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Aug 31, 2015

Kono, Kameda to square off in title bout

WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono will take on second-ranked Koki Kameda on Oct. 16 in Chicago, the Watanabe Boxing Gym announced Monday. The WBA ordered both camps to hold a mandatory world title match in March, but Kameda, along with his two younger ...

Aug 31, 2015

Japan earns team sweeps on final day at worlds

Japan concluded the World Judo Championships in style on Sunday, winning both the men’s and women’s team competitions at the same meet for the first time. The Japanese women, led by 52-kg chamnpion Misato Nakamura, prevailed for the first time in two years after ...

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Aug 31, 2015

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Hoyer guides Texans past Saints

Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston’s starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. All three Texans quarterbacks led scoring drives. Ryan Mallett, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Day wins The Barclays by six strokes

The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn’t this easy. He’s just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way ...

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open

Aug 31, 2015

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open for the second time in three years Sunday, citing a lingering injury to her right leg. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal via a press release at about the same time Sharapova, who won the title ...

Japan downs Peru at Women's World Cup

Aug 30, 2015

Japan downs Peru at Women's World Cup

Japan’s women beat Peru in straight sets for their fifth win in six games, kicking off the second round of the FIVB World Cup on Sunday. The 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 win at Sendai Gymnasium saw Japan stay in third place on 15 points. Saori ...

Ayana shatters Dibaba's double dreams

Aug 30, 2015

Ayana shatters Dibaba's double dreams

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana put on a stunning display of front-running to win the women’s 5,000 meters by more than 17 seconds at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold. The 23-year-old powered away from Dibaba ...

Coe defends 'ostensibly clean' athletics

Aug 30, 2015

Coe defends 'ostensibly clean' athletics

Part of Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be to shift the conversation about his “ostensibly clean” sport from doping to spectacular performances, he said on Sunday. The Briton will become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ...

Bae tied with Day for lead at Barclays

Aug 30, 2015

Bae tied with Day for lead at Barclays

Bae Sang-moon is making the most of his final weeks before he starts mandatory military service in South Korea. Bae matched shots with PGA champion Jason Day throughout the third round of The Barclays on Saturday until both finished at 7-under 63 and tied ...

Manning unconcerned by rusty preseason form

Aug 30, 2015

Manning unconcerned by rusty preseason form

Sure, Peyton Manning said, he’d like to have played more this summer — and better. He swears he’s not worried. “I think we can still win games as we’re developing the identity,” Manning said Saturday night when Denver rode its stifling defense and good ...