• Maori say rising popularity of haka dance can obscure origin

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The sight of young men doing the haka war dance that originated with the Maori people of New Zealand has become commonplace at college and high school football games across Utah, but some Maori people think the widespread use betrays the sacred origin of their cultural ritual.

  • Pakistani women in memorable rugby sevens debut

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — They might have won only one match at the Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens in Laos on the weekend, but for the Pakistan team — which formed only a year ago — it was a dream debut at an international event.

  • Ex-Australia rugby forward Dan Vickerman dies at age 37

    SYDNEY (AP) — Dan Vickerman, who played 63 rugby tests for Australia and was involved in three World Cups, has died at his home in Sydney. He was 37.