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Sports › Hanyu targets Helsinki gold before Olympic defense

11 hours 39 min ago
Yuzuru Hanyu insists conditions are perfect for him to recapture the men's figure skating world gold from two-time reigning champion Javier Fernandez as the Japanese star prepares his Olympic title defense. Despite a world-record-scoring season last year, Hanyu -- the 2014 world champion -- has had to settle for silver…
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Sports › Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:44
Roger Federer took a look around as he entered the stadium court at the Miami Open, immediately feeling the energy of the crowd. He gave them quite a show. Federer advanced to the fourth round at Key Biscayne on Monday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4. Federer, who was…
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Sports › Halilhodzic urges Japan not to underestimate Thailand in World Cup qualifier

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 20:43
Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic has urged his side not to rest on their laurels as they seek a third successive World Cup qualifying victory when they host Thailand at the Saitama Stadium on Tuesday. Japan, who beat United Arab Emirates last week, are unbeaten in their last five qualifiers to…
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Sports › Dustin Johnson makes the toughest test look easy

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:49
Even for a player of Dustin Johnson's immense ability, the Dell Technologies Match Play was always going to be the toughest for him to capture all four of the World Golf Championships. Somehow, he made it look easy. It's not just that Johnson never trailed at any point during the…
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Sports › NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas from Oakland

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:27
National Football League team owners gave the green light to the Raiders to move to Las Vegas from Oakland, paving the way for the building of a new, $1.9 billion stadium in Sin City, the NFL said on Monday. The plan by Raiders owner Mark Davis, who has been the…
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Sports › Man City fined 35,000 pounds for failing to control players

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:34
Manchester City have been fined 35,000 pounds ($44,030) by the English FA after they accepted a misconduct charge for the way their players reacted to a 50th minute penalty in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool on March 20. City were charged by the FA last week after their…
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Sports › Venus Williams, Nadal, Nishikori reach 4th round at Miami Open

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:56
The oldest player in the women's draw at the Miami Open, Venus Williams is looking forward to the next round. And next year. And the year after that. "Yeah, 2020 here I come," she said. Williams earned her latest win in this season of resurgence Sunday, beating qualifier Patricia Maria…
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Sports › Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:25
Language schools in Japan are tying up with sports associations to help improve the English skills of Japanese athletes in the lead up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The push is aimed at overcoming concern about athletes' struggles to communicate in English during international competitions, while the schools…
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Sports › Johnson wins Match Play to sweep World Golf Championships

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:06
Dustin Johnson won the Dell Technologies Match Play with more drama than he needed to cap off an otherwise dominant week that made him the first player to sweep the four World Golf Championships. The scorecard will show Johnson never trailed in any of his seven matches over 112 holes,…
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Sports › Ousted Honda relishing fight for place in Japan

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 20:32
Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has vowed to win back his starting place in the national side after a lack of playing time at AC Milan saw him lose his spot to the in-form Yuya Kubo. Gent midfielder Kubo started on the right wing in Thursday's World Cup qualifier against the…
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Sports › Germany, England, Poland stay on course in World Cup qualifiers

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 20:31
Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward World Cup qualification but the Netherlands' failure to do the same cost national coach Danny Blind his job on Sunday. The Dutch football association fired Blind one day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in Sofia — a result…
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Sports › Tech changes allow greater fan engagement in sports

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 16:42
As technology permits greater interactivity with fans, sports clubs and leagues have consulted sometimes far-flung supporters on everything from a team's name to where games should be played. Last month, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles went further still. During its first game in the Indoor Football League, the brand new…
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Sports › Kisenosato wins spring sumo title

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 09:34
Making his debut at sumo's highest rank of grand champion, Japanese wrestler Kisenosato won the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Needing a win in regulation to force a tiebreaker, Kisenosato beat Mongolian Terunofuji to give both wrestlers a record of 13-2. Kisenosato then threw down Terunofuji,…
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Sports › Vettel wins F1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 06:40
Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's victory in Singapore in 2015, while Mercedes dominated the last three seasons. "It's a long, long…
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Sports › Stormers beat Sunwolves; Highlanders & Blues win in Super Rugby

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 20:25
The Stormers had to scramble to maintain their unbeaten start to Super Rugby against the struggling Sunwolves on Saturday while the Blues and Highlanders completed another convincing weekend for New Zealand teams. South Africa's Stormers trailed 24-10 to the Sunwolves in Singapore — where they only drew last season —…
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Sports › Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:19
Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway on Saturday. Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer's serve but was strong on his own and forced a first…
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Sports › Mickelson, Johnson make Match Play quarterfinals in Texas

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 18:12
Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson eased into the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play with a fourth straight round in which neither trailed. Mickelson halved his opening hole with an 18-foot par putt, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie and was never seriously challenged in a 4-and-3 victory…
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Sports › Injured Kisenosato suffers 2nd loss; Terunofuji takes lead

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 09:27
Injury-hit yokozuna Kisenosato took to the ring but was powerless to prevent his second defeat in two days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, when ozeki Terunofuji took the sole with one day remaining. Kisenosato's participation at Edion Arena Osaka was doubtful after he landed on his left…
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Sports › Nadal, Nishikori advance in Miami

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 01:47
Rafael Nadal cruised past Israeli Dudi Sela in the second round of the Miami Open while Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Canada’s Milos Raonic also enjoyed comfortable victories as the top seeds got underway. With plenty of backing from the South Florida crowd, Nadal never looked in trouble against the 83rd…
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Sports › Special panel formed to discuss 2020 opening, closing ceremonies

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 21:33
The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee's executive board on Friday approved a panel of experts in various fields to advise on the production of the opening and closing ceremonies. The 12-member panel, which will be chaired by 2020 Honorary President and Chairman/CEO of Canon Fujio Mitarai, will decide the…
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