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Sports › Asian Olympic leader backs Sapporo for 2026 Winter Games bid

2 hours 40 min ago
Asia's Olympic leader thinks the continent could stage three consecutive Winter Games and Sapporo would be an ideal location to follow Pyeongchang and Beijing. Olympic Council of Asian president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said Sapporo has all the facilities needed to organize the Winter Olympics for a second…
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Sports › Vardy gives Leicester hope in Sevilla defeat

3 hours 20 min ago
Jamie Vardy's first Champions League goal gave Leicester City a lifeline in their last 16 tie despite going down 2-1 to Sevilla in Wednesday's first leg. Goals from Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa had given Sevilla a deserved 2-0 lead, whilst Correa also saw a penalty saved by the inspired…
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Sports › Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

3 hours 33 min ago
Budapest will withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race. Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the withdrawal to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The joint decision by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and the Hungarian Olympic…
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Sports › Leicester's Vardy ends goal drought in 2-1 loss at Sevilla in Champions League

3 hours 59 min ago
Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal — his first of the year — to keep the English champions alive in the Round of 16. Vardy capped a spirited second half…
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Sports › Gamba Osaka beats Adelaide in AFC Champions League

4 hours 49 min ago
Japan's former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia's Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday. Gamba, the last Japanese club to lift the trophy with their final victory over Adelaide in 2008, were too organised and skilful for the inexperienced Reds team. Tall…
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Sports › South Korea dominates short track speedskating

13 hours 4 min ago
South Korea won three gold medals in short track speedskating on Wednesday at the Asian Winter Games. Seo Yi-ra won the men's 1,000 meters to kick off South Korea's gold medal run at the Makomanai Skating Rink. Seo clocked 1 minute, 24.097 seconds for his first Asian Winter Games gold.…
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Sports › Tokyo governor warns of spiralling 2020 Olympics costs

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 06:00
Tokyo's governor has warned that the bill for the city's 2020 Olympics could yet spiral out of control despite exhaustive efforts to rein in runaway costs. Governor Yuriko Koike said there was still a danger of costs reaching an eye-watering 3 trillion yen ($26 billion) -- four times more than…
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Sports › Top-seeded Nishikori loses temper and his 1st round match at Rio Open

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 03:00
Kei Nishikori smashed his racket into the red clay after losing the first set on Tuesday, an unusual burst of anger from the usually calm Japanese player. Destroying the racket didn't help. He lost the second set, too, as Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci upset the top seed in the first round…
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Sports › Super Rugby faces challenges ahead of changes in 2017

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:30
Super Rugby will begin its 22nd season on Thursday, stalled at a crossroads at which fan expectations and commercial imperatives meet in an almost irreconcilable impasse. The sudden expansion of the competition last year from 15 to 18 teams was unsettling to fans who saw playing standards drop in what…
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Sports › Man City beats Monaco 5-3 in wild Champions League game

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:00
Manchester City scored three goals in 11 minutes to fight back for a 5-3 win over Monaco in a wild Champions League match full of dazzling attacking play and dreadful defending on Tuesday. City was facing a first-leg deficit in the Round of 16 match when Radamel Falcao scored with…
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Sports › Australian swimmer Hackett to seek mental health care abroad after family bust-up

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:52
Australian Olympic swimming great Grant Hackett says he will seek treatment overseas for mental health problems after what he called "the toughest week of my life". The 36-year-old, who went into hiding after his brief arrest last week following a family bust-up, released a statement thanking "mum and dad for…
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Sports › Japan, China get gold in speedskating

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55
Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Nao Kodaira of Japan earned her second gold of the Sapporo Games by beating two-time Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea in the women's 500 on…
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Sports › China, Japan get gold in speedskating

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:55
China claimed two gold medals in short track speedskating at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Wu Dajing, who won silver in the men's 1,500 meters on Monday, won gold in the men's 500 meters with a time of 40.764 seconds, edging South Korea's Seo Yi-ra by .078 seconds. Park…
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Sports › Gov't eyes inclusive, barrier-free society toward Tokyo Olympics

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:00
The government has drawn up set of proposals to build an inclusive, barrier-free society toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, incorporating concerns of the elderly and disabled into policymaking. The compiled Universal Design 2020 Action Plan includes proposals for legal reforms to build easily accessible stations and hotels for…
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Sports › Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:45
Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would…
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Sports › Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:45
The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama Prefecture, which is set…
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Sports › Gulf not obvious as Arsenal beats 5th-tier Sutton in FA Cup

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:57
Arsenal took 26 minutes to break through fifth-tier Sutton United's resistance and the 12-time FA Cup winners were made to toil for a 2-0 victory over the tenacious non-league side to reach the quarterfinals on Monday. On the plastic patch at tiny Gander Green Lane stadium, the gulf in class…
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Sports › South Korea wins 2 golds in short track speed skating

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 09:05
South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport. Choi Min-jeong won the women's 1,500 meters and Park Se-yeong took top honors in…
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Sports › Temperatures may be too high at some Tokyo Olympic venues

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 04:17
Temperatures may be too high for participants and spectators at some of the venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, according to government officials. The government measured temperatures last summer at three of the venues and heat gauge readings indicating sports "should be avoided" were registered on some days…
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Sports › Nishikori upset by Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:31
Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open. Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian's first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five…
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