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FOOTBALL

Coaching great dies

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowl titles, has died at the age of 82, US media reported on Friday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Noll died at his home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He had been in ill health for several years, battling Alzheimer’s disease, a heart condition and back problems. Noll, leader of Pittsburgh’s vaunted “Steel Curtain,” began his coaching career as a defensive assistant with the Chargers, and also worked for the Baltimore Colts before taking charge in Pittsburgh in 1969. He coached the Steelers for 23 years. The Steelers won Super Bowl titles in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979 under Noll’s guidance.

FIELD HOCKEY

Australia make final

Defending champion Australia have beaten Argentina 5-1 at the field hockey World Cup and are to face host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final. The result was never in doubt as Australia scored early and often in Friday’s semi-final, with Kieran Govers drag-flicking in the first at 4 minutes, Jeremy Hayward scoring twice and Jacob Whetton once. With the score at 5-0, Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat pulled one back for Argentina. The Netherlands beat England 1-0 on a first-half penalty corner and are to play their first World Cup final since winning their third title at home 16 years ago.

RUGBY UNION

Fiji thrash Tonga

Fiji center Nemani Nadolo scored a try among his 20 points as the hosts beat Tonga 45-17 yesterday in their opening match of the Pacific Nations Cup. Wingers Watisoni Votu and Sireli Bobo scored two tries each, and captain Akapusi Qera scored another as Fiji piled on six tries to two in a comprehensive performance. Fiji led 24-3 at halftime, but Tonga rallied midway through the second half with two tries in two minutes to replacement Viliami Fihaki. Fiji closed out the match with tries to Bobo and Qera.

RUGBY UNION

Carter plays club game

Flyhalf Dan Carter made his return to rugby after a six-month layoff at a tiny club ground yesterday, to which hundreds of All Blacks fans made pilgrimage. Carter, who played the most recent of his 100 Tests at the end of last season, has been on a “sabbatical” designed to prolong his international career at least through to next year’s World Cup. Carter ran out for Southbridge in a minor leagues match against Glenmark. He played only 40 minutes, but in that time set up two tries to give his team a 20-5 halftime lead.

ATHLETICS

Fiji runner shot in US

A runner from Fiji was killed in a gang shooting in Northern California just weeks before he was set to attend the University of Louisiana, friends and authorities said. Roy Ravana Jr and another man, Kevin Ohta, were shot on Monday in Sacramento County by two juveniles who opened fire with two handguns and a rifle on behalf of the Norteno street gang, prosecutors said. Ohta, 21, is expected to survive, the Sacramento Bee said. Suspects 17-year-old Elias Guevara and 16-year-old Rozco Gutierrez have been charged as adults with murder and attempted murder. They were arraigned on Wednesday, but did not enter pleas, Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said. The exact circumstances of the shooting were unclear.

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