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Spieth refusing to dwell on Masters

Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later, Spieth’s not quite ready to say he’s over letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony in the Butler Cabin that ended with him slipping the green ...

May 3, 2016

Federer pulls out of Madrid Masters

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Madrid Masters because of a back injury. The third-ranked Federer said Monday that he was hurt in practice during the weekend and didn’t want to take any chances aggravating the injury. Federer was coming of a knee injury ...

May 3, 2016

Heavyweight champ Joshua eyes Beijing title defense

Britain’s Anthony Joshua could defend his IBF world heavyweight title at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, promoter Barry Hearn said Monday. Hearn said he was talking to Chinese officials about a fight involving the 26-year-old Joshua, who won his version of the heavyweight crown when ...

May 3, 2016

Ex-NFL lineman Stubblefield charged with rape

Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a “developmentally delayed” woman, prosecutors announced. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Stubblefield, a former defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, allegedly assaulted the woman ...

May 3, 2016

Calder Trophy finalists announced

Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s top rookie. The finalists based on balloting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association were announced on Monday night. The award will ...

Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

May 3, 2016

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 ...

May 2, 2016

Top seeds Radwanska, Kerber upset in Madrid

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber were upset in the opening round of the Madrid Masters on Sunday. Radwanska, who was elevated to the No. 1 seeding when Serena Williams withdrew, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6 by Dominika Cibulkova of ...

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

May 2, 2016

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

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Judo had always been a reliable provider of Olympic medals for Japan since the sport was first officially included in the 1964 Tokyo Games. But that stability wavered four years ago at the London Olympics. For the first time ever, Japan’s men failed to ...

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 ...