New Zealand v South Africa: five key duels
AFP Sport looks at five key battles of the blockbuster showdown that will likely determine the pool winner.
England's Vunipola 'should play for us', jokes Tonga boss
A young Vunipola was in the crowd when his father Fe'ao Vunipola played for Tonga against England in London at the 1999 World Cup, a game that finished 101-10 to the home side.
'Game of Thrones' seeks record in final Emmys battle
Despite its misfiring finale which divided fans, the fantasy epic about feuding families and flame-shooting dragons secured a whopping 32 nominations for this year's Emmys, television's version of the Oscars.
Lowly Namibia may lose but 'won't be for want of trying'
Namibia are ranked 23rd in the world, the lowest at the 2019 World Cup, and have never won a match at the global showcase - their best result was a narrow 16-15 loss to Georgia in 2015.
Liverpool threaten another lesson for Chelsea as top-six contenders face off
The Premier League's elite have little time to lick their wounds from a series of blows in European competition as domestic action offers an immediate chance of redemption for Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Marquez drums up home support in MotoGP world title chase
With six races to go, the Spaniard has a comfortable 93-point lead over his closest rival Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati.
Jones confident England ready to ride Rugby World Cup 'rollercoaster'
Eddie Jones is a vastly experienced World Cup campaigner acted as consultant to 2007 champions South Africa and masterminded Japan's shock win over the Springboks in England four years ago.
Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results
The results from Israel's election committee showed Gantz's centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31.
Asia's first Rugby World Cup to kick off as game seeks broader reach
The tournament promises to be one of the most open in history, with at least five or six teams capable of preventing favourites New Zealand from winning an unprecedented third consecutive title.
Springboks told World Cup victory 'most important' for Rainbow Nation
Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa delivered his message personally on Friday when he met the players on the eve of their opening clash against reigning champions New Zealand in Yokohama.
NZ, SA among favourites for Oktoberfest sevens in Munich
The 15-a-side Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan this weekend, but the world's top sevens team will clash at Munich's Olympic Stadium against the backdrop of the world-famous beer festival.
Man Utd, Arsenal, Rangers all claim Europa League wins
Last season's runners-up Arsenal romped to an impressive 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday as Mason Greenwood spared Manchester United's blushes and Rangers got the better of Feyenoord.
Real crunch from Saudi Arabia's oil outage has yet to be felt
While it carries out repairs, the world’s biggest oil exporter has promised to keep the physical crude market supplied from its inventories held in the kingdom and abroad, estimated to have been about 180 million barrels in July.
Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook
Zuckerberg's visit comes as Facebook faces a myriad of regulatory and legal questions surrounding issues like competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political advertising.
Ex-IMF's Lagarde: Global growth 'fragile,' 'under threat'
Policymakers should work together to 'try to reduce the fragility and ... resolve the uncertainty,' facing the global economy, Christine Lagarde told the media during an interview.
Traditional beliefs, rituals fuel tensions over Mugabe's funeral
Those requests have been part of a dispute over the final burial of Mugabe, who died 6 September almost two years after a coup ended his increasingly autocratic 37-year rule.
US accuses Afghan govt of not fighting corruption, cuts aid
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was taking back $100 million committed for a major energy project, saying that Washington would instead fund it directly rather than sending the money to Afghan authorities.
Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies: foreign ministry
"We had confirmation of his death 30 minutes ago," the ministry said, without giving further details. Ben Ali was 83