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NFL: Lions sign US star Isles, 'rugby's fastest man'

Carlin Isles, a 24-year-old US sevens winger touted as the fastest man in rugby, was signed to a practice squad receiver contract Thursday by the NFL's Detroit Lions. The Lions, eliminated from American football playoff contention last Sunday, have been known for unusual moves in trying to land talent, bringing in a German player last year and Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland earlier this year after seeing him on a YouTube video.

NFL: Lions sign US star Isles, 'rugby's fastest man'

Carlin Isles, a 24-year-old US sevens winger touted as the fastest man in rugby, was signed to a practice squad receiver contract Thursday by the NFL's Detroit Lions. The Lions, eliminated from American football playoff contention last Sunday, have been known for unusual moves in trying to land talent, bringing in a German player last year and Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland earlier this year after seeing him on a YouTube video.

NFL: Lions sign US star Isles, 'rugby's fastest man'

Carlin Isles, a 24-year-old US sevens winger touted as the fastest man in rugby, was signed to a practice squad receiver contract Thursday by the NFL's Detroit Lions. The Lions, eliminated from American football playoff contention last Sunday, have been known for unusual moves in trying to land talent, bringing in a German player last year and Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland earlier this year after seeing him on a YouTube video.

NFL: Lions sign US star Isles, 'rugby's fastest man'

Carlin Isles, a 24-year-old US sevens winger touted as the fastest man in rugby, was signed to a practice squad receiver contract Thursday by the NFL's Detroit Lions. The Lions, eliminated from American football playoff contention last Sunday, have been known for unusual moves in trying to land talent, bringing in a German player last year and Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland earlier this year after seeing him on a YouTube video.

RugbyU: Williams pens All Blacks deal for 2015

Cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams will return to rugby union in 2015, New Zealand Rugby have said. Williams, who will continue in rugby league with the Sydney Roosters in 2014, has signed a two-year deal, meaning he could appear for the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup. He will return to the Chiefs, for whom he played in 2012, in the Super 15 competition. New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said: "Sonny showed in his two years with New Zealand rugby that he is an outstanding talent and was a real asset to our game.

RugbyL: Williams the star draw, but Kangaroos dominate

Sonny Bill Williams, the biggest name in either rugby codes and a true global sporting celebrity, was the star draw for rugby league's showcase World Cup, won with ease by a consummate Australia team. After initially spurning a chance for selection for the New Zealand side, Williams backed down and was a late inclusion at the expense of an already-named player - another page of controversy nonchantly added to his tumultuous career.

Sonny Bill Williams stripped of boxing belts

(Reuters) - Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams has been stripped of his professional boxing belts after the dual code rugby player failed to defend his international and New Zealand heavyweight titles. Williams is eyeing a return to rugby union in 2015 hoping to be part of New Zealand's World Cup defense and also feature in the national sevens team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. His new goals have forced the 28-year-old to suspend his boxing career during which he won all of his six professional heavyweight bouts.

RugbyU: Exeter seek French redemption against champions

Exeter Chiefs will be looking to exorcise their French demons from last season when they host European champions Toulon at Sandy Park this weekend. After last season's successful English Premiership campaign saw them qualify for the European Cup for the second year in a row, they do have one score to settle, if not directly with Toulon. Exeter have proved over the last two-and-a-half years that they belong at rugby's top table, demonstrating competitiveness both on a domestic and European level.

RugbyU: 2014 Rugby Championship fixtures

Fixtures for the 2014 Rugby Championship announced Tuesday (kick-off times yet to be confirmed): Round 1 (Aug 16) Sydney Australia v New Zealand Pretoria South Africa v Argentina Round 2 (Aug 23) Auckland New Zealand v Australia TBC, Argentina Argentina v South Africa Round 3 (Sept 6) Perth Australia v South Africa Napier New Zealand v Argentina Round 4 (Sept 13) Gold Coast Australia v Argentina Wellington

RugbyU: Wales 26 Australia 30

Full result of the one-off international between Wales and Australia at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday: Wales 26 Australia 30 H-t: 16-17 Scorers Wales: Tries - North (1, 58); Conversions - Halfpenny (2), Biggar (59); Penalties - Halfpenny (11, 17), Biggar (30), Priestland (68) Australia: Tries - Leali'ifano (18), Folau (36), Tomane (48); Conversions - Leali'ifano (19, 37, 49); Penalties - Leali'ifano (13, 42, 52) Teams (15-1) Wales
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