Home advantage pays off in Super Rugby playoffs
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The power of home advantage in Super Rugby playoff matches was emphasized again over the weekend as all four home teams advanced to the semifinals.
Jaguares to break new ground in Super Rugby playoffs
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Argentina's Jaguares will celebrate a significant milestone in their history, ignoring the catcalls of opponents, when they host a Super Rugby quarterfinal for the...
Clarification: Church Theft Not Burglary story
WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — In a story June 9 about a Kansas Court of Appeals decision, The Associated Press reported that a Kansas man who stole items from a Catholic church won't face burglary...
Top 4 found in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The conference winners in Super Rugby are now known and the Wellington-based Hurricanes have locked in fourth place to decide quarterfinal venues a week before the...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders have their last chance to make sure of first place in Super Rugby when they meet the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday in their final...
WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A former south-central Kansas band instructor has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.
The Wichita Eagle reports that 30-year-old Benjamin Olson entered...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The fate of several teams vying for places in the Super Rugby playoffs is likely to be sealed in this weekend's 16th round.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Teams from the South African conference teams have taken command in the late race for playoffs positions in Super Rugby, exposing the limitations of their Australian...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders can bring some on-field certainty to Super Rugby in the 15th round while grappling also with uncertainties off the field.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde famously asserted that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. Referees in Super Rugby likely would...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Jaguares conceded a try within the first minute and rallied magnificently to beat the Hurricanes 28-20 in Super Rugby for the first time on Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Still a month out from the playoffs, Super Rugby will begin to take on knockout significance for some teams from this weekend's 14th round.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A stretch of the Kansas Turnpike has reopened near the Oklahoma border after a flooding creek inundated the roadway.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials aren't sure when the Kansas Turnpike will reopen near the Oklahoma border after a surging creek sent floodwaters pouring over the asphalt.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday joked that her partner's marriage proposal was an intimate moment with just the two of them, a police...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hurricanes hung on in a classic game of two halves to beat the Melbourne Rebels 29-19 in Super Rugby on Saturday and close the gap slightly on runaway leaders...
Crusaders face Lions in reunion of former finalists
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders' rematch Friday with a former Super Rugby finals opponent is likely to emphasize how far ahead of the field they are in this...
Comebacks commonplace in current Super Rugby season
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hurricanes' 22-point rally to beat the Sunwolves in the weekend's ninth round of Super Rugby draws attention to increasingly common come-from-behind wins in the...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information...
Crusaders and Highlanders to meet in delayed derby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders will meet for the first time this Super Rugby season on Friday, a month after the first scheduled...
Akira Ioane named in extended All Blacks squad
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Backrower Akira Ioane is the only uncapped player named Tuesday in New Zealand coach Steve Hansen's first extended squad of the Rugby World Cup year.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Having secured an important part of their long-term future, the Johannesburg-based Lions can focus on a more immediate challenge when they face the Durban-based...
Sunwolves earn first Super Rugby win in Australia
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A week after learning they are to be axed from Super Rugby, Japan's Sunwolves delivered a withering riposte to tournament organizers by beating the New South Wales...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders hope to take the first step Friday toward a new winning streak in a round of firsts in Super Rugby.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read to play 1st match in 2019
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make his first appearance in this World Cup season when he starts for the Christchurch-based Crusaders against the...
Crusaders face identity issues after mosque shooting
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — With their very identity still in doubt, the defending champion Crusaders on Saturday will resume a Super Rugby season interrupted by unimaginable tragedy.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders on Saturday has been canceled as a mark of respect to victims of the...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand government minister said he was punched in the face Thursday while walking to work in an attack that's rare in a country where politicians often mingle...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old Kansas woman who stole charitable donations meant for an 11-year-old burn victim has been sentenced to a year of probation.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has denied a 37-year-old Kansas woman's appeal of her conviction for killing her son.
Lindsey Blansett was convicted of first-degree murder and...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Beauden Barrett kicked a penalty in the 82nd minute for the Hurricanes to beat the Highlanders 25-22 in a bruising New Zealand derby in Super Rugby on...
Australian teams charged with new hope in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australian teams have begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel after several years of inadequate performances against New Zealand opponents in Super...
Former New Zealand leader must pay millions in compensation
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a former New Zealand prime minister to pay several million dollars in compensation for her role in the collapse of a construction...
Super Rugby’s unpredictable opening rounds
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After two rounds the only predictable thing about Super Rugby has been its unpredictability.
The defending champion Crusaders along with the Dunedin-based...
Pocock injury raises concussion specter in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The danger of concussions and rugby's often muddled efforts to counter their threats were evident in the first round of the Super Rugby season and at the start of a...
World Cup to cast big shadow over Super Rugby season
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The southern hemisphere's Super Rugby season begins Friday under the shadow of the impending World Cup.
