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Sep 29, 2016

Nishikori aims for third Japan Open title

Kei Nishikori has been handed a huge boost in his hunt for a third Japan Open title after holder and third-ranked Swiss Stan Wawrinka pulled out with a back problem on Thursday. World No. 5 Nishikori, who won the singles bronze medal at the ...

Sep 29, 2016

Hibino advances to Tashkent Open semifinals

Defending champion Nao Hibino reached the semifinals of the Tashkent Open on Thursday, advancing when Lesia Tsurenko retired after losing the first set 7-6 (8-6). Tsurenko, who won last week’s Guangzhou Open, had been on a seven-match winning streak. Hibino, the fourth-seeded player, will ...

Sep 29, 2016

Djokovic withdraws from China Open due to elbow ailment

Novak Djokovic said he has withdrawn from the China Open because of an elbow injury. The defending champion said he is “extremely disappointed” to miss the tournament in Beijing, where he has won four consecutive titles and has 29 victories in a row. Djokovic ...

Sep 29, 2016

Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

Tommie Smith and John Carlos voiced their support for Colin Kaepernick and other athletes staging national anthem protests, 48 years after they raised their gloved fists on the medals stand in a symbolic protest at the Olympics. The American sprinters who were sent home ...

Texans place star DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve

Sep 29, 2016

Texans place star DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve

J.J. Watt is out until at least December and could miss the rest of the season with an injured back, leaving the Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL’s best defensive player. Watt was placed on injured reserve on ...

Sep 28, 2016

Kenya's Olympic team leader charged, denies stealing funds

Kenya’s team leader at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics stole $256,000 from government and sports authorities meant for the athletes’ and officials’ stay at the games, prosecutors alleged in court on Wednesday. Stephen Arap Soi, Kenya’s chef de mission at the Olympics last month, ...

Sep 28, 2016

Serena speaks out against police killings

Star tennis player Serena Williams says she “won’t be silent” about the killing of black men by police officers. Williams wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that she was inspired to speak out after asking her black 18-year-old nephew to drive her to a meeting. ...

Sep 28, 2016

Former Australia bowler Walker dies at 68

Former Australia bowler Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox action earned him the nickname Tangles, has died. He was 68. Cricket Australia on Wednesday said Walker died after a battle with cancer. Walker played 34 test matches between 1972 and ’77, taking 138 wickets ...

Sep 28, 2016

New Zealand rugby boss comes under fire

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Steve Tew faced calls to resign Wednesday over off-field scandals that have damaged the sport’s reputation in the rugby-mad home of the All Blacks. Pundits turned on Tew after an embarrassing U-turn over a teenage star who escaped conviction ...

Sep 28, 2016

Texans' Watt could be done for season

J.J. Watt has re-injured his back, according to a person familiar with his condition, and the Houston Texans expect the star defensive end to be sidelined until at least December, and possibly the entire season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday ...

Canada lands first blow in World Cup finals

Sep 28, 2016

Canada lands first blow in World Cup finals

Canada was not at its best. And it was still good enough. Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos scored in the first period and the Canadians cruised to a 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals on ...

Kerber survives first test as world No. 1

Sep 27, 2016

Kerber survives first test as world No. 1

Playing her first match as the No. 1-ranked player in women’s tennis, Angelique Kerber dropped the first set before recovering to beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Wuhan Open. Kerber replaced Serena Williams atop ...