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The Rugby World Cup kicks off Friday with Canada and 19 other countries looking to make their mark at the sports biggest showcase. Here is a list of things to look for during the 48-game tournament that runs through Oct. 23. 1. Listen to the ref. Rugby is a complicated sport with plenty of room for rule interpretation. But game referees do their best to let teams know whats what as play goes on, offering a steady stream of advice and warnings that is captured by microphones for television purposes. It can make for a fascinating play-by-play within the game. 2. Watch the breakdown. Rugby is all about ball possession, with ball-carriers having to release it when tackled. The tackler, meanwhile, has to release the ball-carrier so he can place the ball. But if the tackler keeps his feet, he can then try to play scavenger while the ball-carriers teammates look to protect the ball and clear out the opposition. New Zealands Richie McCaw, Australias David Pocock and South Africas Heinrich Brussow are masters at stealing the ball at the breakdown. How referees call the battle at the breakdown is often key to the game. 3. Marvel at the big men. Tonga prop Soane Tongauiha (six foot three and 286 pounds) is just one of the man-mountains who will serve as ball-carrying battering rams. South African prop Tendai Mtawarira is smaller (six foot and 246 pounds) but fans will chant his nickname -- Beast -- whenever he runs with the ball. Scottish lock Richie Gray stands six foot nine and can run. Six-foot-seven English lock Courtney Lawes is another athletic specimen who moves well and can destroy with a tackle. Watch for South Africa lock Bakkies Botha, one of rugbys hard men. 4. One tough sport. When rugby players go down on the field, play often continues. Trainers rush on and attend to the injured while the battle rages elsewhere, although the referee will stop the game if the action gets too close to the injured player. 5. The television match official. Unlike some sports, rugby has television replay down pat. When it comes to scoring plays, the referee can go to the television match official for guidance. It usually doesnt take long either. 6. The offload. A prominent feature of rugby league that has come to rugby union, the offload is the art of passing the ball while being tackled. Done correctly it continues the attack and, if defenders slow down thinking the tackle was made, can create openings. Rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand is a master of the offload. 7. Expect the benches to empty. World Cup teams will dress seven substitutes and will usually throw all of them on before the game is over. The constant stream of bodies coming in from the sidelines is a bone of contention for some fans. Props are often the first to come off. Coaches also look for some substitutes to function as impact players, making a splash off the bench. 8. Watch the kickers. Winning rugby teams keep the scoreboard turning over, usually thanks to the kickers who look to punish the opposition when penalties are given in striking range of the posts. New Zealands Dan Carter, Englands Jonny Wilkinson and South Africas Morne Steyn are kicking machines. Some teams also have a long-range kicking specialist. 9. We are the world. National rugby teams these days are a melting pot, thanks to residency rules. New Zealanders James Arlidge, Justin Ives, Luke Thompson, Murray Williams and Shaun Webb, Tongans Ryukoliniasi Holani and Sione Talikavili Vatuvei, Australian Ryan Nicholas and Samoan Alisi Tupuailai are on Japans roster. Englands lineup features eight players born elsewhere including Manu Tuilagi whose brother Alesana Tuilagi is with the Samoan team. Australian star Quade Cooper was born in New Zealand while New Zealands Ben Franks was born in Australia. Pacific Islanders pop up on all sorts of teams. Wales Toby Faletau hails from Tonga, for example, as does American Matekitonga Moeakiola. Canadas imports include James Pritchard (Australia), DTH van der Merwe (South Africa), Ander Monro (Scotland), Nanyak Dala (Nigeria) and Jeremy Kyne (New Zealand). Monro, Dala and Kyne make their home in Victoria, Saskatoon, and Edmonton, respectively. Monro was born in Canada to Scottish parents and raised in Scotland. And Canadian Robert Barbieri plays for Italy. 10. Lament those who are missing. While some stars are absent through injury, there are players not at the World Cup because of where they play their rugby. Former All Black Nick Evans would be a perfect backup to fly half Dan Carter but for the fact that he plays in England for Harlequins. 