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13 December 2018 12:13 PM REVEALED: Ireland coach turned down All Blacks role

Cape Town - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt reportedly turned down an offer to work under his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen last year. NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew told the New Zealand Herald that they approached Schmidt about an assistant coaching position last year. New Zealand asked Schmidt to replace retiring assistant coach Wayne Smith as part of the All Blacks' 19

26 November 2018 8:31 PM Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

US First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. Mrs. Trump designed the decor, which features a theme of "American Treasures." The White House says decorations include a tree trimmed by Gold Star families, an array of topiary trees and mantelpieces featuring the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco 22

17 November 2018 12:00 PM Michelle Obama's memoir smashes sales records

New York — First day sales for Michelle Obama's memoirs Becoming topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada 35

14 November 2018 10:33 AM Barrett reveals All Black respect for rivals Ireland

Cape Town - All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett has reflected his side's respect for Ireland ahead of their highly-anticipated clash in Dublin on Saturday. Barrett spent a year as an eight-year-old living in Ireland and made his debut against the Emerald Isle in 2012. That three points (74-71) separates the All Blacks and Ireland since 2013 sums up the nature 35

02 November 2018 10:12 AM Experimental Ireland to face Italy in Chicago

Chicago - Ireland return to the scene of one of their greatest victories here Saturday as the Six Nations champions face Italy at Chicago's Soldier Field in a one-off Test. Two years ago, a full-strength Irish side stunned New Zealand in a thrilling battle at the home of the Chicago Bears, claiming Ireland's first and only victory over the All Blacks 25

25 October 2018 3:19 AM Judge acquitted of bringing gun into US courthouse

A judge who was caught on video apparently dropping a handgun in a Chicago courthouse has been acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area. Will County Circuit Judge Edward Burmila ruled on Tuesday that it wasn't clear from the surveillance video that the object that fell from Cook County Judge Joseph Claps' jacket was a firearm 41

06 October 2018 8:56 AM Chance the Rapper donates $1m towards bettering mental health services

Chicago — Chance the Rapper says he's donating $1m to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement on Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organisation SocialWorks, saying those involved "want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed." Six mental health providers in Cook County 42

05 October 2018 4:01 AM Jimmy Kimmel to open comedy club in Las Vegas in 2019

Los Angeles - Jimmy Kimmel will see a dream come true when he opens a comedy club next spring in Las Vegas where he will make regular appearances and give up-and-coming comics a chance to hone their talents. The late-night talk show host joined casino giant Caesars Entertainment in announcing plans on Wednesday for the newest comedy club in Sin City. Kimmel 102

20 September 2018 7:18 AM Anderson leads Team World's Laver Cup charge

Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson leads Team World’s charge against a formidable Team Europe in this weekend’s Laver Cup exhibition event in Chicago. Anderson, the world No 9, is the highest-ranked member of Team World which also features Americans John Isner (world No 10), Jack Sock (No 17) and Frances Tiafoe (No 40), Argentina’s Diego Schwartzmann 40

18 September 2018 12:51 PM Spanish golfer found dead at US course

Chicago - Police have charged a man with the premeditated murder of a Spanish golfer, Celia Barquin Arozamena, who investigators say was assaulted and killed on a golf course in the US state of Iowa. The 22-year-old's body was discovered on Monday by police officers who responded to a report of a "suspicious" unattended golf bag at the Coldwater Golf Links 28