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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 ...

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

Feb 11, 2016

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

While his former Waseda University teammate Ayumu Goromaru is enjoying the tropical heat of Brisbane, Australia, Kensuke Hatakeyama is in slightly different surroundings. The 30-year-old Suntory Sungoliath tighthead prop is currently in the northeast of England on a short-term contract with the Newcastle Falcons ...

Feb 11, 2016

Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery

Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country’s governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki ...

Feb 11, 2016

Watabe settles for second again

Akito Watabe was again left looking for an elusive first win as he settled for second at a Nordic combined World Cup meet in Norway on Wednesday. In an all too familiar scenario, Watabe won the ski jumping with a leap of 137.5 meters ...

Nestle drops IAAF sponsorship; Coe hits back

Feb 11, 2016

Nestle drops IAAF sponsorship; Coe hits back

Food and beverage giant Nestle told the IAAF on Wednesday that it terminated its sponsorship of athletics’ governing body over fears the doping scandal could damage the company’s image. The announcement came while Adidas remains in talks with the IAAF about its handling of ...

Nishikori beats Harrison to open Memphis title defense

Feb 11, 2016

Nishikori beats Harrison to open Memphis title defense

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori opened his bid for a fourth straight Memphis Open title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Wednesday night. Nishikori was cruising through the second set up a break at 5-3. Harrison held serve, then broke the Japanese ...