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Golden Kings make quick work of Evessa

15 hours 17 min ago

Two teams entered Saturday’s contest with the same target: improving their chances of making the playoffs. The Ryukyu Golden Kings did just that, winning 84-69 over the host Osaka Evessa. The longtime bj-league rivals who captured seven of the league’s 11 titles, now competing as B. League foes in the West Division, have identical 26-28 […]

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Teenager Kubo set to make debut with FC Tokyo’s first team

15 hours 43 min ago

Fifteen-year-old playmaker Takefusa Kubo is in line to make his debut with FC Tokyo’s first team, a a team source said Saturday. Kubo returned to Japan in 2015 after four years with Barcelona — when the Catalan club was penalized by soccer’s world governing body FIFA for violating international transfer regulations — but has already […]

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BayStars amass 13 hits, whip Dragons

15 hours 52 min ago

Every player in the Yokohama Baystars’ starting lineup had at least one hit in a 13-hit offensive attack as the Yokohama-based club defeated the Chunichi Dragons 11-4 in the Central League on Saturday. Masayuki Kuwahara, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Yasutaka Tobashira each drove in three runs, and Takayuki Kajitani hit a two-run blast in the sixth […]

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Japan completes wire-to-wire lead to capture second World Team Trophy title

16 hours 41 min ago

Inspired free skates from Mai Mihara and Wakaba Higuchi in women’s singles powered Japan to the World Team Trophy title on Saturday night at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Both skaters finished their first year on the senior circuits with clean programs before another capacity crowd as the host nation went wire-to-wire to capture its second World […]

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Complacent Japan overcomes spirited South Korea in ARC opener

18 hours 40 min ago

Japan beat South Korea in their Asia Rugby Championship opener Saturday but it was hardly an impressive performance from Jamie Joseph’s side. The Brave Blossoms may have scored seven tries but they conceded five in a 47-29 victory at Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field that left Joseph less than impressed. “We were out-passioned and that’s […]

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Rapid first-half scoring propels Reysol past Marinos

18 hours 57 min ago

Kashiwa Reysol blitzed Yokohama F. Marinos with two goals in the space of two first-half minutes to claim a 2-0 win in the J. League on Saturday. Marinos went into the weekend having climbed into fourth in the table on the back of two straight wins, but Cristiano scored a 25th-minute penalty and Hiroto Nakagawa […]

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Sunwolves no match for Highlanders

18 hours 57 min ago

The Sunwolves showed their depth of resilience and fight, but ultimately came up short yet again as the Highlanders handed them their seventh loss of the Super Rugby season in Invercargill on Saturday. Tokyo’s team crossed the line four times, but errors and line-ball refereeing decisions meant they booked just two tries, which was never […]

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Masamoto orchestrates rout as BigBlue pound Bulls in Pearl Bowl opener

19 hours 2 min ago

Yuki Masamoto threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead the defending Pearl Bowl champion IBM BigBlue to a 34-3 rout of the Bulls as the X League spring tournament opened on Saturday at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki. “Our focus in this game was blocking, tackling and other fundamentals,” IBM head coach Shinzo Yamada […]

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English soccer mourns after Ehiogu’s death

19 hours 25 min ago

Soccer mourned the untimely death of former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu on Friday, with England’s national team manager Gareth Southgate paying tribute to a “colossus,” friend and true gentleman. Ehiogu, who worked as under-23 coach for Tottenham, collapsed at the North London club’s training ground on Thursday and was rushed to the […]

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Goffin nabs first win over Djokovic

19 hours 49 min ago

David Goffin beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in his career on his fifth match point, winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Friday. Goffin denied Djokovic a possible 50th career match against defending champion Rafael Nadal, who was playing the last remaining quarterfinal against unseeded Diego Schwartzman. “It’s […]

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Kubo lifts Gent to draw in playoffs

19 hours 57 min ago

Japan striker Yuya Kubo was on target again to help Gent earn a 1-1 draw at home to Oostende in the Belgian first-division playoffs on Friday. Franck Berrier fired Oostende into a 67th-minute lead from close range, but Kubo, who struck the winner in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Charleroi, earned the home side a point […]

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A’s get best of Mariners, Iwakuma

20 hours 59 min ago

Hisashi Iwakuma is still looking for his first win of the season after another unsuccessful attempt Friday in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-1 defeat to the Oakland Athletics. In his fourth start of the season, Iwakuma gave up three runs and five hits, including two home runs, while issuing four walks and striking out three in […]

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Japan women improve to 5-0 at hockey worlds

21 hours 8 min ago

Japan capped a stellar week by beating France 4-0 and making it five wins out of five at the second-tier women’s ice hockey world championships on Friday. Smile Japan, which had already secured promotion to the top division a day earlier with a 4-1 victory over Austria at Merkur Arena, finished atop the Group A […]

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Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

21 hours 39 min ago

Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff […]

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Bumgarner put on DL after dirt bike accident

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:12

Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career Friday after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. San Francisco announced Bumgarner’s injury Friday afternoon, a day after the accident […]

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Williams lifts Capitals in overtime

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 03:55

“Mr. Game 7” is the Washington Capitals’ new Mr. Game 5. Justin Williams added to his legendary playoff status by scoring 64 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night and a 3-2 lead in the tight first-round series. The Presidents’ Trophy winners survived a […]

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Swallows’ Ishikawa keeps Carp in check

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:07

Tokyo Yakult Swallows ace Masanori Ishikawa allowed just a run in seven innings on Friday in a 3-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp, who lost their third straight game. Ishikawa (2-1) gave up six hits, five of them singles, and a walk, while striking out eight — the 37-year-old lefty’s highest total since June 2014. […]

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Hanyu, Uno finish 1-2 in men’s free skate at World Team Trophy

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:03

Strong free skates from Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno kept Japan in the lead after the second day of the World Team Trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Friday night. Hanyu, who had a calamitous short program on Thursday which saw him finish seventh, rallied to take the free skate with a tally of 200.49 […]

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Alves scores on final touch to give S-Pulse draw with Frontale

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:33

Tiago Alves equalized for Shimizu on the last touch of the game as S-Pulse drew 2-2 with Kawasaki Frontale on Friday. Reigning league MVP Kengo Nakamura and Hiroyuki Abe scored for Kawasaki. Shota Kaneko had netted the first-half opener for Shimizu. In the day’s other match, Gamba Osaka thrashed Omiya 6-0 at home, keeping last-place […]

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Ex-UFC champ Rousey announces engagement to MMA fighter Travis Browne

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:51

Forget the octagon, Ronda Rousey is buzzing about a ring after announcing her engagement to fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne. Rousey flashed the diamond and made the announcement in a paparazzi video shared by TMZ Sports . Browne says in the video that he popped the question under a waterfall in New Zealand last week. […]

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