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Unbeaten Uchiyama aims to break Gushiken's record

Eleven-time WBA flyweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama vowed Friday to surpass Yoko Gushiken’s record of 13 title defenses. Uchiyama, who twice defended his championship last year by technical knockout, announced his goal when he received his 2015 Japan’s Boxer of the Year award. Gushiken’s mark is the most among Japanese men. ...

Feb 12, 2016

Doi advances to Taiwan Open semifinals in walkover

Misaki Doi reached the semifinals of the Taiwan Open after winning her quarterfinal against compatriot Kurumi Nara in a walkover. Doi, ranked 61st in the world and the second seed at the Yang-Ming Tennis Center will play Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the semifinals. The ...

WADA launches probe of Kenya

Feb 12, 2016

WADA launches probe of Kenya

Kenya is being investigated for breaching the world anti-doping code, WADA said Thursday, and could be declared non-compliant in a matter of weeks. The World Anti-Doping Agency said an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board. ...

Feb 12, 2016

Takagi sixth on first day of worlds

Miho Takagi finished in sixth place in the women’s 3,000 meters on Thursday as Japan was shut out of the medals on the first day of the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships. The 21-year-old Takagi clocked a time of 4 minutes, 7.26 seconds ...

McDavid stars for Oilers in win over Leafs

Feb 12, 2016

McDavid stars for Oilers in win over Leafs

Todd McLellan can’t help but sit back sometimes and watch Connor McDavid work. McDavid had two goals and three assists, Jordan Eberle scored three times and added an assist, and McLellan’s Edmonton Oilers powered past the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Thursday night to ...

Iwata three shots off pace at Pebble Beach

Feb 12, 2016

Iwata three shots off pace at Pebble Beach

Hiroshi Iwata fired a solid round of 5-under-par 71 to sit three shots off the lead after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday. Iwata, the lone Japanese representative following the late withdrawal of Ryo Ishikawa, rolled in seven birdies ...

Feb 11, 2016

Venus ousts Radwanska at Taiwan Open

Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Taiwan Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Williams converted five of seven break-point chances against the unseeded Radwanska. “My opponent started so strong,” Williams said. “She went 4-1, but I was hoping ...

Feb 11, 2016

Billie Jean King praises women's rights icon

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has treated the audience at a Rochester speaking event to a few souvenirs. The 72-year-old Hall of Famer was the keynote speaker Wednesday at an annual luncheon honoring the birthday of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who was born on ...

Feb 11, 2016

Ishikawa withdraws from AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Ryo Ishikawa has pulled out of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with lower back pain, it was learned Wednesday. Sources said Ishikawa experienced discomfort in his back while playing at last week’s Phoenix Open in Arizona, where he missed the cut. Hiroshi Iwata is ...

Feb 11, 2016

Injured Icho to skip Asian Championships

Ten-time world champion Kaori Icho, who suffered her first loss on the mats in 13 years late last month, will miss next week’s Asian Championships in Bangkok with a neck injury, a source said Thursday. The 31-year-old hurt her neck during the Golden Grand ...

Monster jump propels Kasai to podium finish

Feb 11, 2016

Monster jump propels Kasai to podium finish

Veteran Noriaki Kasai provided the highlight of the day with a World Cup hill-record-equaling 143-meter jump to place third for the second event in a row in Norway on Wednesday. The 43-year-old Sochi Olympic silver medalist was 10th after his first jump of 127 ...

Lundqvist, Rangers blank Penguins

Feb 11, 2016

Lundqvist, Rangers blank Penguins

The New York Rangers are missing their captain and one of their leading scorers. They still have one of the best goaltenders in the league. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and 58th of his career, guiding the ...