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Mar 1, 2015

Onozuka gets first halfpipe victory

Ayana Onozuka claimed her first championship on the World Cup circuit after winning a women’s freestyle halfpipe competition in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. Onozuka scored 83.60 points in the final for the top podium spot ahead of Germany’s Sabrina Cakmakli (79.80) and Janina ...

Feb 28, 2015

Ikeyama defends WBO atomweight title

WBO atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama rewrote her own record as the oldest fighter in Japan to successfully defend a title with a unanimous decision over challenger Norj Guro of the Philippines on Saturday. Ikeyama, who is 45 years, 5 months, won her second title ...

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

Feb 28, 2015

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

by Jason Coskrey

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto still gets asked about the time he knocked out an opponent in four seconds with a flying knee to the head. He managed that feat shortly after the opening bell for his fight against Kazuyuki Miyata, a former Olympic wrestler who ...

New Zealand edges rival Australia

Feb 28, 2015

New Zealand edges rival Australia

New Zealand reached the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday in a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in an Eden Park classic which saw it almost suffer an embarrassing collapse in pursuit of just 152. Sitting comfortably at 78-1, the Black Caps were crippled by sudden ...

Halak sets mark as Isles extinguish Flames

Feb 28, 2015

Halak sets mark as Isles extinguish Flames

Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders’ record book. Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win ...

Feb 28, 2015

Hoshino places second in moguls

Junko Hoshino produced a career high when she placed second in a women’s freestyle moguls World Cup competition at Tazawako ski resort on Saturday. Hoshino was runnerup to 2010 Vancouver Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the United States. Canada’s Audrey Robichaud was third. Until ...

Feb 28, 2015

Yamaha captures All-Japan crown

Yamaha Jubilo won the All-Japan Championship on Saturday, defeating Suntory Sungoliath 15-3 in the final. Jubilo dominated possession for long stretches with an unimaginative game plan, but were sure in their tackles when forced to defend. Sungoliath tried to counter with some creative play, ...

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

Feb 28, 2015

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Mexico Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Friday, seizing a career-high world No. 4 ranking. Top seed Nishikori appeared to be cruising to an easy victory before the ...

Nishikori marches into semifinals

Feb 27, 2015

Nishikori marches into semifinals

Kei Nishikori advanced to the semifinals of the Mexico Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Ukraines’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nishikori, the top seed, knocked off his fifth-seeded opponent in 1 hour, 41 minutes, fending off four of the break points he ...

Hawks skate past Panthers

Feb 27, 2015

Hawks skate past Panthers

Teuvo Teravainen got off to a quick start in his first game since being recalled from the minor leagues. Teravainen, taking the roster spot of the injured Patrick Kane, scored on his first shift and Corey Crawford earned his second shutout of the season ...

Judge rules for Peterson in ban case; NFL files appeal

Feb 27, 2015

Judge rules for Peterson in ban case; NFL files appeal

In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson’s future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question. The path toward resolution of his status has been cleared, though the clash between league and the union over the personal conduct policy persists. Commissioner ...

Nishikori rolls into quarters

Feb 26, 2015

Nishikori rolls into quarters

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Mexico Open on Wednesday with a comfortable straight-sets win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun. The top-seeded Nishikori, seeking his second title of the season after triumphing in Memphis two weeks ago, took just under an ...