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Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

Sep 19, 2014

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

On the day China’s first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China’s tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes. Few players from Asia had excelled at ...

Hester sets return mark in rout

Sep 19, 2014

Hester sets return mark in rout

Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone. The result: One of the biggest wins in Atlanta Falcons history. Hester set an NFL ...

Sep 19, 2014

Royal and Ancient to allow females

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men. The R&A became the latest golf club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women. The vote was effective ...

Sep 19, 2014

Selanne rips Boudreau in new book

Teemu Selanne managed to make a stir on the first day of the Anaheim Ducks’ training camp even after his retirement. Coach Bruce Boudreau and Selanne’s former teammates reacted with disappointment and chuckles Thursday after hearing about Selanne’s fierce criticism of Boudreau in a ...

Sep 19, 2014

Moya steps down

Carlos Moya has decided not to stay on as Spain’s Davis Cup coach next year after the five-time winners, missing their top players, were eliminated from the elite World Group by Brazil at the weekend. Injured world No. 2 Rafa Nadal and No. 5 ...

Broncos get Welker back after NFL reduces his suspension

Sep 18, 2014

Broncos get Welker back after NFL reduces his suspension

Although excited to see his suspension cut in half, Wes Welker acknowledged Wednesday that missing a couple of games was probably for the best. Coming off his third concussion in a 10-month span, the veteran receiver had no choice but to watch on TV ...

Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

Sep 18, 2014

Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

China’s two-time Grand Slam-winner Li Na is poised to retire, state media reported Thursday, in a move which would bring down the curtains on Asia’s most successful tennis career. CCTV-5, sports channel of state broadcaster China Central Television, quoted unnamed insiders as saying Li, ...

Sep 18, 2014

Sharks give Braun five-year deal

The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension. The deal announced Wednesday will keep Braun under contract through the 2019-20 season. Braun has one year remaining on his current contract. Braun emerged as one of San Jose’s ...

Sep 18, 2014

Gymnast Biles aims to defend title

Simone Biles is ready to make a run at history. The 17-year-old will defend her all-around title at the World Gymnastics Championships in China next month. Biles is attempting to become the first woman since Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina in 2001 and 2003 to win ...

Sep 18, 2014

Cards RB Dwyer arrested for assault

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said ...