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Short Sport, January 15, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 3:35am

Boxing can revive my rugby, Cooper says

Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper says his foray into professional boxing will give him mental strength which may help revive his international rugby career. Cooper will make his professional boxing debut on February 8 in a bout against Australian Barry Dunnett, on the undercard of the fight between former New Zealand international Sonny Bill Williams and South Africa's Francois Botha. Cooper said the demands of boxing training had stretched him and "it's something I've grown from and will continue to grow from". AP


Forget Tebowing, 'Kaepernicking' is it

Move over, Tim Tebow. "Kaepernicking" is all the craze now. In the wake of San Francisco's 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Saturday night's NFC divisional play-off, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's touchdown celebration of flexing his right arm and kissing his bicep has taken off on social media. Several 49ers fans have posted pictures of themselves in the act at home, in bars, on the street, at work or just about any other place they frequent. Some even positioned their toddlers or dogs in the pose. Others made online videos. "Kaepernicking" had started weeks ago after the quarterback replaced Alex Smith, though the act has increased during San Francisco's run to the NFC title game against Atlanta. Tebow, a dedicated Christian, had kneeled down in prayer following scores during Denver's improbable run to the play-offs last year. He faded with the New York Jets this season, and so did "Tebowing". AP


Howard, Bryant snap Lakers out of slump

The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated Dwight Howard's return from injury with a 113-93 NBA victory over Cleveland that ended the Lakers' worst losing streak in six years. Howard, who was sidelined for three games with a right shoulder injury, scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, as the Lakers ended a six-game slide. The Lakers had not lost six in a row since a seven-game losing streak in 2007. Howard connected on nine of 11 shots from the field. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 23 points and six assists, and played a key role in limiting Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 15 points with seven assists. "That was a challenge I wanted to accept for sure," Bryant said. "I tried to pressure Kyrie and force someone else to initiate the offence." AFP


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