Sep 2, 2014

Astros fire Porter, name Lawless interim skipper

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the Astros ...

Chiefs give Smith huge extension

Sep 2, 2014

Chiefs give Smith huge extension

When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise. Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years. Smith signed ...

Sep 2, 2014

Ex-NHL blueliner Vadnais, 68, dies

Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time All-Star, has died. He was 68. The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Vadnais made his NHL ...

Sep 2, 2014

Frazier statue nears completion

For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see — even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer. Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers? Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 2.7-meter clay ...

Sep 2, 2014

ASU to extend hoop coaches' deals

A person familiar with the contracts said Arizona State has agreed to extensions for men’s basketball coach Herb Sendek and women’s coach Charli Turner Thorne. The person spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced. Sendek’s extension would ...

Sep 2, 2014

German cities seeking Olympic bid

Berlin and Hamburg have presented low-cost models with contrasting approaches in bids to become Germany’s candidate city for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics. Both cities submitted applications to the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) on Monday, which will make a decision in the next ...

Sep 2, 2014

Classic card collection hits auction

A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball’s earliest greats. Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like ...

Sep 2, 2014

Murakami recalls MLB debut in '64

Masanori Murakami, a trailblazer who became the first Japanese to play in the major leagues, celebrated the 50th anniversary since his debut on Monday. Murakami, 70, a right-hander who left the Nankai Hawks to sign with the Class A Fresno Giants before his call-up ...

Sep 2, 2014

War criminals don't deserve praise

Reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed sympathy for Japan's World War II war criminals during a memorial service for them in April will only deepen the perception that Abe is a revisionist when it comes to Japan's wartime behavior.

Sep 2, 2014

Put fiscal health ahead of politics

Ballooning budget requests by ministries for fiscal 2015 total more than ¥100 trillion for the first time, raising serious doubts about the Abe administration's commitment to fiscal discipline.