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Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

Tomoki Kitagawa became just the second player to score 100 Top League tries Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights overcame a controversial red card to beat Kubota Spears 34-25. Kitagawa’s try came in the 54th minute of the game at Ota Sports Park 10 minutes after Yasutaka Sasakura was sent off ...

Blue Jackets fire 60 shots at Senators in victory

Dec 4, 2016

Blue Jackets fire 60 shots at Senators in victory

The Columbus Blue Jackets led 13 seconds in and then poured on a flurry of shots — and still needed a late rally and shootout to beat Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes. Columbus pummeled Smith with a franchise-record 60 shots, Alexander Wennberg scored ...

Penn State makes case for playoff spot by winning Big Ten

Dec 4, 2016

Penn State makes case for playoff spot by winning Big Ten

As Penn State’s band played and Lucas Oil Stadium rocked, thousands of fans clad in their traditional white shirts chanted “We Are Penn State.” It might have been more fitting if had it been “We are Penn State — and we are back.” Five ...

Dec 4, 2016

Japan claims junior table tennis double

Japan won both the men’s and women’s team events at the world junior table tennis championships for players aged 18 and under on Saturday. In the women’s final, Rio Olympic bronze medalist Mima Ito alongside Miu Hirano and Hina Hayata defeated five-time defending world ...

Dec 4, 2016

Takanashi posts 46th World Cup win

Sara Takanashi posted her 46th overall win in World Cup ski jumping Saturday as she leapt the day’s longest jump of 98 meters to claim her second straight victory in as many individual women’s events this season. Takanashi led after the first round with ...

Dec 4, 2016

Hataoka drops to fourth at LPGA qualifying school

Nasa Hataoka relinquished her lead and dropped to fourth in the qualifying school for the U.S. LPGA Tour on Saturday, shooting a 3-over-par 75 as she reached the final round. The 17-year-old had a rough day on the same par-72 course where she shot ...

Dec 4, 2016

Patriots place Gronkowski on injured reserve

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been placed on injured reserve after having season-ending back surgery. Gronkowski, who missed time earlier in the season with a hamstring injury and bruised lung, left last week’s game against the New York Jets in the ...

Dec 3, 2016

Japan struggles mightily at Dubai Sevens

Japan finished the Dubai Sevens — the first leg of the Sevens World Series — in joint 15th place Saturday following a disappointing opener to new coach Damian Karauna’s tenure. Fielding a vastly different squad from the one that finished fourth at the Rio ...

Dec 3, 2016

Sato named Andretti Autosport driver for 2017 IndyCar season

Veteran Takuma Sato will drive the No. 26 Honda for Andretti Autosport during the 2017 IndyCar season. The move was announced Friday by CEO Michael Andretti, who said being part of a four-driver team will benefit Sato through collaboration and support. The other drivers ...

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Dec 3, 2016

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Sara Takanashi got off to a fine start in the new World Cup season on Friday, claiming a comprehensive win in the opener, followed in second by compatriot Yuki Ito. Seeking her fourth overall World Cup title this term, reigning champion Takanashi, 20, posted ...