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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Strong finish sparks Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are trying to play their way into a playoff berth. Meanwhile, Detroit seems on the verge of falling out of one. Patrick Marleau scored twice and ...

Hernandez fiancee to testify

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated ...

Mar 26, 2015

Boxer Harrison hangs up gloves

Former boxing golden boy Audley Harrison is to retire for the second time in his career due to problems associated with head injuries sustained in the ring. The Englishman, who won Olympic gold at super heavyweight in 2000 last fought in April, 2013 when ...

Australia eliminates India, advances to Cricket World Cup final

Mar 26, 2015

Australia eliminates India, advances to Cricket World Cup final

Australia ended 2011 champion India’s unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday that ensured the tournament co-hosts will meet in the final. Steve Smith scored 105 and shared a 182-run partnership with Aaron Finch (81) to help Australia post 328-7, ...

Stars top Flames in shootout

Mar 26, 2015

Stars top Flames in shootout

Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation, Tyler Seguin had the only goal in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games. Seguin got a shot past Karri Ramo in the first round ...

Azarenka triumphs in opening round at Miami Open

Mar 26, 2015

Azarenka triumphs in opening round at Miami Open

Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. Azarenka missed the 2013 ...

Predators squeeze past Canadiens

Mar 25, 2015

Predators squeeze past Canadiens

The Nashville Predators have struggled enough over the past month that they’ll take any bounce they can get, especially against Montreal goalie Carey Price. Ryan Ellis bounced a puck past Price for the tying goal in the third, then Filip Forsberg scored a power-play ...

New Zealand savors win

Mar 25, 2015

New Zealand savors win

New Zealanders hailed the Black Caps’ cliffhanger World Cup semifinal win over South Africa as one of the country’s top sporting moments Wednesday and finally began dreaming of even greater glory in the tournament decider on Sunday. “One to go,” trumpeted the front page ...

Kings skate past Devils

Mar 24, 2015

Kings skate past Devils

The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of defending their Stanley Cup title might depend on their current five-game road trip. The opener against the New Jersey Devils got them off to a good start. Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Los Angeles ...

Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Mar 24, 2015

Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years. In two separate ...

Mar 24, 2015

NFL drops blackouts for 2015

The NFL is saying bye-bye to blackouts. At least for 2015. No NFL games will be blocked from local television next season, the league said Monday at the owners’ meetings. The teams voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the ...

Mar 24, 2015

Park gets 18-month doping ban

Former Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea was banned 18 months Monday for doping after testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test, the latest in a series of high-profile doping cases in swimming. The ban will begin retroactively the day of ...

Rangers flex muscle against Ducks

Mar 23, 2015

Rangers flex muscle against Ducks

Cam Talbot finally had a night in which he didn’t have to be nearly perfect to help the New York Rangers win. The Rangers managed only 13 goals in the previous eight games, but went 6-1-1 in that stretch, with Talbot backstopping all but ...