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Murata scheduled to fight Mexican Luna on Sept. 5

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will square off against Mexico’s Adrian Luna on Sept. 5 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in his fifth professional fight, his management team, Teiken Promotions, announced on Thursday. Japanese world champions Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue were previously scheduled to make title defenses on that ...

Majka claims 17th stage; Nibali retains lead

Jul 24, 2014

Majka claims 17th stage; Nibali retains lead

On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna. Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday. ...

Jul 24, 2014

Jim Brown sues memorabilia dealer

Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown — running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring — has sued a memorabilia dealer. The 78-year-old Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against Lelands.com and Lelands Collectibles Inc. ...

Jul 24, 2014

Sherman to receive Pincay Award

Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Art Sherman will receive the Laffit Pincay Jr. award on July 27 at Del Mar. The award has been given annually for the past 10 years to those who have served horse racing with integrity, dedication, determination and distinction. ...

Jul 24, 2014

Denver's Bowlen reduces workload

Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team’s training facilities and roster. So his absence from Dove ...

Dungy backs off latest remarks about Sam

Jul 23, 2014

Dungy backs off latest remarks about Sam

NFL television analyst and former coach Tony Dungy backed off Tuesday from comments he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the diversions arising from drafting Michael Sam, who is hoping to become the league’s first openly gay player, saying he was referring to media attention ...

Veteran Rogers captures Tour de France stage for first time

Jul 23, 2014

Veteran Rogers captures Tour de France stage for first time

Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling’s greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, ...

49ers start training camp after tumultuous offseason

Jul 22, 2014

49ers start training camp after tumultuous offseason

The San Francisco 49ers are eager to move forward from a forgettable offseason. They made nearly as much news off the field as in free agency and the draft, although they accomplished their top priority by re-signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of ...

Asian stars excited about LPGA team showdown

Jul 22, 2014

Asian stars excited about LPGA team showdown

After two decades of watching American and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, top worldwide rivals have their chance at a team title in the LPGA International Crown. The inaugural edition of the event will begin Thursday at suburban Baltimore’s Caves Valley ...

Jul 22, 2014

Conti named first Big 12 female official

The Big 12 Conference has assigned a female official to work one of its football games for the first time in league history. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the crew for Kansas’ season opener at home Sept. ...

Jul 22, 2014

Kirilenko, Ovechkin end engagement

Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko has called off her engagement to Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, R-Sport said on Monday, as another high-profile sporting romance hit the rocks. Just two months after newly crowned British Open champion Rory McIlroy and Danish tennis star Caroline ...

Jul 21, 2014

Franklin wins at L.A. Invitational

Olympian Missy Franklin won the 200-meter freestyle and finished second in the 100 backstroke on the final night of the Los Angeles Invitational on Sunday. Franklin won in 1 minute, 58.38 seconds, well ahead of Kylie Palmer of Australia, who touched second in 1:58.90. ...

Jul 21, 2014

Wozniacki claims Istanbul Cup title

Caroline Wozniacki overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup final and clinch her first WTA title of the year and 22nd overall. The top-seeded Dane needed only 67 minutes against the 24th-ranked Italian. Wozniacki won 76 percent of points ...