beat defending champion Australia in Olympic women's rugby sevens competition on Friday. The American players...

COVID-hit Fiji celebrates Olympic rugby sevens gold

Jul. 28, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Emerging gingerly from their homes in a nation under curfew, Fijians cheered, sang hymns and danced in the streets Wednesday to celebrate the victory of their rugby sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics. Fiji is battling a severe COVID-19...

In the market for a medal, US rugby 7s finish just short

Jul. 28, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For rugby sevens veterans like Perry Baker, competing in the Olympics can involve a fine balance between gamesmanship and showmanship. Gamesmanship because his U.S. team is full of talented, athletic players, has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world...

Rugby sevens stars on a mission to elevate Fiji, again

Jul. 25, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was clear they weren’t going to be seeing their families up close for several months. ...