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Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

Outhit, outshot and largely outplayed, Pittsburgh grabbed control of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington anyway. Blame it on a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who hardly seems intimidated by the stakes, the prospect of his mentor watching from the bench or the avalanche of shots from the NHL’s best team. Matt ...

Backes strikes in OT to lift Blues

May 2, 2016

Backes strikes in OT to lift Blues

David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday. There was a serenade of “Happy Birthday” for Backes from his teammates after the St. Louis captain scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game ...

Rosberg nabs crown at Russian GP

May 2, 2016

Rosberg nabs crown at Russian GP

Nico Rosberg cruised to victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton dodged crashes and battled through the pack for second. Rosberg has won all four of this season’s races — seven in a row ...

Takahashi, Matsutomo win Asian badminton doubles final

May 1, 2016

Takahashi, Matsutomo win Asian badminton doubles final

Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo defeated Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 21-13, 21-15 in an all-Japan women’s badminton doubles final at the Asian Championships on Sunday. Fukuman and Yonao, ranked ninth in the world, could have joined their top-ranked compatriots at this summer’s Rio ...

Take tastes Tenno-sho glory for seventh time

May 1, 2016

Take tastes Tenno-sho glory for seventh time

Yutaka Take was back doing what he does best, winning his record seventh spring Tenno-sho title aboard Kitasan Black on Sunday. Take, who last won the race 10 years ago on Deep Impact, went wire-to-wire on the 4-year-old second-favorite to edge long-shot Curren Mirotic ...

Date-Krumm reveals second surgery on knee

May 1, 2016

Date-Krumm reveals second surgery on knee

Kimiko Date-Krumm revealed on her blog on Sunday that she has undergone a second surgical procedure on her left knee in bid to return to action. The 45-year-old had arthroscopic surgery in February but the meniscus was found to be badly worn out. She ...

May 1, 2016

Woods could return for Memorial: sources

Tiger Woods has made accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio, sources have told Reuters, suggesting the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event could mark the former world No. 1’s PGA Tour return from back surgery. Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and ...

May 1, 2016

McLeod runs fastest 110-meter hurdles time of 2016

Jamaican Omar McLeod clocked the fastest time of the year to win the 110 meters hurdles at the Drake Relays in Iowa on Saturday as Olympic champion Aries Merritt finished fifth on his return from a kidney transplant. Overcoming rainy conditions and a sodden ...

May 1, 2016

Vikings pick German player in draft

Rookie minicamp in Minnesota next weekend will have a German accent. Willkommen to the NFL, Moritz Boehringer. The Vikings made the 22-year-old German wide receiver the first player in league history to be drafted straight from Europe, taking the speedy Boehringer in the sixth ...

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

May 1, 2016

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington’s Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in. So the ...

Apr 30, 2016

Ishikawa pleased with progress in recovery from back injury

Ryo Ishikawa, out since mid-February with a lower-back injury, told Kyodo News Saturday he is recovered to the extent he can take full swings with irons but is still uncertain when he can make a comeback. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with lumber discopathy after ...

Apr 30, 2016

Japan routs South Korea in ARC tilt

No Eddie Jones, no Rugby World Cup stars, no Super Rugby starters all proved to be no bother for Japan as the Brave Blossoms opened the Asia Rugby Championship with an 85-0 thrashing of South Korea on Saturday. On a gorgeous spring day in ...

Titans take Henry in second round

Apr 30, 2016

Titans take Henry in second round

Coach Mike Mularkey wants the Tennessee Titans to run so often that having the NFL’s 2014 rushing leader wasn’t enough. So they added a Heisman Trophy winner. The Titans selected Alabama running back Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick, their third of ...