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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand may face a greater challenge from itself than from Australia when the teams meet in a Bledisloe Cup rugby test in Dunedin on Saturday. Benoit Pouliot Jersey . The All Blacks played their best rugby of recent years when they beat South Africa 38-27 in Johannesburg two weeks ago, clinching the Rugby Championships in a match which has been hailed as one of the best ever played. Having reached such heights, the All Blacks must try to maintain that standard in a dead rubber -- the Bledisloe Cup having already been won -- and against an injury-battered Australia. "We respect the Australians immensely," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said. "But we understand that this match not only has the challenge of our opponent but also one of the biggest challenges in sport, that is backing up a great performance with another great performance. "This is a challenge this team needs and will help define the progress we are making. If we dont attempt to improve our performance from our last outing, we are vulnerable to being overtaken." Australia is also coming off a good performance, having won 54-17 away to Argentina two weeks ago. Scrumhalf Will Genia will play his 50th test, becoming the 39th Australian player to do so but goalkicking centre Christian Lealiifano is absent. New Zealand-born winger Peter Betham, who plays for the New South Wales, won a Wallabies callup when wingers Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia were both ruled out with injuries. Matt Toomua has been named at inside centre in place of Lealiifano and flyhalf Quade Cooper will likely take over the goalkicking. Fans at Dunedins indoor stadium, which has a section called "the zoo" for the raucous behaviour of its supporters, are likely to renew their campaign against Cooper, who is deeply disliked in New Zealand. He has a history of poor performances against the All Blacks, stretching back to the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup. Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie, who also coached Cooper at the Queensland Reds, said Genias struggles against New Zealand were overstated. "I dont think he has a problem," he said. "I dont have a problem. If hes there hell do the job. "Part of whats been created is a function of the media liking to talk about that. But he just gets on with playing and thats what hes been doing." New Zealand has been able to choose a side much less dictated by injury than Australias. Veteran centre Conrad Smith has began a four-month "sabbatical" from rugby, so Ben Smith moves from wing to centre and allowing the return of winger Cory Jane after a nine-months injury layoff. Hansen said Jane is "a 43-test veteran who before his injury was by the medias opinion -- and probably my own too -- one of the best wingers in the world. "He hasnt lost any form while hes been injured. What he has lost is his time in the jersey." 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling before they faced the Golden State Warriors for Game 4 of their first-round series Sunday. Instead, they made a silent protest to generate attention. In response to Sterlings purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his teams games, the Clippers let their uniforms become a show of solidarity. They ran out of the tunnel wearing their usual warmups. Then they huddled at centre court and tossed the outer layer of their warmups to the ground, going through their pregame routine with their red Clippers shirts on inside out to hide the teams logo. Players also wore black wristbands or armbands during the game, which they lost 118-97. They also donned black socks with their normal jerseys. "Its just us, only us. Were all we got," Clippers point guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out. The Warriors announced sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers -- as they always do -- during team introductions. Sterlings wife was sitting courtside across from the Clippers bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said prior to the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on the issue because players wanted to remain focused on basketball. Afterward, Rivers said he knew what his players had planned but didnt voice his opinion. Rivers said he wasnt thrilled about the demonstration, though he didnt elaborate why. Even he, though, acknowledged that staying focused has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling. "Our message is to play," Rivers said. "Our message is that were going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think thats a good message. I really do. I think thats the message were trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message." In an overcrowded postgame locker room, most of the Clippers players deflected comment or refused to answer questions related to Sterling -- other than to say they remain united and focused on basketball. Shooting guard J.J. Redick, who is white, said the controversy has impacted everybody on the team and around the league. He also admitted it might have affected their preparation. "Maybe our focus wasnt in the right place would be the easiest way to say it," Redick said. "I didnt get the sense that we couldnt function. I thought we competed, but give them a lot of credit as well. It wasnt just the distraction of everything that has happened in the last 24 hours. Golden SState played a great basketball game, lets keep that in mind. Grant Fuhr Jersey. ." While the Clippers wanted to let their play do the talking, other NBA players continued to speak out on the subject. Some talked about the hurt Sterlings alleged words caused. Others urged Silver to take an aggressive stance against Sterling, who has a history of alleged discrimination. Most of them hoped Sterling would be removed as the teams owner someday soon. Miami Heat star LeBron James said Silver needed to take action, going so far as to suggest "there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league." Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on his Twitter page that he couldnt play for Sterling. Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said he could forgive Sterling but couldnt play for him right now, either. Asked if he needed to hear something from the league or Sterling to return as coach next year, Rivers said he didnt know and that he was just concentrating on the playoff series. At the Trail Blazers playoff game against the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, Portland players all wore black socks in solidarity with the Clippers players. "I wanted to do something to support our brothers," Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge said before the game in Portland. The players union, still without an executive director since firing Billy Hunter in February 2013, is following the situation closely. The union has asked former NBA All-Star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take a leading role on the players behalf to address the Sterling matter. Johnson and Silver attended the game Sunday. Johnson said he called an emergency phone meeting of every player representative to the union Saturday night and spoke with Silver before the game. He said this is a "defining moment" for the NBA and for Silver. Johnson said players trust that the commissioner will meet their demands, which include: Sterling not attend any NBA games for the rest of the playoffs; a full account of past allegations of discrimination by Sterling and why the league never sanctioned him; the range of options that the league can penalize Sterling, including the maximum penalty, which players want if the audio recording is validated; assurance that the NBA and the union will be partners in the investigation; and an immediate and decisive ruling, hopefully before the Clippers host the Warriors for Game 5 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Johnson also said there will be no league-wide protest by players or a boycott because theres enough attention on the issue already and that players "trust Adam Silver. They trust that Adam Silver will do the right thing." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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