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Lucic, Okposo land big deals

Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo, two of the NHL’s top free agents, took full advantage of two of the league’s worst teams eager to pair a veteran with a young star. The 28-year-old wingers each got $42 million, seven-year contracts Friday even though neither is a proven or prolific scorer. ...

Serena rallies into third round

Jul 2, 2016

Serena rallies into third round

Down a break in the final set and one point away from falling behind 3-0, Serena Williams refused to buckle on Centre Court. Facing the prospect of her earliest ever loss at Wimbledon, the six-time champion summoned her big-match experience — as well as ...

Bolt hurt in Jamaican trials

Jul 2, 2016

Bolt hurt in Jamaican trials

Usain Bolt’s Olympic quest is in doubt, after the sprint superstar left his country’s national championships with a hamstring injury shortly before he was going to run the 100-meter final. And that was just one part of a bizarre night at National Stadium. Bolt’s ...

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

Jul 1, 2016

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

The Sunwolves go into their final home game of the season Saturday with a depleted squad against a Waratahs side desperate for a win. It doesn’t exactly bode well for head coach Mark Hammett, who will bid farewell to Japan and the Sunwolves following ...

Uehara cards 4-under 68 in opening round at Portland Classic

Jul 1, 2016

Uehara cards 4-under 68 in opening round at Portland Classic

Ayako Uehara shot a 4-under 68 and tied for four-way fifth after the first round of the Cambia Portland Classic on Thursday, three strokes off the pace. Uehara carded five birdies and a bogey at the par-72 Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Canadian 18-year-old Brooke ...

Jul 1, 2016

Bolt begins bid for third 100-meter Olympic gold

Usain Bolt spent a few minutes on the grassy infield of National Stadium after his race Thursday night, putting himself through some very slow cool-down jogs. It was an easy end to an easy night. Officially beginning his quest for a third consecutive Olympic ...

Jul 1, 2016

NFL suspends Cowboys LB McClain again

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first 10 games this coming season for again violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will get a four-game ban for his first violation. McClain was suspended the first four games ...

Franklin misses out again in 100m freestyle

Jul 1, 2016

Franklin misses out again in 100m freestyle

For Missy Franklin, another miss at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The star of the London Games struggled to an 11th-place showing in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night, failing to even make it to the final. That leaves Franklin with only ...

Nishikori bests Benneteau; Doi sends Pliskova packing

Jul 1, 2016

Nishikori bests Benneteau; Doi sends Pliskova packing

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori recovered from an early stumble to power past Julien Benneteau of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday and reach the third round at Wimbledon. “After I dropped the first set, I decided to play more aggressively,” said Nishikori, who ...

Sprinter Yamagata aims for success at Rio Games

Jun 30, 2016

Sprinter Yamagata aims for success at Rio Games

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Despite coming up short in the national championships, Olympic-bound sprinter Ryota Yamagata has high expectations for himself at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games. The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up to Aska Cambridge by 0.01 seconds for a 10.17 mark in the men’s 100-meter final ...

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jun 30, 2016

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. Although the exact location has yet to be decided, organizers suggested that a temple or shrine in Japan’s ancient capital could even provide the ...