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Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Gaku Shibasaki hopes he can take his first step onto the international stage Tuesday, hours after a fellow Aomori Yamada High School alumni tries to make sporting history with the world watching him — that being Kei Nishikori. In New York on Monday, Nishikori ...

Slick passing sends Phoenix past Triumphant Lion

Sep 7, 2014

Slick passing sends Phoenix past Triumphant Lion

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The defending Kanto champion Nihon University Phoenix got off to a fine start thanks to big-time offense by trouncing the Nippon Sport Science Triumphant Lion 56-14 on Sunday at Amino Vital Field in Kanto Collegiate Football League action. Operating their trademark shotgun formation, the ...

Oregon rallies past Michigan State

Sep 7, 2014

Oregon rallies past Michigan State

Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns and No. 3 Oregon’s blur offense overwhelmed No. 7 Michigan State’s stout defense in a 46-27 victory Saturday night. Mariota’s three touchdown passes — two to speedy redshirt freshman Devon Allen — gave him 69 ...

Sep 6, 2014

Star LB Harrison retires as a Steeler

James Harrison ended his career back where it began. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker officially retired from the NFL on Friday after signing a one-day contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 36-year-old spent more than a decade with the franchise before playing for the ...

Luck doesn't fit mold

Sep 6, 2014

Luck doesn't fit mold

Andrew Luck has always tried to deflect the spotlight. As a highly recruited high school quarterback in Houston and as a Heisman finalist at Stanford, he was often the reluctant center of media attention. Even now, he tries to avoid the sideshows that come ...

Seahawks pound Packers

Sep 5, 2014

Seahawks pound Packers

Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance. And Richard Sherman? He was just bored. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened the same way they finished last season, with a blowout ...

Sep 4, 2014

Cowboys bring in Sam to join practice squad

Michael Sam waded through a crowd of reporters and was settling in front of yet another bank of cameras when someone asked if this was what it was like in St. Louis. “The heat?” Sam said, drawing laughter from two dozen or so people ...

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 ...

Seward out to have big impact in Japan

Sep 1, 2014

Seward out to have big impact in Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Kyoto University’s football team recently revealed that it had acquired Adam Seward, a former NFL player, as its new linebackers coach — perhaps the biggest news before the Kansai collegiate season kicked off this past weekend. And as much as the Gangsters — and ...

Champion Seagulls rout Cranes to start season

Aug 31, 2014

Champion Seagulls rout Cranes to start season

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The four-time defending national champion Obic Seagulls got off to a strong start in their challenge for a fifth consecutive title by blanking the Taiyo Building Management Cranes 86-0 on Sunday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium in the X League Central Division. Nine different players ...