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Wallaby Karmichael Hunt cleared of cocaine possession

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Wallabies rugby star Karmichael Hunt has avoided conviction on a charge of cocaine possession after prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence. (MORE)

Lions, Stormers win to open Super Rugby season in S. Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The Lions began their latest quest for a first Super Rugby title with a slender 26-19 win over the Sharks on Saturday, a morale-boosting start for the losing finalist of the last two years against a team seen as its strongest challenger in the South African conference. (MORE)

World Club Challenge: Melbourne Storm 38, Leeds Rhinos 4

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Halfback Brodie Croft scored a try and set up five others as National Rugby League champion Melbourne Storm beat the Leeds Rhinos 38-4 in the World Club Challenge on Friday, handing a heavy defeat to the Super League champions from Britain. (MORE)

Players can go whole English Premiership without doping test

LONDON (AP) The English Rugby Union says its anti-doping program works even though a Premiership player can go an entire season without being tested. (MORE)

6N: France scrumhalf Parra ruled out by knee injury

PARIS (AP) France scrumhalf Morgan Parra will miss the rest of the Six Nations because of a knee injury requiring surgery. (MORE)

Reduced Super Rugby competition to show if less is more

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) �� The 2018 Super Rugby season will test the concept that less is more, demonstrating whether a tournament pared back from 18 to 15 teams will become stronger to win back jaded fans. (MORE)

French rugby federation investigates players over drinking

PARIS (AP) The French rugby federation has opened an investigation that could lead to further sanctions for the national team players who allegedly went out drinking on Sunday after losing to hosts Scotland in the Six Nations tournament. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)