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Feb 18, 2015

Nadal wins first clay match of season

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the Rio Open on Tuesday, winning 6-4, 6-1 in his first clay-court match of the season. Nadal had already suffered two early-season losses away from his favored clay surface, so the red clay was a ...

Feb 17, 2015

Ex-Japan rugby captain Miuchi retires with eye injury

Former Japan captain Takuro Miuchi on Tuesday announced his retirement from rugby on the advice of doctors after suffering an eye injury. The 39-year-old, who captained Japan at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, told a news conference in Osaka that after undergoing surgery ...

Feb 17, 2015

Fukuoka petition pushes for 2019 Rugby World Cup games in city

The mayor of Fukuoka on Tuesday submitted a petition signed by about 100,000 people calling for the city to host games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Acting in his capacity as the vice chairman of Fukuoka’s bid committee, Mayor Soichiro Takashima presented his ...

Rangers rally past Islanders

Feb 17, 2015

Rangers rally past Islanders

This one had all the makings of a repeat performance for the New York Islanders against the New York Rangers. The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders had their way in three previous matchups this season — beating the defending Eastern Conference champions by three goals each ...

Feb 17, 2015

Armstrong must pay $10 mil. in fraud case

An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas-based ...

Feb 17, 2015

IAAF plans to toughen drug testing

The IAAF, athletics’ global governing body, is to launch a doping crackdown on elite marathon runners after scandals involving top Kenyan and Russian stars. Organizers of the top races in London, New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo and Berlin have agreed to finance extra testing ...

Feb 17, 2015

Contador intends to retire in 2016

Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador says is he planning to retire from cycling in 2016. Contador announced “next year will most likely be the last. . . . I could change my mind if I have a mishap on the Tour like ...

Grange grabs slalom title at worlds

Feb 16, 2015

Grange grabs slalom title at worlds

For the longest time, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France absolutely loved this course. Then, he wrecked his knee here. Now his feelings have flip-flopped again. Funny how a win — a big win at that — can change perceptions. Skiing into heavy snowfall, Grange won ...

Blackhawks take down Penguins in shootout

Feb 16, 2015

Blackhawks take down Penguins in shootout

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicked it off for Chicago, and Patrick Sharp finished the job. The star-studded shootout turned into quite a show for the Blackhawks. Sharp scored the decisive goal in the tiebreaker, lifting the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over Sidney ...

Wales continues dominance against Scotland

Feb 16, 2015

Wales continues dominance against Scotland

Wales kickstarted its Six Nations campaign with a 26-23 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Warren Gatland’s team lost its opener to England but hit back in Edinburgh with tries in either half from scrum-half Rhys Webb and center Jonathan Davies for an ...

Feb 16, 2015

Ireland stuns West Indies at CWC

Ireland pulled off yet another Cricket World Cup upset Monday when it raced to 307-6 to beat two-time champion the West Indies’ by four wickets in a Pool B match, taking a giant stride toward the tournament’s quarterfinals. Paul Stirling ignored the ball that ...