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Swallows pound starter Seddon, Giants

Apr 30, 2014

Swallows pound starter Seddon, Giants

Masato Furuno worked into the seventh en route to his first win of the season and his teammates gave Yomiuri starter Chris Seddon a beating as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows routed the Giants 9-1 on Wednesday evening. Yakult hit one line drive after another ...

Apr 30, 2014

Tepco reports profit for first time since '11

Tokyo Electric Power Co. moved into the black in fiscal 2013 thanks to drastic cost-cutting efforts taken in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tepco is restructuring after effectively being put under state control after the March 2011 quake and tsunami triggered core meltdowns ...

Apr 30, 2014

Japan women improve to 4-0 at table tennis worlds

Host Japan’s women defeated Taiwan 3-0 to pick up their fourth consecutive victory at the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday. With the win, Japan improved to 4-0 in Group B to all but book its spot in the quarterfinals in first place. ...

Clips storm back in Game 5

Apr 30, 2014

Clips storm back in Game 5

On an exceptional, emotional night, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to their “safe haven” and moved to the brink of winning just their third playoff series since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981. Sterling wasn’t there to witness the 113-103 victory over the ...

Brilliant Real reaches final

Apr 30, 2014

Brilliant Real reaches final

Sergio Ramos has his redemption, Cristiano Ronaldo has his goal record and Real Madrid is one win away from the long-awaited “Decima.” Real Madrid carried out coach Carlo Ancelotti’s game plan to perfection and routed title holder Bayern Munich 4-0 on Tuesday to reach ...

Flyers beat Rangers to force Game 7

Apr 30, 2014

Flyers beat Rangers to force Game 7

Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers are going back to New York for Game 7. There is no time to waste, too. Simmonds scored three goals, Steve Mason stopped 34 shots and the Flyers beat the Rangers 5-2 on Tuesday night to even their ...

Fernandez sparkles against Braves

Apr 30, 2014

Fernandez sparkles against Braves

Jose Fernandez got booed for not running out a grounder, and felt a tiny twinge of disappointment about not getting a chance to finish off what could have been his first complete game. Everything else for the Miami Marlins’ young ace went perfectly once ...

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

Apr 30, 2014

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

by Katsuyo Kuwako and Emi Urabe

The construction industry is raising wages and selling bonds as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies cause labor shortages and a need for funds. Obayashi Corp., the country’s second-largest contractor by market value, raised ¥10 billion in a sale last Friday of five-year bonds ...

Knox struck 'mortal blow' in killing: Italy court

Apr 30, 2014

Knox struck 'mortal blow' in killing: Italy court

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public on Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to “overpower and humiliate” the victim. Presiding ...

Apr 30, 2014

SoftBank mulls wind power plant investment off Ibaraki

SoftBank Corp. is considering investing in an offshore wind power plant project, further expanding its renewable energy business, sources said Wednesday. A SoftBank subsidiary, SB Energy Corp., is in talks to acquire a minority share of Wind Power Energy, the developer of a 90-megawatt ...