Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

Crawford, Giants roll past Phillies in 14th

Jul 23, 2014

Crawford, Giants roll past Phillies in 14th

If something didn’t happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber. As it worked out, something happened. Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save ...

Headley caps Yankees debut with walk-off hit

Jul 23, 2014

Headley caps Yankees debut with walk-off hit

Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That’s exactly what he did — about 4½ hours after pulling on his pinstripes. Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, ...

Jul 23, 2014

Tokyo governor hopes to help mend Japan-South Korea ties

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Wednesday that he hopes to promote dialogue and cooperation with the South Korean capital to help improve their countries’ ties, soured over territorial and historical disputes. “We would like to build on today’s first ...

Dungy backs off latest remarks about Sam

Jul 23, 2014

Dungy backs off latest remarks about Sam

NFL television analyst and former coach Tony Dungy backed off Tuesday from comments he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the diversions arising from drafting Michael Sam, who is hoping to become the league’s first openly gay player, saying he was referring to media attention ...

Yamada beginning to flex muscles for Swallows

Jul 23, 2014

Yamada beginning to flex muscles for Swallows

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada has been full of surprises since earning the Central League club’s regular second base job a year ago, and his home run in the second game of the All-Star Series last Saturday shows we never quite know what ...

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

Jul 23, 2014

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at ...

Veteran Rogers captures Tour de France stage for first time

Jul 23, 2014

Veteran Rogers captures Tour de France stage for first time

Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling’s greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, ...

Jul 23, 2014

Kakitani eager to succeed at Basel

Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani said Tuesday that his principle reason for leaving Japan to play for Swiss club FC Basel was to get a taste of winning. “Since I was a boy, I’ve dreamed of playing in the European Champions League,” Kakitani told a ...

Jul 23, 2014

CEO: Rivers to quit if Sterling stays

Los Angeles Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he’ll quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. Parsons made the statement in a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team ...