Hungary's one-armed shooter wins 1948 Olympic gold

The grenade exploded while Károly Takács was holding it. His right hand and half of his forearm were lost to the faulty weapon and Takács was lucky to survive the army drill. ...

Fanny Blankers-Koen shattered myths at 1948 Olympics

The biggest star of the 1948 Olympics was a 30-year-old mother of two who survived Nazi occupation and was thought to have missed her best chances at gold when two Olympics were canceled. ...

Austerity Games of 1948 revive Olympic spirit after WWII

After the controversial 1936 Berlin Games, it was important to believers in the Olympics that the first games after World War II be held without political and racial propaganda. Who ...

England has hard seamers' choice for decisive test vs WI

Six into three will not work on Friday, when England will reveal who are its best seamers for the deciding test against the West Indies at Old Trafford. England named its squad on Th...

6N: England humbles unbeaten Ireland to stay in title hunt

LONDON (AP) — England finally turned up in the Six Nations and denied Ireland at least the triple crown and grand slam in an impressive 24-12 victory at Twickenham on Sunday. Hyping ...

Wales merely need tuneup for Six Nations in Wayne's world

LONDON (AP) — Warren Gatland's parting words as Wales coach were a wish that the team's considerable achievements on his watch weren't wasted. New coach Wayne Pivac is trying to gran...

SBW grateful to end All Blacks career in bronze playoff

Sonny Bill Williams didn't want to play this week. The reaction was natural. Fulltime had just confirmed the stunning end of New Zealand's eight-year reign as Rugby World Cup champio...

Rugby World Cup is the last hurrah for a bunch of greats

Rugby World Cups can be a bathtub of tears. Of the 20 competing teams, 19 will have their hopes dashed. The 20th team won't be immune, either, as the champion sheds tears of joy. ...

Schmidt leaves Irish in good place despite quarterfinal exit

The pause in play is an ideal time for fresh rapid-fire instructions from the coaches' box. Joe Schmidt had nothing to say. Coming up to halftime in the Rugby World...

Ireland skipper Best retires after All Blacks defeat

Patricia and John Best can start enjoying Ireland rugby tests again. Their son Rory won't be playing in them anymore. For more than 16 years, Pat and John Best have...

Tuilagi enjoying Rugby World Cup for as long as he can

Asked if he will be at the next Rugby World Cup in 2023, Manu Tuilagi sighs. "I'll be too old, mate. Yeah, I feel it." Too old? Tuilagi would be only 32 at the 2023...

Namibia, Canada rue missed shot at rare Rugby World Cup win

It wasn't the way Namibia and Canada wanted to end long losing streaks at the Rugby World Cup. They were gutted but understanding when their Pool B game in Kamaishi was canceled by W...

Welsh defense keen to improve against Uruguay at World Cup

Stopping attacks is Shaun Edwards' pride and joy. So the Wales defense coach was aghast at the number of missed tackles against Fiji: 32. "Then I thought to myself,...

Referee Owens' visibility second only to Leitch at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Rugby referees are best seen and not heard, it is said. Nigel Owens didn't get that memo. At the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Welsh referee seems to be second in visibi...

Banged-up Wales hoping for comfy win vs Uruguay at World Cup

The ideal for Wales is to have Uruguay just about beaten by halftime on Sunday so it can withdraw sore players and see how some experiments work out. That's the dream. ...