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Osaka sinks Doi at Pan Pacific Open

Sep 19, 2016

Osaka sinks Doi at Pan Pacific Open

Wild card Naomi Osaka defeated Japanese compatriot Misaki Doi in straight sets to claim local bragging rights and advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The big-serving 18-year-old registered a 6-4, 6-4 win in 85 minutes under the closed ...

Rams win in long-awaited return to L.A.

Sep 19, 2016

Rams win in long-awaited return to L.A.

The Rams were a certifiable hit in their return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly 22 years. Now if they could just score a touchdown. They have yet to find the end zone since leaving St. Louis, yet still managed to ...

Nishikori, Japan aiming high after Davis Cup playoff sweep

Sep 18, 2016

Nishikori, Japan aiming high after Davis Cup playoff sweep

Kei Nishikori fired a warning shot ahead of next season’s Davis Cup after Japan completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over hapless Ukraine in a World Group playoff on Sunday. Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka each earned another singles win for Japan at Utsubo Tennis ...

McHale edges Siniakova for Japan Women's Open title

Sep 18, 2016

McHale edges Siniakova for Japan Women's Open title

American seventh seed Christina McHale claimed the Japan Women’s Open on Sunday for her first WTA tour title, coming back from a set down to beat Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at a rain-hit Ariake Tennis Forest Park. World No. ...

Sep 18, 2016

Take picks up 4,000th win on JRA horse

Jockey Yutaka Take posted his 4,000th career win on a Japan Racing Association horse Sunday when he cruised to victory in the fourth race at Hanshin Racecourse. Take crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 26 seconds aboard Meisho Yakushima in the 1,400-meter dirt ...

Sep 18, 2016

Narasaki makes history at world climbing championships

Tomoa Narasaki won the D4 men’s bouldering classification final at the IFSC Climbing World Championships on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese to accomplish the feat in the newly introduced Olympic sport. On the fourth day of competition at the AccorHotels Arena, Narasaki, who is ...

Jackson stars as Louisville routs Florida State

Sep 18, 2016

Jackson stars as Louisville routs Florida State

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson shrugged off chants of “Heisman! Heisman!” from Cardinals’ fans and seemed satisfied knowing he had played a role in one of the program’s biggest wins. A very big role worthy of all the adulation. Jackson ran for four touchdowns and ...

Sep 18, 2016

Alvarez knocks out Smith in ninth round

Canelo Alvarez knocked out Liam Smith and called out Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez stopped Smith in the ninth round Saturday night after dropping him in the previous two rounds, winning the WBO light middleweight championship before a record crowd of 51,240 at AT&T Stadium. The ...

Nadal helps Spain get back to Davis Cup elite

Sep 18, 2016

Nadal helps Spain get back to Davis Cup elite

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez clinched the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie for Spain with a hard-fought doubles win over India in New Delhi on Saturday. Nadal and Lopez, who won the doubles gold at the recent Rio Olympics, helped Spain take an ...

Chun in control at Evian Championship

Sep 18, 2016

Chun in control at Evian Championship

South Korean golfer Chun In-gee knows she’s in sight of her second major — and a record — after extending her lead to four shots after the third round of the Evian Championship on Saturday. Chun carded a 6-under 65 in the rain to ...

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights’ hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was ...