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New Zealand to meet Samoa
New Zealand and Samoa will meet in a one-off rugby test on September 3, bridging a gap in the All Blacks' Tri-Nations schedule.
The test, confirmed by the New Zealand Rugby Union yesterday, will be the first played in the North Island city of New Plymouth.
"The All Blacks need an extra test as there is a four-week break between their Tri-Nations game against South Africa in Cape Town (on Saturday, August 17) and their last game of the tournament against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, September 13," NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said.
Kahne triumphs
Kasey Kahne overcame an early pit road penalty to capture NASCAR's Pocono 500 on Sunday.
The win was Kahne's second in the last three Sprint Cup Series points races, and third in his last four events.
Kahne began the race at the pole, but fell back to 38th after a pit road penalty. He rebounded to dominate the race, leading a race-high 69 of the 200 laps.
Brian Vickers finished second for his best finish since the start of last season. Denny Hamlin was third while Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fourth.
Jones injured
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was scratched from Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after suffering a slight tear to his right quadriceps.
Jones suffered the injury during the Braves' 6-2 loss to the Phillies on Saturday. The Braves had a day off yesterday before heading to Chicago to play the Cubs today.
"If I only have to miss a couple of games in Chicago, I'll consider myself to be pretty lucky," Jones told reporters, adding that no scan was planned.
Fireworks ban
China's capital Beijing is banning fireworks of all types during a more than three-month period around this summer's Olympic Games.
The order extends an existing ban in the city center to the capital's sprawling suburbs, where many of the Olympic events are being held, the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday.
Dealers will be forced to suspend sales and store their stock in specially designated warehouses from July 1 to October 8, Xinhua said.


Updated : 2021-04-10 23:07 GMT+08:00