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Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Panasonic Wild Knights showed just why they are the defending Top League champions Sunday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 50-15 in the second LIXIL Cup semifinal to set up a final clash with Yamaha Jubilo. Most had expected the two semifinals to be close affairs but recent history was ...

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

Jan 25, 2015

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. “At ...

Gut claims downhill in St. Moritz

Jan 25, 2015

Gut claims downhill in St. Moritz

Lara Gut of Switzerland profited from Lindsey Vonn’s bad luck to win a World Cup downhill on Saturday. In Vonn’s first start since setting the all-time World Cup wins record this week, her race unraveled when she hit a rut midway down the new ...

Jan 25, 2015

Takanashi third at World Cup meet

Sara Takanashi, who is aiming to win her third straight women’s World Cup championship, placed third in Saturday’s competition, won by Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. Takanashi tallied 232.1 points with jumps of 96 and 95.5 meters. Iraschko-Stolz opened with a booming 101-meter jump and followed ...

Nishikori, Williams sisters rally past foes

Jan 24, 2015

Nishikori, Williams sisters rally past foes

Kei Nishikori battled back from a set down to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday, beating Steve Johnson 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in 2 hours and 29 minutes at Hisense Arena. Nishikori will face ninth seed David Ferrer of ...

Jan 24, 2015

Watabe takes second in Sapporo meet

Sochi Olympic silver medalist Akito Watabe produced his third podium finish of the season after finishing runner-up at a Nordic combined World Cup on Saturday. The 26-year-old Watabe, taking part in the 12th individual Gundersen of the season, was in 11th place following an ...

Jan 24, 2015

NFL investigation remains ongoing

The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl ...

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday, avoiding the fate that befell great rival Roger Federer, who had earlier lost to Andreas Seppi. Third-seeded Nadal had himself narrowly avoided ...

Seppi stuns Federer in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Seppi stuns Federer in third round

For the first time in a dozen years, Roger Federer won’t be featuring in the Australian Open semifinals after being beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) Friday in the third round by Andreas Seppi. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had never lost to ...

Jan 23, 2015

Miracle on Ice team to be honored

Most members of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team are expected to return to Lake Placid in February to participate in a special event centered around the 35th anniversary of their famed Miracle on Ice. The evening at Herb Brooks Arena on ...

Jan 23, 2015

Wagner triumphs in short program

Veteran Ashley Wagner showed that she’s still got it while pairs skater Haven Denney survived a near collision with the boards on the opening day of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The 23-year-old Wagner won the ladies short program Thursday by earning 72.04 points ...

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

Jan 23, 2015

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said on Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the ...