RUGBY

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

New Zealand and the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions played out a 1515 draw in the third test in Auckland, New Zealand, end­ing a com­pelling three-test se­ries with a bit­ter stale­mate.

New Zealand won the first test, 30-15, the Lions clinched the second, 24-21, and Satur­day’s fi­nale at Eden Park was ev­ery­thing that had been ex­pected — puls­ing with in­ci­dent — un­til the fi­nal dead­lock left home fans in stunned si­lence.

Owen Far­rell kicked a penalty in the 78th minute to draw the Lions level at 15-15. The match ended con­tro­ver­sially when the All Blacks were awarded what might have been a se­ries-win­ning penalty — only to see the de­ci­sion over­turned.

The Lions have won only one test se­ries in New Zealand, and that was 46 years ago.

MISC.

The mar­quee event of the World Se­ries of Poker kicked off in Las Ve­gas, bring­ing to­gether pros, am­a­teurs, ath­letes and celebri­ties.

More than 6,000 play­ers were ex­pected to buy into the se­ries’ no-limit Texas Hold ’Em Main Event. They each risk $10,000 and put them­selves through a gru­el­ing sched­ule in an at­tempt to earn a piece of more than $60 mil­lion, a gold bracelet and brag­ging rights.

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