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Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Mar 20, 2015

Nole, Murray move to semifinals

Novak Djokovic didn’t have to hit a ball to get into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury. Tomic’s withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play the top-ranked ...

Ovechkin nets pair for Caps

Mar 20, 2015

Ovechkin nets pair for Caps

Minnesota’s home woes continued — thanks in large part to the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, helping lift the Washington Capitals past the Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. The Wild have gone 21-6-2 since acquiring goalie Devan Dubnyk in a ...

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

Mar 19, 2015

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic called up Kensuke Nagai and Takashi Usami, but appeared to bring the curtain down on record cap-holder Yasuhito Endo’s Japan career as he named his first squad on Thursday. Bosnian Halilhodzic, who arrived in Japan last Friday to ...

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

Mar 19, 2015

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori lost in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. After rallying to defeat Fernando Verdasco in Monday’s third round, Nishikori could not overcome Verdasco’s countryman and fellow big-serving ...

Ducks' Kesler scores in OT to defeat Kings

Mar 19, 2015

Ducks' Kesler scores in OT to defeat Kings

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Ryan Kesler last summer specifically to make them better against the Los Angeles Kings and the other Western Conference powers with dominant centers. About eight months later, Kesler ended the regular-season Freeway Faceoff series with a goal that showed just ...

Mar 19, 2015

Tennis player Odesnik handed 15-year doping ban

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik was banned Wednesday for 15 years after a second doping violation, a sanction that essentially ends his career. The International Tennis Federation said the 29-year-old Odesnik tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, during tests in December and ...

Mar 19, 2015

Vonn claims downhill title

Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup downhill title for the seventh time after winning the last race in the discipline on Wednesday at the season-ending finals. Her seven downhill titles and her 18th crystal globe are both records for women. “It’s incredible after being ...

Princeton, Kwansei Gakuin to battle in Legacy Bowl

Mar 19, 2015

Princeton, Kwansei Gakuin to battle in Legacy Bowl

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

One of the most successful college football clubs in Japan meets one of the oldest football programs in the sport’s mother country when Kwansei Gakuin University takes on Princeton University in the Legacy Bowl on Saturday. The exhibition game at Kincho Stadium in Osaka ...

Mar 18, 2015

Jones says major shake-up needed in Japanese rugby

Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said Wednesday that Japan’s rugby resources were spread too thin and there needed to be a major shake-up in the way the game is run here. Talking after Junior Japan (in essence Japan’s under 20s) went down to their ...

Serena rallies past Stephens

Mar 18, 2015

Serena rallies past Stephens

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, extending her winning streak to 14 matches. Maria Sharapova struggled ...

Toews steps up in Blackhawks win

Mar 18, 2015

Toews steps up in Blackhawks win

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks have picked up their games since leading scorer Patrick Kane went down with an injury. Toews scored twice and assisted on both of linemate Marian Hossa’s goals to lead Chicago past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on ...

Mar 18, 2015

Pacquiao gets down to work in gym

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao enjoyed a strong first day of sparring Tuesday in preparation for his May 2 showdown with unbeaten U.S. rival Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao’s workout at the Wild Card Gym included five hard rounds with a pair of sparring partners. It ...