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Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Miku Tashiro fell in the women’s under 63-kg semifinals on Thursday, but won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Tashiro lost by ippon to Israel’s Yarden Gerbi, who was in turn defeated in the final by France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou. Tashiro then defeated Italy’s Edwige Gwend by ...

Aug 28, 2014

Nakaya, Udaka collect judo golds

Riki Nakaya and Nae Udaka both struck gold respectively in the men’s 73-kg and women’s 57-kg divisions at the world championships on Wednesday. Nakaya, a silver medalist at the London Olympics, defeated Hong Kuk-hyon of North Korea by ippon to win his second career ...

Stan rips fan during match

Aug 28, 2014

Stan rips fan during match

In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to “Shut up.” An hour later, his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over 91st-ranked ...

USC's Shaw admits rescue was a lie

Aug 28, 2014

USC's Shaw admits rescue was a lie

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and ...

NHL says expansion still in discussion stage

Aug 28, 2014

NHL says expansion still in discussion stage

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. “Nothing has happened to change the status quo,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with AP. “There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing ...

Aug 28, 2014

NFL suspends star Gordon for season

Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another ...

Nishikori cruises by Odesnik

Aug 27, 2014

Nishikori cruises by Odesnik

Kei Nishikori defeated American Wayne Odesnik in straight sets Tuesday to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event. Nishikori, who missed two ATP tournaments after having a cyst removed from his right big toe on Aug. ...

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

Aug 27, 2014

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

by Jason Coskrey

Miesha Tate wants Rin Nakai to remember her after their fight next month. Nakai, who is undefeated (16-0-1), likely already knows all about Tate, a superstar in women’s mixed martial arts, but Tate wants a special place in Nakai’s world. “She’s undefeated, so it’s ...

Carroll trying to motivate Seahawks

Aug 27, 2014

Carroll trying to motivate Seahawks

It started on the first day back during offseason workouts. There was no acknowledgment of the case being constructed in the lobby where the Seattle Seahawks’ first Lombardi Trophy would reside. Or of the giant banner hanging in the indoor practice facility listing the ...

Aug 27, 2014

Bucs add Mankins, mull Incognito

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have closed the door on the prospect of giving one ...

Aug 27, 2014

Japan to host 2018 volleyball worlds

Japan will host the 2018 women’s world championship, the Japan Volleyball Association said Wednesday. Japan will host the tournament for the first time since 2010. This year’s championship will be held in Italy. “This will be a very special world championship as it will ...

Aug 27, 2014

Hanyu gears up for new season

Yuzuru Hanyu said Wednesday he is eager to prove his gold-medal winning treble at figure skating’s biggest competitions last season was no fluke and wants to win everything in sight in the upcoming campaign. Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final, the Sochi Winter Olympic ...

Aug 27, 2014

Ebinuma claims world title again

Masashi Ebinuma won his third consecutive men’s 66-kg title at the world judo championships Tuesday. Ebinuma’s uchimata throw gave him an ippon victory over Russia’s Mikhail Pulyaev in the final. The London Olympic bronze medalist became the fifth Japanese male judoka to win three ...