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Seward out to have big impact in Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Kyoto University’s football team recently revealed that it had acquired Adam Seward, a former NFL player, as its new linebackers coach — perhaps the biggest news before the Kansai collegiate season kicked off this past weekend. And as much as the Gangsters — and everyone in Japanese football circles — ...

Sep 1, 2014

Stewart fails to finish first race back

Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage. His night was done. Not the way he wanted to come back to racing. In his first event since his sprint car struck and killed a fellow ...

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 ...

Nishikori powers into final 16

Aug 31, 2014

Nishikori powers into final 16

Kei Nishikori advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2008 with a straight-sets victory over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer on Saturday. World No. 11 Nishikori won 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, and will face big-serving Milos Raonic in the ...

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. ...

Aug 31, 2014

Smith apologizes for suspension

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. In a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Saturday, Smith said: “I apologize ...

Aug 31, 2014

Judoka Shichinohe grabs silver in over-100 kg division at worlds

Ryu Shichinohe won a silver medal on Saturday in the men’s over-100 kg division at the World Judo Championships. Shichinohe secured at least a silver when he defeated Brazil’s David Moura by ippon in the semifinals. Shichinohe, however, lost in the final to France’s ...

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 ...

Federer sends Groth packing

Aug 30, 2014

Federer sends Groth packing

When Roger Federer smacked a backhand return winner off his opponent’s 142 mph (229 kph) serve Friday night, he glanced at the speed readout, just to find out exactly how difficult what he’d done had been. Then, later in his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory ...

Aug 30, 2014

Announcer Durkin to call final race

It’s last call for Tom Durkin. The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself on Sunday, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races. Durkin’s last call will come in the ...

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 ...