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Europe, Super game mooted

European champions Toulon of France and Super 15 winners the Otago Highlanders of New Zealand are hoping to face off in Hong Kong on Feb. 6 next year, the French Top 14 side announced on Wednesday. The one-off fixture brings together triple European champions Toulon with the Highlanders, who landed their first Super 15 title last month. “Toulon and the Highlanders have sent off a request for agreement from their respective federations,” Philippe Spanghero, manager of organizers SL Events, told reporters. “When that’s obtained we’ll put together a proposal to World Rugby to get all the required authorization.”


Costa Rica coach resigns

Costa Rica national coach Paulo Wanchope has resigned following involvement in a fistfight in Panama. Wanchope was watching his country’s under-23 team play in Panama on Tuesday when the scuffle broke out. Costa Rica’s soccer federation on Wednesday said in a statement that Wanchope had decided to “step aside.” Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0. Video of the incident shows Wanchope angrily opening a gate to the field and shoving a youth standing behind it, while apparently receiving a shove from a man standing beside the gate. Wanchope then turns and punches the man, who kicks and hits him before police intervene.


App to log racism reports

Fans and players in England who experience or witness racism or discrimination at soccer games or on social media will be able to upload videos and pictures of incidents via a mobile phone application. Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out says is enhancing the ability of people to confidentially report incidents to ensure there is more conclusive evidence to assist investigations. The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, did not previously have a feature to allow users to report racist abuse on social media. Research for Kick It Out this year estimated that an abusive post toward a Premier League player or club is made once every 2.6 minutes on average. The app accounted for more than one-third of the reports received by Kick It Out last year about abuse in the professional game in England.


Sharapova tops ‘Forbes’ list

Maria Sharapova again topped the list of highest-earning female athletes over the past year, Forbes magazine said. For the 11th consecutive year, the Russian headed a list dominated by tennis players, who occupy seven of the top 10 spots. The 28-year-old Sharapova, who won the French Open last year, collected US$6.7 million in prize money, but her total estimated earnings were US$29.7 million, according to Forbes. The Forbes list also includes earnings from appearances, licensing and endorsements, personal business interests and, in some cases, salary. World No. 1 Serena Williams was second at US$24.6 million, while motor racing driver Danica Patrick is the top non-tennis player, in fourth place with US$13.9 million. The only other non-tennis players in the top 10 are No. 8 Ronda Rousey (mixed martial arts) and No. 9 Stacy Lewis (golf). Tennis is one of the few big-money sports where the earnings of women are somewhat comparable to men, though Sharapova’s income was significantly less than the US$67 million earned by Roger Federer, the top tennis player on the latest Forbes men’s list.

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