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Catalans Dragons ditch budget travel as Super League collapses scrum

Paris (AFP) – Rugby League enters a new era on Sunday with scrums abandoned amidst the coronavirus, plans made to speed up play and cash-conscious French club Catalans Dragons reluctantly ditching budget travel.

Super League kicks off with champions St Helens facing the Dragons and Huddersfield playing Leeds Rhinos.

Scrums, rarely the set-piece physical test of strength which so dominates rugby union, will be scrapped from the 13-a-side code.

It’s chiefly on health grounds after research showed that the “micro-climate” of at least six players in such close proximity numerous times a game increased potential virus transmission.

Scrums in rugby

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What the National League will lose when MLB implements the universal DH

Jeff Samardzija’s billowing locks bounced on his pinstriped shoulders as he trotted around the bases. The mid-May weather was not unlike Wednesday’s, but it was 2013, so there was baseball.

The sun peaked through the clouds to warm Cubs fans in short sleeves. They filled Wrigley Field with whistles and cheers. Samardzija had just hit his last home run in a Cubs uniform.

Of course, neither Samardzija nor the fans in attendance knew that the next time the right-handed pitcher would go yard, Samardzija would be a Giant. Samardzija has hit three home runs in his 12-year career, and the

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