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Champion Seagulls rout Cranes to start season

Aug 31, 2014

Champion Seagulls rout Cranes to start season

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The four-time defending national champion Obic Seagulls got off to a strong start in their challenge for a fifth consecutive title by blanking the Taiyo Building Management Cranes 86-0 on Sunday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium in the X League Central Division. Nine different players ...

Aug 31, 2014

Sam released by Rams in final roster cutdown

Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri’s season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. It was 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for NFL teams to pare rosters to 53 players. And the Rams coach was talking to ...

Winston keys FSU triumph

Aug 31, 2014

Winston keys FSU triumph

Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State opened the defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State on the same field where this season’s champion will be crowned. ...

Silver Star storm past Blues after slow start

Aug 30, 2014

Silver Star storm past Blues after slow start

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

The Asahi Beer Club Silver Star overcame a sluggish start and scored 34 unanswered points to defeat the Bulls 34-14 on Saturday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium in an X League Central Division game. Yoshitaka Sakurai kicked four field goals for the Silver Star while ...

NFL comes down hard on 49ers' Smith

Aug 30, 2014

NFL comes down hard on 49ers' Smith

The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period. Now they know the exact time frame: He is suspended for more than half the season. The star linebacker received his nine-game penalty from the ...

Lions roar as Bills' Watkins injured

Aug 29, 2014

Lions roar as Bills' Watkins injured

The Buffalo Bills lost more than their preseason finale Thursday night, when rookie receiver Sammy Watkins did not return after aggravating a rib injury. The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, have several big decisions to make before establishing their 53-player regular-season roster following ...

Goodell announces harsher penalty for domestic violence

Aug 29, 2014

Goodell announces harsher penalty for domestic violence

Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Deers rally to beat Lions on Aoki's late FG

Aug 26, 2014

Deers rally to beat Lions on Aoki's late FG

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Daisuke Aoki kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining as the Lixil Deers came from a two-touchdown deficit to beat the All Mitsubishi Lions 31-28 on Monday night in the X League’s season opener. The Deers, formerly owned by Kajima Corp. but now ...