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Jan 31, 2015

Suntory, NEC book All-Japan spots

Suntory Sungoliath and NEC Green Rockets both ensured on Saturday that their seasons would last at least one more game as they booked their spots in the All-Japan Championship. Suntory downed Ricoh Black Rams 42-14, while NEC beat NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 33-10 in ...

Jan 31, 2015

Tiger shoots 82, misses cut in AZ

Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro. He never looked more lost on a golf course. Woods hit wedges fat and thin, but never close. He hit one drive into the water, another into the ...

Determined Djokovic ousts defending champion Stan Wawrinka

Jan 30, 2015

Determined Djokovic ousts defending champion Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Djokovic knocked off Wawrinka in a seesawing 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win ...

Jan 30, 2015

Kenyan marathoner Jeptoo gets two-year doping ban

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya said on Friday. The biggest doping scandal to hit the East African country in recent years, Jeptoo’s case has focused attention ...

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2015

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

One of the best moments during the Super Bowl week is simulating the biggest game of the year. How do the Seahawks match giant tight end Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots stop Marshawn Lynch when he is in the “Beast Mode?” And ultimately, who’s ...

Sharks thrash rival Ducks

Jan 30, 2015

Sharks thrash rival Ducks

San Jose put the game away with an impressive burst in the second period. When it comes to the Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks rise to the occasion. Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the Sharks ...

Jan 30, 2015

Toyota plans return to World Rally

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will return to the World Rally Championship in 2017, participating in the prestigious motor sports event for the first time since 1999. The decision highlights Toyota’s desire to strengthen its technology development and enhance its brand image, company ...

Jan 30, 2015

'Red Army' reveals life in USSR

Audiences understand early on that “Red Army” is more than just a film about hockey. The documentary features plenty of footage of the Soviet Union’s renowned national team scoring incredible goals, undergoing rigorous training and being hailed as a symbol of strength. But there’s ...

Jan 30, 2015

Radionova wins Euro short program

Elena Radionova led a Russian sweep of the top three in the short program at the European figure skating championships on Thursday, in a performance she said was something of an emotional watershed. “I really had fun. It was the first time I really ...

Jan 30, 2015

Gordon cites drinking for problems

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon said on Thursday that his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another ...

Jan 30, 2015

Hernandez murder trial begins

With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home ...

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Jan 29, 2015

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Britain’s Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The two-time Grand Slam champion, seeded sixth, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or ...