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All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

Sep 1, 2015

All Blacks assume familiar favorites tag at World Cup

That New Zealand has been the team to beat ahead of every World Cup has long been accepted by the rest of the international rugby community. But that the All Blacks have managed, for the time being at least, to defy conventional medicine by ...

Day's ascent sets up compelling race to finish

Sep 1, 2015

Day's ascent sets up compelling race to finish

Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day. In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of ...

Williams breezes into second round in NYC

Sep 1, 2015

Williams breezes into second round in NYC

Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top women. And when it was the No. 1-seeded American’s ...

Nishikori loses in first round of U.S. Open

Sep 1, 2015

Nishikori loses in first round of U.S. Open

Kei Nishikori fell in five sets to Benoit Paire of France in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday. “It’s disappointing, but it’s more my opponent playing well than my playing badly,” said the fourth-seeded Nishikori, a finalist in last year’s event, ...

Japan spikers in control against South Korea

Aug 31, 2015

Japan spikers in control against South Korea

Japan defeated South Korea in straight sets to move up to second place at the FIVB Women’s World Cup on Monday. Japan took the first set 25-17 behind the strength of Miyu Nagaoka and Sarina Koga, who each scored 15 points for the match. ...

Aug 31, 2015

Kono, Kameda to square off in title bout

WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono will take on second-ranked Koki Kameda on Oct. 16 in Chicago, the Watanabe Boxing Gym announced Monday. The WBA ordered both camps to hold a mandatory world title match in March, but Kameda, along with his two younger ...

Aug 31, 2015

Japan earns team sweeps on final day at worlds

Japan concluded the World Judo Championships in style on Sunday, winning both the men’s and women’s team competitions at the same meet for the first time. The Japanese women, led by 52-kg chamnpion Misato Nakamura, prevailed for the first time in two years after ...

Jones unveils squad for upcoming Rugby World Cup

Aug 31, 2015

Jones unveils squad for upcoming Rugby World Cup

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Japan coach Eddie Jones named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup on Monday. A day before Japan leaves for England, where it will be pooled alongside South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States, Jones said it had been a difficult week ...

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Aug 31, 2015

Judo icon Nomura announces retirement

Three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura announced his retirement on Monday, saying his body has finally given in. “I began to feel my physical limit,” the 40-year-old Nomura said at a news conference. “I’ve done everything I can. I have no regrets.” Nomura, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Hoyer guides Texans past Saints

Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston’s starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. All three Texans quarterbacks led scoring drives. Ryan Mallett, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Day wins The Barclays by six strokes

The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn’t this easy. He’s just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way ...

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open

Aug 31, 2015

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open for the second time in three years Sunday, citing a lingering injury to her right leg. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal via a press release at about the same time Sharapova, who won the title ...