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Aug 23, 2014

Nishikori expresses concern about fitness level

Kei Nishikori has spoken of his fitness concerns as he prepares to return to action for the first time in nearly a month at the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday. The 24-year-old needed three weeks of recovery after having a cyst removed from ...

Aug 23, 2014

Volleyball trophies stolen in Brazil

The trophies for the men’s and women’s volleyball world championships have been stolen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian officials said Friday. The Brazilian volleyball confederation said the two trophies were stolen after being used in a promotional event on Copacabana Beach where they were ...

Teen Verstappen shrugs off pressure

Aug 23, 2014

Teen Verstappen shrugs off pressure

Max Verstappen will find himself in a unique position next year: fitting school exams around his debut as the youngest ever Formula One driver. When the 2015 F1 championship starts in Australia in March, Verstappen will be only 17. It will also be his ...

Smith named Jets' starting QB

Aug 23, 2014

Smith named Jets' starting QB

Rex Ryan saw enough to finally reveal the New York Jets’ worst-kept secret. Yes, Geno Smith — and not Michael Vick — will be the team’s starting quarterback this season. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked,” Ryan said after Smith threw a touchdown pass ...

Kvitova, Rybarikova win semis

Aug 23, 2014

Kvitova, Rybarikova win semis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday. She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy ...

Scott, Tringale take charge

Aug 23, 2014

Scott, Tringale take charge

Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title. Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed ...

Koseki leads Japan to gold

Aug 23, 2014

Koseki leads Japan to gold

Pan Pacific Championships Yasuhiro Koseki added to Japan’s gold medal haul with victory in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in his first major international competition Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships. A day after finishing second in the men’s 200 freestyle, Kosuke Hagino also emerged ...

Takada aiming for NFL career

Aug 23, 2014

Takada aiming for NFL career

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Playing in the NFL is the ultimate dream of every kid who plays football. The majority, however, never get to see that dream come true. The window of opportunity to reach the NFL is even narrower if you don’t live in the United States. ...

Aug 22, 2014

Goalie Giguere ends storied career

The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision ...