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February 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Rugby sevens will be an official sport at the Olympic Games in 2016, and Dana Hills and Mira Costa are getting an early start in learning rugby. They've advanced to the championship game of the Southern California championships and will play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cathedral High in San Diego for the Blue Division title. It's still a club sport at the high schools.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Rugby sevens will be an official sport at the Olympic Games in 2016, and Dana Hills and Mira Costa are getting an early start in learning rugby. They've advanced to the championship game of the Southern California championships and will play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cathedral High in San Diego for the Blue Division title. It's still a club sport at the high schools.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 4, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Rugby takes center stage next month in Las Vegas as teams from around the world gather for the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament . The action takes place Feb.8 - 10 at Sam Boyd Stadium on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley and includes a variety of related events before, during and after the matches. The game, which will return as an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for the first time since 1924, differs from traditional rugby in that teams of seven, instead of 15, compete in fast-paced matches consisting of seven-minute halves.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Emma Watson has spellbound another one: The "Harry Potter" star reportedly has a new man. "The Bling Ring" actress, 23, has been spotted smooching and canoodling with Oxford University rugby player Matt Janney while they were vacationing in the Caribbean on Monday. The new romance apparates just as news broke this week that she and former colleague Will Adamowicz called it quits over the summer. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "They didn't have a care in the world.
SPORTS
August 14, 2009 | Philip Hersh
BERLIN -- Golf and rugby took a big step toward joining 2016 Summer Olympics, making the cut after the IOC rejected bids from baseball, softball and three other sports. The International Olympic Committee executive board today also denied squash, karate and roller sports. The board will submit golf and rugby sevens -- a faster-paced version of the standard 15-a-side game -- for ratification by the full 106-member IOC assembly in Copenhagen in October. "In the end, the decision came down to which two would add the most value," IOC president Jacques Rogge said.
NEWS
September 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
It's unusual to make a sitting president testify in court. Rarer still to force testimony from one with the stature of Nelson Mandela. And downright unheard of for the judge to accuse that president of insolence. But Mandela's courtroom ordeal paid off Friday when the nation's highest court ruled in his favor in the lengthy legal battle over racism in white South Africa's national pastime: rugby.
SPORTS
February 9, 2005 | HELENE ELLIOTT
It can't hurt rugby's chances of being added to the Summer Olympics that Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, played for the Belgian national rugby team in his youth. "We'd like to think it might help," said Greg Thomas, communications manager for the International Rugby Board, "but we know we need to rely on more than that."
NEWS
May 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The country's rugby chief resigned, a step toward resolving a crisis that highlighted the nation's racial divisions and threatened to isolate its white-dominated team. Louis Luyt, president of the South African Rugby Football Union, officially resigned by notifying the union's headquarters, said Anthony Mackaiser, a spokesman for the group. But that does not end the showdown between the rugby union and the National Sports Council, the country's sports oversight committee.
WORLD
October 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirty years after their plane crashed in the Andes and 29 companions died, 14 amateur Uruguayan rugby players held a match that had been postponed for three decades. The Old Christians rugby team had been on its way to Chile in October 1972 to play against the Old Boys, a Chilean school team, when their plane crashed south of Santiago. The 45 people aboard included teammates, friends and relatives. Those who survived the 72-day ordeal had to resort to eating the flesh of those who died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2000
Three people were hurt during a Samoan festival in Victoria Park, authorities said. The injuries happened about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after an argument over a rugby match deteriorated into a fight involving 20 people at the park on 192nd Street east of Main Street, said Lt. Michael O'Shea of the Los Angeles County police. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and county police responded to the incident, he said.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The USA Rugby Sevens tournament in Las Vegas later this month promises lots of excitement on the field and plenty of things to do in the run-up to the game. This relatively new form of rugby features seven players to a side, instead of the usual 15. Teams from 16 nations will square off in the competition  Jan. 24-26. Forty-four games will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium , about 10 miles east of the Strip at 7000 E. Russell Road in Las Vegas . The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 when members of Team USA will gather with supporters for a pep rally at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming men's Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. “USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Rugby takes center stage next month in Las Vegas as teams from around the world gather for the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament . The action takes place Feb.8 - 10 at Sam Boyd Stadium on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley and includes a variety of related events before, during and after the matches. The game, which will return as an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for the first time since 1924, differs from traditional rugby in that teams of seven, instead of 15, compete in fast-paced matches consisting of seven-minute halves.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
RUGBY URBAN LEGEND : A player used a blood capsule to fake a cut as part of an elaborate scheme by his team. One of the more annoying aspects of sports like football and basketball is the concept of "flopping," players pretending to be fouled when they did not actually get foul. How can the referees possibly tell what happened when the "flopper" does a good acting job? After all, it is easy enough to pretend that you were hit by someone. However, it is a whole other story to try to fake being cut and bleeding.
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | By David Wharton
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Hammer throwers don't have many places to practice their sport. So Britney Henry is happy to have this vast, green field overlooking the Lower Otay Reservoir, complete with a concrete throwing ring and, on this particular morning, a built-in audience. A duck watches her fling one metal ball after another into the air. When she walks out to retrieve the hammers, her impromptu fan follows along, quacking. "It's nice having this facility," Henry says.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
A Welsh urban legend says that "Every time Wales wins the rugby grand slam, a pope dies, except for 1978, when Wales were really good and two popes died. " A grand slam in rugby occurs when one nation beats all the others in the Six Nations League in one year. The six nations are England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. Although many men on the street in Wales appear to believe the legend, Dr. Gareth Payne of University Hospital Wales and his colleagues disproved it -- sort of. In a 2008 article in the BMJ, they concluded that this event occurs only about 62% of the time.
SPORTS
July 16, 1988
Claims by rugby officials that the U.S. tour of South Africa is only in the interest of promoting the sport are short-sighted and self-serving. As a 15-year veteran of the game, I believe that rugby is probably the least racist sport I know of, at any level, but we must look beyond the game itself. Continued tours of South Africa surely cannot help the world's perception of the game and its players. Perhaps the day will come when we can tour South Africa with pride in the fact that we were part of the solution.
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They used to call it "murderball," but a lot of players thought there should be more emphasis on the finesse involved. "It's not like getting out there and totally womping on people," insisted one participant in a six-team quadriplegic rugby tournament, held over the weekend in Claremont. But there was, nevertheless, plenty of womping going on in the Claremont High School gym on Sunday, the last day of the three-day tournament that attracted teams from as far away as Berkeley and San Jose.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Samsung, AT&T, I'm sorry. I smashed the Samsung Rugby Smart. It's busted, broken and unusable. In my defense, I was told I could drive over the rugged smartphone with a car and it'd come out OK. To test out the car-versus-Rugby Smart selling point, I enlisted Times auto critic David Undercoffler to drive over the durable handset with the nicest car we could find -- a Bentley Continental GT convertible. The Bentley came out fine, but the Rugby Smart is trashed. It won't even turn on. And the screen is shattered.
SPORTS
January 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Tom Barrack, a former USC rugby player who launched a real estate fund that has expanded into international sports and entertainment investments, is interested in pursuing the Dodgers. Barrack heads Colony Capital, a Santa Monica firm that controls $34 billion in assets, according to Forbes. Barrack's interest was confirmed by two people familiar with the matter but not authorized to comment. Owen Blicksilver, a spokesman for Barrack, declined to comment. The Dodgers reached a legal settlement with Fox Sports on Tuesday night, all but ending months of courtroom battles over the future of the team and setting the stage for a bidding war so spirited that outgoing owner Frank McCourt believes he might fetch double the previous record price for a Major League Baseball franchise.
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