Actor Andy Whitfield, the former star of TV show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died on Sunday of lymphoma in Sydney aged 39, his representatives said.
Australian winger Digby Ioane fractured his right thumb in Sunday's World Cup victory over Italy but will stay with the squad while he recovers from surgery, team officials say.
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has named the following team to play their World Cup Pool B match against Romania on Saturday at Rugby Park, Invercargill.
Scotland's World Cup game against Georgia tomorrow has been widely viewed as a clash of the packs but a trio of Scottish backs are bidding to ensure their efforts do not go unnoticed as they fight to be part of the first-choice team.
The injury to Digby Ioane is a big setback to Australia's World Cup campaign but the in-form winger's backline team mates are confident they have the talent in their squad to replace him.
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has paid Romania the ultimate compliment by naming his strongest team for Saturday's World Cup Pool B game in Invercargill, with just two injury-enforced changes from the side edged by England in their opener.
Al-Qaeda has released a video marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks featuring audio remarks by new leader Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri and previously unreleased video of slain former chief Osama bin Laden.
The Rugby World Cup is likely to bring an extra $491 million directly into the New Zealand economy but longer term could be worth $1.21 billion to the country, according to a report commissioned by tournament sponsor Mastercard.
While his teammates and coaches have said the past counts for nothing at this rugby World Cup, South Africa prop Gurthro Steenkamp has gently reminded his fellow Springboks of the potential banana skin they face against Fiji on Saturday.
Novak Djokovic capped one of tennis's greatest seasons with an awe-inspiring US Open triumph that could just signal an end to the sport's obsession with "Rafa v Roger" finals.
Samoa have set their sights on a quarterfinal berth at this year's Rugby World Cup, but have no illusions about the challenge ahead as they prepare to negotiate the tournament's 'pool of death'.
England lock Courtney Lawes was handed a two-match suspension today after being found guilty by an independent citing commission of striking Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma with his knee.
Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom will play for the New South Wales Waratahs next season after agreeing a two-year deal to return to the club where he started his Super rugby career and the Australian Rugby Union.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reaffirmed his commitment to fiscal reforms and warned that taxes will have to rise, while reaching out to the opposition for help in tackling the multitude of problems the country faces.
Floods triggered by monsoon rains have crippled Pakistan's biggest city and commercial hub of Karachi, with few people able to make it to work or school.
New Zealand will replace India as hosts of this year's Champions Trophy in December, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said today.
Former Mexico international Benjamin Galindo has been named as the third coach of the year at Santos Laguna, hoping to do better second time around after a short, unhappy stint in 2006.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is considering changes to a controversial security law to allow greater freedom of speech, speeding up promised reforms to reconnect with voters ahead of an expected general election early next year.
Inflation in New Zealand has spiked this year and a rebuilding frenzy after the February earthquake could keep it uncomfortably high.