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O'Callaghan banned for two weeks

RUGBY: Munster's Donncha O'Callaghan has been banned for two weeks for what was deemed to be "reckless" use of the boot to the head of Ulster's Stuart Olding.

The incident happened in the recent PRO12 Interprovincial derby when the veteran lock lashed out at a loose ball only to catch Olding to the shoulder, chest and head.

The disciplinary committee convened in Glasgow yesterday to initially find him guilty of a lower-end sanction of four weeks for foul play.

This was cut in half due to O'Callaghan's unblemished and long playing career, together with his conduct at the hearing. He will be free to play from Sunday week.

Strydom sees off carjackers

RUGBY: Former Springbok and World Cup winner Hannes Strydom suffered a fractured skull and spent a night in intensive care after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking.

He was attacked on Monday in the South African capital Pretoria when he saw a person lying on the road and stopped his car, thinking they needed help. He said the attackers then threw bricks at his car, with one smashing his window and hitting him in the head.

The people tried to steal his car, but he fought them off and drove himself to the hospital, he said.

"I remember I was standing there surrounded by six people and I had to fight for my life," the six-foot-six former second-rower said.

Strydom was a member of the Springboks' famed 1995 World Cup-winning team.

Disgraced Rice asks for chance

NFL: Embattled former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said he hopes to land with another NFL team because he "took full responsibility" for his one-punch knockout of his then-fiancée.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowler, was reinstated to the NFL last week but it was unclear if any club would sign the six-year veteran.

"The only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance," Rice pleaded.