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Wades 36 miserable hours of migraine headaches had passed, his head was clear and his game, well, hed prove his game was back in championship form. Josh Gordon Elite Jersey . The young Ottawa skip beat them all en route to her first Canadian womens curling title. Next up is the world womens curling championship in Riga, Latvia.NEW YORK - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen discovered a new way to protect a late lead. He brought utility infielder Brent Lillibridge off the bench and then planted him in right field. Lillibridge made two spectacular catches in a row to save the White Sox in the ninth inning and Gavin Floyd pitched Chicago to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the suddenly slumping New York Yankees. "I found my closer -- Lillibridge," Guillen said. "We know he can play the outfield really well." The lightly used backup entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and scored on Paul Konerkos go-ahead homer off struggling setup man Rafael Soriano (1-1). Lillibridge stayed in the game in right field and, with two on in the ninth, raced back to the wall to make a terrific catch of Alex Rodriguezs opposite-field drive for the second out, robbing the slugger of a game-tying hit and keeping the runners at first and second. Robinson Cano then hit a line drive to right and Lillibridge charged in, making an all-out dive to snag the ball just inches off the grass for the final out. "We needed a break like that," Lillibridge said. "Im glad he feels comfortable with me out there. Ive always felt a part of this team." Floyd was already looking forward to watching the highlights on television. "Better be 1 and 2 on webgems tonight," he said. Floyd took a three-hitter into the ninth but was pulled after Derek Jeter led off with an infield single. Curtis Granderson sacrificed against Matt Thornton, and Mark Teixeira worked a walk. Guillen, still looking for a reliable closer in his shaky bullpen, called on Sergio Santos for the second consecutive night. He got two outs -- thanks to Lillibridge -- for his second straight save and Chicagos third in nine chances this season. "I havent felt that alive in a long time," Santos said. "I havent yelled that loud in my life -- ever." The last visiting pitcher to win at the old Yankee Stadium in 2008, Floyd (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 to win his second straight start. He walked one and threw 102 pitches, sending the White Sox to consecutive victories in New York for the first time since August 2005. Before arriving at Yankee Stadium, they had lost 10 of 11 overall. Cano and Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, held to three singles by journeyman Phil Humber and two relievers during a 2-0 loss in the series opener Monday night. This time, they wasted a strong start by rookie Ivan&nbssp;Nova, who left with a 2-1 lead after a career-high 6 1-3 innings.dddddddddddd New York, now 18-5 following shutout losses since the start of the 2008 season, has lost two in a row for the first time this year. "Two incredible plays. Very courageous dive, because if the ball tips off his glove, the games over," Rodriguez said. David Robertson preserved New Yorks narrow lead in the seventh, but Soriano hit Carlos Quentin with a one-out pitch in the eighth and Konerko sent his 371st career home run rocketing to left. "Bad month," Soriano said. "Ill take it and come back next month." After saving an AL-best 45 games for Tampa Bay last year, Soriano signed a US$35-million, three-year contract with the Yankees in January to be the bullpen bridge -- and possible successor -- to star closer Mariano Rivera. But the right-hander has a 7.84 ERA in 11 appearances and was booed Tuesday night by the crowd of 40,785. He has given up nine earned runs in 10 1-3 innings after yielding only 12 all last season. "I still believe hes going to be very, very good for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "I havent lost my confidence in Rafael Soriano. "Tonights the best his velocity has been. He just made a mistake to Konerko," the manager added. "Lets not forget he closed out 45 games last year in a tough division. I havent seen anything that tells me he cant handle New York." The Yankees had three chances to retire Alex Rios in the fifth and never did it. Granderson was unable to make a shoestring catch on Rios line-drive single to centre. Rios then stole second, catching a break when Cano dropped a strong throw that could have been in time. Finally, Rios slid home ahead of the throw from right fielder Nick Swisher on Gordon Beckhams RBI single. Nova set down Brent Morel and Juan Pierre to minimize the damage. The right-hander, who beat Floyd 2-1 last August for his first career win, allowed five hits in his first start since April 15. It was the longest of his 11 major league starts. NOTES: Before winning the first two games of the series, the White Sox were 0-11 when scoring three runs or fewer. ... Chicago LHP Mark Buehrle makes his fifth attempt at career win No. 150 on Wednesday night. RHP Bartolo Colon pitches for the Yankees. He beat Toronto 6-2 last Wednesday in his first big league start since 2009. ... Guillen said DH Adam Dunn could begin seeing time at first base on the teams next homestand. cheap jerseys ' ' '
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