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Aug 29, 2015

Three-time judo Olympic champ Nomura exits final tournament of career

Retiring three-time Olympic men’s 60-kg champion Tadahiro Nomura bowed out of his final tournament on Saturday, losing in the third round of the All-Japan Corporate Individual Championship. The 40-year-old, who on Monday announced he is retiring afterward, was knocked out after winning his first ...

Nishikori confident entering U.S. Open

Aug 29, 2015

Nishikori confident entering U.S. Open

Returning to the site of his best Grand Slam effort to date, world No. 4 Kei Nishikori said Friday he was going into the U.S. Open having achieved the best results of his life. A year ago, Nishikori nearly withdrew from the U.S. Open ...

Brady gets off to slow start in preseason win

Aug 29, 2015

Brady gets off to slow start in preseason win

At least for one series Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again. The four-time Super Bowl champion overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 17-16 on Friday night. New ...

Arbour, legendary coach of Islanders dynasty, dies at 82

Aug 29, 2015

Arbour, legendary coach of Islanders dynasty, dies at 82

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82. The Islanders confirmed Arbour’s death in a ...

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Aug 29, 2015

Umeki captures 78-kg gold at worlds

Mami Umeki won the women’s 78-kg division on Friday, the fifth day of competition at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Umeki, who is making her world championships debut, defeated Slovene Anamari Velensek, last year’s world bronze medalist, by ippon to give Japan its ...

Eaton takes control in decathlon competition

Aug 28, 2015

Eaton takes control in decathlon competition

Ashton Eaton set a world record in the decathlon’s 400-meter race, winning his last event of the day in 45.00 seconds on Friday at the IAAF World Championships. That gave him 4,703 points overall after five events at the world championships, a lead of ...

Aug 28, 2015

Batsman Bell not ready to quit international cricket

England batsman Ian Bell has insisted he is determined to carry on in international cricket following talks with coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Alastair Cook. In the immediate aftermath of England’s test series victory over Australia, five-time Ashes-winner Bell told BBC Radio he would ...

Bolt says retirement an option after Rio Games

Aug 28, 2015

Bolt says retirement an option after Rio Games

Usain Bolt said he might end his glittering career at next year’s Olympics after he completed a world sprint double in Beijing — and got clattered by an electric scooter into the bargain. The towering Jamaican said he was only 50-50 about running at ...

Aug 28, 2015

Takayama to defend IBF title against Thai challenger

Katsunari Takayama on Friday announced he will make the second defense of his IBF minimumweight world title in Osaka next month. Takayama, who defeated Thailand’s Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. in his first title defense in April, will take on 12th-ranked compatriot Ryuji Hara at Osaka ...

Manziel to miss remainder of preseason with elbow injury

Aug 28, 2015

Manziel to miss remainder of preseason with elbow injury

Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over, sacked by a stinging elbow. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday that Manziel, who has made strides in his second year in the NFL after a rough rookie season, will not play in Cleveland’s last two exhibition games because ...

Aug 28, 2015

Burgess selected to England squad for Rugby World Cup

Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England’s squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most divisive selection by coach Stuart Lancaster. Burgess was included as one of four centers in ...

Aug 28, 2015

Japan dominating at judo worlds

Japan continued to dominate and Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia’s first-ever world title at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Trstenjak beat reigning champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in the 63-kg final to gain revenge for her defeat to the Frenchwoman in their European gold medal ...