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Hakuho still on target for 39th Emperor's Cup

/ Jul 22, 2017

Hakuho still on target for 39th Emperor's Cup

Record-breaking yokozuna Hakuho zeroed in on his 39th championship title by easily seeing off ozeki Goeido on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.The Mongolian, who collected his 1,048th career win on Friday, was in total control at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, ...

Jul 22, 2017

Pele's son back in jail for 12-year sentence

A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal. He ...

Cubs show interest in trade for Darvish

/ Jul 22, 2017

Cubs show interest in trade for Darvish

The Chicago Cubs have made inquiries to the Texas Rangers about the availability of ace Yu Darvish, with a trade between the teams “more plausible than it would’ve been entering the All-Star break,” according to a report on the MLB website.Texas had lost five ...

/ Jul 22, 2017

Wall, Wizards reach agreement on four-year extension: source

All-Star point guard John Wall has agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension with the Washington Wizards that will start with the 2019 season, a source familiar with the deal said.The person confirmed the terms of the agreement on Friday night on condition ...

Froome remains in control heading into last two stages

Jul 22, 2017

Froome remains in control heading into last two stages

Edvald Boasson Hagen showed that brawn and speed don’t guarantee victory at the Tour de France. Winners do their homework, too.Going right around a roundabout while others took the left and longer route proved to be the key that enabled the Norwegian to finally ...