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Jun 25, 2016

Kirkely hired to replace Kuriyama

Ulrik Kirkely of Denmark has been chosen to lead the Japan women’s national handball team with a contract extending through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japan Handball Association announced Friday. Kirkely, 44, succeeds Masamichi Kuriyama, whose tenure ended in March after Japan failed to ...

Jun 25, 2016

Fury postpones rematch with Klitschko due to ankle injury

Tyson Fury on Friday postponed his world heavyweight rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after failing to recover from an ankle injury. The British boxer was due to face Klitschko in Manchester, England, on July 9 with the WBA, WBO and IBO belts, that he won ...

Uehara fires 62 in first round of NW Arkansas Championship

Jun 25, 2016

Uehara fires 62 in first round of NW Arkansas Championship

Golf One of Ayako Uehara’s best memories in her four full-time seasons on the LPGA Tour is a hole-in-one she made in her first appearance at the NW Arkansas Championship in 2013. Uehara added to her growing list of memorable moments at Pinnacle Country ...

Leafs select Matthews with No. 1 pick in draft

Jun 25, 2016

Leafs select Matthews with No. 1 pick in draft

On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs pinned their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft. The 18-year-old from Scottsdale sparked an international-themed parade to the podium Friday night that ...

Jun 24, 2016

McDowell rejects chance to replace McIlroy in Rio

Graeme McDowell rejected the chance to replace Rory McIlroy in the Irish Olympic team on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile golfer to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Games. While McIlroy cited concerns about the Zika virus, McDowell said he decided months ago ...

Djokovic, Federer are potential foes in Wimbledon semifinals

Jun 24, 2016

Djokovic, Federer are potential foes in Wimbledon semifinals

Seven-time winner Roger Federer has been placed in defending champion Novak Djokovic’s top half of the Wimbledon draw. That means Djokovic could face the third-seeded Federer in the semifinals as he bids for a fifth consecutive Grand Slam title. The second-seeded Andy Murray could ...

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Jun 24, 2016

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Kei Nishikori defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in an exhibition match on Thursday and came through it without any fitness issues ahead of Wimbledon, which gets underway on Monday. Nishikori, who pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open for the second straight season earlier this ...

Jun 24, 2016

Compton given break from cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board says struggling batsman Nick Compton is being given a break from the sport after being challenged “physically and mentally.” Compton, who turns 33 on Sunday, amassed only 51 runs in three recent tests against Sri Lanka and his ...

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...

Jun 24, 2016

IAAF president Coe downplays split with IOC

IAAF president Sebastian Coe on Thursday downplayed the split with international Olympic leaders over his sport’s decision to bar Russian track and athletes from competing under their own flag, saying the two sides “will work our way through these issues.” “We have to be ...

Jun 23, 2016

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Wimbledon

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a right knee injury. It was the same knee she hurt at the French Open, forcing her to retire during her first-round match. She hasn’t played since. Azarenka, ranked No. 6, was ...