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Gay rights a nonissue for Abe, Xi at Sochi

Feb 08, 2014

Gay rights a nonissue for Abe, Xi at Sochi

by Ken Moritsugu

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart appear not to be bothered by the international ruckus over Russia’s law restricting gay rights. Unlike President Barack Obama, who pointedly declined to attend the Winter Olympics, the leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies ...

Sochi holds echoes of 1980 Moscow Olympics

Feb 08, 2014

Sochi holds echoes of 1980 Moscow Olympics

In the summer of 1980, a group of journalists asked a Soviet official what the USSR had contributed to building of Moscow’s new West German-constructed Sheremetyevo Airport, which would deliver visitors to the Summer Olympics. “Sand,” he said. The tour came shortly before the ...

U.N., France seek punishment for Central Africa lynching

Feb 08, 2014

U.N., France seek punishment for Central Africa lynching

The U.N.’s top envoy and France on Thursday urged the Central African authorities to punish soldiers involved in the gruesome public lynching of a suspected ex-rebel. U.N. representative Babacar Gaye said in Bangui that Wednesday’s killing was “unacceptable” and “must be properly investigated and ...

Feb 08, 2014

NHK's credibility at stake

Two of the more recent appointees to the NHK Board of Governors show their stripes so to speak by denying that the 1937 Nanjing Massacre happened, on one hand, and writing an essay in praise of the Emperor as a "living god" on the ...

U.S. slopestyle snowboarder takes Sochi's first gold

Feb 08, 2014

U.S. slopestyle snowboarder takes Sochi's first gold

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle final. Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely ...

Seven-time Olympian Kasai hopes to inspire teammates

Feb 08, 2014

Seven-time Olympian Kasai hopes to inspire teammates

Veteran and delegation captain Noriaki Kasai will be among the four Japanese competitors in the men’s normal hill ski jump, it was announced on Friday. Kasai, appearing in his seventh Olympics at the ripe age of 41, is set to jump with 26-year-old Taku ...

Feb 08, 2014

Forlan to arrive in Japan next week

New Cerezo Osaka forward Diego Forlan will arrive in Japan next Wednesday, the J.League first-division club said Friday. The 34-year-old Uruguay international won the Golden Ball Award as the MVP at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Forlan has also twice led ...

Nets take down banged-up Spurs

Feb 08, 2014

Nets take down banged-up Spurs

They were bloodied and eventually beaten, though not before delivering the type of effort Gregg Popovich always expects of his San Antonio Spurs. Even when his team is so banged-up that it had two guys in protective facemasks on the court at the same ...

Caps' Ovechkin notches 40th goal

Feb 08, 2014

Caps' Ovechkin notches 40th goal

Secretary of State John Kerry, the most powerful politician in the house, performed a ceremonial puck drop to send the Olympians on their way. Alex Ovechkin, the biggest hockey star in the arena, scored his league-leading 40th goal to give his team the lead ...

Baseball Hall of Famer Kiner dead at 91

Feb 08, 2014

Baseball Hall of Famer Kiner dead at 91

Ralph Kiner was a smash as a slugger, launching so many home runs over the left-field wall at old Forbes Field that fans nicknamed it his corner. Years later, as one of baseball’s most beloved broadcasters, he became a big hit in a new ...