The Rugby Championship
An annual competition involving the southern hemisphere’s top four rugby-playing nations – New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina. Known as the Tri Nations from 1996 to 2012, before the Pumas were invited to join the party.
Hernandez's return a boost for Pumas
Argentina have been bolstered by the return of first-choice flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez and flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks in Wellington. The return of Hernandez and the inclusion of 35-test openside flanker Leguizamon are the only changes to the Pumas side, who drew 16-16 with South Africa in Mendoza two weeks ago. Playmaker Hernandez, who was a late withdrawal from that match because of a hamstring injury, replaces Bordeaux's Nicolas Sanchez and Leguizamon comes in for Alvaro Galindo. The Pumas are being assisted in their preparations for this match by former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, who is helping with the development of Argentine rugby. The All Blacks will announce their side tomorrow. AFP
White Sox end slump with home victory
A return home helped the Chicago White Sox regain both their form and division lead with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox brought a four-game losing streak to US Cellular Field where they quickly found their comfort zone, aided by Gordon Beckham's three RBIs and a solid outing from Hector Santiago on his first ever start. Santiago, who usually comes out of the bullpen, struck out six batters and allowed just one run in five innings. "I seriously had all five pitches tonight, which is unusual," Santiago said. "At the beginning of the year, I had one maybe two pitches. I've been able to work more on my stuff and have all my stuff." The victory allowed the White Sox (73-61) to nudge one game on top of the American League Central, ahead of Detroit, who swept them in their recent three-game series. "[The race] will go to October. I hope it doesn't but I definitely think it will," Beckham said. Reuters
'Hot' Snedeker to make Ryder Cup debut for US
US Ryder Cup captain Dave Love named Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker as his captain's wildcard picks for the American Ryder Cup team yesterday. Snedeker was chosen for his first Ryder Cup because of his stellar putting touch in the past month. "We need hot putters," Love said. "There really hasn't been a better putter since the British Open." The Americans will face holders Europe in the 39th edition of the biennial team golf matches on September 28-30 at Medinah near Chicago. Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar qualified for the American side based upon points accumulated in tournaments. AFP