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Aug 7, 2016

Kyrgios outplays Nishioka to reach Atlanta Open final

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios punched his ticket to the BB&T Atlanta Open final Saturday by ending the remarkable run of young upstart Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Playing in humid conditions, second seeded Kyrgios blasted 16 aces to win the semi-final match over the 20-year-old ...

Legend Favre 'blessed' by Hall of Fame induction

Aug 7, 2016

Legend Favre 'blessed' by Hall of Fame induction

They came in No. 4 jerseys and wearing cheeseheads. They chanted “Go Pack Go.” It was Lambeau Field transported to Ohio, and only one man could have caused it. Brett Favre, welcome to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Believe me, I am an ...

Teenage jockey Fujita to make overseas debut on Aug. 19

Aug 6, 2016

Teenage jockey Fujita to make overseas debut on Aug. 19

Nanako Fujita is set to make her overseas debut at a Ladies World Championship race on Aug. 19 at Sandown Park Racecourse in England, the Japan Racing Association announced Saturday. The 18-year-old Fujita became the first female jockey from the JRA in 16 years ...

Cards extend stars Palmer, Fitzgerald

Aug 6, 2016

Cards extend stars Palmer, Fitzgerald

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Carson Palmer have signed one-year contract extensions with the Arizona Cardinals. The deals put Fitzgerald under contract through the 2017 season and Palmer through 2018. Fitzgerald, holder of virtually all the franchise receiving records with statistics among the ...

Aug 6, 2016

Rooney Rule not working: Dungy

Tony Dungy would like to see the NFL’s Rooney Rule used in the manner it was intended. The new Pro Football Hall of Fame member said Friday that he doesn’t believe teams are “following the spirit of the rule now.” The rule, designed by ...

Aug 6, 2016

Nishioka reaches first ATP semifinal

Yoshihito Nishioka continued his remarkable run at the BB&T Atlanta Open, by stunning Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-4 to advance to his first ATP Tour semifinal on Friday. Nishioka did not drop a serve as he posted his most dominant victory so far in a ...

Aug 6, 2016

Tokyo awarded 2019 judo worlds

Tokyo was selected to host the 2019 World Judo Championships following an International Judo Federation executive committee meeting on Friday. IJF executive Yasuhiro Yamashita wants the championships to serve as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the event set to be ...

Aug 5, 2016

Nishioka moves on to BB&T Atlanta Open quarterfinals

Yoshihito Nishioka beat fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on Thursday to advance to the BB&T Atlanta Open quarterfinals. The 20-year-old Nishioka will face Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Germany’s Tobias Kamke. Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain also ...

Aug 4, 2016

Super Rugby's Rebels secure deal with Mafi

The Melbourne Rebels have signed Japan’s Amanaki Mafi for the next Super Rugby season to complement Sean McMahon in the team’s back row. The Tongan-born No. 8 made four appearances for Japan, including scoring two tries, at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and played ...

Aug 4, 2016

Boxing legend Pacquiao to make November comeback

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday. “Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what ...

Aug 4, 2016

NFL analyst Tom Jackson leaves ESPN after 29 years

Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Jackson is calling it quits after a 29-year career. ESPN announced Wednesday that the 65-year-old NFL analyst is retiring from broadcasting. Jackson’s final assignment will be this weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Jackson ...

Aug 3, 2016

British cyclist Armitstead says she's clean

British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead insisted in a two-page statement Wednesday that she is a clean athlete and that three missed anti-doping tests in a 12-month period amounted to honest oversights. She released the statement one day after U.K. Anti-Doping confirmed the world road race ...