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 Chris Burch will play fly-half as part of a new-look back line for the UAE national rugby union team that will face Singapore at The Sevens grounds in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National

Chris Burch to lead UAE’s charge against Singapore

he UAE’s bid to safeguard their place in the second tier of Asian rugby against Singapore next week will be piloted by a player who was contemplating retirement from the sport at this time last year.

 Seiichi Shimomura, centre, is part of a Japan squad that is the gold standard for sides such as the UAE, here in a Asian Five Nations rugby match at Dubai on May 10, 2013 and Singapore aspire to reach. Marwan Naamani / AFP

UAE and Singapore are rugby teams with a similar tale to tell

The UAE versus Singapore in rugby: a battle to see whether our expatriates are better than their expatriates, surely? Well, maybe not for much longer.

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 Sharjah Cricket Stadium's colorful past was never like this – the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils was loud, raucous and commerical. Pawan Singh / The National

No need for rose-coloured glasses when Sharjah Cricket Stadium host IPL

Sharjah still plays well as India's home away from home when it comes to big-time cricket, but the commercial overtones were in overdrive.

 Jorginho accepts the challenge that lies ahead for Al Wasl's improvement, and the club says it will give him time ... if they see results.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Wasl will give Jorginho time but results in Arabian Gulf League are needed

Al Wasl officials said they will provide Jorginho, their new coach, sufficient time to change the club’s fortunes while also warning that his fate ultimately will depend on results.

 Mickael Barzalona riding Sudden Wonder, left, to victory in the Tattersalls Millions Trophy at Newmarket racecourse on April 17, 2014 in Newmarket, England. Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images

Godolphin boosted by performances of two fresh horses at Newmarket

Be Ready underwhelms in Craven Stakes during otherwise successful day for stables

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Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, and then a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant on the final night of the season before this season’s NBA playoffs could be decided.

Jeremy Lin after first triple-double: ‘Humbling to think about the whole journey and now this’

February 2, 2014

The reserve guard led Houston to a 106-92 win over Cleveland on Saturday, scoring 15 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and dishing 10 assists for his first career triple-double.

Jeremy Lin, Terrence Jones efforts help Rockets overcome Harden absence in win over Spurs

January 29, 2014

Terrence Jones scored 21 and Jeremy Lin pitched in 18 as Dwight Howard started slow and Houston, missing James Harden, overcame San Antonio anyway on Tuesday for 97-90 win.

Jeremy Lin’s turn as super-sub fuels Rockets

November 12, 2013

The Houston guard scored 31 off the bench and the Rockets fought off the Toronto Raptors 110-104 in two overtimes on Monday night.

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October 13, 2013

James Harden scored 21 and Dwight Howard added six rebounds and two blocks as Houston beat Indiana 107-98 in Taipei on Sunday.

Linsanity arrives in Philippine capital

October 8, 2013

With the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers in the Philippines this week for the NBA's first ever preseason game there, Jeremy Lin is garnering heavy attention.

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March 6, 2013

Jeremy Lin will travel with the Rockets for exhibition games in Taiwan and the Philippines after the NBA announced its schedule of overseas matches for later this year.

NBA: Rockets blast back to record win over struggling Lakers

January 9, 2013

James Harden and Jeremy Lin inflicted further woe on the injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers as Houston recovered from a 14-point deficit to run out winners.

NBA: LeBron James leads Miami to victory over Thunder

December 26, 2012

Jeremy Lin and James Harden continued to bolster the Houston Rockets as they blasted past the Chicago Bulls during the Christmas Day fixtures.

NBA: Jeremy Lin steals show on return to New York as Rockets take victory

December 18, 2012

Linsanity returned to Madison Square Garden as the Houston Rockets guard answered booing Knicks fans with a standout performance to help his side claim a 109-96 win.

NBA: Jeremy Lin admits to 'terrible' performances for Houston after defeat to struggling Raptors

December 17, 2012

The man who sparked 'Linsanity' last season admits he is 'not doing close' to the performances which made his name with the New York Knicks since moving to the Rockets in the summer.

NBA: Jeremy Lin hits form as Houston rocket to win over Raptors

November 28, 2012

The Houston Rockets ran out 117-101 winners over Toronto as new signing Jeremy Lin had his best game of the season so far.

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NBA: Lakers put on show for new coach D'Antoni with win over Houston

November 19, 2012

Mike D'Antoni watched from the locker room as his new side kept Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin quiet to run out 119-109 winners and continue their recent recovery.

NBA: Miami turn up Heat on Jeremy Lin with narrow win over Houston

November 13, 2012

Utah Jazz needed triple overtime to defeat Toronto Raptors while Jeremy Lin had another night to forget against Miami.