But rather than providing an entertaining prelude into the world tournament, and possible insight into its winner, the Super Rugby tournament could be damaged by the World Cup's proximity, which begins on Sept. 20 in Japan.
New Zealand beats India by 80 runs in 1st T20
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert hit 84 from 43 balls Wednesday to help New Zealand to an 80-run win over India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
Seifert's maiden half century lifted New Zealand to 219-6 after being put in to bat, and the team then handed India its worst loss in Twenty20 when it was bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 international.
India wins toss, bats in 5th ODI vs. New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — India won the toss and elected to bat on Sunday in the fifth one-day cricket international against New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said India was keen to test itself again in hot conditions which are likely to assist New Zealand's swing bowlers.
Could ‘Alita’ be Hollywood’s breakthrough manga movie?
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The manga movie "Alita: Battle Angel" has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau thinks it will finally represent the breakthrough success in Hollywood for a genre which has proved problematic.
"I think this is definitely the breakthrough one because of the story that Kishiro wrote," said Landau, referring to Japanese author Yukito Kishiro, who wrote the graphic novels, or manga, upon which the movie is based.
Dane Coles re-signs with New Zealand through 2021
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Injury-plagued hooker Dane Coles has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through the 2021 season, providing some good news to the All Blacks amid a growing exodus of top players.
The 32-year-old Coles missed most of the last two seasons with a variety of injuries. He had a long battle with a concussion and struggled to overcome knee and calf problems, returning late last year on the All Blacks' tour to Japan and Britain.
Bill would crackdown on robocalls, fake number spoofing
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shady telemarketers would face a tougher time operating in Kansas under a new bill.
Incoming Republican Rep. Bill Rhiley, of Wellington, says he pre-filed the bill after getting complaints about calls that appear to be from Kansas, but instead are automated sales pitches from telemarketers in other states or overseas.
Sri Lanka 231-6 at stumps on day 4, 2nd test vs. New Zealand
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand broke Sri Lanka's stout resistance late on the fourth day Saturday to move closer to a win in the second cricket test and an historic fourth-straight series victory.
At stumps Sri Lanka was 231-6, still trailing New Zealand by 428 runs with a full day ahead, a fine forecast and with the fitness of Angelo Mathews, its leading batsman, in doubt after he retired hurt on 22.
Sri Lanka 26-2 at stumps on day 3, 2nd test vs New Zealand
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls made record centuries and Colin De Grandhomme a record half-century as New Zealand plundered 585-4 from Sri Lanka's bowlers Friday before declaring with a lead of 659 on the third day of the second test.
Mendis and Mathews revive Sri Lanka on Day 4 of 1st test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews compiled centuries and batted throughout the fourth day in an unbeaten 246-run partnership as Sri Lanka reduced the deficit against New Zealand in the first test on Tuesday.
Mendis finished the day 116 not out, Mathews was 117 not out, and Sri Lanka was 259-3, having erased all but 37 runs of a 296-run deficit.
Sri Lanka's first-innings total was 282, and New Zealand made 578 in reply.
New Zealand faces challenges at home against Sri Lanka
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Coach Gary Stead says New Zealand will go into the first of two cricket tests against Sri Lanka on Saturday in the unusual position of being at a disadvantage in home conditions.
New Zealand last month beat Pakistan 2-1 in a three-test series in the United Arab Emirates and Stead said the team's two months playing on flat pitches in the UAE had left it unprepared for the green and bouncy pitches it expects to encounter at home.
Hundreds in New Zealand hold vigil for slain British tourist
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than 1,000 people across New Zealand joined candlelight vigils on Wednesday to commemorate British tourist Grace Millane, who police say was murdered earlier this month.
The 22-year-old tourist's death has struck a deep chord in a country where many young people take gap years to travel.
Will Young selected in New Zealand squad for Sri Lanka tests
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Uncapped batsman Will Young has been selected in New Zealand's squad for the first two cricket tests against Sri Lanka, beginning at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.
Young, who has been in form for New Zealand A and in domestic first-class and one-day competitions, adds batting cover in the 13-man squad announced Monday for the first and second tests of the three-match series.
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Anna 40, Botkins 28
Antwerp 50, Paulding 46
Ashland Crestview 66, Wellsville 22
Attica Seneca E. 58, New Riegel 29
Bainbridge Paint Valley 71, Piketon 49
Baltimore Liberty Union 81, Cols. Franklin Hts. 30
Bellefontaine 44, DeGraff Riverside 37
Bloomdale Elmwood 45, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 41, OT
Brookfield 66, Cortland Lakeview 43
Castalia Margaretta 52, Wellington 38
Chesterland W. Geauga 52, Painesville Riverside 21
Chillicothe Huntington 68, Williamsport Westfall 51